Monday, December 7, 2015

Chagrin Falls Two-Day Show Vendor Preview!

Meet Ann Marie Raffis from Garden Glass by Ann...
As a full time nurse, I use the creative outlet as a stress reducer.  I enjoy the total vintage, recycle, repurpose movement that is going on in the craft world right now.  I feel my garden glass flowers and bird feeders are great way to use otherwise forgotten pieces as well as to bring some color and bling to your yard.
The hunt for the pieces I use actually is the most fun, imagining what I can turn them into.  For the past two years I've been developing my "eye" for combining color and form and look forward to continuing this for years to come.

Meet John Schrock and Brian McKelvey from "Pubs Of..." Artwork...
“Pubs of…” Artwork is the work of St. John’s, Michigan artist Brian McKelvey. A lifetime artist, about twelve years ago Brian started painting downtown street scenes of various Michigan towns. For a number of summers he had a studio on Mackinac Island called “Street Scenes by Brian McKelvey” where he sold his artwork.

In 2007, at the suggestion of some friends, Brian put together a downtown scene of East Lansing, Michigan that sought to capture the essence of this university town. “Pubs of East Lansing” was Brian’s first scene for what became the “Pubs of…” Artwork line. Brian describes the intent of these scenes in this way: “’Pubs of…’ exists to capture both artistically and architecturally the pubs and local hangouts that make up the heart and soul of your town.”

Since starting with the East Lansing scene in 2007, Brian has done scenes from numerous university towns in Michigan and throughout the Midwest – including all of the towns in the Big Ten Conference except Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers. In 2009 Brian completed “Pubs of Wrigleyville” which was his first scene with a professional sports theme. Since then Brian has done a number of other scenes in Midwestern cities emphasizing the professional sports culture of the city. In 2010 Brian created “Pubs of Dublin” after a trip to Ireland. Since then Brian has completed additional international scenes from Italy and Scotland and plans to do more international scenes in the future.
Brian has now completed over sixty scenes with the “Pubs of…” theme. The most recent scenes completed are ones from Knoxville, TN; Raleigh, NC; and Pittsburgh, PA. New scenes planned for the fall of 2015 include Durham, NC; Ames, IA; and Lincoln, NE.  Helping create the different size and quality prints of the scenes that are available at shows are a crew that includes Brian’s dad, Bob McKelvey, and his cousin, John Schrock.

Purchasing a “Pubs of…” Artwork scene is a great way to celebrate your connection with the towns that are near and dear to your heart and the memories that are held there. Whether you are a sports fan, enjoy good food and drink, or just appreciate fine art, the “Pubs of…” Artwork scenes would make a wonderful addition to the décor of your home or office. They also make great gifts for friends and relatives. 

Meet Laurie Sander from LAS Design...
A life-long resident of Northeast Ohio and fearless backyard explorer, I have always had a love for the outdoors – collecting bits and pieces and taking pictures of it. However, it was only after leaving the cubically confined publishing world for the parenting realm when I was finally able to focus on these passions in earnest. It was back in 2003 when I first set out—with trusty assistant in tow—to capture the wild world outside my window.
Since that time, my trusty assistant has grown too big to carry, and thousands of simple, natural moments have been captured on film and file. With an unwieldy and growing collection of photographs and artifacts, I engaged my entrepreneurial spirit and created LAS Design (, a nature-inspired, personal- and home-accent venture that trundles through many a local art fair and festival.
I put my focus on the natural beauty that surrounds us every day, no matter where we happen to be. I strive to capture a fleeting moment in time and to bring the ordinary into a new light. The hope is that others will enjoy the result and take a bit of natural inspiration with them wherever they go.
Over the years, my work has received numerous awards and recognitions. However, the most rewarding honor is when one of my designs or photographs is chosen to become a part of someone's life and home. This is the first year that I am participating in an Avant Garde Art & Craft show, actually two of them, and I am very excited to be a part of the action!
Meet Adriel and Eric Meyer from Contrive...
Contrive is artwork made by Adriel and Eric Meyer. We live in south Euclid and have an 11 year old son Ryken who is starting to make his own art as well. When not making art Eric is part owner and general manager for the Coffee House in University Circle and Adriel is an Art teacher.
We met at the Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated (and got married) in 2003. We have been working together and making our own art ever since. We are inspired by working with materials and making fun useful things.

We discovered our talent as a natural ability to draw and create as a child.
We get inspiration from different materials. Mostly we have a desire to make things and whatever we feel like working on is what we do. Sometimes that may be sewing, wood working, dying, felting or metal working.

The message behind our work is have fun and express yourself.

Our website gallery - our market website - and find us on Facebook as contrive.
2015 Chagrin Falls Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday, December 12th and 13th, 2015
Saturday - 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm
Federated Church Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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