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21 Sep

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Demonstrating Artist – Dana Depew

7 Sep
Dana Depew

Dana Depew – Artist

The Berea Arts Fest is thrilled to have Cleveland area artist, Dana Depew, as one of its demonstrating artists for the 27th annual Berea Arts Fest.  Dana is a Berea resident and is highly respected in the Cleveland art scene and community. He is well known as gallery owner, curator and installation artist, in addition to his many hats.   Dana frequently uses found objects as art.  He reuses wood, found objects and old signs to breath new life in to creative solutions works of art.  His work can be found all over town including (but not limited to) Melt Bar and Grilled, Big Fun, The Children’s Museum, and many, many more! (Just google him!)

Dana will be demonstrating how he builds bird houses in his “Aviation Factory”.  Guests will be able to watch, interact, and perhaps take one of these bird houses to install somewhere around town. (If you’re lucky!)  The bird houses will be made from the lumber found in old homes (set for demolition) and other resources that would have other wise put his material in a landfill.

Guests should listen for the sound of a miter saw and air-nailer to find Dana’s Aviation Factory (booths 26-27).  Dana will be creating all day long at the 27th Annual Berea Arts Fest, on Sunday Septeber 10, 2017 from 10a-5p.

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Try not crying when you see what’s at the Berea Arts Fest…

7 Sep

baf babyThe Berea Arts Fest is a busy and colorful festival right in the heart of Berea. But the planners at the Arts Fest tell us that more often they see moments throughout this one day festival that brings them and their guests to tears. Here’s why:

Support for young artists. As you shop among more than 80 artist tents keep an eye out for new and emerging artist. For some this may be their first art show. Often our more experienced artists share tips and advice with the new artists, but buying art from emerging artists not only grows art in our community but sets a new artist on a successful career path. Talk to the new artist they’ll tell you how much your purchase means to them.

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See things you’ve never seen before. There’s plenty of performers at the Berea Arts Fest. You can see bands, dancers, sculptors and more but take a moment and turn around and look at the guests watching the performance. You see magic moments when a child sees ballet for the first time. You’ll see seniors dancing to favorite songs. And everywhere you’ll see the joy in people’s faces when they find that art that makes them happy. Enjoy your day at the Arts Fest.

Relax, let your creativity shine. The Berea Arts Fest celebrates the creative spirit in us all. We all live busy lives, but on Sunday you get to just enjoy the creative spirit we all have. Celebrate your love of the arts, meet artists, and connect with thousands of other art lovers like you. And when you’re done, you can take a piece of it home with you and continue to let art grow in your life till next year’s Arts Fest.

We’ll see you this Sunday at the Berea Arts Fest, Sunday Sept. 10. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rain or shine, always free always fun. Bereaartsfest.org

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Featured Artists – Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley

1 Sep
Valerie Thomas and Dana Shirley of Laguna Blue Studios from ChagrinFalls, OH and Naples, FL, have studied with masters in gold smithing both locally at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and internationally at Alchimia Jewellery School in Florence, Italy.
All pieces are one-of-a-kind and Valerie and Dana use both ancient and contemporary fabrication processes to produce a unique style. With a combined 40 years of experience they have developed varying styles and designs which makes their collaborations most interesting.
The couple has won many awards over the years with Dana winning the most recent international and prestigious award in England for his Chasing and Repoussé techniques.
Valerie is a highly skilled gem carver in both organic and fantasy cut gems.
Dana has demonstrated his art of chasing and repoussé at fine art shows for years.
Their distinguished jewelry starts with Argentium® sterling silver, the best sterling on the market today with more pure silver (.935) and it is tarnish resistant and twice as strong as the older sterling.  18k and pure gold are used to accent their higly textured pieces. The artists fabricate quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that will give years of enjoyment

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Featured Artist – Keith Allen

30 Aug

Keith Allen – I’m a professional designer, illustrator and paper engineer from Cleveland Ohio with over ten years professional experience in product design at the greeting card company, American Greetings.

I ventured into the self-publishing world four years ago with the launch of a successful pop-up book that I created with two very talented family members titled ‘A Day in Rehoboth Beach, A Pop-Up Book.’

I chose to self-publish again for ‘What a Mess’ because of the tremendous online support I received during its inception. Complex pop-up books can be quite expensive to produce because of the hand folding required for its construction. To help offset the high production cost required, we launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in early September and fully-funded “What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure.”

Thank you so much so far for your overwhelming support. I could not have done it without you!

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Featured Artist – Brett Mason

29 Aug

Brett MasonI am a creator,thinker,father, and seeker of the unknown.  I draw,paint,doodle,humor,strum…I go where inspiration leads while trying to remain grounded to the positive and energizing. This has lead me meandering the beaches of California to the Outer banks of North Carolina selling works of art,on stage in New York’s east village singing songs, and by other means of energy, into the Boston Marathon. I try to set a good example and inspire everyone to do what they love.

I attended Clarion University as an art major with a concentration in oil painting. Following after was a period of pursuing other passions until I discovered watercolors years later. I started working on the spot which opened up a huge door for me in terms of inspiration and therefore productivity. I let my subconscious guide so much of what I do. So often I start something with enough vigor, that I barely get paint on my palette before work begins. The best things always seem to happen when there’s that kind of connection. When the focus is right I aim for something more detailed. Other times I let things happen on their own and try to stop at that sweet spot of almost desperate minimalism. I live in Pittsburgh with my wife, our three boys, and Buzz, our dog.  

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Volunteer with Us!

25 Aug

It’s never to late to have fun!  And that’s exactly what you’ll have volunteering for the Berea Arts Fest.  Grab a friend, bring a group, come solo; any way you have it, it’ll be a good time!  Email or call Lisa at  volunteer.baf@gmail.com or 440.891.1102 for more information.  2017-volunteer-sheet