Garfield Heights Library

Spike Radway   February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Garfield Heights Library

Our usual meeting place. The library has ample parking and is centrally located near I-480 and I-77. The meeting rooms immediately to the right as you come in the front door.

Upcoming events

  • 2018-01-25 6:00 PM - 2018-01-25 7:00 PM

    Robin VanLear, the Director of Community Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the creator and Artistic Director of Parade the Circle will reflect on her nearly 30 years at the helm of Parade the Circle. Parade the Circle, annually employs over 50 artists from greater Cleveland and around the globe and draws a crowd of 80,000 spectators to the University Circle area. This year's event takes place on Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    Public workshops where the staff helps with your parade entry begin in May and continue until the parade. Basic workshops are Fridays from 6:00–9:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30–4:30 pm. CDPUG members Jamie Hills and Spike Radway enjoyed participating in these workshops in 2017.

    In addition to sharing her reflections, Robin will describe her interpretation of Community Art and how it relates to the world of graphic design and to local members of the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group.

    Speaker Bio:

    Robin VanLear

    Robin VanLear is Director of Community Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  She is the creator and artistic director of Parade the Circle, the “I Madonnari” Chalk Festival and the “Winter Lights” Lantern Festival.

    The recipient of multiple Ohio Arts Council grants and the Governor’s Award for Arts Outreach, Robin was also honored with the first Joseph Piggott Award, the Judson Smart Living Award and twice by Northern Ohio Live for Event of the Year. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Robert P. Bergman award.

    Robin was artistic director for “Seeking Radiance” the collaborative performance/installation presented at Spaces Gallery in Fall 2010 as part of the “Cleveland Arts Prize Goes Live” project that celebrated 50 years of the Cleveland Arts Prize. She was a 2010 Creative Workforce fellow. Her FusionFest project, “Marigold Wars”, was made possible by this fellowship and a 2011 Launch Fellowship from Playhouse Square Foundation. Robin received a second Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2014.

  • 2018-02-22 6:00 PM - 2018-02-22 9:00 PM

    Do you wonder why your photos don’t look like what you expected? It’s such a beautiful world. Why are photos that come out of our cameras so flat and unemotional? It’s because our eyes can see more light than a camera can capture. The solution to capturing the beauty of a shot is HDR.

    HDR is an abbreviation for high dynamic range. HDR photography allows you to create stunning and mind-blowing photos that include incredible lighting, color, and detail you couldn’t otherwise achieve by taking a single photo. An HDR photo displays maximum details for recreating all the beauty you perceived at the moment you took the shot.

    When it comes to editing and creating your HDR photos, Aurora HDR is the world’s most powerful HDR software made exclusively for the Mac (coming soon for PC). Aurora HDR is a joint project developed by Macphun, an award-winning software company, and Trey Ratcliff, the world’s most renowned HDR photographer. Aurora HDR is fast, easy to use, and allows you to create stunning HDR photos in minutes.

    Here’s what you’ll learn:
    The basics of HDR photography

    • The benefits of HDR
    • Tips, advice, and secrets of HDR
    • About the Mac app Aurora HDR
    • How to create and edit HDR photos

    Bio:
    Chris Woodman is an award-winning graphic designer, publisher, and educator.

    An expert in Apple software, Chris’ skill set runs the full gamut. His passion and specialty are in digital media — more specifically ebooks, presentations, photography, and videography.

    Over the past decade, Chris has trained over 1,000 customers and employees and has organized and facilitated over 300 business workshops and community events.

    His genuine personality and natural ability to simplify the complex allow Chris to communicate clearly with any audience, regardless of learning style or previous technology experience. His passion for design and sharing his knowledge sparks inspiration in others.

    Chris Woodman

  • 2018-03-29 6:00 PM - 2018-03-29 9:00 PM

    Have you ever taken a good long look at what’s under the hood of a Photoshop brush? Sadly, many of us take them for granted when painting with pixels.

    Learn how to tweak and customize brushes from the many settings at your fingertips. Even create an original brush from the family dog or cat just for the fun of it.

