My return to painting in 2002 was after a 30 year hiatus due to the responsibilities of life, career, marriage, and children. My start was in art school (Cooper School of Art) where I worked huge abstracts on very large canvases. I went for texture, punchy color and depth through value, color and tone. Since that time my life changed many times over from the wild kid I was in my teens and twenties.
It was now landscapes that intrigued me. Meadows, skies and trees. It was an impressionistic style that I began to use, naturally. It was a struggle to find myself in the broad range of that style. The more realistic slant didn’t appeal to me. It was too stiff. Wider brushes and palette knives, thick paint and the large canvases appealed to me.
It was in 2005 that I made my first trip to the south of France. Provence was heaven to me. It still is after ten trips. I wanted to paint where the masters did, see what they saw and feel every bit of the atmosphere it offers. I paint there and return with or sell my work there. I photograph the countryside and use the photos as composition for work back home.
Hundreds and hundreds of canvases later, I still can’t wait to start another. God gave this gift to the right guy, obsessive, energetic and driven. I believe my success is in each and every painting I do. If I am happy with it then I have succeeded in my struggle to solve the problems of that particular painting. I paint for me, even if it is a commissioned piece. I have to work on a painting until it pleases me. Why stop and be dissatisfied?
My work can be seen locally. All locations are listed on my website. (www.rhcrombie.com)
I have always had an appreciation for the arts, whether it be visual arts, writing, or music, art has been an integral part of who I am.
After several years of putting off my lifelong passion for painting I took the plunge and decided to revisit that passion.
My first piece called, "Winds of Change" is a biographical piece in that I'd been experiencing a myriad of swift change and I needed a way to express that change.
I believe that art is a means by which we (artists) draw the beauty out of places and spaces that on the surface are not necessarily beautiful. Rather than succumb to the parallels of life's reversals art helps me to reinterpret embrace the change. I want my art to tap into others reservoir of creativity & commonality--that's empowering and fun!
In the words of Maya Angelou, "We need art to live fully and to grow healthy. Without it we are dry husks drifting aimlessly on every ill wind..."
The value of self-expression is priceless. For the most part I chose abstract art as my "go to" because of it's free from expectation, or the tyranny of "should." The results are simply my passionate imagination at the time of creation. Abstract is so flexible and has absolutely no limits.
Inspiration comes from many things, experience, passion, memories, and for me it also comes from trash.
Creating art responsibly is the first step in my creative process.
I’d like the beauty, color or subject of my art to draw the viewer in, then the realization that “hey that’s made from trash”, should come next. It is that dynamic duo, of beauty and trash that is paramount to my work.
Thinking about everyday trash and its voyage as it leaves our hands, can and should make all of us more aware, reflective and responsible regarding our individual impact on the environment. That’s why I choose to use everyday trash in my art, the stuff that we all have in our homes.
Hopefully my art inspires reflection and as well as action.
I like to encourage and inspire, you, the viewer to tap into your own creative energies and create something beautiful, using trash.
Go on…I dare you.
Jason Scala's art has been featured locally at Spaces in Clevland, Akron's Highland Square's Revial Boutique, and the Rubber City Clothing Company. Recently the gallery, Urban Kanvas has been added and viewed by participants of Akron's Art Walk.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, Scala is the talented chef at Akron's Urban Eats Cafe in downtown Akron. Urban Kanvas gallery is open by appontment only.
Scala started doing stencil art several years ago. He would stencil anything he could get his hands on, working on t-shirts, dumpsters, home interiors and even an abondoned Toyota Corolla. "I like the idea that cutting out a collection or arrangement of different shapes forms a recognizable image."
Stencils were a natural transition into the making of his plywood paintings. The process involves choosing an inmage, usually somthing nostalgic or inspiring to him, then digitally manipulating the image, creating a transparency, and projecting the image onto the media. Every detail is hand cut. The final steps include painting and peeling away the stencil. This distiuguishes the positive and negative shapes that ultimately constitute an entire picture.
Visit his website at urbankanvas.com for more information.
April E. Couch
I started seriously doodling in about four years ago. It helped me to rediscover my love of drawing. The intricate patterns have also helped me to concentrate and focus. Some call it Zen Doodle others refer to it strictly as Zentangle.
Zentangle is meditation achieved through pattern-making. A Zentangle is a complicated looking drawing that is built one line at a time. Simple tangles, or patterns, are combined in an unplanned way that grows and changes in unbelievable and amazing ways. When your mind is engaged in drawing, your body relaxes and anxiety and stress is reduced.
Zentangle was developed by artists Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
I am a life-long student of merging arts with science. My academic background in medicine taught me to balance physiology of human body and chemistry of kind-touch to put patients on the road to recovery.
Photography is no different. It requires fine balance of connecting inner feelings with the intricacies of camera to capture one perfect moment. The quest to capture that perfect moment has taken me to many places, and strange spaces. It’s a journey to explore myself and produce artistic pieces in the process. It gives me the freedom to express my thoughts in most artistic way.
Welcome to my site that depicts some of my work. I thank you for lending me your time to share my story, the story of a multi-ethnic Asian individual who learned to be sensitive in heart, strong in resolve, and flexible in life as he lived in three continents. Wallace Stevens gave words to my feelings when he said, “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself”.
Jeremy Jenkins currently resides in Akron,OH. He is known for his primarily large scale paintings influenced by 60's expressionism, African fashion and pop culture. He has traveled extensively throughout Subsaharan Africa and Europe. He was a cofounder of GROOP in Cleveland and has had work in various publications in Dialogue magazine.
I have lived in Summit County since 1974 and have worked for the Sheriff of Summit County since 1994. I currently serve as a Sergeant at the Crosier Street facility. I earned an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University in 1977. I have had the pleasure of exhibiting my work at a variety of museums in Ohio, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute and the Canton Art Museum. I have also shown my work at a number of universities. I have taught at Kent State University, the Canton Art Museum and the Akron Art Museum. For several years I occupied a studio space in the BF Goodrich factory on South Main Street. I participated in many exhibitions there and will be forever grateful to Michael Owen for the opportunity to show my work. Likewise I am pleased with the opportunity to show my work in the Ohio building and to share it with you. I have always considered Summit County to be the first most important place to show my work.
Dara Harper I am a lover of art, art of all mediums, I paint, I write, I speak, I teach what I know and love....ART. In my lifetime art has been my calm, my go to when all else fails. I truly can say " I love what I do" and I encourage all to find that love. I am fulfilled not only by what I do but who I serve and that is God who made me. He has made room for me to come before many and and speak of His goodness and mercy. Like art we forever evolve, move and welcome new ways, but as for God, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.......forever grateful.
Diane L. Johnson There's a lot of talents God could have blessed me with...but I am so glad he chose Art for me. To be able to express my thoughts and emotions in various types of medias is simply a sense of freedom for me. I love Art, everywhere you look is someone's visual interpretation on any given subject. I so often wonder how bland our world be without any expression of Art. Most of my free time (when I'm not with my family) is spent in the solitude of my studio creating what God has placed in my heart.
From a young age I was drawn to the vast world of the arts, and the freedom I found in expressing myself. Metal is my favorite medium, combining raw steel with recycled scrap metals. I've always revered the power in behind creating art that will outlive me.
I came to learn the trade in my fathers steel fabricating shop in Akron OH, where I was born and raised. Always free to build my imaginations, I grew up playing with scraps of metal, welders and iron working machines. The interest to sculpt steel came naturally out of my environment, and resources available to me. Inspired by nature, I focus on creating with reverence to our natural world, and the true beauty found in the wild.
My artwork can also be found at The Hazel Tree in Akron, The Wolf Creek Trading Co. in Norton, Gallery 15 in Akron, Bauhman Florists in Stow, and at the Glass Works Gallery in Akron, participating in The Akron Art Prize.
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From the one written By: Cuzann Matessa Deihl
Paintings of Gary Bagnato | A Fusion of Old and New World Artistry
Gary Bagnato is a New Age Gothic Van Gogh. That’s a mouthful but it reflects the broad spectrum of his art. Viewing some of his paintings puts you at the entrance of a feel good psychedelic church with medieval stained-glass windows. Where as some artists paint conventional still life or nature scenes, Bagnato amps the gender up a whole new level.
His art in general has a lot of soul, whether dark or light natured. So all in all, he’s eclectic. He’s not your typical Northeast Ohio artist by style, but maybe he is by his personal history.
Growing up in Akron Ohio the son of poor rubber worker, Gary Bagnato didn’t have much opportunity to be part of the art world. However he was drawn at an early age to create. He would paint and draw at the dining room table every chance he could get. But it wasn’t until high school that his art teacher who studied in Greenwich Village New York. Told him that he had talent for art and should go to school.
Gary then attended Kent State University from 1968 to 1970, it was a time of political and social change. Gary learned at Kent State that one’s artwork should mean something. That it should move people, and make them a willing participant in what’s happening around them.
Gary then began to develop his own style. It was like a folk impressionism, with a pronounced outlining to create a type of stained glass effect. He then began showing professionally in art shows and galleries.
Gary is a husband and father and foster parent as well as a blues musician. He is active in doing community outreach projects, with United Way, museums education fund, and community art leagues. Gary says, I always want to do art because the creative spirit is strong within me. Nothing would make me happier than to paint, and influence people through it until the day I die.
Elizabeth O'Boyle Burke
Elizabeth O’Boyle Burke became interested in photography as the yearbook photographer for her ten story all girl Catholic high school in Brooklyn, NY. While Director of the American Lung Association here in Akron, she became a part time writer for the Women’s Voice newspaper and consequently used her photography skills to accompany the articles. Whenever the articles ran, she included the story of how the photo was taken and readers started writing in for copies of both. She has used her photography skills in her Public Health career, and even shot colleague’s weddings. She has been a photographer for the Soap Box Derby catching driver’s expressions at the top of the hill as contestants made their way down the slope. Over time, she entered her photos in several contests and received first place awards. Her interests in subject matter includes capturing people’s expressions and beautiful things. She is moved by scenes of people and objects expressing and reminding us of moments that touch on the spiritual aspects of our lives. Her new interest in photography now involves utilizing digital Smartphone technology but she prefers shooting what she captures in a single moment using 35 mm film. She is a graduate of Kent State University in Community Health Education and a Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist and works for Summit County Public Health.
I had an interest in photography early on, but hadn't taken it further than just casual vacation pictures until after college when I realized that I completed my degree in Biological Sciences and hadn't taken one 'fun' class. As a graduation present to myself I bought my first DSLR, the Nikon d40 and began my journey as a self-taught photographer. I love taking photos of the world as I see it, but trying to express myself through photography needed something more than just focal lengths and apertures. I found Photoshop and threw myself into it. It was a creative outlet that allows the inner drama of any photo to be unleashed. I will admit that I use many techniques to push an image to something more, the key is to always allow restraint to keep the viewer grounded to this reality, well, mostly.
Tight crops, composition and drama!
Originally from Washington, D.C., Mark moved to New Enterprise, PA at the age of 7. Mark comes from a family that is artistically inclined in different types of art. His mother and sister design and create many types of crafts for craft shows, and his father, who retired from a career of interior and exterior painting, enjoys woodworking. Mark attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and earned an Associates Degree in Advertising and Design. Acrylic is his favorite paint to use, painting landscapes, flowers, and birds which have become just a few of his favorite designs to pain. Canvas, murals, computer laptop cases, and walking sticks, which he also designs and creates, are among the items he has used for his works of art. In late 2011, Mark moved to Akron, OH and found employment at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
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Born into a family of artists - mother, grandmother, grandfather, and great grandmother; Candace found painting to be the passionate force driving her life. In 1970 at the age of 16, Candace began her formal studies under the instruction of Watercolor Artist John Miller. This is when she started her love of painting Plein Aire at the quaint fishing village of Cortez, Florida. Over the years she has studied with many artists taking classes and workshops in different mediums and subject matter.
