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Monday, May 25, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 7:37 PM

CP Illustration: Josie Norton
Never one to miss a good social media trend, we jumped on the bandwagon last month and created our own "Pick Your Pittsburgh Quarantine House" meme that gave us some good laughs:

But now a month has passed, and we're still haunted by readers telling us their favorites weren't included in our original list. Since we're still in the yellow phase and a lot of us are still stuck at home, we thought we might as well continue the fun. It's time to pick your own quarantine house! It's this week's #CPQuestionOfTheWeek.

You're quarantined with one Pittsburgh celebrity, one Pittsburgh food, and one Pittsburgh drink: What do you choose?

Scroll down to see who our readers chose when left to their own imaginations. (But, for the record, I still think our House No. 6 sounds like a blast.)

"Mister Rogers.
Potato Patch fries.
Arnold Palmer drink.
Brian K. Root on Twitter

"Betty Esper, 40 oz from Capris Pizza, crab legs from High Rollers. We don’t even have to leave Homestead."
@jeremyjoens on Instagram

"Gertrude Stein, Stations' Tagliatelle with Smoked Pork Shank, and those frozen jabronis from Tina's."
David Bernabo on Facebook

"Noodlehead Chang mai 100% - the person and the drink don’t even matter"
@galsgals on Instagram

"August Wilson - greens and beans from Collangelos and Rose cider from Threadbare."
Anna Rodi Benvenuti on Facebook

"Mikey and Bob. Primanti's. Rolling Rock, before it left Pittsburgh."
michael palmosina on Facebook

"Jeff Goldblum, Triangle Hoagie, Pittsburgh Lemon"
Jessica Amber on Facebook

"Jonas Salk, Pretzel Shop Anything, Turners Iced T"
@lukachris on Instagram

"Polish food with Andy Warhol and beer at Cinderlands"
Beth Oberly on Facebook

"Frankie Capri * Primanti's * IC Light 🔥🔥🔥🔥"
@jleighbob on Instagram

"Mister Rogers
Buffy the Mac Attack Slayer from The Yard
Hitchhikers Band of Existence IPA"
Michelle M on Twitter

"Pittsburgh Dad, Gooskis Wings, Wigle"
John Huxley on Facebook

"Tony Buba, Mineo’s pizza, East End Big Hop"
@samueledwardprice on Instagram

"Wiz khalifa, pierogis, turners chocolate peanut butter milk."
Jessica Grey on Facebook

"Joe Manganiello... and who needs anything else? 😄"
Becky Broderick on Facebook

The Pittsburgh celebrity people mentioned the most:

The man. The legend. The Rick Sebak.

"Rick Sebak, whatever people drop off at his house, and Marburger FARM Dariy chocolate milk."
Amy Brunner on Facebook

"I’m going with Rick Sebak, Turner’s Strawberry Lemonade and a wedding cookie table."
@kimmy_kimkimm on Instagram

"Rick Sebak, Fiori's, Arsenal cider"
Megan Elizabeth on Facebook

"Rick Sebak, Mason Dixon Hot dog and a variety of beers from D's Six Pax & Dogz! 🍻"
Regina Robinson on Facebook

"Rick Sebak, 'O' fries with whiz, Turner’s tea, all narrated by Rick Sebak, natch."
@mrswhitesclassroom on Instagram

"Rick Sebak, pierogies, Schneider's chocolate milk"
Matthew Frankwitt on Facebook

"Rick Sebak. Pierogis Plus. Parking Chair Vodka. There are no other answers..... 🎤 drop." on Instagram

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 4:23 PM

CP Illustration: Josie Norton
Yes, most of Western Pennsylvania is now in the yellow phase, and Beaver County is about to join us, but that doesn't mean life has returned to normal. We're still social distancing. We're still wearing masks. And we still can't return to life as we once knew it. So what does everyone miss the most about life before COVID-19? We reached out to our readers on social media and asked for our #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What do you miss the most about life before the pandemic?

