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Call For Artists


REMINDER — Call for Artists
Submissions Due by 12:00pm on April, 21

The City Club of Cleveland Murals
Artists and teams of artists are invited to submit their qualifications to produce artwork for a mural that will be placed on an exterior wall of the City Club of Cleveland Building, located at 850 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

The mural artwork will be reproduced digitally on the exterior of the building. Because of this, artists from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to submit. Previous mural experience is not required.

The City Club of Cleveland, now in its 105th year of existence as one of the nation’s great free speech forums, will commission an artist to design a mural for placement on the west-facing exterior wall of its building. The mural, the purposes of which will be to celebrate the principle of free speech and serve as a wayfinding device to the City Club’s second-floor location, will be inspired by an existing City Club mural, Elmer Brown’s “Freedom of Speech,” which graces a wall of the City Club’s main interior gathering place, the Forum.

Brown’s artwork, completed in 1942, represents the breaking of ties to oppression and exclusion, while compelling viewers and attendees at Forum events to ask questions, avoid making assumptions, and keep learning.

Three artists will be paid a stipend to produce conceptual designs for the project. Artists who are invited to produce designs will be expected to produce designs for two possible locations on the building wall. Additionally, a scaled-down version of the mural will be required for indoor display. The artist whose work is chosen for implementation will be responsible for producing the artwork in a scalable electronic format that can be digitally reproduced for installation.



This call is open to all qualified artists or teams thereof, 18 and older and living or working in Ohio.

Artists selected as finalists will be paid a stipend to produce a conceptual design for a mural. The artist whose design is chosen for implementation will be paid an additional artist fee, which will cover their services during the design-development and later phases of the project. Though the artist will be expected to participate in the process of producing and installing the mural, fabrication and installation will not be a primary responsibility of the artist.

Submission requirements
Interested artists are required to submit a one-page letter of interest concisely describing their qualifications and explaining why they would be interested in working on this project. Within the one-page letter of interest, artists should indicate what approach they would take to the project.
Additionally, artists should provide a link to an online portfolio or image sheet with no fewer than five and no more than 20 images of previous or relevant work.
An up-to-date résumé or CV must also be supplied.
All submission materials must be in a commonly accessible electronic format.

Process and timeline
Artists’ qualifications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Three artists will be chosen to produce mural designs which they would then present to the panel.
The selection-process timeline will be as follows:

March 2017 – Release of Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
April 21, 2017 – Submissions due
May 2017 – Selection of finalists
July 2017 – Selection of artwork to be implemented
August-September 2017 – Design development and fabrication
October 2017 – Installation

Submission instructions and deadline
Questions and submissions should be directed to Nora Romanoff at Submission materials must meet the requirements set out above and be submitted by 12 p.m., EDT, on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Top Mistakes Content Creators Make –And How to Avoid Them

Or for anyone at the meeting, they’re more like “misconceptions” than mistakes. Regardless, the presentation was very informative with facts ranging from copyright laws to rules on fair use. The speaker that presented is a well-known figure named Sharon L. Toerek, Principle Toerek Law (if you want to learn more about her in depth, you can right here) who is an attorney that specializes in legal assets for creative projects and properties.

Her knowledge was really prominent when she began her presentation and went into great detail about each slide, like her first slide for example. The first misconception reads, “My original ideas and concepts are protected by copyright law.” and Sharon Toerek goes into detail about how your ideas need to be more concrete before they can have any sort of protection to it. The list goes on, along with the questions everyone in the audience brought with them during the presentation. One of the questions came from a member who asked about a character on their business card resembling an already existing character, even though they made the card first. Sharon Toerek was able to reassure the designer that they won’t get into legal trouble, since the likeliness is not exact, and the company in question is overseas.

For those that couldn’t attend the meeting, Sharon Toerek was kind enough to share with us, the slides she used in her presentation. Although the audience members brought some very helpful questions, you can get just as much info out of these slides down below. If you would like a copy of the presentation itself, you can get it here. We hope you got a lot out of that meeting, because we sure did! Thanks again for talking Sharon Toerek!

