Art House Walks in Day of the Dead Parade

Art House and Bellaire Puritas have teamed up again this year to offer free Day of the Dead parade workshops with artist, Wendy Mahon. Through the month of October, 18 participants (families) have created unique costumes in preparation to walk in the parade on Oct. 31st at noon. The parade starts at Cleveland Public Theater on Detroit Ave. The workshops are generously supported by MyCom.


Short and Sweet Shop is back this December!



Day of the Dead FREE workshops!

Day of the Dead Parade workshops start soon! Free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of MyCom. Families can work together to create costumes to wear in the parade. The parade will take place in the Gordon Square Arts District (in front of the Cleveland Public Theater) on Oct. 31st at noon. Register with Vanessa at or call 216.671.2710

For the third year in a row, Art House and Bellaire Puritas have partnered to bring free classes to neighborhood families. These families have participated in workshops with artist, Wendy Mahon, to create ensembles that represent the talent of the group! Show your talents this year! *Space is limited.

Day of the Dead 2015

Robert Banks featured at Community Culture Night at Art House

Join Art House for Community Culture Night with filmmaker Robert Banks!
Friday, Oct. 16
7-9 p.m.

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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.

Cairo meets Cleveland

This March Art House welcomes, Huda Lutfi, a visual artist from Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Lutfi will be joining us through the Cleveland Foundation ’s, Creative Fusion program! Creative Fusion is a 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. In addition, host institutions collaborate with other community partners to provide opportunities for creative exchange. We are excited to be participating in this program for the third time!

Huda Lutfi 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. Lutfi also held several art workshops for street and Sudanese refugee children and curated several exhibitions of their works.
Her training as a cultural historian has influenced her work as a visual artist, juxtaposing historical past and present, as well as traversing and fusing cultural boundaries. In her works she references Egypt’s cultural and popular artistic traditions, trying to integrate these into contemporary art practices. In her attempts to do so, she works with mixed media, using painting, text, collage, recycled photographs, found objects, assemblage, and installation. In one of her earlier projects, Lutfi used the medium of the found object to depict images of the city in which she lives. In another project, she worked with the medium of the doll, referencing the popular and rich popular tradition of doll making in Egypt and elsewhere, evoking issues of cultural politics and gender identity. In her latest projects in 2008 and 2009 Lutfi focused on body politics, attempting to show how prescribed gender roles impose restrictions on the human body.

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. All new work produced over the past two years, these collages, found objects and sculptures combine to create one impressionistic story of the recent past.

In her works Lutfi addresses issues of cultural and gender representations, as well as issues of violence and globalization. She has exhibited both locally and internationally: in Cairo, Alexandria, Paris, London, Liege, Thessalonica, Marseille, Frankfurt, Bonn, Bamako, Virginia (USA), Bahrain, as well as Dubai.


Short and Sweet Holiday Shop Is Back!

By Gloria Ferris

The Short and Sweet planning committee began meeting in September to plan the 2013 event.  We had decided to have another one at our after action dinner meeting in the spring. We held our first planning meeting at Art House in September. At that meeting, Art House Executive Director Amy Craft suggested we take advantage of AH’s newly renovated studio by expanding “The Shop”.

After about 30 seconds of silence, a few logistics questions, and another few seconds of silence, the decision was made-let’s do it.  Between returning artists, suggestions by thecommittee, and new artists inquiring about Short and Sweet, will have approximately 30 artists joining us for the first two weekends of December when the Short and Sweet Holiday Shop will again touch down in the heart of Brooklyn Centre.

We will again be selling the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists cookbook “A Taste of All Seasons”, many book selections by local publisher Gray and Company, and Brooklyn Centre Historical Society’s “Reflections From Brooklyn Centre”.

Art House will be selling clay tiles and Urban Bright Denison School students will be selling ornaments to raise money for an “art themed” field trip.

Several food vendors, ceramic artists, jewelers, knitters, and crocheters, have joined our artists and artisans from last year to create a variety of unique and handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

This year Short and Sweet Kid’s Corner is a place for children to shop for Mom, Dad, grandmas and grandpas or create a holiday.

Share the Short and Sweet Holiday Shop’s Dates and Time with friends and family:

Fridays: December 6th and 13th, 4:00 pm to 8 pm.

Saturdays: December 7th and 14th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sundays:  December 8th and 15th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Urban Bright is back!

This fall, Art House begins its 12th year of Urban Bright arts-in-education programming. We’ll begin with a residency at the Art House studio, working with our neighbor, Denison School, with a digital stopmotion video and claymation program. Media artist Cindy Penter will lead the residency with teachers Molly Gus, Chuck Erbs, and art teacher Christian Osterland’s sixth grade students. Through this program, the students will write narratives about characters they create from polymer clay. The colorful figures will serve as the actors in short collaborative films made by students with guidance from the teaching artist.

In addition to the fall digital media program, Denison’s eighth grade students will enjoy a ceramics residency with teaching artist Kristen Cliffel during the second semester. Art House is also pleased to bring artists-in-residence to multiple other partner schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) including William Cullen Bryant School, Watterson Lake School, and high schools John Marshall, James Ford Rhodes, and Lincoln-West. Urban Bright will also travel to schools outside of CMSD. Mosaic School of Fine and Performing Arts at Cleveland Heights High School will once again work with an Art House artist to engage in thoughtful visual artmaking. Finally, Kindergarten students at our newest partner location will partake in a pilot program at Old Brooklyn Community Elementary School. This unique residency will infuse the students’ curriculum with three short-term residencies that will enable students to learn the elements of art through hands-on projects in silk painting, ceramics, and mixed media art.

We are so thrilled to continue to grow this award-winning program that empowers students to communicate visually through the arts. To stay current on what’s happening with our Urban Bright residencies, stop by Facebook every now and then for pictures and student quotes. We can be found here,, or as always, in the studio.

Home Improvements

Art House (AH) has a major improvement with a new cement floor which has inspired some creative changes to the gallery space, offices and clay studio.  Interior Innovator extraordinaire, Billy Ritter, is making movable wall/storage modules from re-purposed cabinets and dressers ideal for efficient use of a space like AH. Billy is also tweaking the layout of the ceramics studio, creating more space for the Open Studio participants.
The Open Studio program is an outstanding opportunity for any level ceramic artist looking for studio space.  AH offers new wheels, large kilns, a slab roller and a great collection of tools. The studio is designed for immediate use for artists looking to work outside of their house, or have graduated from school and need a studio to continue their work.  Stay tuned, the studio is shaping up to be a regional leader in ceramic art.

-Mark Yasenchack

Through a Ceramicist’s Eyes

On May 11th Art House hosted a Ceramic Open Studio Open House. To learn more about the program please visit Ceramic Open Studio

The open studio on May 11th, organized by studio tech Billy Ritter, was a wonderful example of master teaching artists demonstrating their craft and inspired students exploring new techniques and challenging themselves with new ideas and approaches to clay.

