Last spring Terry, an incoming senior this fall, took “a break” from his job at Chipotle on Lakeshore and Neo, also an incoming senior, quit his job as a party host a SkyZone. As a responsible adult all I could think about was how foolish of a decision that was. But they kept saying the same thing over and over. “Trust the process”.
Regular readers of the Euclid Observer might remember the story I submitted almost three years ago (Vol 6 Issue 9 / Sept. 2015 & Vol 7 Issue 1 / Jan. 2016). I told you about Arthur Samuel Houts, whose trunk I found at my great-aunt's a few decades ago in a small French village.
Every Pane Counts, just ask Shore artists Dean Shaffer and Bob Raack, whose studio was brightened by the restoration of five large windows by GreenHeart Companies. Thank you to the anonymous donors who contributed over $12,000 to make this pilot project possible. Shore Cultural Centre is on a mission to raise funds for restoring many more windows, brightening the future of Euclid’s historic building. To learn more about the campaign to restore the windows, visit Shore's website at www.shoreculturalcentre.com or call (216) 289-8578.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.
Join your neighbors for the “This Is Euclid” Art Walk, Downtown Euclid’s biggest community-led event, which returns on Saturday, September 15th from 2-6pm.
Our May meeting featured local watercolor artist and teacher, Flo Smith. Watercolor became her second career after raising a family. She studied under artist, Barney Cole. Now, she teaches a weekly watercolor class at the Mayfield Village Civic Center to over 30 students! Several of her students are also members of Euclid Art. She presented a unique watercolor technique in the style of Nita Engle, an award winning artist, born in 1926 in Michigan (more about Nita later). This technique reminded us of a ‘watercolor version’ of poured acrylics...remember our September 2017 meeting, where Suzette Cohen demonstrated poured acrylics? The spontaneity of this approach produces a glowing sky and an overall wash as the backdrop for the painting.
Back for a second time at HGR Industrial Surplus, but in a different space in the front of the building in HGR's Incoming/Receiving area, HGR Industrial Surplus will be hosting Amanda and Jason Radcliffe's, of 44 Steel, annual F*SHO, a contemporary and industrial furniture design show, for one night on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s still free and put on courtesy of 44 Steel. There’s still free beer and music. But, this year we will have a variety of food trucks so that the food doesn’t run out, and we can buy more beer! Last year was such a success with more than 2,000 attendees that you won’t want to miss it. If you did, you can read about last year’s show here.
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At our April meeting, we featured local Euclid artist, Don Wells, demonstrating Airbrush Techniques in acrylics. Don called his presentation, “Treasures at Night”. As he proceeded to paint on his prepared canvas of purple and yellow, the hidden treasures of balance and symbolism began to appear. His tool of choice is an airbrush, a small air-operated tool that sprays paint on a surface by means of compressed air, but he has not given up on the use of traditional brushes or even his finger. Working off a tank of compressed air (using CO2 for less noise), he first tested the air and paint flow. He then began building structure on the painting, free hand, using white paint to start with. The further away his airbrush was from the canvas, the softer the rendering. For a finer line, his whole arm moved, up and down, 1/8 to 1/2-inch from the canvas. “By starting off soft, you are not committed yet”, he said. Don likes acrylics (water based with low VOC) because “you can continue to layer over until you are satisfied that you have given your picture life and depth.” Don displayed a high level of energy and enthusiasm as he painted. We sat in quiet amazement as we watched Don paint, interacting with him by asking many questions.
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Act Two: Courting Creativity
Monthly Meeting Demonstrations: Held in Fellowship Hall of East Shore United Methodist Church, 23002 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid, starting at 7:00pm. Guests are welcome for a $3.00 donation.
Shore Cultural Centre and the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association present the first ever Lake Erie Folk Fest Community Dance on Friday April 13th from 7:30 until 10:00PM in the Centre Gym. On hand for this event will be the driving old-time music and dance tunes of the Mr. Haney Stringband. The inimitable Lynn Frederick will be calling square dances, contra dances, and waltzes. No experience or partner is necessary to participate, just bring your $10 (adults; children 12 & under free) and join in the fun!
