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Call for Artists & Fabricators

3 Oct

Bonds2_MFD-20180724121906The City of Berea along with the Berea Arts Fest, Inc. are completing the
renovation of Mucklo Playground and Park located off South Rocky River Rd., Berea, Ohio. The park renovation includes the construction of an outdoor blackboard for use by guests to the park. The design of the blackboard will be provided by The Berea Arts Fest, Inc. for fabrication by an independent local fabricator. Specifications for materials, finishes and installation will be provided in conjunction with the City of Berea.

Read Entire Fabrication Proposal Here!

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When Life Gives You Rain, Wear Cute Boots and Jump in the Puddles

7 Sep

The Berea Arts Fest is this Sunday September 9th from 10a-5pm.  It is a rain or shine event.  We are aware of some of the weather predictions for this Sunday.  But we are also optimistic that if we know anything about Cleveland, Ohio weather is that it’s unpredictable and subject to change at anytime.  The 2018 Berea Arts Fest will happen this Sunday regardless of weather.  We can only hope for the best and adjust to the unexpected.  Although we all would love for sunny skies, sometimes life hands you rain clouds.  Without the rain, we could not “Let Art Grow”.  Please show your support during the cloudy days as you would during the sunny days.  We will still have lively music, thrilling performances, savory food, and of course GREAT art!

50+ Reasons a Red Wagon can Haul Ingenuity

4 Sep

WOW! that’s a lot of stuff!  Check out the Berea Arts Fest’s Arts and Crafts Wagon for 2018.  It’s packed to the gills, loaded up, and super saturated with the ideal family creative experience.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and are only available at the raffle tent during the Berea Arts Fest. (Sunday Sept 9th, 10a-5p)  Below is a list of some of the contents:

 

1 Radio Flyer Red Wagon and a $50.00 gift certificate for Pat Catan’s in addition to the following:

Artist’s Supplies

Royal & Langnickel :

Essentials Acrylic Travel Easel set, 27 pieces

Art Instructor Watercolor  Still Life & Nature Studies, 23 pieces

Art Instructor Acrylic Wildlife & Nature studies, 24 pieces

Darice Studio 71 Deluxe Art Supplies, 80 pieces

72  Colors Watercolor Collection by Guanghui

US Art Supply 6 piece Art Accessory Pack: 9 inch by 12 Inch Watercolor Pad; 8.5 inches by 11 inches Field Sketch Pad; 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches Spiral Sketch Pad; 15 piece Brush Set; Plastic Paint Palette; 4 inch Color Wheel

Crayola Signature Sketch and Detail Dual Tip Markers, 16 markers

Crayola Bluetiful Crayons, 152 crayons

Marker Air Brush

Artist’s Loft Value Pack Canvas, 2 pieces, each 12 inches by 16 inches

3 packs of modeling clay

 

Crafts and Supplies

4 white adult T-Shirts

s e i tumble dye Neon tie dye kit

Tulip Fabric Spray Paint

Fiskar  supplies:  5 edging scissors: cloud, pinking, sunflower, ripple, and scallop;  3 in 1 corner squeeze punch; medium squeeze star punch; lever flower punch; lever star flower punch; 3 in 1 pack of 3 different size scissors

Magnetic Twist Trimmer: 14 inches, 8 standard and decorative blades

Cutting mat

12 inch by 12 inch 30 page album

12 inch by 12 inch Iris clear scrapbook case

DCWV  “Spring  Bloom”  12 inch by 12 inch paper pack (36 sheets)

Adhesives:  Cordless glue gun and glue sticks; 4 small bottles of glitter glue

Assorted rubber stamps, wooden and acrylic, and assorted stamp pads

“I Can Bead” Starter Kit and box of glass beads

Jumbo Sidewalk Chalk

Darice Light Box for dry embossing with 2 metal stencils and 1 stylus included

1 pack of construction paper

5 packs of card stock

2 packs of of 25 each blank white cards and envelopes

 

Specialty products

We R Memory Keepers products:

D I Y Party Board makes party hats, cupcake wraps, 8 oz. ice cream cup wraps, french fry cones, party horns, coffee sleeves, treat pouches, cotton candy cones, and 9 oz. cup wraps

Banner Punch Board creates banners in over 30 different shapes and sizes ranging from 1 inch to 8.5 inches; pennant, flag, and crest shape

Frame Punch Board creates paper frames from 2 inches to 12 inches

Gift Box Punch Board to make various sizes of boxes without using adhesives

Square Guide makes perfect 90 degree corners, 8.5 inch square, and 4 different sized circles

 

Craft Books/ Kits

Kids’ Crafternoon Felting, 25 projects

Fold and Fly Paper Airplanes

Recycle Robots

We Are Paper Toys

Green and Groovy Crafts:  Garbage Flowers

Dye-namic Kids

1-2-3 Draw:  Knights, Castles, and Dragons (book has been gently used)

Junk Mail Origami

The Encyclopedia of Craft Projects in an Afternoon

Better Homes and Gardens 501 Fun to Make Family Crafts

New Ideas for Paperfolding:  Origami (gently used, cover slightly damaged)

Origami Paper:  Over 400 sheets

Clay Characters for Kids

 

 

Featured Artist – Nicole Fraley

30 Aug

Nicole Fraley – The relationship I have with my art work is personal and therapeutic. With clay I am able to physically and mentally work through my frustrations and embrace the frays and flaws in front of me. This allows me to find peace of mind as I create.