Billy invited ceramic artists Brinsley Tyrrell, John Miyazawa and John Klassen to demonstrate their wheelthrowning and handbuilding techniques.  Brinsley, a nationally respected sculpture and enamel artist, recently started sculpting in clay and watching him make his multi-faced vessels was a delight.  The charming expressive faces emerged slowly as Brinsley sculpted the clay delicately by hand and with an array of wood tools. 

Billy also used many hand techniques; reshaping thrown vessels into wonky and original shapes and transferring screen prints to the surface of these pots.  It was fascinating to watch Billy transform wheelthrown bowls into contemporary deconstructed  forms.

John Miyazawa demonstrated throwing on his own crafted wheel.  Powered by the artist, this unique wheel allowed John to expertly throw tea bowl shapes and then use it as a great tool in reshaping these bowls as he stacked them into vase-like shapes.

John Klaasen demonstrated on the wheel as well, creating a rethought bowl and cup form that was loose, with a wonderful character and personality.  Playing with both the balance of the shape and the thinness of the clay these bowls and cups relaxed into jaunty angles and playful poses.

The participating artists demonstrated at different work stations during the entire time, discuss and concurring with each other and answering questions from visitors.  Visitors also worked on their own projects, practicing newly learned techniques on their own pieces and joining in that dicussion on how and why they were doing things.

Billy organized an incredible event and workshop, one where participants and visitors had a conversation on technique and aesthetics, a refreshing change to the usual question and answer pace of most workshops.  Here visitors and students alike could get their hands dirty trying new techniques and create a project of their own reflecting the ideas they were exposed to.

Mark Yasenchack is a teaching artist who grew up in Parma, Ohio. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College he pursued a career in art and teaching that combines subject matter and patterns from his biology background with the craft of ceramics, mosaics and collage and the love of teaching kids. Currently his focus has been mosaic murals that combine hand made clay tiles with the traditional stone and glass tesserae. He has been delighted and inspired by the magic of working side by side with pre-schoolers and teenagers to create murals to create not individuals items but collaborating and communal creation.



Breakfast at Melissa’s

As Alka Mathur’s residency through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program nears the end, Melissa wanted to share one more story that demonstrated the close relationship that developed over the three months Alka stayed in her home.

In case you are wondering…. What exactly what does Alka do with the tea bags we give her, here is a sweet little example. My husband Andy (former dance contest winner at ART HOUSE INC) made us buckwheat pancakes for breakfast one Sunday. Alka really liked them so Andy wrote down the recipe for her. Then she took the recipe and made this thoughtful piece of artwork incorporating Andy’s tea bag.

Alka will be ending her residency with an exhibition of work she created during her stay here in Cleveland. Please come by to view her work and wish her safe travels home.

New Dehli to Cleveland: Tea Bags Measure Time
an exhibition by Alka Mathur

Reception: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Gordon Square Storefront
6604 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH. 44102


Melissa’s Diary with Alka

Melissa has been working with Alka and exposing her to new media. She has been sharing her work and home life with her as well. Below is an excerpt from her diary.

WORK: Our waxes to be poured in bronze at Studio Foundry Wednesday. Here you can see our wax pieces connected together with the gating tree, ready to make into one fat mold. Alka’s tea bag is to the left, my cat in the middle, and underneath you can see our friend Wally’s hawk. Three waxes united to create, one mold. The wax and moisture will be vaporized from the investment mold, so it will cook till Tuesday night upping it to 1000F and then cooled to 500F and then buried in the sand pit for pouring bronze.

Melissa is on the board of Ingenuity and invited Alka and the Art House staff to Bal Ingenuix.

PLAY: Good times with the ART HOUSE GANG AMY CRAFT, STEPHANIE KLUK and RESIDENT ARTIST ALKA MATHUR at Bal Ingenuix party where we lively upped ourselves.

An International Exchange

Art House welcomes guest blogger for the month of May: Melissa Daubert

Melissa Daubert is a visual artist and teacher. She is also a strong supporter of cultural and artistic exchange in Cleveland. Melissa offers space and a creative environment to local and international artist through her non-formal residency program she began in 2010. Her residency program provides artists with a live/work space attached to her home and studio. When Art House’s international artist, Alka Mathur, came to Cleveland Melissa offered this space to her as her other international artist, Grainne Bird, was leaving after 6 months. Melissa gets as much as she gives in her exchange.


Lately, I’ve been thinking about how the people we meet influence our lives and our work. Only a few months ago, we were saving human hair for artist Grainne Bird – from Kildare Ireland to use in her art. Now, we are saving tea bags for Alka Mathur – from New Dehli, India to use in her art! I have to say, my hair is finally growing back now, and we are all drinking more tea than ever.

Saving tea bags has become an art here at our house. Each day I slip a package of used tea bags that are signed and dated with comments, under the door for ALKA. She in turn has been piecing together the writings and the tea bags into panels that have begun to create an intricate journal of random thoughts. Sometimes I consciously think I better sensor this, but mostly I don’t take it too seriously and just have fun.

“Tea Measures Time” a qoute included in the used bags donated by John Ranally inspired Alka to try doing bronze while she is here. Last weekend we made our wax pieces together outside at the picnic table in the sunshine. Monday we will take our pieces to get casted in bronze at the STUDIO FOUNDRY on Perkins Ave. Since Alka has been staying with us, I have been drinking tea every day! I still like that LIPTON.

Learn more about Melissa’s residency program

Learn more about Alka

“the Princess called Art House”

Art House welcomes guest blogger for the month of April, artist Melinda Placko.

Starting this month, Art House is introducing guest writers to our blog site Art House News. Each blogger is a professional working and teaching artist who will share their views, expertise and opinions on a variety of topics. This monthly feature offers Art House the opportunity to highlight the work and talent of our teaching artist as they share their perspective about the art community in Cleveland, and offer tips and advice about their art making process.

‘the princess called art house’

Once upon a time, an artist from Saudi Arabia found herself on extended stay in Cleveland, Ohio. This artist, and Princess of the Royal House of Saud, had left her studio at home. She wanted to continue her work while abroad, and study drawing in a ‘comic style.’ So, the princess called Art House. I went to her high class hotel, my case full of books and drawing supplies. Her entourage took up the entire eleventh floor. Valet service, two coffees, and forty five minutes later a woman with long dark hair and deep eyes walked in. We sat at an extra large wooden table and made line drawings with ink. Books were laid out- basic comics, elaborate graphic novels, and volumes full of facial expressions and body language. That morning she made a drawing of a woman screaming her head off. In the next chair, I practiced my ABC’s with ink. And so it started, drawing with the princess, five days a week. We only worked together for a month and a half, but I didn’t realize it would seriously influence my own studio practice.
Years before this gig, I was proud to be a ‘resourceful’ artist (scrapper, really). Favored found, discarded, and real junky art materials. Made paintings with ash, chalk, and fruit juice. Worked on tar paper, discarded scraps, and walls. The material itself didn’t make a piece great- it was how you used them, right? I come from a family of farmers and workaholics. I was raised to make something out of nothing, through sheer force of will and stubborn dexterity. I knew this approach to art making probably wouldn’t fly with the princess. We worked on a fine wooden table, seated beside bowls full of Asian pears, Persian pistachio and hazelnut, drinking fine Turkish coffee. So I brought a beautiful ceramic palette and freshly ground sumi ink. For a water well, I brought a glass vase that had held a candle at my wedding. Same story with dress. Normally, my studio clothes just happen- stained, torn, anything goes. But for our daily drawing sessions, I wore my finest. Velvet, embroidered skirts, polished shoes- the works. When in Rome, treat yourself like a princess. Art House has sent me on all kinds of gigs, and this one was one of the most memorable. I now find myself saying to kids that ‘if you treat your supplies well, you will make a jewel of a painting.’ I still like to draw on walls, but I treat those materials like gold.


