Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time to Get Festive in Chagrin Falls!

Meet R Squared Limited Edition...
My husband and I live in Strongsville, Oh. My day job is in banking and crafts and beading fill much of my free time. I have been crafting for my entire life and have been beading seriously for about eight to nine years. My mom was crafty so we always had something around to work on.

My inspiration comes from lots of places - things I see, other crafters, books, videos, nature, previous crafts. I am constantly learning - changes what techniques I use. I very much enjoyed the journey of learning. I very much enjoy teaching - sharing my knowledge and experience and especially showing people the right way, and the wrong way to do some of the techniques. I share my experimenting and 'fails'!!
Determining what to make comes from various influences. I hate getting stale so I am constantly researching and reading. Once I know what I want to make I begin to select materials. Then I just go for it. This is my seventh or eight Avant-Garde show and I am super excited to return!

Meet Heidi Page of My Caterpillar Wings...
Like most of us, I am so many different people at once! I am joyfully married to my husband of 14 years and we have two incredible daughters with whom I try to spend meaningful time (while I still can!). I spent a couple of years doing musical theater with our 12 year old daughter and this year I am a Girl Scout with our 9 year old. I spend my days at Case Western Reserve University where I was once a research scientist and now work on the compliance and administrative side in support of our researchers.  I love to be outside, to read and to be at the bottom of a snuggle pile.  I would be remiss, and likely disowned, if I did not mention how much I enjoy the newest addition to the family, our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Sebastian. 
I made hemp and beaded jewelry in my younger years but this, the intention and energy jewelry, I have only been making for about 6 months and selling it for even less time.  My own spiritual and emotional needs drew me back to meditation first, then working with healing stones and creating energy and intention bracelets second. I made a few bracelets for myself out of healing stones and it wasn't long before I started to hear from others, "That's really cool, I need one of those!" Which evolved into, "Do you sell these?" I was honestly surprised others wanted to buy what I created! It is more than putting pieces together to create a pretty bracelet and I think that is the draw. I think it is less about talent and more about the care I put into these. Or maybe the care is my talent? I often cleanse my space with a smudge stick before I begin to work. I might lay out a crystal or two to help me focus my thoughts and energy on what I want to create, and everything I make is made thoughtfully, with intention and cleansed through smudging before being given to my customer or taken to a show. Every bracelet comes with a card explaining the stones used, numerical significance, if any, and the intention that created it.  I suspect that part is more the talent than stringing beads?
People inspire me. I try to hear and internalize the problems and concerns of the people around me, or those that are so common we all cope with. I want to help alleviate those problems for people. I want to provide aides and tools to overcome mountains, to help people persevere, to grow, to love ourselves and others, to evolve into the best of ourselves. The message of my work is that none of us are done yet. We are all still evolving and we have a say in how that goes. Listen to your inner voice (the kind one!) and the Universe and hear what they are telling you, discover what you need and go get it so you can be the best of yourself.  

Meet Lisa Wilson of Nectar of the Vine...
We are a family owned & operated business for over 14 years now with our wine slushy mixes. We take great care to offer a wonderful product with a great deal of selection of flavors and options of how to make our mixes. Our favorite motto is spike it how you like it from wine to moonshine! Though we have done this for fourteen years, this is our first Avant-Garde show.
We love being able to offer our customers a great tasting product & seeing what joy it brings to them. Getting to travel to different festivals and shows & experiencing the people & the surrounding things to do in that area is something we love about our craft.
In five years, hopefully we are growing the company to the best it can be.The message behind out work is to sit back & enjoy life and relax with your friends & family with a great wine slushy or a warm wine cocktail.

Meet Erica and Hope of Decade's Dream Soap...
We are a mom (Hope) and daughter (Erica) partnership. We both have a wide variety of interests and love spending time creating, talking, and laughing. When not soaping together, Hope cares for her aging mom and Erica works as a digital marketer as well as a fitness coach.

We’ve been making soap together regularly for about two and a half years. Initially, Hope took a class on how to make soap around the time her youngest of three children was leaving home. Erica, always curious and eager to learn, thought making soap with her mom was a stellar idea. As making soap is practical as well as fun, we’ve stuck with it. We’d like to believe that we infuse our soap with our care and creativity when making each batch.

Hope loves color, wants to know how things are constructed (fabric, usually), and always wants to rearrange (furniture, appliances, you-name-it) and make things look beautiful while retaining or improving their functionality.

Erica loves to build things (both digitally and physically). She likes to understand how things work and then apply that knowledge to improve her part of the process. Logic and intuition play a part in how she creates, with attention to detail being an asset with both artistic and technical endeavors.

We believe that our products should be practical and beautiful. Our soap is meant to be used, and, while it’s a consumable item, it’s also something that adds joy to the sometimes mundane experience of washing.

