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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

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Win This Original Piece by R!ch Cihlar

5 Jun

Win  this original mixed media piece by R!ch Cihlar at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

R!ch Cihlar - Original Mixed Media "Eat, Drink, and be Merry"

R!ch Cihlar – Original Mixed Media “Eat, Drink, and be Merry”

To see more of R!ch’s work please click here.

My name is R!ch, yes with an “!”. I love creating art and the process of making it. I don’t want to be deemed just a “mixed media” artist, but that’s where most of my interest and passion radiates. Although you’ll see me work in just about any material (ceramics, painting, printmaking, etc…) I guess if you had to label me under a type of art, it would be mixed media and found objects.
I like working backwards with a piece, or starting with an object that has already had a former life. When I say working backwards, it usually refers to a set size. I sometimes have frames and I work from the size of the frame and format it to my work to save on costs. As for found objects, I pick up “garbage” all the time. I think most items, if thought out, can successfully be reused in art or design. Sometimes the object suggests a layout, color pattern, or concept and I just run with it. Sometimes the meaning of the piece doesn’t hit me until I finish it and review it as a whole.
Inspiration is everywhere. People inspire me, mostly my friends, family, and my Cleveland surroundings. Architecture, fashion, and home décor also top my lists for finding inspiration. My influences are vast including but not limited to: pop, surreal, traditional, contemporary, and abstract. If you can put “art” after the word, I probably like it. Although I appreciate all forms of art, I only really focus on creating contemporary and pop art.