Saturday, July 31, 2010

Our Scheduled Shows for August 2010

Green Road Farmers' Market
August 12th & 26th 2pm - 7pm
South Euclid-Hillcrest United Methodist Church

1534 S. Green Road
South Euclid, OH

Shore Outdoor Farmers' Market
August 13th & 27th 2pm - 7pm
Shore Cultural Centre
291 E. 222nd St.
Euclid, OH 44123

Trinity Cleveland Fresh ART
August 10th, 24th & 31st 4pm - 7pm
Trinity Cathedral - Prospect Lot
2230 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH

Solon Cleveland Clinic
August 2nd 10am - 3pm
29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139

Madison Old Fashion Days
August 5th - 8th
(6-11pm (Thurs); Noon-11:30pm (Fri);
9:30am-11:30pm (Sat); 9:30am-6:30pm (Sun)

126 West Main Street
Madison, OH 44057

Lake County Fair
August 17th - 22nd Noon - 10pm
Lake County Fairground
1301 Mentor Ave.
Painesville, OH 44077

Cleveland Craft Coalition - Mods Vs. Rockers
August 28th 1pm - 7pm
Franklin between 116th and 117th

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Visual arts offer stress relief, creative outlet for adults (News-Herald)

Matt was recently interviewed for an article that was to appear in The News-Herald.  It turns out that the article became a front page story in Saturday's paper.  The article deals with adults and art and different groups in the area that offer different types of art classes.  The City of Euclid has had some unfortunate occurances that have been reported in the news lately.  We are extremely happy to have been included, along with Shore Cultural Centre (which is in Euclid) to be portrayed as a positive aspect in the community.  I would like to give kudos to Tracey Read and Betsy Scott for bringing a bright, positive aspect to a community that in these times, needs it. 
I have copied the article and attached a link to the original for anyone that would care to look at the pictures and video. 

By Tracey Read and Betsy Scott

News-Herald Staff Writers

For years, John Peters of Mentor taught watercolor painting.
A recent illness robbed him of his desire to paint for a time, however.
In order to get enthused again, he signed up for a mixed media class with a former instructor, Dorothy "Dottie" Geisert, at Wildwood Cultural Center in Mentor.
"There's a lot of personal satisfaction when you have a good painting," he said.
From local community arts centers to the county metroparks, such opportunities abound for adults in this area, offering myriad avenues for creative expression as well as ways to soothe the soul, or even make some extra money.

Matt Orgovan, a 34-year-old Mentor resident, has noticed a trend in the arts as a career or hobby becoming more popular — especially among those ages 25 to 45.
Orgovan opened up CreativExpressions76 studio at Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid after losing his health benefits when his marketing director job at a Catholic high school was cut to part time.
He sells canvas art, hand-painted refrigerator magnets and keepsake boxes with a pop culture, rock 'n' roll influence.
His fiancee, Joanna, offers soap-making classes at the studio and makes her own mineral makeup and beauty/hygiene products.
"There seems to be a lot more art galleries popping up and stores that carry local products," Orgovan said.
"I think the economy has something to do with it. People are looking for other ways to support themselves."
Orgovan now has benefits with his new job at a publishing company, but is sticking with the studio as well.
"I have a journalism degree, but I've always been interested in painting and found I really loved it as a hobby," he said. "Three years later, I'm selling paintings at art shows."

Wildwood Cultural Center hosts varied arts shows from painted porcelain to basketry, along with its arts classes, including voice lessons and digital photography.
"We've been here for 30 years and we've got a very active Community Arts Commission, and we're always coming up with new cultural arts programs to offer both adults and youth," said Len Zito, the center's cultural affairs director. "I think Lake County is the hub for cultural arts and Mentor has quite a few activities we offer year-round."

In Chardon, efforts have been under way to create a community arts center offering dance, drama, film and more. The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild is working to raise funds to renovate a building on Water Street across from the theater for the center.
"Although we may not be on the original pace, things seem to be moving in the right direction," Guild President Greg Pribulsky said.
The Guild has a long history of offering ways for adults to participate in community theater, on stage and behind the scenes.
Recently, a stage management class was held for adults, and nontheater classes have expanded with the addition of a colored-pencil drawing class and digital photography.
A registered art therapist recently proposed a class called "vision collage," which would allow adults to express a goal through visual arts.
"With the fast-pace, high-stress lives in which we find ourselves today, involvement in the arts can provide a valuable break," Pribulsky said. "A class in the arts is a wonderful place to leave your worries at the door and immerse yourself in a creative process."

Area park district officials recognize that using art can help visitors make a special connection with the natural world — an important component of Geauga Park District's mission, Naturalist Services Director Diane Valen said.
She runs the Shutterbugs Camera Club, which began in 2006 as an offshoot of a hands-on public program offered to those interested in photography opportunities in the district. Monthly meetings involve about 45 photographers gathering for instructional sessions and friendly critiques.
"Geauga Park District is a strong promoter of both the visual and performing arts," Valen said.
Some examples include a recent community art exhibition featuring several hundred pieces created from recycled materials, hosting bimonthly gallery shows, offering a wide range of art workshops throughout the year — from making cards to ceramic tiles to jewelry — and monthly Tune Traders jam sessions that bring together musicians with varied skill and experience levels.
"Our arts programs highlight the natural world as a subject, source of inspiration and setting while encouraging a greater sensitivity, understanding, appreciation and caring for the world around us," Valen said.

