Saturday July 20th, 2-3:30pm

CDCP Project Space
317 S. Trenton Ave

Join us Saturday July 20th, from 2:00pm - 3:30pm for an engaging afternoon as we hear from artists Karen Antonelli, Amber Epps, Mick Fisher, and Ann Rosenthal. Moderated by curator Carolyn Pierotti, the four artists will be having an artists talk about their work and being in Wild Things.

Karen Antonelli is an artist, maker, gardener and educator, living in Pittsburgh. She was born in England, and came to the US in 1994, originally to undertake a 6-month Residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. She works across mediums, including drawing, photography, video and installation. Karen has exhibited in the Arnolfini Gallery and Bristol City Museum in the UK, and Silver Eye, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh. Three of her large scale drawings are in the permanent collection on exhibition at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Karen’s photography is in private collections in both the UK and the US.

Amber Epps is a multidisciplinary artist that creates using various found and discarded objects from nature and other unexpected places such as thrift stores. The work that she creates is inspired by spirituality, humanism, and the occult.

Mick Fisher is 27 years old and from Upper Saint Clair. Mick has been committed to his art making practice since the very beginning of CCS in 2012. Mick is always drawing the things he sees around him, often drawing imaginary worlds of character mash-ups and visual puns and jokes. His favorite part of making art is using color, and he is especially fond of painting and drawing. He is precise in his creations, and can draw straight lines and spacing without a ruler or measuring!

Ann Rosenthal’s work examines the intersections of nature and culture through timely issues, including climate change, biodiversity, and biophilia. In 2018, Ann participated in four exhibitions, including “For the Love of Nature,” which she curated for the John A. Hermann Art Museum, and a solo exhibition at the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In May, she co-chaired and presented her work on the panel “At the Confluence of Freshwater Science and the Humanities” for the Society for Freshwater Science annual conference. In the fall, Ann was artist in residence at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and received professional development support through the Artist Opportunity Grant program, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She is currently co-editing a field guide on ecoart practices. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to present works from Creative Citizen Studios students for this exhibit.  Along with our talk, we will hear from Tirzah DeCaria, Director of CCS, who will about CCS and how their work is impacting our community..

We also want you to know that CCS can’t do all of this amazing work alone. We are asking that everyone please bring colored pencils, oil pastels, and/or stretched canvas as a donation to CCS (new items only).  These items will help the students with their creative process! If you are unable to attend, please feel free to go to their website where you can donate to their scholarship fund.

Please contact Eriko Hattori with any questions by emailing Eriko (at) caseydroege.com.


Casey Droege Cultural Productions (CDCP) creates relevant and accessible art experiences that connect Pittsburgh’s creative community to a national arts conversation, encourage the growth of a local arts economy, and build a diverse arts audience.   

Creative Citizen Studios seeks to build bridges between the arts and disabilities communities.  CCS holds weekly professional visual arts classes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities  and creates opportunities for adult artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities to produce, exhibit, and sell their work. In this exhibit, we seek to use quality visual art to bring people of all abilities together.


Carolyn Pierotti is the owner of Purple Room Fine Art Consulting LLC where she is a curator, consultant, and artist.  Carolyn is also the former Director of Percolate Gallery where she curated multiple exhibitions and programming. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists as their Vice President and Exhibitions Chair.  Carolyn has mentored within the Art Department at Carlow University, where she still sits on their Advisory Council for Innovative Learning and the Humanities. She is a practicing and exhibiting artist in the Pittsburgh area, where she also resides and has a studio space in the Manchester, North Side section of the city.  Her work has been exhibited in multiple galleries, and is held in multiple private collections. Carolyn is graduate of Carlow University where she received her BA with a specialization in painting - magna cum laude.