Melinda Placko makes pictures using drawing, painting and collage. She works on a variety of surfaces including paper, parking lots, walls and walkways. She embraces Dada, and is currently inspired by sacred architecture and magnetism. A teaching artist for over ten years, she works with Art House and Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio. She currently serves as President of the Board at the Cleveland West Art League, and is a long-time member of the International Union of Mail Artists. Melinda earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focusing on public and collaborative art. Her next exhibition of new work will be at the Loren Naji Gallery in May, and features collage drawings, mail art, and maybe even a wall drawing or two. For more information about Melinda’s work visit her website

The February Buzz

So, it’s February in Cleveland and we all know what that means: winter is just getting started. And between shoveling the driveway (again) and checking the weather to see if you need to get up an hour early just to make it to work on time (again), you may find yourself thinking, “Is there anything going on this time of year and, if there is, do I even want to climb out of my burrow and participate?”

The answers, of course, are: yes and YES!

To be a part of the absolute biggest arts buzz in Cleveland this month you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is awarding grants worth up to $150,000 each to fund TWO fantastic public art projects! The jury at CAC narrowed the applicants down to six potential projects and it’s now up to the public to pick the winning two! In the running are some of Cleveland’s best loved creative entities including Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Public Theater, Zygote Press, LAND Studio and the Cleveland Museums of Natural History and Art. Voting has already begun and will end on February 20th! To learn more about each project and VOTE, go to the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture page.

Vessel by Mark Yasenchak

Also this month, Art House teaching artist (and ceramist/gallery manager/teacher-for-other-institutions…but we like to think of him as “ours”) Mark Yasenchak has partnered with local artist and entrepreneur Jackie Adamany to offer a one day workshop for artists! For many emerging and hobby artists, making the leap from producing work to selling it can be daunting. And for those already in the local circuit, the leap to wholesale can be overwhelming. In this workshop, Mark and Jackie will demystify the process of applying for and getting accepted to craft and art fairs as well as presentation and preparing for wholesale. The workshop will be held in the Art Craft Building on February 17th. Space is limited! For more information or to sign up, go to

Not quite ready to sell your work? There’s still time to sign up for one of our winter classes or workshops!  Our winter line-up includes clay with the lovely Gina DeSantis, printmaking with Claudio Orso, and much much more! We also have a new punch card system for those of you looking to become regulars at our Sippin’ in the Studio sessions: buy 4 get one free! For our current class schedule and to sign-up, click here.

Happy New Year!

We’ve survived the holidays and are now left with the quiet days of winter ahead of us. If your resolution this year was to get out and make some art, you’re in luck! We have a fantastic lineup of new classes for children and adults.

For the kids: Mosaic Madness with Art House Favorite Mark Yasenchack meets on Saturdays, starting in February. We also have a NEW Cartooning and Animation class taught by the very talented Will Wilson. Class meets on Tuesday afternoons starting at the end of January. In addition we have a kids Printmaking class with Claudio Orso and a combination Drawing and Clay class with Billy Ritter, starting in February and March, respectively.

Of course, we would never leave out the adults! No matter what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got something for you. The Lovely Gina DeSantis is back with her Clay on the Wheel and Advanced Wheel Throwing classes. Clay not your thing? Try Batik on Silk with Peggy Wertheim, Fused Glass with Cat Zurchin or Drawing Basics with JenMarie Zeleznak.

In other news, we’d like to give a shout out to our very own teacher and studio manager Billy Ritter, who recently published and artist book! In his own words, “This limited edition, six volume series chronicles the life and times of an aspiring artist who returns to college at the age of thirty. Finding himself surrounded once again by the mimetic uncertainty of a university microcosm, he turns to the refuge of drawing. Throughout the journey, the artist traverses the murky depths of a “college experience,” smudging the line between fact and fiction.”

For more information on this six volume series, got to or, to order,


Holiday Workshops (and More) at Art House!

Work by ceramic artist Mark Yasenchack

Snow! We finally got our first light dusting of snow over the holiday weekend and now it officially feels like winter! Hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace, walks in the snow, parties with friends and, of course, the winter holiday! No matter what you celebrate, we have fantastic upcoming artportunities you are sure to enjoy.

This year, Art House will be hosting our very first ever “Short and Sweet Holiday Shop”! For two consecutive weekends s: November 30th-December 2nd December 7-9th stop in for a chance to check out our studio space, learn more about our programming, and shop for artisan made items perfect for gift giving! Open 4pm-8pm Fridays and 1-5 Saturdays and Sundays with an opening reception on November 30th from 6-8pm.

Then join us Tuesday, December 4th, for an ornament making workshop. Artist Jeannie Oakar will walk you through the process of making unique, one-of-a-kind ornaments to keep or give as gifts! 6pm-7:30pm $20 per person ($30/pair). Teens welcome at both workshops! Register here.

Starting December 10th, ceramic artist Mark Yasenchack will be offering a unique class designed for parent and child. A $95 registration fee includes classes for the pair as well as 12lbs. of clay and all glazes and firing. For an extra $46, bring a sibling or friend! For more information, click here and scroll down.

December 20th, grab a friend and join us for Sippin’ in the Studio! The gifts have been purchased (or handmade!) and wrapped so come have a glass of wine and relax as you make punched metal luminaries to make your winter nights brighter.

And don’t forget: you can always give the gift of Art House! Whether in the form of an art class or a donation made in their honor, there is something for everyone on your list.

Happy Holidays, everybody!

What’s New in Urban Bright?

3rd graders from Denison school learning silk painting.

Every year our unique Urban Bright Arts-in-Education Program pairs talented local artists with student in the community. This year we are so fortunate to have artist Peggy Wertheim working with third graders from Denison School. Employing the theme of “tolerance”, Peggy is teaching the students how to paint on silk with dyes and salts. Each student will be creating individual pieces as well as working collaboratively to create four large banners with words that exemplify tolerance, which will be displayed during the Urban Bright Year End exhibit, then installed in the school permanently.

8th graders from William Cullen Bryant making coil pots

In addition, we have the wonderful Kristen Cliffel back for another year! If you have been in our studio, you will most likely have noticed the beautiful ceramic piece hanging on the back wall, which was installed after a previous Urban Bright residency with Kristen. She is currently working with 8th graders at William Cullen Bryant School, a CMSD school in Old Brooklyn.

