Enjoy artwork, demos and artists reception at Porter Library

"Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame," a photograph by Neil Doren, is one of the works on display in the COFA exhibit at Porter Library.

Almost half of the 52 artists, whose works have been accepted and are on display at the 18th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show, are new entrants. COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays 107 works in this year's event, which opened July 30 and continues through Aug. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours.

COFA is a valued showcase of art, drawing amateur and professional artists, whose works are accepted for judging and display. Accepted works were judged in two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Photography and Mixed Media. Recipients of first and second place in each division and category receive cash awards and honorable mention recipients are given gift certificates.

Two live art demonstrations will be given in the lobby of Porter Library by artists whose works are on display in the COFA show. Phyllis Barrett will demonstrate oil painting Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to nooon, and Ken Marshal will demonstrate watercolor on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to noon. The public is also invited to a Meet the Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Judges for the 2017 show are Stuart Pearl, Victoria Wagner and Cathy Welner.

Pearl, who grew up in a dynamic and creative environment surrounded by paintings of a bustling and vibrant city, is a Cleveland artist who has enthusiastically pursued photography since 1969. Pearl’s strong connection to his hometown translates into his photographs of Cleveland’s skyline and industry. His work has been exhibited at the Erie, Zanesville and Butler museums as well as FAVA and Dayton’s Rosewood Gallery. He received “Best In Show” in the 2008 Butler Midyear Exhibit and his work has been included in publications of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Pearl serves on the Board of Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and had exhibitions at Butler, the Metroparks and Intown Club.

Wagner, who has painted for over 50 years in several mediums including pastel, watercolor, acrylics and oils, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and has attended Oil Painters of America (OPA) workshops in New Mexico, Colorado and New York, including two with OPA Master Painter Ron Riddick. She currently teaches classes at the Valley Arts Center in Chagrin Falls. The Oil Painters of America displayed Wagner’s work in two national competitions where they were awarded Best of Show and other honors in Ohio.

Welner has been teaching watercolor since 1975 and is a member of the faculty of continuing education at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has taught workshops nationally and internationally, including a workshop on Lake Como, Italy. Welner’s work is featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio. This Syracuse, New York, native, who now resides in Richfield, Ohio, received a degree in education from the State University of New York at Cortland.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council continues to fulfill its mission by providing programs to enhance and broaden cultural life in the community through awareness, education and involvement. With the cooperation of Porter Library, the Community of Fine Arts is free and open to all.



Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:28 AM, 08.01.2017