Category Archives: Member News

The Big Gumshoes: a new story by Bill Cohen-Kiraly

This is a shameless plug by me, Bill Cohen-Kiraly. I have published a new story on my site “Songs of a Befuddled Muse” (   Please check out “The Big Gumshoes” –What happens when Clumbo, a man dedicated to making kids laugh and bad guys cry, receives a gruesome package by UPS? The Big Gumshoes While on, check out some… Read more »

CDPUG Services Directory Director Karen Jewel-Kett Hosts Fall Workshops

FirstHand Studio Fall 2014 Workshops Discover your natural creativity in my studio– a relaxed, fun, hands-on environment! ……………………… Explore! Art Journaling 3 Saturdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 11, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon ($50) Whether you are just beginning your artist’s path, or you’ve been creating for years, art journaling can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and generating creative ideas…. Read more »

2014 Showcase Presenters Contact Information

For those of you that attended the CDPUG 10th Annual Member Showcase, you saw an amazing slate of talented graphics professionals. And a few inspirational and talented non-graphics professionals. Here is the available contact info for our speakers. They would be happy to hear from you. Karen Jewell-Kett FirstHandStudio 440-376-9579   Nancy Aikins Nancy Aikins Art & Design… Read more »

Gerry Shamray Art Show at Loganberry Books from August 6th to September 1st

Gerry Shamray will have an art show held at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights from August 6th to September 1st.  Guests can attend an opening reception from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on August 6th and hear from Shamray himself. Loganberry Books is located at 13015 Larchmere Boulevard in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Much of the artwork to be featured at the show is… Read more »

The 10th Annual CDPUG Showcase. Sample Five-Minute Portfolio. "IGotABike" by Carolyn Lewis

The 10th Annual CDPUG Showcase is coming up on Thursday, June 5th at 6:00 PM. Here is a sample Five-Minute Portfolio from a previous meeting. The content is linked from the CDPUG You Tube Channel. For more information about the talented Carolyn Lewis go

Explore Color Class begins this Saturday, May 10!

This is the class to take if you are tired of struggling with color mixing and winding up with mud. You will be able to use your own paints in class–watercolor, oils, acrylics or other media, even pastels, will work. I will show you how to use the split primary color palette to mix clean colors. By the end of… Read more »

Explore Sketching! (Workshops by CDPUG Services Directory Director Karen Jewel-Kett)

This workshop consists of 3 Saturday morning classes on the basics of drawing. We will work in my studio in a relaxed atmosphere to explore the fundamentals of sketching for fun. You will be introduced to the basic principles of line, gesture, contour, shading and shadow, and drawing from life. I will also give you tips on how to select… Read more »

DesigNation networking event sponsored by the Organization of Black Designers [OBD]

A healthy segment of Cleveland’s African American creative class convened in University Circle on Thursday, July 18th to network and glean insight and inspiration from some of our town’s under the radar professional talent. The occasion was a well-conceived DesigNation networking event sponsored by the Organization of Black Designers [OBD], a national group of design professionals from across a spectrum of intellectual workers:… Read more »

CDPUG Volunteer & Freelance Record Producer Erica Brenner Featured in Shaker Life

CDPUG volunteer & Freelance Record Producer Erica Brenner has been featured in the June/July 2013 issue of Shaker Life. Erica is not your typical CDPUG member since her expertise is in audio, but with the growth of the internet, Erica has added visual production to her skills. Erica has also volunteered to assist Ron Skozen, the CDPUG Multimedia director with his… Read more »

Carolyn Lewis, CDPUG member goes Extremely Mobile with her "IGotABike" Blog

Carolyn Lewis, CDPUG Member and recent panelist at the January Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) program “Best Business Practices for the Creative Professional: How To Be A Mega Success Story,” is on a bike trip from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. As an avid biker and the designer of the printed map of the Ohio to Erie bike trail,… Read more »