In this episode of "Art & Cocktails," host Ekaterina Popova welcomes Margot Dermody, a talented artist from Pittsburgh, PA, to share her inspiring journey from selling hotels and resorts to becoming a painter and sculptor. Margot discusses her transition, her artistic evolution, and offers insights on embracing change, overcoming imposter syndrome, and the value of curiosity and collaboration.

Discover how Margot's passion for art has led her to explore various mediums and artistic styles, from watercolors to glass. She emphasizes the importance of staying open to learning and finding fulfillment in creativity. Margot also shares her wisdom on a soft sales approach in the art world and the art of connecting with potential buyers.

Explore Margot's artistic accomplishments, including her solo and group exhibitions, and learn about her continued growth as a studio artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. To delve deeper into her work, visit her website at and connect with her on Instagram at

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Margot Dermody (b. Takoma Park, MD) is an artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, most recently a solo show with Art in the Courthouse (2022-23) as well as group shows, including  Chromatic, PxP Contemporary Gallery, (2022); Stronger Together, Art Mum’s (2022); Alone, Together, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (2021); Full Circle, Concept Art Gallery (2021); and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 107th Annual Exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, (2019-2020). She has also shown in the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery, William Pitt Union, Gallery One | Collective Works, and the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media.

Recently, she was awarded Idea Furnace sessions in the Artist Residency Program at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, where she continues to work as a studio artist.  Bringing together elements of the natural world with human emotion in painting, sculpture, and photography, her works span a wide range: from a neutral monochromatic palette to a more explicitly vivid and affective narrative.