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Featured Artist: Val Lesiak

27 Aug

Val Lesiak/Picture Book Studio – “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 of 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.”

Valerie Lesiak, Ohio artist and illustrator

Picture Book Studio sprung out of my journeys through my life as a designer at American Greetings. Designers just don’t retire. So now I get to play and illustrate in my own studio doing a little bit of everything from freelance and special projects for clients, to consulting, mentoring, participating in shows, as well as illustrating for the sheer fun of it.

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Featured Artists – Shari & Cathy Strauss

9 Aug

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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 – Nicole Fraley

31 Jul

Nicole Fraley – Creating is personal and therapeutic to me. My recent work includes mostly functional pottery. I love being able to create a piece of art that someone can utilize and connect with.

Living with Meniere’s disease is reflected in most of my artwork. Coping with imbalance has had a huge impact on my work. I have learned to embrace imperfection and find beauty in the frays and flaws in the world around us.

I find most of the inspiration for my art from my walks in nature. When I’m not exploring, I’m working around other people who inspire and motivate me to create. ​

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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.”

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.