Arts

Euclid Art Association Announces Scholarship Winner

Meet the winner of the 2019 Euclid Art Association Margaret E. Hain Memorial Art Scholarship − Euclid High School Senior, Tianna Harper.  Senior Awards Night at Euclid High School was Thursday evening May 2, 2019 at the Irish American Club.  Rozenia Cunningham and Lee Peters presented the EAA Scholarship award to Tianna Harper.  She plans to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art.  “I want to attend art school because I feel it will challenge me to produce quality art work and inspire me to compete with other very talented art students.  My goal is to become either a professional painter or graphic designer, in which I can support myself and make a living.  It would be a dream come true to have a career in something I am so passionate about.”   Best wishes to Tianna as she pursues her art career.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Theater Nostalgia in Euclid and Collinwood

Several years have passed since Francis Demaske created this trio of nostalgic theater paintings.  The artist has had a long fascination with the built environment and creating art documenting the urban landscape. He is a formally trained artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and tenured professor teaching at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. His three works displayed here are nostalgic Euclid and Collinwood Theaters. The LaSalle Theater is the only theater which exists in its original design. The Shore Theater was demolished in the early 1980’s, and the Lake was remodeled in the mid 1980’s, the result of a theater expansion.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Euclid Art Association Lake Farmpark Art Show

The Euclid Art Association is having an Art Show at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. It will be from June 25, 2019 through August 18, 2019. The Farmpark is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.  There will be a reception on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Awards will be given then. Come and enjoy our show by local artists. Lake  Farmpark's address is 8800 Chardon Rd. in Kirtland.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Dance for Children and Teens at Shore Cultural Centre

While we know that dance can be great fun, it also provides many benefits for youth. It probably is no surprise that dance is good exercise and can help with hand-eye and overall body coordination. Other benefits include building self-esteem, and learning routines can improve memory skills important in doing schoolwork.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Euclid Art Association Spring Fine Art Show Enhances Library

The Euclid Art Association Spring Fine Art Show enhanced the Euclid Public Library from May 11-18 this year.  Featuring paintings, graphic art, photography and three-dimensional art, the 157 works on display represented 41 of the EAA members.  These participating artists, along with other members, families and friends, celebrated on the evening of May 15 at a public reception, deemed one of the best ever.  Over 100 guests were honored as Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, who had come from a Keep Euclid Beautiful planting event, shared brief remarks about how Euclid Art works to beautify and enrich the city.  President Lee Peters announced awards and presented cash prizes to the artists.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 4:12 PM, 06.05.2019

Euclid Creek Rain Barrel Painting Workshop

The Friends of Euclid Creek, in partnership with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Painting workshop June 1st and 2nd for adults and families. (Families are encouraged to register but there will only be one barrel per family.)

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.05.2019

Euclid Art Association Spring Fine Art Show

The Euclid Art Association’s Annual Spring Fine Art Show at the Euclid Public Library is May 11 - 18, 2019, during library hours.  EAA members from all over NE Ohio and beyond will display their artwork in seven different categories, including paintings and photography.  Artist Deborah Steytler will judge this year’s show.  Deborah is an active artist in and around Greater Cleveland with current interests in expressionistic and abstract drawing and painting.  She recently retired from Chardon High School where she taught art for 16 years.  In addition, EAA will raffle an original watercolor painting at the end of the show.  David Rankin, internationally acclaimed watercolor artist, has donated one of his amazing watercolors, “Gladiolas in a Vase” to this year’s raffle.  Thanks to David for this beautiful painting, valued at over $2000, framed!  Take a chance. . . take many chances. . . anyone can buy a raffle ticket.  Just come to the show.  Many artworks are for sale.  Meet the artists at the reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, from 6:30 - 8:30p.m.  Public is welcome!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.05.2019

"The Birth of Imagination" Playwriting Workshops for Teens

"In a world in which our children and young people have turned their telephones into a third limb, they are already artists, they are already writers . . . far more than was my generation at the same age. To not turn the daily writing, thinking and creating that our young people generate into sustainable, pieces of art would be a sin.” states Michael Oatman, instructor of the upcoming “The Birth of Imagination” Playwriting Workshop Series for teens at Shore Cultural Centre. Regarding the upcoming series, he shares that "These workshops are specifically designed for young and emerging writers who have yet to fully realize their creative voice.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.05.2019

Euclid Art Association - Art Scholarship Award Competition for Euclid High School Seniors

The Euclid Art Association, having served the community for over 60years, is offering the 2019 Margaret E. Hain Art Scholarship of $500 to a graduating senior attending Euclid High School.  Competition deadline is Monday, April 8, 2019.  Interested Euclid High School Seniors should contact their art teacher or Kathleen Gonakis, Financial Aid Coordinator, for an application which outlines eligibility and award details.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

Laughs and life in the community.

