An interview with award-winning artist E. Janie Altrogge

Lakeshore Artists

Award-winning artist E. Janie Altrogge has continued producing fantastic art as she battles major health issues during her extended stay at the Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Austinburg. Janie is a long-time of the Lakeshore Artists group and has been a mentor to many members. We are proud to feature an interview with this esteemed artist on the Lakeshore Artists website.

“Being an artist can be so isolating. I don’t care about how you think you know, you’re going to learn something from someone because they observe from a different point of view. All artists need each other. We need to be a community.”

 E. Janie Altrogge

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Betsy DeVol Roll talks about the art of stained glass

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Renowned stained glass artist Betsy DeVol Roll’s presentation during our November meeting was a hit with members. Our video of her lecture provides a glimpse of her excellent presentation.

Betsy DeVol Roll was born in southern Ohio and graduated from Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Art Education. She has completed post-graduate studies at Kent State University and Lake Erie College. Betsy taught art in the public schools for six years before founding the Stained Pane in 1987. She has been working in stained glass for more than 30 years.

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Betsy DeVol Roll talks during her appearance at the Lakeshore Artists November meeting at the Ashtabula Arts Center about being a stained glass artist.

Betsy has seven different types of customers: students, commissions, consignments, repairs/restorations, art gallery, gift shop and stained glass supplies. Every transaction is completed with integrity. All artwork created at the Stained Pane will move, touch and inspire. The atmosphere is one of joy. Betsy treats each customer as an extraordinary person.

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It’s time to meet Lakeshore Artists member Clarece Jones

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Clarece Jones, artist.

ASHTABULA_Our interview with Lakeshore Artists’ member Clarece Jones, is one of what we hope are many interviews featuring active members of our highly esteemed group. Clarece has received numerous awards for her artwork. We sincerely appreciate Clarece’s bravery for being our first interview for the Lakeshore Artists’ website.

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.

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Author Burton W. Cole is our guest speaker for Sept. 8 meeting

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“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”
James McNeil Whistler

Ashtabula_The Lakeshore Artists’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Ashtabula Arts Center. The new officers will begin their term. Taylor White is our president, Will West is our vice-president, Christine Vandervort returns as secretary and Rosemary Bennett returns as treasurer.

Renowned childrens author and Pulitzer nominee Burton Cole is our guest speaker for the evening. He will be discussing what is involved when the author and illustrator come together to create a book where the story and images work together and compliment each other.

We welcome the public to our meeting to enjoy Mr. Cole’s presentation.

Author Burton W. Cole

In “real life,” the Conneaut High School and Kent State University graduate is the features editor at the Tribune Chronicle daily newspaper in Warren. He previously was on writing and editing staff with the Star Beacon in Ashtabula. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” 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. He is writing the fourth novel in the series, “Bash and the Daring Duck Disaster.”

Coles’ first two novels were illustrated by former Disney animator Tom Bancroft, who was the lead designer of Mushu the dragon in the film “Mulan,” and who worked on other Disney features such as “Beauty and the Beast.” In the third book Buddy Lewis, also a former Disney artist, picked up illustrator duties using Tom’s character sheets.

Burt tells it this way: “I am halfway decent at drawing, so with my first book, I pitched the idea that I do my own illustrations to my publisher at B&H Kids. I sent in sketches. He said they were nice, but that he had a former Disney animator and Big Idea illustrator Tom Bancroft in mind for the covers and the 12 interior line drawings. He sent me Tom ideas for the book. It was absolutely no contest. ‘Yeah, let’s go with Tom,’ I said. It was awesome.”

Mr. Cole will have copies of his books available for purchase after his presentation at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2829 W. 13th St., Ashtabula, Ohio.


The Lakeshore Artists 42 Annual Show and Sale

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ASHTABULA_The 42nd Annual Lakeshore Artists Show and Sale held their May exhibit at the Ashtabula Arts Center on 2928 W. 13th St. in Ashtabula. The exhibit featured 70 art pieces in a wide variety of media. The categories were abstract, portraiture, landscape/seascape, still life and three dimensional art; the juried show ran until May 30. Art Center gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday.

About the Judge
James Engelmann is an exhibition designer at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Engelmann works with museum curators to develop interior gallery spaces, exhibition lighting, specifications for exhibit casework, furniture and museum interactives. Engelmann is a painter, photographer and draftsman; he teaches a design course in the school of digital sciences at Kent Sate University. Engelmann earned a BFA at KSU and a Master of Fine Art degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.