Please join us as our amazing lineup of celebrated local experts share their experiences selling art, both online and oﬄine. Art represented includes: illustrations, books, cool critters and paintings. Our talented panelists will sell selected artworks before and after the program.
Help our panelists know what interests you. Send the moderator, Linda Barberic your question/suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith Allen (https://www.messypopup.com)
A professional designer, illustrator and paper engineer from Cleveland Ohio with over fifteen years professional experience in product design at American Greetings. Keith has published two pop-up books, A Day in Rehoboth Beach, A Pop-Up Book, and the new What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure, the latter funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Keith will have signed copies of his pop-up books available for sale. Check out this PBS Video sharing the experience of creating, “What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure."
Cathie Bleck (www.cathiebleck.com)
After a long successful career as an illustrator, Bleck now divides her art practice between art exhibitions, primarily in North America and selective commissions for museums, print and publications. Bleck’s work, at various unrestricted scales, in ink, clay-pigments and graphite, explore interconnected forms and transformative symbols, derived from a rich engagement with the natural world.
Bleck earned her BFA in Design and was awarded distinguished alumni at the University of Illinois C-U. Her artist monograph “Open Spaces” was released, followed by two solo museum exhibitions at The Butler and the New Britain Museums of American Art. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including recent shows in Chicago “Immersion” (2019), “Avance” (2017) “frAGILITY” (2013). Her work is also in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and has been proﬁled in Juxtapoz magazine. Bleck has recently launched an Etsy shop for her prints and product @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bleckbird. Cathie is looking forward to this exchange as we all navigate how to sustain and thrive in our art careers.
Hilary Gent (https://www.hedgeartgallery.com)
Hillary is gallery director, event planner and painter at the Hedge Gallery and 78th Street Studios in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District, Northeast Ohio’s most eclectic and engaging arts destination. Its popularity is due, in large part, to the pioneering efforts of Hilary Gent.
Hilary has spent the last ten years staging public exhibits, launching art walks, and planning elaborate receptions for individuals and organizations, all of which have transformed the way residents and visitors view the Northeast Ohio Region. She was one of the first visionaries to plant roots in a forgotten century warehouse, creating unforgettable art events through her space, HEDGE Gallery. What started as an underground activity attracting a few hundred people every quarter has grown to become a monthly art mob of thousands, called THIRD FRIDAYS, which according to Scene Magazine is “The Best Arts Event” in Cleveland.
Mike Guyot (https://www.facebook.com/redsox23)
Inspired by his love of architecture, Mike creates his architectural impressionism by drawing the image freehand with a radiograph pen and then painting the drawing with several layers of acrylic washes.
After graduating with honors from New England School of Art & Design in Boston, Mike was drafted and was a combat photographer in Vietnam. Following Vietnam he was a graphic designer and illustrator, an art director and then a creative director for advertising agencies in locations from Boston, to Cleveland and Cincinnati. He formed FishFace Graphics, Inc. and for 20 years with his wife, Michelle they ran a successful design business. Upon retirement, Streets Art became his new endeavor and for the past 11 years they have exhibiting in numerous galleries and traveling the states doing an average of 20 to 25 shows a year. Best in Show and other awards have been common for his stellar work, which is also held in many private collections and has shown in numerous galleries.
Jess Sheeran (https://www.instagram.com/shopcoolcritters)
Jess creates fun stuﬀed animals called Cool Critters. They can be plush monsters, extraterrestrial softies, unsettling couch companions, pet toys or best friends. They are 100% hand made in the Midwest with materials sourced from the USA when possible. Jess makes every single Cool Critter with her own two hands. The embroidery is done by hand, the bodies are sewn on an industrial machine, and each eye is individually painted, making it a truly one-of-a-kind piece of fuzzy art. She currently resides in Tremont.
Salli S. Swindell (https://www.salliswindell.com)
Salli S. Swindell is an illustrator, entrepreneur and cat lover living in Hudson. Salli and her brother Nate Padavick are the founders of They Draw & Cook and They Draw & Travel the internet's largest collection of food and travel illustrations created by artists all around the world. The goal of both sites is to showcase and promote the work of freelance illustrators. When Salli is not in her comfy and colorful studio, which is exactly 10 steps from her kitchen, she is out hiking one of the beautiful trails that make up Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace.
Linda Barberic (a CDPUG member) and the producer at Keith Berr Productions. She has held positions in some of Cleveland's top advertising agencies and produces photo shoots from resorts in the Fiji Islands to ad campaigns for Liberty Mutual, Aldi, ADT, Verizon, AT&T, General Mills, McDonald’s, Newell Rubbermaid, and Burger King. One of Linda’s other passions is yoga, where she has been sharing her knowledge of anatomy and yoga-healing for over a decade. She also founded and operates the SomaTea Company, specializing in healing teas and tisanas.
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