Fall Inspiration and News

October 2017

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets

Fall in Ohio is here and I’m enjoying the skies and waiting for the full colors of autumn. This morning I took a morning walk and caught the sunrise and its reflection in my neighbor’s pond.

I’m inspired, aren’t you?       “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso

What’s new in my world?  My year plus of treatments and appointments is over for breast cancer! I’m feeling strong and have energy and an abundance of curly dark hair which is a switch for me. I’m still eating clean and exercising and working on art again-although I never really stopped, I did slow down quite a bit.

Exciting news! I’m a guest artist at Gallery Plus in the West 78th Street Studios  (http://www.78thstreetstudios.com/) on the West Side of Cleveland. Come see me and my artwork on the Third Fridays of October (20th) and November (17th). There are many galleries open and so much to see! It’s an honor for me to have a guest wall of art!

Where else can you see my art?  I am in a “Cleveland Show” with several other artists at the Avon Lake Public Library through November 2nd. The address is 32649 Electric Blvd Avon Lake OH. Their website is http://alpl.org/ to check on the hours they are open. The library is amazing, the lake is nearby and there are many areas to stop and enjoy the view. Check out the show!

You can always view my art at Stella’s Art Gallery in the Match Works Building in Mentor Ohio. It’s a wonderful location to visit and there is a new restaurant in the same building. We have over 30 local artists with a variety of styles and many different mediums.  If you haven’t yet seen the spot of New Day Cleveland you can still view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkChAlMOokI&feature=youtu.be

Keep Stella’s Art Gallery on your list of things to see in the Cleveland area.  http://www.stellasartgallery.com/  There are new events all the time and new artwork to see.

Also, Moonstruck CLE in Little Italy, Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, BAYarts in Bay Village and Gravel Pit in Fairport Harbor carry some of my work.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

I enjoyed experimenting with these two pieces!

I’ll leave you with this quote, every one of us can do some good, can be kind to another person, can help someone in need, can offer a smile to one who is discouraged.  Even small gestures can make a change. Try it, it might become contagious!

“I cannot do all the good the world needs but the world needs all the good I can do.” Jana Stanfield

 

Art News from Julie

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.” Maya Angelou

It’s been a while since I’ve posted new information so here is a listing:

   

For those in the Akron Ohio area, I was invited to be in a summer show at The Log Cabin Gallery in Peninsula.  Most of my art there is landscapes and brightly painted “florals”. You can also buy prints, cards, and my coasters. The show is a combination of many artists and it’s well worth your time to go visit. There is lots of garden art and other unique pieces too.It’s open Fri-Sun 11-5 on the weekends till July 23rdhttp://thelogcabingallery.com/

It’s More than Black and White
Scarlet Leather

Other art news

The 8th annual May Show at Lakeland Community College is on until July 14th. If you are quick you can visit the Gallery at Lakeland Community College, the college is located off Rt. 306.  Two of my abstracts were selected to be in this juried show. It certainly was a great honor to be in this art show!  My paintings “Scarlet Leather” and “I Am Not Alone” were accepted. My painting “It’s More than Black and White” was accepted into the Fairmount Center for the Arts Annual Art show as well.

I am getting 30 or so paintings ready to be hung on display at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy office in Moreland Hills. Those paintings will be up from mid-July through September. It’s an amazing building that you are free to walk through during their open hours. It’s a great drive down River Road to get there and while you are there you can visit some of Cleveland’s wonderful Metroparks. The Land Conservancy building is across from the polo fields. http://www.wrlandconservancy.org/ for times and location.

You can always view my art at Stella’s Art Gallery in the Match Works Building in Mentor Ohio. It’s a wonderful location to visit and there is a new restaurant in the same building. We have over 30 local artists with a variety of styles and many different mediums.  Stella’s Arts was on New Day Cleveland. Here is the link to watch the TV spot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkChAlMOokI&feature=youtu.be   

Keep Stella’s Art Gallery on your list of things to see in the Cleveland area.  http://www.stellasartgallery.com/

On a more personal note:

My hair is soft, thick, darker and curly! Although I’m feeling much better now that chemotherapy is over, I feel that some of my creativity, as well as my focus ability, has changed somewhat. During this time, I have worked on my art, but because of either energy levels and lack of feeling inspired or whatever you want to call it, I have been experimenting with different methods and styles. It’s been a learning experience, but not without many frustrations. My treatment is still going on but should be over by the end of summer. I admit that this medical situation has put me behind in many areas of my life and I have a way to go to get back on track. I have not been alone in this journey, God has been there every step-even when I haven’t realized it, for that I am thankful.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

The 3M’s

MMM….