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, director of education at The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, said visual arts classes continue to be popular despite the economy, especially in the winter and early spring.
To better accommodate busy adults with ever-increasing responsibilities, the association tries to make it as easy as possible for everyone to enjoy the arts — whether it be portrait painting or calligraphy.
"As possible, Fine Arts aligns adult programming with children's art programming, allowing adults and their children to participate in the arts at the same time," Fleming-Gifford said.
Maureen Jeffery, 33, of Mentor, has been taking ceramics for two years at Fine Arts.
"It's a lot of fun; the teacher's great," she said. "I always wanted to learn how to throw on the wheel. The process is very relaxing. I like to have that kind of creative outlet, even though I'm not very good at it."

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lessons In Buying Handmade

I've been thinking about compiling a list for quite a while for customers who go to craft shows or to festivals about some rules for buying handmade directly from the manufacturer.  I like to call crafters manufacturers because that is what we are.  Quite a few of the crafters at shows are their own boss.  They manufacture and market their own product in many ways, either at shows, online or selling to stores.  They are the creator from the birth of the concept, through production, marketing, sales, customer service and yes, sometimes even returns.  Some of us work 16 hour days producing and marketing our own product.  Most of us don't necessarily do it for the money (even though money doesn't hurt).  Most of us do it for the love of our craft.  It's our passion.  It makes our world go round.  We do it because we love to create!!
We have probably done over a hundred shows since we have started our little business and have come in contact with thousands of people.  We have talked to hundreds of other manufacturers and have found several "pet peeves" that almost all of us have in common.  This is a list of how you should treat a crafter at a show (even if you're not interested in their product).
  1. When a crafter says "hi", say "hi" back.  We're friendly and sometimes bored at shows.  We don't necessarily want to sell you something.
  2. Look us in the eye when we say "hi".  We don't have the plague.
  3. When we say "hi" don't say "I'm just looking".  Good...because we said "hi", not "Are you going to buy something?".
  4. Ask us how we make stuff and what our inspiration is.  We love telling people about what we do.
  5. We make what we make because we love it.  PLEASE don't scoff at it.  It's hard putting your heart on the line and we're not a fortune 500 company who's publicly traded. We have feelings.
  6. Don't say "I can do that".  We know you can.  BUT.... are you really going to take the time to learn to do it right, spend money on displays, spend $100's of dollar on materials & show costs and get rejected by tons of customers?  I don't think so.
  7. We really DON'T want to hear how you just went to a big box store and just spent $100 on something similar. 
  8. We really DON'T want to hear how the local dollar store has something similar for $2.00.  HELLO!!  It was made in China!!  Our materials cost more than that.
  9. Don't complain about our prices.  We pay expensive table costs and insurance and not to mention we have families to feed and bills to pay.
  10. Did I mention don't tell us "I can make that" or "It costs THAT much?! or "I just bought a ton of that at Wal-Mart"?  Well....I know I already said those but I just thought I'd mention it again.
So that is a little list to help you when buying at craft shows.  Sometimes we're like little kids.  We love praise and to have our egos stroked.  Buying from the person who makes the item that you bought is a completely different entity that buying from a chain store.  It's more personal, and we expect to be treated how we treat you.  :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Buy Local Week July 3rd - 10th

What does it take for you to buy local?  It's better for the environment, it helps your local economy and it supports small businesses.  We challenge you to buy local.  WKYC knows the importance and so should you!  During this week think about your community and how your dollar can effect it.

Cirque Imaginaire Hits Shore Cultural Centre

We LOVE Indie Arts!!  Now, one of the coolest shows to have been created is coming right to our front door!  Cirque Imaginaire - Travelling Art Show and Gallery has chosen Shore Cultural Centre as their location for their second show.  We went to the Sachsenheim Showcase on the Westside in March and were amazed at the quality of vendors, bands, and customers that were there.  We were in awe of Erin Carek and how she was able to combine all of the wonderous people together at the same event in a nondiscript place.  Anyway, we're are proud to announce that we are going to be a part of the Shore Showcase at Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid.  Our studio is at Shore and it's one of the coolest things to happen in the city!!  We hope you will join us.  All of our paintings, magnets, cosmetics and other bath and body items will be on display for purchase.  We will also have our studio open for you to tour!

Scheduled Show Update For Month Of July

Our Scheduled Shows

July 2010
Green Road Farmers' Market
July 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd 2pm - 7pm
South Euclid-Hillcrest United Methodist Church
1534 S. Green Road
South Euclid, OH

Shore Outdoor Farmers' Market
July 2nd, 9th, 23rd 2pm - 7pm
Shore Cultural Centre
291 E. 222nd St.
Euclid, OH 44123

Trinity Cleveland Fresh ART
July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th 4pm - 7pm
Trinity Cathedral - Prospect Lot
2230 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH

Cirque Imaginaire
July 10th 5pm - 9pm
Shore Cultural Centre
291 E. 222nd St.
Euclid, OH 44123

Cleveland Craft Coalition - True Colors Exposed
July 17th Noon - 5pm
River Colors Studio / Blackbird Baking Company
1387 Sloane Avenue

Westlake Historical Society Craft Show
July 18th 10am - 5pm
Clague House Museum
1371 Clague Rd.

Waterloo 7
July 24th Noon - whenever
35005 Chardon Rd
Willoughby Hills

Monarch Center Art Fair
July 25th 10am - 5pm
Monarch School
22001 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights

Eastlake Home Days
July 29th 5pm - 11pm; 30th 3pm - 11pm; 31st 1pm - 11pm;
Aug 1st 1pm - 10pm
Lakeshore Blvd & Erie Rd.
Eastlake, OH