"I miss being able to pet neighborhood dogs."
Tessamyn Wieczorkowski on Facebook

"Live Music"
@pittsburghmusicguy on Instagram

"I miss when every single topic that was talked about was not 'it'"
Face with rolling eyes
Andy Manos on Twitter

"Going to a Pirates game."
Katie Kowall Reed on Facebook

Going out to a local coffee shop and chilling out for an hour. 💛☕"
@crabbymum on Instagram

Rejoice Evans on Facebook

"I miss holidays with family and friends. Missing out on an in-person Easter and Mother's Day was tough."
Brian K. Root on Twitter

"Browsing independent bookstores and spending days in local libraries."
@literarylittorallenhart on Instagram

Our favorite comment of the week:

After numerous folks posted about missing hugs on our Facebook post, Jessica Jones Brendel shared this photo of a "hug curtain" her family created so her kids could hug their grandparents:

And me? What am *I* missing the most?

The sense of time. I told yinz I'd get this post up on Monday, and here it is Wednesday already. Hey, cut me some slack, will ya? There's a global pandemic going on! (What will I miss the most about the pandemic when it goes away? Being able to use that excuse.)

Monday, May 11, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2020 at 7:16 PM

CP Illustration: Josie Norton
With most of the department working from home these days, our editorial Slack channel has been filled with our staff sharing all sorts of odd quirks we've picked up during quarantine.

Amanda Waltz has developed an obsession for looking at luggage online, even though she's not going anywhere. Hannah Lynn has found herself browsing apartment listings, even though she's not moving. And me? As the solo editorial person still coming into the office during the pandemic, I've taken to raiding everyone else's desks for snacks left behind, even though I'm not hungry. (Thanks for the leftover Girl Scout cookies, friends!)

We reached out to our readers on social media to see if they too have picked up any new quirks for our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What's the weirdest habit you've developed during quarantine?

"I researched 'cat language' and am trying to communicate with my furbaby on a new level."
Becky Klink on Facebook

"Watching YouTube videos of abandoned mansions"
@katie41222 on Instagram

"Reading old Hollywood wiki pages."
Jenna Thomas-Cline on Instagram

"Talking to my plants. I had never done it prior to covid 19."
Jeimy Ibarra on Facebook

"Sitting in different rooms of the house getting a feel for them"
@kirbycucumber on Instagram

"Not being able to hold an adult conversation. Does that count?"
Jessica Amber on Facebook

slimathee on Instagram

"Staying in my pajamas ALL day!"
— @vail4507 on Instagram

And readers who I'd like to think would appreciate my daily food hunts:

"Hummus in bed at 3am"
@m_zaharko on Instagram

"Increasing my snack intake. Look, it's been a rough couple of months ok? I haven't been able to do s——!"
Aimee K. Davis on Facebook

Monday, May 4, 2020

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2020 at 9:22 PM

CP illustration: Josie Norton
It's a hotly contested question, being debated by folks all over the country: When is too soon to ease COVID-19 restrictions? Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Allegheny County was not one of the 24 counties in Pennsylvania allowed to reopen this week, despite the expectation from many that Pittsburgh's Stay at Home Order phase would be eased to the Aggressive Mitigation phase. Some took to social media to express their relief, fearing for public health safety if restrictions were lifted, while others, many fearing lost income from businesses still unable to open, expressed their frustrations.

We reached out to our readers on social media for the second installment of our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

Do you think Pittsburgh is ready to reopen?

"Not until we have widespread testing for our most vulnerable populations, such as nursing homes, the jail, and alternative housing facilities!"
— Allegheny County Councilperson Bethany Hallam

"Abso-freakin'-lutely. Allegheny County population is 1.2 million. There's only been 102 deaths. That's .008% of the population. That is such a ridiculously low number to be even having this conversation. Governor Wolf has cost more than a hundred people their lives in financial hardship."

"No. The region is full of selfish jags who refuse to care about other people's well-being."
Amy Brunner on Facebook

"Absolutely! If folks dont feel safe they can stay home but business needs to carry on!"

"If I felt people would look after not only their own health, safety and interests but also the health, safety and interests of others, yes. But too many don't. If we put others before ourselves, we could. Too many are fueled by anger and fear, not love."
Sam On Yavin IV on Twitter

"Yes based on the data based on available hospitals beds and ventilator available. We did our job we flatten the surge. Now they need to do their job and reopen us."
Laurie Christy on Facebook

"The sad irony is that if social distancing measures and business closures work, then people think they weren’t necessary to start. Those who are calling for businesses to reopen have not seem their friends and families affected (yet). Until we have more tools to combat this—whether that’s tracing or some confirmation that this new remdesivir drug works for treatment—reopening isn’t worth the risks."

