Thursday, April 30, 2009

Plein Air Paint Out!

The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its first Plein Air Competition
to celebrate the importance of the Cuyahoga River and the beauty of the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park in and around the Village of Peninsula.

Peninsula’s First Annual Plein Air Competition—Along the Crooked River
will be held Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st. 2009. Please join us in this artistic event and help celebrate the wonder and beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley.

The exhibit will run July 2 thru July 26, 2009, Thursdays thru Sundays, 11 am until 5 pm at Peninsula Art Academy.
An Artists reception will be held at PAA on Thursday evening July 2 2009, 5 to 7 pm.
Details at or on-line form

Judging and Prizes: The exhibit will be judged by Mary Urbas, Gallery Coordinator and Exhibition Curator at Lakeland Community College. Awards will include: Best of show: $350, Second place: $200, Third place: $100, People’s Choice and Honorable Mentions.
Eligibility: The Competition is open to artists, 18 years of age and over. Employees of the National Park and members of the Peninsula Chamber may enter but are ineligible for awards.
Format: Original two-dimensional art in any medium other than photography may be created during this event. No three-dimensional or computer generated work will qualify. Canvas/paper plus frame shall be less than or equal to 30” in any one direction.
Display Venue: Works created during the competition will be displayed at Peninsula Art Academy Gallery as space allows, during the month of July. All artwork will be for sale with 60% to the artist and 40% to the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce (PACC). Winning artwork will be featured on Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association will also feature the winning work in newsletters and various venues.
Criteria: Artists may produce as many works as they wish during the competition but are limited to 2 pieces for submission to the Gallery showing and judging. Artwork must be created in the true Plein air style at designated locations and may not be generated from reference photos. Styles may range from realism to abstract, and must be in keeping with the impromptu style of Plein air.
Because the competition takes place in the Village of Peninsula and the National Park, PACC has had to secure permission to use specific locations where artists may set up. Go to to download the map and see the selected competition sites.
All artists are encouraged to view the sites before the competition and request a first, second and third choice on the application. Sites will be assigned on a first come basis. PACC reserves the right to assign an artist to an alternative site if the first choice is too crowded.
Application: To be eligible, applications must be received by June 6th, 2009.
A $35 registration fee will assist in covering the cost of the juror, prizes and logistics.
Include your Artist statement/bio with the entry form.

Procedure: On Saturday morning June 20 between 9 - 10 am, artists must check in at Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 West Mill Street, Peninsula (next to the depot station, across from Elements Gallery). Phone 330-657-2248. Artists are encouraged to bring as many canvases/papers as they wish to create during the competition. All canvases/papers must be stamped the morning of the competition. Artists should be at their designated site from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, June 20, and from 11 am until 1 pm on Sunday, June 21 so the public may stroll the sites and visit the artists at work.
From 3 until 5 pm Sunday afternoon June 21, artists are to deliver up to 2 finished works they wish to enter for judging, for exhibit, and for sale to the Peninsula Art Academy. 1600 West Mill Street. No submissions will be accepted after 5 pm. Artists are invited to enjoy wine and cheese and camaraderie during the drop off time.
Finished works must be framed, with picture hanging wire attached. For your convenience, reasonably priced framing options will be available at Peninsula Art Academy when entries are dropped off. Judging and hanging of the exhibition will take place during the week of June 21st.
The show will open July 2 in conjunction with the second week of the Boston Mills ArtFest Artists will be notified via email as to the winning entries.
Pick Up of Art: Pick up of artwork will be on July 26 from 11 am – 5 pm; other arrangements may be made by calling 330-657-2248.
Where: Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 West Mill Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264-171 Parking is in front of the building and behind Elements Gallery, directly across the street, and in the CVNP parking lots farther down Mill Street.
Press: Press releases will be emailed to area contacts. Include on a separate sheet any email addresses you would like us to include in our press list. Also, on a separate sheet, please list any email addresses you would like to receive an email invitation to the exhibit.
Contact: For additional information contact PAA 330-657-2248.
for more info please call 330-657-2248 or

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Member News

Bernie D'Ettorre is in the Lakewood Art League's May Show held in the Lakewood Hospital Atrium for the month of May. Karen Martin is also showing her work.

