Warren R. Cox, Headed Sales at Schmitz-Horning Co.

July 17, 2016

By Janet Dodrill

Warren R. Cox, early 1900s.

Warren R. Cox, early 1900s.

Schmitz-Horning Company, a former well-established Cleveland wall covering firm, 1905-1960, had a dedicated staff which included head salesman, Warren Richard Cox (1880-1960). In 1906 a patent was granted for the printed frieze for walls, and signed by co-owners Hugo M. Schmitz I (my great-grandfather, 1867-1938), artist and lithographer, and William Horning, lithographer, along with Warren R. Cox (http://www.google.com/patents/US830931).

Hugo Max Schmitz married Pauline Maynard Reynolds (“Queen”) in Cleveland in 1902. In 1905 they had a son named Warren Reynolds Schmitz. It is thought that he was named either after Queen’s brother Warren who died in 1897 at age 18 in a tragic hunting accident, or after Warren R. Cox, a close family friend (or both).

Warren was not only salesman at Schmitz-Horning, but on his own he was an inventor. He created the automobile ignition lock (patent approved 1920), an idea which was apparently sparked by Hugo’s stolen Packard (http://www.google.com/patents/US1334292). The lock was later sold to Ford which helped to finance his entrance into radio. Starting as a ham radio operator, he became a pioneer in Ohio and founded its first public radio station, WHK, in 1921. Prior to founding the radio station, he sold batteries and then radios. He learned there was a lack of radio music available for the general public and the station was formed to create something to play on his radios, which in those days involved live music and entertainment on site. He carried patents for a variety of items.

Warren Cox’s son Wilson married Margaret Elanor Hale, and artist. Her mother, Margaret Zeller Hale (widow of Alcazar Hotel builder George W. Hale) was on a weekend drive with Hugo and Queen Schmitz and died in an automobile crash in 1938 along with Hugo.

Hugo Schmitz and son Warren Schmitz, Wilson Cox (Warren Cox’s son), Hugo’s wife Queen Schmitz, and Elsie Cox enjoy an outing in nature.

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Schmitz and Cox families.

Hugo Schmitz I and son Warren Schmitz, Wilson Cox (Warren Cox’s son), Hugo’s wife Queen Schmitz, and Elsie Cox enjoy an outing in nature. (Photograph possibly taken by Warren Cox.)

 

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Buy/Sell Art Images Online

March 28, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

Artists, Photographers, Designers! Are you selling your images online? There’s a community online of people selling their images at FineArtAmerica.com. I created a shop at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/janet-dodrill.html and am still adding to it. A variety of items are available for purchase from each image and pricing can be determined, plus, the rights to the images remain your own. Up to 25 images can be posted for free. FineArtAmerica.com does the rest, output of the image, any matting and framing or assemblage, shipping and billing. And satisfaction guaranteed!

In addition to unframed prints and matted and framed prints, my shop offers images on greeting cards, metal or acrylic, pillows and iPhone cases. Visit my shop, or browse and get inspired! You can even create a shop of your own.

Profile page and art images at FineArtAmercia.com.

Profile page and art images at FineArtAmercia.com.


Creating Art with an iPad

March 9, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

iPad drawing by Janet Dodrill.

iPad drawing by Janet Dodrill.

Drawing is something I have always loved, and trained for in fine arts school. Then came the computer and I learned the creative electronic tools to make a living as a graphic designer. Along came the iPad and I avoided it primarily because of the expense, saving for two years to afford one. After the purchase, again, I avoided it. In my mind it was not enough like the computer and required learning to use it. I didn’t really know what to do with it or what it could be used for. A year and a half later, I now pick it up regularly to reconnect with my love for drawing. After installing some art Apps, I began using them. I hope to keep practicing and improving my (digital) drawing skills. I know now that both drawing and working with the iPad do take practice! The key for me, like working towards anything worthwhile in life, is to keep practicing.

I will be briefly sharing some of my work and the tools used for it at an upcoming presentation later this month:

Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group
“A Quick Tour of Art Apps for iPad”
Speakers: Nancy Aikins. Henry Lee, Janet Dodrill, Marvin Sable
Thursday, March 27, 2014
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
1 Infinity Corp Ctr. Dr., #250
Cleveland, OH 44125
Free for CDPUG members, $10 for guests
Networking at 6pm, Meeting at 6:30 – 8pm
More information: www.cdpug.org


A Moment in the Cleveland Art Scene, Fall 2013

October 10, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

Thomas R. Roese is a spectacular Cleveland artist. His newest drawings are architecturals in charcoal, acrylic, and colored pencil, inspired by a recent trip to Germany and currently selling at Dolan/Maxwell gallery in Philadelphia, PA. I visited him at The Print Club of Cleveland’s 29th Annual Fine Print Fair, on September 30th, 2013, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. (Did I mention that I designed his web site at www.thomasrroese.com?)

Artwork by Tom Roese

Artwork by Tom Roese.

Tom Roese, artist.

Tom Roese, artist, at The Print Club Cleveland’s Print Fair.

Jackbase T by Thomas R. Roese.

Jackbase T by Thomas R. Roese.

Rachel N. Davis is owner and auctioneer at Rachel Davis Fine Arts auction house and is auctioneer of fine arts. The upcoming fine arts auction, October 19, 2013, features the Cleveland School Art. Serving about seven auctions per year, the work can be previewed the week prior. She is on the Board for The Print Club of Cleveland. (Did I mention that I designed the concept for her web site www.racheldavisfinearts.com, and currently produce her postcard mailers and larger auction catalogs?)