Candace currently resides in Medina, Ohio where she is an active member in her community and in local and regional art clubs and societies, often giving artist demonstrations. She has become an accomplished artist with many awards for her works of landscape, portrait, and still life in various mediums - watercolor, oil, acrylic, and pastel. With the love of the ocean and beach, Candace enjoys art retreat vacations to Top Sail Island, NC and Sarasota, FL. Many of her paintings of sea life, nautical subject and sea shore are featured at the Topsail Art Gallery . She has passed her talent along to all three of her children, both of her sons are talented painters, and her daughter is studying photography.
Candace's work hangs in many private collections.
Her work is featured at TopSail Art Gallery in Surf City, NC as well as many galleries in Ohio. She actively shows her work in exihibitions throughout Ohio.
Candace is available for commissioned work.
Jennifer Kay Jeter
Trained as a performance artist, Jeter will often collaborate with traditional artists or with non traditional partners including social service organizations to create curriculum, programming and theatrical works in order to spotlight societal concerns such as homelessness, substance abuse and sexual abuse.
This Ohio native is an advocate of the Arts. Jeter works in educational, community and professional theatre. Her thesis entitled The Rights of Being: An Analytical Review of Performance Art was an attempt to legitimize the abstract art form of performance art.
As a Social Artist, she continues to develop art constructions and educational curriculum to address the changing needs of the community. Jeter is able to create commentary through her photography, writing, directing painting and /or a combination of them all.
David’s fascination with photography began in grade school with a simple homemade pinhole camera. He established Accent Images Photography in 2009 to bridge his enjoyment between photography and action sports. He joined the Akron Aeros, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, in 2011 as Team Photographer where he photographs everything from game action, baseball cards, and promotional items. He also serves as a contributing photographer for Minor League Baseball.
David’s work has been published by the Associated Press, Baseball America, MLB.com/MiLb.com, SportingNews.com, Yahoosports.com, and the Akron Beacon Journal. His winning photos have been included in Baseball America’s 2013 Ballparks Calendar” and the 2012 Arlington Photo Contest (Columbus). His photos have been displayed at the Columbus 2011 Pride Art Show and Cincinnati’s Cooperative for Education art auction.
David is a proud music educator in Upper Arlington Schools, Columbus; and holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Westminster Choir College.
your life, my art
Capturing our world through photographs has always been my passion. In everything I see, there is a beautiful snapshot to be found … a piece of art.
Whether it be for a single moment or throughout a lifetime, my desire is to show people that one snapshot can tell a story … can bring back a memory … can put a smile on someone’s face.
My hope is that you find a piece of your life in my art.
Julie DiTommaso . jnd photography . fine art & family portraits
email@example.com . (330) 573-3622
She was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in studio arts from Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN). She also attended Kent State University for photography and recently graduated from Stark State College in graphic design. Samara’s passion for art developed during her first years in college after a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. She traveled to over 13 countries and experienced cultures and life that changed her forever. She later returned to Europe, and spent her days backpacking by train and photographing the vast landscapes, places and people. In 2005 she studied abroad again for 7 months in Dresden, Germany and had her first international photography exhibit at a small grassroots gallery called Art Der Kultur.
From the cobblestone alleyways of Europe to the urban streets of America, Samara’s work reminds us of the mystery and beauty of life we take for granted. Through abstract and social journalistic images, she combines a wonderful, artistic, visual form of multiple layers and hidden meanings that not only intrigues and pulls you in but causes you to face and question, with honesty, the depths of social constructions placed upon our daily lives. She hopes her art encourages others to seek out the true source of Life and to share of that light they were given by the Creator who made us all one.
Portfolio: www.flickr.com/photos/samarapeddle . Purchase: www.etsy.com/shop/OuterFringe
He grew up in Akron, Ohio. He has always been drawing since childhood and creating his own world through his creations. He is currently obtaining a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Akron's Mary Schiller Myers School of Art.
Nathan has been in multiple group shows, in the Akron area and He has taken part in many public art projects and commissions. Most recently, he was The Lead Professional Artist creating a mural in city hall of down town Akron, Ohio for its Lock3 arts program.
Portfolio: http://cargocollective.com/NathanMayfield . Contact: Nathan
Dave Benn is a lifetime artist from Kenmore in Akron, Ohio.
Dave is a retired art teacher with the Akron Public School system. He enjoys spending time and painting on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The paintings on display are acrylic on canvas.
Nationally known portrait artist, Elinore Korow, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, student of the renowned Rolf Stoll and a designer for the American Greetings Corporation in the early ‘70s.
She established her own portrait studio in 1973, which continues to this day. She has been in numerous major juried and invitational exhibitions. Such as: The National Academy of Design and World Trade Center (New York, New York), The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show (Golden, Colorado), The Arts Club (Washington, DC), The American Watercolor Society’s National traveling Exhibition and charter member of the Ohio Watercolor Society.
Elinore is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in American Art”, Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women”. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Art at Cliffside in Hinckley Ohio, as well as in many private and corporate collections.
Ms. Korow also teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Continuing Education Program, the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and has a gallery at the Maple Heights Senior Center, a gallery at Laurel Lake retirement Community and on occasion at the Peninsula Art Academy.
Ms. Korow works in a variety of mediums; oil, pastel, watercolor, oil pastel, graphite and silverpoint. Ms. Korow does workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
View her work at: www.womensartleague.org
Mary Neubert is interested in painting mostly flowers in acrylics or in collage using paper, fabric and yarn. She enjoys visiting local gardens to sketch and photograph flowers during the summer and then use them as reference material to do paintings during the winter. She enjoys visiting art museums and galleries and attending classes and workshops.
Mary is a member of the Akron Society of Artists, the Ohio Collage Society, the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens and associate member of the Ohio Water Color Society.
Judy Takács has been a painter of people since she began her art career in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
She has focused primarily on painting people with understanding, irony and a high degree of painterly realism. She sometimes stages human situations with models, dressed or nude, who pose as actors in paintings of stories yet to be written. Other times the stories are told through the intense and expressive lines of their faces.
In 2011 Judy's work was featured in a Solo Exhibit “His Hers and the Truth: Human Realism” at Notre Dame College of Ohio.
A winner of four “Best of Show” awards in 2011 alone, Judy Takács has exhibited in group and juried shows around Northeast Ohio at the Valley Art Center, Fairmount Arts Center, Lakeland College, BayARTS, Beck Center, Summit ArtSpace in Akron and the Butler Museum of American Art. She has also had her work hanging at the historic Samagundi Club in New York City and won honors from the Portrait Society of America.
In 2012, Judy embarked upon “The Solon Senior Project” where she paints seniors once a week at the Solon Senior Center in her home town. This project has created a buzz, and received press and internet coverage in Solon. In November 2012 the exquisite gallery at the Solon Center for the Arts will host an exhibition of the paintings that resulted from these encounters.
Since 2009, Judy has been working on a provocative and fun painting project called Chicks with Balls. She has been asking her female friends to take off their tops and pose holding a variety of balls. Oddly enough, many of them said yes. Check out the blog and follow the story of this project as it unfolds and debuts with a show in the Summer of 2013. After that it will travel to art centers in the Midwest and beyond.
Judy paints each and every day at the spacious studio in her home in Solon, Ohio. Judy lives here with her husband Scott and their three boys, all of whom get painted again and again.
Just take a look at her website:
Joseph (Joe) T. Dick
An artist since youth, Joe started drawing when he was 6 yrs old. His drawings,cartoons, and graphic designs have appeared in the Akron University newspaper and yearbooks, in U.S. Army papers, and in countless Akron area agency brochures, flyers, logos and annual reports. Since 1985, he has been exploring all the dimensions of his artistic expression, through collage, painting, and photography.
His award winning art, photography, and painted furniture works have been in numerous Ohio shows, including the Ohio State Fair juried Fine Arts Exhibit and its Hand Crafts and Applied Arts Exhibit. He won third place and honorable mention in the Akron Beacon Journal Magazine 1999 Photo Contest. His photo BLUE BUTTERFLY appeared on the cover.
His photo PARIS IMPRESSIONS was in a national show presented by The Lexington KY Art League in 2003 A photograph of his Akron Ohio street in the Fall was selected as “Photo of the Day” by the photographic section of America OnLine and has been downloaded by some 3000 individuals all over the U.S.
Over the years his work has been singled out for many honors in the annual shows of the Akron Camera Club, the Artists of Rubber City, the Canton Jewish Center, the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and ARTSPACE. Five times his photos have appeared in the prestigious Six State Photography Exhibition presented by FAVA, in Oberlin, Ohio. Twice they have won top awards.
Annette Yoho Feltes
My art is my own forum in which to react not only to the world outside of me but to myself, who I am, how I feel, and who and what I have become. Often this pits me in front of a fractured mirror that I have to struggle to make sense of. Fusion or melding one material to another to create a visual harmony between two unrelated materials or objects is how I deal with struggle because being human is necessary, not easy.
The natural surfaces that nature sculpts are the most pleasing to me and I find myself attempting to reproduce those surfaces and colors. I tend to but am not limited to a monochrome pallet of colors that are found in nature. Often I will simply make pieces of ceramic in quantity that then becomes “materials.” Recycling found objects is not only necessary for the environment but the history of the object prior to its present incarnation adds to the mystic of the art The panels that I make are all about composition and balance or as it seems right to my eye. As the materials come together and take form they begin to show what they are and gain a title. I work abstractly because it is where I am most comfortable. When you work realistic everyone is your critic because everyone knows what reality looks like. In my melding, morphing, mutating world things are the way they should be because they have never existed. The assembly process consists of problem solving that teaches me something with each piece I make. I spend much of my time at hardware stores looking for methods of attachment. I tend to rely on the woman’s work that I learned from my Grandmother. In my work there is sewing, quilting, knitting of materials be it though with wire, nails, wood, copper sheeting and power tools. Organic natural surfaces pulled together with a stitch or at least projecting the illusion.
Much of my work tells the viewer exactly how I feel. I do not feel that any child should feel shame about whom and what they are. Shame is such a big emotion that grows inside you and affects a person systemically. The feeling of having someone rip your insides out and leave them hang to dry and my struggle with anxiety. My art is also a reaction to our environment, the Gulf Oil spill and how all that pollution in the world’s life giving waters will eventually cause mutations in the animals in order for the species to survive, how big or small, time will only tell. The rest of my art provides my playfulness an intuitive sandbox of opportunities, this is my favorite part.
I graduated from the University of Akron in December 2009 with a BFA in Sculpture a Minor in Ceramics and a BA in English. More of her work can be seen at www.annettefeltes.com
I loved to draw when I was a kid. I once drew a Wooly Mammoth on a piece of ruled school paper and gave it to my Aunt. She and Uncle Lee ran a road house on the Highway that runs through Klamath Falls, Oregon and when I happened to visit them several years later, I noticed that my now yellowing Mammoth was still hanging behind the bar in a dime store frame. That’s probably when I realized that drawing was cool, something that people cherish and value. I didn’t actually take a formal art lesson until I was 26 years old, at an evening Adult Education class at the high school in Concord, California. That was my first experience with oil paint, fine brushes and stretched canvas. Wow! Well, flash forward another 20 years when I began to study art in earnest, first at the University of Akron (where I eventually took my degree in Business Administration), and went on to finally learn painting the time honored way…with successful teaching Artists, one on one, in private studios. My teachers were Bernice Fitzgibbons, Gene Bell, Jack Liberman and my mentor, Dino Massaroni with whom I studied for 5 years and learned the technique and pallet I use to this day.
