It’s time to celebrate! The 4th of July is always filled with celebrations, and there seems to be no better time to remember the words of the late President Ronald Reagan about freedom: “Freedom is never more than one generation of extinction. These are words worth pondering, especially on a day when we celebrate our freedom. It is a fragile thing, and complacency allows many to give it up realizing that it cannot be returned without a fight, as our American history attests.
There are things I would like to celebrate too: foundations and philanthropists. Bless them both, I always wanted to be the last. Still a dream, but I think it will take a lottery ticket.
If we look back a few generations, we see the beginning of many rich endowments for the arts. Museums, schools and botanical gardens named after their benefactors such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Getty and many more. But it doesn’t have to be massive to make a difference.
There is an example near me. Ashtabula Arts Center received an endowment to promote the painting through the Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize with two cash prizes of $12,000 each. Keep reading to learn more
Valley Art Center
Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St. Chagrin Falls, is looking for its next full-time Associate Director and Gallery Manager. For more information, call 440-247-7507 or visit valleyartcenter.org.
Additionally, his new surreal exhibit, “Where Are We?”, will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on July 16.
Ashtabula Arts Center
Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., presents “Moods and Reflections: The Art of Tracy Parsons” July 5-29. Parsons is a self-taught artist born in England, where she learned to love nature by exploring the woods. behind her grandmother’s house.
“I want my landscapes to reflect the nature of peace and solitude…to give the viewer a visual break from all the information and data we are constantly bombarded with.” Parson wrote.
His works have been juried and won numerous awards at exhibitions in northeast Ohio. His work can also be seen at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby.
Here it is: the aforementioned painting contest.
Paul Tikkanen was a contemporary abstract painter, sculptor and photographer from Ashtabula. He was a graduate of Ashtabula Harbor High and the Cleveland Art Institute, winning the Cleveland Art Museum’s May Show in 1957. He married Norma Stenberg of Saybrook in 1958. They traveled the world while he studied and created art. art. He worked in the United States as a draftsman, carpenter, boiler operator, sign painter, commercial and portrait artist.
Tikkanen wanted to see the visual arts flourish in northeast Ohio, and to achieve this goal he left an endowment to the Ashtabula Arts Center Foundation. The Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize will be awarded annually, with the first prizes being awarded in October.
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Abstract and Realistic. First place is $12,000, second place is $5,000, and honorable mention is $1,000, all of which will be awarded on the digression of the jurors.
Interested? Acceptable media include gouache, fresco, encaustic, ink (sumi-e), oil, acrylic, watercolor, alcohol inks, tempera, and mixed paint.
A contest like this needs outstanding judges. They are Jose Carlos Diaz, chief curator of the Andy Warhol Museum; Naomi Fisher, surrealist painter, photographer, chair of the Visual Arts panel of the National Foundation for YoungArts; and Kim Beck, skywriting event creator and professor at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art.
Entry information and more details are available at Ashtabulaartscenter.org.
Stella’s Art Gallery
Next, in the Annex Galley of Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, is ‘Art & Soul’ with artists James McNamara and Christinella. Their work will continue until July 30. Come meet the artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 9.
Christinella discovered art after being injured in the line of duty and art therapy was on the way to rehabilitation. After retirement, art became a bigger part of her life, sharing her time with her grandchildren, family and friends. “Art is my passion!” she says. McNamara says he received his artistic training from the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland State University. His artwork is recognizable as a landscape, seaside scene or figures, but he says his art is mostly inspired by his imagination.
His art is in private and public collections throughout the Cleveland area and country, and he has exhibited in numerous solo shows, group shows, and art shows organized by the staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2000 to 2011. .
Next up in Stella’s main gallery is “Size Matters,” featuring artwork as small as 5 by 7 inches and as large as 16 by 20 inches.
I have a piece that people challenged me to enter, and I will.
For more information, including renting gallery space for a meeting or private exhibit, call 440-266-9111.
The Auburn Corners Summer Festival is held in and around the Reithoffer Gallery, 17711 Ravenna Road, Chagrin Falls, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 8-9. The festival is an expanded marketplace for Cleveland Art members, the outdoor venue will include food trucks and local musicians performing. There is a daily $5 entry fee.
From eclectic sculptures, jewelry, and paintings to homemade goods, handmade furniture, and vintage and antique items, there’s no shortage of unique shopping opportunities in Auburn Corners this summer.
“I feel so lucky to have the Reithoffer Gallery in our community,” said Herbee O’Connell, returning creator of whimsical assemblage art sculptures. “It’s such an (unusual) space for artists and creators to share their work. I am delighted to be at the art market fairs this summer.
Vendor spaces in the Reithoffer Gallery are $150, with tables and chairs provided. Outdoor spaces are $75. Email [email protected]
For more information on artists, food trucks and show times, follow Cleveland Art and Auburn Arts District on Instagram.
Gallery at Lakeland
The 12 annual “May Show” at The Gallery at Lakeland, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, remains on display until July 15. Next up is “Queer Pulse . . . The Ripple Effect,” by guest curator Kelly Pontoni, opening July 24.
for more information on tours or exhibitions, contact gallery coordinator Mary Urbas at 440-525-7029 or [email protected]