Guest speaker Meeghan Humphrey demonstrates preparing framed art for exhibit


Ashtabula Arts Center Executive Director Meeghan Humphrey was the guest speaker for the April 13, 2018 Lakeshore Artists’ meeting at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Meeghan demonstrated the do’s and don’t’s of framing your art and preparing it for exhibition.

Meeghan received her BA in Art History from Oberlin College. She joined the staff of the Ashtabula Arts Center in 1992 as Visual Arts Coordinator.   She has taught thousands of classes, curated gallery exhibitions, painted dozens of sets, made costumes and props and managed the permanent collection during time with the AAC. Meeghan also has partnered with outside organizations, created outreach programs, raised funds, planned classes, hired and managed a teaching staff, and advocated for local artists.

She promoted to Deputy Director at the beginning of 2016 and was named Executive Director by the board in June 2016.

Please click on the image below to view AAC Executive Director Meeghan Humphrey’s very informative presentation.

Lakeshore Artists – The minutes from the March 23 meeting

                        Lakeshore Artists of Ashtabula County

Lakeshore Artists – The minutes from the March 23 meeting

Present:  Jim Vandervort, Daniel E. Huff Jr, Rex White, Taylor White, Rosemary Bennett, Christine A. Vandervort, Will West, Lynn Hess, T. J. Wilson, Chuck Cornell, Harry Schwentker, Allan Richards, Shirley Puchan, Chris DiGiacomo, Deb Rich (Guest), Kevin Richards, Glenn Morisue, Clarece Jones, Aimee Sarell, Dee Riley, Jeanne Maleckar, Deborah Hill (Guest), Del Barnett (Guest) Guests from Good Life Singers: Susan Deak, and Bridgette

Meeting called to order by Will West who introduced guests from Good Life Singers, Bridgette, and Susan Deak who discussed our collaboration for the concert on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Discussed the joint venture and distributed pre-sale tickets. Discussion of electronic display of artwork during the concert, and subsequent sale of selected works.  Discussion took place regarding an artist who will paint on stage during the concert. Artist Aimee Sarell will attend dress rehearsal to work out lighting and details.

Taylor White announced she has resigned as president of Lakeshore Artists and is moving out of state.

Taylor introduced guest speaker for the evening, Chris DiGiacomo from Framed on Main, formerly E and J Custom Framing, located at 4533 Main Ave. in Ashtabula. Chris offered members twenty percent discount on selected purchases from his establishment. Members must have membership card with them for the discount.

Will West thanked Taylor White for her service and proceeded with the evenings agenda.

Discussion took place regarding upcoming The Arts on Bridge Street (TABS) headed up by Judy Campbell this year. Cost to participate will be $100, which was deemed by consensus too costly for Lake Shore Artists. Will West reported that Judy Campbell declined an invitation to attend a Lake Shore Artists’ meeting to discuss TABS.

Discussed Wine and Walleye Festival. Will told those present that he is open for suggestions or comments. Will West will contact Christine Seuffert to gather information about the dates and fees.

Discussed the Uncorked Festival with a $75 fee. Not feasible for us at this time. No free space available, and impractical for our group.

Discussion took place regarding the Grape Jamboree. Dee Riley advised that one half of the space at the Recreation Building will be devoted to the camera club, and the other half to Lakeshore Artists.

The elected officers met recently with Ashtabula Arts Center Executive Director Meeghan Humphrey to work on potential fund raisers, and for Lakeshore Artists to become more involved with the Arts Center. Opportunities to volunteer for box office, ushering, and to assist at Kids Camp are available. Discussion was held regarding potential field trips, such as: Veterans Pow Wow in Salamanca in July; Frank Lloyd Wright sites, and Art museums. Further discussion regarding Kingsville Lawn Sale.

The Secretary distributed copies of the Bylaws and outlined the adjustments to them to reflect official board action over the years. A new Vice President is needed to serve out the current vacancy. Vacancies will need to be filled next year for Treasurer and Secretary.

Discussion took place regarding the LOGO design currently being used on Facebook and the webpage.

Minutes of the previous meeting of Nov, 9, 2017 were read by the Secretary. The minutes were recorded by Rex White and were approved as read: Motion by Jeanne Maleckar, Seconded by Dee Riley.

Adjournment  Motion to adjourn was made by Dan Huff, second by Jeanne Maleckar. Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine A. Vandervort

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

Lakeshore Artists

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


Art by Will photography
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.