I continued to paint, sell, and grow right up to retirement from BFGoodrich Company as a Corporate Cash Manager in 1999 when my wife and I moved to New Mexico and for the next 9 years painted in the mountains and desert of the great Southwest. We returned to Ohio in 2008.
I’ve done all the local shows that local artists do, and have been twice honored by having paintings accepted at the Butler Institute of American Art’s annual Midyear show. I continue to paint, sell and teach out of my Stow, Ohio Studio. I currently have two students who are of Intermediate School age and it is such a joy to guide them and watch them grow. I now fully understand what inspired all of those fine artists who taught me to paint all those years ago. I also have instructed my wife Elaine who is a very gifted oil painter who has won many awards in shows in New Mexico where we were both signature members of the Black Range Artists, Inc. I am currently a signature member of the Akron Society of Artists.
I adore pigment: the loose and liquid quality of watercolor, the creaminess of oils and the dark graphic nature of charcoal. I love key notes of sparkling color as well as areas of non-descriptive grays where layers of color speak a softer language. I love line and mass; spontaneity and deliberation; the real and the imagined – all paired opposites. I paint a variety of images although figures fascinate me the most. My process involves a quest for harmony through the balancing of these opposing forces. Self-exploration and investigation into the “gray areas” that describe the contradictions we all face have been paramount to my own personal and spiritual growth.
I seem to resist “right” or “wrong” connotations in painting; chasing instead the rhythm of the movement. For many years I studied calligraphy – loose and energetic brush strokes are my aim. I work at distilling life into its “simple essences,” its absolutes. I love economy of stroke… poetry.
I learned to paint by painting. I feel that my work has followed a natural evolution of serious introspection that reflects earlier studies in music, language, poetry, dance and psychology. Through these reflections my work draws on rhythm, movement, attention to detail, spontaneity and simplification of form; descriptions that are simultaneously apt and contradictory. My work has evolved into painting because of my own disappointment in words, which are often excessive, transitory and over- or under- loaded with meaning. I am intrigued by human behavior and seek to unearth that which lies beneath the surface, sometimes a sublime gesture, a memory, a visual metaphor… often contradictions, a truth for which there are no words.
I am searching for something soulful, something noble.
More of her work can be seen at www.hutchinsonart.blog.com
Katina Pastis Radwanski
I work full-time as a painter and sculptor. My painting medium is primarily acrylic and my sculrture medium steel.
Though I formerly worked in a representational manner, my pieces these days are often described as lying somewhere between abstraction and surrealism.
Like everyone, my background and life experience have led me to my current way of thinking and so my work speaks to that place. I’ve found that with time my world view has broadened and my images now come more from within. I am pulled to produce compositions which result from meditative sketching. These paintings and sculptures are usually organic in shape and speak to a search for understanding of the human experience and societal conscience.
Painter and sculptor, Catherine "Katina" Pastis Radwanski spent her childhood in Northern Ohio and most of her adult life in the Atlanta, Georgia area. She currently resides in Hudson, Ohio and maintains a Sudio/Gallery on the third floor of the Summit ArtSpace Building at 140 East Market Street, in downtown Akron. Katina is a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Georgia and is a former high school art teacher. She displays her award winning work in solo and group exhibitions and juried competitions.
More of her work can be seen a www.cpastisradart.com
Leo Michael was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, he is a freelance illustrator and owner of Leo Michael Illustration, Inc. For over 25 years, Leo has created humorous b&w and color cartoons/illustrations for editorial, publication and advertising. Leo is a graduate of the University of Akron.
More of his illustrations can be seen at www.leomichael.com
As an artist, I am merely a conduit for the expression of beauty. I see beauty in the ordinary, mundane, abandoned, gritty and raw. I feel compelled to share the beauty I see. I attempt to render something that may be seen as ugly into art, thereby challenging the distinctions between beauty and ugliness. I am an urban dweller, and am fascinated by the fragments of the city and urban detritus. I believe that art elevates the consciousness of a city. Frequent motifs are telephone poles and wires. I find the grids created by wires fascinating. I also enjoy experimenting with angles, reflections and like to work with unexpected color and movement.
Peggy worked downtown Cleveland for many years, and remembers being fascinated by Cleveland when she was a child. When the family would take car trips to Cleveland, she remembers being excited to see the city with pink skies – she nicknamed it Pink City. She did not realize at the time that the pink skies were actually polluted. She is currently working on a project entitled "Pink City" based on her fascination with Cleveland’s past, present and future. Working downtown, she has watched the many cycles of an industrial city. A city that once flourished seemed to decay before her eyes. She is interested in the rebirth of cities that have gone through this cycle of death, and is interested in creating intentional communities based on sustainability. Peggy is also a writer, interior design consultant and a painter. She holds a degree in Communication from Cleveland State University.
More of her photography can be seen at www.cityandsky.blogspot.com
A native of Steubenville, OH, Cheri Homaee’s art career spans fifty years as a painter, a photographer and art instructor. Self-taught, she studied art from K-12 grade in Steubenville, then one year of college at Bennett College. She later graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and AS in Draft Design. Her photography has been published and exhibited throughout the East Coast. She has won several national and international juried competitions. Her work has been compared to Andrew Wyeth’s and Edgar Degas. She is an instructor in drawing, fine art photography, and acrylic painting.
Cheri is a member of the Board of Trustees for Brecksville Center for the Arts , Woman’s Art League of Akron, Studio B of Brecksville, Peninsula Art Academy and Cleveland Photographic Society.
As a collage artist I work primarily in resin. I use a method of layering resin, drawings, found images, and various paints to create encapsulated three dimensional landscapes and scenes. The depth produced by the multiple layers of resin gives a "Cast block" feel to the collage, initiating engagement and creating a sensorial experience. The process of experimentation with materials, color, technique and composition is central when beginning a piece. I begin to have a constant, multi-dimensional process of selfexploration, self-reflection and learning. By arranging various images and manipulating their size, color, texture, position and relationship, I discover subjective new perceptions stimulated by the development of conscious and unconscious insight. One realization that has developed from this process is that good and bad are artificial principals.
Humans' essential nature is good; holding or comparing oneself to the polarity of good and bad will cause an inoperative disconnection with this essential nature. There is an earthly separation from God or the universe that I see when completing many of my pieces, which project an apocalyptic tone. I feel as though my unconscious insight speaks through my work and a temporarily forgotten piece of innate wisdom resurfaces, according to the moment of time when it is necessary. Through my latest body of work I am being reminded to follow my inner guidance; to feel the effortless sensation of being reconnected with God or the universal flow of energy. This stimulating feeling of discovery gives me a need to produce work with freedom, knowing that there is an infinite source of wisdom to be learned. Lately my pieces refer to choices, human destination and questions, that will in my opinion, scientifically always remain unanswered.
Haley Litzinger was born and raised in the historical town of Peninsula, Ohio, which is centered in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.The entire area, as she describes it, is haunted by remnants of the industrial and agricultural revolution. This is where she believes her fascination with mysterious landscapes originated. " I intend for my work to arouse curiosity and absorb the viewer into the environment. Then they can imagine and experience how the piece is interpreted specifically for them." She creates her pieces with remnants of vintage books, magazines and drawn images; They are collaged and layered in resin, paint, oil pastels, and ink. She received her BFA at Kent State University with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. She has held numerous group and solo exhibitions in the Ohio and surrounding areas. Haley spends most of her time in her studio in Akron, Ohio, where she is experimenting with larger scale layered resin collages. Her new collections will be submitted to various juried exhibitions.
Tessa graduated from Malone in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts and is currently continuing her Education degree. Her emphasis is painting, but loves to produce multi-media pieces. Her art often reflects African culture and music. She currently works in the education field and resides in Akron, Ohio with her Nigerian husband, Chinedu Onyeiwu, and her 1 1/2 year old daughter, Aarah Onyeiwu.
Charlie Wagers is a graphic designer, art director and illustrator, the product of gray Midwestern skies and a blue collar, Rust Belt aesthetic. Formally trained in fine arts, he draws inspiration from the antique and arcane: early printing techniques, vintage cameras and films, aged textures, forgotten books, and—oddly enough—old neon signs. Growing up on 800 acres of Kentucky farmland, Charlie forged a deep connection with nature, and today he still spends much of his time outdoors, hiking or riding his bike in search of new colors and contrasts. Humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris has described Charlie’s unique style as “Chillbilly," a term the designer proudly wears on his sleeve. While earning his BFA, Charlie became one of the founding members of Three Bears Design. He has worked for clients including The Fray, mewithoutYou, Relient K, American Idol’s Kris Allen, Owl City, Proctor & Gamble, XL Records, Tooth & Nail Records, and Six Flags Theme Parks. His work has been recognized by UnderConsideration, KidRobot, French Paper, Lomography, and the cover of Twenty2wo magazine. Charlie currently lives in Akron, Ohio, where he divides his time between his vinyl record collection, his beloved Holga camera, and his girlfriend—not necessarily in that order.
All images were shot on analogue 120 film, through square-format, plastic-lens, lomographic cameras. The images are run through an array of experimental techniques to generate unexpected results. Some techniques include; multiple exposures, over and under exposure, using a variety of traditional or non-traditional filters, cross-processing, light leaks, etc. No additional digital manipulation has been done to the images.
The uniqueness of this medium comes from the experimental technique used to create the images. There is no real formula necessary. Following the "Don't think, just shoot" mentality, the photographer has to be quick, and carry their camera everywhere they go, to capture little snapshots of daily life. Combined with the analogue equipment, and unorthodox processing methods, the results are filled with saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, and other happy accidents.
I am a full time Tallmadge Police Officer with a passion for photography. I became interested with taking photos as a freshman at Woodridge High School in 1982. Since high school, I have continued with my love for photography as a hobby for the past 28 years. I began using 35mm film and have progressed into the digital format. I am a bit of a purist and enjoy images which are not retouched. Capturing the realistic moments, such as candid shots of people, are among my favorite pictures to take, along with the beauty of nature shots and the action of sporting events.
My passion for photography has taken me to the next step of pursuing a second career with my photos. My wife, Charla, and I are working together in this venture. She handles the computer workflow, image processing and ordering. I concentrate on capturing the moments to enjoy for a lifetime; this includes weddings, senior pictures, family portraits, sporting activities, and nature photos.
Having lived in England, Missouri, North Carolina and now Ohio, and also having a love for traveling, this has given me many opportunities to work on my craft. I have thousands of images to draw from. The collection I have chosen for you to view is a random sampling of a few of my favorite shots. Most of the nature shots are from Summit County. I had an opportunity to travel to China in July and decided to use a few for this display. I stumbled into the newlyweds in the wedding portrait and they were more than happy to allow me to capture part of their day. The collage from China has a few street scenes and one of an artist working on a silk art. More of my images can be viewed on my website,
I hope you enjoy the collection,Scott Christopher
Illustrations by Angela Crum, age 18. Ms. Crum is attending Kent State University, majoring in Architectural Studies and Fine Arts.