The reception will be held May 3 at 2:00pm

See last years show here

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Artist Reception Images of Peru

Landscape and Culture: Machu Picchu, Historic Cusco, Ballestas Islands, Rural Villages, Native American Markets, Folkloric Music, Spectacular Landscapes of Desert and Mountains, Lima and Nasca, Wonderful People

A new Art Reflections Photography Exhibit May 8-July 31, 2009 at

Robinson Memorial Hospital
Main Lobby
6847 N. Chestnut Street, Ravenna
Artist’s Reception: Friday May 8, 2009
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The photo exhibit represents both student and instructor images from a recent photographic geography trip to Peru in Latin America sponsored by Kent State University’s Geography Department and led by Dr John Allensworth, Latin American Specialist, Kathie Lentz, Photographer, and Dr. Frank Erickson, Professor Emeritus at KSU. All the photographers enjoyed the rich cultural experience that South America affords and this show reflects all those differing interests and viewpoints.

The public is always welcome on these yearly trips and information will be available at the reception about the spring 2010 trip. The photo exhibit will be on display at Robinson Memorial Hospital’s Main Lobby through July. Most photographs are available for purchase directly from the photographers.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Whiskey Painters Of America

Membership in Whiskey Painters of America,and international club, is limited to 150 people. The club dates back to the early 1950s, to a bar in NYC where Joe Ferriot of Akron (using an Anacin box pallet) dipped his shortened brush into his martini. Thus was born the first whiskey painting.

The 27th annual Whiskey Painters of America show at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center during April included 229 paintings by 35 artists. The little 4x5" pictures are of water media with a little spirits in the water and probably in the artist.

Nine HSA members had paintings in in the show. They are Harriet Elson, Ann Kah, Sally Heston, Kitty Waybright, Cathy Welner, Barbara Zohn, John Bender, Barney Cole and Hilary Sheeter.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Open Mike Night

BluesNite – April 25, 2009. Jam and Open Mike at Peninsula Art Academy –every fourth Saturday from 7-11pm (or later!) Walk-ins welcome, no charge. An informal open mike jam for all levels of musicians interested in playing and learning the blues. Bring your equipment (electric and/or acoustic instruments: guitars, harps, bass, etc) and join in, or sit back, bring your own food and drink, or something to share it you like, browse the gallery exhibits and enjoy the music. In collaboration with local musician Matt Lerner and their friends from
The PAA is located in Peninsula, behind the Winking Lizard

Monday, April 20, 2009

Meeting tonight!

April 20 Mitzi Lai will do an oil demo --- dont miss this one!!

and coming up soon:

May 4 Judy Carducci will do a pastel demo

May 18 Critique with Tan Gillespie

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Library Programs

The Hudson Library & Historical Society will be presenting a spring series of art programs.
On April 21, The Executive Director of the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete, will discuss the artifacts found in Tomb of Tutankhamen. Albacete’s slide show will follow archaeologist Howard Carter “from the exciting moment of discovery through the removal and conservation of many items found in Tut’s tomb.” He has made several visits to Egypt and will show the most important artifacts discovered in addition to bringing a model of the tomb. This program is made possible with the help of a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

The last program in the series is on May 5 and features the Master Paintings of the Butler Institute of American Art of Youngstown. The Butler collection includes works from four centuries of art from Master Artists such as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, John Sloan, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jacob Lawrence.

Programs begin at 7 p.m. and are free. No registration is required. Questions may be directed to the Reference Desk at 330/653-6658 x 1010, or visiting our web site at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MD Garage Opens this Weekend

Spring must be here! The MD Garage is opens this weekend. The co-op gallery hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. So many HSA members also show their work at the MD Garage... stop by and visit!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Art Show in Reminderville

The Third Annual Art Show opened tonight at the municipal building on Glenwillow in Reminderville. Hudson Society of Artists members Lucy Karslake and Kathleen Harrington have work in the show.
Here Kathleen is with her painting "The Landmark Tree"
and Lucy Karslake poses with her Special Merit Award painting.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Lori Hess Demo

Tonight we had a wonderful watercolor demo by local artist Lori Hess. Lori, who has studied with many accomplished artists showed us a technique for doing an underpainting that she learned from Judy Betts.
You may remember Lori's entry in the Mid Winter show of elephants. That piece used the underpainting style that she demostrated tonight.