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BereArtDay Basket Winners!

23 May

Congratulations to our BereArtDay basket winners.  They are: Cara Arndt, Krystal Haase & Sandy Grizzel.  We thank you for another great Art Walk, and we look forward to seeing you at the Berea Arts Fest on Sunday, September 10th.  Here are the answers to the Downtown Berea quiz.  Let’s see how you did!

Downtown Berea Quiz/Answers

__5__  One of their specialties is named after the symbol that represents the City of Berea.  Grindstone Gold Beer

__1_   It takes two to benefit from their services.  Two eyes

__6_   This is where guys like George and Andrew hang out.

$1 and $20 bills

_10_   Many of their best customers will never walk in through the front door.  They’re too young to walk

__9__  Their food is more filling than some places. Filled crepes

__7__  You have to stop at the scale before you can eat! Yogurt sold by weight

__2_   A featured item can be found on magazine covers.

Supermodel Burrito

__4_   This stimulating business has a second location in Downtown Cleveland. Coffee is stimulating!

__12   In the past you would have paid two bits for this service.   Shave and a haircut, two bits!

__3_   Some people can find their best friend here. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

_11_   They recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary.

_13_   You could purchase an important item for your awards ceremony here. Red carpet

_16_   There’s a lot of tweeting going on but few cell phones in sight.  Cuckoo clocks

_15_   You may weigh less when you leave. You’ll have less hair!

_8__   This business is frequented by “wizards”.  Pinball

_14_   This business is associated with a type of fruit. Apple computers

_11_   A place where you can hone your “craft”.  Craft beer

_7__   Some of their “residents” wear tuxedos but formal wear is not required.  Penguins are part of their décor.


1. Alessio Eye MD
2. Boca Loca Burrito
3. Buchard’s Jewelers
4. Café-Ah-Roma
5. Cornerstone Brewing Company
6. Huntington Bank
7. Igloo’s Frozen Yogurt
8. Kidforce Collectibles
9. La Crepe Bakery & Café
10. Little Aquanauts
11. Mike’s Bar & Grille
12. Parkway Barber and Styling
13. Puchers Decorating Center
14. Quadstar
15. Salon Front & Center
16. Suburban Clock & Repair

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 – Nancy Luken

15 Aug

Nancy Luken – Inspired by found objects, patterns and nature, my career is in creating items that push the imagination and curiosity of the onlooker. 

After practicing ceramic art for a decade and graduating from The College of Wooster with a Bachelors in Studio Art (having focused mostly on sculptural and figurative work), I found myself with the desire for a change in medium. I was also looking to create artistic pieces that have function. I wanted to work with wood and metal but at the time did not have the means for producing work from the raw materials.

Thus began my journey into the world of found objects. I browse thrift stores and garage sales looking for the old and unusual. I search for shapes and forms that have withstood the test of time. I look for items that are visually interesting outside of their function and determine how I can reorient them, change their context, and create new imagery.

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.

Win This Original Piece by Jeff Hulligan

1 May

Win this piece, an original mixed media/acrylic painting, by Jeff Hulligan at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

To read or see more about Jeff Hulligan and his artwork visit www.jeffhulligan.com

Jeff Hulligan - Original Mixed Media Piece

Jeff Hulligan – Original Mixed Media Piece

Jeff Hulligan is a native of Cleveland, OH earning his BOFA in illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Having grown up on a regular childhood intake of equal parts comic books and horror movies, he rolled them together with elements of modern art and graffiti to forge his own unique artistic voice.

Jeff’s work typically employs abstract colors and washes and punctuates them with dark graphic line work and pop art elements utilizing a range of inks, markers, acrylics, spray paint as well as various other mixed media. Having sold his works all over the world, Jeff has established himself with his raw, striking works that showcases his dark and recognizable style.

Jeff’s has also become known for his work plush designer toys. Creating and sewing each entirely by hand, his plush creatures have a uniquely disturbing whimsy.

Win These Pieces- 6 Limited Edition Beatles Prints by Billy Nainiger

18 Apr

Win these 6 pieces entitled “The Walrus, And His Monkey, Elenaor Rigby, Carry That Weight, Happiness Is, and All Together” by Cleveland’s own Billy Nainiger at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.   These are all signed and numbered limited edition prints that are inspired from music by the Beatles.


Billy Nainiger - The Walrus (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger – The Walrus (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger - Happiness Is (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger – Happiness Is (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger - Eleanor Rigby (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger – Eleanor Rigby (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger - Carry That Weight (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger – Carry That Weight (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger - All Together (Signed/Numbered Print)

Billy Nainiger – All Together (Signed/Numbered Print)

And His MonkeyBilly Nainiger was born, raised and currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He works in a wide range of mediums including oil, acrylic, digital and mixed media. Billy’s work stretches from realism to the abstract and everything in between. Experimentation is a constant in his process resulting in a wide variety of artwork. Billy approaches any challenge with equal enthusiasm whether it be a portrait commission, a thought evoking mixed media piece or a three-dimensional public art project. His inspiration is driven by people, creativity, music and the challenges and rewards of everyday life.