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A.D. Peters was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest son of an inventor and electrical engineer; creativity was valued and encouraged in his family.

After winning an art scholarship to further his education after high school, he attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to be educated in classical materials and techniques.   He then attained his BFA in painting with a minor in filmmaking at Kent State University.  After completing his degree he traveled Europe to explore museums and paint.  He returned to America and lived and worked in Kent, Ohio and Key West, Florida.  For 18 years Peters spearheaded an award winning art program for hospitalized veterans at the VA in Brecksville and Cleveland, Ohio. He also taught evening school at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Environmental Art at Hiram College.  A. D. Peters, a graduate of Orange High School, will mark his 35th year as a painting instructor at the Orange Art Center in September of 2017. 

A.D. continues to paint at his studio farm nestled in the heart of Amish country in Northeast Ohio. Peters’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions as well as solo shows in NYC, and has been collected both nationally and internationally including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Progressive Collection, the Cleveland Clinic and the Hugo and Carla Brown Collection in The Hague.

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Ceramic Artist and instructor, Andrea Serafino, has been teaching and showing her work in the Cleveland area for over 25 years.  Very knowledgeable in the ceramic arts, she is known as “the” person with whom to study ceramics in the Cleveland area. She freely shares her techniques for wheel throwing, hand-building and clay sculpture with her students. 

Andrea attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in ceramics and has a minor degree in sculpture. She has been an active member of the art community in Cleveland, and was a founding member of the Artcraft Studios in downtown Cleveland. She served as a board member for Spaces Gallery from 1983 to 1990 and was a founding member of East/West Alternative Gallery from 1990 to 1998, later becoming the director from 1995 to 1998.  Andrea is currently the director of the Beachwood Ceramic Guild, offering studio space to area ceramic artists in a co-operative setting.

Andrea and several of her friends, including Catherine Butler, Deirdre Daw, Paula Dubaniewicz, Sam Hubish, Julie Edberg, and Andy Yoder organized, installed and performed “Eat at Arts;” Spaces Gallery’s first benefit, in 1983. 

Andrea currently teaches ceramics for the Orange Art Center, the Beachwood Ceramics Guild and BAYarts. Past teaching affiliations include Lakeland Community College, 1995 – 2012, The Cleveland Museum of Arts’ Children’s program, 1986-2004, TriC Senior Adults Art Program, 1995 – 2005, CHABAM Educational Play Center, and Clayworks at Coventry Library.

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Annie Peters attended Kent State University earning a Masters of Art in Fine Arts and Akron University earning a Bachelor of Art in Art Education.  

Annie taught all aspects of art at Grand Valley High School (Orwell, Ohio) for 40 years. During that time she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” three times, and the Ruritans Outstanding Teacher Award.  Annie’s students excelled on both the national level and the local level, many of them pursuing careers in art.

Annie received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in sculpture (1990). She was an invited illustrator in ALLISTER CROMLEY’S FAIRWEATHER BELLE (Bedtime Stories For Grown Ups To Tell) written by Shane Portman, 2012.

Annie is also published in Glencoe McGraw Hill, Art e- Solutions, Experiences of a Traveling Art Teacher, Winter, 2010. Annie has exhibited her work in museums (including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Southern Ohio Museum) as well as national and regional shows. She has been an invited juror and lecturer in Ohio and California.

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Beth was first drawn to clay nearly 40 years ago while watching a potter working on a wheel at an art show. She began taking classes from a private teacher, then at Royal Oak Community College in Michigan. After moving to Chagrin Falls in 1982 she became involved with the Valley Art Center and started teaching classes there in 1983. For the next 12 years in addition to teaching, Beth participated in many annual art shows throughout northeast Ohio, including The Triangle show in Chagrin Falls as well as “Art on the Green” in Hudson. 

