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


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.     

Art House at Parade the Circle

On Saturday, June 14, Art House participated in the 26th annual Parade the Circle celebration.  This exciting event brought 80,000 people to University Circle to watch and participate in the parade around Wade Oval. Community members from the Bellaire-Puritas, Kamms Corners, and West Park neighborhoods made art together in intergenerational workshops led by artist Wendy Mahon, and Bill Wade from Inlet Dance taught the group choreography to capture the movement of cape buffalo and traditional African tribesmen.


Sea Inspired Art at Literary Lots

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

What do these books have in common? The sea! Also, these works of literature, among others, are inspiring this summer’s Literary Lot in Ohio City. Literary Lots “brings magic and the power of imagination to urban kids by turning vacant, underutilized spaces into scenes from children’s books.” Art House will be providing 3 weeks of free art programming inspired by the ocean theme. Each class, instructed by a talented artist, will be held from 1-3 pm. Ready to hear what we’ll be working on this year?

Printmaking with artist Katie Taylor

July 22 – Fish Prints (More info to come)
July 24 – Colors of the Sea Printmaking (More info to come)
July 26 – Ocean Current Prints (More info to come)

Ceramics with artist Mark Yasenchack

July 29 – Under the Water Ceramics (Recreate your favorite sea creatures in polymer clay)
July 31 – Sunken Treasure Ceramics (Create a bounty of clay treasure to be the envy of any pirate!)

Mixed Media with artist Augusto Bordilois.

August 2 – Sailing Through 3D Art (Design and build scaled floating ships and rafts)
August 5 – Designs of the Tide (Lets paint with water! I mean, A LOT of water)
August 7 – Layers of the Lake (Explore, draw, and paint each uniquely sunlit layer of the lake)
August 9 – Deep Sea Design (Yes, let’s build a submarine!)

For even more information check out Art House’s Literary Lot page or

Art House Teams Up with Literary Lots

Last summer, Literary Lots brought food-inspired children’s books to life in one of Ohio City’s underused urban spaces. For two weeks, kids were encouraged to read, write, create, and play within the transformed lot as various organizations (including Art House) led both literature and art related (free!) programming.

Literary Lots will return this July/August to transform Novak Park! The space and programming will reflect the new theme of ocean/water inspired children’s literature. Plans are in the works to construct a squid slide, a coral reef maze, and a “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” inspired submarine. The hope is to fill this submarine with audiobooks so kids can enter, relax, and listen.

Art House will team up with Literary Lots once again to organize art projects based around this year’s ocean theme. Programs, designed and led by three talented artists, will include printmaking, ceramics, and 3D mixed-media projects. Stay tuned for more details!

To learn more about last year’s successful lot and plans for this summer visit Literary Lot’s Kickstarter page here:

Creative Fusion brings Dance to Cleveland

Creative Fusion brings performance artists to Cleveland! Hosted by Verb Ballets, Phuong Thanh Ngo is a ballet and contemporary dance artist from Vietnam. She graduated from Hochiminh City Dance School in Vietnam, and Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany in 2008. Phuong’s background includes performances in Vietnam and choreography for several dance productions. She has worked with numerous famed choreographers including Mark Ziekarek, Rodolpho Leoni, Stephan Brinkmann, and Ea Sola.
Her participation in the creation of experimental choreographies earned her a grant in 2012 for her creation of “Erasable”. She received the ‘Best Choreography’ award from the 2012 Korea International Modern Dance Competition. She is also a teacher of contemporary dance at the Hochiminh City Dance School.
Ngo will be working with Verb Ballets during her Creative Fusion residency to develop new work and share a 21st century view of Vietnamese culture with Cleveland community.

The Ingenuity of Creative Fusion

Born in Pakistan, Adeel uz Zafar completed his BFA from the National College of the Arts. He is a visual artist who has developed a unique photographic technique. His early works involved engraving exposed photographic sheets with a paper cutter. Today Adeel uses plastic vinyl sheets coated with emulsion and acrylic gel scratching in images derived from found objects, typically children’s toys. His dealings with subjects that are related to children have been called terrifying yet amusing and comforting.

Adeel has participated in both national & international artists’ residencies, now including the Cleveland Foundations’ Creative Fusion program. His appearances on Pakistani television led to his inclusion in an exhibition of prominent Pakistani artists from 1990-2010. Recently his work has been shown in New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Karachi. Adeel is being hosted this year by the Ingenuity Cleveland.

To learn more about Creative Fusion please visit

Creative Fusion Artists take on Cleveland


2014 Creative Fusion offers a variety of different artists from across the globe. One of which is Olivia Mihaltianu. A visual artist focusing on cross-media and process oriented projects involving: video, film, photography, object-making, installation and performance.  Olivia was born Romania, where she lives and works. She completed her studies at the University of Fine Arts, Bucharest with a Bachelor in Photo-Video-Computer Processing and a Masters in Visual Art.  She usually constructs her works as daily journals and experiences in relation to the events and situations surrounding her.

Her work plays with the notion of identity and minor details that are not usually observed by other people.  Her work shows fluidity in her feelings as they change and develop, leaving space for parallel realities – from comfortable areas like her grandmother’s kitchen, she finds herself behind the counter of an American supermarket, and from there to a room of prestige.  Her work has been showcased across Europe including Germany, Moldavia, Romania and Austria.

Olivia is being hosted this year by Zygote Press. 

To learn more about Creative Fusion and Art House’s participation, visit our Creative Fusion page


Art House Welcomes Huda Lutfi

Welcome Huda Lutfi! For our third year, Art House will be hosting artist Huda Lutfi from Egypt. She is a visual artist and cultural historian living and working in Cairo. She has been teaching Arab Muslim cultural history as well as mixed media art at the American University in Cairo.

Her visit has been made possible through the Creative Fusion residency program that offers Cleveland communities opportunities to work with, and learn from, international artists. Each visiting artist is nominated by a panel of international arts experts, then selected and hosted by local cultural institutions, which provide studio space and materials for the artist’s work.

Her training as a cultural historian has influenced her work as a visual artist, mixing historical past and present, as well as traversing and fusing cultural boundaries. Huda Lutfi has emerged as one of Egypt’s most notable contemporary image makers. In her works she references Egypt’s cultural and popular artistic traditions, integrating these into contemporary art practices.

In her most recent exhibition “Cut and Paste,” Lutfi presents a psycho-geographic archive of emotions, gestures, figures of speech and images that circulated in public space during Egypt’s transitional period.

Huda will be putting together a gallery show here in Cleveland to be produced in May.