Artist of Month

Artist of Month

October Visual Artist of the Month – Larry Kasperek

I am a recovering photojournalist, having spent 25 years in newspaper business. I worked as a photographer, picture editor and director of photography. The journey took me from working with film into the digital age. After my newspaper career I worked 15…

October Literary Artist of the Month – Shelley Chernin

Shelley Chernin is an environmental activist and ukulele enthusiast who has been writing poetry on and off for most of her life. She is the author of The Vigil, published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2012. Her poems have appeared in many…

Cathalyn Roberts – Musical Artist of the Month, September

Cathalyn Roberts, Founder of The Katy, is a Cleveland based songwriter, bassist & vocalist. The spirit of The Katy is expressed through energetic melodies and pulsing, driven tempos along with the purposeful lyrics addressing inequality, loneliness, adoration and struggle. Cathalyn’s songs have…

Melissa Hintz – Literary Artist of the Month, September

Melissa Hintz, a Shaker Heights resident, escaped from corporate America to become a writer, her left brain exhausted from years as a number-crunching actuary and her right brain impatient to let her imagination run wild again. Her first book, On Chagrin Boulevard;…

Nancy Luken – Visual Artist of the Month, September

Local Artist Nancy Luken has spent much of her career exploring the lines between reality and imagination. Whether taking common everyday items and altering them to create a new object seen in a whole new perspective; or taking reality and incorporating whimsical…

August Musical Artist of the Month – Tim McDonald

A proud native of Cleveland Heights, saxophonist Tim McDonald got his start in the NE Ohio music scene in high school playing with local swing and blues groups. He quickly became obsessed with the sounds of Black American Music and began listening…

August Literary Artist of the Month – Ariel Alexander Fiore

Ariel Alexander Fiore is a Cleveland based poet currently in search of himself. Hopefully one day they will meet. With 20 years of writing experience, life is a story to be written. Ariel was a part of The People Poetry Slam scene…

August Visual Artist of the Month – Natalie Rich

Tesori dal Lago is handcrafted jewelry by Natalie Rich of Lakewood, Ohio. Composed of drilled objects found along the shores of Lake Erie (mostly Edgewater), Natalie chooses the best pieces to fashion into everyday, wearable treasures. Stones, glass, pottery, and brick are…

July 2022 Literary Artist of the Month – Bill Newby

Bill Newby was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, a teacher and administrator at Shaker Heights High School, and an academic advisor and lecturer at Cleveland State University. He wrote his first short story, “Private Eyeballs – the Detective,” in Mrs. Hahn’s…

July 2022 Visual Artist of the Month – Amelia Joynes

Amelia C. Joynes -Transparent Enamels on Copper  “I am intrigued by the nature of how light ripples through water, or flows through windows, and how I can translate that into new images in glass and metal.  I have explored many media to…