"TresGuitars," featuring a collection of the artist’s guitars drawn with colored pencils on black paper, won a Silver Medal at the 2010 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The piece was part of a series of "reflections" created in photo-like illustration (the artist’s reflected image is visible in the face of one of the guitars), while also signifying self-reflection about artistic pursuits.
"Billiards," similarly produced later in the year, won the Revere School District Superintendent’s Award. The last in the "reflections" series, the inspiration for this piece was as much the challenge of portraying the play of light on the table and billiard balls as conveying the quiet order of the scene just before the break.
The artist is honored to exhibit these works, but is not offering them for sale.
Silver Medalist, National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Graduate of Revere High School
Mr. Robert Pierson, Art Teacher
Mr. Bill Adams, Principal
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Michael Gable attended Akron Public Schools. In 2003, he received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Myers School of Art at the University of Akron with a painting and drawing emphasis. He currently lives and works in Akron, while actively exhibiting work in North East Ohio and maintaining a studio in a commercial space in West Akron.
In 2003, he received the Folk Scholarship from the University of Akron. In 2006, Michael was featured in the exhibition Tension and Balance at Kent State University Stark, where he also participated in the exhibition, "From Camera to Canvas" at Summit Art Space, and also gave a blind contour drawing class for the community. Most recently, in 2009, his work was installed during the remodeling of the Oldham Kramer downtown law offices, featuring large and small scale painting and drawing.
Andrew R. Shondrick
Andrew R Shondrick is an artist currently working in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2008 he received a BFA in Painting and Drawing [Bunnies] from The University of Akron. Animals higher than he on the food chain scare the heck out of him, and he patiently awaits the return of sideburns amongst popular fashion trend.
Lately he spends most of his time randomly falling asleep and floating away.
The greatest influence in my life as an artist was my father, Baldwin Ford, who encouraged me to paint, draw and create as soon as I could hold a pencil in my hand. He was a musician, composer, playwright, and artist. In painting, he primarily focused on encaustics, which I am also now experimenting with. The sculptural quality of the beeswax adds dimension to the surface with which I paint diffusing light through the pigment. Painting with the melted wax is challenging in that, the wax begins to harden the moment it leaves the hear source requiring me to work quickly adding drama with texture and bold colors.
I have also been influenced by the paintings of El Greco with his dramatic use of lights and darks and elongated figures; and Salvadore Dali (who happened to share my birthday, May 11) because of the Surrealistic dreamlike state and again, elongation of images, which is the effect I am trying to achieve in my study of images reflected in bent or warped mirrors.
I am intrigued by reflections; the bending of images in the ripple effect on water, in the extended and contorted images in mirrors, glass, and metals. I am interested in the contrasts of light and shadow whether the color or black and white, and the distortion of the images in reflections. Any one image is but a reflection of a whole range of realities. The sources of imagery can be endless.
A published photographer since 1995, Jason Noble is continually trying new ideas and working towards creating images that push the envelope in modern digital photography.
Jason's photography style is natural and expressive, focusing on the moment rather than posing his shots. He focuses on expression and emotion that captures the true vibe of everybody he photographs. Jason’s background incorporates 15 years of photojournalism, high fashion, portraiture, wedding and digital design. These elements have intertwined to create the style that has become Noble Images’ trademark:
Conteporary. Creative. Candid.
Jason and wife Danielle run Noble Images, Inc. from their location in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They are a husband and wife team for wedding photography and have crafted their award-winning style from scratch over 12 years ago. Danielle operates the day-to-day operations at the studio while Jason handles the photography and design.
Jason travels all over the world to photograph. Jason is a regular front-row shooter at New York Fashion Week, and the Noble's have photographed weddings in destinations like the Bahamas and Niagara Falls. Noble’s work continues to appear in bridal and fashion magazines across the United States.
Exhibitions of Jason's work can be seen in many local businesses, along with our gallery located in downtown Cuyahoga Falls. The current exhibit, "IV" features a variety of pieces, from the front row at New York Fashion Week to the tranquil beaches of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza to the bustling streets of Times Square.
Noble Images, Inc. is the proud winner of several awards, including “Best in Cleveland / Northeast Ohio 2007” from myfoxcleveland.com, Bride’s Choice 2009 from Wedding Wire and The Knot Best of Weddings 2008/2009 Pick. Jason is also a card carrying member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA).
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Trey Berry is an American artist living in Akron, Ohio. He recognized at an early age that his passion for life was the creation of beautiful objects. In his work a connection with a higher consciousness is expressed. Nothing exists that does not touch the other. He believes, “the more we become aware of our inner world, the more our relationship changes with our outer world or reality.” His paintings imagine mystic and symbolic worlds that express wonder not fear of the unknown.
“I spend most of my days painting. The experience carries me to places far into my imagination, places that seem to exist more and more closely to reality than the day before. I sometimes feel that I am traveling through time only to realize that I have not moved and only minutes may have passed. Dreams, visions, spirits they truly make me question sanity and reality; however they give me great faith in humanity and give me a greater knowledge of the immensity of the universe of the inner mind.”
He studied fine art at Memphis State University and the misch technique under two of the New Masters Robert Venosa and Martina Hoffman. He was an assistant instructor in New York at the Omega Institute 2009 during a two week Venosa / Hoffman workshop. He is best known for his live performance paintings and plans to continue to intertwine his work with music for the sake of joy. He has been exhibited nationally and his work is in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. He belongs to the Society for Art of Imagination and the Visionary Art Network.
“Creating gives great power to the artist it allows one to explore all possibilities and have vision of what can be. Remembering those on this path that have gone before us, listening for their secrets, seeing visions through their eyes, smelling the spirits and mixing the medium, a history and ritual as old as man, magic never evades us. It is all around us, a great river forever flowing through time. With every brushstroke and thought that passes we create our own destiny. I seek experience that not only changes my personal and spiritual views but experiences that rock the very foundations of the soul. Nothing of great value comes without sacrifice and personal discovery is of the highest order. Let the revolution begin.”
Lynda Rimke is an Akron artist who began her training at the Akron Art Institute as a small child, and continued to study art at Kent State University. In 2004 she begain painting in watercolor, continuing to explore her love of landscape and the human figure. She is a Signature member of Akron Society of Artists, and has placed her work in numerous local shows and galleries. More of Lynda's work can be viewed at her website:
This display is a groundbreaking exhibit that truly demonstrates the universal language of art. Each work featured in the gallery was created by an artist who has experienced a disability due to a traumatic brain enrolled in the Hattie Larlham Ability At Work program. The techniques used have been altered from our original Creative Arts program, to meet the specific needs of the participants in the Ability At Work program.
Hattie Larlham Creative Arts offers participants the complete artist experience from conception to production and eventually art exhibition. Creative Arts is based on the guiding principle of freedom of choice to ensure that every participant in the program is given complete control over every aspect of the art-making process. The system inspired by the work of Arts Access Program in Peapack, New Jersey, devised a method of art creation that renders disability irrelevant and focuses on the participant’s ability to create art. We approach each participant on an individual basis and tailor the process to suit his or her specific needs.
Professional artists are hired as trackers who simply provide the participants with a means to create art on their own terms and according to their own realities. Our philosophy of neutrality and the empowerment of the individuals always remain a constant with any painting session. Our trackers are not collaborators or therapists, but a neutral party to be used as a tool to translate each participant’s vision onto the art piece. Currently, art disciplines in Creative Arts are painting, pottery, music, photography and poetry. For more information on the program or the purchase of a piece, please contact Phylliss Steiner at 1-800-233-8611 x 3013 or e-mail at Phylliss.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The May showing of Room With A View captures different types of mediums from the use of pencil and pen to the colorful mixtures of oil paints. Employees of the
George Kohler, father of Lisa Kohler, MD (Executive/Medical Examiner), made use of the landscape in their backyard by use of photography.
Peter De Rose
Peter De Rose, father of Valerie De Rose (Executive Office/EMA), used very distinct oil colors to create a beautiful landscape.
Floyd James Hrivnak
Floyd James Hrivnak, grandfather-in-law of Krista Williams (Fiscal Office), chose to take an athletic standpoint, painting a football action play.
Clara Mae Hinig
Clara Mae Hinig, mother of Jill Hinig Skapin (Executive/Department of Communications), with the use of oil paints produced two beautiful paintings that come to life.
George Farris, grandfather of Lisa Yeager (Executive/Department of Insurance & Risk Management) and Jaci Stein (Executive/Department of Communications), painted a landscape with a mountain scene using oil paints.
Marsha Fusco, mother-in-law of Helen Fusco (Fiscal Office), wanted to recreate the album cover from Led Zepplin for her son. She used black and white paint to craft her first piece of artwork.
Robert Lewis Kish
Robert Lewis Kish, father of David Kish (Executive/Department of Communications), created a painting that comes to life with the use of oil paints as his medium.
Flora May Fenton Latimer
Flora Mary Fenton Latimer, great-grandmother of Julie Tortora (Executive/Department of Communications) is one of the oldest artist featured in the Room With A View. She chose soft colors, which brought together a gorgeous scenery of a mountain, trees and water.
Blanche P. Tomlin
Blanche P. Tomlin, mother of Teresa Corall (Executive/Department of Law), takes her sites to the desert, using beautiful and vibrant colors paint.
Charles L. Zimerla
Charles L. Zimerla, grandfather of Lesli Rarick (Executive/Public Safety), with the use of blue and white paint takes us beyond a waterfront house, capturing the movement of the waves crashing into the shoreline.
Edna Arlene Arnold
Edna Arlene Arnold, grandmother-in-law of Helen Fusco (Fiscal Office), shows off her artistic talent by sketching, with the use of an ink pen and paper.
Robert G. Stein
Robert G. Stein, father of Lisa Yeager (Executive/Department of Insurance & Risk Management) and Jaci Stein (Executive/Department of Communications), shows his love for sports, creating a pencil drawing of Bo Jackson when of the best multisport athletes during his time.
Terry S. Amstutz
Was born in Wayne County and raised on the family farm Apple Creek, OH. He was always drawn to the excitement and seemingly never-ending inspiration of an urban environment. This led Terry to make his home in the heart of Akron where he has lived since 1997. Having attended both Malone College and Kent State University he decided to leave behind a degree in theater arts for a career in business. Interested in photography and art from an early age, his skill did not begin to really take shape until the advent of the digital revolution. Creating under the pseudonym, Mobius Faith, Terry's images focus on themes like faith, grace, memory and perception. "Digital photography, as an act of grace, has the power to take things forgotten, mundane, or outright ignored and transforms them into 'places' of interest. Being able to see beauty in things by-passed or tossed aside is a gift and reminder of a God that looks on humanity with the same love, care, and attention to detail." For more, you can find Terry at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsam7/ and http://picturingtsamsung.blogspot.com/
Cari Miller has spent the last 20+ years working in Northeast Ohio as an award-winning photographer, graphic designer, writer, editor, and artist. A degree in communications from the University of Akron and post-baccalaureate studies at the Mary Schiller School of Art have allowed Miller to work for employers as diverse as the Hudson Hub-Times, the Akron Public Schools and Crain Communications’ Plastics News. Now Miller is focusing on the display and sale of her artwork, primarily her colorful, heavily textured acrylic paintings.
“People always ask what my style is,” Miller says, “and I really can’t describe it. What I can say is that I am heavily influenced by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse. Picasso especially is an inspiration to me for all the media he mastered, his wide variety of styles, and the incredible longevity of his career.”
Miller lives with her husband and three children in Northwest Akron. For more information, contact Miller at email@example.com.
Anitra Redlefsen, M.S.