This will be our first show with Avant-Garde and we’re very excited to participate as a vendor!


2019 Chagrin Falls Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2019
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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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Chagrin Falls, Meet Your Vendors!

Meet Josh Marinelli of J. Marinelli Art...
A little more than a year ago (last summer), I turned my attention to some paintings I had created throughout my past.  A neighbor happened to stop by as I was unpacking them and she was immediately struck and walked away with 3! My first sale! After that, I decided to not turn away from this thing that was always in me but never allowed to develop.  So I’ve been painting regularly for a little more than a year.  However the first ‘discovery’ came 20 years ago.
I do not have any formal artistic training or background!  I earned a MA in Eng.Lit from John Carroll. And taught Eng. Comp at many colleges in three different states over the course of 20 years.
Over this past year,  2 plywood pieces and a large plywood commissioned piece found homes with individuals that connected somehow to them. It’s still absolutely awesome to think about: That something I made is hanging in someone’s home/office. Even just being in these AG shows is still kinda scary.  I’ve only been present in 1 so far!
The colors that appear in my work usually come from natural things.  The sky and clouds, a Red Maple tree across the street, trees in general.  And my ‘subjects’ are ideas, senses, feelings, and motion itself, especially patterns. I’m drawn to working on wood surfaces like plywood and even unfinished “chunks” of logs.

I’m a very deliberative worker and spend a lot of time visualizing. I think I use the oil paint differently then usual also because of the nature of wood. 
Beside continue to make things and develop as an artist, my goals are quite undefined.  Specifically though, I am interested in garnering another/more commissioned work.  The one I did this past year ( called Transition), was/is one of my best accomplishments in life period!

Meet Patricia Dennison of Palmer Place Fine Teas...
My name is Patricia Dennison & I am the owner of Palmer Place Fine Teas. I am of Scottish ancestry, and grew up drinking tea. I have many fond memories of drinking tea with my Scottish grandmother. Tea time then was a gathering of my mom, sister, aunts & cousins. We shared many laughs & cups of strong black tea with milk & sugar. To this day, when I have a strong black cup of tea it takes me back to my childhood.  The name Palmer Place Fine Teas is derived from No. 10 Palmer Place Tea Room. I owed this tea room in the 2010's. Desiring to focus on tea education, I closed the restaurant and stayed in the tea business.

As a Tea Sommelier, it is my mission to educate the consumer about the different types of tea & their flavor profiles. I also realize that many consumers do not know how to brew tea properly. It is my goal to teach customers tea brewing techniques that will produce the most flavorful and enjoyable cup.

As part of my tea certification programs I was required to taste hundreds of different teas and take notes on each tea. Soon I was able to identify different teas by their taste & identify their origin. I have learned how to prepare each type of tea for optimal flavor, and create blends because of my knowledge of the different flavor profiles.

The key to blending and flavoring tea is not only knowing how the tea tastes, but what the blending components taste like as well. Therefore, when I create a new blend, I will taste the blending components brewed separately from the tea, then begin combining. Much of the initial process is trial & error. Often it takes 4-6 attempts to come up with a blend that is pleasing to many different palates.

I will continue my on line presence, I will also continue to attend shows and festivals throughout Northeastern Ohio. There are so many shows that often I cannot be two places at once, so my goal is to have a staff so that Palmer Place Tea can be represented at numerous venues. I would also like to have my teas represented in more businesses throughout Northeastern Ohio.

here are many tea purveyors out there, but not all suppliers are knowledgeable about their product. They merely purchase their tea from a wholesaler and re-package it with their name. When you purchase Palmer Place Fine Teas, you will know that your teas come from only reputable, trusted, FDA approved sources that have been carefully selected at the World Tea Expo. In addition, many of my tea blends are proprietary to Palmer Place Fine Teas and cannot be found anywhere else.

Meet Lina ElRichani of MsCotti’s Biscotti & Scones... 
MsCotti’s Biscotti & Scones is a family run bakery that specializes in the “softer” biscotti and scones. We are Cleveland’s premier “softer” biscotti, made from scratch bakery. My husband and I work really hard to show our love and kindness to the world, by serving our customers the highest quality baked goods they have ever had! We have been baking our gourmet “softer” biscotti & scones since 2004. We started subleasing in a very small facility and have expanded into a 4500 sf commercial facility.
My husband’s family has been baking for many generations. Being the youngest of eight siblings, he learned at an early age the tricks of being a great and innovative baker.  We are inspired by our loyal customers to expand our product line to include over 25 different “softer” biscotti flavors and 9 scone flavors. We love trying new flavors and even expanded to include Gluten Free Biscotti and Cookies!
In five years we hope to continue to expand or product line and to be known as the leading “softer” biscotti distributor throughout the county.
We don’t just serve our customer’s the “softest” biscotti and scones they have ever had, this husband and wife couple strives to leave an impression and spread a little love and joy to everyone we see!

