It has been such a great summer so far!
The rains and the heat provided us with the most lush July I have seen in a long time. There is a multitude of inspiration from the gardens and meadows filled with flowers to the birds filling the air with songs and chirps, not to mention the domestic animals and wildlife that keep us entertained. Yes, I have kittens, so I am quite amused.
If you can’t find your muse around you, close your eyes and look inside. Creating what you feel is as touching as what you see. The act of creating is personal. If it’s appreciated by others, it’s a bonus. In fact, it is necessary if you are a professional artist. But most of us are not. Yet we aspire to do things. Do it.
We all need art in our lives. Whether we create it or enjoy it, it touches our soul.
The artists and patrons of the 30th annual Willoughby ArtsFest have stood the test of time and were rewarded with a day dedicated to fine arts and crafts.
“ArtFest was good, despite the weather,” said Dani Klein, owner of the Stella Art Gallery in Willoughby. “People were happy to go out and see the art.”
The 34th Annual Lake Metroparks Amateur Photo Contest at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland, is open until August 8.
Be sure to visit the nature center after your hike. The wildlife center is also a great place to draw birds. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 440-256-1404, 2123.
Are you looking for ways to reuse and recycle scrap? The Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., is hosting “Somewhere Between Royalty and Garbage: Art by Barbara Martin” until July 31.
For more information, visit ashtabulaartscenter.org or call 440-946-3396.
“Watercolor Ohio 2021,” an exhibit featuring members of the Ohio Watercolor Society, will run through September 10 at the Lakeland Gallery, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland.
Gallery at Lakeland
OWS was formed in 1978 by a group of artists from Ohio who were also members of the American Watercolor Society.
A total of 270 paintings, presented by 171 artists, were created with various aquatic media techniques. Juror Keiko Tanabe accepted 80 paintings for the exhibition, which opened with an awards ceremony on July 17.
Fourteen awards totaling $ 6,800 were awarded, including 10 Ohio Watercolor Society awards, three commemorative awards and one honorary award. In addition, 32 paintings have been selected for a traveling exhibition that will be on display in various locations across Ohio through May.
The winners are OWS Gold Medalist Thomas Schroeder; OWS Silver Medalist, Frederick Graff; OWS Bronze Medalist, Chris Krupinski; OWS Award of Excellence, Jack Mulhollen; OWS Award of Excellence, Jeff Suntala; OWS Distinction Award, Thomas Sorrell; OWS Distinction Award, Cathy Welner; Rae and Associates Award, Yuki Hall; Baker VO Award, Christopher Leeper; OWS / Plaza Artists Materials Award, Trish McKinney; CAC Award Cathy Welner, Ron Beahn; Doug Pasek Award, Ed Kitchen; CAC Award Don Getz, Carol Stevens; and CAC Award Hal Scroggy, Sharon Stolzenberger.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call Gallery Curator Mary Urbas at 440-525-7029 or email [email protected]
Stella Art Gallery
“Size Matters: Squares” at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., received the most admissions of any show since Stella moved to Willoughby. The show will be visible until August 9.
Congratulations to Best of Show winner Luanne Bole-Becker, who received the honor for all of her work presented by juror Margo Jeanchild.
The 2-D winners are Tracy Parsons, first place; Ann Dumont, second; Tricia Kaman, third; and Nicole Maye Luga, honorable mention.
The winners in mixed media are Dennis Mastrangelo, first; Deborah French, second; and Adrian Desjardins, third.
Prepare your work for the fourth annual “Art Inspired by Northeast Ohio” show. All mediums are welcome. The categories are Parks and Recreation, Northeast Ohio Events, and Flora and Fauna. Artists are encouraged to include a statement explaining how northeast Ohio inspired them to create their work and will be typed and included in the exhibit.
Artwork will be accepted from 1 am to 7:30 am on August 6 and from 11 am to 5:30 pm On August 7, Wendy Pittenger, Lake Metroparks Exhibit Naturalist, will be the jury for the exhibit.
An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. August 13. The show will run until September 7 and will be followed by “Photographers Only”.
Visit stellasartgallery.com or call 216-401-6965 for more information.
Valley Art Center
Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, is hosting Art by the Falls as a gallery exhibit and artist pop-ups for the summer of 2021. Artists accepted to Art by the Falls 2020 have been invited to participate in the reformatted event. The event has been split into two segments, with the second starting July 23 and ending September 1.
Regular festival goers have favorite performers they seek out each year. I certainly do. Artists this year include Jewelry, Pat Bolgar and Janice Mariano; painting / drawing, Nancy Gregg, Kat LoGrande, Nancy Minter, Mary Ann Sedivy and Leesah Tarr; photography, Wayne Heim; textiles, Julie Friedman; wood / metal / sculpture, Tim Niewiadomski and Marcus Schafer; and mixed media, Kendra Wood.
The hallway exhibit, “Chagrin Valley Nature: A Tale of Two Views,” features works by Andrea Dawson and Kate Oulton. It will be visible until August 31.
Exhibitions are open during normal business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Reservations for small groups, up to 10 people, are also possible.
For more information, visit valleyartcenter.org or call 440-247-7507.