Fairmount Center for the Arts Exhibits My Photograph

August 10, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

It is an honor to have my photograph, Wonder, accepted into the Fairmount Center for the Arts 46th Annual Art Exhibition 2022. The show runs August 8, through August 27, 2022 (closing reception). It is my first time participating in the show. The iPhone photo was taken at a MLK Jr. exhibit at the Maltz Museum, in Beachwood, Ohio.

Exhibit Location:
Fairmount Center for the Arts
8400 Fairmount Road
Novelty, OH 44072

Check gallery hours at https://www.fairmountcenter.org/exhibitions.

photograph in exhibit by janet dodrill

Photograph, titled, Wonder, by Janet Dodrill, in the Fairmount Center for the Arts 46th Annual Art Exhibition 2022.


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Interpretations 100, New Orleans Drawing Group Exhibit

July 14, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

I am honored to participate in an online exhibit, and to be a part of a very talented group of artists at New Orleans Drawing Group. You can click on my name to see my artwork that was selected for inclusion. Kunstmatrix.com/en/new-orleans-drawing-group

INTERPRETATIONS 100: New Orleans Drawing Group Zoom – the first 100 weeks. INTERPRETATIONS 100 Online Exhibition celebrates NODG Zoom’s Creative Community, built through the COVID Pandemic. It is a compilation of artwork created during weekly 3 hour Zoom Life Drawing sessions. Our membership has grown from a handful of local artists to an international creative community of all skill levels in a range of disciplines. Together, NODG members have weathered changing times in a supportive, engaging environment that fosters creative expression for artists and models alike. The exhibition, throughout 6 virtual galleries, represents over 250 artworks by 49 Artists inspired by 37 models.

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martina by janet dodrill interpretations 100 exhibit

harry by janet dodrill interpretations 100 exhibit

Artwork by Janet Dodrill, INTERPRETATIONS 100 Online Exhibit, New Orleans Drawing Group


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Lively Lemurs

June 5, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Wonderful Live Lemur Animal Life Drawing Session with @animallifedrawing Holly Surplice at Duke Lemur Center @dukelemurcenter with host Sara Clark. Live Coquerel’s Sifaka Lemurs and Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the woods. We watched them eat, groom, rest and nap. Beautiful creatures, and 50% of the session was donated to support the center. The animals gave the nod that they wanted to be left alone, so we sketched from photos that the center provided of a Black and White Ruffed Lemur and Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs.

blue-eyed black lemur drawing by janet dodrill

Blue-eyed black lemurs drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

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Stella’s The Sacred Art Show

May 11, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

I am pleased to announce that three of my pieces has been accepted to the juried The Sacred, Art reflecting Spirituality, Mindfulness, and Healing, Art Exhibit at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby, Ohio.

The figurative multimedia drawings were created from live online life drawing sessions with Brazilian performance and life model, Juliano Hollivier.

Juror is Jim Loomis.

The opening is Friday, May 13, 2022, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET, and the exhibit runs through June 4, 2022 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, Ohio 44094. If you plan to attend, check hours at www.stellasartgallery.com.

protection figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Protection, ink drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

golden rays figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Golden Rays, multimedia drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

fly away figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Fly Away, multimedia drawing, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, by Janet Dodrill

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Schmitz-Horning Co. Lithographed Scenic Wallpaper

April 28, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Here are beautiful some examples of interiors with panoramic scenic wall covering designs by Cleveland’s Schmitz-Horning Company, (1905-1964).

lithographed scenic wallpaper schmitz-horning company 1953-1954

Lithographed Scenic Wallpaper 1953-1954 Schmitz-Horning Co. catalog cover (Virginia Hunt).

scenic hudson schmitz-horning company wallpaper

Scenic Hudson, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

floral islands schmitz-horning company wallpaper

Floral Islands, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

new england schmitz-horning company wallpaper

New England, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

treasure island schmitz-horning company wallpaper

Treasure Island, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

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Caenhill Countryside Centre, Peacock Sketch

March 26, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Peacock studies from photography stills based on the live animal life drawing session with @animallifedrawing and Holly Surplice at incredible animal farm Caenhill Countryside Centre @caenhillcc (300 animals and birds) and our host Chris Franklin. A donation was made to the farm.  Thank you so much. I can’t wait till the next time we can join you. Pigs, cows, goats, sheep, hens, roosters, chickens, cats, dogs, ducks, donkeys, peacocks, and more! 

peacock painting by janet dodrill

Peacocks by Janet Dodrill, gouache and pencil, 7″x10″.

