Tag Archives: watercolor painting

Featured Artist – Grace McConnell

2 Aug

HI, I’m Grace McC(onnell)! I’m a freelance photographer serving in Cleveland OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. I have my Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art from Baldwin Wallace University.

   Originally an oil painter, I fell in love with photography my sophomore year of college. I’ve been shootin’ people and places ever since.

   I specialize in headshots of all kinds, but I enjoy engagement sessions and lifestyle portraits (families, branding sessions, children.) Basically I’m just a big fan of people and capturing their most precious moments in life!

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Live Painting by Jeff Suntala

16 Sep

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Jeff Suntala was one of our demonstrating artists this year. Above is his finished plein-air painting of Luna and an artist tent. This is a watercolor piece painted on location. To see more of Jeff’s work please visit this link. Thank you to Jeff and all of out demonstrating artists who made The Berea Arts Fest another successful year.

Featured Artist – Don Woods

14 Aug

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76 Woods, Donald 4Don Woods – I grew up in Akron and always loved to draw. In high school I received a number of art awards, including a gold medal at the National Scholastic Art Awards in New York City for a watercolor painting. I was also a very proficient violinist, and when it was time for college, I was torn between art and music.

After one quarter in music at Akron University, I switched to art and never looked back. During college I sold quite a few paintings at local art fairs and shops in the Akron area. After graduation in 1979 (B.F.A, Painting), I went to work in another field (as many fine arts majors do) with the intent of continuing my art career on the side.

Unfortunately, it seemed like my jobs consumed most of my time, and I painted very little, or not at all. In my early 40’s I had an epiphany. I felt like I was doing very little to fulfill the potential I had in my youth. After working in sales and management for over twenty years, I returned to college and received my teaching license in art.

I did my student teaching in Lorain and was hired by the district in 2002. I also began playing the violin publically again and slowly resumed painting. As I began painting again, I struggled with subject matter for my paintings. I was not sure what I wanted to paint, or what I was trying to say. As a way to start the process, I began to paint small pictures of birds (a favorite subject of mine when I was young). The more I painted, the more excited I became, and the paintings grew larger and more complex.

Now I generally concentrate on bird paintings, many of the subjects coming from the bird feeders in my own backyard. In my current work I try to show the beauty and wonder of God’s creations. The school district I work for has been in severe financial trouble for some time. This past year they decided to eliminate art and music in most of the schools. I, and a number of my colleagues, were laid off at the end of last year. I had to face the fact that there is a good chance that I will never be called back.

Since that time it seems that I have made a complete circle in my career. I am now painting full time and exploring opportunities to market my artwork. In November I had a successful solo art show at my church, selling 34 paintings in one weekend. I have also sold a number of paintings on my website. I feel fortunate to have this second chance at this point in my life. I am going to work hard and continue to pursue my dream of becoming a professional artist.

Featured Artist – Nancy Notarianni

28 Aug

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67 Notarianni Nancy 4Nancy 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 & fashion illustration from the University of Kansas. She enjoys teaching watercolor in Middleburg Heights at the Community Center and in Independence, Ohio – for the Independence Art Guild. Nancy has also been invited to many of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio branch libraries (Parma South, Bedford, Olmsted Falls, Mayfield to name a few) to give watercolor programs.

One of Nancy’s paintings has been accepted into the

2013 Ohio Watercolor Society Annual Show.

She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout Northeast Ohio. Nancy is also serves as newsletter editor for the Ohio Watercolor Society. In 2009 and in 2012, Nancy attended painting workshops with Charles Reid,

one of the foremost watercolorists of today.

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.”

Currently, she is art director and web administrator for City Visitor Communications. She handles ad design, layout and production of all quarterly and annual publications that entice visitors to Northeast Ohio, Charlotte, NC and Richmond, Virginia. As web administrator for City Visitor, she maintains cityvisitor.com, carolinavisitor.com and virginiavisitor.info websites.

Featured Artist – Joan Satow

5 Aug

Joan Satow will be participating in this years arts fest. She is todays featured artist.
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65 Satow Joan 4 Satow – I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland area) and earned my Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I also attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh through Ashland University’s College Affiliate Program, where my focus of study was Commercial Art. I am a freelance Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Watercolor Artist. Renewing my interest with my fine art skills, I have also been actively building a new body of work in Watercolor Painting. Opportunities to create custom graphics and/or commissioned watercolor pieces are always welcome! Contact me via email: joan.satow@gmail.com

Nancy Notarianni – Featured Artist

31 Jul

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Todays Featured artist is Nancy Notarianni. 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 & fashion illustration from the University of Kansas. Currently she is art director and web administrator for City Visitor Communications. She handles ad design, layout and production of all quarterly and annual publications that entice visitors to Northeast Ohio, and its innumerable attractions. As web administrator for City Visitor, she maintains cityvisitor.com and carolinavisitor.com websites.

In her free time she enjoys teaching watercolor in Middleburg Heights Community Center and in Independence, Ohio – for the Independence Art Guild. Nancy has also been invited to many of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio branch libraries (Parma South, Bedford, Olmsted Falls, Mayfield to name a few) to give watercolor programs. She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout Northeast Ohio. In the fall of 2009, Nancy had the opportunity to attend a painting workshop with Charles Reid, one of the foremost watercolorists of today.

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.”