    Find out what’s up with those hard to control bristle brushes or take advantage of the amazing mixer brush tool.

    It’s time to brush up on Photoshop brushes.

    Speaker Bio: From the moment Gerry Shamray got his first box of Crayola Crayons as a child, he’s been creating bright, colorful images and imaginative stories. The crayons may have been replaced by a Wacom tablet and mixed media but Gerry’s inventive imagination continues to be fresh and youthful.

    Gerry is best known for his sketchy life-like drawings of Harvey Pekar in the comic book “American Splendor” that was later turned into a hit movie starring Paul Giamatti. He’s also worked with legendary comic strip artist/writer Tom Batiuk (“Crankshaft,” “Funky Winkerbean”) on the nationally syndicated strip, “John Darling.”

    While working in the newspaper business as an artist and writer, Gerry has garnered over two dozen national and statewide awards. He also earned a regional Emmy early in his career while at WVIZ-TV.

    Besides his published work, Gerry’s artwork has been shown in art shows, galleries and museums including the Cartoon Art Museum and as far away as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

    His online portfolio is at www.shamray.com and he’s on Instagram. He is always looking for new creative projects.

    Gerry lives in Cleveland with his wife Tracy along with their cat, Pixel, and two dogs, Guinness and Copper. He loves to visit restaurants that leave crayons on their tables.

  • 2018-04-26 6:00 PM - 2018-04-26 9:00 PM

    Phil Stella, owner of Effective Training & Communication will discuss "Managing Your Presentation Anxiety" with the goal of helping presenters at the May 31st CDPUG Five-Minute Showcase calmly and confidently show off their portfolios, and share their interesting personal stories. Phil will discuss how to Identify specific causes of anxiety, and how to prepare to minimize or mask those causes. Managing presentation anxiety will of course be a benefit to everyone in CDPUG whether or not they are presenting at the Showcase.

    Our evening will be kicked-off with a Five-Minute Presentation by CDPUG member Sandra Graubard. Sandra will show off her portfolio and share her story. The intent is for Sandra to warm us up for the May Showcase, and motivate attendees to participate in the Showcase.

    Speaker Bio:

    Phil Stella

    For more than 35 years, Phil Stella has been a valued resource for business leaders who want to take the pain out of routine workplace communication when they interact with colleagues and customers in person, in writing and through presentations.

    Phil brings a peerless combination of skills to every project, from masterful content expertise and high quality instructional design to engaging, effective facilitation. Poised and articulate, Phil is a discerning, responsive professional whose natural humor creates a comfortable learning environment that makes hard work fun and enables people to feel in control of their futures.

    As an executive coach and learning facilitator, Phil designs and delivers customized workshops and seminars on a variety of communication skills topics.  He has empowered hundreds of clients and association audiences around the country with his practical, personal approach.

    As a speaker, Phil delights professional groups at local, regional and national events and conferences with audience-centered, content-rich and highly engaging presentations focused on sales pitches, communication styles, networking strategies, marketing and workplace writing.

    In addition to his corporate career, Phil is on the Cleveland Faculty of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Engaging with three cohorts per year, he facilitates full-day modules on Growth Opportunities, Ideation and Competitive Landscape and on Operations, Processes and Delegation.  A multiple award-winning writer, he has authored over 500 articles in national and local business, industry and association printed and electronic publications.

    Prior to starting ETC in 1990, Phil managed employee communications and management training functions at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland. Previous experience includes assignments in the university, public school and broadcast media arenas. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois, where he earned both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Communications.

    Phil is an engaged and respected member of COSE (Cleveland’s Council of Smaller Enterprises), Lake Communicators and the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active volunteer with several non-profit job search and entrepreneurial incubator groups.

About Spike Radway

Spike Radway is a CDPUG founder from when the organization was conceived back in 1987. His current and long-standing position is the Director of Programming. Spike is the owner of Team Spike Consulting, LLC, a Macintosh Consulting and Support business founded in 1991.