2019 Chagrin Falls Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2019
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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Thursday, March 14, 2019

It's Show Week!

Meet Maddie Burland from Noodle Works...
I am currently a sophomore at Bowling Green State University studying art education. I grew up in Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, with my mom, dad, younger brother, younger sister, and our dogs, Olive, Bob, and Kaiser. My favorite art medium is ceramics, but I also enjoy drawing and photography. Some of my hobbies are reading, writing, and more recently, knitting.
I’ve always loved making art and doing art projects, so I’d say I’ve been an artist pretty much forever, but I got really into ceramics and photography in high school, and I really only started drawing a lot this past summer. I’ve also only just started attending art shows, though I’ve participated in school art shows before. This will be my 2nd Avant-Garde Craft Show. I decided to start applying to and selling art at these shows because I already make a ton of art on my own and for my classes, and since I am a poor college student, I thought it might be nice to make some extra money and get some exposure as a new artist. 
I wouldn’t say that I discovered a talent for art, I’ve just always known that I like art and that I’m good at it. I took art classes all throughout high school and decided to pursue a career in art education because of how much art and creating mean to me. That being said, I also wouldn’t say that any one thing inspires me to create because the things I create are inspired by many things. If anything, I would say that I create because I simply can’t not make art. Even when I find myself in a bit of a rut I always have some ideas floating around, and can always find something to draw or make. 
I think haphazard is a good word to describe my creative process. I’m never quite sure when I’ll have ideas for drawings, or when I’ll have the time and energy to actually draw them since I’m usually pretty busy with classes. When I do have time and ideas, the process for my drawings usually goes through the steps of having the idea, drawing sketches or a sketch with notes and possible adjustments, drawing the final copy on larger paper in pencil, and then adding color to the final copy, usually with markers. When I do ceramics, the process is even more involved, because many ceramics pieces require multiple sketches, since ceramics is a 3D medium, and I don’t make many coffee mugs. 
In 5 years, I hope to be an art teacher, in whatever school and district that will take me. But in terms of selling my art, the plan is pretty much to keep doing what I’ve started doing this past year, drawing and making art as much as I can, and applying to and attending shows whenever I can. I wouldn’t say there’s any real message in my work, like “stop pollution” or that sort of thing. The things I create are simply a reflection of me and how I see the world, and my attempt to capture what I see in some physical form

Meet Karyl Lee from One Row to Hoe...
I am a retired former vegetarian chef from Charleston, SC who lives in Oberlin, OH. I moved here in 2008, and since have fallen for the local art scene and opportunities for visual representation. I work in water media and with beads and ceramics, and have illustrated a children's book. I have been a working artist for more than 50 years, and a beaded jewelry maker for a decade and this will be my first Avant-Garde Show!
I discovered my talent when I was encouraged as a child by my father to explore color and media and have never stopped. Then, living in Oberlin where there is a great bead supply store, I saw a lot of nifty stuff and wanted to make my own. I love colors, textures, and shapes, and enjoy making unusual things happen in different media. Usually, I sit with a tiny pen or pencil sketch and consider what I want the ultimate illustration to look like, or else I pick up a ceramic piece and just apply color! sometimes I find a focal bead that makes me want to string things with it that will showcase just that one piece.
As for the future, I think I might be retired for good as a business but who knows, maybe the second book I am working on illustrating might lead to other related work. My main message is that art should be accessible and enjoyable in a multitude of ways. Everyone can find something creative to express themselves with or through and I hope my multi-medium approach stimulates that.

Meet Lynn Pelka of Lynn Patricia Designs…
Creating my handbags and accessories brings me much joy.  I love working with the fabrics and textures making a classy looking handbag that may be just right for you. We, as women, look for a handbag that is specific to our needs whether it has pockets, zipper closer a certain kind of strap/handle. I create my handbags with a full front pocket to hold all your important items at your fingertips with soft webbing handled for a comfortable fit. I also offer handmade zipper pouches, mini wallets, and lip balm totes as well as special character handbags for the little girl in your life.
Even though I’ve been sewing since childhood, my business began when I launched an Etsy store 2011 listing, at that time, my very colorful handbags, tea bag wallets, and water bottle totes. With experience over the years, my design has settled down to a more classic handbag style in neutral colors.  Things have blossomed and I am now established both at indoor and outdoor shows. It is always a pleasure meeting and chatting with those who stop at my booth.
The future looks bright with the hopes to one day retire from my day job as an office manager at a dental practice and participate in as many shows as possible. I’ve found the Avant-Garde shows to be expertly done with vendors who produce beautiful and interesting items making for an enjoyable shopping experience. So hope you enjoy your day at the show and be sure to stop by and introduce yourself as one who has read this blog.

2019 West Geauga Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019
 Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
West Geauga High School
13401 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, OH 44026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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