Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Call for Artists: COSE and Guitar Mania 3.8.07

This from Abby Maier:

Hello everyone:

I am hoping you can assist us with an artistic challenge. COSE is a sponsor of the Guitar Mania project and we need your help and ideas.

We are looking for a unique guitar design that reflects the importance of small business to the local economy, and/or how business is key to the growth of this community. We are focused not only on Cleveland, but on the 8 county area of northeast Ohio, and would like a design that somehow celebrates the importance of business to our region. We would be thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of a local artist who can help us express this concept.

After the public display period, the guitar will be displayed in the lobby of the new COSE offices in the renovated Higbee’s
Building in Public Square. There is only a short window for submissions- designs are due by next Thursday, March 8th, and the artist will then have a month to complete the guitar. Designs will still be submitted to the Guitar Mania jury for final approval. Artists will be paid an honorarium. Please download the attached form [email Juan for PDF] to apply (ignore the past deadline) and submit your design electronically to

or mail to:

Abby Maier
50 Public Square, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44113

Please email me with any questions or clarification on the theme.
Thank you!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Waiting Child Fund Mardi Gras FUNraiser 07 2.24

Hi all, I'll be checking this out...and NOT just 'cause I designed the snazzy invite art!--with mask art assist from Larry. Should be a great time.--Juan

Waiting Child Fund Mardi Gras FUNraiser 07:

Saturday, February 24, 2007
Studio You
2180 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights

10 Great Reasons to Come to the Mardi Gras FUNraiser in ‘07
1. Your $65 ticket gets you food, beverages, and entertainment
2. All proceeds benefit the Waiting Child Fund
3. Jugglers
4. The Zydico Kings performing live
5. An amazing silent auction filled with gift certificates, home remodeling services, art, vacations, and more
6. Palm reader
7. Hand-made jewlery - made to order
8. Message Therapist
9. Dancing to the sounds of DJ Diamond Lee
10. Your photo could end up in the invitation next year

The Waiting Child Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in April of 2005 to raise funds to facilitate the adoption of children with special needs. Money raised at the Mardi Gras FUNraiser will be used to continue the development of the organization and to help change the lives of waiting children.

Eliza Gilkyson opens for Richard Thompson in Kent 2.25

From Eliza Gilkyson's enewsletter:

Hi, Folks! Eliza is on tour with Richard Thompson and she's playing in your area! Hope you can make it!

Sun, 25 February -Kent, OH Kent Stage (330) 677-5005

Eliza Gilkyson, PO Box 2387, Austin, TX 78745

Create beautiful mosaics at Art House!

Need a cure for the winter blues?
Create beautiful mosaics at Art House!

Art House is offering a special winter discount!

Artist/Instructor: Alexis Thynne
Date: Tuesdays, February 27 – April 3
Cost: $100, supplies included in the price of the class
$90 for Individual Level Members and Above

Participants will learn the basics of creating a mosaic. You will be introduced to direct and indirect methods and will have the option of creating several smaller works of art or one larger piece. The projects may include, but are not limited to: mosaic trivets (hotplates for your kitchen) using ceramic tiles, stained glass mosaics which are translucent and can be hung in a window as sun catchers, mosaic stepping stones or animal sculptures for the garden using a variety of tesserae (tiles.)
By class end, winter will end and you will have beautiful mosaics for your home and spring garden!

Please register by February 23rd to take advantage of this winter discount!
You may register at or call 216-398-8556 ext. 2

Please only respond to this email if you would like to be removed from the email list. Thank you!

Monday, February 05, 2007

COSE Event: How to Price Your Work Thurs., 2.15

How to Price Your Work
(with Art House)

Date: February 15, 2007
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Art House

Program: Meet with other artists, representatives of galleries, and art consultants who can help you determine the value of your artwork. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up to speak with 3 different panelists throughout the evening in small groups.

Space is limited to the first 30 people who register.

Fee: Free for COSE and Art House SEAN members; $10 non-members

Art House SEAN members can register online at

Mardi Gras Tune-up III Friday

Thought I'd post the awesome menu that Ricardo Sandoval is planning for Friday's Art House Mardi Gras fundraiser. Remember, ONLY $25 gets you two drinks AND this great food. Please, if you can at all make this event I'd appreciate it and you'll have a great time.


Ricardo's menu:

Fried catfish Po Boy
Roasted eggplant Po Boy
creole pulled pork in puff pastry
dirty rice
chicken croquettes with spicy mint chutney
crispy artichoke hearts with creole lemon butter
crawfish stuffed mushrooms
couple more appetizers and sweets.

For tix contact Annie or Sheryl at:

Art House– Where Art Lives
3119 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109

or order online at:

Friday, February 02, 2007

CALL TO ARTISTS: Art Fur Animals


The 3rd Annual “Art Fur Animals” Benefitting the homeless animals at the Cleveland Kennel, a highly successful & well publicized fundraising event is about to go into it's third year, and we are looking for talented artists to paint ceramic dog sculptures to be auctioned off at the event.

We're also looking for any other animal-themed artwork, all mediums welcome. Join Hector Vega, Todd V, and other regionally acclaimed artists to support Friends of the Cleveland Kennel (

Art Submission Deadline: April 1, 2007.

Contact Sandy Smith w/ any questions and information on how you can contribute.

Phone: 216-375-0484

Strong Cabin II Feb. 9—11

An invite from Deb Steytler for Strong Cabin II February 9, 10, 11 Madison-Lake Metro Parks: "If you missed it in October, you can try again but let’s hope for some snow this February...we are going to hang out, play cards, walk in the woods, go to dinner at a winery, do some reading, tend a fire, eat pot luck, cook outside if it is above zero. A weekend in the country. It gets really dark out there. Cost? Well, if you are spending the night, kick in 20.00 per night. Bring snacks, but you CAN leave the premises and go into Madison for supplies. There are cute shops on the square and real grocery stores close by."

"If you want to come for a day or just one night, it is up to you. I will take possession Friday and we don’t have to leave until Monday morning if you want to stay that long. Let Deb know - first come first serve for the good beds. There are
two bedrooms with four beds (bunk) in each and two big futon sofas in the main living room. One small but clean lav, no shower. Kitchen too!"
Mapquest Lake Metro Parks-Strong Cabin, Madison, Ohio

We had a GREAT time in October. Highly recommended! Juan

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Doug Wood, Best Guitarist?

From our good friend Doug Wood: "Hi Folks, I'm back from good ol' Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, where I battled freezing rain, snow and challenging road conditions on my southwest tour (part of me wishes all states could handle the bad weather like they do here in Cleveland). I came home to realize I've been nominated for BEST GUITARIST by the Cleveland Free Times, and hope you'll help me put in an effort to win."

Please cast your vote for Doug at:
(Although they ask for alot of info, the Free Times does not spam or distribute your information... they only collect the info to verify that the ballot box is not being stuffed)

Doug Wood
Progressive Acoustic Guitarist from Cleveland, Ohio