Check back for updates as the year and respective projects progress! And for more photos, have a look at our gallery.

Art Happenings This Weekend

It’s October in Cleveland and while the weather is cooling down, the fall art season is heating up and this weekend is no exception!

We suggest starting your weekend off right by checking out the ArtiSIN show at the Sin Factory. Friday night from 6-11pm (and continuing Saturday, October 13th 6-11pm) at 1668 E. 40th (Corner of East 40th and Payne Ave.). There will be food, drinks, poetry, and art by 25 local artists, including work by Art House’s very own Stephanie Kluk!! Guaranteed to be a great time!

Saturday afternoon, stop by Zygote Press for the Foreign Affairs XV Exhibition. German artists in residence Tina Wohlfarth and Heike Wadewitz and Ivan Andres Lecaros Correa, an artist printmaker and Tamarind fellow from Santiago, Chile will be giving an artists lecture and showing new work created at Zygote.

Sunday, take a break. You deserve it! But stayed tuned because Art House Inc. has tons of fun fall events planned for the month including Painting on Silk with Peggy Wertheim, a special Halloween Family Open Studio and Old Brooklyn’s Fall-O-Ween event!

See you out there!

Art: Make It, See It, Participate!

First things first: There is still time to sign up for this month’s Sippin’ in the Studio with Kate Snow! We will go through through the basics of silk screening as well as using freezer paper stencils to create one-of-a-kind grocery totes that will have everyone at the health food store green with envy. NEXT THURSDAY, September 20th so sign up NOW!

Second: There is still room in Gina DeSantis’ Beyond the Basics clay class. Know how to throw a pot but want to learn more? This is the class for you. Or, maybe you are ready for something entirely new: check out the Fused Art Glass class with artist Cat Zurchin!

Third: We would never forget about the kids! This Saturday is our monthly FREE Open Studio session. Drop by and play with clay under the instruction of the extremely excellent Billy Ritter! You might find that they like it so much, you just have to sign them up for Billy’s fall class. There is also a new printmaking class for kids and there is still space in Mark Yasenchack’s winter parent & child clay class where you will learn to make functional vessels.

Fourth: Last week Clevelanders were treated to the unofficial opening of the fall art season. A number of galleries including Brandt, Proximity, and Zygote Press, among others held simultaneous art openings–hopefully you got to make it to at least a few; it was impossible to see it all! Luckily, we reside in the beautiful CLE and will get a second round of art inundation this weekend. Between the annual Sparx City Hop and Ingenuity Festival Cleveland (this year in a new location!), you’ve got a full, art-filled weekend. Enjoy it!!!

New Fall Class Schedule and More!

It has been a hot, dry summer and it’s not over yet! In between buying school supplies and finding the book bags, please come and join us tomorrow for our monthly open studio session! As always, we’ll be here from 1-3pm providing a FREE hands-on art activity for the entire family.

Can’t make it this Saturday? No matter. We have just put out our fall class schedule! There’s still time to sign up for the next Sippin’ on August 23rd: Batik and Dye Immersion with Wendy Mahon. Then, the ever popular Miss Gina DeSantis is back doing what she does best. This session, she will be offering an advanced class that goes beyond the basics, as well as an intro to throwing on the wheel. Classes start in October but sign up soon–these usually fill up quickly.

Want to try something entirely new? Explore fused glass with the fabulous Cat Zurchin! From jewelry to tiles, magnets and drawer pulls–you will be taking home new work every week. Or, make a commitment to giving handmade this holiday and join Mark Yasechack for Intergenerational Handbuilding. Bring a parent, spouse, or child and make the experience even more meaningful. Stay tuned–new children’s classes will be posted soon! And, as always, you can sign up for everything ONLINE! Oh how we love the technology revolution.

Come join us!

Be a Part of the Parade!

It is finally August (almost), although with the intense heat and lack of rain this summer you’d think it’s been August all along. Weather notwithstanding, time marches on and by the end of this month the beaches will be empty and classrooms full. So, you’ve got four weeks left to pack in those summer memories! Our first suggestion? Come and be a part of:

Brooklyn Centre’s Bicentennial Community Parade

~ Neighborhood on Wheels ~

August 12th, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Meet at Riverside Cemetery

Kids and adults of all ages are invited to take part! Join the parade on your bikes, wagons, skateboards, or roller blades and celebrate Brooklyn Centre’s 200 Years ofPioneers!

There is still time to register for these community workshops with Parade the Circle artist Wendy Mahon!

Friday August 3 from 6-8pm
Sat. August 4 from 10-12pm
Tuesday August 7 from 6-8pm
Wed. August 8 from 6:00-8:00

Call Art House to register! 216.398.8556 Come Decorate your Bicycle at Art House Friday, August 10th from 4-6PM (All materials and supplies will be provided for free!)

Check Your Inhibitions @ the Door

Things we know you love: music, dancing, fun, food, drinks, and art. So, grab your dancing shoes and join us for Art House’s Dance Party of the Year!

Saturday, June 23, 2012 7pm @ the Art House Studio 3119 Denison Ave. Cleveland, OH. 44109

Featuring Mr. Suit (aka DJ Total Business)
Enjoy Art House Dancing Stars * Libations * Dance Lessons * Photo Booth

Purchase tickets: $20 online/$25 at the door

Special thanks to Constantino’s Market, Dodd Camera, Kim’s Catering, and Mr. Suit aka DJ Total Business. See you at the party!

June @ Art House!

It’s already June! It seems like just yesterday we were snowblowing the driveway and hunting for lost mittens and now it’s sunscreen, bike rides, and the end of the school year. Have you planned your summer yet? Art House has a full line-up this season, starting the first week of June! We’ve got something for every age and budget. If you haven’t clicked on the classes tab on our website, just scroll down and peruse some of our offerings below.

Did you miss Miss Jane in May? Not to worry! Crafter, teacher, grandma and local treasure, Miss Jane, is coming back to Art House this month!  Story time, art projects and more for children 4-8 years. Parents can stay and play or drop off their children for the Saturday morning sessions.
June 9:  9:30 – 11:00 AM $8 a child

Summer Camps for ages 6-8 and 9-12
June 12,13,14: Under the Sea Adventures
June 19, 20, 21: Space Odyssey
June 26,27,28: Earth Explorers

In between all this “camping”, bring the family to our monthly open studio session! June 16 our theme will be “Butterflies and Birdfeeders” FREE

Looking for a Saturday class for the kids? Gina DeSantis’ wheel throwing class for 9-13 year-olds begins June 23rd.


Adult & Teen Classes
June 4: Session 1 of Gina DeSantis’ wheel throwing class BEGINS!
June 19: Handbuilding with Mark Yasenchack

Just for Grown-Ups
It’s not too early to sign up for the June session of Sippin’ in the Studio! Join Meri Ruble on Thursday, June 28th for an exercise in upcylcing! The latest trend in environmental crafting has actually been a practice of artists for a long time. Make it a ladies night out; come enjoy a glass of wine, catch up with friends and leave with a beautiful work of art!