Our favorite answer of the week:

"Yinz can reopen, but ima stay in the house & watch what happens to you first 😜😜😜"

And, on Twitter, we followed up this week's question with a readers' poll:

Thank goodness for takeout.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 7:16 PM

CP illustration: Josie Norton
Last week, Pittsburgh City Paper brought you 20 Reasons to Keep Smiling, our list of Pittsburgh people, events, and businesses that are bringing us joy despite the pandemic. This week, we wanted to continue to lift readers' spirits by giving them a chance to spread some happiness.

We reached out to our readers on social media for the first installment of our new weekly series, #CPQuestionOfTheWeek:

What is something that has recently brought you joy?

Here are our favorite answers:

 "Being able to practice outside on my aerial rig. 💖🎪🌞"
— Iron City Circus Art performer Abby Richert

"I ordered some perfume that reminded me of a specific time in my life and it took me right back. I've been wearing it when I walk on the bike trail, pretending I'm somewhere else. Maybe not the healthiest coping mechanism but it's still something that brings me joy."

"Watching the garbage truck pick up and dump my bin with its robotic arm."
— Pittsburgh artist Nathan Mazur

"Getting stuff in the mail."

"My friends and I have been playing excellent hidden role/social deduction game over Zoom similar to Werewolf/Mafia. It's gotten a bit heated occasionally, but overall it's been a lot of fun."
Matthew Frankwitt

"Looking at the stained glass and oriel windows on the cool old houses in Friendship."
The Law Offices of Hall & Copetas

"Keeping in touch with my family and friends. 🙏❤️"

"Running and gardening."

And the best answer of the week?

"The thrill and excitement of trying a different setting on my electric toothbrush. The best two minutes of my week."
Eve Alden

Friday, April 3, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 9:02 AM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper's shirt available for sale on
Pittsburgh City Paper's shirt available for sale on
Even in times of a global pandemic, Pittsburgh City Paper still gets hate mail from conservative trolls. After working for the paper for over 20 years, I've learned to not let it bother me ... well, quite as much as it used to. But sometimes? Sometimes, someone insults you during a global freakin' pandemic when your staff is working their asses off to try to save the company, and you just wanna really stick it to them, you know? And thanks to the good folks at Pittsburgh printshop Commonwealth Press, my wish came true.

It's been a really hard time for the paper. In addition to our staff's own worries about coronavirus, we've also lost a substantial amount of our advertising revenue, so we launched a membership campaign, which is really helping us keep afloat right now. (Thank you, thank you to everyone who has signed up so far.) The cool thing is that when you become a member or make a donation, readers are allowed to list a reason. Many have dedicated in honor of Lynn Cullen, who does a daily podcast on our site. (If you haven't already, please listen; she's a freakin' legend.) But when one new member said they were donating in honor of an online troll who wrote, "No thanks, the City Paper is a woke commie rag," that's when you, dear reader, became my new favorite person.

It only took one email to Dan Rugh, the owner of Commonwealth Press, for him to say yes to turning the insult into a Woke Commie Rag shirt, which you can see in the image above. They have an entire line of COVID-19 Relief Fund merchandise in support of local businesses affected by the pandemic in their shop, including places like the Rex Theater and Piper's Pub, and we're so honored they let us join in. You can order one of our new T-shirts for $25 here: $10 from each shirt will go to City Paper, and $15 will go to their awesome printshop and staff.

Their printshop is hurting too, so it means a lot that we can help another business at the same time as helping ourselves. (They're taking orders and promise to do their best to ship them out as soon as they feel safe doing so.)

We're so lucky to share space in the city with people like them. And with you, our readers. Which reminds me — we're still here! We're still printing! You can pick up this week's issue in street boxes all over the city, Giant Eagle locations, and restaurants that offer takeout. (If you're a business who wants to receive print copies of City Paper, please email

And if you don't need to go outside to get essentials this week, you can flip through the pages of our digital issue from the safety of your homes below.

