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Berea Arts Fest is Loved by Artists – Why is Surprising

10 Apr

BAF PostTop 5 reasons why successful artists love the Berea Arts Fest and why you will too.

The Berea Arts Fest is a one-day multimedia arts festival that draws more than 10,000 art enthusiasts to Berea’s historical Triangle on Front St.  Artists, musicians, dancers, and exceptional food set the stage for a great day for every guest and every artist. You may be surprised by the top 5 reasons that artists say keeps them coming back to the Berea Arts Fest:

  1. Hospitality: The Berea Arts Fest is known for providing displaying artists the support they need to help them have a successful day! From a hot cup of coffee, to a snack, or a booth-sitter when they need a break, the Berea Arts Fest is a great host to artists.
  2. Energy: The Berea Arts Fest Takes the word “festival” seriously! Every moment of the day s packed with performances, interactive experiences, music, and more.  Surprises keep guests eager to see and engage artists’ booths.
  3. Location: The Berea Arts Fest continues to refine booth locations and festival layout to maximize traffic and exposure so that every artist is featured.
  4. Feedback: After each Arts Fests, we ask artists for a review as well as their input on how the Fest can be improved. Every year you can see refinements based on artists’ feedback, which make the BAF an artist’s top choice for late summer festivals.
  5. Ease: Artists tell us that the Berea Arts Fest is easy to get to, it’s low cost and they do well in sales.


Apply to the Berea Arts Fest by April 23Click Here!

See you there.

Featured Artist – Brigitte Matchett

8 Sep

Brigitte Matchett – I have been making jewelry since my teen years. It all started with a rock tumbler that did not work which lead me to learning how to cut and polish stones. The variety of colors and patterns found in stones encompasses the colors of the rainbow and the patterns range from snowflakes in obsidian to bold stripes in banded agate! I also like to use pearls, shell and coral from the sea! Later I experimented with soldiering copper, brass and sterling silver. I really enjoy creating and making filigree jewelry! The best part of making jewelry is learning new techniques and ways to create new items like hand made beads or a new style of earrings. Since I enjoy a challenge, feel free to contact me for custom work!

Featured Artist – Kristin Ellis

22 Aug

Kristin Ellis – I explore life and the world around me through the challenge of creating. I work in many different media: metal, glass, stone, and pixel. I especially love to make jewelry, where I get lost in a tiny world of my own. I live and work in Galion, Ohio, where I enjoy gardening and cooking, when I’m not working in my studio, that is.

Currently, I teach jewelry making at the Mansfield Art Center and offer private tutoring by appointment. Each year, I exhibit my work at select art fairs around Ohio and the Midwest.

Featured Artist – Karen Kress

19 Aug

Karen 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…

Featured Artist – Lori Pastor

18 Aug

Lori Pastor – Creating is my passion! If I’m not making jewelry, I’m painting oils on canvas or acrylics on the back of glass (reverse painting). Most of my inspiration comes when visiting my garden or playing with my cats.

I enjoy searching for unusual semi-precious stones, unique Sterling silver chain, and am especially attracted to any findings or beads that are vintage. Most of the sterling silver chains are oxidized creating a matte or antique looking finish. I also enhance most beads with a technique called wire wrapping, which cradles the top of the bead with a nest-like cone.

When looking through my beads, chain, and findings, my mind starts working like I’m solving a puzzle. I look forward to putting all the pieces and parts together into something exceptional.

Lori Pastor, Cleveland, OH

Joyful Spirit

The art of Lori Pastor is an outgrowth of two decades of painting – combined with many more years of drawing upon the experiences that add joy to life. Lori knew early in her life that she needed to be an artist. She was side tracked however, by advice to be practical and find a more down-to-earth career path. This led her to physical therapy.

It wasn’t until she returned to painting full time, that she discovered this career detour was a precious source of inspiration for her art. Of visiting the acutely or chronically ill, Lori states, “It taught me compassion, patience, and that life is not all black and white. That a beautiful soul can transcend desperate circumstances.”