Mural

Me with the “thumbnail” painting sitting inside the owl enclosure.

Last month I was asked if I could paint a mural for an owl enclosure in the nature classrooms at the wildlife center in one of our local parks. They were renovating the classroom to have new exhibits and my job was to paint the walls where the little Saw Whet Owl would live. My job was to give the owl’s new home the feel of an Eastern Hemlock forest. My part is done and it was a lot of fun. Hopefully, the rest of the exhibit will be finished soon and open to the public, I can’t wait to see how the owl likes her new home.

 

 

 

 Move In

 Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Life’s Little Instructions

I have been part of a group of artists for several years called Stella’s Art Gallery. The owners of Stella’s Art Gallery have had a vision and dream of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in Lake County for several years (we were only on-line and in special shows before).  Their dream is becoming a reality on March 31st!  And I get to be there!

The exterior of the historic Matchworks Building in Mentor

 

The gallery is in the historic Matchworks Building in Mentor-Station Street right off Rt. 615. There is quite an excitement and buzz and flurry of activity happening in these last couple weeks as we get ready for the grand opening and show called “Incipience”. Come on out and see us either opening night or sometime soon. Check the link for more info on hours. http://www.stellasartgallery.com/

Looking into the gallery- we still have some work to do!

 

 

“When you have a dream you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

 More Art

In the South Euclid area? I have paintings up till March 30th in the Coffee Phix. This is a locally owned coffee shop that has a neighborhood feel to it! Stop in?  http://www.coffeephixcafe.com/  I also have thirty pieces of art in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland at 3630 Fairmount Blvd. in Shaker Heights, OH  44118. Contact the church office if you’d like to view the art.http://www.firstbaptistcleveland.org/ (art is up through April for sure)

I’m excited about the five paintings that will be hung in the infusion center of a hospital in Cuyahoga Falls next month. I hope that my art brings the patients peace, joy and hope during their time they are getting their treatments. I certainly can relate to what they face. I’ll try and post photos in the next blog.

An FYI– I’m feeling good and getting my energy back and my hair is growing, slow but steady! It’s also a different color.

This is “Calling Me” and is the painting that was accepted into the “Evolving Landscapes” show at Summit Artspace in Akron OH.

 

 

I still have treatments but they aren’t exactly considered “chemotherapy” but I get infusions every three weeks. The side effects are minimal compared to the previous ones.

 

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” Dr. Seuss

I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”  Vincent van Gogh

Have you seen “Takes My Breath Away”, “Gentle Landing”, “Urban Textures”, “Golden Whispers” “Dream”, “Picnic Spot” or “Blooms in the Moonlight”? This is just a few of the pieces that you can see at the Solon Arts Center show.

At Solon Center for the Arts

Yesterday with the help of a friend we hung over 40 paintings at the Solon Center for the Arts on SOM Center Rd in Solon Ohio. This is a solo show and I am excited for this opportunity to be here with original artwork, prints, and boxed note cards. As always, 50% of my profit from the sale of my artwork is sent to Help Save the Kids, an organization my daughter works with that helps at-risk children on the Thailand/Burma Border. Although I opted not to have an official reception this time, I will be “hanging out” in the gallery a few days this month and I’ll post those times on my Facebook Page. Come and see me, or just stop in and come and view the pieces I chose for “Painted Expressions by Julie”.