Our March online readership went up over 50% since February, and as long as we're still around, we promise to keep bringing you the stories that matter most to our community. Thanks for reading. We mean it. It really means a lot.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 4:02 PM

We're trying really hard to keep ourselves laughing through these hard times whenever possible, and we figured our readers could use a laugh, too. That's why we're sharing this week's cover design, illustrated by City Paper's own Abbie Adams, as our gift to you: A downloadable print-at-home Coronavirus Is A Jagoff poster to hang in your window!

Want it as your phone background instead? Check out our Instagram account, where we'll be sharing a version in our stories for you to screencap and save to your smart phone.

We also got a kick out of asking our friends and followers what other expressions they would have put on this week's cover. Here are some of our favorites:
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
CP illustration: Abbie Adams

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 10:43 AM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper's circulation manager Jeff Engbarth at work delivering this week's issue
Pittsburgh City Paper's circulation manager Jeff Engbarth at work delivering this week's issue
We're not sure we believe it ourselves, but we got another print issue out the door this week. It's smaller than usual, but we haven't given up yet.

Last week, we launched our Pittsburgh City Paper Membership Campaign, and the support we've been getting from the community has been, as I mentioned to Mother Jones, "really pretty much the only thing keeping us going right now." 
It's true. The majority of our staff has been working from home, cranking out nonstop coronavirus coverage, and I couldn't be more proud of their work during this difficult time. It's very hard to take a break from the news when you are the news.

Every single one of us at City Paper thanks you from the bottom of our (very tired, anxiety-filled) hearts for reading.

As long as we're able, we'd really like to keep putting out a print issue. We can tell from our page views that more of you than ever are reading us online, and we promise to continue to bring you new daily coverage here for free. But, print is where we started and we really want to continue to have a way to reach everyone in our community, even those who aren't able to login to a computer every day. According to the last U.S. Census, 12.4% of Allegheny County households don't have a home computer, and 18.5% don't have a broadband internet subscription. Now that the libraries are closed, getting a printed newspaper off the street might be someone's only source of news. And we want to be able to keep bringing it to them.

This week's print issue will be available in all street boxes, as well as all regular Giant Eagle locations. Other high traffic stops include:

Shop N Save, Lawrenceville • A1 Sunoco Gas, 51st and Butler streets, Lawrenceville • La Gourmandine, Lawrenceville • Little Bangkok, Strip District • Cork Factory • West Penn Hospital • Starbucks, Liberty Ave., Bloomfield • Shur Save Market, Bloomfield • Shop N Save, Noblestown Road, Crafton • Holiday Inn Express, Greentree • Pop n Beer Warehouse, McKees Rocks • Pittsburgh International Airport, Visitor Center/Sunoco Gas Station • Cash Market, Coraopolis • Kiku Restaurant, Station Square • Hard Rock Café, Station Square • Monticello's Pizza locations in Wexford and Babcock Blvd. • Hampton Inn, McKnight Road • El Campesino, McKnight Road • Patron, Fox Chapel • Curb Side Coffee, Blawnox • Mad Mex Locations • Slice on Broadway Pizza, East Liberty, PNC Park, Carnegie, and Beechview • Shop N Save, Glenshaw • Sewickley Valley Hospital Crazy Mocha • Whole Foods, Route 19 (café area is closed but papers still accessible at this location) • Dana's Bakery, Homewood • Humane Society, Homewood and North Side • Peppi's, North Side • Modern Café, North Side • Max's Allegheny Tavern, North Side • Quick It Chicken, North Side • Sidelines, Sewickley • Roma Pizza, Sewickley • Square Café, Regent Square • D's Six Pax and Dogz, Regent Square • CoGo's, South Side • Fat Heads, South Side

If you own a take-out restaurant, or another open business who isn't on this list and would like to receive copies of Pittsburgh City Paper delivered for your customers, please email your name, business name, and address to (Or, if you see a location on this list that does not have papers delivered this week, we'd love to hear that too so we can keep this list accurate.)

Not leaving the house today? Flip through our digital issue!

If you don't have to leave the house today, but are privileged enough to have a home computer and internet connection and still want to flip through the pages, check out our digital issue here:

Again, we can't thank you enough for the support you've shown us this past week. Our staff still has an uphill battle to make it through this, but we're more determined than ever to still be there for you when this passes.