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Save 50% in Take Control’s Spring Book Bargain Bonanza

Good day, fellow Apple aficionados!

We felt like having a big sale, but couldn’t find a good hook for it. Sure, tomorrow is World Backup Day, and Joe Kissell’s excellent Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide is the latest incarnation of Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac, which was one of our most popular books of all time. But you’re all backing up now, right? Right?!?

So no hooks, just a straightforward 50%-off sale on all Take Control books through April 9th. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats, so you can get the real-world advice you need wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like.

Order now with this link:

A few titles deserve special mention:

The whole “Turkish hacker gang” thing seems to be just a bunch of hot air, but data breaches happen almost weekly now. You have little to worry about if you generate and manage strong passwords in 1Password, and Joe’s Take Control of 1Password will help you with that. To ensure you have nothing to worry about on key accounts, turn on two-factor authentication, which his Take Control of Your Passwords explains. Stay safe out there.

Apple totally can’t stop toying with iTunes, but Kirk McElhearn’s Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ was completely up to date until last week. Luckily, the only noteworthy changes are iTunes rentals being available on all your Apple devices, playlists opening in their own windows, and a redesign of the MiniPlayer.

Keeping up with Apple’s operating systems doesn’t have to be difficult, and Scholle McFarland’s Sierra: A Take Control Crash Course and Josh Centers’s iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course are the key books you should turn to for core Mac and iOS documentation. They’re packed with tips, illustrative screenshots, and real-world advice.

You can’t get any more core than macOS’s Unix foundations, and even while Apple tries to “protect” us all from scary things like the Library folder (hold Shift to see it in the Finder’s Go menu!), if you study Joe’s Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, you’ll get super powers. We can promise X-ray vision into the Mac’s file system, navigating nested directories and managing related files with a single command, and mind control over remote computers.

Of course, that barely scratches the surface of our full collection, so check out the other gems available for 50% off in our catalog. It’s a great time to stock your Take Control Library with the books that you can turn to for help at any time. And remember, we don’t expect you to read everything cover to cover. Instead, use the Table of Contents and Quick Start section to jump instantly to the topics that explain what you want to know.

Order now with this link:

Thanks for your continued support, and the many useful questions and kind comments you’ve sent over the years. And please, if you would do us a quick favor, spread the word about this sale to your friends and colleagues!

cheers… -Adam and Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

Gerry Shamray’s “Selfie” accepted in BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition

CDPUG VP Gerry Shamray earned a spot in this year’s BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition. The show opened on Friday, March 10 with a reception and will run through April 1.

Gerry’s piece, “Selfie,” is a black and white digital drawing that depicts the artist reflecting on his life via illustrated selfies of himself and his dog. “Selfie” was also shown last year at the 7th Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition and originally debuted in the NOIS (Northern Ohio Illustrators Society) “Selfie” Show in 2015 where it was awarded first place.

Gerry Shamray is known for his sketchy, life-like illustrations for Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor.” He has worked with cartoonist Tom Batiuk on the nationally syndicated comic strip “John Darling” and worked at Sun Newspapers as their graphics editor. He’s currently a freelance illustrator and writer. His website is at

The BAYarts Annual Juried Exhibition is held in the Sullivan Family Gallery located at 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village. More information is available at

About Mike Schwartz

A graphic designer that loves typography, current page designer and ad designer for two newspapers that print weekly. Practicing several mediums, I'm ready to broaden my horizons.

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 of our older work including stories and visual art about:

And please leave comments here or on or email them to Bill at

Safely Backing Up your Mac & PC – PDF Presentation

The Feburary 2017 CDPUG General Meeting featured our Programming Director, Spike Radway, and Ken Fanger, talking about backing up data on your Mac, PC, iOS & Android Devices. Both of their presentation slides are below for anyone who wants to see it again, or for those who couldn’t attend.

Spike’s presentation is here.

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Ken’s presentation is here.

Backup Windows


CDPUG January 26, 2017 Meeting Summary

Our January 26, 2017 General Meeting was held at the Garfield Heights, Branch of the Cuyahoga Library. Bill Cohen-Kiraly began with a quick overview of some new features on our website. The main attraction was Garfield Heights Branch Manager Lane Edwards II showing us the digital resources the library has to offer, with a focus on graphic design. Lane showed users of Mac, PC, and mobile devices how to get the fullest use of their library’s resources.