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Urban Sketchers Cleveland Airport Sketch Event Flies

February 28, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

On September 4, 1965, Page Shamburger became the first woman to accompany the United States Air Force Hurricane Hunters on a reconnaissance mission into the eye of a hurricane.

page shamburger flight suit sketch by janet dodrill

Page Shamburger flight suit, women of aviation display at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. Sketch by Janet Dodrill at the Urban Sketchers Cleveland event February 27, 2022.

Source: International Women Air & Space Museum, Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio.

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Schmitz-Horning Prints Decorate Family Heirloom

January 22, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Cleveland-based wallpaper design and printing firm, Schmitz-Horning Co. (1905-1964) printed more than just color lithographic panoramic friezes (patent 1906) and advertising posters. They reproduced illustrations by reputable English illustrators and that sold in London, and possibly New York.

My great-grandfather co-founded the company, and grandfather ran it after him. Some of our relatives had a selection prints from Schmitz-Horning. Our cousin had some that depicted popular nursery rhymes that hung in her classroom that she taught in. Her father owned a small amount of stock in the company early on. He built a custom bar for their family room, and decorated it by mounting some of the printed lithographs. It is still in the family today, and shown below in a recent photograph.

custom bar family heirloom with schmitz-horning company prints

Custom-made bar by family member with applied Schmitz-Horning Co. printed English illustrations.

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English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

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English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

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Waterloo Arts Gallery, Art of the Ornament 2021

December 11, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

This year I created and donated an ornament to the Waterloo Arts gallery auction fundraiser. The auction was to benefit Waterloo Arts.

The auction was held December 3, 2021 at Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. The creative, mostly handmade, ornaments can be viewed at https://waterlooarts.betterworld.org/auctions/art-ornament-2021

My design was based on the Guardians of Transportation –– a Cleveland landmark that are massive carved stone pylons which line the Hope Memorial Bridge downtown, and also the name of two Cleveland sports teams.

metallic guardians holiday ornament donation by janet dodrill at waterloo arts gallery auction

Metallic Guardians, ink (gold, silver, and black) on watercolor paper, mounted on cardboard, bells, and ribbon, 2.75″ w x 8.5″h, ornament by Janet Dodrill

metallic guardians holiday ornament donation by janet dodrill at waterloo arts gallery auction

Metallic Guardians (back), ornament by Janet Dodrill

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Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

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Lithography Spells Style For Schmitz-Horning Co., Wallpaper and Wallcoverings Magazine, 1961

November 28, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Reproduced from the article, Lithography Spells Style For Schmitz-Horning Co. article, Wallpaper and Wallcoverings magazine, Convention Issue, November, 1961.

wallpaper and wallcoverings magazine november 1961

Wallpaper and Wallcoverings Magazine, Convention Issue, November, 1961.

In 1796, when a playwright named Aloys Senefelder invented a new process for publishing his plays and music, he probably never dreamed his method would be used to reproduce hundreds of different things – among them wallpaper scenics.

The process Senefelder invented is called lithography. It was adapted in 1905 by the Schmitz-Horning Co. Cleveland, Ohio, to make wallpaper murals.

The Cleveland firm is the only firm in the United States producing decorative types of scenic papers by the lithographic process. The technique is also used, however, to make photo murals.

Lithography offers two advantages in the production of scenic papers. First, it is comparatively inexpensive, and secondly, there is plenty of latitude in producing various effects. Until recently, Schmitz-Horning scenics were done in a full rainbow of colors with blurred outlines. The new lines, however, have adopted the crisp, simple styling popularized by the more expensive sold screen printed scenics.

schmitz-horning company direct rotary press and pressman 1961

A Schmitz-Horning Co. lithograph “direct rotary” press here “grounds” on a double coat of an oil based paint. Only one color can be printed at a time.

“When Schmitz-Horning first started making scenics, customers liked many colors and complicated designs,” explained Warren Schmitz, company president. “In fact, it took more than two years’ work to complete the plates for just one scenic.”

Some color ways of this scenic were made in 14 printings, one print at a time. The complicated motif of butterflies, flowers and other greenery gave the effect of elaborated detail found in oil painting. This elaborateness has been abandoned by the firm in its new scenics which are painted “color for color,” according to Mr. Schmitz.

Yet today’s S-H murals are being produced in much the same way as they were in 1905 when Hugo M. Schmitz, Warren Schmitz’s father, and Will Horning, a lithographic artist, Founded the firm. Horning sold out his share of the firm in 1921, and it has been run by the Schmitz family since.

lithographic artist frank mayer at schmitz-horning company 1961

Lithographic artist Frank Mayer traces a color area of a new Schmitz-Horning Co. design on a transparent tissue.

