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Featured Artist – Benita Cullinan

14 Aug

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Benita Cullinan – I learned to sew watching my mother do alterations on women’s clothing while I did my homework at the kitchen table.
One summer day while my sister was watching me, I made a sleeveless blouse out of my mother’s tablecloth and sewed the ball fringe from the curtains on the bottom. I was 7. Oblivious to the dangers of using my mother’s sewing machine and cutting up her possessions, it was amazing to me she allowed me to continue using it and all the attachments. I had the best doll clothes. This is when Benitaworks truly started.

It seemed fabric always attracted me. The textures, the colors, the patterns and all the possibilities. No piece was too small, too weird or unusable. It needed to be rescued, saved, given another purpose, or too good to throw away.

Humor has also been an important part of my pieces. Things needed to be fun, light hearted, have a human characteristic or an ironic twist on an idea. Since most of my work involves an incredible amount of time to produce requiring long periods of time alone in my studio.

This is where my animals find me. They come because my worktable is a lovely flat branch, the fabric soft to dig their claws in and they can destroy so much in so little time. I use them for subjects in my work as so many people respond favorably to them.


Attention All Food Connoisseurs

24 May
Food shown may not represent exact food at the event

Food shown may not represent exact food at the event

If the art work hasn’t convinced you to visit our What’s Cooking? Garden Party and Food Fest, then let us share the impressive line up of restaurants that will be on hand. We will have many great appetizers, drinks, and desserts from our local friends at the following restaurants: Berea Union Depot, Treehuggers, Tacquiera Junction, Café Ahroma,  Rosanders, Mulligans’, Bistro Beaujoli, Bucci’s, Cornerstone Brewery, Tony K’s, PerkCup Café , Romeo’s Pizza and more.  To purchase tickets to the What’s Cooking? Garden Party and Food Fest please click here.

You Are Here.

17 May

Here is the up-to-date map for the Front and Center Art Walk.  Be sure to stop by our welcome booth and get a tote bag, magnet, tickets to our Garden Party and a T-shirt (while supplies last)!  See you there!


It’s Time to be a Trendsetter

10 May

They’re finally here! You’ve been asking for T-shirts for many years, and we finally cleaned out our ears and listened!  “Let Art Grow” – Berea Arts Fest T-shirts have now been made and are available at our events.  Be the first to get your T-shirt at our Front and Center Art Walk on Saturday, May 18th.  We have many sizes available for the whole family.


Free BAF Shopping Bag at the Front and Center Art Walk

22 Apr

bagsidoneWhen you visit the Front and Center Art Walk on May 18th, stop by our welcome booth and get a FREE tote bag (limit one per person).  Our first 250 guests will get get one of these complementary reusable shopping bags featuring the Berea Arts Fest logo and 2 of our sponsors.  Once you have your bag, start shopping!  We have over 15 local businesses participating and many more artists and musicians in our annual Front and Center Art walk.  The Front and Center art walk is held on Front St. (in the Triangle) in downtown Berea.   Did we also mention that the event is FREE!  We look forward to seeing you and your friends.

WIN THESE!!! Raffle Baskets

4 Sep

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Win one of these raffle baskets at this years festival.  Check out the value and contents of each basket!

Spa Basket:                                  Total value:  approx. $300.00

Contributions from Cory’s Hair Studio & Day Spa:

Mirabella Lip Gloss; Mirabella Lipstick; Mirabella Skin Tint Cream-to-Powder Foundation; Mirabella Conceal Diminish VI; Mirabella Lip Reflect; OPI Gold Shatter Nail Polish; $5.00 off any One Service at Cory’s Hair Studio and Day Spa for a total value of $185.00

$50.00 Gift Certificate for Cory’s Hair Studio and Day Spa

One white bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth

One package of 3 handmade soaps

One small pillar candle

Two plastic wine glasses


Picnic Basket:                                             Total value:  approx $250.00