330-723-6500 firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.artisjoy.com
Anitra Redlefsen, M.S., is a Teaching Artist who conducts hands-on visual art workshops for students and teachers that are based upon the Ohio Academic Content Standards for the Visual Arts and other curriculum subjects. Anitra is on the roster of the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative, a program of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, and the Medina County Performing Arts Tours. She conducts private lessons for students of all ages and abilities, specializing in working with those who are gifted or those who have special needs. Anitra does commission work, exhibits her work locally, and is a conference presenter for groups and organizations. Anitra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Communications, and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Development and Training.
Jack Richard is a local painter, teacher, restoration expert, historian, artisan, craftsman and owner of the Almond Tea Gallery, located at 2250 Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls.
Richard is best known for creating annual portraits of NEC Invitational World Golf Championship Ambassadors, individuals who have fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course.
13 photo replicas of Richards’ NEC Invitational commissioned portraits are currently on exhibit in the Room with a View.
Liz Heslop-Shumake specializes in impressionistic art with societal overtones in her message. While working mainly in oils, she also toils in pastels, charcoals and acrylics. A native of Akron, she now resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She has owned a portraiture business for the past seven years entitled, “Puppy Portraits.” She is often commissioned for portraits of adults and children and works as a freelance graphic artist.
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Heslop-Shumake graduated from Firestone High School in 1988, attended Kenyon College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from The University of Akron. For more information, please contact Liz Heslop-Shumake at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Pennell is a graduate of Columbus of Art and Design where she earned a degree in Illustration.
For the past 17 years, she has owned a consulting graphics business where she works for companies designing their images and creative looks.
She currently teaches Illustration and Design Techniques at Kent University.
To Pennell, everything is related to art in some form. She enjoys capturing the feelings and memories of children of all ages. The most commonly used mediums that she works with are watercolors, pencils and oil paintings. She currently resides in Kent, OH.
Environment is the inspiration for Bernadette Glorioso’s series of paintings using indigenous material. These paintings are non-toxic and made from rocks and other natural materials. The ingredients used have been ground down by hand and combined with binders to create all-natural pigments. Glorioso hopes that these paintings encourage viewers to get in touch with the rising importance of environmental issues and to take a look at the beautiful colors surrounding our environment.
Bernadette Glorioso is the founder of Raw Umber, a group that explores the use of raw materials. She attended Columbus College of Art and Design and the University of Akron. She currently teaches private art classes and at ArtHouse in Cleveland. Glorioso is a resident of Akron. More of her work can be viewed at www.BernadetteGlorioso.com.
Barbara Krans Jenkins
Barbara Krans Jenkins enjoys working on location. It is important to her to capture the delicate ecological balance of her subjects in their environment. She most frequently finds her subject matter from her Cuyahoga Valley National Park home, the Mendocino headlands of northern California, the coast of Maine’s Acadia National Park and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Her paintings hang in galleries and collections and her work has been published several times.
Jenkins works with oils, pastels and watercolor, but prefers to work mainly with colored pencils. She finds her art process to be a renewing, healing process. She says of her work, “I hope my work imparts my passion and reverent appreciation of our land and it’s Maker.”
For more information, please visit www.bjkstudio.com.
Jody Hawk has been working as a photographer and artist since 1995. Her most recent exhibits are from the ongoing project, “Objects of Desire.” The multimedia installations are about inner landscape and involve found objects and sound. The featured exhibit includes landscape with elements from different parts of the United States.
Hawk attended the University Of Akron where she obtained, with honors, a bachelor of fine arts degree. She then earned a master of fine arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA; She teaches classes at Lake Erie College and the University of Akron and currently resides in Rittman.
County of Summit employee Lori Jones is debuting her mirror artwork in Room With A View. She works in the Department of Development in the HWAP Program and has spent much of her free time making crafts. She recently realized that she, along with her good friend Patricia Loney, are making one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Together they started the business, “Jones & Loney Mosaics.”
Jones explains that all pieces are hand-cut and individually designed and no two are ever the same. A variety of materials such as colored glass, mirrors, stones, beads, metal and wire are utilized to achieve the unique look that each piece has. Various sizes, shapes and colors are custom made to coordinate with any decor. Jones resides with her family in Cuyahoga Falls.
For more information, please contact Lori Jones at LJonescmc@aol.com.
Amy E. Young
Summit resident Amy E. Young began her career as a Student of Fine Arts at Mary Schiller Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Young has been a freelance artist since 1989 and focuses her talent on murals, paintings, portraits and extensive commission work.
Young is a member of various organizations such as: AkronArt Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center, Canton Museum of Art and Spaces Gallery.
For Room with a View, Young displayed works with oil on canvas, watercolor and conte and multimedia on canvas.
John W. Murphy
John W. Murphy, 80, initially became interesting in painting while attending East High School from 1941-1944. His talent took a back seat to his career at Ohio Bell, but reemerged in 1999 when he retired. Painting has been his hobby and has been in full swing since.
Murphy received one year of instruction in tole painting and six weeks of training in watercolors. All works are acrylic on birch plywood. Murphy constructs all of his frames by hand.
Kristen Smith is a Summit County resident who has enjoyed the creative process as long as she can remember. As a child, she would pretend to teach art classes with watercolor paint and that interest stayed with her through high school and college. Her childhood play foreshadowed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education with minors in Fine Art and Education from Kent State University.
Smith enjoys working with art on many levels—some of her pieces for the sake of visual appeal, some for symbols and layers of meaning. Her inspiration comes from her faith and outside influences in her life. She enjoys using various media and techniques, including painting, pottery and photography. Smith hopes that viewers will interact with her work on a personal level. She wants them to ask probing questions and merge her intentions with personal observations to discover meaning.
Pamela Z. Daum
Trained in conventional photographic processes, Pamela Z. Daum has chosen to specialize in alternative methods, particularly Polaroid art techniques. The photographs in the Room With A View exhibit represent images from a series of Polaroid SX-70 manipulations. In this method, Daum handworks an SX-70 image, which is then giclee printed onto canvas or fine art paper. The process allows for unique results.
Daum explains that her images are her mind’s eye record of moments in time. Her favorite themes are nature landscapes, especially those with water such as: rivers, lakes, creeks and puddles; barns, birds and whimsical scenes.
Rae Hallstrom has been recognized numerous times for her poetry and short stories in competitions in Ohio and the Midwest. She also has worked as a manuscript editor, freelance reporter, public affairs director and senior design engineer. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism and from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Regina H. Reid
Born in Kingston, Jamaica,
Reid remembers when she began drawing at six years old. Since then, she has refined her talent through formal education and hands on experience and has expanded her range of capabilities to include drawing, painting, photography and print works. She envisions herself traveling all over the world with exhibitions of her artwork and redefining her label of “starving artist” to “accomplished artist.”
For more information, please visit www.reginastudios.com or call 330.626.4379
Bob Henry has devoted nearly 40 years to the pursuit of excellence in his chosen profession. He strives for creativity, innovation, ingenuity and originality. Bob gives all credit to the Creator. Realizing the subjects he interprets onto canvas or watercolor paper have been created with purpose and thoughtfulness long before the artist’s brush makes the first stroke of color. It is called “gratitude.” His quest is to have viewers take hold of “gratitude” for themselves. After all, where does life and substance originate? The light with which we view beauty comes from a wonderful and magnificent source. In that sense, all of Bob’s paintings can be under the theme, “The Source.”
I grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio and have very fond memories of the people and the neighborhoods. After graduating from Ashtabula High School “Class of 87” I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I moved around the country living in Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Texas and Oakland, California. I returned to Ashtabula only to leave two years later when I returned to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design. The type of art I create has many brackets. I paint church scenes, jazz, blues musicians, rural workers and landscapes. I also sculpt and make masks, shields and jewelry. I use everything from oils, acrylics, leather, yarn and a gambit of other materials. Art is a mysterious language; I put my soul into everything I create. I believe that everyone has a creative side to him or her, it may not be painting or drawing (traditional art), but there is something inside everyone yearning to come out in a creative way. The Fine Art by Cornelius Gallery is located at 590 West Market Street in Akron, Ohio. The Gallery/studio also hosts free art classes for children and young adults.
I am an artist. I’ve been making art and exhibiting for 22 years. My pieces are my language
Born in Oakwood, Ohio. A lover of nature, he captures the essence of nature in his intrigue work. He loves spending a lot of time in the woods where he finds peace with nature and himself. All of his work is done with ink pen. One shot, last shot. For more information about the artwork created by Frank Jones, dial 330-785-4487.
I print black and white photographs, using Liquid Light photo emulsion, on food boxes and recycled, handmade papers. I also combine my prints with salvaged construction materials in sculpture and installations.
Graduated from The University of Akron where he received a B.F.A. in Photography and an Associates Degree in Commercial Photography. He has been consciously shooting double-exposures through the camera for over a decade. What amazes him about this process is the mystery of not knowing how any of the images will turn out. He will shoot a roll of film then rewind it and leave it as it were a new roll, then toss it back into the camera bag to shoot again some time later.
His controls are the adjustments in shutter speed and development. Everything else he leaves to chance. He feels the image comes together in a more honest way when he steps away and allows the spirits to speak. For him, the camera remains an intuitive avenue leading in and out of the subconscious. To this day… it is a love born out of freedom of the heart.
Throughout the years, his work has revolved around preservation and activism, the development of a steady flight of imagination, communion with the land and the divine light of mad love. All of which inspires him to continue to push, take chances and grow without fear of the unknown.
If you would like to see more of Brian Meeker’s work, or to speak to him in person, please feel free to contact him at 330-253-3664.
Before moving to America from Europe 12 years ago, he attended classes in painting and 3-D design at the Art Business School in Zurich, Switzerland. After moving to the U.S. in 1994, he became more and more interested in the use of texture and metallic’s in his paintings. He began incorporating other objects in his work such as pieces of copper or other metals, glass and found objects bringing even more interest to his mixed media pieces. After opening his own hair salon in 1999 and using his creativity in the art of hair design, he has still found free time to expand his artistic talents by completing numerous works, which he sells through his salon and at area art shows. His latest projects have included not only his metallic paintings, but also one-of-a-kind welded floor candle holders in beautiful organic forms. He has also recently worked with glass balls assembling them into glass sculptural chandeliers. To learn more about his work you can contact him at 330.467.3757.
Simone Richardson’s interest in and practice of Zen meditations has enabled her to find beauty and enlightenment in all things. According to Simone, “You can turn any activity into a Zen meditative experience: walking in the park, watching a sunset, silently observing the autumn moon, sending healing thoughts to the sick and shut-in, and giving to those in need.” Simone’s Zen is expressed in her photography in which Simone fills the entire space with the object in question. She also creates illustrations which are found in a soon to be released resource for ex-offenders called, “The Zen of Resume Writing for Formerly Incarcerated Persons.”
Simone received a BA in Communicative Disorders, and a MA in Communications from The University of Akron. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University. Simone works as a librarian in Akron, Ohio.
Vernon has been with Summit County for two years. He currently works in building operations at the Department of Job and Family Services, 47 North Main Street, in downtown Akron. He has been involved in art all his life from third grade art class to the University of Akron Commercial and Graphic Arts Department. His art education was interrupted while at the university where he was recruited by Firestone as a technical evaluator and inspector. He worked for Firestone from ’72 through ’94. He has always stayed active with artwork on his own and his repertory includes neon signs, silk-screening, drawing, and photography. His favorite medium is airbrush. Included among his customers are churches, schools, sports organizations, and individuals. The next time you are at a local football game look around… Vernon enjoys painting football fields. The piece he is currently submitting is a 16” X 16” abstract 3D design in pen and ink. When asked about it he said, “This is an idea I’ve had for a long time and when talking about entering something in the County display it seemed like a good place and time for it.”
