Thoughts from Board Member Marge Pauls

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I’ve been hanging around Art House, Inc., for a good many years now and have never failed to find something of interest or some crazy project to capture my attention.  It may be the self-proclaimed place where art lives, but it is also where art lives inside each and every one of us.

Art is fun—from watching families on Family Clay Days connect through the experience of creating something special together, to seeing the creative efforts of children and, yes, even special needs children, and watching in fascination as their ideas begin to gel into wonderful tangible things.

To actually sign up for one of the classes might seem a little intimidating at first, but apprehension soon turns to satisfaction at the first turn of the potter’s wheel, the first brush stroke, and the first glimpse of your finished piece.

The feel of the clay or other medium under our hands as we mold it and give it form is reminiscent of our mud pies and sand forts on the beaches of yesteryear, but the friendliness and comradery of the other students and teachers ease us into our task and make the dirty hands all worthwhile.

Art is also fundraising, and because Art House is non-profit, it is necessary for us to work at it throughout the year.  We were off to see the Wizard last year when Art House held its first art auction, with Board members and staff pitching in to make An Evening in Oz a memorable event.

Our annual ABC Chili Cook-off (Art+Bowls+Chili) is always a rousing success—good people, good food and good fun!  We have restaurant fundraisers where a percentage of the meal price is donated to Art House, and coming up is our Annual Artist Inventory Challenge.  We’re also planning more Community Culture Nights with some very interesting guest speakers.

Art is truly alive at Art House; creativity is tangible here, and once through the door, you know you’ve ARRIVED!  So sit down, relax, bask in its warmth and let the smell of clay or paint or whatever it is we’re working on at the moment stir your creative juices.  Let your imagination soar and start making art!

 

Marge Pauls

Artist, Board Member and Teacher

Intern’s Point of View

Hello all! My name is Jamie and I’m your lovely new intern here at Art House.  I’m a Columbus native attending college at Baldwin Wallace University.  I’ve actually swapped around majors a few times even though I’m only in my first year (technically second in the coming fall), though now I’ve settled on studying Psychology and Studio Art. My focus is illustration and painting! Even though I declared art later on in life I’ve been a little proactive in my art career as I’ve even done a mural for Ovation, Baldwin Wallace’s end of the year celebration.

Art has always been a passion of mine; I’ve been tinkering with art since I was 5 years old. I would draw and color whatever I could. I was extremely theatrical and I danced as well. Art has sincerely shaped the human I am today in my passions, fashion, and perspective of the world. While I initially did not come into school for art, I found my way back home.

Being an individual who cares deeply for others, I started my volunteering career early and somehow I got swept up in the world of nonprofits and volunteering through BW. Amazingly, we have a program called Project Affinity! Project Affinity is a unique program where students are selected and live together in Cleveland while being partnered with various nonprofits in the area.  I went into the group looking for someone who matched my passion for others and a love of art.

This is where my story begins with Art House. I was lucky enough to be matched with Art House and find myself in a community that matched my feelings exactly. Reading the mission statement, learning about the organization’s rich history, seeing the projects at work here; it’s amazing. My heart was thrilled to find an environment that cares deeply about using art to better the world. As an aspiring art therapist, that’s exactly what I’m looking forward to doing and I’m so thrilled to see my philosophy being put into motion in the world around me.

Since I’ve started this week, I’ve been in charge of working on the 2nd Annual Artist Inventory Challenge and frankly it’s been an interesting ride. Part of me is anxious to jump into the fast lane of this adventure but I know in my heart it’s worth the ride. I can’t wait to see what will be coming up in the future and I hope to see you all join us for the event.

If you’re unsure of what the challenge is, then allow me to explain. The Challenge will be a fun local event on July 8th, where local artists come together to create a piece for a competition while swapping and sharing supplies with the community. The pieces can win awards and will be sold to benefit Art House! There will be food and drink and a community of wonderful people here. I can’t think of any reason not to go, so I hope you’ll find a reason to come!

Thank you for listening to my ramblings, please look forward to more.

 

Jaime McFarland

Project Infinity Intern/Art House, Inc.

 

What Art House Means to Me.