Join two of Northeast Ohio's leading actors, Jeffrey Grover (Take Shelter, Compliance, Miles Ahead) and Peter Lawson Jones (Detroit 1-8-7, Alex Cross, White Boy Rick), on April 14th at Shore Cultural Centre as they share, through personal experiences, the tricks and trades of working in theatre, film and television throughout the country while maintaining your home base in Cleveland or any city in the region; from the do’s and don’ts of working with agents and casting directors to joining Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild, this workshop will offer practical and anecdotal information for both the novice and experienced actor.
Actor/Writer/Producer Jeffrey Grover is a member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Grover has appeared in numerous films including Miles Ahead, Compliance, Take Shelter, I Am Wrath, My Blind Brother and The Kings of Summer. He will soon be seen in 2018 releases of I Feel Pretty, Galveston, Madtown and Roebling’s Bridge. His recent Cleveland theatrical credits include Angels in America, All The Way, God of Carnage, Death and the Maiden and Annapurna. In New York, his most recent credits include Kiss Me Kate, Botanic Garden, Leah The Forsaken and Defamation. Jeff is partners with Andrew Gorell and Steve Hacker in g2h films. They are in pre-production for their fourth film, "You Go First," which shoots this June.
Actor/playwright Peter Lawson Jones, a Harvard grad, is a member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He has appeared in over twenty films (White Boy Rick, Alex Cross, Starve), on network television (ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7) and on stages throughout Northeast Ohio and in New York. He is co-executive producer of the documentary Fatherhood 101. Peter received the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Best Ohio Supporting Actor and the 2012 African American Playwrights Exchange Artist of the Year awards. Peter can currently be seen Br'er Cotton at Cleveland Public Theatre and in the premiere screening of Assassin's Code at the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival April 12th & 14th.
Terrence Spivey, who coordinated and will be moderating the event, is a freelance director and Founding Director of Powerful Long Ladder in residence at Holy Trinity Cultural Center where he directed James Baldwin's The Amen Corner. He later directed Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill at Weathervane Playhouse to critical acclaim and revived it at Holy Trinity in March. Spivey was artistic director of Karamu House for over twelve years gaining national recognition, winning numerous awards and programming over seventy productions for the historical institution. Since leaving Karamu House in 2016, Spivey has directed thought provoking productions such Robert O' Hara's Bootycandy, voted one of the Plain Dealer's Top 10 2016 plays, Brandon Jacob- Jenkins Neighbors and the nationally acclaimed Objectively/Reasonable: The Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 12/22/14. He was voted Best Director in 2017 by Cleveland Scene.
Our February meeting featured the artistic talents of Victoria Wagner, demonstrating “Portraiture Techniques in Oil”. Victoria has been teaching art for 25 years, but she’s been painting for 50! She currently teaches workshops in oil, acrylic and watercolor at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls....Thursday though Saturday. Then, on Mondays Victoria teaches art therapy at a Memory Care Center. She saves Tuesdays, as a day that she can just paint for herself. Even though Victoria uses every kind of medium in her artwork, her favorite is definitely oil. She enjoys painting anywhere, outdoors or inside, and quickly. She did a lovely little oil painting of a vineyard, plein air, in Tuscany, Italy. She can’t wait to return to Tuscany....“I love sipping wine and painting!”
It seemed that every hall, room and space inside Shore Cultural Centre was filled on Saturday, February 24, with the foot tappin’ sounds of folk music during the 3rd Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest. Folk and traditional music lovers from Northeast Ohio and beyond enjoyed and took part in a variety of events throughout the day and night. Over 600 people attended the free afternoon events while the evening concert in Shore auditorium drew more than 500.