And, stay tuned for more information about our upcoming summer benefit!

Urban Bright: Year-End Exhibition

It’s that time again! Art House Inc. is rounding out another year of our award winning Urban Bright Arts-in-Education program. Please join us as we celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the students of Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and our resident artists. Come and meet the artists and students, see their work, ask questions, and learn more!

Student and Community Reception 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Funder, teacher, and artist reception 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Anna Arnold – Maskmaking – Denison K-8
Kristen Cliffel – Ceramics – John Marshall High School
Melissa Daubert – Kinetic Sculpture – Denison K-8 and James Ford Rhodes High School
Kate Ward Terry – Printmaking – William Cullen Bryant School

Our unique Urban Bright program matches renowned Cleveland artists with students in area schools for a hands-on opportunity unlike any other. This ongoing relationship allows students to explore their creativity, develop critical thinking skills, and practice working in groups. For more about Urban Bright, click here. To see a list of our generous funders, click here and scroll down.

What Can I Do This Weekend?

I know what you’re thinking: “I went to the open studio session at Art House last Saturday, which was *awesome*” (or “I missed out, poor me”), “but what can I do this weekend?”

Well, lucky for you, Cleveland has got you covered! Tonight, take a break. You’ve worked hard all week and you deserve it. Besides, you’re going to have to rest up because you have a busy weekend ahead of you.

On Saturday, if you haven’t been already, stop by the gallery @ Zygote Press during their open studio hours to check out the fabulous I *Heart* Letterpress show. If you’re really lucky, some pieces will still be for sale.
Saturday night: put on your party shoes and head over to MOCA for the annual Aids Taskforce ArtCares Benefit! Drinks, music, food and live and silent auctions. Don’t have your ticket yet? You might be out of luck–this year’s event is officially sold out! BUT, if you check out the line-up of fantastic artists participating, this won’t be your only opportunity to score some of their work. (Like this piece right here: it was donated by our very own Kristen Cliffel!!)

Sleep in Sunday, you did have a late night, after all. And then get ready for a party Sunday night at the B-Side Lounge in Cleveland Heights. Join Lake Erie Ink from 5-7pm for food, drinks, music, and really incredible readings by some of Cleveland’s best local writers.

Coming up: Screw Factory Artists’ Spring Open Studio Sale May 5th from 12-7pm. Haven’t checked out these artists yet? This is a great opportunity to wander one of Cleveland’s coolest upcycled warehouses and get a sneak peek in to the creative spaces of so many artists. While you’re there, pop in and say “hi” to Art House celebrities Gina DeSantis and Kristen Cliffel!

And, of course, it’s not too late to sign up for our newly posted summer classes!

Summer Schedule, Summer Camp and More!

Woohoo!! Sun in the sky, buds on the trees, it can only mean one thing: it is time to sign the kids up for summer camp! Lucky for you, Art Lover, we’ve just released our new class schedule for summer and it is chock full of super fun stuff for kids of all ages. Want the highlights? Well, for one thing, you won’t have to wait for summer to start enjoying the art!

Saturday, April 21st: Our **FREE** monthly open studio session from 1-3 with ceramic ninja, Billy Ritter.

Saturday, May 12th: The FANTASTIC MISS JANE is coming to Art House!!! Haven’t met Miss Jane yet? Now’s the time. Children 4-8 are invited to join her from 9:30-11am for stories, art projects and more!

June Summer Camps: Kids can come and learn to throw clay on the wheel, or try out one of our themed camps exploring the sea, space, and earth through art!

Adult Classes: Not a kid? Jealous that they get to have all the fun? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There’s still time to to get in to Mark Yasechack’s Polymer Clay Jewelry workshop (with wine!) on Thursday, April 26th.  Also, be sure to check out our clay and oil pastel classes for adults and teens.

With all of this coming up, who’s going to have time for the pool? See you in the studio!

P.S. Don’t see your favorite class listed? Contact us so we can be sure to put it on the next schedule!

Meet Meri Ruble!

Greetings Art Lovers! As some of you may know, maintaining the heartbeat of a nonprofit organization (especially one associated with the arts and *especially* during an historic recession) takes a small village. Well, meet our newest villager! We are so fortunate to have the talented Meri Ruble on our team! She has recently been installed as our new Education Coordinator, which is no small task. Providing children with an exciting opportunity to experience art is what Art House is all about! Luckily, Meri is up for the challenge. She comes to us after five years of working with the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF), most recently serving as Program Coordinator and teaching artist in the Cleveland Metropolitan school district. Meri previously worked as a visiting artist with Art House’s Urban Bright Initiative. In addition to her current work with Art House Inc., Meri continues to teach 6th grade students at Clara Westropp School in Westpark and leads an afterschool class at the Broadway School of Music and the Arts in Slavic Village. Can you say “busy bee”?

Want to know more? schedule some educational programming? welcome Meri to the team? Head to our staff page and send her an email!



This has been a cray-zee winter in Cleveland, am I right? It’s hard to believe we’re already on the cusp of spring! Of course, this being good ol’ CLE, there is still plenty of time for snow (don’t tell my poor little daffodils) but I, for one, am happy to soak in every warm, spring-like day that we get.

And this month, NEO is serving up plenty of art-pertunities for all of us to soak in as well! Here at Art House Inc., the printmakers had their first printastic class last night: stay tuned for photos. Meanwhile, the ever popular Gina DeSantis is winding down the first session of her wheel throwing class. The second session is already FULL but, never fear! If you are interested in taking a wheel throwing class, call Art House and ask to be wait-listed. Enough interest just might generate whole new class! It’s not too early to sign up for the next Sippin’ in the Studio (March 29th) or the second session of Melinda Placko’s mixed media class (begins March 22nd). Or, why not go ahead and reserve a spot for the kids in one of the upcoming children’s weekend workshops (April 7th)?

work by Elizabeth Emery

What to do while you’re waiting for your next class to begin? Well…I would start by heading down to the Sculpture Center on E.123rd Street this Friday night for the opening of two shows: in-between and promise, it’ll only take a minute to stop. Take it easy Saturday morning but stop by Art House around 1pm for our monthly Family Open Studio–as always, it’s FREE!! And, I’ll break from tradition here and recommend a big fish for a change: Sunday, stop by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Like so much in Cleveland, our art museum is an underutilized gem. In addition to having one of the best permanent collections in the country, the Rembrandt exhibit now on display is stunning. See ya out there!

Old-ish News

Wondering what has Art House Inc. been up to lately? Well, I’ll tell you! Earlier this month, fabulous Cleveland artist Melinda Placko held an art event specifically for Neundorfer Corporation in Willoughby. Adults and kids had one hour to unleash their creative side, get to know each other better and experience art in a whole new way! This image is just a sample of the work they did (now adorning the kitchen walls at Neundorfer).