Beth continued teaching classes at all levels, spending several years at Ursuline College, West Geauga Senior Center and Orange Art Center. She attends the Functional Ceramics Workshop in Wooster, Ohio each year. Beth enjoy learning new techniques, experimenting with surface decoration and glaze application. She loves teaching pottery because it gives her a chance to inspire students to find the love of clay that she found long ago.

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Debra began teaching at the Orange Art Center in 2004. Throughout the years the center has proven to be a dynamic environment where students of all skill levels can come together and improve on their abilities, learn a craft, and share ideas and experiences. Her primary focus in teaching has been giving guidance in introducing the fundamentals of technique so that, once practiced and proficient, the students can explore their own creative directions. Debra encourages the development of work through the student’s own design choices based on composition and proportional questions. She has met so many diverse inspiring people throughout the years each with their own individual sense of aesthetics and determination. The real satisfaction as an instructor has always been witnessing the development of each student’s confidence in both the proficiency with the tools we use as metal smiths and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to develop a visual language leading to the creation of individual original jewelry pieces. 

Debra is an accomplished designer, fabricator, and educator with over twenty years of experience creating jewelry art. She has sold her work at Moca’s ARTSCAPE, the Cain Park craft show, Terra Vista’s holiday sale, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s gift store and has exhibited at the William Busta Gallery. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and spent several years in Germany attending the Cologne College of Art and Design and the Burg Giebichenstein. In 2003 she founded TAP Studios with her husband Todd. TAP was originally created as a gallery and teaching studio offering a wide variety of classes and workshops for all levels of experience. The studio also organized a regular program of exhibitions featuring both established and emerging jewelry artists. At the present time, TAP Jewelry is a growing craft-based endeavor focussing on hand fabricating a distinct line of jewelry sold in over thirty galleries and stores across America and internationally.

www.tapbytoddpownell.com

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The paintings of Dino Massaroni have been awarded numerous competitive prizes in national, regional and local exhibits.  He has exhibited his artwork in such nationally renowned venues as the Butler Institute of American Art’s Annual Midyear Show, Ohio; American Artists Professional League Annual, New York; Knickerbocker Artists Annual, New York; Akron Society of Artists Annual Grand Exhibition, Ohio; Allied Artists of America Annual, New York and the Pastel Society of America Annual, New York.  His most notable solo exhibitions were displayed at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Canton Art Institute.

As a result of his naturalistic style, Massaroni has become a popular portrait painter with works in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; The University of Akron School of Law, Ohio; Suarez Corporation Industries, Ohio; Temple Israel, Akron, Ohio; A. Schulman, Inc., Akron, Ohio; Network Polymers, Inc., Akron, Ohio; City of Parma Heights, Ohio; and Carmen Construction Company, Tallmadge, Ohio to name a few.  His portraits, landscapes and still life compositions are also included in private collections in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.

Massaroni teaches weekly portrait & figure drawing and painting courses at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center http://www.cvartcenter.org and Orange Art Center http://www.orangeartcenter.org as well as travel workshops to Italy and Santorini, Greece.

From the age of four, I have loved to draw. My artwork often elicited approval and encouragement from friends and family which gave me confidence and self esteem at an early age.

 

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George Kozmon, an internationally collected artist, is best known for his monumental paintings which have been widely exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the US and abroad.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including The National Endowment For The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and four Ohio Arts Council Grants. His resume reflects over 30 solo exhibitions in commercial, academic and institutional venues, and over 100 two- person, invitational, or group shows.

Mr. Kozmon’s work is represented in prestigious public and private collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland, OH), the Akron Art Museum (Akron OH), Hyatt Regency (Cologne, Germany), IBM (Armonk, NY), the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Astor Residence Hotel (London, England), and the Progressive Collection, (Cleveland OH).

Commissioned projects include Halliburton Corporate Hq. (Houston, TX), Key Corp. (Cleveland OH), Turner Construction Co. (Columbus, OH), Ungerer GmbH (Pforzheim, Germany). The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), Marriott Corp. (Arlington MD), and 12 large-scale works for the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, (2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE).