One Maxcold Igloo 40 quart cooler/chest

Four reversible placemats with four napkins

One large canvas tote bag with seven outside pockets and two interior pockets

Two fabric bowls

Two fabric beverage carriers

One hot or cold casserole carrier

Four  “Frosty” Mugs

Four  plastic wine glasses

Twelve piece flatware set:  four  three piece settings

Five EnviroCoolant  Cold Packs

Four white Corelle plates

One citronella candle

One plastic tablecloth

One set of plastic containers, six pieces in all

One cheese board with a glass insert and a cheese knife

One melon scoop

One plastic white tray 12” x 12”

One small green plastic cutting board

One Frisbee

One package of PARTIKI 16 ct cooler cubes


Arts Basket:                                       Total value:  approx. $325.00-$350.00

One easel:  chalk board side and paper roll side

One child’s artist apron

Seven artist’s brushes of varying sizes

One Watercolor Artist Pad

One Palette Paper for Oil & Acrylic

One Drawing Artist Pad

One Acrylic Paint and Artist Pad

One Canvas Paper for Oil & Acrylic

One set of Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours;  12 x 8ml tubes

One Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colour Paining Set; 7 x 8ml tubes, 1 x 21 ml tube, 1 x 75 ml. Sansodor, 2 brushes

One Liquitex Basics Acrylic Color set; 24 x 22 ml tubes

Two pallettes

Color Harmony:  A Guide to Creative Color Combinations

Talking with Artists

One Sculpey creative comb and five packages of Sculpey Oven-bake Clay


Craft Items:

Scrapbook and  “Grade School Stack 9with glitter and foil!” , a DCWV Premium stack for scrapbooking

Scrapbook and card making supplies:

Assorted stamps, including an alphabet set

Assorted ink pads

Assorted stickers


One stack of eyelets (setting materials not included)

One mini glue gun

One mini crafting iron

Two “Paper Motions” Magic Slide Picture Book

One “24 All Occasion Greeting Cards” kit

Fast Cards by Sarah Beaman

Assorted Beading supplies

Beading for the First Time by Ann Benson

Assorted buttons

One quilling board with quilling tool

Paplin’s Quilling Kit:  Garden Pals

Paplin’s Quilling Kit:  Petite flowers

Love the Earth Crafts by Sesame Street

One “Warrior’s Dragon” kit

One Arts Fest tote bag

$75.00 gift certificate for Pat Catan’s

Last Chance Leather/Kate Disch – Featured Artist

30 Aug

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LAST CHANCE LEATHER is the home for fine, hand-crafted handbags. backpacks and accessories. For more than 30 years, Kate has been creating practical, beautiful designs which are uniquely her own.

If you’d like to know more about her work, stop by the artist’s page and learn more about how your new bag will be made.

For an explanation of some of the terms and options you’ll find on the site, check out the definitions and colors page. LIFETIME GUARANTEE Kate offers a 100% guarantee: If you are ever unhappy with your bag for any reason, return it for a full refund or exchange. If you ever damage your bag, please call to see about returning it. Depending on the extent of damage she may be able to repair or restore it to close to it’s original condition.

ABOUT THE HANDBAGS All hardware is solid brass*, either Amish made or imported, often from Italy. Stitching is nylon for longest wear. Each bag is crafted individually by Kate, and all designs are her own creations.

*(now offering chrome by special request) THE LEATHER Kate uses only the finest quality top grain cowhide. Leather is a natural substance, and the scars and wrinkles on each bag are a part of the history of the hide from which it came. She never covers the markings with artificial finishes or paints which will only peel and crack with time. Rather, the leather will darken with age and develop a rich patina.


Kate has been crafting leather bags by hand since 1971. She started crafting leather belts on the Ohio State University campus and later had a small leather goods store in Columbus. She now resides on a farm just outside of Newark and sells her wares at craft shows in Ohio and neighboring states.

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