Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is one that is alive with art.
Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community and business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!
Newest Installations of Two Local Artists: Chibi Levi and George Hardebeck
Chiby Levi's Artist Statement:
Kymberlie (Chibi Levi) is a 21 year old who LOVES to draw. She first started drawing as a hobby, when she was only 2 years old. She would spend hours drawing. She is entirely self-taught. Kymberlie’s late great-uncle, Junior, was especially talented. Perhaps she inherited some of his talent genetically! (Although her mom can’t draw a circle, she likes to say that at least SOME of her daughters’ talent comes from her!)
As you can tell from her “artistic identity,” Kymberlie loves anime! But, it doesn’t stop there. She loves the entire Japanese culture, from the way people respect one another, to their foods, and their music. She’s been to two of the concerts given by her FAVORITE Japanese rock group - One Ok Rock. Nico Touches the Wall and Yuya Matsushita are also on her playlist. Kyuhyun is just one of the many Korean artists that she listens to. Attack on Titan is one of the anime’ shows that she tries to watch WITHOUT following ahead in the manga! Regardless of the media type, she prefers to listen to it in it’s original form. She can sing and write in Japanese and Korean. In fact, most of her artwork features words written in Japanese (&/or Korean). In her “down time” she enjoys gaming with her PS4 Pro. Some of her favorite games include ANY in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, Ark, Destiny, & Spider-Man.
Several months ago, some of Kymberlie’s work caught the attention of staff at GameStop. Because they liked it so much, whenever a new game was released, she was allowed to display any work that she had created, specific to that particular game &/or franchise, in store!!! She ended up displaying work for the release of Spider-Man, Spyro, and Pokémon. When the LONG-awaited Kingdom Hearts III was released on January 28th, the staff even set up a table for her so that she could have a “mini exhibition” of all her Kingdom Hearts themed work! (Special thanks to Mike, Eli, Amy, and everyone else who pitched in that night!!!)
In addition to anime’ themed art/characters, and Disney animal characters, Kymberlie enjoys drawing birds, dogs, horses, and other animals. This past November, she submitted drawings of a horse and a Great Dane to The Art Coop, which was hosting an art fair for the benefit of the Humane Society. Being an animal lover, this was a cause that Kymberlie was happy to support. She currently has three dogs, two ferrets, and two VERY fat & fluffy guinea pigs at home! And, it is her dream/goal to be adding a horse to the mix in the very near future!!! Yes, a horse!
As if Kymberlie’s schedule wasn’t hectic enough, she still manages to find the time to care for her mom, who is disabled. (Insert “awwwe!”) Yes, Kymberlie is a very disciplined, hard-working, and respectful young lady who is surprisingly quite chill. She is as determined to broaden her repertoire and versatility, as she is passionate about the entire creative process itself. That’s why she is especially grateful for opportunities like this, being able to share her art, little bits of herself, with others. These types of opportunities are, unfortunately, rare for artists, and more so for young, female, artists. Kymberlie sincerely wishes to thank The Common Ground Food Co - Op for giving her, and her fellow artists, the platform to share their work, and Sarah - for reaching into our communities and extending a kind, sensitive hand to all of us who are trying to find the courage to express ourselves through our art!!!
To purchase artwork, contact Chibi Levi a.k.a Kymberlie: email@example.com
Artwork Titled "For Healing Life, on her terms."
George Hardebeck's Artist Statement
Since attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the early 1980's, my more personal art in illustration, cartooning and lettering, has been for concerns needing attention, and inspiration for healing in culture.
To purchase work, please contact George: firstname.lastname@example.org