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Steel City Visions

Steel City Visions

Polly Mills Whitehorn will be exhibiting a collection of photographs entitled Steel City Visions from November 1- November24, 2019.  The exhibit will be at the Undercroft Gallery at the First Unitarian Church located at 605 Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  The church is located in the Shadyside neighborhood.  The opening reception will be on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 12:30-2:30pm.  

Artist Statement

Pittsburgh is an amazing city rich in neighborhoods and history.  Moving here in 2012 I quickly embraced this Southwestern PA city that I now call home and all that it offers. In this short time I have witnessed the city’s abrupt change.  Buildings I took for granted vanished before I knew it.  I realized it was imperative to get out with my camera to capture the uniqueness that is still Pittsburgh. 

The photos in this collection are a culmination of seven years observing life here in the Burgh.  Some may be familiar locations, some I have shot from an uncommon vantage point and/or interesting time of day or year.  Some are presented in a more processed format while others are more direct representations.

Visions from Navajoland

Visions from Navajoland

Polly Mills Whitehorn will be displaying a collection of photographs captured while exploring sacred territory on the Navajo Nation this past spring. Exhibited images feature portraits and breathtaking landscapes.  The exhibit will be at Jen Ruiz Hair Designs located at 1139 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059. The exhibit will be on display from Friday, September 13-Thursday, October 17, 2019. The Opening Reception will be on Friday, September 13 from 6-7:30pm.  For additional information and hours please call: 724-524-7760. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artist’s work will benefit Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE), the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

Artist Statement

The Navajo Nation is a huge swath of land encompassing 27,000 square miles straddling northern Arizona, southern Utah and New Mexico.   It includes beautiful and familiar locations such as the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. This land is home to the Navajo people, many live in poverty without access to fresh water or electricity.  The reservation is a virtual food desert with as few as 15 supermarkets.  In 2015 on one of many trips to Arizona, I visited a Dine supermarket in Chinle, Arizona.  I was appalled by the lack of healthy/nutritious foods on the shelves and the limited choice of fresh fruits and vegetables.  I couldn’t help but notice the overall general health of the population in this market.  Many of them with walking aids and thick glasses, but most disturbing were the prevalence of obesity.  How did this happen to such a noble and proud people?

The photos in this exhibit are of a recent trip to Monument Valley and Hunt’s Mesa capturing the essence of these proud people and the land they hold sacred.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artist’s work will benefit Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE), the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.