Know someone kicking ass during quarantine? Concerned about how a politician is handling the pandemic? Send an email with the story you think is missing from local coverage to

Are you a large company who hasn't been affected financially by the pandemic? Consider signing up for a Pittsburgh City Paper Business Membership. Packages include the ability to donate ad space to nonprofits, your business name listed as a sponsor of City Paper products, and advertorials written by our staff.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge A barge passes under the Smithfield Street Bridge, as seen from the offices of Pittsburgh City Paper - CP PHOTO: LISA CUNNINGHAM
CP photo: Lisa Cunningham
A barge passes under the Smithfield Street Bridge, as seen from the offices of Pittsburgh City Paper
By now, you may have noticed that Pittsburgh City Paper has launched a Membership Program in the wake of what has happened in the economy since the coronavirus has started affecting our side of the state. A program we were hoping to launch later this year to help build up the City Paper connection to the readers and try new projects has now become an imperative business sustaining effort.

click to enlarge 2019 Pittsburgh City Paper Golden Quill Award winners Tereneh Idia and Jared Wickerham - CP PHOTO: LISA CUNNINGHAM
CP photo: Lisa Cunningham
2019 Pittsburgh City Paper Golden Quill Award winners Tereneh Idia and Jared Wickerham
In the last two days since launch, we have seen an amazing outpour of support that has quite literally brought a lot of us to tears, and the testimonials that have refueled our editorial staff’s souls while they continuously write and update on a topic that is, well, it’s just not fun and has few positive affirmations at this point. You know the anxiety you are feeling about the unknown? Imagine being a journalist having to dissect every piece of this unknown to keep us, the public, informed. Despite the gloom, they still write on and continue to show a guiding light through all of this: the survivors in our economy, the restaurants that have acted quickly to evolve (some even delivering their wine, thank you), our cultural district that is finding ways to still have arts to fill our hearts from home, our musicians giving us live performances, supporting each other and their promoters working tirelessly to reschedule and refund shows, and all of our learning institutes that are providing tours and guides to keep us sane and learning while quarantined. All of these little pieces of good in our community being highlighted by our staff to help these businesses and non-profits continue to connect with Pittsburgh giving everyone a fighting chance. With all of those stories, we continue to stay on top of real-time reporting of what is going on in Allegheny County from the health and updates standpoint giving our readers resources and helping to outweigh misinformation.

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper's Cocktail Shake-off - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP photo: Jared Wickerham
Pittsburgh City Paper's Cocktail Shake-off
New to the team his year, I constantly feel lucky. Lucky to stand behind the Pittsburgh City Paper brand and what it means to this community — standing behind diversity, arts and culture, real news, free information, the alternative. Lucky to work with amazing people, our unwavering editorial staff, our amazingly creative production group, and the kick ass sales and events team I manage day to day. We all take our mission to inform seriously even though we may joke quite often. We are just getting started this year and support from the community means everything so we can continue our growth as a publication, our growing presence in event space and continuing to help advertisers reach clients in a space they love to read. We are asking you to help give us the fighting chance we need.

Launching our public memberships is a great start, but if we are going to make a difference and survive, this is the part where we have to ask the businesses of Pittsburgh that support and stand behind us, to commit to us. To further our campaign, we have launched business memberships; committing to any one of these memberships is committing to the future of the Pittsburgh City Paper. As a community resource that is free both in print and digital, we want to make sure we are available to anyone no matter their background, race, views, or situation through all of Pittsburgh’s moments — the good, the bad, and the coronavirus — and money is what allows us to make that happen. We understand that resources at the moment may not be available and that’s OK; think of us and these memberships when better times come. However, if your business is in a place where it can become a supporter of the Pittsburgh City Paper and its staff and journalism, please consider one of these memberships.

