Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Screw Factory Artist Open Studio

The Screw Factory Artist Open Studio will take place at the Lake Erie Building; 1300 Athens Ave., Lakewood on Saturday November 6 from 1 P.M. - 8 P.M.  The Lake Erie Building is quickly becoming one of the Cleveland area’s most popular artist enclaves.  Many artists have worked in this space for over ten years. Media ranges from fine art to eclectic crafts including printmaking, mosaics, fiber art and wearables, painting, portraiture, ceramics, glass and mixed media collage and installat...ion.

Artists on the 2nd Floor include Ann Brown, Libby Chaney, Robb Durr, Sam Meador, Michelle Mowery, M.C. Nagel, Shannon Okey, Arabella Proffer & Dorene Warner.  Artists on the 3rd Floor include Gina DeSantis, Katie Hanrahan, Micheal Hudecek, Karen Jewell-Kett, Marc Konys, Ann Onusko, Matt Richards, Ursula Ryan, Kate Tobin, Achala Wali.The 3rd floor will also feature the Templar Autos, Lakewood is Art & Friends of Madison Park (who will provide gift wrapping. times tba.)

For more information regarding this event contact Gina DeSantis at

You can find more information on the Artist Open Studio on their FB event page

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Call To Artists: Lakeland Community College

The 4th Annual Holiday Artists Market to benefit the Lakeland Student Art Show Awards Fund
Monday, December 6 & Tuesday, December 7, 10 am - 2 pm.  They are looking for artists working in all media.  Work must be created by the artist, no buy/sell.  It is preferred that the artist be present, but considering it's a weekday show, friends or relatives are fine.
There is No booth fee.  The artist is responsible for sales and will donate 20% commission to the Lakeland Foundation for the Student Art Show Awards fund. This donation is tax deductible. The names of the artists that contribute to the awards fund is acknowledged in the program for the Lakeland Visual Arts Student Exhibition in April.
Lakeland can provide cafeteria sized tables and chairs, the artist can also bring their own displays. Basically the space is a cafeteria table wide and as deep. Artists can create an "L" shape or have 2 parallel tables facing each other with a walkway in between. Lakeland would need to know how many tables artists would need. Tables must be covered to the ground. Also, Lakeland can provide limited overnight storage for artwork.

Customers are staff/faculty/administrators and students.  The show located at a major campus crossroad: next to bookstore, counseling and the cafeteria.

Mary Urbas will be setting up logistics late Sunday so artists can set up their display area.

Interested artists can friend Mary Urbas on Facebook and mention the Artist Market if you have an album she could see, or go the old fashioned route and email images to
For more info go to the Lakeland Gallery homepage

Monday, October 25, 2010

Call To Artists: Autumn Harvest Art Fair/The Women's Alliance for Recovery Service

The Women's Alliance for Recovery Service is looking for art & craft vendors for their Autumn Harvest Art Fair in Rocky River at the Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Rd., on November 20th from 9 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.  Due to the low number of vendors they may have to cancel and this is too good of a cause to let that happen.
The craft show began in 1994 as a fundraiser to help empower women against  and rise above drug abuse and domestic violence.  They provide services such as, screening and referral services, educational workshops, public awareness and outreach and more.  The Women's Alliance for Recovery Service reach out to women all over Northeast Ohio - women that could be your sister, mother or daughter.
Please call Mary Sledz at 216.575.9120 ~RIGHT AWAY~ if interested.
You can also access the PDF application HERE.
Click for more information about The Women's Alliance for Recovery Service.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vote Arts And Crafts On The Fox 8 Hotlist

The annual Fox 8 Hotlist is up and running.  If you don't know about it, it's your chance to nominate your favorite business in the Cleveland area and people can vote for their favorites.  The last time I checked it there were over 3 dozen incredible stores/organizations to vote for in the Arts & Crafts category.  On the list is everything from supply stores, stores that have classes, stores that sell handmade and a combination of all three.  While I do have my favorites I can't tell you who to vote for.  I do highly suggest checking out the list and voting for your favorite.  You have from now until December 3, 2010 to get your votes in.

See Fox 8 Hotlist Arts & Crafts HERE.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bling Bling Bazaar Call To Artists

Come buy/sell stuff and check out some bands at the Bling Bling Bazaar! Bands so far are Beardo Bandini, Maumin Collective, Juke Box value, and Vigatron (aka King Of The Bling) and maybe more TBA. Katherine Koenig will be DJing, more DJs TBA. Table prices are going to be a little more (no more than $20 each, but we haven't decided yet), let us know if you want a table at (please write Bling Bling in the subject heading. please.)

