Tag Archives: Graphic designer

Featured Artist – Nancy Notarianni

14 Aug

Nancy Notarianni is a watercolorist, graphic designer and watercolor painting instructor living in the Middleburg Heights/Berea, Ohio area. Her decades of experience in graphic design are rooted in a BFA in advertising and fashion illustration from the University of Kansas.

Nancy is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. Nancy is also serves as newsletter editor for the Ohio Watercolor Society. She enjoys teaching watercolor and recently opened her own studio/gallery in Berea for watercolor classes.  Nancy has also been invited to many of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio branch libraries (Fairview Park, Parma South, Bedford, Olmsted Falls, Mayfield to name a few) to present watercolor programs.

She exhibits in many juried shows throughout Northeast Ohio. Six of Nancy’s watercolor paintings have been accepted into the 2018 Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) “Wet Paint” Temporary Art Exhibtion from February 16- July 31, 2018.. In 2015, eight of of her watercolor paintings were accepted into the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Temporary Art Exhibtion in the airport concoursesThe tv show, Hawaii Five-O, purchased one of her paintings for use on the show set. And the Center for Education in Tel Aviv, Israel purchased the rights to use one of Nancy’s paintings in a textbook. She has twice attended painting workshops with Charles Reid, one of the foremost watercolorists of today, as well as Alvaro Castagnet, Ted Nuttall, and Mary Whyte workshops.

Nancy describes her affinity to watercolor by saying that it is her “…favorite medium because of the transparent quality and the unpredictability of the combination of water and paint.”.


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: Karen Kress/Valkyries Adornments

6 Aug

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55 Kress, Karen boothKaren Kress: I am a self-taught jewelry designer… Graphic designer by day, jewelry artist by night, I enjoy creating artisan jewelry with silver, copper, beach stones, seeds, pearls, glass and vintage finds…

My heritage is Scandinavian, so I became very interested in viking knit, or trichopoly. I create single, double and triple viking knit using fine silver, filled gold and permanently colored silver plated copper in a multitude of colors. The pieces are finished with silver or gold-filled findings and bails from which beautiful pendants and beads are hung or simply plain or filled with floating glass beads and pearls… I love showing people how to create viking knit, and plan on teaching classes in the near future.

I live in a rural area of Ohio in a log home with my husband and two Australian cattle dogs…

Valkyrie’s Adornments…a little bling for that warrior maiden in all of us.

Viking knit, or Trichinopoly, one of the oldest known forms of knitting, “Viking knitting” is not actually knitting in the traditional sense with needles, but is actually a type of weaving. Chains are made from long pieces of wire that are worked by hand into interconnecting loops. The chain is created around different sized dowel rods, and is then pulled through holes in a wooden drawplate to tighten the weave and make the chain pliable. Vikings used the knitted chains for jewelry, garment adornments and also cutting off sections for currency.