Most of my inspiration is found from exploring the Cleveland Metroparks, working at a craft brewery, and working at a pottery studio. The creative people I meet and work with daily are the inspiration and motivation for my work. I wouldn’t be who I am without these unique people and environments. This is why I have recently started to create more functional pottery. It’s very meaningful to see people connect with my work in their own personal way.

Featured Artist – David Lackey

15 Aug

David Lackey – Because my earliest memories are from our farm on Lackey Road in Delaware, Ohio. Named after my great-grandfather. Old gray barns, dairy cows, maples too big to wrap your arms around, chickens, wheat and soy bean fields, hay pastures and pond – the backdrop for my dad and grandfather’s farming, my mom’s pie baking, my grandmother Lackey’s homemade noodles and cinnamon buns.

Seemed like something was always cooking and something was always breaking down – Allis Chalmers WD tractor, GMC pickup, shed roof, board fence, coal furnace. Some machine or building or apparatus always needing attention. And tools everywhere, never where you needed them.

Long before reuse, recycle and repurposing, my farmer grandfathers where making do with twine and barn wood and wire. Long before eBay and Amazon, there was Sears, the local hardware store, the lumber yard. You could fix anything with pliers and a hammer – use your tools to wield a little leverage over your material, make something new out of whatever’s laying around.

I’ve inherited several tendencies from those Lackey Road farmers:
– the desire to make something useful with your hands
– the knowledge that liking what you do is enough of a reason to do it
– the acceptance that you’ll be lucky if you break even
– belief in ground truth and tool truth – things made out of wood and steel
– and the need to work standing up

I farmed part-time with my dad on my way through Ohio University, hung out with my farmer relatives summers, and shoveled enough sheep excrement to figure I’d never make it as a full-time farmer, so I became a teacher and taught my way through thirty years of Thoreau and Emerson, Whitman and Frost.

I started teaching the same year Muddy Waters died. Always looked forward to teaching Langston Hughes’ “Syncopated Blues” so we could talk about the twelve bar blues, bring in guitars and have my students perform lyrics they’d written. Or Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – “The pump don’t work ‘cause the vandals took the handle” – what’s that about? When we read Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, I’d bring out the Woody Guthrie song sheets.

One summer on a trip south to see Faulkner’s Mississippi, Linda (my wife and Etsy mentor) and I “went down to the Crossroads” – where highways 61 and 49 intersect in Clarksdale. We hunted for Robert Johnson’s grave, found Muddy Waters’ cabin site, hung out at Ground Zero, tracked down Po’ Monkey’s juke joint, stayed in a sharecroppers shack at Hopson Plantation, got ourselves on the King Biscuit Hour radio show across the river in Helena, Arkansas.

On our way through Alabama we explored the roots of the Civil Rights movement – Birmingham and Selma, where I found my first cigar box guitar – a three-string with no frets and a pickup. Talk about cool! I brought it home and showed my friend John, who immediately set about to make one, and then another, and then another one after that. My first CBG was a six-string. I bolted a Strat neck to a black Punch cigar box, wired up a Telecaster bridge and pickup, plugged it in and was hooked.

So, five or six guitars later – three and four-string CBGs, six-strings, all electric – Linda says if I want to keep making ‘em I need to start selling.

I make guitars because I’m into tools and wood and music. I use my hands, heart and head all at once (same reason I ride motorcycles, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). And like my Lackey Road ancestors, I get to work standing up.

Featured Artist – Nancy Notarianni

14 Aug

Nancy Notarianni is a watercolorist, graphic designer and watercolor painting instructor living in the Middleburg Heights/Berea, Ohio area. Her decades of experience in graphic design are rooted in a BFA in advertising and fashion illustration from the University of Kansas.

Nancy is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Nancy is also serves as newsletter editor for the Ohio Watercolor Society. She enjoys teaching watercolor and recently opened her own studio/gallery in Berea for watercolor classes.  Nancy has also been invited to many of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio branch libraries (Fairview Park, Parma South, Bedford, Olmsted Falls, Mayfield to name a few) to present watercolor programs.

She exhibits in many juried shows throughout Northeast Ohio. Six of Nancy’s watercolor paintings have been accepted into the 2018 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) “Wet Paint” Temporary Art Exhibtion from February 16- July 31, 2018.. In 2015, eight of of her watercolor paintings were accepted into the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Temporary Art Exhibtion in the airport concoursesThe tv show, Hawaii Five-O, purchased one of her paintings for use on the show set. And the Center for Education in Tel Aviv, Israel purchased the rights to use one of Nancy’s paintings in a textbook. She has twice attended painting workshops with Charles Reid, one of the foremost watercolorists of today, as well as Alvaro Castagnet, Ted Nuttall, and Mary Whyte workshops.

Nancy describes her affinity to watercolor by saying that it is her “…favorite medium because of the transparent quality and the unpredictability of the combination of water and paint.”.

Featured Artist -Ashley Ross

10 Aug

Ashley Ross – (AKA The Cuddle Cult) is a badass momma, talented tattoo artist, and entrepreneur.  She runs on Starbucks coffee and sass.  She draws each plush design and late at night when she’s supposed to be sleeping, her House Elves turn her drawings into fabric.  No one knows how and she knows not to ask questions.  Once the fabric is printed, Ashley cuts out each doll by hand, stuffs with magic and stitches it up.  When she’s not making plush dolls she’s tattooing while watching Bob’s Burgers on her iPad, attending Wizard Con dressed as Rose Quartz or playing with her Boston Terriers.