To be connected to a member of our staff to discuss signing up for one of these membership levels, please email

$5,000 The Barge Sponsorship Level

Anytime you look over a river in Pittsburgh, you are 64% likely to see a barge creeping down the river. How do we know? Well, we happen to keep a #BargeWatch in our office and a special gong is rang every time a barge passes our windows along Smithfield Street, so trust us. The barge is an important resource, a foundation if you will, transporting important goods to their destination. They may be a small part of our world, but they make a big impact.
• Your business name will be listed as a supporter of the Pittsburgh City Paper in print and online weekly
Receive a CITY PAPER T-shirt and CITY PAPER Branded insulated mug
One Full Page ad to be donated to non-profit business or event of choice ($2,100 value)
• Early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS
Framed photo print from CITY PAPER photographer Jared Wickerham for your office
(2) VIP Tickets for Best of Pittsburgh Party ($150 value)
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$10,000 Three Rivers Sponsorship Level

The three rivers in Pittsburgh flow into one another representing a connected city much like the City Paper bringing people together with shared interests. Like the defining rivers of the city, the Pittsburgh City Paper defines the city with coverage on arts and culture, news, viewpoints, diversity, food and drink, music, and more. It wouldn’t be Pittsburgh without its rivers, and we wouldn’t be us without special businesses like you.
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Early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS
Framed photo print from CITY PAPER photographer Jared Wickerham for your office
(4) VIP Tickets for Best of Pittsburgh Party ($300 value)
Private annual event with CITY PAPER Staff including dinner and drinks

$25,000 Pittsburgh Bridges Sponsorship Level

Pittsburgh is defined by its bridges, all 440+ throughout the city. Much like the bridges, the Pittsburgh City Paper continues to strive to bring together all walks of lives, telling stories, and updating news and events from all different parts of the city and its diverse population. A commitment to help us bridge the gap in coverage is a commitment to a stronger, more informed and diversely strong Pittsburgh.
Each week your business name will be listed as a supporter of one section in the Pittsburgh City Paper in print and online (example: First Shot is supported by YOUR COMPANY name)
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Receive a CITY PAPER T-shirt and CITY PAPER Branded insulated mug
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Early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS
Framed photo print from CITY PAPER photographer Jared Wickerham for your office
(10) VIP Tickets for Best of Pittsburgh Party ($750 value)
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Friday, March 6, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 12:32 PM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh artist Laura Garvin - SELF PORTRAIT
Self portrait
Pittsburgh artist Laura Garvin
This week's Animal Issue cover features an adorable illustration by Pittsburgh artist Laura Garvin. Known online as "snailberryart," Garvin is a graduate of Youngstown State University and works by day as a graphic designer and an illustrator at night. Pittsburgh City Paper caught up with the artist after her Animal Issue cover hit stands this week.
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?
I've lived in Pittsburgh for a little over a year! I moved here in January 2019 from East Palestine, Ohio (a tiny town southeast of Youngstown).

click to enlarge Laura Garvin's illustrated Animal Issue cover
Laura Garvin's illustrated Animal Issue cover
How did you get into illustrating?
I feel like I've been illustrating my entire life — when I look back at art I made in my childhood, a lot of the themes and ideas are the same as the art I make now. I've been passionate about illustration for a long time and started taking it seriously in college. I found a magical world of illustrators on social media who share their projects and processes and decided I wanted to give it a try. I created an illustration-based Instagram account for myself as a place to share my work, and most of my illustration career success has come from that!

click to enlarge Artwork by Laura Garvin
Artwork by Laura Garvin
You are both an illustrator and graphic designer … Do you find that your illustrations end up in your graphic design work or that the two overlap in any way?
The two definitely overlap! I always try to incorporate illustration into design projects if I can. I studied graphic design at Youngstown State University and the design skills I learned there have helped me grow and improve as an illustrator.

What inspires you?
I'm inspired by little, sweet moments and connections, bright colors and things that make me feel like anything is possible — I'm a big believer in dreams and I think we can all find our rainbow connection. Anything that makes me feel sunnier and stronger inspires me to draw — and hopefully my art makes other people feel that way, too.

click to enlarge Artwork by Laura Garvin
Artwork by Laura Garvin
Where did the name snailberryart come from?
Snailberryart is a combination of three things I love: snails (my favorite animal!), my very cuddly cat Blueberry, and making art.

What is your dream job?
A dream job of mine is to author/illustrate a picture book! Kidlit is my favorite form of storytelling, I love the magic that happens when the words and pictures come together.

Where can people buy and see more of your artwork?
People can find me and my work @snailberryart on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy :)