Lakeshore Artists member wins ADDA’s Public Art Competition

Lakeshore Artists

Congratulation Chris Raab!

ASHTABULA_The Ashtabula Downtown Development Association is pleased to announce the winner of the Public Art Competition is Chris Raab! The competition was part of the ADDA’s Civic Development Corporation grant, which was awarded for new planters, benches, and a public art competition.
As Chris describes it…
“Ashtabeautiful will be a bit over 9 feet tall. It will be made of wood with lettering showing. It will essentially be a four sided box with light emitting from inside. The light will be powered by a solar panel. Inside the box, behind the letters, will be clear plexiglass to keep the weather out. The piece will have four facades with each façade displaying a word related to Ashtabula. On top of the piece, as the wind catchers, will be (depending on design): 4 or 8 aluminum prints. These prints will be pictures of our “Ashtabeautiful” City.
The new whirligig will make its debut on the Ashtabula City Hall lawn in the Spring of 2018. The “blueprint” for Chris’s design can be found on the ADDA website at


Lakeshore Artists honor the one and only Harry Schwentker

Lakeshore Artists

Sept. 8, 2017 meeting

The meeting began with a presentation by author Burton Cole and ended with a small ceremony honoring Harry Schwentker’s devoted service to Lakeshore Artists. The introduction of new officers was handled by outgoing president Harry Schwentker.

The office holders are Taylor White, president, William West, vice-president, Christine Vandervort, secretary and Rosemary Bennett, treasurer. Dee Riley is our publicity chairwoman; West and Kevin Richards are responsible for the Lakeshore Artists website. White is the our Facebook page administrator.


Renowned childrens author and Pulitzer nominee Burton Cole was our guest speaker for the evening. He discussed what is involved when the author and illustrator come together to create a book and how the story and images work together.

In “real life,” Cole, a Conneaut High School and Kent State University graduate, is the features editor at the Tribune Chronicle daily newspaper in Warren.

Author Burton W. Cole

He previously was on writing and editing staff with the Star Beacon in Ashtabula. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” is a slice-of-life look at dads, diets, weird science and the quirkiness of the human condition that first appeared in the Star Beacon in 1993 and was added to the Tribune Chronicle in 1996.

Coles’ debut novel, “Bash and the Pirate Pig” (2013),was a finalist for the 2014 Selah Award for Best Children’s Book. “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper” (2014) won the 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grade Readers. The third book, “Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows” (2015) was released May 1. Cole is writing the fourth novel in the series, “Bash and the Daring Duck Disaster.”

Lakeshore Artists play big role in success of The Arts on Bridge Street Festival

Lakeshore Artists members worked hard to ensure the success of the fabulous two-day event The Arts on Bridge Street Festival held under sunny skies Aug. 26 & 27 in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor.

Lakeshore Artists members Chris Raab, festival founder and driving force, and Will West, Lakeshore Artists vice-president, worked tirelessly right up to festival time to put this fine art event together. Ann Stranman also assisted in the effort. Taylor White, Lakeshore Artists president, and husband Rex White, Lakeshore Artists member, put together a very fine exhibit of Lakeshore Artists members’ work above the Purola Bros. restaurant.

Please Click on the link / image below to view the The Arts on Bridge Street video.