Music for Miles Presents Amphion’s String Quartet Sunday March 11, 4 pm
The healing, relaxing, creative and inspirational qualities of creating art are the subjects of two one-day-only workshops at Shore Cultural Centre. Collage for Healing and Creativity will take place Saturday, February 17 from 1:00-3:30pm. On Saturday March 3, 1:00-3:30pm, will be Watercolor for Relaxation and Inspiration. Both workshops will be facilitated by Christine Siarka, a massage and reiki practitioner, and take place in her studio space at Shore, Room 139 C.
The Shore Cultural Centre has released the schedule for its Winter/Spring 2018 classes program and classes offerings including major auditorium events. A pdf formatted copy of the flyer may be downloaded and printed from www.shoreculturalcentre.com. Copies of the schedule were distributed to all Euclid area schools shortly after the holiday break. They are also available at City Hall, the Euclid Public Library and, of course, Shore Cultural Centre on hallway tables and info racks.
Every year in January, Euclid Art Association features several members for an evening of ‘Show & Tell’. On this cold, snowy day in January (but the roads were clear) we had close to 30 members and guests who came to hear William Kless, Barbara Greenwood and Diane Rogazione, tells us about their artwork. While waiting for the meeting to start, members were entertained by a slideshow of pictures from our Christmas Party at the beautiful Henn Mansion.
Local fiber artist Deb Berkeblile has added new pieces of work to her display of quilts in the main hallway of the Shore Cultural Centre. Deb has an extensive background in textiles and quilt making and is a member of the Lake Erie Fiber Arts Guild. She recently began to explore surface design and multi-media-artwork.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Shore Cultural Centre will play host to and be a collaborative partner in the Lake Erie Folk Fest (LEFF) taking place Saturday, February 24. This unique and family friendly music festival is FREE from 1:00-6:00pm with workshops, jam sessions, demonstrations, folk dancing, mini-concerts and activities for young people all taking place throughout the Cultural Centre. If you are one of the few that has not stepped inside this historic building, once home to Shore High School, this is the perfect opportunity. Activities will be taking place in what were once classrooms, a band room, the library and the cafeteria. Between workshops and demos, stroll the halls and view the quilt exhibit on display. Go upstairs to see the hallway of murals in the “arts wing”. Serenading you during your tour of the Shore will be a variety of roots and traditional music from Prince Edward Island to West Africa.
Hello, it has been a few minutes since we last spoke, thank you very much from Euclid, Ohio's biggest supporter. Being in Inglewood, CA you run into a celebrity every second and wouldn't even know it. Well I have had the pleasure of learning under the guidance of one Prudencesa aka Pru and boy let me tell she is the most kind hearted person I know, she'll give you the shirt of her back to keep you from being cold.
Euclid Art’s 2017 Christmas Party, Potluck Dinner, and Chinese Auction Fundraiser was held on Monday evening December 4th at the Henn Mansion. We made over $420 for our art scholarship fund. We award a deserving senior art student from Euclid High School a $500 scholarship each year. Our members and their guests enjoyed an evening of great food, fun and friendship.
UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s most enduring non-profit children’s theatre companies, invites area youths, ages 7 to 15, to audition for the troupe’s Spring 2018 musical, Singin’ In The Rain, Jr. Known for its no-cut policy, UpStage Players “works for the kids” of Greater Cleveland.
The Theatre Program at Shore Cultural Centre will continue its presentation of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with a readers theatre production of The Piano Lesson, the fourth play in Wilson’s highly acclaimed work, Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm in Shore Auditorium. The first three plays of the cycle were presented by Shore in September, October and November.
The Singing Angels, Northeast Ohio’s acclaimed choral group, will present its annual Holiday Concert in the Shore Cultural Centre Auditorium on Sunday, December 10 at 2:30pm. It is their only Eastside public performance of the season.
Our November meeting featured award winning international artist, Augusto Bordelois, demonstrating Structure in Portraits. Augusto was born in Havana, Cuba and graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theatre and cinema, classical drawing and painting. He came to the United Sates in the fall of 1999 at the invitation of Cleveland State University. He fell in love with his host, got married and stayed in Cleveland.
