Category Archives: Member News

At Last! Cleveland Artist Jeff Poplar’s Online Store is Live!

Longtime Cleveland resident and CDPUG member Jeff Poplar has been creating commercial art for almost 45 years. His main passion is illustrating (both traditional and digital) but he also excels at fine art drawing and painting. In addition to his extensive career as a designer and art director for ad agencies and in-house corporate marketing departments, he is also a… Read more »

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 »