Art House contracts with a wide variety of artists specializing in varying media. We are proud to have some of the best printmakers, ceramicists and mixed-media artists in Cleveland! All of the artists working with Art House have a high level of training and bring a wealth of teaching experience.
A few years ago, Oliver was aspiring to be a medical illustrator, until printmaking stole its glory. However, the detailed physical structures that she drew while studying medical illustration resonate in her work today. The hair, which is a recurring theme in hery work, was inspired by muscle fibers. The idea, like so many of Oliver's, came from doodling in her sketch book. The events that were happening in her life at the time along with aspects from her past obsession with medical illustration then came together as one full idea. Oliver processes the stories of myth and fairy tales into meditative acts of detail that lend themselves to the eventual reversion back to memories of her childhood. These memories traverse the line between reality and surrealistic imagery. By mixing the repetition of line in with her interpretation of childhood fairy tales and dreams, her mind then wanders into new ideas. The idea of being weak, no matter how much strength one has, comes into play with so many of her pieces. “Dream House” depicts the mind's eye of past dream experiences. Hallways filled with mostly shut doors, animals that help direct the journey, and her Victorian home are all things that repeat themselves in her dreams, having significant meaning. The overall architecture of her work is indicative of her gallery openings. Oliver wants the viewer to feel as though they are part of the work. To accomplish this, she creates interactive work -- such as life-sized paper dolls and puppets -- that are intended for the public to handle. By giving viewers physical or mental gallery-show favors, Oliver breaks down the barriers of what traditional gallery art is thought to be, making it in-discriminatory, interactive, and most importantly, fun.
Jamie Ausperk is a ceramic artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she graduated in 2016. Since her graduation, she has been focusing on gaining experience as an art educator, and exhibiting her work in galleries throughout Ohio. She received the Guy Cowan Pottery Association scholarship for excellence in ceramics in 2014, and presented her work at their annual symposium. Jamie has worked as a technical assistant in the ceramics department and the wood shop at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she learned studio maintenance, kiln building, and workshop safety. She has also worked as an intern at Lauren HB Studios, where she learned slip casting and studio management skills. Jamie possesses skills in ceramics including throwing, hand building, slip casting, clay and glaze making, and kiln firing and building. She also possesses skills in woodworking beneficial to building studio furniture and conducting repairs. She is also one of Art House’s ceramic lab techs.
Augusto C. Bordelois graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He has also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theater and cinema, classical drawing and painting. His visual artwork has been awarded much recognition in Cuba as well as competitions in the United States. He has participated in more than 120 national and international group shows and 27 solo exhibitions. Some of his works are in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England and Norway. Augusto’s literary works have been published in magazines such as Kastello, and Hojas Literarias (Spain). He has also written and illustrated short stories for children and teacher activities’ guides. He was the founder and main teacher of “Taller de Niños” (Children’s Studio) at 23 & 12 Art Centerin Havana, and also the co-founder of the multimedia marketing company “2 Pasos.” He co-founded and co-directed “Proyecto Horizontal”, a partnership of 65 Cuban artists, in which capacity he was invited to curate and present a group show at Cleveland State University 1999. Augusto has participated as a costume and float designer at different carnivals in Cuba and also at Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He has assisted in landscape designs of public spaces, coordinated community art programs and created many public art pieces across Ohio. Currently, he owns and directs Augusto Fine Art Studio and Art Center in Berea, Ohio.
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.
Artist Melissa Daubert earned a BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art & Design. After graduation Daubert was invited to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa where she taught metalworking in rural Zimbabwe. After the Peace Corps, Daubert went on to design and fabricate a number of exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005 Daubert established Interactive Works of Art, a sole proprietorship through which she creates work locally, regionally and nationally for museums, hospitals, theaters, galleries, public spaces, private institutions and individual collections. Her work is sought after by places of healing and educating and can be found at places like Playhouse Square (Cleveland, OH); The Gathering Place (Beachwood, Ohio); Phoenix Center (Elyria, Ohio); Strong National Museum of Play (Rochester, New York); Health Works! Kids Museum (South Bend, Indiana); Arkansas Museum of Science (Little Rock, Arkansas); Akron Museum of Art and Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, Ohio). Daubert has been a featured artist at Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival of Art & Technology and currently serves on the board for the Ingenuity Festival. She is a Seth Rosenberg Award Winner, a COSE Arts Business and Innovation Awards finalist and a National Arts Program Award recipient.