Donald E. Peoples of Akron is a graphic artist for the Akron-Summit County Public Library. He is also an avid photographer and cartoonist. He earned a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Akron. His artwork has appeared in several publications including The ABCs of Akron and Summit County Coloring and Activity Book and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. Donald’s work has been selected for juried exhibitions at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls and the Charles Mayer Studios Gallery in Akron. He is an honorable mention recipient of the Homer Davenport International Editorial Cartoon Contest. Audiences throughout Northeast Ohio have been educated and entertained with his presentations on graphic design and cartooning. Donald’s contribution to this exhibit shows the diverse beauty of Summit County through photography.
Linda Tompkin, a realist painter by choice, works primarily in oils and acrylics. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the American Artists Professional League, the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Akron Society of Artists. Linda was born and raised in Ohio. She has spent most of her life here except for the three and one half years she lived in Northern Ireland. She has always known that art was her heartbeat, and has painted from early childhood. She studied with many professional artists during her formative years, practiced and perfected her craft and has taught painting privately for more than twenty years. Linda’s choice of subject matter is quite varied. She feels equally at home painting landscapes and figurers, but her main focus is still life painting. She enjoys the wide range of subject matter that can fall within the still life category. She is especially drawn to vibrant colors and strong value contracts and loves to include intricately designed shapes into her work. She is inspired by the beauty of God’s creation. Her love of nature and is quite evident. An avid gardener, she often includes flowers in her paintings. She has received national recognition for her work. Articles about her work have been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and the American Artist Magazine’s Water Color ’94 and four books, The Best of Watercolor I, II, III and Artist’s Photo Reference: Barns and Buildings. Her paintings have been included in many national competitions including those sponsored by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, The Butler Institute of American Art, The National Academy of Design, The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, etc. Her paintings are in many corporate collections including The Ronald McDonald House (Cleveland, Ohio), KeyBank (Cleveland, Ohio), Unican Security Systems Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec), Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church (Akron, Ohio) and Akron General Hospital (Akron, Ohio).
Steve Levey has been involved with drawing and painting his whole life. He has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Akron. His work centers around the themes of beauty, transcendence and presence of mind. Steve has shown in greater Cleveland and Akron areas. He has work in the permanent collection of gallery owner Jason Rulnick and filmmaker Mathew Langdon Weiss. Steve also works in the field of the decorative arts and is currently accepting commissioned paintings or wall treatments for either residential or commercial spaces.
I am a resident of Akron, Firestone Park area. Growing up I went to Springfield Local Schools. I always took some kind of art course. My family has a lot of artistic talent. Therefore, I have always dabbled in something artsy/crafty. I have been doing wreaths for over 10 years now. I sell very few wreaths (requests only) they are mostly used as gifts for family & friends. I’ve also done a couple of wedding bouquets, bridesmaid’s bouquets and centerpieces. I’ve recently taken up crocheting again and began making scarves with unusual yarns that are popular right now. I also make jewelry using glass beads. Some day I would like to learn how to make my own glass beads. I tell everyone that I am trying to find my niche for when I retire. I get a lot of enjoyment creating and using my imagination. The end result of smiling faces is truly the best part!
Julienne Hogarth is a life long resident of the greater Akron area. She was born in 1960 and now resides in Manchester, Ohio with her husband, four children, four dogs and three horses. Growing up she often modeled for her mother’s paintings. After torturous hours sitting for paintings, Julienne decided she should be on the other side of the canvas. She began painting beside her mother. Learning to love to paint and create is a fond memory of her childhood. She graduated from the University of Akron with a BFA in graphic design and then went on to become certified to teach visual art. She has been teaching in the Akron Public School system for 15 years. Most of this time has been spent teaching at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Her work has been exhibited at several student-juried shows while attending the University, the juried show, collaboration in 2006 at the University of Akron, and shown at the Miller South Gallery. She has illustrated two children’s books, collaborated with students to create a Horse of a Different Color for Children’s Hospital, painted murals, and works on commissioned portraits of families, individuals and pets, including horses. She has sold her work privately, as well. Julie is currently participating in the Parables Project that will be a traveling exhibit, showing at The Chapel in Green, The Chapel in Akron, The House of the Lord and The Chapel in Hudson. Julienne paints in oil and watercolor. Her love is color. The exploration of color and its effects on what we see is engrained in all her work. The work attempts to celebrate their watercolorists. Paul Riely and Charles Reid and Oil painters, Joaquin Sorolla, Jonathan Green, and Daniel Gerhartz.
David Whetsel was born in 1959 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He loves to travel and has been to every state in the contiguous United States. He is an avid outdoorsman and has spent many Septembers trout fishing in Montana. His fondest memories are of the many road trips he and his wife have taken (and continue to take) out west. David is a self-taught, chef-quality cook. He has rescued a variety of animals over the years including many cats, a raccoon or two, possums, and squirrels--just to name a few. He has a wicked sense of humor and can make anyone laugh. Despite all of this, David does not play well with others and is forbidden from earning an income. David has lived in Green for 14 years and greatly enjoys his wife, home and pets.
I won my first art contest at six. I was very interested in art and attended museum classes at ten. I went to Kent State in 1972 and received my BFA in studio arts in 1977. I then worked in a gallery. In 1981, I went to Cleveland State for my art education certificate. I began teaching in 1983 and was an active member of art education organizations from the regional to international. I was the Ohio representative for INNSEA, the International Society for Education thru Art. I traveled on vacations and became active in changing the world of art education to be more inclusive of women, non-European and indigenous artists and art. I was published in Beyond the Traditional in Art: Facing a Pluralistic Society. In about 1990, I started to show at the Powerhouse, Spaces, and The Butler Institute of American Art. I also purchased a kiln. I was inspired by the flats, people, city sculptures and the changing nature of water and sky contrasted by the consistency of earth. I created paintings, collage, pastels and ceramics. In 1995, I moved to a home by a pond and continued working on these themes. In 1998, I took a class in Polaroid Transfer art. In 1999, I went to Sante Fe to the Center for Non-toxic Printmaking. I still teach and make art.
Joyce Ann Kittinger Edwards was raised on a thousand acres of ranch land in Texas. She has painted all her life. Joyce is a colorist and impressionist, often using plein air techniques in her landscapes. She is known for paintings of horses, cowboys and a gift of almost dream catching children and women in her work. Joyce studied art at Texas Southern University and Cleveland Institute of Art and obtained her degree in painting and ceramics from the University of Akron. She taught design, color concepts and paining courses at the University of Akron for seventeen years. Joyce has painted with western artists, Joe Abbrescia, Ray Vinella and Tony Eubanks. She was a quest artist at Artists of the Rockies Giverny in Westcliff, Colorado. Her works are in many private and public collections throughout the country. As a mural painter she is considered a dynamic painter on a monumental scale. Some of her mural work has been up to 106 feet. She has been commissioned by production companies in film and theater, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joyce is currently the Art Director for the productions at the Chapel in University Park.
Armond was born in Akron, Ohio in 1992. He is an eighth grade student at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He received a Gold Key Award in the 2005 North East Central Ohio Scholastic Art Competition in January 2005 and is a multiple Art In Business recipient with his work represented in both private collections and public spaces. He enjoys painting and drawing, football and basketball.
Braisha was born April 30, 1992, in Akron, Ohio. She attends Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, studying visual art and drama. Braisha is a member of the Miller South Chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Society and The Thespians. She is also a member of Girls of Divine Destiny at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church. She received a Gold Key Award in the 2005 North East Central Ohio Scholastic Art Competition in January 2005. Braisha’s love for art comes from the possibilities of expression through the creation of something beautiful or a story. She hopes to continue her study of art to become a fashion designer.
Brian Jackson is a 2004 graduate of Barberton High School. He first became interested in art while in elementary school. During his first major art class he discovered his talent and love of art. What keeps him going with art is the challenge and he enjoys putting his thoughts and feelings down on canvas rather than expressing them through words. Brian feels that his talent is a gift from God.
Brian will begin pursuing a science or liberal arts associate’s degree in the spring. Upon graduating he then would like to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to receive his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design.
Marisa was born on November 24, 1991 in Pusan, South Korea. She went to King Elementary School for six years. There she was first introduced to art and her love for it, by Mrs. Delac. In 1999 Marisa had one of her pieces displayed in the Mayor’s office.
Marisa currently attends Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts and is in the eighth grade. Mrs. Hogarth and Mrs. Yingling teach her art classes. She has also taken Masterpiece Workshops from Mrs. Haag. Last year, Marisa participated in the North East Central Ohio Scholastic Art Competition and received two gold key awards and two silver key awards. She hopes to continue art classes and possibly pursue a career in art.
Paul was born in Akron, Ohio in 1992. He is an eighth grade visual art student at Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Paul received a Gold Key Award in the North East Central Ohio Scholastic Art Competition in January 2005. He had his work debut at the Zygote Press in Cleveland. Paul is President of the Miller South Chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Society. In the summer of 2004, Paul attended life drawing and mixed media classes at the Art Institute of Cincinnati. He enjoys drawing and painting.
Joan Colbert works in a mix of media with an emphasis on painting, printmaking and collage. Whether imagining the visual interpretation of a written passage or working with a specific subject for a client, she always strives for an ambiguity that invites personal interpretation from the viewer.
Inspired by literature and influenced by her environs, Joan's work is often thematic and frequently includes references to her favorite motifs: blackbirds and bare trees. More information on Joan Colbert’s artwork can be found on www.joancolbert.com.
Jerry Domokur attended the Art Student League of New York in 1958. Domokur, a self-taught digital artist, currently resides in Akron and has won the following awards:
2001 Massillon Art Museum Juried Show - 3rd Place
2002 Butler Museum Annual Show - Juror’s Choice Award
2003 Butler Museum Annual Show - Juror’s Choice Award
2004 ARC - Honorable Mention
2004 Summit ArtSpace KALEIDOSCOPE 04 - Honorable Mention
For more information, Jerry Domokur can be contacted via email at: email@example.com.
Janet Snell is a magna cum laude graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied with the late abstract expressionist Ed Dugmore. She has shown her works in over 40 shows throughout the country, including shows in: Akron, Baltimore, Cleveland, New York and Washington D.C.
Throughout her career, Snell’s interest in marrying the figurative with the abstract has been exemplified in many of her works. Often provoking deep thoughts and discussions from viewers.
Snell also designs poetry to coincide with her artwork. A talent that was brought to the world’s attention after she authored the books: Flytrap (Cleveland Poetry Center, 1990) and Heads (March Street Press, 1998). Many of her written works have also been published in literary journals, such as the Gargoyle, the River Oak Review and the Washington Review, is forthcoming. For more information, Janet Snell can be contacted via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I was young, I used a box camera and made a double exposure photograph of my sister and parents. This mistake opened up a whole new world for me. Not only could you record what everyone else could see, but you could also create images that suggest a whole other meaning. What fun!
I received formal training at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh and upon graduation was fortunate to be hired by the Times-West Virginian in Fairmont, WV. Many photojournalist assignments can be mundane and involve what we in the business call “headshots” and “line ‘em up and shoot ‘em.” My personal mission was to make the mundane photos fun for the participants and eye catching for the reader. More fun!
