Tag Archives: nature

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 – 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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Win This Ceramic Piece by Todd Leech

28 May

Win this piece, an original ceramic piece by Todd Leech at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Todd Leech - Deep Red Vase

Todd Leech – Deep Red Vase

This  is a deep red vase, number 3 of 3 donated by Todd Leech.  Todd has donated 3 different vases in total.

Todd Leech is a Cleveland, Ohio born artist who earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  He exhibits his artwork regularly in regional and national juried exhibitions, oftentimes in conjunction with the artwork of his wife, Stephanie Craig, who is also a ceramic sculptor.  Their 1900 square foot studio is in the western part of Downtown Cleveland, located in the Hildebrant Building, a converted former meat processing plant.

Todd’s work addresses the themes of time, mortality and disintegration. He is seeking to push the limits of ceramic materials; to innovate, experiment, and explore the possibilities of this exciting medium.

To learn more about Todd and his work please click here.

Win This Ceramic Piece by Todd Leech

22 May

Win this piece, an original ceramic piece by Todd Leech at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Todd Leech - Blue/Green Vase

Todd Leech – Blue/Green Vase

Todd Leech - Blue/Green Vase

Todd Leech – Blue/Green Vase

Todd Leech - Blue/Green Vase

Todd Leech – Blue/Green Vase

This Blue/Green is a single vase from 3 different angles, to show all of it’s fine details.  Todd has donated 3 different vases in total, which will be posted soon.

Todd Leech is a Cleveland, Ohio born artist who earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  He exhibits his artwork regularly in regional and national juried exhibitions, oftentimes in conjunction with the artwork of his wife, Stephanie Craig, who is also a ceramic sculptor.  Their 1900 square foot studio is in the western part of Downtown Cleveland, located in the Hildebrant Building, a converted former meat processing plant.

Todd’s work addresses the themes of time, mortality and disintegration. He is seeking to push the limits of ceramic materials; to innovate, experiment, and explore the possibilities of this exciting medium.

To learn more about Todd and his work please click here.

Win This Original Woodcut/Mono Print by Lisa Schonberg

13 May

Win this piece, an original hand pulled woodcut and monoprint, by Lisa Schonberg at our What’s Cooking Garden Party and Food Fest on June 14th. To purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Lisa Schonberg - Woodcut and Mono Print entitled "Tree Sounds"

Lisa Schonberg – Woodcut and Mono Print entitled “Tree Sounds”

 Description:  The natural environment has been an influence on my work for many years.  I look for unusual patterns, forms, textures and natural subject matter as inspiration and try to pay homage to our natural world through my art.

What we actually see in nature at a moments glance and what we perceive when we really study nature are two different things.  In this print I was interested in the intrusions that occur in nature, specifically in the woods and in tree branches.  At first glance the overall view of the woods are that the trees are full of pattern and organization.  Yet when studying things further, we see details such as nests, mosses, broken branches, and even organisms such as mistletoe living symbiotically in the tree branches. These things shift our conception of the whole and heighten visual excitement if we take the time to look closely.

In keeping with this conceptual shift, I have invented my own “intrusions” by incorporating imaginary letter-like forms inspired by ancient writing styles, which intertwine with the tree branches.  The overall effect is meant to symbolize the “sounds” or conceptual noise that might occur as we take a closer look and contemplate the history and complexities of what is really out there. – Schonberg

Lisa can also be contacted through Zygote Press where she is a resident artist; info@zygotepress.com

Angela Oster – Featured Artist

28 Aug

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Angela Oster

My work explores imagery of extreme youth and vulnerability; harmlessness, abandonment and need. In drawings, I use the simplest lines possible to convey the joy, sadness, and comic absurdity of daily life.

I’ve been making things as long as I can remember. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 8 or 9. I made my own dolls – all big eyes and skinny bodies that looked like what I wanted to play with. Those earliest figures have resurfaced recently, in the ‘lonely girl,’ a series of watercolors.

The drawings and clothes for fetuses grew out of a convergence of life and art and science, and learning that even a mother’s body can’t keep her baby safe from toxins. I started to wonder what would.

Once my daughter Sylvie was born in 2008, the work changed again. I’m drawn to things that are funny and sad at the same time, because I think that’s what life is all about. That moment where those things meet –  really funny and really sad at the same time – that’s the truth.