Peninsula Art Academy Photographers International Digital Exhibition and Competition, 2022

September 13, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

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The 2022 Peninsula Art Academy (PAA) Photographers International Digital Exhibition and Competition
Participation in digital revolving gallery kiosk displaying entrants and winners, four entries in categories Land, Air, Nature, Imagination.
August 2022 – October 2022
Peninsula Art Academy
1600 Mill Street West
Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Kevin Wilson
Woody Walters
Michael Ayers (judging panel chair)
Robert Hughes
Charles van den Ouden

Tamron USA, Inc.
The Dodd Co.
The Digital Academy

Photography by Janet Dodrill

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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

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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.

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


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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).

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

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Scenic Hudson, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

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Floral Islands, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

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New England, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

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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! 

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Peninsula Plein Air Competition Exhibit through November 22, 2021

October 23, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Peninsula Art Academy ( hosts a Plein Air competition, open to all artists, October 14-16, 2021. Paintings are created (or 2-D work) outdoors in natural available light over the course of three days (Thursday through Saturday) around prime landmarks and locations around beautiful Peninsula, Ohio including in the Cuyahoga National Park. By the end of the third day (Saturday) the work must be completed (two pieces allowed per artist), framed and ready to hang. The exhibit is on Sunday, October 17, 2021 directly following, with a reception and awards ceremony from 3-6pm. Juried by David Rankin.

This was my third year participating in the event, and though both demanding and challenging, it was a very enriching way to build my skills and technique, and the experience even allowed me to meet several local area artists. I created two paintings, Cedar Grove Cemetery, 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas, and GAR Hall, 8″ x 10″ gouache. I am looking forward to future events offered by the Peninsula Art Academy.

The exhibit runs October 18 – November 22, 2021

Peninsula Art Academy
1600 Mill Street West
Peninsula, OH 44264
(330) 657-2248
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Cedar Grove Cemetery, Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 20″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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Cedar Grove Cemetery, Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 20″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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GAR Hall, Gouache on Board, 8″ x 10″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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GAR Hall, Gouache on Board, 8″ x 10″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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Peninsula Art Academy, Peninsula Art Academy Plein Air competition 2021, Peninsula, Ohio.

Make Your Customers Dance by Marc A. Majers, Adds Beat to User Experience

August 29, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

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Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience, book by Marc A. Majers.

Have you ever been to a party or wedding with a DJ? They can energize a crowd and make the event a memorable experience for all.

Meet experienced DJ emcee turned web strategist, and you have Marc Majers, author of Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience.

In this book all the heavy web strategies are addressed and discussed in detail. And to take it a step further, Marc compares the importance of each phase of building a website to that of setting up an event and getting ready to ‘spin’ some records. It adds a level of understanding and fun to what could be a complicated subject matter. The book tells us how to approach the website as a valuable part of your business, and the reader is drawn in by the comparison and the importance of planning and executing an event, engaging the participant, and creating something that can be taken away.

Because of Marc’s expertise as an information architect and digital strategist, he lists a great deal of content about content! And that is where we are in today’s content-driven web world. Everything that has been discussed in the past twenty or so years in the web industry is covered from a vast wealth of collective information from the tops in the field. Areas which include web visual and interface design, navigation and function, objectives, user centered design (UCD), user experience (UX), research and prototypes, analytics and evaluations, testing methods, and most importantly, how to begin.

If a DJ has the goal of keeping the dance floor packed, then wouldn’t it seem logical for a business owner to keep traffic coming to their site, engaging them when there, so they leave having had a good experience?

As a practicing web designer myself, I have known Marc for many years, and have seen him present complex topics to other web professionals, always coming well-prepared and delivering with knowledge and enthusiasm. He has always made what the experts in the field are saying available to his listeners. And I’ve have seen some of his well-structured websites in use. I was aware of his DJ-ing, but have not, until now, seen him combine his knowledge of web development with a light-hearted ‘twist’ on concept and approach.

Marc stresses the importance of knowing your audience, like the professional disc jockey is hired to manage a special event and must ‘tune in’ to the guests to give them what they are looking for in music to make them want to dance all night! With proper steps in building your web site you can satisfy your customers when they reach your web page and perhaps sell more than your competition, with potential of repeat business.

See what others see in your site and take it to the next level, with this recommended must-have publication.

Majers is also author of Don’t Fear The Forward, a hands-on guide to building a successful website for those who may be having trouble getting started, with smart ways to get organized and move ahead.

Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience is available on Amazon, a valuable resource for anyone involved in planning, building, or maintaining a web site.

recommended reading five stars

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Call of the Wild Juried Art Exhibit, 2021

May 29, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

My art piece, Elephants, was accepted into the juried art exhibit, Call of the Wild, displayed virtually at San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center offered through SCORE (Southern California Open Regional Exhibitions).

The online exhibit was juried by Carla, Laureen Bollinger, watercolor artist.

Flora and fauna in nature was the theme of the exhibit, and it can be viewed beyond the show dates, May 1 – May 31, 2021, at (Gallery 1) and (Gallery 2) The awards reception video is also available at

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Elephants, watercolor and ink, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2021, by Janet Dodrill.

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