Shore Cultural Centre will offer performing artists the opportunity to enhance their professional career development in a workshop entitled “No Show Without BIZ”, Saturday, January 6 from 11:00am-12:30pm. Two of Northeast Ohio's leading actors. Peter Lawson Jones (Detroit 1-8-7, White Boy Rick) and Jeffrey Grover (Take Shelter, Miles Ahead) will share, through personal experiences, the tricks and trades of working in theatre, film and television; from the do’s and don’ts of working with agents and casting directors to joining Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild. The workshop will offer practical and anecdotal information for both the novice and experienced actor.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Euclid Art held a “Development of the Portrait in Black and White” workshop by local, award winning artist and member, Dottie Geisert. It may have been a rainy and dreary Saturday and everyone came bundled up, but once inside the Gallery (on the 2nd floor of the Euclid History Museum), things warmed up quickly. There was lots of coffee and tea flowing. Brownies, pumpkin roll, and veggies with dip kept the 17 participating artists fueled and warm.
Classical music is the hallmark of our civilization. Its roots go back ancient Greece. The main style periods of classical music are the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic Impressionistic and 20th Century. Music composed in all of these periods is still being performed today.
Our 2017-2018 workshop season started off with a Floral Watercolor workshop with award winning local artist, Cathy Welner, on Saturday, October 7. WOW! What a great workshop.....we learned so much. There were 12 participants from all over Ohio and even from Michigan. Linda and Terry travelled all the way from Loudenville....getting up at 4:30am to arrive on time....as did Yogesh, who drove in from Auburn, MI. Our youngest member Emma, a sophomore in high school, participated, too. Cathy started the class by generously handing out several quality prints of her floral artworks that we could use as reference and, of course, frame later if we wanted. Cathy shared many of her original paintings with us....all so beautiful.
The Euclid Art Association’s October meeting featured the artistic talents of Christine Weigand, demonstrating Painting with Cut Paper. Her unique artwork was also featured on PBS IdeaStream’s Applause. As an introduction to her artwork, Christine, with the help of her husband, set up the Applause video for us to view....see link below. It’s well worth viewing, as it shows her various cut paper ‘paintings’, from landscapes to architecture to animals and more. You will be amazed at what she creates with cut paper. We all were!
The Theatre Program at Shore Cultural Centre will continue its presentation of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with a readers theatre production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the third play in Wilson’s highly acclaimed work, Monday, November 27 at 7:00pm on the stage of Shore Auditorium. The first and second plays of the cycle were presented by Shore in September and October.
Three popular polka musicians will be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony on November 25, 2017. Accordionists Stan Blout, Kathy Hlad and Frank Stanger were voted for their lifetime achievements in Cleveland-Style polka music by Hall of Fame members and trustees. The announcement was made at the October 12 membership meeting of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation in Euclid, Ohio.
Euclid Art’s 2017-2018 season got off to a fantastic start. Our meeting on Monday, September 11 was well attended by over 40 members and guests. Our president, Lee Peters, acknowledged the 16th anniversary of 911 and after a brief business meeting, Suzette Cohen started her demonstration on poured or fluid acrylics. Lee’s audio/visual setup was superb and as a result, every seat in Fellowship Hall had a clear view of Suzette’s attention getting demonstration....we watched her create amazing and beautiful abstracts. And, for the evening, we all let our imagination ‘go with the flow’!
The Theatre Program at Shore Cultural Centre will be continuing its presentation of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with a readers theatre production of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, the second play in Wilson’s highly acclaimed work, Monday, October 30 at 7:00pm on the stage of Shore Auditorium. The first play of the cycle, Gem of the Ocean, was presented by Shore September 25.
Season 14 of City Music Cleveland Chamber Orchestra opens at St. Jerome Church on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30pm. This free, family-friendly concert will fbe conducted by Avner Dorman. The performance will include