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Featured Artists – Shari & Cathy Strauss

9 Aug



Sharie & Cathy Strauss – Paper Cutz began as a “craft therapy night” and just kept growing. Artist, Shari Escott, has always had a love for art and design. Her first image was an owl and she didn’t stop there. After our first show at the Cleveland FLEA, we knew we had something special. Here we are four years later, still going strong and loving every minute of it. Our favorite part of doing what we do is working shows and meeting our customers. Everyone is so kind, warm and complimentary. Thank you for enjoying and appreciating what we do. We appreciate you and hope you will keep checking back for new prints and note cards.

Featured Artist – Shari Escott

15 Jul

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Shari Escott – Step back to the year 1999. Yes it was exciting that Barbie turned 40, Toy Story 2 was released and once again, Pluto became the outermost planet. Even more monumental was the inception of a relationship between two girls that shared a common interest — crafting. At that time, that’s what we called it. Shari Escott and Cathy Strauss, two moms from Chagrin Falls and Twinsburg, Ohio, would feed their creative juices with anything that would involve a glue gun. Cut to 2013 and not much has changed. Except, of course, for websites like Pinterest, Etsy and others that have fueled the fire to craft.

It all started with an owl. One fall day through cyberspace an image appeared from my long-time friend/artist, Shari, of the most adorable owl. The words below it read “I made this!” Within 15 minutes the owl was sold. Many more images were to follow. All of which are equally as charming. My interest was sparked as well and Paper Cutz was born.

It’s new, it’s old, it’s new again. In order to produce these one-of-a-kind
images, there is a great deal of hunting for that perfectly seasoned book
or magazine. Do the edges have the right hue of, old? The pursuit for the
perfect medium is equally as fun as creating it. All of our pieces are made out of peace and love and the tranquility each one brings us while we get lost in ourselves while making them.

We hope they bring a smile to your face and the perfect wall to be placed upon.

Featured Artist – Kim Dettmer

10 Aug

EPSON MFP imageMIKES_BAR_GRILLEEPSON MFP imageKim Dettmer – We all have a choice. We can either see the world as a terrible, awful, scary place, or as a wondrous, magical, happy one.

And unequivocally, I choose HAPPY. It is my hope that my art brings smiles to faces and adds a little bit joy into the world!

Over the years I have dabbled in jewelry making, scrapbooking, home decorating, drawing, painting, writing, illustrating, graphic design plus much more. What I have found with each one of my adventures, is that my strength and passion is in the creation process!

Currently, I am jazzed about creating Mixed Media Collage Art. By using everyday items, like magazines, newspapers, books, tissue paper, with colored pencils, paints and glue, I create pieces that are colorful, whimsical, and, of course, HAPPY!

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.