Chris Dodson is a ceramic artist with a BFA in Ceramics from Ohio State University. Chris moved to Old Brooklyn and began working as the Ceramic Lab Tech for Art House, where he manages the clay studio and teaches classes.
One of Ohio’s premier stained glass artist, Sheree Ferrato is the owner of Verite Glass, Inc. in Avon, Ohio. After having worked with glass for 19 years, she opened Verite’ -- meaning "truth" -- in 1993. Her studio offers clients and students a glimpse into her work and the opportunity to learn about glass through her classes. While art is her passion, art education is her focus. Sheree has been teaching for 19 years, most recently with Young Audiences, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “help make the arts an essential part of young people’s education.” Sheree also teaches at many local school districts within their art and science programs. Besides her studio collection, Sheree’s artwork is seen throughout the community with her donated pieces to the Avon Library, Ireland Cancer Center in Lorain, North Ridgeville Library, the South Lorain Library, as well as Parma General Hospital among others. Sheree’s credentials are extensive, covering a 39 year career. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, attended seminars in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She apprenticed for 4 years under renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata in San Francisco. She has used these experiences and knowledge to develop her amazing work and in helping people enjoy art as much as she does.
Alexis Hedderson is an artist and art educator. Over the past five years Alexis has taught art to preschool students at Laurel School. She developed art experiences for 3 and 4 year olds including printmaking, screen printing, collage, painting and collaborative projects. She also initiated a yoga class for 3-5 year olds and created her own yoga curriculum. Alexis managed Literary Lots, a free, community literary and art camp. The goal of the camp was to bring children’s books to life in open, underutilized space in Cleveland. She currently teaches at Urban Community School and Art House. In her spare time she enjoys reading, making her own art, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Originally from Trinidad, Wendy Mahon is a festival artist who has worked extensively on Cleveland Museum of Art projects, including the annual Parade the Circle Celebration and “I Madonnari” Chalk Festival. She has presented numerous workshops to both adults and children at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Hiram College. Wendy received her B.A. in Scientific Illustration from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Katie McDermott is a Cleveland-based ceramicist and art educator. Over the past 4 years, she has worked with underprivileged and homeless youth, and in non-profit education sectors in both Oregon and Ohio. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University.
Claudio Orso is a printmaker and ceramic sculptor from Turin, Italy, and he has been living in Ohio for sixteen years. He has exhibited across the US and in Europe, and was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 2004. Zygote Press has been his artistic home in Ohio, and he has worked there as contract printer and assistant with visiting artists from early on. Early participant to a state-sponsored Reggio Emilia pedagogy study group, he applied this approach to art teaching in a very wide range of audiences and academic levels, and maintains to date a strong commitment to art practice as a service for the community. Past experiences include ArtZreach, a project of art practice and education for teens at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home, and the Oberlin Big Parade, an all-town event in May featuring a procession of home-made floats and acts from community groups. Orso worked as on-site visiting artist with several organizations in Cleveland, and has been the first resident at the Morgan Conservatory and Art of Papermaking, where he is still a traveling instructor. In 2010 he was hired by Oberlin College as managing director for the Apollo Outreach Initiative, a project of media literacy and practice involving college students mentoring public school pupils in narrative and documentary productions. In the past years he has also designed and built both giant and small puppets for an opera staged by the Oberlin Conservatory orchestra. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Melinda Placko earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus in public and collaborative art. She has taught art for over seven years through the Cleveland and Akron Art Museums, Youthbuild Holyoke, and Beck Center for the Arts. A working artist and co-founder of Melk Truk Studio, she creates mixed media drawings on a variety of surfaces such as paper, sidewalks, lawns, parking lots, walls and walkways.
