Winners of the 2022 Tikkanen Prize

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Paul & Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize! Saturday night’s reception was a great event celebrating some truly phenomenal creative talent from northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania artists.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and final-round entrants — we look forward to next year’s competition.

First Place Realism: Ewuresi Archer, “MADAM”

First Place Abstract: Susan Squires, “reflection”

Second Place Realism: Elisa Albrecht, “Spark”

Second Place Abstract: Phillip Buntin, “Narrow Bands Divide Us, Fall Away”

Honorable Mentions:

Judy Takacs, “Trust Women”

David A. Leas, “Untitled”

Alison Stinely, “Conglomerate V”

Leigh Brooklyn, “We Have Come to Save You”

Rebecca Kaler, “The Lake Series #2”

Mathew Kolodziej, “Vessel”

The Tikkanen Prize exhibit will be on display through October 31. Our gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., as well as before shows and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free.

Accepted work for “Plein Aire” exhibit

Accepted art for the 2021 Ashtabula Art Center Plein Aire Juried Art Show:

Dee Riley – “Riley’s Pond”

Dominic Keim – “The Fourth Window,” “Meadow Waves,” “Into the Apple Tree”

Laura Dressler – “Chapin Forest,” “Indiana Barn,” “Black Dog Bookstore”

Glenn Morisue – “Skyscape #1,” “Skyscape #2,” “Skyscape #3”

Nancy Nelson-Brotz – “Luvin Lavender Field,” “Red Glads By My Back Door,” “Windswept, Wright Memorial Grounds OBX”

Robin Borer – “Hells Hollow,” “Nelson’s Ledges,” “View from Harpersfield Bridge”

Rosemary K. Bennett – “Creek Road Kayaks,” “Conneaut Harbor- Another Viewpoint,” “Conneaut Creek/Mill St. Bridge”

Ralph Bacon – “Ashtabula River Bend,” “‘Bula River Cliff,” “The Home Creek Bed”

Winners of 2021 Women’s Show

Congratulations to the artists whose work placed in this year’s women’s exhibit. The juror for the show was Lisa Burroughs. Lisa is an artist, a fine art photographer, and a filmmaker. She has worked as Creative Photography Director of Newsweek and Lear’s Magazine in NY. She has served as an adjunct professor at John Carroll and Kent State. In her juror’s statement, Burroughs commented, “It was a pleasure to judge the Women’s Show at the Arts Center this year. The work was fresh and mature at the same time. Each artist demonstrated an aesthetic or a point of view that resonated with what it means to be a woman in 2021. Congratulations to each artist for what they accomplished whether they placed or not. The exhibition is worth a visit to see the work in person.”
The gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday from noon-8 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday from 9 a.m.- noon, and admission is free. You can also view the exhibit virtually here:
Best in Show: “Clock Maker’s Daughter” by Juniper Mainelis
Painting – First Place: “Spring on Main” by Julene Schwartz
Painting – Second Place: “Oh, Joan” by Judy Campbell
Painting – Third Place: “Cora with Hydrangeas” by Ann Dumont
Painting – Honorable Mention: “Quilters Relay History” by Jeanne King Maleckar
Photography – First Place: “Always Room for Advice” by Cheryl Brickman
Graphics – First Place: “I’m Turning 35” by Cheryl Brickman
Graphics – Second Place: “Treeline” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Graphics – Third Place: “Women Voting” by Joe Ann Blair
3D – First Place: “Guardian” by Rebecca Stowell
3D – Second Place: “Kali – Destruction & Transformation” by Anzietta DiPierro
3D – Third Place: “Safe and Sound” by Rebecca Stowell
3D – Honorable Mention: “Moonstone Ring” by Diane Montagino
Fiber – First Place: “Fly Away” by Mattie Dramis
Fiber- Second Place: “Water Lillies” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Mixed Media – First Place: “Circles” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Mixed Media – Second Place: “Pilated Woodpeckers” by Tracy Zakraysek

Accepted artwork for 2021 Women’s Show

Congratulations to the amazing women artists accepted to the 2021 Women’s Show. Your talent is amazing and thank you for sharing your artwork with us.
The show will be jurored for awards on Wednesday March 3rd 2021. We will post award winners to our website.
The gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday, noon-8p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Visits on Friday can be arranged by appointment; call (440) 964-3396. Admission to the gallery is free.
1.Diane Fleisch Hughes
2.Tracy Zakraysek
Pileated Woodpeckers
3. Julie Cook
Dancing Petals
4. Melissa Hladek
5. Jeanne King Maleckar
Maggie: PM
Quilters Relay History
6. Joe Anne Blair
Women Voting
Gift box and Framed Patches
7. Diana Montagino
Moonstone Ring
Labradorite Necklace
Butterfly Necklace
8. Megan Stover
17 Years
9. Char Lehto
Spring Blue Jay
10. Marlene Sartini
11. Julene Schwartz
Spring on Main
12. Mattie Dramis
El Purpura De Ca Rosa
Fly Away
13. Linda Janoski
Flower Fireworks
14. Amy Edixon
Sunset at Netcher
They All Matter
15. Mardi Snyder
Women Lighting the World
16. Cheryl Brickman
Mother Earth
I’m Turning 35!
Always Room for Advice
17. Nancy Nelson-Brotz
18. Juniper Mainelis
The Clockmaker’s Daughter
The Spirit Of the Wild
Hydra’s Flare
19. Judy Campbell
She Put on her Gloves
Oh Joan!
Jeremy Osburn
20. Joan Chapman
Country Living
The Stone Cottage
The Pack
21. Kathern Hudson
From Darkness Comes Growth
22. Susan Phillips
In a Nutshell
The People of Planet Earth are Sick
23.  Emily Sprague
The Erie Deep
24. Ann Dumont
Cora with Hydrangeas
25. Valerie R. Gale
By The Pond
26. Anzietta Dipierro
Saraswati – Wisdom
Saraswati – Enlightenment
Kali – Destruction and Transformation
27. Rebecca Stowell
Safe and Sound

Winners of “Art in Isolation” show

Congratulations to the winners of “Art in Isolation.” Winners were chosen by juror Lisa Ruschman.

