Lakeshore Artists meeting update

Lakeshore Artists

About Jim Spencer

I am not a conventional artist but I am a craftsman of different skills perhaps using the same strategies and concepts as a conventional artist. I was a wood shop teacher at Champion High school. I have worked in many shops including metal, casting, machine shop, welding and other shops not art related.

However my projects innovative and at an advanced level and many are correlated to a specific person for whom they were made and sometimes combined with a reflective writing. Many projects are intentionally one of a kind. The art here is in the balance of design, form, function, precision by technique and personal dimension.

Annual Lakeshore Artists’ meeting / picnic scheduled for August

Lakeshore Artists also have meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 14 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the Ashtabula Arts Center.
The Arts on Bridge Street Festival starts Friday evening with a crawl / walk. Exhibits are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.
Lakeshore Artists will be exhibiting their work at Micheline Guerriero’s Lake Erie Mermaid Arts Studio at 1317 Bridge St. as part of TABS.

The next meeting of the Lakeshore Artists in July 13

Deborah West is a Reference / Instruction Librarian at Gannon University with more than 30 years of experience. Her focus is in legal studies, health and criminal justice. West recently completed a certificate program in legal research offered by the Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. West is enrolled in a program for Disaster Preparedness Information Specialist.

For member Chuck Cornell life is anything but still

William A. West

JEFFERSON_A soft-spoken, mild-mannered man, the General Electric engineer became semi-retired when GE closed their plant in Jefferson. Chuck Cornell, of Jefferson, worked in Cleveland and then Meadville, Pa. before he fully retired at the age of 80.

      “I started painting when I was thinking about retiring,” Cornell said. “I realized I didn’t have a hobby or anything to keep me busy. I always thought I could paint, somehow.”


Lakeshore Artists member Chuck Cornell.

One of the first classes Cornell took a watercolors class at the Ashtabula Arts Center more than 20 years ago. The 90-year-old whippersnapper also has dabbled with acrylic and oils during his art career, but always comes back to watercolors.

      “It’s not my nature to be careful,” Cornell said. “Watercolors clean up much easier.”

      Cornell became a member of Lakeshore Artists soon after he started painting and attending classes at the AAC. 

      “I was taking a workshop at the Ashtabula Arts Center and a couple of the ladies that were in Lakeshore Artists approached me about joining,” Cornell said. “I’ve really gotten a lot out of that. What amazes me is all the people, the talented people that are around. The club gives you a chance to associate with other artists. So really, mainly, I’m self-taught with the help of a lot of other people.” 

      The benefits of joining Lakeshore Artists is a two-way street for members because it gives them the opportunity to be associated with artist Chuck Cornell.

Please click on image below to watch our interview with Mr. Cornell