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

Casting call for student film roles

This is a project that may be of interest to our some of our young actors. We were contacted by Bobby Housel, a student of film and business at the University of Michigan, who is casting two roles in a short student film:
“Some fellow college screenwriting students and I have put together a project for a script we’ve written, entitled ‘Rabbit.’ We are looking to cast two boys to play characters around the 10-15 age range. Rabbit is a roughly 10 minute short film, a coming of age story about a young boy who goes on an adventure through the forest with his (imaginary) friend. There will be two days of shooting on a weekend sometime in Mid-December.
If you/your son/any young boy you know is interested in auditioning/learning more about one of the two parts we’re casting, please let me know, and I’ll set up a time for my co-producer and I to meet with you and your parent(s) over Zoom. Note that previous acting experience is preferred, but not required by any means. This is a great experience for young actors looking to be involved with a high production project and get into the film/tv acting world, as well as develop their portfolio and acting reel.
It should be noted that all relevant Covid Masking and Social Distancing guidelines will be followed in the creation of this project.
Anyone who is interested or has any questions is encouraged to reach out to me at 440-221-8710 or at
Also, if interested, a sample of my most recent work can be found at “

Accepted artists and winners in “Hope in Artistry”

Accepted Artists:
Candace Barr
Julie Cook
Michael DiFranco
Mattie Dramis
Sharon Dundee
Angel Kaiser
Dani Klein
Jim Loomis
Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Bridget Sherman
Mardi Snyder

Best in Show: Candace Barr – “Hope for an Early Spring” (acrylic on canvas, $350)

First Place: Mattie Dramis – “Everybody Hurts” (batik, $150)

Second Place: Bridget Sherman – “Altered Perception” (digital photography printed on canvas, altered with acrylic paints and glitter, NFS)

Third Place: Jim Loomis – “Enso It Grows” (porcelain, NFS)

Honorable Mention: Mardi Snyder – “Young” (acrylic on canvas, $100)

Varying hours through November 15

Due to limited staff, the Arts Center’s hours will vary for the next two weeks. All private lessons will continue as scheduled, as will any visual arts workshops. If you will be visiting the Arts Center for reasons other than attending a class or lesson, please call (440) 964-3396 to confirm a staff member will be here to help you.

Art Wellness workshop series delayed until January — new dates TBA

Art Wellness Workshop Series
with Heather Denning

This workshop series is designed to use art as a way to cope with stress and find greater wellness in the midst of the COVID pandemic. All materials will be provided and transportation support may be available; call (440) 990-1734 for more information or to register. (Please note that you do not register through the Arts Center for these workshops.) You can also register at

There is no cost to register, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. If you register, please plan to attend all 8 weeks.

COVID safety protocols will be observed.

“Forms in Nature” Photography Show

Below are the artists and pieces accepted into “Forms in Nature,” on display in our gallery throughout February.

Carol Leikala

  1. Eye Spy
  2. Faded Glory
  3. In the Still of the Morning
  4. Orchid Promise
  5. Time after Time

David Yates

  1. Sharp
  2. Ready To Dance
  3. No Rush
  4. Abstract Shapes
  5. Luminous

Nanette Patrick

  1. Eastern Amberwing
  2. Glossy Ibis
  3. Frozen Lake Erie
  4. Waiting for Mom
  5. Pondering

Jamie Goldstein

  1. Lily Pad
  2. Lake Erie at Gordon Park
  3. Pollinator

Melanie Lyttle

  1. Rainy Spring
  2. Berry Landing Location
  3. Sunny Sitting Spot
  4. Close Up Stop
  5. Fly Landing Pad

Rich McBride

  1. Dipped in Diamonds
  2. Lake Erie Volcano
  3. Help I Lost My Swimming Trunk
  4. Buzz Saw Snowflake

Richard Bailey

  1. Snow Leopard
  2. Pacific Coast I
  3. Purple Orchids
  4. Red Leaf
  5. Tiger Lily

Laura McNally Levine

  1. Waiting for Dinner
  2. Rose
  3. Owl
  4. Stone Arch
  5. Cactus

Arin Altmare

  1. Crazies
  2. Fallen Redwood
  3. Maroon Bells

Dwight Boyer

  1. Christmas Sunset 2019
  2. Male Cardinal
  3. River Crossing
  4. Snowy Owl
  5. Red Fox

Lisa Burroughs

  1. Red and Black Series

Harry Schwentker

  1. Mt Fuji

Now taking appointments for Straw Hat Theatre auditions!

We are now taking appointments for Straw Hat Theatre auditions! Call (440) 964-3396 to schedule. (Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.)
Auditions will be held Sat., Mar. 21, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., and Sun., Mar. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Auditions for all three shows will be held on these dates.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song from the musical theater genre. There will be an accompanist present. Sheet music is preferred, but not required. If you are bringing pre-recorded accompaniment, it must be instrumental only — no vocals. Straw Hat auditions are open to the public. Anyone, regardless of experience level, is welcome to audition. We are also always in need of volunteers to work backstage.

Tuck Everlasting
Performance Dates: June 12-14, 19-21, 26-27
Book by Claudia Shear & Tim Federle
Music By Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the novel “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatrical Company
What would you do if you had all eternity? Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure, but gets more than she could have imagined when she meets the Tucks, a family that has become immortal. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck family’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Performance Dates: July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 (in our indoor theater)
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics Tim Minchin
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials also supplied by MTI.
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Little Matilda Wormwood is an amazing girl with wit, intelligence, and incredible powers. Unloved by her cruel parents, Matilda’s life begins to change when she meets kind schoolteacher Miss Honey, as well as child-hating headmistress Miss Trunchbull. It will take all Matilda’s wit and courage to be the heroine her classmates need.

The Secret Garden
Performance Dates: July 31- August 2, August 7-9, 14-15
Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatrical Company
Orphaned in India, young Mary Lennox travels to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald Craven and his invalid son Colin. The Craven estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life in this tale of forgiveness and renewal.