Featured Artist – Debbi Thompson

Debbi Thompson has been producing art in the Pittsburgh area for years. Her talents range from fine art to face painting, with a liberal dose of mural art in the mix. Debbi has also created the first “Made for WIP” piece; available for purchase as arts prints, wearables, iPhone skins and more at Society6.

Please see “Artist Bio” below. Debbi is available for commissions and can be contacted via debbithompson2@gmail.com.

Artist Bio

In 1986 Debbi Thompson moved to Pittsburgh with her three daughters from rural Tyrone, PA to attend The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After her graduation they found they loved the city and decided to make it their home.

Debbi is a visual artist practicing several disciplines ranging from mural painting, to face painting, to creating art on ANY everyday object. She has been commissioned to paint toy boxes, garden statues, lampshades and tattoo designs. In Debbi’s vision, everything is a canvas!

Her main mediums are acrylic paints and Rapidograph pens. She has experimented with mixed media pieces, created many logos for local companies and done advertising print pieces.

Debbi has painted countless murals in the Pittsburgh area for homes and businesses along with several private commission paintings. She has exhibited paintings at Boxheart Gallery, Crazy Mocha in Bloomfield, and Art All Night.

Debbi is always searching for the next unique project to bring art to life!


WIP Arts in the Community

WANT IT? HAVE IT!WIP Arts had a great time helping the folks at local cafe Patti’s Pasticceria celebrate their 1st Anniversary this past Sunday. Area artists contributed original artwork for the mini WANT IT? HAVE IT! art giveaway. The paintings shown above were created and contributed by artists, Sheay Sczerba and Marcail Madorum.

The SeamsThe Seams: Max Holsinger, Erin Holsinger, Aaron Welch, Stephen Conley, Jake Szirmae & Sandor Szirmae kicked things off with a fun blend of Bluegrass/Dixie/Rock/Folk.

WIP Arts Kid's MuralWe unveiled the 1st WIP Arts Kid’s Mural, designed and created by the MASD 4th grade art students and their art teacher Nicole Given. Many thanks to Casey Donahoe of Little Bear Painting, Sandy Monier, Tony Kurta, Patti Fiasco Macey, Andrew Macey, Angela Ruccio & the folks at Home Depot N. Versailles for helping it happen.

Nick Fiasco at Patti'sNick Fiasco entertained old school with Sinatra & Martin covers and the staff at Patti’s helped close out the event.

We had a blast and are looking forward to more art & music events with Patti’s.

Artist and Craftsman Supply

Artist and Craftsman Supply, Pittsburgh

Thank you Artist and Craftsman Supply for sponsoring the Print Your Own Poster session for WIP Arts at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival! You guys rock!

Be sure to stop by the WIP booth on Saturday, July 7th to watch and participate as poster designer/artist extraordinaire Brad Towell of MODESTo! demonstrates the art and craft of screenprinting. Hang out, ask questions and get your squeegee on.

Artist and Craftsman Supply is open seven days a week at 5603 Hobart St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. And they really do rock.

WIP Arts at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

WIP Arts at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival

WIP Arts is very pleased to be part of the 38th annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. This four-day, outdoor event features a broad assortment of arts, entertainment and activities. From traditional crafts and the “Heritage Trail” to contemporary fine art and musical performances, all set in the beautiful surroundings of  Twin Lakes Park. There are children’s activities, an amazing variety of foods and an artist market full of wonderful creations. It sounds cliché, but it really is a lovely way to spend some time.

The WIP Arts booth will be featuring local and international artists with a ‘wheatpaste’ display of  2-dimensional materials, and we are very proud to be presenting live art demonstrations and performances throughout the event – screenprinters, bellydancers, graffiti artists and more. We will be sharing details as soon as they are confirmed.

If you’re a local artist who is interested in demonstrating your art, or if you would like to have some work displayed, check out the WIP Facebook page and drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you!

WAHF runs from Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8; 11 am – 8 pm