The show is on Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1 P.M - 7P.M. at Now That's Class, 11213 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH  44102
You can check out the FB event page HERE 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet the Artist: Nicki Schneider (Zombie Socks) - Textiles

I never set out to be a crafter or an artist, I actually started making Sock Monkeys as gifts to give my family and friends during the holiday season.  It was my boyfriend who spoke up and suggested I participate in a local craft show.  I made ten creatures, sold them all that first show and I was hooked.   I started experimenting with different patterns, creatures, yarns, socks etc....  I love just sewing pieces together and seeing how they turn out. 

I've been crafting for about 3 years now and I'm loving every minute of it.  I love it so much that in January of this year I got together with a few of my friends and started the Cleveland Craft Coalition (the CCC.)   My goal is to make ZombieSocks and the CCC my full time jobs.  I get so excited every time I'm asked to participate in a different craft show, have my stuff in a new boutique or gallery or when the CCC is asked to put together a show for a new venue.  

Everyday it's something new and I couldn't be happier.  Sure, I get stressed and over-whelmed sometimes - staying up til all hours of the night frantically making pieces for a show the next day - but I wouldn't have it any other way.  

You can see more of Nicki's creations at and on Facebook.
You can also become a fan of the Cleveland Craft Coalition on Facebook at

Friday, October 15, 2010

Meet The Artist: Susan Begin - Mixed Media

My creative process is a connection to the natural environment and to the creativity of cultures around the world. Having some experience in archeological and botanical illustration, as well as in surface design, my work tends to be realistic with a touch of Art Nouveau. Nature and cultural art both have influence on the designs I produce, whether they are intended for a mural, a watercolor, or a mixed media piece.

Developing my style of mixed media artwork, while often using hardshell gourds, was a transition that felt very natural and appropriate. The organic shapes of the gourds easily accept a natural, organic type of design. My pieces take on many forms, which include masks, vases, bowls, lidded containers, large-scale vessels, and sculpture. Each piece is one of a kind; most involve carving, painting, and pyroengraving, with the addition of wood, wire, paper mache, and other dimensional materials.

I have had the opportunity to show my work to a large audience with televised appearances. In March of 2005, a segment of ‘Del’s Folks,’ a series produced by Cleveland’s WKYC Channel 3, featured my art on gourds. I also found exposure on Home and Garden Television’s ‘Crafters Coast to Coast,’ which aired in May 2005.

You can become a fan of Begin Designs on Facebook!!

Call To Artists: Pentagon Gallery - More Than Just 2 Dimensional

The Pentagon Gallery first opened its doors in 1982 it is known as the Gallery of Cleveland Artists.  The Gallery is experiencing some growing pains and is in need of new art.  While there is no shortage of painters and artists working in 2 dimensional media it has been a real challenge to find artists making dolls, handmade candles, soap, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics or pottery, that is willing to place their wares in a gallery.

Maria, owner of the Pentagon Gallery and Frame Shop is looking for you.  YES YOU!!  She wants your handmade items to display and sell.  What you make is precious, so give her a call at 216-321-3362 or email

Pentagon is located at 3102 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights, 44118.  She is looking forward to finding GREAT crafters to work with.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Opening Reception: Dan Tranberg, New Work Opens At Arts Collinwood Gallery

Arts Collinwood Gallery is pleased to present, artist/writer Dan Tranberg’s first solo exhibition in eight years.

Dan Tranberg NEW WORK on view Friday, October 22 thru November 19, 2010

Arts Collinwood Gallery continues its 2010 season with an exhibition of new work by artist/writer, Dan Tranberg. This new body of work represents Tranberg’s concentration on the idea of encouraging intimate viewing of abstract forms and spaces as a ...means of reinvigorating a connection to visual phenomena. Rather than relying on grand gestures, Tranberg creates subtle visual enigmas within small, reductive compositions that often hover between graphical and three-dimensional representations of space. While this new work could be perceived a response to our quick-paced era of easy and disposable digital images, the artist states, “I am interested in creating works that encourage a deeper, slower, and more careful consideration of visual perception and our relationship to the visible world.”

The exhibit opens with a wine and tapas reception at Arts Collinwood, Friday October 22 from 6-9pm.