Today, Lori’s work resonates with the spirit and courage she witnessed while working in physical therapy. “My mission in life,” Lori says, “is to spread joy and open the hearts of others. My highest goal would be to give others an opportunity to capture the succulent nectar of life through one of my paintings.”

While Lori’s work is represented in fine galleries throughout Ohio, it is the individual stories that give her the most joy in her work. One of her paintings, a Garden of Forsythia, was purchased by a woman, as a gift to her mother who suffered from retina degeneration. The vibrant colors and bold images gave her an image she could embrace.

Vibrant Tranquility
A hallmark of Lori Pastor paintings is the exuberant, lush use of color. What is intriguing is that such a vibrant pallet generates a sense of well being for the viewer. Lori believes this balance comes from the way she paints. One of her favorite teachers, Margaret Arthur, told her to always have every color on her pallet as she approaches a canvas. That way you do not limit yourself.

“When I’m painting,” Lori states, “I can let the memories and feelings for my subjects just flow to the canvas without thinking about the technical details, or worrying if something will work because I don’t have a color at hand.”

Flowers and Felines

This love of gardens was a gift from her father who encouraged her to turn her backyard into a huge perennial garden. Together, they worked two days just to prepare the dirt. “I think I was manifesting one of his dreams,” Lori says. “We spent so many hours talking in the garden or wandering green houses seeking new flowers to plant.” When he died, she added his ashes to their favorite place, their garden. “Every year I plant fifty to sixty sunflowers of all types to remind me of him. And, he is again with me in the garden.”

This passion for gardens has led her to study gardens around the world during her travels to Holland, Turkey, Paris, Greece, Italy and Hawaii.

Another beloved subject for her paintings is her many cats. “I can not imagine being without cats,” says Lori who has had one since she was two. “I love their independent spirit, their freedom to nap at any given moment, and their ability to find the simplest things intriguing.”

Featured Artist – Barbara Haplea

18 Jul

Barbara Haplea – Jabberwocky and the Boys began in 1984. Along with using sterling, bronze and copper, we set fossils and semi precious stones. We also have a line of beach stone jewelry. All pieces are available in any combination of metals.We create the pieces using fabrication and lost wax casting techniques.

Bereartday Passport Winners!

3 Jun


Congratulations to Alecia Shutovich, Connie Rupprecht, and Debra Giuliani.  They each won a basket from our passport drawing at the Bereaartday.  Below is a list of the contents of each basket!  Way to go! And thank you to all of our guests for visiting the 2016 Bereartday.

Basket 1

Café-Ah Roma –  coffee gift cards

Parkway Barber & Styling – premium men’s hair product kit; free haircuts

Buchard’s Jewelers – gift card

Salon Front & Center  – makeup certificate

Kidforce Collectibles – gift card

Mike’s Bar & Grille – gift card

Book Store & Handmade Marketplace – gift card, mug chocolate, Berea book, bracelet

Huntington Bank – pack of pens


Basket 2

Café-ah-Roma  – coffee gift cards

Salon Front & Center – shampoo & blowout certificate

Crystal Earth Magic – free 60 minute session

Barbers Den and Shave Shop – premium men’s hair products + free cut

Mountain Road Cycles – gift card

Suburban Clock & Repair – gift certificate

Cornerstone Brewing Company – gift certificate

Huntington Bank – pack of pens


Basket 3

Boca Loca Burritto – gift card

Café-ah-Roma – coffee gift cards

Pucher’s Decorating Center – certificate for 2 gallons ceiling paint

Salon Front & Center – certificate for brow shaping

LUNA – mug, koozie, gift certificate

Riverside Gables B&B – 50% off one nights stay

Barbers Den and Shave Shop – premium men’s hair products + free cut

Igloos Frozen Yogurt – gift card

Huntington Bank – pack of pens