Rachel N. Davis of Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Auctioneers & Appraisers

Rachel N. Davis of Rachel Davis Fine Arts, Auctioneers & Appraisers, at The Print Club Cleveland’s Print Fair.

Rachel Davis Fine Arts, October 19, 2013 Auction Postcard.

Rachel Davis Fine Arts, October 19, 2013 Auction Postcard.

Margaret ‘Yuko’ Kimura speaks fluent Japanese and works at The Verne Collection, Japanese print gallery located in Little Italy. As an artist, she uses collage and mixed media and fabric patterns inspired by her grandmother in prints she exhibits regularly throughout the area. The piece shown is from her ‘Paper Windows’ collection of works on paper. (Did I mention that I designed The Verne Collection’s logo, and the concept for their web site at www.vernegallery.com‎?)
Yuko Kimura work on paper.

Yuko Kimura work on paper.

Yuko Kimura, artist.

Yuko Kimura, artist, at The Print Club Cleveland’s Print Fair.

The Verne Collection logo.

The Verne Collection logo.

William Martin Jean recently returned from China with a body of landscape watercolors. He constantly finds new ways to express his art. His studio is located in the Heller Building and was opened to tour during the midtown art walk, Cleveland Sparx City Hop, September 21st, 2013. (Did I mention that I designed his web site at www.williammartinjean.com?)
William Martin Jean, artist.

William Martin Jean, artist.

Watercolors from China, by William Martin Jean.

Watercolors from China, by William Martin Jean.


Make Art, Sell Art, Buy Art

November 29, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

Oak Leaves, Oil on Canvas, by Janet Dodrill

This fall I am trying something new and participating in holiday art sales. As an artist, I have always wanted to do this, and I am testing the waters to see what of my work sells, and what doesn’t. One of my items for purchase is note cards, of all different subject matter which are images created from my color paintings (oils, acrylic and watercolor) and black and white prints (linocuts and lithographs). I have been keeping an inventory sheet for the past couple of art sales, and have concluded that everybody likes something different! Some of the most purchased themes include imagery of the Cleveland skyline, stylized oak leaves, garden flowers, and cats. This imagery is ‘safe’. But the purchases have been wide spread. The more personal and artistic artwork has not been as popular. In these hard economic times, shoppers are in to ‘feel good’ purchases, and are very particular in their spending, which can be a challenge for once thriving artists who do this for a living. However, it is important for artists to keep making art and keep putting it out there. When a shopper ‘connects’ with an art piece, it can be a positive emotional experience for both the artist and buyer, which can create a sense of happiness and well-being, which should always be looked at as an important need for all.


Upcoming Art Shows

October 27, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

Original B&W linocut prints by Janet Dodrill.

19th People’s Art Show

19th People's Art Show (Photo source: CSU Art Gallery)

The 19th People’s Art Show includes nearly 500 works of art by almost 300 area artists.

Opening reception – Friday, October 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
October 29 to December 9, 2010

Please note that the gallery will be closed from 11/25 – 11/28 for Thanksgiving.

Cleveland State University
Art Building
2307 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2103
http://www.csuohio.edu/artgallery/2010-2011/19PeopleArtShow/

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut print by Janet Dodrill.

Valley Art Center’s 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Valley Art Center 39th Juried Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: November 5th, 6pm – 8pm
November 6th – December 1st

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
(440) 247-7507
http://www.valleyartcenter.org/gallery.htm

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill, Gym, Booth #10.

19th Annual Heartfelt Holiday, Juried Show

19th Heartfelt Holiday at Brecksville Center for the Arts (Photo source: BCA)

Sat., Nov. 6, 10am-5pm
Sun., Nov. 7, 11am-4pm

Brecksville Center for the Arts
Community Center
8997 Highland Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-6232
http://www.brecksvillearts.org/heartfeltholiday.html

$5 Admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

1819 Cadwell Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Sat., Nov. 20, 1pm-8pm
Sun., Nov. 21, 12pm-4pm

Nine artists display and sell their work.

Free admission

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Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Laurel School’s 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar, Juried Show

Laurel School 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar

Sat. Dec. 4, 10am-5pm
Sun. Dec. 5, 11am-4pm

Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216-464-1441, Ext. 1344
www.laurelschool.org/arts/artisanbazaar.cfm

$3 Admission


Cleveland Print by Artist Janet Dodrill in Pop Shop’s Gallery’s ‘The Black and White Affair’ Art Exhibit

February 6, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

The Pop Shop Gallery

The Pop Shop Gallery & Studio, 17020 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, (216) 227-8440

Februray 6, 2010, The Pop Shop Gallery & Studio will hold a reception from 6-9pm for its art show The Black and White Affair, featuring the black and white work of 20 Cleveland artists including contemporary paintings, photography, drawings, and prints.

As a participating artist in the event, there you will find my original linocut print titled “Cleveland”. Additionally, notecards of the Cleveland print on wooden easels are also available.

The exhibit runs February 6 through March 6, 2010, and the gallery, studio, and frame shop is located at 17020 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107, (216) 227-8440.

The New Era is another exhibit opening that will run concurrently, featuring pop art on vinyl records, canvas, and found objects, in Pop Shop’s (art)ificial Gallery.

Visit the gallery and see work of up and coming and established artists, and support this establishment in Cleveland’s west side arts community.

The Black and White Affair at The Pop Shop Gallery

The Black and White Affair at The Pop Shop Gallery Art Exhibit Reception Announcement

(Images source: The Pop Shop Gallery & Studio)

The Pop Shop Gallery’s web site

The Pop Shop Gallery on Facebook (see the event listing and photos)

The Pop Shop Gallery’s Blog

The Pop Shop Gallery on MySpace