Paul Tikkanen was a contemporary abstract painter, sculptor, and photographer born in Ashtabula in 1926. He was a graduate of Ashtabula Harbor High School and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Tikkanen was a 1957 winner of the Cleveland Art Museum’s May Show for his painting “Chipped Crystal.” He married his wife Norma Stenberg Tikkanen in 1958; Norma was born in Saybrook, Ohio. Paul and Norma traveled extensively during their life together, visiting Mexico, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Paul studied, created, and showed art around the world, and worked in the United States as a draftsman, carpenter, boiler operator, sign painter, commercial artist, and portrait painter. He and Norma renovated the Old Ninevah School in Geneva, Ohio into an art studio, and he later established a studio on Lake Road. Paul was devoted to Norma, and was her primary caregiver at the end of her life.
Paul Tikkanen hoped to see visual arts flourish in our area, and wanted to encourage and promote both established and rising fine arts painters in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. To help realize that goal, he left an endowment to the Ashtabula Arts Center Foundation to establish a painting competition. This competition, the Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize, will be held annually beginning October 2022. The first round of submissions is open now; get details and enter at ashtabulaartscenter.org/visual-arts/paul-and-norma-tikkanen-painting-prize/.
PUBLIC RECEPTION: Friday, June 10, 6-8 p.m.
View the art and enjoy food from Halcyon Speakeasy, the Bakery on Main, Marianne’s Chocolates, and wine from South River Winery.