A notable endeavor was Cloudscape; an ambitious 8ft. x 80ft. (2.4m x 24.4m) canvas commissioned by IngenuityFest 2013, painted as a live on-site performance for the premier international art and technology event in Ohio.

As well as being a full-time artist, Mr. Kozmon also engages in various cultural engagements. Launched in 2015, Project Gx2, a collaborative partnership with artist Guy-Vincent, is an art-advocacy project, a video series focused on conversations giving voice to international art leaders who facilitate/communicate contemporary art to an audience, including gallerists, curators, collectors, and art fair directors. 

He also writes essays and articles, teaches, lectures, curates exhibitions for various institutions, and serves on several non-profit boards.

www.georgekozmon.com

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Jewelry designer Grace Chin creates one-of-a-kind artistic and fine jewelry.  With a background in sculpture, she was formally trained in jewelry at the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. After working for many years as an arts manager, in 2004 she launched her first complete line.  Her fascination with metal began in childhood with her father, who was a metallurgist for Bell Laboratories.

Grace began teaching at the Orange Arts Center in 2016.  She enjoys teaching fine jewelry making traditions and skills and applying them to beginning and advanced students.  

Grace Chin’s pieces explore the visual and acoustical properties of metal as it moves with the wearer.  Her work is inspired by art and architecture.  Grace Chin collections are available at boutiques and galleries in Aspen, Cleveland, and San Francisco. She maintains a studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

www.gracechindesign.com

 

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GUY-VINCENT is an internationally exhibited and collected interdisciplinary artist.  His art practice has investigated a great variety of modes of expression including: traditional media, concept-based performative endeavors, moving images, and photographyHis Symbol Art is widely known for its innovative use of incorporating glyphs, cyphers, and Unicode elements within the 140 character confines of the Twitter platform.

“My work is intended to provide unexpected narratives,” he has said.  “Visual expression is compromised of many layers from the past, present, and ultimately the future.” This gives insight into his most recent and ambitious series of work Neo Post Factum.  These large-scale works explore his interest in identity, mark-making, and our interconnectedness and to symbols.

His artwork is represented in numerous public and private collections including; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea - Spoleto, Italy, Eaton Corporation World Headquarters - Highland Heights, OH, SAP America - Philadelphia, PA Hotel Giordino, Pisa, Italy, and Rtiz Camera - Baltimore, MD.

Most recent awards include, the Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Excellence Fellowship 2017.

www.guyvincent.net

 

 

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Jenn Szalkowski is a fused glass artist born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Her love for creating art began at an early age with inspiration from her mother, an artist who ran a home ceramic studio and her father, a musician. Jenn always excelled at anything creative and artistic, with a particular interest in all things 3-dimensional. The act of creating something with your own two hands was something that was exhilarating and inspirational.  

 She followed her love for creating to Kent State University. While studying at the university she was active in the arts community by running a university art gallery and participating in many local art exhibitions. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in glassblowing in 2004. After graduation, she began focusing on fused glass, as a medium that was suitable for home studio production and offered teaching opportunities. She has taught at Steinert Glass School, Ford Motor Company and the Cleveland Art Glass Center. She currently offers classes at the Orange Art Center and her personal studio. The joy of sharing her creative talents with others made teaching a perfect fit and she finds a source of inspiration in her students’ work.  

Jenn creates her personal line of fused glass jewelry and home décor at her studio, Night Owl Glass, located in the Screw Factory Artists’ Studio in Lakewood, OH. She offers instruction in fused glass and open studio time for students to work independently. Her work is exhibited at several shops and galleries in northeast Ohio. She participates in various local art shows and enjoys interacting with her cats.

 

 

 

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Jessie Haas is a North Eastern Ohio native and currently lives in Cleveland.  Her family is diversely artistic and encouraged her to pursue a life of creativity and expression in all aspects possible.  Educated at Kent State University under Kirk Mangus and Eva Kwong, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Craft/Ceramics and has been teaching at Orange Arts Center for over three years. Historically, she worked largely in figurative and sculptural self-portraits that were reflective of her own dream symbology.  This work was often finished with atmospheric salt and wood firings, where controlled chaos was optimized.

