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Featured Artist: Val Lesiak

27 Aug

Val Lesiak/Picture Book Studio – “Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to draw.

Being told that there were no jobs where one could draw,

she attended Baldwin-Wallace to become an art teacher.

Upon graduation, she found there were no art teaching jobs

around where she lived, so she applied for a position at

American Greetings where she got hired by an ex-teacher. It was

there her adventure in greeting card world began in art and design.

She worked with many talented people including Tom Wilson,

the creator of Ziggy, as well as worked on many creative projects

including Care Bears. From conventional to cute and humorous

designing, greeting cards filled her world for 39 years.

Then she retired and a new journey began.”

Valerie Lesiak, Ohio artist and illustrator

Picture Book Studio sprung out of my journeys through my life as a designer at American Greetings. Designers just don’t retire. So now I get to play and illustrate in my own studio doing a little bit of everything from freelance and special projects for clients, to consulting, mentoring, participating in shows, as well as illustrating for the sheer fun of it.

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2019 Berea Arts Fest Scholarship Winner: Anna Barrett

30 Jul

The Berea Arts Fest would like to congratulate Anna Barrett on being our 2019 Scholarship winner. A 2019 graduate of Strongsville High School, Anna will be attending New York University this fall. Anna’s accomplishments include: Junior Actress of the year- 2017, New York International Modeling and Talent Association Convention. Best Actress in a musical (Annie) 2013 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards. Best performance by a female in a musical (Annie) BroadwayWorld Cleveland Times theater Tributes. Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra, vocal soloist – March, 2018 CYO Loves Broadway Concert.  Cabaret for a Cause – Aug, 2014 Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York.  Summer Shorts Benefit – July, 2015 Dobama Theatre at Cain park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Music and Drama Club of Cleveland, invited guest performer – Judson Manor, Cleveland Ohio.  We wish Anna the very best and look forward to seeing her future success.

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Have You Wondered Where All of Our Great Helpers Come From?

17 Jul

Thirsty for Art! Italiano Style!

10 May

Get your tickets for the “Thirsty For Art, Italiano!” event on June 9th! Tickets are available from Gina Madzy 440-391-0144 (and other BAF Board members. This event will be held at Jo Jo Carloni’s in Berea. (627 West Bagley Rd. Berea. Helwig Whistle Stop). Tickets include 2 Drinks, Creative Italian Buffet, Raffle Prizes and more. Tickets are $50 per person.

Grindstone Award Winner: Georgie Rohde

19 Apr

Congratulations to the Berea Arts Fest’s own President Georgie Rohde named The Berea Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Grindstone Award Winner. Georgie’s lifetime of tireless service in support the environment and the arts in Berea make her a standout leader and model for volunteerism. Cheers to you Georgie from all of us at the Berea Arts Fest.

2019 Applications are Now Available!!!

1 Feb

Click Here for the 2019 Berea Arts Fest Application

Direct Link: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7412

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!