My neighborhood has gotten a bum rap for years. I am proud to say that I grew up on St. Clair and attended Collinwood High school. The lessons and skills I learned living in that neighborhood has followed me throughout my life. It has strengthened me throughout my travels in the United States and worldwide. From swimming at the Y.M.C.A. or skating at the Shaw roller rink. Today I live in Slavic Village quite a change from 117th and St. Clair. Slavic Village use to get a bum rap as well however has manifested into something quite enchanting. On May 4th some friends and I are going to add to the enchantment in Slavic Village by putting on a comedy show at the Magalen 5203 Fleet Avenue Cleveland, Ohio. The doors will open at 7pm and show time is 8pm sharp. For tickets please Contact Yolanda 1-330-775-9027 or Shawn 216-254-5162. Like my old neighborhood is revitalizing itself with the Eastside Market and other projects in the works let’s bring some of that positive Glenville energy to Slavic Village. Thanking you all in advance....    YuShan Shakir..

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

Building Creativity and Community One Room at a Time

Look no further than Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid to find unique creative spaces where inspiration is alive and thriving. Built in 1913, Shore ceased to be a Euclid public school in the 80’s. From that time forward it has served as a cultural hub for the region.  

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019

“Telling Our Stories” Teen Series to begin with Spoken Word Poetry

Shore Cultural Centre will begin a literary based series for teens called “Telling Our Stories”. Shore is proud to be collaborating with Twelve Literary Arts on the first Spoken Word Poetry workshop. Twelve Literary Arts is an inter-generational teaching, learning, and professional development incubator for poets, writers, and performance artists located in Cleveland.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.30.2019

Join the Fun at the Lake Erie Folk Fest this month!

Once again, the halls, classrooms and auditorium of the Shore Cultural Centre will resonate with folk and traditional music on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00pm-10:00pm.  The fourth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest will take place throughout the building with 40+ FREE Community Concerts, music and dance workshops, community jams, kids’ activities, dances and more, 1pm – 6pm, including: 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:44 PM, 01.30.2019

Lake Erie Folk Fest returns to Shore Cultural Centre!

The fourth Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest (LEFF) will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Shore Cultural Centre located at 291 East 222nd Street in Euclid.  This annual event celebrates a diverse array of traditional music and dance styles from a wide variety of cultures, and provides free afternoon workshops, with accomplished instructors, to encourage the preservation of and participation in the traditional arts. 

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 5:14 PM, 01.08.2019

The Singing Angels at Shore on December 16th

The Singing Angels will be in concert on December 16th, at 2:00 pm, at Shore Cultural Centre, located at 291 E. 222nd Street, in Euclid. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased online at shoreculturalcentre.com, or in the Shore Cultural Centre office. 

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 1:10 PM, 12.07.2018

The Singing Angels return to Shore Cultural Centre this December

What could be a better way to get in the Christmas spirit? Come and hear northeast Ohio's finest young singers, The Singing Angels, performing everything from Hallelujah Chorus to Barbershop harmony to a medley from “Frozen” that kids and adults will be sure to enjoy. The afternoon concert, to be held at Shore Cultural Centre on December 16th, also includes a "Carol-a-long" where the audience will be joined by the Angels in singing well-known holiday favorites.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 11.04.2018

Workshop to Celebrate UpStage Players' 25 Year Anniversary

UpStage Players, an east side children's based community theater group, celebrates their 25th anniversary this year with a performance of The Lion King Junior.  To help potential student actors become familiar with performing, UpStage Players is hosting a workshop and open house Saturday, December 1 at the Cleveland Public Library, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd in Cleveland.  Multiple workshop activities will include dancing, audition tips, character builing and more with the workshop and open house running from 10 am - 1 pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 11.04.2018

Shore Cultural Centre seeks Board Members

The 501(c)(3) Shore Cultural Centre Corporation is seeking board members to become part of an exciting art and culture organization located in downtown Euclid.  In the coming months, Shore will host the Euclid Holiday Celebration; present the Singing Angels in concert; and continue to offer compelling arts and cultural programming. Shore is seeking additional board members who are passionate about the arts and the Euclid community with specific skills to serve on their board.  Please consider applying if you have a background which includes experience in the legal field, accounting, fundraising and fund development, event planning or program development.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 11.04.2018

Motown Era Magic Concert at Shore Cultural Centre Nov. 3rd

On November 3rd the "Night of Motown Era Magic Concert 6" will be at Shore Cultural Centre. This concert features Rare Juelle, The Men of Motown, Andrenee Fant-Priest, and Chase. The night will feature favorite Motown hits by Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Dramatics, the women of Motown, and many more! Presented by Wings Above Productions, tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door, VIP $40. Doors open at 5 pm, the show begins at 6 pm. For more information, or for special group arrangements, call 216-253-5432. Purchase tickets at Shore Cultural Centre, or online at www.universe.com with search "Motown Era Magic". Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd, Euclid, OH. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

Squares, Contras, and Waltzes, Oh My!

