Lake Metroparks Amateur Photography Contest Offers Fascinating Glimpses of Area Landscape and Life

Create it, and they will come?


Art lovers won’t take much interest in your work unless you show it somewhere first. Fortunately, there are plenty of local opportunities to do so. Participating in art exhibition competitions is the easiest way to present yourself.

I provide many calls for entry into this space, but there are always more. Check your local galleries, libraries, and nature, art, and senior centers. Office buildings and hospitals also display works of art, but seek larger pieces and collections.

There are usually fees and a limit to the number of coins you can enter in a contest. Consider putting on your own show if you have a body of work to show. Many galleries welcome people wishing to present their work. Some are free, others are paid or rent space.

A good starting point is here today. Contact information accompanies each event. Discover them and find the best solution for you and your art. Join an artistic association and participate in their shows. Or simply respond to a call-to-entry.

The point here is that they won’t come to you if you don’t let anyone know what you can do. Art is a process by which we all grow – by creating, enjoying and sharing.

Lake Metroparks

Thanks to exhibit naturalist Wendy Pittenger for inviting me to join the judging panel for this year’s 35th Annual Amateur Photography Contest at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland.

My fellow judges – Don Bensman Jr., commercial photographer, owner Don Bensman Photography; and Linda Terdan Professional Photographer, Owner Linda Terdan Photography – and I had an interesting time discussing the pieces and choosing the winners. Some decisions were easier than others, thanks to the quality and diversity of applications.

I have to give credit to Michael Pittenger, Wendy’s husband, for the very cool memorabilia of the old camera in the display cases. Beautiful windows.

Nearly 100 people attended the awards ceremony. The show will run until July 31 and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite photo for the Visitors’ Choice award. I had many favorites. The photo with the most votes will receive a prize on August 1st.

“Frog in the Bog,” a play by Lea MacMichael, won Best of Show in the junior category of the 35th Annual Lake Metroparks Amateur Photography Contest at the Penitentiary Glen Nature Center. (Courtesy of Lake Metroparks)

And the winners in the Lake Metroparks category are Brian Evans, first; Anne Klein, second; Christy Buser, third place; and Doug Wilson, Alicia Wills, Mary Jane Miceli, Dwight Boyer and Evan Brzeczkowski, honorable mentions.

The Lake Erie winners are Roger Lokar, first; Nadine Szappanos, second; Beth Lynne, third place; and Earl Linaburg, Jackie Leach and Jay Henderson, honorable mentions.

The wildlife winners are Dwight Boyer, first place; Heather Barninger, second place; Moe Whitehouse, third place; and Earl Linaburg, Jackie Leach, Randy Zilenziger and Ty Whiting, honorable mentions.

The winners in Landscape are Roger Lokar, first; Paul Sasaki, second; Doug Wilson, third place; and Christy Buser, Sarah Renee Wright and Kyle Collier, honorable mentions.

The black and white winners are Ty Whiting, first place (also Best in Show); Earl Linaburg, second place; Mary Jane Miceli, third place; and Heather Barninger, Christine Miller and Moe Whitehouse, honorable mentions.

The Floral winners are Heather Barninger, first place; Randy Zilenziger, second place; Alex Cohen, third; and to Patricia L. Meyer and Karen Barzal, honorable mentions.

The junior division for 14 and under included all categories. The winners are Lea MacMichael, first place and Best in Show; Noah Scanlon, second and third place; and Jayce Collier, two honorable mentions.

Well done, everyone. For more information, call 440-256-1404 ext. 2123.

Wildwood Fine Arts and Wine Festival

The Wildwood Fine Arts & Wine Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 25 at Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center Park, 7645 Little Mountain Road. There is a $2 entry fee.

The event focuses on original art and includes live music, food trucks and wineries.

Learn more at 440-974-5735, ext. 7715 or email [email protected]

The Lakeland Gallery

The 12th Annual May Show at The Gallery at Lakeland, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland will be on display until July 15. It will be followed by “Queer Pulse. . . The Ripple Effect”, by guest curator Kelly Pontoni. This exhibition opens on July 24.

For more information about tours or exhibits, contact gallery coordinator Mary Urbas at 440-525-7029 or email [email protected]

Stella’s Art Gallery

“The Satellite Exhibition: The Extended View of the May Show” is on display until July 2 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. It includes 40 artists with 55 exhibited works.

The next step at Stella is “Size Matters”. It’s always a fun show.

This year’s categories are Small, 5 by 7 inches or smaller; Large, 16 inches by 20 inches or larger (but must fit through the doorway); and Medium, anything larger than small and smaller than large. The work must weigh less than 50 pounds. All media are welcome, 2D or 3D.

Works will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on June 28 and 29 and from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 30.

Also on display, in the adjoining gallery for rent, are the “Portholes” by Eva Volf.

For more information, including renting gallery space for a meeting or private exhibit, call 440-266-9111.

78th Street Studios

The eclectic ventures at 78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland, present a studio showcase every third Friday, with the next being June 17. Come and explore their enormous two-street arts complex during their “Pride Month” theme. .

Many workshops and galleries of resident artists will be open for you to discover new works while enjoying live music throughout the building. Their longtime Gordon Square food partner, Local West, a sandwich shop, will be located in the smARTspace. Adult beverages will be available on the RAMP level to benefit their resident museum operations ARTneo, from BARneo.

The event is free, no registration is required, and children and well-behaved pets are also welcome. Learn more at

Valley Art Center

A surreal exhibit, “Where Are We?” will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. July 16 at the Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St. Chagrin Falls.

VAC will present a special exhibition of original prints by Salvador Dali along with a lecture on the history of surrealism by art historian and advisor Casey Monda on August 5. Mark your calendar; more details to come.

For more information, call 440-247-7507 or visit Check out their YouTube channel for show tours and presentations.

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