Didn’t know that Art House Inc. could design and implement an art event for your workplace, class, or group? Check out the Studio Go section of our website for more information. We can bring the program to you or host it in our studio. It’s a great way to thank employees or members of your organization, break the ice or build teamwork and trust while having a great time. Programs can be as short as one hour or run several days. We can build projects around a theme or in one specific medium, or create a range of activities to let the creativity flow. You tell us what you want and we guarantee an inspired solution. So, what are you waiting for?

Postcard Competition

Here’s a quick plug for our good friends over at SPACES Gallery: they are holding a postcard design competition! Open to ages 3+ (don’t tell them I said this but if you are 2 1/2 I would just fudge the application…you are practically 3), SPACES wants you to design a postcard for Cleveland. Anything Cleveland related is allowed: places, events, food, people, you name it, they want it. Head on over to their website for more information.

Give your drawing hand a rest this weekend, though, and saunter yourself and your family over to Zygote Press for a show by Noel Reifel and his students. Fellow Travelers opens this Friday night from 6-9pm. While you’re there, be sure to get Liz Maugans to give you a tour of the shop and ZPASS–their new resident artists loft upstairs!

Then on Saturday, catch CIA alum and instructor Christie Birchfield at William Busta Gallery on Prospect from 2-4pm (and then again at SPACES for an artist talk on March 1st).

On Sunday, stay in and get to work on those postcard designs–you only have until March 15th!! Happy art-ing :) And stay tuned for more from Arthouse Inc! We’ve got some great photos of artist Kate Ward Terry working with the fabulous students at William Cullen Bryant elementary school, as well as updates on our classes.

*FREE* Printmaking Open Studio!

Haven’t been to Art House Inc. in awhile? Never been to Art House? Now is the perfect time to come and check us out! The third Saturday of every month from 1-3pm we open our studio and invite everyone to stop in and make some art. We like to mix it up just a little (because that’s how we roll) so this month we’ll be featuring printmaking. The beauty in printmaking is it’s versatility and accessibility. We’ll show you how to incorporate found words and images as well as your own designs to make reproducible works of art. This is a great activity for the whole family.

While you’re there, check out the studio space and see what else we have on offer. Two of our ceramics classes are already in session but we have drawing & painting, teen, kids and (drum roll) PRINTMAKING classes coming up! See what you could be learning in that March class including some of the basics of linocut, monoprinting, contact paper silk screening, and freezer paper stencils. See you in the studio on February 18th!!

Your Weekend: Planned (you’re welcome)

Alright. You’ve picked up your copy of the CAN Journal (not yet? download here) and you are ready to plan an art-packed weekend because it might be 20 degrees out (-2 with wind chill) but this is Cleveland, baby, and this is how we roll! But, where to begin? Not to worry, Art House Inc. has got your back.

Thursday, January 19th: Tonight! Spaces Gallery is hosting a viewing of videos from The Vault (the walk-in safe that has been converted to their video screening room) from 6:30-8pm. $5 at the door, $2 if you can correctly answer cat trivia questions, or FREE for SPACES’ members. Click here for more info.

Friday, January 20th: Zygote Press opens “Collected Gems II: Zygote Members Collect”, a truly beautiful show of original prints collected by (and many created by) Zygote members. Reception from 6-9pm.
MOCA Cleveland opens “8501 to 11400 (On Moving)” to celebrate the last show in their old space before they move to their new location. Zygote’s own Corrie Slawson will be debuting an incredible installation directly on the glass wall inside the gallery–a first for MOCA!
The Sculpture Center opens a slew of new works by artists Lauren Yeager, Scott Stibich, and Linda Ding. Opening reception begins at 5pm with artist talks at 6:15 and 7pm.
78th Street Studios hosts their monthly Third Friday open studios from 5-9pm.

Saturday, January 21st: Take a break! You deserve it. Do a load of laundry, have a glass of wine and catch up on those Celebrity Wife Swap episodes you missed (I am not even going to link that, you are on your own there).

Sunday, January 22nd: the Dragonfly Restaurant and Lounge opens “upLIFT, an homage”, new works by artist Liz Maugans. Enjoy great food and great art from 5-7pm. The perfect way to round out the weekend in our fair city.

See you out there!

Because we CAN! (Get it?)

Fellow art lover, prepare to have your mind officially rocked. Today marks the release of the first Collective Arts Network Journal (CAN): a publication put forth by approximately 28+ local arts organizations. (Did you even know there were that many right here in our little neck of the woods?!) A tremendous amount of planning, organization, communication, and time took an innovative idea and turned it in to the new go-to resource for what is happening in our arts community. Right now, 10,000 of these babies are being distributed throughout the city. Pick one up, well, just about anywhere. And if your favorite coffee shop, library, independent movie theater, lunch spot, small business doesn’t have CAN in stock, ask for it!

Art House Inc is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful, rich, creative community! Want to learn more? Check out this blog post by one of CAN’s creators, Michael Gill.

Happy New Year!!

The tree’s on the lawn, the menorah candles extinguished, lights taken down, champagne drunk, and sweets foresworn for the next month, at least. Now the kids are back in school and it’s official: the crazy winter holiday season is over! If you are like me, your first reaction was to declare victory. I survived! The budget is still intact (and so is my waistline) and now I can relax and look forward to…the long, dull days of winter.

Any citizen of our fair city knows the key to keeping the winter blahs away is staying busy. And not in a shovel-the-driveway-make-sure-the-deicer-in-the-car-is-full way but in a it-might-be-horribly-gray-and-dark-out-but-I-refuse-to-let-it-crush-my-spirit-so-I-will-feed-my-soul kind of way. Let us help! Art House Inc. just posted a whole slew of fabulous classes to keep you happy and creative from now until spring. Whether it’s Sippin’ in the Studio with friends, Printmaking or Painting with the spouse, or something for the kids, you will stay blissfully engaged until one day you look up and it’s spring! This works! I promise. 😉 See you in class.

Happy Holidays from Us to You!

Here we are. Gifts have been wrapped, cocoa drunk, parties attended and copious amounts of sugar consumed. Ok, so maybe not every part of the holiday season is as altruistic as we sometimes like to think it is. But, no matter how you feel about certain aspects of this time of year, it’s hard not to feel a little warm and fuzzy inside as the weather rages outside. The dark cold days of winter and the impending end of another year leave me feeling grateful and sentimental every time. With all of the ancillary stress that inevitably comes with the holidays: family, presents, budget, traffic, calories, family, family…it can be hard to take time out and enjoy a respite from the everyday. So here’s our wish for you. We hope that at some point in the next few days, you find yourself in the company of those you love, warm, fed and content. With time to reflect on the year past and optimism for the future but firmly grounded in the here and now, at least for a day or two. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Give the Gift of Art (House)

So, here we are, in the heart of the season of giving and…you’re stumped. What gift could possibly convey how you feel to friends and loved ones?