Skirts were twirling, hands were clapping, and people were smiling having a great time at the first Community Dance of the season at Shore Cultural Centre. The new Lake Erie Folk Fest dance series began on September 21st and continues next month featuring "The Real Deal Stringband" on October 19th. Experienced dancers, as well as those completely new to square and contra dance, are welcome to take to the floor or just enjoy the music. The dances are fun for every age and there is instruction at each dance. Upcoming dance dates are 10/19, 11/16, 2/22, 3/15, and 4/19 at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd, in Euclid. Dances are 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm; $10 adults, $5 seniors and students, 12 years old and younger are free. 

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 7:56 AM, 10.14.2018

Euclid Art Association Celebrates 60 Years

The Euclid Art Association is celebrating its 60th year!  The first meeting of our new 2018-2019 season is Monday, September 10, and it will be a special celebration event.  We will look back at highlights that have happened in our 60 years...from our founder, Marge Hain, to the funny, to the notable and the wonderful.  Plus, we’ll have fun art projects, lots of food and friendship.  Members, past demonstrators, judges, instructors, artist and guests are all welcome.  Please come help us celebrate our past and toast to our future!  Save the date...September 10, from 7-9 pm at Fellowship Hall of East Shore United Methodist Church, 23002 Lakeshore Blvd, Euclid, OH 44123.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018

New African Theater brings stage drama "'night, Mother" to Shore Cultural Centre

As Thelma settles into an evening of needlepoint, her adult daughter Jessie Cates announces and prepares for her own death. Such is the plotline for Marsha Norman’s stage play and film, “‘night, Mother,” being directed with a twist by the acclaimed and accomplished director and playwright, Michael Oatman. In this adaptation, the mother, Thelma, is Caucasian, played by Lynna Metrisin, and the daughter, Jessie, is of mixed race, played by Tamicka Scruggs. This complex, emotional, thought provoking and intense play confronts suicide, along with other serious topics related to mental health and family issues. "‘night, Mother" will be on stage September 20-22, 2018 at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E 222nd St., Euclid, OH 44123.  7pm each day, and a 3pm matinee on the 22nd. Room 152 – Tickets $20 advance and $25 at the door.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018

Squares, Contras, and Waltzes, at Community Dance this month!

"The Saints and the Opossums" band will kick off the first in a series of Community Dances at Shore Cultural Centre, 7:30pm on Friday, September 21st. Sponsored by the Lake Erie Folk Fest (a partnership between Shore Cultural Centre and the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association), the series will continue on 10/19, 11/16, 2/22, 3/15 and 4/19, 7:30 pm - 10:00pm. The dances will feature squares, contras, and waltzes, to a live band and caller.  No experience or partners are necessary and all are sure to have a great time! Shore Cultural Centre is located at 291 E. 222nd, Euclid. Visit www.shoreculturalcentre.com or call (216) 289-8578 for more information. 

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018

Shore Cultural Centre pARTners with Fairmount Center for the Arts

The artists of pARTners Project Studio are busy putting their finishing touches on art work for their upcoming show at Fairmount Center for the Arts.  The Studio is located at Shore Cultural Centre and works with artists of all abilities.   The pARTners collaboration brings together two unique cultural arts organizations.  Euclid's Shore Cultural Centre may seem worlds apart from Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, OH.  In reality, they are only a few miles apart (18.5 miles to be exact).   The artists who spend studio time at pARTners may seem worlds apart from their typical peers yet their art illustrates the same spark of creativity we all share.  The opening reception is free and open to the public on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2p-4p.  Light refreshments will be served.  The show runs September 16-November 27, 2018.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:13 PM, 09.07.2018

Two Euclid H.S. Students pursue their dreams in NY this Summer.

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”. 

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 08.04.2018

Major Houts' Story Became a Documentary Film

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 08.04.2018

Shore is Clearly on a Mission!

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. 

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 08.04.2018

Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Present "Shrek The Musical

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 08.04.2018

Euclid Art Association’s May Meeting Featured Artist, Flo Smith

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.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Mark your calendars for the 2018 F*SHO at HGR Industrial Surplus

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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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 11:05 AM, 06.07.2018

Euclid Art Association’s April Meeting Featured Euclid Artist, Don Wells

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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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.10.2018