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Featured Artist – Grace McConnell

2 Aug

HI, I’m Grace McC(onnell)! I’m a freelance photographer serving in Cleveland OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. I have my Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art from Baldwin Wallace University.

   Originally an oil painter, I fell in love with photography my sophomore year of college. I’ve been shootin’ people and places ever since.

   I specialize in headshots of all kinds, but I enjoy engagement sessions and lifestyle portraits (families, branding sessions, children.) Basically I’m just a big fan of people and capturing their most precious moments in life!

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Zane on the Brain!

29 Jun

Zane Michael Radcliffe – Social Media Intern

Meet Zane Michael Radcliffe.  Zane is the Berea Arts Fest’s new Social Media Intern.  He is a senior at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship. Zane is focusing on marketing, entrepreneurship, and leadership in the arts sector. After college, he plans on moving to the city to pursue his dreams of becoming an executive in the entertainment industry.

Check in with the B.A.F. and Zane on social media to see what’s happening in the art world and the 2017 Berea Arts Fest.

Meet Celeste!

26 Jun

19531683_1921571241193742_1983125984_oCeleste Stauber is a new addition to the Berea Arts Fest’s.  She will be the new Event Management Intern.  Celeste is a rising senior at Baldwin Wallace University. She is pursuing a degree in Studio Art with a minor in Arts Management. When Celeste is not in the studio drawing or painting, she enjoys live music and rock concerts. She is an avid “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan, enjoys long nature walks and playing the piano. After college, she would like to stay in the Cleveland area and pursue a career pertaining to visual arts and live music.

When visiting the Berea Arts fest on Sunday, September 10th from 10a-5p, make sure to say hello to Celeste!

Featured Artist – Valerie Lesiak

4 Aug

Valerie Lesiak“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 fo 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.”

Shelby Holt-Komar – 2013 Berea Arts Fest Scholarship Winner

15 Aug

shelby black and wht

Shelby is graduate from Midpark High School. She will be attending Baldwin Wallace University this fall. We were delighted that Shelby was the first Berea Arts Fest scholarship winner that is a performing artist. Here portfolio included singing, dancing and other acting examples.  Shelby will be our guest stage announcer at the 2013 Berea Arts Fest.  Please stop out and congratulate Shelby on her award.

Community Party in Berea Includes Food, Art, Entertainment by Joanne Berger DuMound

10 Jun
This Grand Street walkway on Baldwin Wallace University's campus will be the scene of the What's Cooking? Garden Party and Food Fest. Joanne Berger DuMound/Sun News

This Grand Street walkway on Baldwin Wallace University’s campus will be the scene of the What’s Cooking? Garden Party and Food Fest. Joanne Berger DuMound/Sun News

The Berea Arts Fest will have its What’s Cooking? Garden Party and Food Fest from 7-10 p.m. June 14. The event takes place along the Grand Street brick walkway on Baldwin Wallace University’s campus between Seminary and Beech streets.

“This is the first event BW is having along this walkway,” said Rich Cihlar, Berea Arts Fest event coordinator. “We are setting a precedent here. We just want people to enjoy the food, art, music and atmosphere and stroll around that area.”

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

The outdoor party highlights some of the local restaurants, chefs and the arts. Food will be abundant, with a taste from each restaurant.

Pam Kruger said there will be food, wine, beer, music and lots of artists featured throughout the night, and the artists’ works will be raffled in a Chinese drawing. At least 28 pieces of art are available.

Restaurants include Berea Union Depot Taverne, Tree Huggers Caf , Rosander’s, Caf Ah Roma, Bucci’s, Tony Ks, Eastland Inn, Perk-cUP! Caf , Delta Blue, Romeo’s Pizza, Mulligans, Taqueria Junction, Le Bistro Du Beaujolais and Cornerstone, the latter providing beverages. The Cats on Holiday band will perform throughout the night.

The event is a fundraiser for the Berea Arts Fest set for Sept. 8 at Coe Lake.

“Cooking is an art,” Kruger said. “We have some wonderful chefs here in Berea and the near area who will bring some wonderful creations to the event — just like the artists, some who are known internationally.”

Cihlar said artists such as Shepard Fairey, the contemporary graphic artist and illustrator known for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign “Hope” poster, will have a piece available to win through the drawing.

“Others are people who are very active in the Cleveland scene and are top-notch artists,” he said. “I expect most, if not all, to be there with their artwork.”

He said blending this type of event is perfect for those who are intimidated by the gallery scene.

“A gallery is only art on walls. This is art on the tables with food, drinks and entertainment. If you don’t happen to win a piece, at least you are introduced to the various artists and may want to purchase something now that you know them.”

Tickets are available at bereaartsfest.org and clicking on the event poster, or at eventbrite.com. They may also be purchased through Kruger, 440-234-0300, and at the door.

The event will held inside BW’s Strosacker Hall in case of inclement weather.

By Joanne Berger DuMound, Sun News

Win This Original Painting by Steve Ziebarth

30 Apr

Win this piece, an original oil painting entitled Overpass with Cone, by Steve Ziebarth at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.   This is an original oil painting on Masonite.

To read or see more of Steve Ziebarth’s and his artwork visit www.steveziebarth.com

Steve Ziebarth - Urban Landscape (original oil painting)

Steve Ziebarth – Overpass with Cone (original oil painting)

Steve Ziebarth is a Professor of Art as well as the chair of the department at Baldwin Wallace University, where he conducts classes in painting and color theory.  He has an extensive resume of past exhibitions that spread nationally and his work is highly collected in private collections.  Ziebarth’s current body of work revolve around urban landscapes and his Cleveland surroundings as featured in the piece above.  This is a must have piece to any collection.