Welcome to the Winter 2024 season of our Artist Garden.
Featuring a variety of media, this space is curated to provide a connection to nature through the eyes of each artist.
Explore their galleries below, support their work, and let us know what inspires you!
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
—Philippians 4:8 (English Standard Version)
I've always enjoyed creating. I think the act of creation can be a meaningful way to imitate God, the original and ultimate Creator. Philippians 4:8 has long been an inspiration to me as I strive to create works that are pure, lovely, or just plain fun to look at, as I believe doing so is a way I can honor God with the gifts He gives and bless other people, if even in a small way, at the same time. This is the driving force behind my jewelry designing.
Oddly enough, my passion for jewelry design was born out of my love of video games and my interest in 3D modeling. Since childhood, I've had a fondness for fantasy role-playing games, and I was always particularly interested in the designs of the magical arms and armor — and enchanted jewelry — usually found therein. In college, a close friend introduced me to 3D modeling software for the first time, which opened the door for me to experiment with creating my own designs. I quickly found that jewelry was a particularly interesting and beautiful art form.
The pendants in this gallery were chosen for their biophilic themes and patterns, including my love for birds. All designs were 3D printed in either steel, bronze, or brass.
Mary Patricia Mengato is passionate about sharing creative, fully embodied, and nature-connected movement experiences with people of all ages and abilities. She is a Unity in Motion teacher, Movement Artist, and Body/EnergyWork Practitioner. Her book Remembering Light is her first foray into sharing through poetry. Mary Patricia loves walking in wide open spaces and planting gardens. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Larry.
Larry Rippel has been active in the arts and photographic community in Pittsburgh for forty years. A freelance photographer since 1994, he specializes in commercial, technological, industrial, editorial, and political photography and has worked for many artists and non-profit arts organizations. His work has been shown locally and internationally.
As time passes by, are you truly alive in every moment?
Remembering Light is a powerful poetry book arising from the movement practice of Unity in Motion. Journeying through abrasive resistance, amazing discovery, and an enlightened connection, we are invited into a joyous exploration of uniting with nature’s beauty and the magic of becoming alive in every second of our lives.