2010 Unversity Park Art Fair at Grace Park in Akron

This weekend I believe is the fifth anniversary of the Akron University Park Art Fair at Grace Park. There will be artists representing a variety of mediums including jewelry, clay, glass, fiber arts, wood, photography, metal sculpture and mixed media. In addition the day features a lineup of music and community art projects.

You can view the full artists listing as well as photos from past events on the University Park Art Fair and Music Fest web-site.
Grace Park Directions:
Located on Prospect between Perkins and
E. Market Streets, Akron.

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Outdoor Art Show Preparation (or peril)

So I was beginning to think I was getting pretty good about preparing for most things at an outdoor art show. I came with my full trunk of necessary materials. 50 pound pvc weights and rope-check. Modern, interesting but HEAVY displays that won’t blow away in most wind-check. Sidewalls in the event of rain-check. Earring cards in neat boxes to be put away quickly in the case of an emergency-check.

I thought I had seen it all before. I’d hung on to my tent as a gust of wind and rain came in sideways out of nowhere like a freight train almost. I’d learned from that experience to get those tents down to the ground as quick as you can.

I’d seen my earring cards fly all over the street and gone chasing after them. I learned from that to always have them clipped down in neat boxes.

I’ve seen my jewelry busts go flopping over on a perfectly sunny day just because a breeze got a little too heavy (multiple annoying times a day) and created weightier and probably even more interesting displays.

We’d learned how to watch the weather reports on the blackberry and being to pack up even before the sky turned gray.

I’ve been drenched, baked in 90 degree heat, hung unto a flying sail of a tent, packed up as tornado sirens roared….but this one took the cake:
Guess what’s under this tree?

Yeah, it’s our car. Now fini’ The unibody damage probably makes it a goner.

It’s a Cleveland Handmade Market Weekend

This weekend some of my lovely friends from Cleveland Handmade are getting together to throw another one of their delightful markets. You may remember one of their markets last year at either the Lake Erie Screw Factory of the Wooltex Gallery. Cleveland Handmade gives you the oppotrunity to find quality local art, including jewelry, functional ceramics and decor, wall art, and more. This summer they’re taking their show to the East side at the Orange Art Center. The event will be Sunday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Chris Zielski, of Copper Leaf Studios is one of the artists who will be at the Cleveland Handmade Market

Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland Revisited: Some Photo Memories

Finally got around to taking a look at the photos I uploaded from the Cleveland Bazaar Bizarre.  So for your viewing pleasure without further adieu, here they are:

house-chistmas-tree-etc-155Shannon, Show organizer, wo-maning the Stitch Cleveland booth

house-chistmas-tree-etc-152Cleveland Handmade members Leah, Stacie, Erika and Rob

house-chistmas-tree-etc-159The lovely and charming Ramona. (Who is very talented!)

house-chistmas-tree-etc-154Gina DeSantis and her very cool ceramics

house-chistmas-tree-etc-157Amber, of Beautiful Era

house-chistmas-tree-etc-171Busy shoppers, and lots of unique items

Valerie Tyler Designs Trunk Show during Little Italy Art Walk

You are invited to attend a sneak preview of Valerie Tyler Designs new Summer 2008 jewelry collection June 6-7 during the Murray Hill Art Walk in Little Italy where I will be unveiling my new collection. The focus of the 2008 collection is experimentation with metalworking techniques. Feminine shapes and delicate details are combined in this years’ jewelry, with some more playful industrial elements, allusions to nature, and an exploration of geometry and contemporary forms.

Come visit with myself and other artists who will also be exhibiting in the Courtyard behind Class Act, located at 12404 Mayfield Road throughout the weekend. In addition, all the galleries throughout Little Italy will be open for extended hours, featuring numerous artists and special events.