The show is up through February 4th and they are open Monday-Saturday (M-Th 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3) but check their website if you want more information.  http://www.solonohio.org/257/Solon-Center-for-the-Arts

In late December, I entered the juried art show at Valley Art Center called “It’s Elemental: Fire and Water”. I had a piece accepted into the “It’s Elemental: Earth and Air” show last year and I was happy to find out that one of the entries I sent in caught the eye of the juror and will be in the show! The piece is called “Heatwave”.  The opening reception is January 20th and runs until March 1st.  For more info see their website at  http://www.valleyartcenter.org/

Challenges, Changes, and Choices

As many of you know after the diagnosis of breast cancer this past July I have been on a three-week rotation of chemotherapy. I had my last round just before Christmas and am looking forward to feeling like “me” again.  Like many who face cancer or another illness I also had many changes to deal with, some due to the chemotherapy side effects and some because I chose to make changes in my diet to help my body fight off this invader. I found though that one of the most important changes you can make or experience is a change in how you view what is going on with you and around you.  I might not have control of what is happening but I do have control, at least for the most part on how I deal with it. It takes work and effort and but I found that it helped me out quite a bit. I learned that taking one step or one day at a time really helps on days you don’t feel well. Expressing your gratitude and finding things to be thankful for is not hard.  I found out that it really is true that exercise helps beat “Chemo fatigue”. I was reminded that people praying or encouraging you in other way is a blessing and that gave me strength.  I found out that when I smile at others and have a good attitude it helps put them at ease…..because sometimes people just don’t know how to respond. I have gained a new respect for medical staff.  My medical team that has and will continue to care for me as I have more treatment has exceeded my expectation.  I truly appreciate their kindness and ability.

I am excited about creating more art soon-what things are you looking forward to?

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”—Earl Nightingale

 

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower -Albert Camus

I’ve been meaning to write this blog for some time, but honestly it has been a struggle.  My blog is a place to let you know where you can see my art, and what new things are happening with Help Save the Kids in Thailand, but it’s also to share some of what I’m thinking and to know a little bit more about me.

First things first- I had great feedback from the visitors that saw my art at the Holden Arboretum and it was an honor to be in their visitors center for 2 months this summer. I was also honored to be part of a group of artists that were set up outside near Playhouse Square in Downtown Cleveland during the Sparx City Hop. I enjoyed my time there and the weather cooperated!

Current Events

The Akron Art Prize accepted one of my paintings and you can view it and a couple hundred other pieces of art at the Summit Art Space in Akron. Here is the link that tells you all about it and also where you can see the artwork and bios of the artists too. http://akronartprize.org/

I have over 50 pieces of art at the Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty Ohio. Where is Novelty? About a 5-minute drive south of Chesterland. Here is the link to the center. http://www.fairmountcenter.org/news.php   The art is up through October 17th. There is a reception this Saturday the 24th from 4-7 and they asked me to do a gallery talk so if anyone is interested in asking me questions or finding out about my art you can come at 4:30.  I’d love to see you there or hear that you stopped in.fairmount-art-poster-full

In Thailand building #3 is going up and there is a lot of excitement of new and great things there. I urge you to check that out. Help Save the Kids– http://helpsavethekids.org/index/  is just one of the pages to view. Check them out on Facebook to get the most up to date news!

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”. John Wooden

The Battle amongst the Beauty

Many of you know through Facebook and through word of mouth etc. that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the middle of July. It was quite a surprise to everyone-and life has changed quite a bit and will probably change some more around here. But it’s one day at a time. My daughter Kelly flew home to be with me during all the stack of doctor appointments and I was able to have the surgery before she needed to fly home. It was a blessing to have her home and we had good times.  The recovery from surgery was quick and I have had one treatment of the chemo that went well, with more to follow.  I have an amazing group of people, some I don’t even know supporting me through this with prayers, well wishes, and encouraging words that seem to come at just the moment I need to hear one.  I believe in and appreciate every prayer, every word, every form of kindness that has come my way. And it has taught me that even a simple gesture can be so appreciated and so I am trying to do likewise. The whirlwind of appointments seems to have stopped so I am hoping to get back to my artwork very soon.

deep-into-a-birch-forest-watermark fall-on-carter-rd-watermark fall-evening-in-my-eyes-watermark

I love the fall in Ohio

 This was our year and area for the 17-year cicadas and they did a lot of damage to the trees all around that show their vibrant colors. Part of their beauty will be masked by the not so lovely brown leaves that have been on many of the trees since summer. BUT, the trees will be beautiful in several weeks-all we have to do is look beyond the “brown damage” and see the beauty and glorious colors. That’s what I intend to do- How about you?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

I am on Instagram as wallexpressionsbyjulie and post pictures of art there! Come follow me.