I am sitting here on a wet gray Cleveland evening trying to think of what to write for Art House’s blog. Trying to find that one topic that will flow effortlessly. Trying to think of the best way that will convey why I support Art House’s mission. I am realizing that it’s not just one thing.
It’s a whole host of things, but in a nut-shell it’s been about a lifelong appreciation of the beauty around me and wondering about the path this “art” must have taken to get to its final stage. I would also say that I’ve always had an interest in the arts before I even knew what art really meant. My father was a talented self-taught musician (several instruments) and I remember my mother sewing clothes for my sister and I when we were young. Unfortunately, as life tends to happen, neither of my parents pursued those interests other than as hobbies, but what I would say is that it opened my eyes to be creative and resourceful.
One of my earliest memories was explaining to my parents that my grade school art drawing was not of an elephant, but of a male dog. (You can use your imagination why they thought it was an elephant.) I also used to sew clothes for my dolls from my mother’s fabric scraps and make gladiator sandals out of cardboard and elastic. I even entertained at one point to study fashion design. So you could say art has always been in my life in some manner.
I first came to know about Art House several years ago while working on a community event in which Art House was also assisting with. Shortly thereafter I was asked to be part of the community advisory board and in this capacity I learned more about the programs and classes offered. I began signing up my children to take classes and also attending their Family Open Studio. I felt the need for my children to experience art and very grateful that there was an organization in the neighborhood that offered classes. In my opinion, kids are not getting nearly as much art in school as they should anymore so it has always been important to me to ensure that my children were exposed to art. Opening their minds to be creative.
I recently attended the 15th Annual Urban Bright Exhibit and I was truly amazed with all the great pieces of art that were on display. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great event! A true testament to the wonderful job of all involved with Art House from the staff, teachers, artists and of course the students! It is moments like this event, that make me happy to know that Art House exists. It is this being able to partnering with artists to teach students how to make art that I find truly inspiring. Art at its most basic to all.
I now am on the Board and committed to ensure that Art House thrives and grows so that wherever you’re from, whatever the skill level we provide art to all.
Nitza Rondon
Board Member

Art House Secures Future with Cleveland Foundation Organizational Fund!

Each day, as Art House fulfills its mission of to make art accessible to Brooklyn Centre and the Greater Cleveland community by providing instruction, encouragement, and facilities, dollars designated for our long-term needs are growing quietly in a fund that helps secure our future. With the generosity of donors and the foresight of our board and leadership team, the Art House, Inc. Endowment Fund was established with the Cleveland Foundation in 2012 to help strengthen our long-term financial stability by augmenting external funding sources. With oversight from our board, the Cleveland Foundation stewards our fund and ensures that each dollar multiplies over time to generate revenues earmarked for Art House, Inc. The fund also provides peace of mind for our donors who recognize that Art House and the majority of our programs operate with the goal of sustainability.

Art House, Inc. will be recognized during the foundation’s “Organizational Fund Partner Appreciation Week” May 7-13 and throughout the year. Look for our name in Cleveland Foundation outreach materials and follow #CLEfund on social media to learn more about how organizational funds like ours are helping Greater Cleveland prepare for the future.

If you are interested in supporting our mission, please consider making a contribution to the Art House, Inc. Endowment Fund online via: http://bit.ly/ArtHouseIncCLE

All gifts to our fund are tax deductible at the highest income tax levels, and the Cleveland Foundation will provide your gift receipt. More nuanced gifts such as appreciated securities or planned gifts such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts may also be accepted in support of our organization. Contact us or connect with the Cleveland Foundation’s Advancement team at 877-554-5054 for a personalized consultation.

No matter how you choose to give to our organization, we can ensure that gifts to our fund at the Cleveland Foundation will make a difference by being preserved today and invested to meet our areas of greatest need tomorrow.

Gabbi Larkens

Art House Intern

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Why you need to attend the Urban Bright Annual Art Exhibit.

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On Saturday, May 13th, Art House will host the 15th Annual Urban Bright Art Exhibit, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. For those of you who have never attended this exhibit or don’t know what it’s about, let me just say that you have been missing one of the most inspirational Art Events in Cleveland.
 
I have had the profound good fortune to be a part of Art House in one capacity or another for over 10 years, most recently as a Board Member, and have attended many of the Urban Bright Art Exhibits over the years. And they always surprise, amaze and inspire me.
 
The Urban Bright program is an Art House Arts-in-Education Program which puts local teaching artists into residency programs at Cleveland City schools as well as Constellation schools. The program provides students with meaningful, hands-on arts opportunities and exposure to artists, methods, and materials that they would otherwise not be exposed to.
 
And once a year we have the opportunity to view the results, and they are amazing. When the youngsters in this program are allowed to express themselves, extraordinary things are created. Grade school kids create ceramic plaques illustrating social concerns using pictures and objects. There are the kinetic sculptures made with duck tape, boxes and wire that move when you turned the crank. Or the glossy 3 foot by 3 foot posters made by High School students from photos that they took then digitized and colorized, each poster a different statement of an issue that the student wanted to express. And painted silk banners that are over 6 feet long, some with flowers, some with animals, some with quotes. Glass and tile mosaics, replicating Cleveland landmarks like the FREE stamp or Terminal Tower.
 
I could go on and on about the creative, insightful and thought provoking work that is done by these kids of all ages, but instead, I suggest you come to Art House on Saturday, May 13th and see for your self.  I am excited to see what has been created this year and I know that I will again be amazed at what is generated when you expose young people to Art.
 