Hugo Schmitz was an artist of some note whose work had been hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since worlds of art had long been reproduced by the lithographic process, Schmitz felt that wallpaper scenics could be made in the same way and much more economically than the hand-painted and wood blocked ones then available. So was introduced the first mechanized method of producing scenic wallpapers.

Within the firm’s first year of business, it established a modest distribution throughout the country, with a plant in downtown Cleveland as headquarters. In 1912 Schmitz-Horning moved to a two-story building at 777 E. 82nd St., where it has remained ever since.

In the plant of 15,000 square feet, the firm produces it lines of Murals of American, Lithographed Mural Wallpaper and Mural Maps. Schmitz-Horning was probably the first firm in the country to come out with a map specifically as a wallpaper scenic and called a “Mural Map.”

schmitz-horning company bookkeeper mrs harry james 1961

Mrs. Harry James, bookkeeper at Schmitz-Horning Co. for 37 years, checks a customer file. The firm puts out only its own lines which have been distributed throughout the U.S. for more than 50 years.

Mr. Schmitz estimated that his lithographed murals sell for about one-third to one-half the price of handprinted ones. The lower prices are due to the fact that lithographed wallpaper, although not made at the mass production rates of machine prints, can still be put out much faster than screen printed scenics requiring many hand operations.

The basis for lithography is a simple one: – under certain controlled conditions, oil and water will not mix. This process utilizes a flat printing of roughened zinc in contrast to a raised or engraved surface.

But before a plate can be made, a number of preliminary steps must be taken at the Schmitz-Horning plant. First, a design is needed. Providing these are free lance artists. Sometimes the artist will suggest his own design, while other times Mr. Schmitz will make a definite assignment.

schmitz-horning company president warren schmitz with sanibel pattern lithographic mural 1961

Warren Schmitz, president of Schmitz-Horning Co., stands beside a panel of “Sanibel”, new Schmitz-Horning lithographic mural featuring crisp, clean styling.

The finished art is usually half the size of the murals, which average 10-13 feet in width. Some scenics, however, exceed 20 feet. One well-known Schmitz-Horning design, “Westchester Hunt,” comes in 10 sections and runs a grand total of 11 1/3 feet.

A Black and white photograph of the finished art is blown up to full mural size. The Schmitz-Horning lithographic artist makes a tracing on tissue over the photograph. The tracing is an art in itself, since the artist is using a black and white photograph as his guide and must study the full color sketch to select colors. Each color must have its own tracing.

The tracings are then “rubbed down” on a zinc plate by putting them through a transfer press. The artist now works on the plate with a liquid crayon. Using the tracings as a guide he works in the color values onto the plate. Although a separate plate is required for each color in the design, both the dark and light values of a color can be carried on a single plate.

The plate is next put through a solution of gum arabic to delineate between the print and non-print areas. Parts of the surface protected by crayon are not affected by the chemical bath. But the unprotected surfaces react to the solution and take on an oxide coating. The plate now has the ability to attract and retain water on its surface.

The crayon is removed after the gum arabic bath, and the plate is ready for use. Its printing areas – those originally covered with crayon – pick up and transfer oil inks. The non-printing areas, those carrying a coating of oxide, will pick up and retain water.

Schmitz-Horning has three lithograph “direct rotary” presses plus a smaller press for scenic miniatures. The presses are sheet fed. The plate is attached to a large cylinder and prints directly on the sheets of paper which are carried around a second cylinder. Just one color is printed at a time and paper sheets are fed into the presses by hand.

Wallpaper scenics are but one of the many decorative and useful items reproduced by the lithographic process. May famous artists of past and present have produced lithographic prints which occupy a high rank in the graphic arts. Lithography is also the basis of the offset process used to print blotters, booklets, calendars, programs, greeting cards, children’s books, stationery, sheet music, maps and even cigar bands.

The oil-based paints used in the lithographic process have made Schmitz-Horning scenics automatically washable. “We’ve improved the process throughout the years, but even our earliest efforts could be washed,” said Mr. Schmitz. “A Woman wanted to know how to clean one of our old scenics in her house. I gave her very careful instructions, but the cleaning woman went ahead and washed it with LesToil. It came out beautifully.”

Schmitz-Horning’s new crisp styling is designed to appeal to modern families who want smart decor at a price they can afford, according to Mr. Schmitz. “Lithography still offers the most practical, mechanized method for producing large-scale designs,” he concluded.

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