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Thank YOU for Another Great Event!

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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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

Featured Artist – Esther D’Abate

22 Aug

Esther D’Abate – My sewing skills started with my mom and probably about the time of my Girl Scout badge, but I really can’t remember my first project.  There are a few projects that I do distinctly remember though!  The one piece swimsuit I had to make 3 times before I got it right.  That was when swimwear fabric first came out. The first try I got the stretch going the wrong way, the second one didn’t fit (too short), the third one I remember changed from the original yellow color to magenta and the pattern changed, but that’s about all I remember.

The second project that I specifically remember is the plaid bomber jacket with the sheep fur collar that I made in Home Ec and wore in the junior high fashion show.  Don’t ask me why I remember that project.  I’m sure it was so stylish.

I eventually moved on to quilting in high school and the early years of college.  My grandmother pieced quilt tops, then had someone quilt them.  Each grandchild got one when they graduated from high school. When I look at my first projects I see how far I and the industry has come.  The cardboard template I used for a maple leaf applique quilt. Not knowing the importance of using all cotton fabrics.  I made a quilt for my husband when we were dating and it is now the quilt I use in my quilt class that shows the things of “what not to do”.  He still treasures it, but it is half faded due to using some polyester blend and 100% cotton fabrics, then there is the bearding from the polyester batting and limited quilting.

My dad also did upholstery so I have some of those skills.  I have recovered small pieces of furniture, made cushions, draperies, pillows and not afraid to give it a try, but also know my limitations.  I recently came into possession of his industrial sewing machine, but still need to take the time to get comfortable with it.

I got away from garment sewing after being frustrated about patterns not fitting.  A few years ago I decided to make fitting a sewing goal for that year.  I took a tailoring class at a local fashion school, but was unhappy with the instructor and not learning what I wanted.  Then I found a GREAT mentor, teacher and friend, Megan at Stitch Cleveland. She taught me how to design my own patterns and how to fit garments before I make them.  I’m now happier with the garments I make and create.

Sewing is my passion and fabric is my addiction.  I am a fabri-holic and there is no 12 step program.  Thank god!

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