I think the Cable TV interview is still able to be seen-if you missed it grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down and relax.  Here is the link to watch it on cable on demand. https://cable9.viebit.com/#fQD1FADxXYLY

3 C’s…….Cows, Canopy Walk and Cable TV

What type of title is that for an artist’s blog? It’s exciting news and I will try my best to briefly let you know what’s going on with my artwork and events. (more details at the end of the blog for websites and hours etc)

C is for Cows-this stands for the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Yes, you can see cows (even milk them), sheep, horses and more there but also over 100 pieces of art by local artists. I invited 13 artists to join me in this exhibit. It’s our interpretation of nature in the medium we work in-and it’s a large variety of styles.  It’s a wonderful show and I encourage you to go see and support the local talent as most of the pieces are for sale.” Through Our Eyes-Expressions of Nature”. (runs through Mid-September)

farmpark card pic

“The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.” Ansel Adams.

C for Canopy Walk- Did you know there is a canopy walk and tower at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland? It’s an amazing place and a wonderful place to view nature. Last winter I was invited to have a solo show and it’s going on now from July – August. You can see it in the main building. Original paintings, prints and boxed note cards are available for purchase. The show is “Expressions of Nature Etc.”

holden tower

holdentreewalk

 

 

C for Cable TV- I was thrilled to be interviewed for a show called “Artist at Work”.  It’s about 30 minutes long, with lots of paintings shown and questions answered-a brief recap of my story too! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down and relax.  Here is the link to watch it on cable on demand. https://cable9.viebit.com/#fQD1FADxXYLY

before 2

 

In looking for quotes regarding nature I found this one rang true for me. George Washington Carver said, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

My business cards have “Painting with Passion and Purpose” on them. I am excited that I have these three wonderful opportunities this summer and I am looking forward to the next art show coming up. Art was not in my dreams five years ago- I hadn’t considered it- I didn’t know what was inside me yet to come out. I am learning new things with each painting, each show, each marketing strategy. The passion is there, and the purpose to financially contribute to Help Save the Kids is always there too as their needs continue to grow. They are currently working on building/dorm 2 and hopefully soon will be able to have all the students on the same property, where they also farm and have other sustainable living projects underway. I am always so happy to see what the children are learning and how they are helping others too.

new building    sewing

I leave you with a final quote and the hope that you will be able to find beauty where you have not found it before. I know my eyes have been opened.   Feel free to share this blog around, share the interview link and tell others about what I do and why. Thanks for being a part of my art adventure-you are an important part of it! Julie

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
– Vincent Van Gogh

The Details:

Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid-Chardon Rd, Kirtland OH (fee but see website for free days) July 9th is a free day – Farmfest!  For more information, see: http://lakemetroparks.com/parks/farmpark/ and http://lakemetroparks.com/events/index.shtml

Holden Arboretum 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland OH  440-946-4400. (fee) Not only is Holden one of the largest public gardens in the USA but last year they opened up a Canopy Walk and the Emergent Tower where you can view the forest from above the tree canopy. http://www.holdenarb.org/home/

Cable 9 is carried on the Time/Warner Cable system in Aurora, Twinsburg, Twinsburg Twp, Macedonia, Northfield Center Twp, Sagamore Hills, and Reminderville, you can watch during the times “Artist at Work” is shown if you live in this area (month of July: Sundays at 5:00 pm, Monday mornings at 9:00, Thursdays at 1:30 pm, and Fridays at 8:00 pm) but anyone can view it on this link till the end of September 2016.  https://cable9.viebit.com/#fQD1FADxXYLY  or https://cable9.viebit.com/#artists%20at%20work

Help Save the Kidshttp://helpsavethekids.org/index/just one of the pages to view. Also under Help Save the Kids on Facebook-with updated photos.

I am on Instagram as wallexpressionsbyjulie and post pictures of art there! Come follow me.

Opportunities, Growth, and Smiles

Opportunities, Growth, and Smiles

Wow…. May came and went and we are into June already! It’s been interesting and at times, a bit overwhelming but it’s been a learning experience and with each of those I think I’m growing not only in my art but as a person.