Sharon Martynowski
Art House Board Secretary
 

 

Martinez E-B

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This past Friday, Art House had the pleasure of being visited by the ever talented Martinez EB. Born and raised in Cleveland, Martinez moved out to Chicago to pursue his artistry after graduating from the Cleveland institute of Art. Martinez specializes in conversation starters, wanting to bring to light the problems of gun violence and its effect on children, police violence and other controversial topics. At first glance his art is teddy bears and toys, but a closer look reveals a bold statement about the argumentative and unfortunate reality of today’s society.  martinez-talking
His art is whimsical in a way that makes you wonder if your childhood was as simple as you thought or if the world has really changed that much. A few dozen guests watched his presentation, storing questions to ask him later.  As serious as a few of his topics were he kept it lighthearted, often making the audience laugh where they may otherwise want to cry.  He talked of plans for collaborative projects between Cleveland and Chicago and about his involvement with organizations such as Esperanza.  He shared the difficulties of balancing all the different pieces of his life – being an artist, activist, father and teacher.  I and everyone who attended the event left feeling inspired to expose the elephant in each of our own rooms. There’s always more that we could do to start the conversation, to see people differently, to change someones life.  I loved getting to listen to Martinez speak and I look forward to seeing what he does in the future.
 

 

ABC Chili Cook Off

img_1919As a new intern, I was able to experience one of the great events held at Art House, Inc. The 2nd Annual ABC Chili Cook-Off combines Artists + Bowls + Chili, which focuses on friends and community while eating some amazing chili. Sitting at the door and checking in the attendees, I was able to talk to every person that walked in, there was such excitement! Local Artists, Board and Staff came together to create over 100 ceramic bowls to be given to the 1st 100 tickets sold. The bowls were beautiful, everyone was thrilled to pick out their own artist made bowl.

 

The food was amazing, with 10 varieties of chili offered, five of those being img_1937vegetarian; there truly was something for everyone. Some were so good they were gone within the first hour! So many people came to support Art House and they were not disappointed!  It was wonderful to see so many people come together to make the 2nd Annual ABC Chili Cook-Off a huge success!

 

The Art House’s Annual ABC Chili Cook-off is a fabulous event. I would encourage everyone to make sure they attend next year and don’t forget to get your ticket in advance so you can receive one of the 100 bowls!

 

Preparing for the Chili Cook Off!

Hello! It’s Gabi again. From my very first day of work Art House has been buzzing with preparations for the 2nd Annual ABC Chili Cook-Off.  I got to help create a few of the marketing materials for the event and I loved getting to hear all about how wonderful the inaugural event was.  Last year we raised $3,000 for Art House, helping to fund our many community and Arts-in-Education programs. This year, we’re hoping to do even better!

           On February 11th a group of artists, staff and board members (Billy Ritter, Chris Dodson, Sally Hudak, Dan Spencer, Adam Stalder, Brinsley Tyrell, and our very own Laila Voss) huddled into Art house and over the course of four hours created 100 chili bowls.  Once they are glazed, these bowls will become part of the ABC Cook-Off (Artists-Bowls-Chili): the first 100 ticket buyers for the event will get to choose a bowl for sampling all the chili! Participants will be able have unlimited taste of the delicious recipes our 9- 10 contenders have made before voting for the very best 2017 chili concoction.  The event will be taking place on March 11th from 1- 3 pm here at the Art House (3119 Denison Avenue, Cleveland OH 44109) and will feature great chili, fabulously talented people and an incredible raffle for guests to participate in.  What else could be a more will be the perfect break from the cold (then warm then hot then cold again) weather?  I personally can’t wait to see how this event brings the community together and to see who gives last year’s winning team, Goya and the Gringo,a run for their trophy!img_1159

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From the intern’s point of view…

Hello, everyone! My name is Gabi and I’m one of the interns here at Art House.  You’ll be hearing from me in the coming months as I document my journey with this beautiful organization and I look forward to sharing my experience with you.  I’m a senior Theater and Business Administration major from Baldwin Wallace and I’ve spent the majority of my college career with the aim of working for or opening an after school art program once I’ve graduated. Imagine my surprise when I opened an e-mail from a professor notifying me that there was an internship available for an organization that lined up with my dream almost perfectly!  I jumped at the opportunity of course, and – though I may have been overly enthusiastic during my interview – I’m so happy to be here.  

I’ve only been here a few weeks but I’ve already begun to reinforce the fundamentals of running a non-profit organization that I’ve learned in my classes; the board and staff are the bones holding everything together, grants and donors are our lifeblood, and the quality of our programming brings in our neighbors, people from all walks of life and all ages, our reason for surviving.  I’m hoping that by the time I leave this place I will have gained the understanding of what it takes to run an organization like this and be much better prepared for what my future brings me.  So far I’ve been working on marketing materials and linking our social media sites, but at different points over the next few months I hope to help with some of the Arts-In-Education programs, documenting the student’s progress as they dive into their projects, and hopefully will learn more about the grant-writing and application process.

The artistic community here in Cleveland is an incredible thing to bear witness to and it would be nowhere near as prominent as it is today if it weren’t for the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the George Gund, Martha Holden Jennings, the Mardi Gras Fund – the list goes on. In addition, the residents of Cuyahoga County also help through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture..  Their belief in the power of creativity and healthy stimulation of the community has given us the opportunity to reach more students, touch more families, and inspire more art throughout the Cleveland area.  I am so excited to be working with both Art House and our donors, but more prominently I am excited to see the effects of our combined efforts to bring such an amazing thing as art to those who deserve it.