Cleveland Area Sketch Groups

September 9, 2018

By Janet Dodrill

There are many good sketching groups in the Cleveland area, that I’ve found recently in my quest to start sketching again to brush up on my artistic skills with other artists! My search for groups started on Facebook and then by word of mouth. I started with a commitment of going to monthly sketch outings with Urban Sketchers Cleveland (see http://urbansketchers-cleveland.blogspot.com or http://www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketcherscleveland). It is a local chapter of the international organization Urban Sketchers. We sketch on location at different areas in the greater Cleveland area.

Recent sketch locations include:

  • Giant Hand Sculpture at MOCA
  • Voinovich Bicentennial Park at E. 9th St. Pier
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls
  • West Side Market
  • Renaissance Hotel
  • The Coffee House
  • Old Arcade
  • 5th Street Arcades
  • Cavottas Garden Center
  • Chagrin Falls
  • Cleveland Flats Heritage Park
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Dunham Tavern Museum
  • Lake View Cemetery
  • Merwins Wharf
  • Old Arcade
  • Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
  • Rockefeller Park Greenhouse & Gardens
  • Spaces Gallery

Drawn To The Valley offers an adult open studio for figurative life drawing. The group has structured guidelines to agree to before joining the group.

Murray Hill Sketch Group has been meeting together for 25 years which offers a figure model for life drawing.

BAYArts Open Studio is a portrait sketch group from a portrait model. They also have a figurative life drawing sessions that meet on selected Tuesdays.

The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists is popular in the area for portrait sketching. At the end of the evening, the artists give their art piece to the model in leu of a fee. They meet at different east or west side locations.

Fees vary from $10 to $15 per session.

I have posted some of my recent drawings and paintings.

Selected Cleveland Area Sketch Groups:

Urban Sketchers Cleveland
http://urbansketchers-cleveland.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketcherscleveland
http://www.instagram.com/urbansketcherscleveland @urbansketcherscleveland
Meets monthly each 3rd or 4th Sunday, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Drawn To The Valley
Valley Arts Center, 155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Meets Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
https://www.valleyartcenter.org/workshops.html
Fee

BAYArts Open Studio
BAYarts, Huntington Playhouse Dr., Bay Village, OH 44140
Portrait, Meets Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Figure, Meets Tuesdays (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, and 11/20/18), 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
http://bayarts.net/43-classes/adults/adults-classes-4/408-open-studio-sessions-portraits-figure.html
Fee

Cleveland Institute of Art, Pay-As-You-Go
11610 Euclid Ave., Room 302
Cleveland, OH 44106
Meets Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (current session 8/29/18 – 11/14/18)
https://www.cia.edu/continuing-education/life-drawing-classes
Fee

Murray Hill Sketch Group
Murray Hill School, 2026 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Meets Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/65156305856
Fee

The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists
Meets Fridays, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Locations include the following, but check their Facebook page before every Friday:
Artful, 2843 Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
OR
Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
https://www.facebook.com/groups/347696515301192

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Murray Hill Sketch Group sketch by Janet Dodrill

Murray Hill Sketch Group sketch.

Murray Hill Sketch Group sketch by Janet Dodrill

Murray Hill Sketch Group sketch.

BAYArts Open Studio portrait by Janet Dodrill

BAYArts Open Studio portrait.

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers by Janet Dodrill

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers.

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers by Janet Dodrill

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers.

Personal nature sketch by Janet Dodrill

Personal nature sketch.

Personal nature sketch by Janet Dodrill

Personal nature sketch.

Murray Hill Sketch Group sketch by Janet Dodrill

Murray Hill Sketch Group special event sketch.

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch by Janet Dodrill

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch.

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch by Janet Dodrill

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch.

Sketch from The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists by Janet Dodrill

Sketch from The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists.

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers. Sketch from Wandering Sketchers by Janet Dodrill

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers.

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers. Sketch from Wandering Sketchers by Janet Dodrill

Sketch from Wandering Sketchers.

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch by Janet Dodrill

Urban Sketchers Cleveland sketch.

Drawn To The Valley study by Janet Dodrill

Drawn To The Valley study.

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Frank Wilcox Exhibit at Cleveland History Center/WRHS

February 29, 2016

By Janet Dodrill

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit

An exhibit of the work of artist, book author, and historian, Frank Nelson Wilcox (1887-1964) is on display at the Cleveland History Center (known as the Western Reserve Historical Society), through April 30, 2016.

The subject matter included farm life and countryside, cityscapes including the Cleveland Flats, Indians (including book illustrations), Ohio waterways and canal barges, and also fishermen, western pueblos, and rivers and mountains.

Exhibit curator, William G. Scheele, of Kokoon Art Gallery, pulled-together a phenomenal collection of paintings (mainly watercolor), drawings and sketches and regional history, which are masterfully organized and displayed. Incidentally, his father, William E. Scheele (1920-1998), was a nature artist in Cleveland which led him to becoming a director at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History during his career. So, ties to the area art scene during Wilcox’s time may be especially meaningful to him.

