What a great time of year.
I love the changing seasons. If anyone is complaining about the cold, just remind them that they will be rejoicing on a day like this in a month from now.
Winter is fun, especially when it’s just warm enough to pack the snow easily. Prepare to create snow sculptures. Snowmen are just the start; build a snow car, a horse – a menagerie. Your garden could be “where the wild things live”. Tip: Mix food coloring with water in a spray bottle to paint your sculptures.
Here is my favorite tip for the Christmas tree. I make a table tree with ear ornaments. Sometimes I have lost one or they are too big, like wooden carved birds or Santa Claus. But now I’m on sale for ones I would never wear but look great as a tree ornament. Clean your jewelry box and make an heirloom tree.
Enjoy the colorful landscapes and gardens. Look into the shadows, where the welcome winter sun draws patterns on the snow. Capture these images and experience the ‘Black and White Show’ at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby in January and the black and white category of Lake Metroparks’ annual Amateur Photography Contest.
Watch for seasonal pop-up art markets and special gallery events such as Stella’s first Gingerbread House contest. Read on for more details.
Stella Art Gallery
Stella’s, 38033 Euclid Ave., is a mecca for local artists, with over 50 people enjoying this studio and exhibition space. Small classes for all ages and levels are offered and can also be scheduled with various artists. Gift cards are available and can be used for classes or artwork.
The Celebration of Life sale in honor of Stella’s late fiber artist, Lynne Secrist, ends this weekend.
“The sale of wool was great! »Declared Dani Klein, gallery owner. “Everything is now at 50% off. Lots of items have sold out, but there are still plenty of great gifts to choose from.
In addition to the interesting skeins of yarn, the sale includes scarves, handbags, ponchos and more, all donated by Secrist. The timing and pricing couldn’t be better, and you will be helping the gallery grow.
The exhibition gallery is transformed into a sales area with the kickoff of the Makers’ Market 2021 with a meeting of artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 11. Thirty-five artists are attending the opening event, and your shopping goes to the full benefit of the artists, as Stella’s waived the gallery commission during the opening weekend.
The market will be open during normal business hours until December 30: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Free entry.
Now it’s time for the Gingerbread House Contest, which you can be a part of. Stella’s is working with a growing number of businesses in Willoughby who will display the homes and offer prizes to the winner’s basket. Details were still being confirmed as of this writing, and additional locations and updates will be posted on stellasartgallery.com. There is no entry fee – it’s just for the sake of the community.
The basics? Create a “gingerbread” house with all the supplies you have on hand – or bake it. Drop off completed homes at Stella’s between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on December 9. The work will then be delivered to participating locations, where the community will have 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 11 to award points to the entrances. Scoring will be based on a system of one to five points. The winning house with the highest point total will be announced on December 14.
Looking ahead, the first show of 2022 is the fifth annual “Black and White Show”. All entries must be made in different shades from black to white, including frames. Any touch of color will result in disqualification. Categories include 2D, 3D, and mixed media. Registrations will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 6 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 8.
The holidays might be a good time to reflect on ideas and inspiration for the February show, “What the World Needs Now.” . . Show positivity. More information on this soon.
For more information, visit the website or call 440-266-9111.
Valley Art Center
Check out the 50th “Jury Art Show” at Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, and vote for your favorite to win the Yolita and Frank Rausche People’s Choice Award by December 8th. The exhibition will be open until December. 15.
Chagrin Falls is well known for its support of the arts. You can also be a supporter. Visit the gift shop online or in person, or contribute to “Artreach”, VAC’s community outreach program.
The 38th Art by the Falls will be held June 11-12. Registration requests must be received by February 22. For more information call 440-247-7507 or visit valleyartcenter.org.
Gallery at Lakeland
The Lakeland Community College Visual Arts exhibit runs through February 4 at the Lakeland Gallery, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland. It’s a great way to see what the talented artistic staff are doing outside of class.
For more information or gallery tours, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Urbas at 440-525-7094 or [email protected]
Cleveland Art presents a weekend of more art markets at the Reithoffer Gallery, 17711 Ravenna Road, Chagrin Falls. The market will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 10 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 11. The entrance fee is $ 10. Aperitifs and drinks will be served.
For more information, send an email to [email protected]