Here’s an interesting quote I came across recently: “Practicing an art, no matter how good or bad, is a way to make your soul grow, for goodness sake,” said Kurt Vonnegut.
How true that is. Art offers a way to express ourselves when words can’t — unless, of course, your medium is something like poetry or song. Writing is a great way to release pent-up feelings that need to be released just like slapping or gently dabbing paint on a canvas.
Painting is the art form that most people think of first, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For some it’s easy and for others it’s an ordeal. I think what makes it difficult is that many approach art with the expectation of producing great things. True, there are art shows to take part in – read on for more – but there are also walls at home that need to be filled.
As Vonnegut suggested, it is the practice of an art form that helps us grow. Doing. Even the best look back and think about what they could have done better. Then try again. God knows I do.
I had the pleasure of attending Brushes and Lushes at Grand River Cellars last week and it certainly validated the concept that creating art is what brings joy. We were all working with the same subject – a finished painting that we were taught to recreate – but each of us had something different to bring to the canvas. It was a nice mix of fun and focus, and we were all rewarded with the satisfaction of having a brush in our hands – and a wine glass – and a finished painting to take home.
Find your art form. Fabric design includes quilting, rug hooking, knitting and crocheting. Woodworking, welding, clay sculpting, and silversmithing are more satisfying than video games and offer something useful, whether decorative or functional.
Open your soul and let your inner artist play.
Fairmount Center for the Arts
The Fairmount Center for the Arts, 8400 Fairmount Road in Russell Township, opened the 46th Annual Fairmount Art Exhibition with an awards reception. More than 360 papers were submitted and 201 were accepted through a jury process.
Congratulations to Best of Show winner Nancy Lick.
“I am very pleased to have been selected for this award,” said Lick. “I am grateful and honored.”
The winners in painting are Michael Donner Dlugolecki, first place, and Robert Pierson, second place. The winners in watercolor are Melissa Harris, first place, and Barbara Lipnicki, second place.
The winners in Photography are Bob Herbst, first place, and Stuart Pearl, second place.
The winners in the chart are Dennis Mastrangelo, first place, and Bernadette Russ, second place.
The winners in 3D are Doug Daugherty, first place, and Nancy Nelson-Brotz, second place.
The winners in fiber are Bonnie S. Borer, first place, and Diane Taninecz, second place.
The exhibition can be visited during the closing reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. August 27th. The winners of the Fairmount 500, a raffle benefiting the Fairmount Center for the Arts, will be drawn at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the Fairmount 500 are $100 each, and the grand prize is $15,000.
Visit fairmountcenter.org/exhibitions or call 440-338-3171 and visit fairmountcenter.org for viewing times.
Stella’s art gallery
The sixth annual Northeast Ohio Show at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, features art inspired by the region.
“The show has a lot of new names alongside well-known ones – great to see,” said gallery owner Dani Klein. “The show is powerful and the artists’ statements are sentimental and heartwarming. You can spend a lot of time leisurely walking through the artworks and reading the explanations.”
Congratulations to Best in Show winner Tricia Kaman. The cultural winners are John Plymak, first place, and Mike Watkins, second and third place. The winners in architecture are Becky Grasser, first place; Robert Pierson, second place; and Tanya Hough, third place. The winners at Lake Erie are Ann Dumont, first place; Patricia Meyer, second place; and Suzanne Michaels, third place.
The winners in Country are Shaunna Chiacchiero, first place; Tricia Kaman, second place; and Becky Grasser, third place. Winners in Wildlife are Anna Weisand and Sam Weisend (mother and daughter), first place; Luanne Bole-Becker, second place; and Annette Cappelli, third place.
For more information about the show, courses and future art calls, visit stellasartgallery.com or call 440-266-9111.
Valley Art Center
The Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls is hosting the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibit at the new Hallway Gallery through August 31. This exhibit is a partnership with Art Possible Ohio and features 16 artworks by 15 Ohio artists of all ages with disabilities.
VAC received a grant from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities in April to expand access for community members with disabilities.
“Highlighting the work of artists with disabilities through exhibitions like this combined with a more inclusive program really takes the art experience from creation to exhibition,” said VAC executive director Rebecca Gruss.
Looking for something unusual? Check out the surrealist Where Are We? exhibition. before it closes on August 24th.
Artists are being sought for the 51st Annual Juried Art Exhibition. which will open on November 4th. The closing date for entries is October 7th. The exhibition is judged by Casey Monda, Casey Monda Art Advisory; Arnold Tunstall, Director of University Galleries, Myers School of Art; and
Mark Yasenchack from Mark Yasenchack Studio.
Artists living within a 250 mile radius of Chagrin Falls are invited to submit artworks for consideration for this prestigious show, which will award more than $2,500 in cash prizes.
For more information and entry details, call 440-247-7505 or visit valleyartcenter.org/calls-to-entry.html.