Arts Collinwood is located 15601 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trinity Cathedral’s Medieval Feast & Arts Bazaar 2010 – Application

Trinity Cathedral’s Medieval Feast & Arts Bazaar 2010 – Application
Coincides with the splendor of the Medieval Feast that benefit’s Trinity’s free Brownbag Concert Series. This year we are celebrating Good King Wenceslas.

WHEN: Friday, December 10th, Setup 4, OPEN 6-10pm Saturday, December 11th Setup 8am OPEN: 10am-10pm (Sunday December 12th OPTIONAL 8:30am-2pm)

WHERE: Trinity Commons Piazza 2230 Euclid Ave, Downtown Cleveland, Ohio 44115 216 771-3630, Delivery in Prospect parking lot, free parking for vendors in adjacent CSU lot. (Security will help vendors to their cars on request).

ENTRY FEE: $25 Nonrefundable: Make checks payable to: Trinity Cathedral (Memo: Arts Bazaar) 20% commission at each day’s end; cash or check. Additional 5 foot tables: $25 each, if available.

DEADLINE: ENTRY - OCTOBER 15th – notification by October 30th, 2010.

REQUIRED: 5-10 Photos of original work by artist entry: Hard copies or JPEG’s smaller than 150dpi on cd-r or flashdrive; MUST be representative of media that will be in the show – no additions please! We reserve the right to EDIT work. No artists agents, kits, or © violations, please. Student work will be juried.

INFO: Art Prices from $20 to $50 seem to work best, under $100 is recommended.

Table skirting furnished by Trinity – table covers provided by artists.

Storage in locked rooms after each Friday /Saturday; Dismantle displays after Sunday, or Trinity owns the remaining work.

Electricity: First come, first served. Extra lighting is helpful (small fixtures, please). No Credit card service – work with your neighbors.
Non-smoking campus. Please use cell phones away from event space. Brown-bagged food can be refrigerated/microwaved.

Coffee/Tea will be provided by Trinity.

Medieval Dress is OPTIONAL but encouraged for the Friday/Saturday events.

Trinity Cathedral’s Medieval Feast & Arts Bazaar 2010 – Application & $25. DUE: October 15th; Notification by October 30 Return this Form with Photos & Payment - PLEASE PRINT & Label hard copies & CD-R’s! Name__________________________________
Company Name__________________________________ Phone_________________________________________
E-mail_______________________________________ Medium_______________________________________
Average sizes of work__________________________________
Short explanation of work_______________________________
Received by______________________Date_____________
Artist Agrees to Terms of Call: Signature______________________________

Hard copies, CD-R & Flashdrive images MUST be CLEAR & COLOR; will not be returned.
Photos may be used in promotional material – please label each piece accordingly.
Trinity Cathedral is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property or vehicles.
Please consider: Work will be edited for content - this is a family friendly event.
Contact: Steve Loger, Ginger Bitikofer or Linda Zolten Wood for more information Trinity Cathedral - 2230 Euclid Ave, Downtown Cleveland, Ohio 44115 216 771-3630

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Cleveland Craft Crawl

Wall Eye Gallery Accepting Applications for Meet Your Makers

Calling all Crafters, Artists, and Makers!

Wall Eye Gallery is now accepting applications for its second 'Meet Your Makers' Indie Craft Show! This time around, MYM will be held over two days (well, one evening and one day), with an opening reception during the first night of the show on Friday, November 19th from 6p-10p complete with refreshments, munchies, and music. You will not be bored working your booth for this show! The fun continues the next
day, Saturday, November 20th from 12p-4p.

The space fee is $40 for both days, which includes credit card processing through our boutique for those who do not have their own processing capabilities. Some spaces are along a wall and vendors can make their space their own! Hang art on a wall, place your items on shelves, hang your sign!

Download the PDF application at The application deadline is October 20th. Please email your completed app and/or any questions to We’ll notify you whether you’re accepted by October 22nd. Please feel free to forward the application to anyone you think might be interested.

Stephanie Lipscomb & Linda Ayala

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello Cleveland!!

It's about time Cleveland had an all in one resource for crafts & craft shows in the area.  There is too much handmade love to not share it.  That's where Crafty Cleveland comes in.  You're invited to leave show reviews, send press releases about shows, your business, or anything else handmade.  Do you have a tip you want to share?  Go for it!!  Do you love to shop and hate mass produced Wal-Mart crap?  We'll tell you where to go to get the ultimate unique gift.

Let's ROCK this!!