My family has been rooted in the Appalachian culture for more than four generations and I strongly identify as Appalachian. It is in the lush mountains of West Virginia you will find a people who are proud, independent and very attached to the earth. As I photograph these people, I have found that I have created images that suggest a whole other meaning as you see strength, serenity and a people who hold on to a culture that defies today’s speedy progression of technology. I hope you do, too.
Meta L. Solter
Hello! Thank you for taking time from your day to view my photography. I am a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio resident. Amateur photography has been a part of my life for the past twenty-eight years. Although I tend to have a penchant for “shooting” flora and fauna, I have been known to “shoot” an occasional human or two. (You’re safe, don’t worry, my camera only takes film). My first official exhibit was in July 2002 at the Riverfront Coffee Mill on Front Street Mall in Cuyahoga Falls. A majority of the photographs on exhibit were taken in Ohio. In addition to these pieces, I have others available for purchase, with the subject matter being canine, feline, equine and landscape. Hopefully, these photos will make your day more pleasant and inspire you to smile.
I can be contacted via phone at (330) 322-4930 or e-mail at Saylona@aol.com.>
It was in the late 60s that Mr. Pratt decided to begin a “hobby” and thought it might be interesting to take pictures. After a couple of months and MANY rolls of film, he realized that he had found the thing that scratched his creative “itch.” He joined a couple of camera clubs and enrolled in The Famous Photographers correspondence course where he received guidance from the likes of Richard Avedon, Bert Stern and Irving Penn.
Mr. Pratt states that, “For over 35 years, my passion has been just taking pictures… of anything. The early morning light and the vacant streets in the city at 6:00 a.m. are equally appealing to me as a portrait or a bug on a flower. I have photographed a wide variety of subjects. From a scenic to a product advertising shot, from NHRA and AHRA drag racing to IMSA style road racing, and from portraits and pets to architecture and interiors. I like the distortion of a fisheye lens and the intimacy of the ultra close-up and the selectiveness of the extreme telephoto shot. There are pictures everywhere – you just have to look for them.”
To date, Mr. Pratt’s credits include:
- Five magazine cover photographs published.
- A “How To” article on 35MM processing – published in Photophile Magazine.
- Ten 1st Place awards and more than a dozen honorable mentions at local photo contests.
- Several local exhibitions of his photographs, including one at the Canton Art Institute.
You can email Mr. Pratt and see some of his other works at www.dickprattphotos.com.
Ralph (Bud) Greer
Bud Greer stared early in his life working with wood. As a junior and senior at Coventry High School in the 1960’s he took wood shop and drawing, and he began making furniture for his mother. He made walnut end tables, cedar chests and lamps of walnut and maple turned on a lathe. He still uses the lamps in his home today, and still has the tables as well. He has plans to re-work the tables, wanting to improve on the style. However, they are still very usable just as they were in the 1960’s.
Greer lauds his excellent shop teacher, Mr. Jaskal, with teaching him techniques he still uses today in his woodworking. Jaskal demanded the very best from his students and Greer credits the teacher when he is praised for the beauty in the wood items he makes today.
Greer has been in the business of working with wood all of his life. He started working for a local construction company while in high school, became apprenticed upon graduation from high school and has become a master craftsman with an eye for perfection in a medium that is not perfect. Wood has a tendency to come and go with the weather and can disappoint the very best in the field.
Bud currently creates in a 32 x 44 woodshop located in Clinton, Ohio, a woodshop that was a lifelong dream come true this past year. He creates specialty pieces that cannot be found in your local furniture stores.
Greer’s passion for wood goes all the way back to the trees that furnish him the medium to work with. He has numerous items created from trees that came down in a storm that careened across the City of Green in the late 1980’s. He took the logs of cherry, walnut, hickory and oak and had it cut into rough lumber that had to be stacked and stickered for air-drying for a number of years before he was able to use the wood. Much of this finished wood is found in the trim in the home he built and lives in, located next to his wood shop in Clinton, Ohio.
Over the years, his family members have been the recipients of his artistry. His children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives being gifted with beautiful wood barns, wooden cars, trucks, airplanes, trinkets, fancy boxes, mirrors and numerous knickknack shelves and furniture. His wooden treasures number in the hundreds. He is especially proud of the toys he has made for his grandchildren. He derives the most pleasure from their creation and the delight they bring to the kids.
He has also begun crafting wooden geese, ducks and shore bids that are of excellent quality, some used as planters, magazine holders and others as show decoy decoration. The woodworking tradition has been passed down to his son, Damon Greer. Damon, who works with canvas and wood, creates ducks and decoys that have won ribbons from the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association Show held in Westlake, Ohio.
City of Akron resident, born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and an employee of Summit County Department of Environmental Services for the past 19 years.
As an amateur photographer I enjoy photography as a form of therapy and relaxation. Constantly observant of my surroundings I try to take in as much as possible. Photography allows me to enjoy that moment for as long as I like.
I enjoy photographing many subjects: nature, people, and architecture. However, I think I have sensitivity with people and patriotism. I especially enjoy capturing the subjects in their natural environment. This is accomplished by using a telephoto lens on a macro setting.
I like grouping photos that relate to one another. The group that I have chosen is relevant to today’s world. Each photo is important in its own right, but only a small part of the picture. I call this grouping “America.”
For more information, Sheila can be contacted at email@example.com.
I started showing a real interest in drawing when I was 7 or 8 years old. I was able to receive some formal training at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and then went on to study Drawing and Fiber Arts more formally at Kent State University in the Fine & Professional Arts Program. It was while in this program that I learned Batik, a textile design process, and proceeded to construct clothing from the designed fabrics. I was able to sell a number of these pieces over a period of time and in 1993 found myself living in New York, where I helped work on a couple of major fashion shows. While in New York, many individuals started to express an interest in my drawings, which is how all of my design efforts began. After returning to Akron, I started to batik again, but took it a step further and started stretching them on a frame. This allows me the opportunity to apply treatments to the fabric, such as drawing with charcoal, and painting with oils and acrylics. I like the process of batik because it is very old, some date it back 2000 years, in very fluid, and somewhat unpredictable. I also like to juxtapose this ancient process in both my “paintings” and textile/clothing designs with present day textiles, materials and artifacts.
Troy David Myers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 330-379-1105.
Shannon Lysenko is a resident of the City of Barberton and is an employee of the Summit County Finance & Budget Purchasing Department. She studied Studio Art at Kent State University including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. She continues to draw, paint with oil on canvas and has recently become interested in digital photography.
Shannon received a digital camera as a wedding gift and has been experimenting ever since. “I enjoy traveling and photographing the local landscapes and architecture. You can learn a lot about a culture that way. I love the Caribbean and have also visited Mexico and Aruba. My life long goal is to visit every island in the Caribbean.”
While visiting Puerto Rico for a wedding, she photographed the San Felipe del Morro Fort in San Juan. The fort was constructed by the Spanish in the 16th Century to protect the city from Spain’s enemies and is a perfect example of their architectural style. El Morro became a U.S. Military post by the end of the Spanish-American War and is now part of the U.S. National Park Service.
Patricia Ann Corall
Akron resident Patricia Ann Corall, 69, began cross-stitching in 1984. Over the past 20 years, Patricia has become one of the areas most impressive cross-stitchers. Patricia has shown, and won, cross-stitching shows at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and Stow Public Library. One of her most proud accomplishments throughout her cross-stitching career is creating one of these large pieces (as shown) for each of her nieces and nephews.
City of Twinsburg resident Michael Winston was born in Deepwater, West Virginia in 1950 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1953. He attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from John Adams High School in 1969.
Michael attended Cleveland State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1974. He has been a Health and Physical Education instructor at Warrensville Heights Middle School for over 29 years.
Michael started his art career in high school and continued through his freshman year in college. It was at this time he replaced his brush and pallet with basketballs, volleyballs and jump ropes. Thirty years passed before he resumed his art career.
In the fall of 2000, Michael started to paint again with magic markers exclusively. He is one of only a few marker artists in the country who does complete compositions using nothing but magic markers. Michael is getting good reviews from the art public on his style and unusual medium. His art has been displayed in art shows, gallery shows and private businesses around the Cleveland area. In 2001, his work received a third place award in the Russell Art Show and an honorable award in the 2003 Russell Show. In January 2002 and May 2003 his work was featured on Fox 8 in the Morning T.V. show.
Michael’s artworks are originals. His use of color and three dimensions has made his work the topic of conversation wherever it has been shown. He paints in the style of the surrealist and refers to his work as “floral dreamscapes.” It has rhythm and flows which leaves its subjects open to your imagination.
Michael Winston can be reached through is website at www.markermagic.com or via phone (330) 405-7093.
I am a native Ohioan and my interest in journalism began in high school in Eastlake, Ohio, where I grew up. I switched majors from magazine journalism to photojournalism at Bowling Green State University, from which I graduated with a BS in photojournalism in 1975. I have been a working photojournalist for 27 years, the last 18 as a staff photographer for the Akron Beacon Journal.
I began my career in Indiana at The Goshen (Indiana) News, and have worked at The Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph, the Warren (Ohio) Tribune Chronicle and the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette. I have been the president of the Ohio News Photographers Association for the past eight years and was an adjunct instructor of photojournalism for five years at Kent State University.
I have been the ONPA’s Photographer of the Year (POY) three times, a four-time winner of the ONPA Ohio Understanding Award for in-depth photojournalism, ONPA Clip POY once and the NPPA Region Four (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan) POY in 1995. I have photos in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I am the oldest of eight children and enjoy being “Uncle Eddie” to my 18 nieces and nephews, who are more important to me than any photo I have taken or ever will.
Akron-area artist, Arnold Tunstall, received his first camera as a child, but didn’t become serious about photography until his sophomore year of college when he elected to take a photography class to learn how to use his camera better. From that point in time, Tunstall’s childhood interest in photography was revitalized, and from that moment he knew he wanted to make photographs as an artist. After earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from the University of Akron in 1985, he went on to graduate school at Ohio University and received his Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in photography in 1991.
Tunstall’s artwork comments on what it means to be living in the Midwest and dealing with life as an American citizen, which he often finds weird and ironic. The other side of his personality is extremely sentimental and preservationist. Tunstall’s sentimentality is evident in many of his images. His photos, which often seem to have been taken a long time ago, are developed to appear timeless.
While much of the artistic world has long ago evaded such an “old style” approach in favor of working with color and digital cameras. Tunstall uses an old black plastic camera produced in the 1960’s that is extremely lightweight and involves no focusing. Often the photographs taken with this camera cannot be developed. “It is pure blind luck to get a decent image,” says Tunstall, “ but the payoff is a traditional, timeless, sentimental piece of art.”
Arnold Tunstall can be reached at email@example.com.
Ann Shuman, a County of Summit employee of the Department of Finance and Budget, began creating quilts five years ago. She is very much a traditional quilter who enjoys working with cotton fabrics, basic piecing, applique’ and bindings. Although her pieces are decorative, they are just as functional.
“I like when you can snuggle up in a beautiful quilt, but it can also be hung on the wall to decorate,” said Ann Shuman. “I also like the connection you can make to a past relative you’ve never met through their handwork.”
Shuman’s personalized handcrafted gifts often include a motif that means something to the recipient, so they know that it was created just for them. In fact, “County Fair” was created for a relative who has been on a county fair board for over 30 years and thought it would look good in his office.
Ann Shuman also enjoys doing all kinds of crafts, including beading, cake decorating, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint, origami and stamping.
Ann Shuman can be e-mailed at ASHu93@aol.com.