Recently, her work has become largely functional in which a comparatively stripped down process is used. By utilizing both the wheel and traditional methods of hand building, she is now mostly focused on making vessels that can be used in the everyday mode.  From serving dishes to cups and saucers, she reveres the notion of making the everyday more enjoyable through using well-made and artistic objects. 

She has shown her work modestly at the Waterloo Arts festival, at the Orange Arts Center, and multiple University and College galleries including an upcoming show at Hiram College. This current show features the work from a recent community firing of a woodkiln.  Her upcoming body of work will attempt to merge her previous methods of making and will hopefully be shown throughout the greater Cleveland area soon.

For Jessie, teaching at Orange Arts continues to be a humbling and inspiring occupation.  (Re)introducing both new and experienced students alike to concepts, processes, and methods is a very special privilege.  Ceramic art is intuitive as it is methodical, science as much as it is aesthetic.  Watching connection, creativity, and confidence blossom as a student explores just what they are capable of is as educational for her as it is rewarding.

 

 

 

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Josh Usmani is a Cleveland-based artist, writer, instructor and curator. In addition to being Cleveland Scene Magazine’s Visual Arts Editor, he’s been teaching kids cartooning classes since 2013 at venues such as the Cleveland Institute of Art and Campus International School, as well as special workshops at SPACES and the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center. 

His own artwork has been featured in more than 100 group exhibitions, as well as several solo shows, and is represented locally by Tregoning & Company, a charter member of the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association. As a curator, he has helped produce more than a dozen group art exhibitions throughout Cleveland from Waterloo to 78th Street Studios.

www.joshusmani.com

 

 

 

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Lou Grasso’s career has spanned five decades in the design and illustration field, with experience in every aspect of the business. He has worked as an illustrator and art director for numerous publications and magazines, and held the positions of Director of Graphics for Penton Publishing and Creative Director for Penton Media Inc. His work has earned him and his departments numerous awards through such venues as Print Magazine, the New York Art Directors Club, CSCA, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

In 1999, Lou earned a master’s in art from Syracuse University. Over the past 25 years, Lou has taught art in many programs, including those at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Orange Art Center, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Strongsville Community Education. Lou also runs his own freelance business, Rabbit Design and Illustration Studio. Projects have included publication design, editorial and advertising illustration, and portrait painting. He shows his illustrations and paintings regularly in local exhibits. Lou has been a member of the Northern Ohio Illustrator’s Society since its inception in 1996.

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Raack a figurative painter who works from direct observation. It is the life, clarity and presence of information in the moment that informs his creative process. In the summer months he is primarily a plein-air painter, painting landscapes on location. During the winter months, he works predominantly from the human figure and still life in interiors. One of his chief aims is to convey how the surrounding environment influences and supports objects and also how the presence of the object affects the surrounding environment; this reciprocal interaction has both physical and psychological aspects that enliven his visual reading of my subjects. 

In addition to painting with watercolor and oil media he uses digital processes. His ‘digital paintings’ differ from his other work not only in process, but by the emphasis placed on their underlying psychological content. The digital images evoke various psychological states through the posturing of the body and by the staging and redirection of situations and spatial contexts.

His work has been selected for inclusion in many local, national, and international art exhibitions and he has received numerous awards. He have completed over 40 commissioned paintings; half of which have been for Case Western Reserve University, most of the others have been private commissions. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Raack has over 40 years of experience teaching at the university level: Cooper School of Art 1973 -1978; the University of Akron 1981 to 1986; theCleveland Institute of Art, 1983 – 2004, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2005 to 2006 and Youngstown State University, 2007- 2016. Mr. Raack recently retired to dedicate full time to his own painting in hisArt Studio in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, Ohio.

www.robertraack.com

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