Best in Show: “Solitary Celebration,” Nancy Baker

Painting – First Place: “Art on the Wall – Chris Davis,” Judy Campbell
Painting – Second Place: “Pieces of Herself,” Juniper Mainelis
Painting – Third Place: “Ashtabula at Blakeslee Run,” Ralph Bacon
Painting – Honorable Mention: “Solace Beneath the Surface,” Susan Snipes

Graphics – First Place: “Folding In,” Linda Janosko
Graphics –  Second Place: “Magic Lamp,” Kaitlyn Kirchmeir
Graphics – Third Place: “Emotionless,” Angel Kaiser

3D – First Place: “Rapunzel,” Diane Montagino
3D – Second Place: “Solid Road,” Rebecca Stowell
3D – Third Place: “Nativity,” David Gildersleeve

Fiber – First Place: “Love Knows No Barrier,” Mattie Dramis
Fiber – Second Place: COVID-19, Rosemary Humphrey

Mixed Media – First Place: “By My Window,” Dennis Mastrangelo
Mixed Media – Second Place: “Gone or Imprisoned,” Diana Montagino
Mixed Media – Third Place: “Tunnel Vision,” Julie Cook

Accepted artwork for February Exhibit

Congratulations to the artists to be featured in the 2021 “Art in Isolation” show at the Ashtabula Arts Center. (Submissions can still be dropped off and will be considered for acceptance on Saturday, January 30. Judging will take place on Monday, February 1.)
Mattie Dramis
“My Wounded America”
“Love of my Heart”
“Love Knows No Barriers”
Rebecca Stowell
“Solid Road”
“Orange & Blue”
Mardi Snyder
“Love Sweet Love”
Candace I. Barr
“Mask Up”
Davis Gildersleeve
“Live Edge”
“In the Meadow”
“The Nativity”
Diane Montagino
“Gone or Imprisoned”
Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Juniper Mainelis
“Pieces of Herself”
“She Who is Me”
“Riding the Waves”
Nancy Baker
“Solitary Celebration”
Susan Snipes
“Solace Beneath the Surface”
Elizabeth Ginn
“Forest Escape”
“Saturday Night”
Kaitlyn Kirchmeir
“Magic Lamp”
Sue Miller
“Swimming with the Virus”
Julie Cook
:Tunnel Vision”
“Winds of Change”
Harry N. Schwentker
Linda Janosko
“Waiting for Covid to be Over”
“Folding In”
Judy Campbell
“Artist on the Wall- Anzietta Dipierro”
“Artist on the Wall- Brant Gebhart”
” Artist on the Wall- Chris Davis”
Dennis Mastrangelo
“By My Window”
“Cooking North”
“In Dream Land”
Anzietta Di Pierro
“Monkeys 4 Good”
“Out of the Barrel”
“The 99th Monkey”
Damytrius Bucci
“Inside the Eye”
Angel Kaiser
Rosemary Humphrey
Valerie Rose Gale
“Mahakala – Enlightened Protector”
“Woman Floating in Sunset”
Ralph Bacon
“Burl Bowl”

drop off art for February exhibit through Saturday, January 30th.

If you are planning to submit artwork for the “Art in Isolation” exhibit, you have until Saturday to drop it off — if you don’t want to brave the snow today, you can wait until tomorrow or Saturday. We are closed to the public on Friday, but if you call us today at (440) 964-3396, we can set up a time for you drop off tomorrow. Saturday you can drop off between 9 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Art from “Women’s Rights” exhibit available for purchase

Many of the pieces from our “Women’s Rights” exhibit are available for purchase.
To order online, use the link provided for each piece. Email Nancy Nelson-Brotz at to arrange pickup or delivery (NE Ohio only).
To order and arrange pickup/delivery by phone, call (440) 964-3396.
Pieces here are available through May 30, 2020.


by Katey Hudson
8″ x 10″

“The Fight for Women”
by Katey Hudson
16″ x 20″

“I Am Woman”
by Bev O’Reilly
mixed media
28″ x 22.5″, framed w/glass

by Diane Fleisch-Hughes
ink on yupo
14″ x 20″, framed w/glass

by Diane Fleisch-Hughes
ink on yupo
14″ x 20″, framed w/glass

by Sydney Manis
12″ x 18″, framed w/glass

by Emily Glink
mixed media
12″ x 15″, framed w/glass

“Title IX”
by Tracy Zakraysek
digital (giclee print)
18.5″ x 22.5″, framed w/glass

“Frida Kahlo”
by Tangerine Tirado
16″ x 20″

“No More Stolen Sisters”
by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
oil pastel
22″ x 26″, framed w/glass

“RBG’s Dissent Collar”
by Belinda J. Rogers
14″ x 14″

“RBG’s Majority Jabot”
by Belinda J. Rogers
14″ x 14″

“Moving on Up!”
by Judy Campbell
acrylic on wood panel
24″ x 48″

“Shirtwaist Liberties: Triangle Fire, 1911”
by Susan Phillips
18″ x 24″

“Women’s Prayer Flags”
by Valerie Rose Gale
mixed media on muslin cloth
approx. 120″ x 7″

“Fight Like a Girl”
by Elizabeth Ginn
22″ x 28″