Frank Wilcox taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at the Cleveland School of Art for 44 years starting in 1913, after his graduation there in 1910.

Some of the pieces in the exhibit have never been displayed publicly.

Early family photos and work by his wife, Florence Bard Wilcox (a jewelry designer and maker) are also on display in the hallway leading into the main exhibit.

Resource links:

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian | Exhibit Opening
http://www.wrhs.org/events/frank-n-wilcox-artist-as-historian-exhibit-opening/

Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian
http://canjournal.org/2015/11/frank-n-wilcox-artist-as-historian/

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit at the Cleveland History Center

Frank N. Wilcox, Artist As Historian Exhibit at the Cleveland History Center

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, Ohio canal barge

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, Ohio canal barge

Frank Wilcox watercolor character studies

Frank Wilcox watercolor character studies

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, study

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting, study

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings of the Cleveland Flats

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings of the Cleveland Flats

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox, Creative Techniques display

Frank Wilcox, Creative Techniques display

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting/study and poster

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting/study and poster

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings and sketches

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings and sketches

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings

Frank Wilcox watercolor paintings

Frank Wilcox, Printmaking & Books display

Frank Wilcox, Printmaking & Books display

Frank Wilcox sketches

Frank Wilcox sketches

Frank Wilcox, Travels

Frank Wilcox, Travels

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox watercolor painting

Frank Wilcox early photo

Frank Wilcox early photo

Cleveland History Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, courtyard

Cleveland History Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, courtyard

 

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Schmitz-Horning Co. Artists Created Impressive Lithographic Murals and Scenic Wallpaper

June 11, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

The Old Canal, Schmitz-Horning Co., Cleveland, Ohio, scenic mural, four sections each 40" wide x 80" high.

The Old Canal, Schmitz-Horning Co., Cleveland, Ohio, scenic mural, four sections each 40″ wide x 80″ high.

Cleveland scenic wallpaper and lithographic mural company, Schmitz-Horning Company (operating roughly between 1903-1964), hired many local and nationally-recognized artists to design their lithograph murals. The company used high quality paper with oil-based inks that were fully washable, and their product was claimed not to fade.

Some of the artists hired worked in-house while others worked out of their studios. Once an artistic sketch or the study was created on paper or illustration board, litho-crayon (grease) artists would enlarge the designs onto zinc lithographic plates for printing. With mural sections at 40″ x 80″ plus, these color lithographs were printed on some of the largest printing presses in the country at that time.

Paul A. Meunier, gouache floral painting, 1937 – employed at the Schmitz-Horning Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 1927-1938.

Paul A. Meunier, gouache floral painting, 1937 – employed at the Schmitz-Horning Co., Cleveland, Ohio, 1927-1938.

Some of the artists who designed for Schmitz-Horning include Henry G. Keller, Glenn M. Shaw and Elsa V. Shaw, Carl Broemel, Paul A. Meunier, Carl Fuchs, Paul Haas, Hugo M. Schmitz, and others – many of them studying or teaching at the Cleveland School of Art (they had a mural department) and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and some were members of Cleveland’s Art Club.

The company was originally a lithographic poster plant and then developed a line of litho murals which later developed into scenic and floral wall decorations. Although wallpaper was the main source of sales, many posters and displays were printed for advertising agencies.

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Cowan Pottery Jazz Bowl by Designer Viktor Schreckengost

June 14, 2012

By Janet Dodrill

Viktor Schreckengost

Viktor Schreckengost 1906-2008

In the early 1930s, an Art Deco style masterpiece was created in earthenware with black and vibrant blue glazes and a jazzy New York theme, tilting skyscrapers, stars and other symbols — the “Jazz” bowl. It was designed by ceramicist Viktor Schreckengost.

A web site is dedicated solely for Viktor’s bowls. It states in Viktor’s words that a design was requested, submitted and selected for a punch bowl with a New York theme while he was working at the Cowan Pottery Co. in Rocky River, Ohio, The client turned out to be Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the bowl turned out to be the first of a series (and first of three that she ordered) that he designed. It is estimated there are between 20 and 50 of these bowls, though the exact number is unknown.

Last weekend parade participants created a huge float version of a “Jazz” bowl and displayed it at the popular ‘Parade the Circle’ event in Cleveland.

Rago Arts auction has one of the bowls with a Schreckengost signature and Cowan stamp in their June 16, 2012 auction, estimate: $40,000-$60,000. According to Kovels.com, a similar “Jazz” bowl sold at Rago in 2010 for $158,600, and the bowls have sold at other auctions across the country. The are in both public and private collections.

Viktor Schreckengost Jazz bowl at Rago auction

Jazz bowl at Rago aucton.

I was fortunate enough to see a “Jazz” bowl in person at The Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibit “Viktor Schreckengost and Twentieth Century Design” a few years ago.

Sources and related links:

Viktor Schreckengost on Wikipedia

Rare Schreckengost Jazz Bowl to Auction at Rago’s in June

Schreckengost Jazz Bowl Sold

The Biggest Jazz Bowl in Parade

Viktor’s Jazz Bowl Web Site