Artist of Month

Artist of Month

May Literary Artist of the Month – Joan Lederer and David Stringer

Joan Lederer came to photography later in life while empty nesting. Her interest in photography is mainly in documenting people, their interactions and their emotions. She is also fascinated by people’s stories as she photographs them. During COVID it became a necessary challenge to see the positive in life. Joan uses her art to work […]

May Visual Artist of the Month – Sharon Schlesinger

  I’ve always been artsy and creative. Over the years I branched out into various artistic endeavors and about 16 years ago I decided to concentrate on jewelry design.   I sold my whimsical designs in different local galleries and handmade artisan shows. After becoming a cancer survivor 14 years ago I wanted to do something more creative […]


Diane Vogel Ferri spent her career as a teacher of special needs children. Now she is a volunteer tutor, poet, and writer living in Solon, Ohio. Her latest novel is No Life But This: A Novel of Emily Warren Roebling. Her essays have been published in Scene Magazine, Raven’s Perch, Yellow Arrow Journal, and Good […]


Jeffrey Balazs is multi-talented craftsman, professional graphic designer and collaborator. As a young student, he explored the relationship between form and function and has incorporated that principle in every piece he creates. His background was filled with projects spanning industrial design, wood working, painting and graphic communications from his father and sewing and model making […]

February Artist of the Month – Visual: Lori Pastor

  Creating is my passion! If I am not painting, I am creating jewelry. I originally started as an oil painter several decades ago and enthusiastically merged into painting on the back of glass with acrylic paints inspired by my trip to Italy. I started with small paintings and it expanded into painting on the […]

February Artist of the Month – Music: Obediya Jones – Darrell

“In February I am debuting my new Opera Fairy in the Lake in Cleveland’s Short. Sweet. Film Festival. I composed the music (performed by the Prague Orchestra), and it includes dance choreography and animation. In March my Play with music, Speak Easy, will be performed in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Test Flight Festival. I originally performed the work with a local […]

January Artist of the Month – Music: Blue Streak Ensemble

  The Blue Streak Ensemble was founded in 2011 by award-winning composer Margaret Brouwer to bring contemporary chamber music to Ohio communities along Lake Erie. They achieved immediate success and quickly began to expand performances in and around Cleveland including recording sessions at Oberlin’s Clonick Hall to make the CD recently released by Naxos called Shattered,Chamber Music […]

March Artist of the Month – Literary: Molly Fuller

  Molly Fuller is the author of the full-length collections For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press) and Always a Body (Cornerstone Press, forthcoming); two chapbooks Tender the Body (Spare Change Press) and The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press). She recently won the Gris-Gris Summer 2020 Poetry […]

February Artist of the Month – Literary: Robert Miltner

  Creative Writing Poetry Books  Splendor of Ignition: Five Prose Poetry Sequences.  Manuscript under review Orpheus & Echo. From Triptych: Orpheus & Echo by Robert Miltner; In Time by James McCorkle; and The Three-legged World by Peter Grandbois. Etruscan Press at Wilkes University, 2020  Hotel Utopia. New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2011 […]

January Artist of the Month – Literary: Andrea Doe

Background Having roots in the South of the United States as well as Liberia and being raised in international contexts, my motley of cultural experiences are the foundation of my work. I believe poetry is a form of healing, and, through its writing and reading, we encounter our rawest selves – a self that is […]