Edited by Rachel Jones

Check out three local artists who use their expertise in jewelry making, photography, and painting, respectively, to create beautiful, impactful pieces.

Nicolette Blahusch

Photograph from Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures

With hair guru Philip Pelusi as her uncle and her mother being a talented mixed-media artist, Nicolette Blahusch was destined to create. As the owner of Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures, Blahusch blends her sharp style sense with her desire to push the boundaries of where fashion intersects with art, creating original pieces with meticulous craftsmanship and high-quality materials. “At the heart of my work is the idea that my customers and I believe what we wear from head to toe is a creative expression of ourselves — from hair to clothing, shoes, and especially jewelry,” she says. “An original should wear an original.” nicolettejewelrysculptures.com.

Nicolette Blahusch, Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures Pinwheel Necklace and Ripple Cuff, 2017.
Photograph from Nicolette Jewelry Sculptures

Njaimeh Njie

Photograph from Brennan Maine

Njaimeh Njie is a Pittsburgh-based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. She is the founder/lead producer of Eleven Stanley Productions, a production company dedicated to creating story-based branded and original content. As an independent artist, her work has earned coverage from outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s blog, and Blavity. Beyond her creative work, Njaimeh is an experienced educator and an avid traveler. Njaimeh is currently working on a portraiture and oral history project in the Hill District as a part of the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Project, through the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies. njaimehnjie.com.

Njaimeh Njie, This image is from Power(ed) by Grace, a digital platform started in 2015 that features photos and videos, documenting black women’s experiences in Pittsburgh. powerbygrace.com. Photograph from Njaimeh Njie

Mia Tarducci

Photographs from Julie Kahlbaugh

Artist Mia Tarducci specializes in oil painting, using an array of techniques and colors to create textured and intriguing pieces. In 2014, she was named Pittsburgh Center for the Art’s Emerging Artist of the Year. As the founder of the Mine Factory, Tarducci helps provide catalytic support for emerging artists in Pittsburgh through exhibition opportunities. The Mine Factory will be exhibiting four local talents in “Aqua” this fall during Art Miami. Her own work can be admired at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Alcoa Building, The Tower at PNC Plaza, and more. miatarducci.com. theminefactory.com.

Mia Tarducci, Respring, oil on canvas, triptych, 75”x225,” 2017. Photograph from Mia Tarducci

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