Valley Art Center opens retrospective exhibition “Charles Deihl – A Visual History of a Lifetime Artist”

I don’t usually write about Christmas this early, but when I do, it’s always suggestive. By that, I mean I suggest you get busy if you’re planning on making Christmas gifts. Although I like to procrastinate, I started working on mine.

If you find your muse outside, that time awaits. I love fall and all its colorful splendour. Much of my art is rooted in trees. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.) Art and biology make the perfect mix for me because I design landscapes, planters, and hanging baskets in my daily work.

Our local parks and nature centers offer a plethora of inspiration, from walking the trails to viewing the art indoors. More on this to follow.

The migration season not only allows us to take a closer look, but also to see a greater variety of passers-by. Seize the moment by capturing it in your sketchbook or with your camera.

Research the main characteristics that nature guides use to define a species and try your hand at gestural sketching. This is done quickly to capture the essence of the subject and the way it moves. Make several full or partial sketches on one page, focusing on different parts of the bird, how it moves, where it perches – if so – then assemble them into a drawing when the time permits. allow.

There’s your activity for today, which includes several shows at area nature centers, as well as a fun show at Chagrin Falls.

A myriad of works are on display in the Valley Art Center exhibit “Charles Deihl Retrospective Exhibition – A Visual Story of a Lifelong Artist” at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls. (Michael Steinberg)

Valley Art Center

Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St. Chagrin Falls, just opened “Charles Deihl Retrospective Exhibition – A Visual History of a Lifetime Artist.” More than 60 works by Charles “Bud” Deihl, artist, painter, sculptor, educator and longtime VAC instructor will be on display through October 19. Meet the man and learn more about his work during the artist talk at 6 p.m. 22.

Visitors to Chagrin Falls will appreciate the artist’s work on a mural that adorns the VAC’s 62-foot-long east wall. With everything from graduate drawings of the 1950s to award-winning oil paintings of recent years, this exhibition tells the visual story of a life as an accomplished artist and professional.

VAC is looking for artists within a 250-mile radius of Chagrin Falls to participate in the 51st “Juried Art Show,” which opens Nov. 4. The deadline for registration is October 7. The show has over $2,500 in cash prizes up for grabs.

For more information and entry details, call 4440-247-7507 or visit

Lake Metroparks

Lake Metroparks’ fall art exhibit, “Harvest: An Introspective,” features the art of An’Angelia Thompson.

“Harvest” will be on view through October 9 at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland.

For more information, call 440-358-7275 or visit

Geauga Park District

The Geauga Arts Council and Geauga Park District present “Juried Art Show 2022” – the 16th annual incarnation of the event – ​​through October 4 at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road, ?Russell Township.

For more information and to view the works, go to

Stella’s Art Gallery

The “Photographer’s Only” exhibition at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, is judged and awarded. It will be visible until October 8.

Congratulations to Jenn Beck, Best of Show winner. The Sunsets winners are Cindy Seville, first place; Becky Grasser, second place; and Rob Lewis, third.

The wildlife winners are Dwight Boyer, first place; Luanne Bole Becker, second place; and Jenn Beck, third.

The landscape winners are Dwight Boyer, first; Roseanne Willis, second place; and Tracy Parsons, third.

The Floral winners are Alex Cohen, first; Dennis Mastrangelo, second place; and Alex Cohen, third.

The summary winners are Joseph John, first place; Luanne Bole Becker, second place; and Alex Cohen, third.

In addition, the new show at the Galère Annexe, “C’est La Vie”, is worth a look.

What do you consider strange? Did you create anything unusual and/or strange? Then Stella’s has a show for you, the 6th Annual OddBall Show. This exhibition of curiosities welcomes all mediums. The categories are 2D, 3D and Mixed Media. Hmmm… I have a funny idea; I wonder if I can materialize it for the show, I’ll let you know.

Mary Urbas, artistic director of The Gallery at Lakeland, will be the show’s jury.

Registrations will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 6 and 7 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 8.

There will be an artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 14, with awards at 8 p.m.

Learn more at or call 440-266-9111.

Gallery at Lakeland

“Fire and Smoke: Wood, Raku, Saggar, Pit Fired and Alternative Fired Clay” will soon be available from The Gallery at Lakeland, 7700 Clock Tower Drive, Kirtland.

The show was curated by the aforementioned Mary Urbas, a clay lover. The will be open from September 22 to November 4.

As a ceramic artist, I can’t wait to learn more and check this one out.

For more information, call 440-525-7029 or email [email protected]

Shaker Lakes Nature Center

The Shaker Lakes Nature Center, 2600 South Park Blvd., Cleveland, is hosting “Souls Alike,” featuring digital paintings by Tracy Zakraysek, through November 21. For more information, call 216-321-5935 or email [email protected]