Lane directed us to start with the Digital Collection Link for choosing eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and Music. For other resources like and dozens of resources from 60 Minutes,, and resource links under Research.

The evening was full of useful information and the meeting after the meeting feedback was all extremely positive. Even those power users in the audience felt like they learned more than they expected.

Spike’s favorite tip was under the Edit Account Link of your profile, you can assign a user name that is easier to remember than a library card number. We also learned that Ohio residents can get library cards for any library in the state.

Our Cuyahoga County Library system is amazing with great services, and great staff. The Library at Alexandria has nothing on our county!


Holiday Party and Officer Announcements

With this year coming to a close, our final event is the Holiday Party at Oak Barrel for a nice dinner where all the members mingled and got to vote for the new officers that will be chosen to lead CDPUG into an exciting 2017. Our election resulted in very talented people on the board and perfect for the job. In case you weren’t around for the meeting , here’s the slate of officers for the coming year.

President: Ron Skoczen

Vice President: Gerry Shamray

Treasurer: Gary Sherck

Secretary: Volunteer Needed

Programmer: Spike Radway

Web designer: Bill Cohen-Kiraly

Membership: Judy Beveridge

Give them a round of applause as they move forward toward a new year for CDPUG! Thank you all for your continued support!

About Mike Schwartz

A graphic designer that loves typography, current page designer and ad designer for two newspapers that print weekly. Practicing several mediums, I'm ready to broaden my horizons.

To Pixar and Beyond. A Book Review and Comparison to Other Titles

Pixar and Beyond

A book review by Spike Radway

I recently enjoyed the newly released book, “To Pixar and Beyond. My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History” by Lawrence Levy. Enough to take the time to write a review and encourage Cleveland Digital Publishing User Group (CDPUG) members to read this recently released title.

I have read a few books about Steve Jobs and Pixar and this one is in the recommended reading for others list. This title kept me very engaged and eager to keep going. It has the unusual perspective being from point of view of the CFO of Pixar. It focuses on the business and financial issues of growing Pixar, and accomplishing the very difficult and successful IPO. The author is a former Silicon Valley attorney and business executive personally recruited by Steve Jobs for his position at Pixar.

What is very noticeable and unique in this book is that the subtitle referencing Steve Jobs is not just a marketing ploy to sell copies. Steve Jobs in mentioned constantly through out since the author’s position at Pixar required him to interact with Steve Jobs constantly. The descriptions of Steve Jobs show his keen intellect and judgement without the negativity of the authorized  Walter Isaacson biography. I would instead put it into the list with “Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader” by Brent Schlender, a journalist who knew Steve Jobs and describes his growth into the genius we all know and admire today. Also in this list of books is the title “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull, the CEO of Pixar. “Creativity, Inc.” focuses on the management issues involved with the special creative culture at Pixar. It reads more like an extremely interesting MBA case study, and includes a special epilogue chapter about Steve Jobs also without the one-sided negativity of the authorized biography.

One aspect of “To Pixar and Beyond” that was interesting was the strategic aspects described with financial aspects of Pixar and even includes the subject of Branding which would be of intense interest to CDPUG members.

I encourage my friends and fellow creatives and techies to read this title.

I also have to add a humorous side note: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Kermit the Frog, Alfred E. Neuman, and myself were all born in the same year, 1955. It amuses me to have something in common with each of these notable celebrities. If anyone was going to write a pamphlet about me it would be entitled “To CDPUG and Beyond.” 😉



Diamond Visual Communications Grand Opening

Diamond Visual Communications

Diamond Visual Communications is having a grand opening Thursday December 8, where you can see their Showroom and Production Facility. CDPUG Member, Mark Bailin is the owner of Diamond Visual Communications.

Where: 4516 Renaissance Parkway, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128

When: Thursday December 8, 2016 at 12 PM – 2 PM and 4 PM – 6 PM

If you want to learn more about the company, you can visit their website here.

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