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Gabrielle Zemaitis, 2017 B.A.F. Scholarship Winner

12 Jun

scholarship winnerThe Berea Arts Fest would like to congratulate Gabrielle Zemaitis on being our 2017 Scholarship winner.  She is a recent graduate from Polaris Career Center and Olmsted Falls High School. She has become proficient in many Adobe programs including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.  Gabrielle has many awards and honors including: Member of the National Technical Honors Society, Scholar Athlete, Co-captain of the high school golf team, Varsity letter winner and Magna Cum Laude.  Gabrielle aspires to specialize in a career in animation or illustration.  We wish Gabrielle the best of luck as she prepares for her college journey.


Application Deadline is this Friday!!!

19 Apr

Don’t miss out on this years Berea Arts Fest.  The application is due this Saturday.  Print it out and get it in the mail!


Featured Artist – Kate Disch/Last Chance Leather

9 Aug

Kate Disch: I love my job. I get to create pretty purses that make ladies go ohhhh and ahhhh. I get to hear the ohhhh’s and ahhhh’s because I sell my bags at art fairs. I get to visit all the friends I’ve made living and attending art fairs all around Ohio and neighboring states. I get lots of free time to take road trips with my grandson to see this remarkable country. And in between the art fairs and the road trips I get to hang out on my farm with my dogs, horses, chickens, sheep, etc. and watch my garden grow.

I started working with leather while a mediocre student at Ohio State in the early 70’s. The old hippie hand tooled purses and belts could be made with minimal tools in a very small space and that was a whole lot more fun than working at the Burger Boy. After a year or two of peddling from a cart on High Street (I still have my (ORIGINAL – PICTURE) peddler’s license) I opened a shop (WHERE), soon determined that having a shop was too much like having a job, closed the shop and started selling at art fairs. Been at it ever since. The only downside is that I’ve traded for so much art over the years that I’ve run out of places to put it.

Note to self: Put together a blog to show and, hopefully, sell all the excess art… and maybe even a horse.

The name “Last Chance” comes from a small town in Colorado where I was briefly stranded while out seeing the world with my dog back in the mid 70’s. At the time it had a population of maybe a dozen dusty souls…a number that had surged to 23 by the year 2000. The grandson and I are planning a road trip out West for next spring…we’ll need to stop in and see how they’re doing.

Grab a Friend, It’s time to Volunteer!

26 Jul

It’s time to get your art on and volunteer for the 2016 Berea Art fest.  Click here for a printable volunteer sheet. The Berea Arts Fest would not be possible with out the help and support from people like you.  We thank you for 26 years of support.

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Featured Artist – Lon Dittrick

25 Jul

Lon Dittrick – As a fine art photographer, my purpose in capturing an image is to evoke in the viewer the emotional response I experienced when witnessing “the moment” before me. This is much different than just “recording” the event in a moment of time through serendipity.
Many of the images I have captured, developed, and chosen to display have brought me literally to tears in appreciation of the astounding beauty and majesty of creation before me during that moment of inspiration. This may vary in scope from a vast expanse of a mountain vista to the glorious minutiae present in the structure of a cactus flower. My desire is for those viewing my images to experience that same emotional response. The creative challenge is to take the image which is seen and emotionally experienced by the photographer, capture it through the very limited and indifferent image capturing machine we call a camera, and reproduce it so that the viewer can “be there” with the photographer at that moment in time, crying those same tears of inspiration.

Featured Artist – Paulette Baker

21 Jul

Paulette Baker – Always a work in progress, my passion is a search for purity. Simple clean lines will accentuate color and pattern. Natural fibers such as chiffon, georgette and charmeuse silks along with blends of bamboo and various weights of linen and wool provide the back-drop for my hand felted, dyed and painted designs. The overall effect may be different but only slightly…just enough to be unusually pleasing. My color pallet can be worn by most but with special attention to the woman who has lived enough to know her style. As a person once trained in the precision of science, I have retired into the freedom of many wonderful colors and textures where non-conformity is embraced.

Bereartday Passport Winners!

3 Jun


Congratulations to Alecia Shutovich, Connie Rupprecht, and Debra Giuliani.  They each won a basket from our passport drawing at the Bereaartday.  Below is a list of the contents of each basket!  Way to go! And thank you to all of our guests for visiting the 2016 Bereartday.

Basket 1

Café-Ah Roma –  coffee gift cards

Parkway Barber & Styling – premium men’s hair product kit; free haircuts

Buchard’s Jewelers – gift card

Salon Front & Center  – makeup certificate

Kidforce Collectibles – gift card

Mike’s Bar & Grille – gift card

Book Store & Handmade Marketplace – gift card, mug chocolate, Berea book, bracelet

Huntington Bank – pack of pens


Basket 2

Café-ah-Roma  – coffee gift cards

Salon Front & Center – shampoo & blowout certificate

Crystal Earth Magic – free 60 minute session

Barbers Den and Shave Shop – premium men’s hair products + free cut

Mountain Road Cycles – gift card

Suburban Clock & Repair – gift certificate

Cornerstone Brewing Company – gift certificate

Huntington Bank – pack of pens


Basket 3

Boca Loca Burritto – gift card

Café-ah-Roma – coffee gift cards

Pucher’s Decorating Center – certificate for 2 gallons ceiling paint

Salon Front & Center – certificate for brow shaping

LUNA – mug, koozie, gift certificate

Riverside Gables B&B – 50% off one nights stay

Barbers Den and Shave Shop – premium men’s hair products + free cut

Igloos Frozen Yogurt – gift card

Huntington Bank – pack of pens