Socks seem understated. Coffee mugs are cliche. Books are difficult because you don’t know what they’ve already read. Art is hard because you’re not sure what they like. And you can just forget about that sweater and tie combo right now. Then there are all of the practical concerns: budget, of course, is a factor. But what about recycled? Fair Trade? Local? Handmade? Agh! It’s enough to send you straight to the mall…except that’s even worse (what size? what color? can they return it? do you giftwrap? is this where the line begins? seriously?!)

Do not despair! The perfect solution to the gift-giving quandary is to give an experience. You don’t have to worry about size or color or waiting in line at the Banana Republic for three hours of your life on a Saturday afternoon while munching on more Auntie Anne’s pretzels than you ever thought you could consume in one sitting (or, standing, as the case may be.) And the lucky recipient need not be left with some thing that needs storing or cleaning or shelf space. Art House Inc. is the perfect holiday present! Give the gift of a class, a workshop, an art-filled date night or girls evening out. Budget friendly, buying local, and always the perfect size. Happy Holidays!


Thank you to everyone who came out for Art House Revealed, our annual fundraiser, last Friday night!! Music, food, fantastic art and terrific company made for a wonderful evening. The lovely and talented Morgan Minch set the mood with beautiful harp music. And who knew a clay studio could clean up so well? Art House staff and interns did a great job of transforming a working studio space in to a winter wonderland for the evening.

A number of guests, including a representative from the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists and artist Kristen Cliffel, were invited to speak about the impact the Art House Inc. has had on the community. Personally, the best part of the evening came when I was lucky enough to walk away with one of two Dana Depew pieces that were up for auction! If you missed out, you don’t have to wait until next year to come and see us! Stay tuned for more updates, including details on the upcoming holiday clay workshop with Mark Yasenchak.

A Little About Art House Inc.

I thought it might be time to talk a little bit about who we are and why we are worth supporting. Northeast Ohio is extremely fortunate to have tremendous support for the arts. We have the cultural infrastructure (Severance Hall, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Museum of Art) of some of the best cities in the world. But, also a wealth of grassroots efforts (Zygote Press, Dobama Theater, Art House Inc.) throughout the region that have sprung up through the efforts of communities and artists who saw a need and wanted to meet it. So, why support us, specifically?

In this difficult economic time, funding for the arts has been cut dramatically. All nonprofits are hurting, as are many individuals. Unfortunately, this is when we need the arts more than ever. Creativity and exploration are a gateway to economic development. Not only are they safe places to invent, try, fail and invent again, but they encourage us to ask questions and start thinking bigger. We need critical thinkers now and, more importantly, for the next generation.

Art House Inc., through its Urban Bright Initiative and free Family Open Studio sessions, offers a unique environment and the materials to foster the kind of creativity that many would not otherwise have access to. Art programs do not aim to make artists of us all but, rather, to help us realize our potential everywhere. Please help us as we aim to meet the needs of an ever changing and growing community. Thank you!! Go to our homepage to donate now. Or buy a ticket to our annual fundraiser, come check out our facility and learn more!

Holiday to do List

Ceramic art by Yumiko Goto

Now that the turkey is gone, number one on many people’s to do list: shopping. I know, I know. We all face the same dilemma: how to get the perfect gift, not spend too much money and get out of the mall alive. My quick and easy solution to all three? Shop local + handcrafted! Not only will you be giving your friends and loved ones one-of-a-kind gifts they will treasure, you will be supporting the local economy and the shopping experience is pleasant rather than nerve wracking.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you (dear reader) about the wealth of artistic talent and skill we have here in Northeastern Ohio. This coming weekend, many of Cleveland’s best artists will open their studios and galleries to holiday shoppers looking for a more satisfying experience. So, without further ado, here is the weekend itinerary!

Earrings by Aviron Jewelry

Friday night: Start the weekend off right with the Art House Revealed! Benefit. Come enjoy music, wine and snacks and the opportunity to bid on fantastic works of art. Tickets still available! Other places to check out? Terra Vista Studios will be holding their 12th annual holiday sale featuring 20+ local artists (all weekend). In the same building, if you are there on Saturday, be sure to stop in Zygote Press; get a tour of the studio and buy art right off the walls! Just up the road, the Art Craft Building will be hosting it’s 24th annual open studio and guest artist holiday sale as will it’s sister building Tower Press at 1900 Superior Avenue. Ample parking, music, and good cheer as well as a variety of items guaranteed to meet all of your holiday shopping needs (from holiday cards to fine jewelry). Hope to see you there!

Anna Arnold: Revisited

Just a teensy-weensy break from introducing artists to brag about someone we’ve already talked about. Check out some of these photos from Anna Arnold! Maybe you’ve already seen her beautiful new work but, if not, take a drive down Buckeye Road and check out some of the concrete trash containers that she has greatly improved. A little eye candy for Clevelanders as we get ready for that long, gray winter ahead of us. Thanks, Anna!

Meet Artist: Kristen Cliffel

The super fun and funky Kristen Cliffel is a ceramic sculptor living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1990 with a BFA in Ceramics. Kristen is in many public and private collections in the area including, University Hospitals, Metro General Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Hahn, Loeser and Parks LLP. Kristen has completed Residencies at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and the Kohler Company in Wisconsin. She has received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, has been a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Nominee. She is represented by The William Busta Gallery in Cleveland and the Sherrie Gallery in Columbus. She continues to show her sculpture widely across the United States. Kristen is the mother of two, the wife of one and the baker of many cupcakes and sweet treats.

No telling what Kristen’s planning for her “house” but it’ll be very cool, guaranteed! Tickets are still available…(hint, hint)

Meet Artist: Jen Craun

Jen Craun is a Cleveland-based printmaker and maker of Artist Books.

She is currently the Associate Director of Zygote Press, Inc. Craun teaches part time in the Printmaking Department for the Cleveland Institute of Art, including the Artist Book courses. She also teaches printmaking as an artist resident for Progressive Arts Alliance — a Cleveland-based non-profit that partners artists with classrooms of the Cleveland Public Schools. She currently lives and makes her work in Cleveland with her husband and two children.

Ok, so maybe I’m partial because I’m a printmaker, too. But Jen’s work is some of my all-time favorite Cleveland-local art. I look for her prints every year at the HeightsArts holiday shop (ahem, going on now!) and am always thrilled to see what she’s come up with. Her creativity and spontaneity as an artist is inspiring. I’m very excited to see the “house” she’s brought in for Arthouse Revealed! Is it me, or are we really super lucky to live in such a culturally rich town? Yeah, I feel feel lucky.

Meet Artist: Rachel Harbert

Rachel Eve Harbert is a local Cleveland artist.  She works in the areas of painting, murals, multimedia, photography, found art, and sculpture. Rachel recently graduated from Cleveland State University.  Along with her husband, she is also part of Eve And Steven Harbert Designs.  They offer illustration, murals, and fine art. A prevalent theme in her works is a subtle element of unpredictability.  God is her favorite artist and sunsets are her favorite works.

Like so many of our artists, Rachel works in a variety of media and it’s so exciting to see the wide range her creative proficiency produces. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Arthouse Revealed and you should be a little curious, too! (You are, aren’t you? Yeah, I thought so.)