I was called early in May and asked if I would share “art and my story” and some of what I do with middle school students in Chardon, Ohio. I knew this was a door that opened and I knew that although I’ve never done anything like this before-this was something I needed to say “yes” too. I spoke to classes from 7:30-2:30 and yes, I was tired when I was done. But, I was glad I went and shared. I prepared my first power-point presentation, and I tried to make the “class” interactive.  I hope that I encouraged the students to enjoy being creative-and not to try and fit into another person’s idea of what a creativity is. I spoke to them about how all of us have creativity in us-we just need to enjoy the process of finding out what type we might have-as it’s all very different from someone else’s.  And I showed them many photos of my work and even did a couple short demos. I spoke from my Heart-I paint from my heart. I was able to share the reason I paint and how the sale of my work helps at-risk children in Thailand. (Through Help Save the Kids)

      Chardon Middle school 1 - Copy      Chardon Middle school 11 - Copy

 

I entered a couple juried shows and was so happy to get into Fairmount Art Center with 2 pieces. One in the painting category and one in the 3D category. That show runs through June 9th.  Lesson learned: Keep trying…keep making art…

The other exciting event is still going on in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland. Each year they have an art walk on the first weekend in June. I was honored to be part of this as the featured artist in the shop/gallery Moonstruck CLE. The owner and I had met a couple years ago when we both showed our art in a local coffee shop in South Euclid. We have kept in contact and she invited me to be in her store for the month of June.  The reception was this past weekend and the art walk drew many people into the gallery!  My art will be at Moonstruck CLE until the end of June-there are originals there as well as prints and boxed note cards. If you’d like to check out the store, visit the website and check their hours. http://moonstruckcle.com/  The owner is a photographer and has her own work there as well as many unique items that are memories from the past and just fun to look at.  At the end of the night, Elisa took out her camera and here is a little peak of that evening.

 

               little italy moonstruck photo 2    Little Italy postcard (2)

 Little Italy Moonstruck  Little Italy moonstruck front window

 

 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

“Creativity takes courage” Henri Matisse

 

 

 

Wait for it-We haven’t missed it yet!

Mark Twain said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds

 of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” 

 

I googled the phrase “if you don’t like the weather….” to see if it was only an Ohio statement. And do you know that it’s not… It’s not even just a Great Lakes area phrase. People in Oklahoma, Texas, Washington State, the area of New England and more say it too…And even people in Melbourne Australia!

I like winter, but once I flip the calendar to March, I look forward to spring. I love it when we see hints that winter will end. This year we were teased a bit with some wonderfully warm days. The daffodils came out and were blooming when they were crushed by a heavy snowfall in April. Some years my daffodils are blooming and but they fade quickly because of unseasonably high temperatures. You just never know. I’ve been trying to walk more and get outside no matter what the weather. It’s enjoyable to have the sun warming you, especially after walking in weather that is gray, damp and cold. The other day I was out walking. It was one of our nice days and I was thinking about how the weather reminds me about life. We have ups and downs-there are good days and there are those damp ones, even in the midst of a time of growth.

But Spring will come-even when it seems to be taking longer than we think it should. The flowers will bloom, the trees will bud and the woods will turn a fluorescent green, new birth will happen, the tadpoles will turn into frogs, and the eggs in the nests will hatch. Out of that long wait- winter, the delayed spring, new growth and beauty will emerge.

I have been mindfully trying to train my eye to see beauty in all types of weather, from the dark gray days which challenge me to the beautiful blue sky days.  Some days it is hard for me to see that but I find if I look with a different mindset I can find it.  And I have learned that I appreciate the sunny days more when there are some dark ones in between.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” Hal Borland

Painting news: I’ve been given the opportunity to speak with middle school students about art and how I got involved in painting and some of what I do! If you know me-you know this is another opportunity to grow. Also, I have new paintings that I’ve been working on and many of them will be in upcoming shows. More information on that to come.

distant rain  Fiery Flowers

What’s a “Gruffalo” and what does it have to do with me?

I just returned from a trip to Thailand to work with the children at Help Save the Kids and visit my daughter, son-in-law and other friends and family.  During my stay I helped out by showing several of the older students how to plan out, create and make a mural. The project turned out twice as large as I had anticipated but I think everyone involved was happy it did!

