Tag Archives: fine art

Featured Artist – Jeneen Hobby

16 Aug

Jeneen Hobby – My interest in photography began with the study of nature. The beauty, grandeur, and complexity of life on this planet are my subjects. From the grand vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the rocky coastline of Maine, I have been enthralled by the majesty of nature. But I am as captivated by a small detail as I am by a sweeping landscape. Indeed, you may see in some of my images an interest in exploring the patterns nature makes in an abstract way, from a close-up of the bark of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree in south Florida, to a reflection of the Everett Covered Bridge and autumn leaves in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

          But my love for photography extends also to humanity and what it has created. In addition to traveling the United States, I have spent time in Asia and the Middle East—from China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, to Yemen and Dubai. On these journeys I aim to capture the essence of a place, which can occur in the smile of a novice monk on the Tibetan Plateau; or in the art and architecture of an ancient civilization, such as when the Cambodian jungle overtakes the Angkor complex, or when the sun warms the top of a 400-year old “skyscraper” in Sana’a, Yemen.

          My most recent body of work comes from Ohio, where I live and work. In revisiting familiar places to photograph them, I always discover something new. I have been exploring close-ups and abstractions lately, including the bark of a London Plane tree in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, the steel curves and shapes of the Peter B. Lewis building designed by Frank Gehry on Case Western Reserve’s campus, and the brightly colored glow of Christmas lights at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron. It’s the magic of “writing with light” that I continue to explore. 

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Featured Artist – Don Woods

3 Aug

Don Woods – I graduated from the University of Akron in 1979 with a degree in Fine Arts. Like most art majors, I took a traditional job and painted whenever I could. After spending almost twenty years working in business, I felt that I had to do something different in my life. In 2002, I returned to college and earned a Masters Degree in Art Education.

I spent the next ten years teaching high school art and working on my own paintings during my summer vacations. Unfortunately, five years ago , I, and most of the art teachers in the district I worked for, were laid off due to the financial woes of the school system. Realizing I may never get my job back, I decided to pursue a lifelong dream of mine to become a full-time artist.

Since that time I have participated in many art Shows and art fairs. I also have had a number of solo shows of my paintings. My artwork can be found in many private and corporate collections , including the Cleveland Metro Health System and the Akron Public Schools. I continue to actively seek opportunities to exhibit and market my work. I also teach art part-time at several Catholic elementary schools.

My Wife and I have three grown children and two grandchildren. Our faith is very important to us, and we are very involved in our local parish, where I play the violin at all the Masses. We live in Brunswick, Ohio, about twenty miles southwest of Cleveland.

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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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BereArtDay is this Saturday!

15 May

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2017 B.A.F. Applications are Now Available!

25 Jan

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Click here for the 2017 Berea Arts Fest Application