Jude Strandquist discovered his love for art when he was a young child growing up in Washington, DC. Art has taken him to many exciting places since then. Jude studied animation and illustration at universities in the UK and Norway and interned with the Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon in Ireland. Jude is happy to be back home in the States again, sharing what he loves best.
Susie Underwood is a multimedia, installation and performance artist with 10 years of experience as an art museum educator and teaching artist. Her work is often participatory, allowing others in the community to engage creatively. For performances, she will concoct wacky characters, such as a game show host or lounge singer from outer space. Humor is key, and she loves to bring this into her workshops, to create a fun and playful atmosphere.
Julia Van Wagenen is a freelance photographer and art educator from Cleveland. She attended Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, where she majored in Photojournalism. Julia teaches visual and media arts to people of all ages and backgrounds, from preschool-aged children to adults with developmental disabilities. Julia is most passionate about working with innercity youth on community-based projects. Last year, Julia worked with youth at Fairview Park in Ohio City to create a cyanotype mural which now beautifies Vine Court, an alley in Ohio City. In 2013 and 2014, Julia developed journalism projects to create a school newspaper at Lincoln West High School.
Gina Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated with an MFA in Photography from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Washington considers herself “a child of the Universe” and have traveled to many places collecting images and connecting artists. She has exhibited her work nationally and has won awards for portraiture as she creates art “by any means necessary”. As a master collaborator, she co-created an exhibition at the Ingenuity Fest Cleveland in 2010 that showcased poetry, storytelling, music and visual arts. As a teacher, she travels to many different spaces connecting children to a myriad of artists and mediums. Gina’s photography is currently on view at the Governor's residence and she has been commissioned by the Massillon Museum, along with nine other artists, to create a piece for their 2016 Readapt show. Her goal as an artist is to bring clarity and solutions to the chaos around us and to make art accessible to all people, especially the disenfranchised in this global community.
Peggy J. Wertheim is an artist specializing in batik, silk painting, marbleizing and surface design on fabrics. Ms. Wertheim’s fascination and inquisitiveness with the art of batik, color and fibers is reflected in each work of art which she creates. The subjects of her work reveal a balance between her interests in nature themes combined with Far East cultures and philosophies. Throughout her career, Ms. Wertheim has exhibited throughout the Eastern United States in hundreds of juried and invitational shows and galleries. Simultaneously, she has offered Surface Design workshops, seminars and lectured extensively. Her teaching includes adult studio workshops, professional development courses and artist-in-residence programs for K-12 students.
Clay captured Mark Yasenchack’s imagination when he was 6 years old. Fascinated by the grey oil-based modelling clay that never dries out, he built buildings with miniature people, spaceships with miniature aliens, or sharks eating miniature scuba divers. Later, referring to the clear overlapping pages of an encyclopedia, he made cadavers complete with organs (floating them in a vinegar and baking soda froth). He is grateful for the influence of his Aunt Dee, a creative do-it-yourself teacher/artist, and grandfather Pete, a work-aholic who could do anything. Of course he rebelled against all of it, frustrated by Dee’s perfectionism and Pete who had little time for anything but work. But with the realization that the work he does differs very little from the work they did; crafting things for people and wanting the work to be excellent like Dee and finding the same peacefulness in working as Pete did, he now recognizes their creative energy in all he does. At Baldwin-Wallace College, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and started his career as a ceramic artist in his senior year, taking his first ceramics course with David Williamson. Focusing on glazed wheel-thrown shapes which gradually evolved into hand-built vessels with small details of glaze he started his pursuit of form and texture. Currently he is intrigued with new materials and subjects and seeks the challenge of mastering new materials and grappling with emotional content and prose in his collage and encaustics. The ability to overlap images, thereby linking them visually and relating their meanings is compelling. Working with words and text fragments from old books, he addresses some of the more personal themes and ideas he has had a need to express.
Owner of Prosperity Jewelry,, Cat Zurchin has been creating glazed ceramic and fired glass jewelry for department stores and specialty boutiques since 1989. Laura Bosse and Cat Zurchin founded their business on the simple premise that quality design and hand-made craftsmanship make good fashion sense. They began making jewelry together over 20 years ago. Today, Cat hosts classes at Art House specializing in glass jewelry and fused glass.