Christina DeFrank earned a bachelors degree from Notre Dame College in Graphic Communication. While attending Notre Dame she was awarded many honors including the first place photography award for her black and white photography. She is inspired by shapes and structures and likes to photograph abstract objects that also can be related to her design work.
Christina also likes to experiment with her photographs in Photoshop, creating a new dimension to an original piece of artwork and then comparing the two. For Christina, any photograph can be turned into something exciting with the computer even if it is just one element of that photograph collaged with another. She enjoys the freedom of the computer, letting her experience how to transform something great into something even better.
Andrew McAllister is an Akron area photographer and recent graduate from The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. The City of Akron has continued to be a subject of his for many years. Like the masters he studied in school he has come to find that year after year repeat visits to favorite locations can bring many new opportunities to explore the familiar.
In his studies at the University of Akron he was required to produce work every few weeks. It is difficult with this schedule for a student to get very far from Akron to go photograph beautiful exotic places that one sees in books and magazines. This handicap would become a benefit in time.
For the greater part of the 1990’s Andrew’s kitchen window faced the unmoving BF Goodrich complex. It was through observing the huge complex and noticing the subtle changes that occurred year after year that Akron became the mysterious and exotic place that his photographs now show.
Twilight Series: This series is about looking at the City in transitional light. A time of day many of us do not stop to appreciate. Let alone in public space.
Unknown Writer: For the past few years I have been tracking the anonymous writings by the same hand found around Akron. While not a promoter of vandalism I do think that writing in public can have social value or interest. This writer has interested many who view his words.
Andrew can be reached through his website:www.andrewfoto.com) or via phone (330) 687-6364.
Joseph M. Lewis is a self-taught artist and novelist. His work has been awarded with judges honors twice at the annual Art From the Heart benefit held in Akron, Ohio.
Joseph was raised and spent his childhood in orphanages until he was “let out” at age 18. He has since earned his high school equivalency and has gone on to produce many outstanding pieces of art. Currently, Joseph is writing his first novel.
Judy, a retired County of Summit employee of the Department of Job & Family Services. She has been interested in art since she was a child. Her favorite gift from the many toys and games offered at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's Children's Christmas parties was a paint set (and she picked a new one every year). A new box of crayons sent her into rapture. Unfortunately, as she grew older, she realized that she did not have much luck with paint and brushes and few people were interested in adult crayola drawings. Reluctantly, she put aside her dream of being an artist.
One day as she strolled through "Art in the Park" at the City's art festival in Hardesty Park, she saw the work of local colored pencil artist, Amy Lindenberger. Judy inquired as to the medium in which Amy produced such exquisite artwork. "Colored pencil," was the reply. Judy couldn't believe that colored pencils could produce such lifelike drawings. But the rest is, as they say, "history." She began taking classes at the Linden Tree in 1993 and has put aside her brushes, pastels and crayons for the very sharp points of her Prismacolor pencils.
Judy's work has been displayed in local coffee houses, at Viking Vineyards and in shows through the Canton District Colored Pencil Society. She has won several First Place ribbons and "Best of Show" awards in the Summit, Medina and Portage County fairs. Judy has also completed several pieces of commissioned art work. She especially enjoys drawing children. "Their eyes are so bright and they look at things with such wonder." She likes capturing their innocence and playfulness. She also finds drawing flowers to be a great outlet. It allows her to use many layers, bright colors and lots of imagination.
For Judy, the best things about colored pencils are how well they lend themselves to putting detail in drawings and the amount of control they allow the artist to exert over the drawings. As she is a "detail-oriented control freak," that suits Judy perfectly!
Judy can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist, Richard Steiner, a self-taught painter and sculptor is slowly emerging. His paintings are soft, lofty, and organic. They suggest the placement of human life to our natural environment. Raised by “hardcore” environmentalists, it isn’t surprising to see this type of imagery flowing forth, evolving an artistic style all his own. In the morning light, looking forward into the day, week, year or lifetime- where are we really headed? rings in Richard’s current body of paintings. Upside down yellow girl #1 is the first full size painting in this group, painted in 1999 and 2000 with oils on a wood panel. The crud substrate suggests urgency while the coloration punctuates it. Feminine but androgynous the figure is painted to represent one and all. Like a daydream with eyes wide-open, Upside down yellow girl glides consciously through the subconscious.
Artist. Musician. Composer
I began painting early in life. My grandmother was noted realist painter, Iris Jones. She and I enjoyed many wonderful hours together while she taught me to paint. It is my pleasure to be on-line with www.Akronarts.com and I hope you enjoy your perusal of my work.
8” X 10” archival gliclee’ prints may be purchased.
Blaine Jones can be e-mailed at Hazeblaine@webtv.net
Terry L. Hepfl’s interest in photography began in 1980, while photographing families, children, and animals. Three years later, Terry decided to build upon her artistic instincts and enrolled in photography classes with in the Continuing Education Program at The University of Akron.
Then in 1999, Terry suffered a severely broken arm, which turned out to be a life-changing event. During her nine-month recovery period, she decided to change her professional direction and pursue photography on full-time bases. In the year 2000, Terry’s three-week trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire allowed her to realize her gift for photographing nature.
Since that time, Terry has expanded her work to include greeting cards, custom shadow boxes, and collages. Terry and her husband Jim reside in Norton.
Jaci is a Graphic Designer for the County of Summit Department of Communications and coaches softball part-time. While majoring in Computer Design Animation Technology at Kent State University, Jaci played varsity softball for the Golden Flashes. Her combined interests in sports & design enabled her to work as a graphic designer in the KSU Sports Information Office where she designed t-shirts, brochures and athletic programs. In Jaci’s spare time, she enjoys taking photographs, designing graphics for clothing, websites, logos, business cards, and presentation pieces.
Three pieces are from photographs she took while in New York City (NYC):
“Heaven”, the Hershey’s Store in Time Square. The title came from her sisters belief that Chocolate is the best thing ever, heaven.
The second piece, “NYCF”, New York City Fire trucks from a station located a couple blocks from Time Square. Hanging over fire truck #4 is a metal piece from the old #4 truck that went into Ground Zero/Twin Towers.
Photograph number three is a tree on the outer section of Central Park.
- The fourth piece, “Winding Road”, is one of Jaci’s favorites because it portrays her life. The sculpture stands about 5’5” (her height). The metal raps around in swirls representing her life, always going in different directions from emotions, choices and beliefs, yet always finding its way back. The combining of wood and metal shows two different materials, ideas and lives coming together as one (chain link). The purple paint (her favorite color at the time) brings out the colors and brightness of life.
Jaci can be contacted at Jrstein4@yahoo.com
Shane Anne Wynn
Graduated Akron University in 1999 with a B.F.A in Fine Art/ Photography. Established a wedding photography business in 1997 and opened a studio in 2003 in downtown Akron, specializing in artistic portraiture. During that time was a freelance photojournalist for the West Side Leader. Continues to produce and sell artwork at local galleries. Currently co-producing a movie for which she traveled to Ecuador over the summer of 2003 and photographed the Rural Farming community. Shane can be contacted at: email@example.com
Bernadette’s series of paintings deals with people’s ambiguous emotions and reactions to life’s complexities. The struggle of communication resulting in varied interpretations of one another’s actions is depicted in the abstract linear quality of her work. The paintings express her way of communicating with the viewer in an attempt to allow people to open their mind to the wondrous, sometimes sardonic nature of humanity.
Bernadette can be contacted at Gloryburn@msn.com
Vicki Reedy started quilting lessons two years ago at a quilt shop in Manchester. Although her grandmother taught her to hand quilt, she prefers the speed of rotary cutting and machine piecing and quilting. She can get more quilts done that way!
The Easy Pieces quilt was a study in color. The two colors, blue and yellow, are in the same colorway, and progress from light to dark. There are only two blocks in the quilt and they are mirror images of each other. The Sunflower table runner is a pattern by Thimbleberries done in Thimbleberries fabrics.
Laura Von Vesterfield
In the Song of Solomon series Laura von Vesterfield has taken some of her favorite verses and put them into visual form. In addition to the imagery, her chosen medium, painted and embellished fabric wall hangings, helps express the intimacy and romance of the prose. The Song of Solomon is an account of the joys of love in marriage and is a bold and positive endorsement of marital love in all its physical and emotional beauty.
Steven Lemle loves to paint the Little Cuyahoga River. “It’s close and it’s beautiful. It’s overlooked, and I’ve always liked areas that are overlooked,” he says. His favorite stretch is an area off East North Street behind the Akron School Board’s property, complete with its own waterfalls. Lemle typically spends up to three hours outdoors on each painting. He puts on rubber boots, wades out and sets up his easel to paint in the water – even in the winter. He has painted more than 200 scenes of the Little Cuyahoga and its surroundings.
Eartha L. Goodwin
A photographer of people, places, and things, Eartha L. Goodwin photographs from a conceptual viewpoint. The Hurt Trees series was created on an evening walk in downtown Atlanta’s Hurt Park. The stance of each tree can be translated differently according to whoever may be looking at it at the moment. Trees represent life. Trees represent death. Trees represent new beginnings. Trees represent transitions. Trees keep us company when we are alone. Trees fill up our space with their natural beauty and composition.
Jill Madden has too many things in her head. Unwilling to discard old memories so there might be room for new ones; she created a way to both empty her brain and retain her memories. She made them into objects – the Memory Blocks were born.
Jill’s Louder, Engram! series is the third evolution of this body of work exploring memory and personal perspective. Her chosen medium, glass and Polaroid emulsion transfers, reflects their fragile nature and the three-dimensional format of the work creates a miniature of the location, a familiar place for your imagination to inhabit while waxing nostalgic. Engram, a scientific term, is defined as: a hypothetical change in neural tissue assumed to account for the persistence of memory.
Kati Russell’s angels are spiritually inspired by a near death experience. An acute asthmatic, she was in her hot tub, alone on her 9-acre farm, when her lungs began to fill. She took what she thought might be her last breath. Then, she felt the touch of an angel. An accomplished sculptor, Kati turned to paint in an attempt to recapture that feeling – the angel’s touch she credits with her return to consciousness.
Kati’s abstract angels are created with acrylics, alkyds, oils, & various sculpture mediums. She hopes the images inspire strong healing energies within the hearts of their audience and that they bring a message of peace and love to all. Additional pieces may be viewed online at www.katirussell.com.
In 1999, Kathryn Wedding received a grant from the University of Akron to travel to Ireland to create a body of photographic work. She stayed in the small town of Kilorglin in the southwestern county of Kerry. Four of the images produced during that trip are on exhibit in Room With A View.
Kathryn has been interested in photography since early childhood and began her career as a professional artist in 1996, when she founded her freelance art and graphic design company, Visual Echoes. She works as a freelance artist, artistic photographer, and a graphic designer. Kathryn is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. To see more of her work, visit www.visualechoes.com.
Linda Alexander Radak doesn’t look like an artist. She looks like someone’s mom. But, she is an artist. She is also a mom, and a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and grandma. Linda never thought of herself as a real artist; she doesn’t fit the mold. The support and influence of friends and family helped her to change her view of herself and her work. Now, Linda will tell you that she is, in fact, an artist - a real artist. And, she comes by it naturally. Her mother was an artist, and her father, a draftsman.
Linda and her husband, George, live in a small suburb of Akron. There, she creates her artwork: oil paintings, etchings, drawings, and sculpture, and rides her Tennessee Walking Horse, Fancy. You can view more of Linda’s artwork on her website: http://members.tripod.com/~ALEXANDER_STUDIO.