Meet Artist: Beth Whalley

Ok, back to discussing some of the really fantastic artists we’re so fortunate to have participating in Art House Revealed this year.

Beth Whalley is a life-long northeast Ohioan and proprietor of Proximity gallery in Cleveland’s St. Clair – Superior neighborhood (if you haven’t been yet, go! Beth has done a tremendous job with this space and has curated some really inspiring shows). Her two and three-dimensional work is heavily influenced by local wildlife, architecture, and landscape laced with pattern and repetition. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is a member of the Guild of Nature Artists, an associated society of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Beth lives in Cleveland with her business partner/better half, an “odd couple” of cats, and a college-educated canine.

So, what kind of “house” is Beth bringing to the benefit on December 2nd? Hmmm. Only time will tell. But get your ticket and join us there and you might just be the lucky bidder bringing it home! (Get it? Home. I know, right? Hilarious!!…I do promise no lame jokes at the benefit, really.)

Paint Your Own Holiday Wine Glasses

Okay, taking a teensy weensy break from introducing our artists (not to worry, upcoming posts with be chock-a-block with artist photos and info) just to bring you breaking news: the next Sippin’ in the Studio class is scheduled, posted and ready to roll! Taught by the FABULOUS Melinda Placko, the upcoming workshop is both timely and theme-related: wine glass painting! From 7-9pm, Thursday November 17th, create a beautiful and useful work of art that you will be able to enjoy for years to come. These are so fun to create and make wonderful gifts (that is, if you can stand to part with them). A super date night with the significant other or something fun to do with girlfriends before the craziness of the holiday season takes over. And this isn’t your standard craft-night fare: “Greek vases, Japanese ink painting, and contemporary graffiti serve as inspiration as we design a painting in the round. Sketch on paper then adorn a special wine glass with washable enamel paints!” Click here to go straight to our website and add this little goody to your cart!

Meet Artist: Mark Yasenchak

Cleveland artist and instructor Mark Yasenchak is perhaps best know for his ceramic art, though he works in a variety of media, from encaustic wax to music and poetry. Mark studied Biology at Baldwin-Wallace college before taking his first ceramics class in his senior year. His glazed, wheelthown pieces soon evolved in to handbuilt vessels with glazed detail as he explored the relationship between form and texture. He is currently combining his love of prose with elements of texture as he works with encaustic wax and found text to create collage pieces.

Looking at some of Mark’s vessels, you might think you already know what he’s got in store for the Art House Revealed Benefit Art Sale but don’t be too sure! The broad scope of Mark’s expertise leaves the question wide open. If you want to find out, click here!


Meet Artist: Anne Kibbe

Anne printing with fellow Arthouse Revealed artist, Claudio Orso at the Morgan Conservatory

Anne Van Metre Kibbe is a printmaker, artist and educator. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland then moved to Cleveland, OH to attend Case Western Reserve University where she received a BA in Art History and Sociology.  Afterwards, she attended Cleveland Institute of Art and received a BFA in Printmaking.  Her studio is at the printmaking cooperative, Zygote Fine Art Press.  Her work has shown widely at various Cleveland venues as well as in Spencertown, New York.   Her work is part of the permanent collections of Progressive Insurance and Western Reserve Academy and several private collections. Look for her “house” at the Arthouse Revealed benefit on December 2, 2011!

Meet Artist: Gina Desantis

If you’ve been following our blog, checked out our new website or looked for us on Facebook, you already know that we are gearing up for our next big event: ArtHouse Revealed! Our annual fundraiser promises to be a fun filled evening of music, food and great art. If you haven’t been before, it’s a wonderful opportunity to come and check out our studio space as well as bid on beautiful works from some of Cleveland’s most talented artists! Leading up to the event, we’ll be featuring a sneak peak at some of these artists to whet that donating appetite. Curious?

We wanted to start by introducing well known local ceramic artist and ArtHouse instructor: Gina Desantis. Gina earned her BA in 2002 from Cleveland State and graduated with an MFA from Kent State in 2006. She works primarily in white stoneware clay to make beautiful, functional wares both on the wheel and using handbuilding techniques. Through the use of sustainable materials and employment of organic imagery, Gina articulates her connection with the earth and her environment with gorgeous results.

For more on Gina and her work, click here. To see the piece submitted for ArtHouse Revealed, you’ll have to come and see for yourself! You can buy tickets here. See you there…


Save the Date!

Art House Revealed: Art Sale and Benefit Party
Drinks, music and, of course, fabulous art guarantee a fantastic evening of celebration on December 2, 2011 from 7pm-10pm in the Art House Studio. For more information, check out the Coming Events section of our website or click here. Don’t wait to pay at the door! Buy your tickets online now and mark your calendars for a fun and festive evening, all in support of one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working nonprofits. See you there!!

Next Sippin’ in the Studio: Printmaking

If you haven’t heard, Sippin’ in the Studio is one of the newest programs here at Art House and we are so excited! Brainchild of Program Coordinator Stephanie Kluk, the Sippin’ series is a new take on art class for grown-ups. Each class is sold separately so you can sign up for one class or all of them. A different guest artist is invited to share his/her expertise with an adults-only hands-on instruction class. Art House provides all art materials and wine to make it a truly relaxing night out with friends. We are thrilled to announce that our next session will be printmaking, with artist Kate Ward Terry! Reserve your space now for October 27th, 7-9pm. Hope to see you there :)

Meet Artist Anna Arnold

Cleveland artist Anna Arnold is a dynamic instructor who has taught adults and children through programs at galleries, universities, schools and museums. We are thrilled to partner with her for the first time! As part of our Urban Bright Arts-in-Education program, she will be teaching a 10 week painting residency at Denison Elementary for 7th and 8th grade students starting in mid-September. Anna received a  BFA in drawing and video from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1983. Since then, she has gone on to create a prolific body of work in a range of media, even venturing in to ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. Her exhaustive client list includes such Cleveland institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art and Friends of Harmony Park, as well as prominent corporations like Verizon Wireless and Progressive Insurance, among others. We can’t wait to post photos from the residency!!

Urban Bright Turns 10!!

Starting in September, Urban Bright Arts-in-Education will be entering its 10th year of providing artists residencies to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District! To learn more about this award winning program, click on the URBAN BRIGHT tab above, or click here.


Wine Benefit at Visible Voice

A big THANK YOU to Visible Voice Books in Tremont and everyone who came out to support us last Friday night when we held our Wine Tasting Benefit for Art House!! The weather was wonderful and we had a really great time. If you haven’t yet, please go and check out the fantastic artwork of Anne Kibbe, Kate Ward Terry, and Malinda Placko, now hanging at Visible Voice through the end of the month. It is a really beautiful show. And, it’s not too late to donate! If you would like to become a part of Art House, go to our website and head to the “donate” section.
And stay tuned! We are gearing up for fall which means a whole new schedule of art classes taught by some of Cleveland’s best artists and another year of our Urban Bright Initiative.