By the way, a “Gruffalo” is a make believe animal that lives in a forest! The students were blessed with several volunteers who came from Australia to help out during their “Summer break” from school etc… They used a book about a Gruffalo to teach music-singing and playing a recorder, English, drama, costumes etc. The project took a life of it’s own and got much larger than anyone expected and when I arrived I was put in charge of the “set design” and to teach the students how to create one-props and all!

Learning the songs.        The start of the mural.           And progressing             And props

DSCF2216       mural beg                  mural props 2

This mural is portable and able to be moved and the students can perform the play in different villages. Here we are working on the hanging system.  And the final product!

       DSCF2299    DSCF2314     mural done with team

It was such a rewarding experience to help these young people…to show them a plan and to execute it-sometimes changing the way that was familiar to me to since we often had to improvise because of the lack of supplies! It was a joy to see the excitement and pride these students had in the work that they completed. I fully believe that their imaginations have grown and their confidence and dreams have become even larger!

A quote from the book  The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus, ” Every artist must have a motivation; every creative act is a materialization of the invisible. Everything we do is a manifestation of imagination”  And Van Gogh once wrote, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Here is a picture of the whole group of students and most of the staff!everyone by mural

Another little piece of information- I am happy to have a painting called “Turquoise Sky” accepted into Valley Art Center’s Juried show…  The show is from January 22-March 2nd in Chagrin Falls Ohio.

It's Elemental Earth and Air

 

 

Blessed…. and Beautiful Cleveland

          open door donations                                                                          Willoughby Hills Community Center Beautiful Cleveland 2016


In the past couple weeks I have been overwhelmed by the donations received for Help Save the Kids. I had the opportunity to put up some ornaments, magnets and note cards at a local coffee shop in Madison. For donations only -towards Help Save the Kids you could choose your choice of one or several items. The customers at the coffee shop were amazing….and Help Save the Kids will be blessed with just over $350…all from donations! What a community we have! Open Door Coffee Shop customers are wonderful! If you have the chance to stop in-do so! There is a wonderful atmosphere….not rushed and the staff is friendly! (Madison Ohio…in the village square!)

And…Beautiful Cleveland! I am honored to be part of this show. It is at the Willoughby Hills Community Gallery…..and up for over 2 months. Three wonderful photographers and me….! It’s an honor to be included….I can’t wait to see how the gallery will hang the pieces we bring in! See the photo above! The gallery is in the same building as the library so the building is open almost everyday! Wow!!!!!

As 2015 winds down, I have been blessed to show in some wonderful locations… Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, North Chagrin Nature Center, Creative Space Art & More in Avon, Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, the May Show at Lakeland Community College and several other locations….including the Cleveland Hopkins Airport for nearly 5 months! I am also currently in the University Hospital Geauga Medical Campus in Chardon Ohio….a hall of art…It is an honor to be here too, many people who are in the hospital-either staff or those seeking medical care will hopefully feel the peace and light of the painting I have chosen for them.

Did you know that I have note cards available? I have several different packs available…in nice brown craft boxes! Perfect for gift giving or for yourself. Each box has  8 cards-9 envelopes, (4 designs-2 each). There is “Strictly Cleveland”, “Sun/Moons” , “Trees”, and “Landscapes”. I also have a set called “Abstracts” , “Florals” and “Urban Scenes”. They are $15 per box plus Ohio Sales tax….and I can ship a box for $3…I will flatten it so it won’t get crushed… If interested contact me at wallexpressionsbyjulie@gmail.com .   They are also available at a few locations in the area! These are some of my favorite images!

                 pack strictly Cleveland  Sun Moon Pack  pack -trees landscape pack

I hope you have been inspired by the beauty we have been given daily. Each day I open my eyes, I see another wonder of God’s creation. Lately the sky has been gorgeous, the clouds, the sunrises, the sunsets….even the gray clouds are inspiring. I notice them more and more… I notice the nature that surrounds me more and more….and I am blessed to be able to see it…  Today while I was walking before my family arrived for Christmas brunch, I saw many bluebirds…wondering why they were still here in Ohio……amazed at their beauty….last night I was able to view the full moon! What a wonder we are given each day-each night. I am thankful for that I am looking with different eyes! What a gift we are given each day-although some days we may face fears, unknowns, and even trying times….we are also given a wonder to be thankful for.