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  • MCAL History - April 2021 Edition

    Since the opening of the art league Art Center in the fall of1979, the members were pleased to have one designated place to hold their monthly meetings, sponsor workshops, and hold spring and fall art exhibits to interest the community in the arts. The Art Center became a “ Teaching Wing” of the art league. We held a class for children and adults in drawing, oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting. Also, calligraphy, lead glass, and photography. These classes provided an art experience for the community. Qualified art league instructors were encouraged by the number of registrations and the well-attended classes. According to the treasurer’s report on file, the Art Center was self-supporting during this time. In the early part of 1980, class registration dropped due to unemployment and inflation. Then came a rental fee increase, phone, postage, and utility expenses and it became too costly to stay there. The board voted not to extend the lease. In June 1984, the lease termination was signed by then-president Max Brent. A security deposit of $300 was deposited in the art league account. The equipment and supplies we had amassed were then stored in member’s garages or barns and in a storage locker. The artists were able to exhibit at Art in the Park, after submitting slides of their work and being accepted. In 1985 the library offered space for children’s art classes and art league exhibits. Monthly meetings were then held at the Nichols Building for $15.00 a month. After a few years, the Grace Drake Theater was available for use for our meetings. Currently, we have our monthly meetings at the AI Root Community Room. Our workshops are also held there. Respectfully submitted, Grace Zay

  • Cuyahoga Valley Area Plein Air Painters 2021 Schedule

    We paint from 9 am until noonish (or whenever you want to finish). Please bring your face mask. What if it rains? I look outside at 8 am and if it’s not raining (and the wind is not so strong that it would knock over an easel), then I go painting. Please be aware, there may not be washrooms at all locations. Protect yourself from the sun and keep hydrated...bring a hat and water to drink. Wednesday, May 7, 2021.....Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. (our traditional first location of the season), Located at the southern end of the Cuyahoga Valley. Eastside of the Cuyahoga River. Please meet in the parking lot. The Nature Realm offers several ponds, ravines, Nature Center with deck, walking paths, wetlands, prairie, asphalt paths, birds, and more. Wednesday, May 12, 2021.....Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Rd (Rt 162), Lafayette Township, Medina. The entrance is 0.5 miles east of Rt 42. Three-acre pond, bridge, asphalt path, wooded hiking trails. Wednesday, May 19, 2021.....Richfield Heritage Preserve, 4374 Broadview Rd, Richfield 44286 (the entrance is just to the south of the Richfield Giant Eagle. Pass the little office to the end of the drive. No cars are permitted to drive through the property. The road to the north of the parking area leads to several buildings, one with an expanse of lawn that overlooks the lake. Further up the road are streams, smaller buildings and the path continues around the lake. Richfield Heritage Preserve is a 336-acre hidden treasure located in Richfield, Ohio. The place has quite a history and I encourage you to explore what has happened there over time: Wednesday, May 26, 2021.....Plum Creek North, 2390 Plum Creek Parkway, Brunswick Hills. Picturesque pond surrounded by lush greenery and wonderful reflections. Small deck overlooks water. Walking paths, tall dark evergreen trees. Wednesday, June 2, 2021.....Cascade Locks/Mustill Store Museum, 57 W. North Street, Akron. Built during 1826 and 1827, the Cascade Locks became the site of the city’s first industrial valley. The same topography that presented an obstacle for the canal builders provided waterpower for a string of industries that soon lined the canal. This new village, founded by Dr. Eliakim Crosby, with the help of Simon Perkins, was called Cascade. It later became what we now call North Akron. The restored Mustill Store dates back to 1847 and is one of the oldest buildings in Akron. Now a museum; opens at 10 am. Please see the website for directions: Wednesday, June 9, 2021.....River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281. Located near the intersection of Blake Rd and River Styx Rd. in Guilford Township. A .5-mile paved loop trail circles the three-acre pond found at this site and passes through a wooded area. The pond is fed by a unique aeration tower. The park district periodically stocks this pond for family fishing enjoyment with largemouth bass; bluegill; some channel catfish; and, in the spring and fall, rainbow trout. A daylily garden donated by the River Styx Garden Club provides a splash of color along the trail during the summer months. Park overlooks some farmland. Wednesday, June 16, 2021......TO BE ANNOUNCED Wednesday, June 23, 2021.....Hinkley Lake (either paint at Boat House or at the Spillway...your choice. Parking at both locations. Bounded by Bellus Rd to the north, State Rd to the east, and Rt 606 to the west. Hinkley Township, part of the Cleveland Metropark system. The lake impounds 87 surface acres of water on the east branch of the Rocky River which makes it the largest inland lake in Cleveland Metroparks. The parking lot is on the east side of the lake with an entrance drive on Bellus Rd. for the spillway. Another option where we have set up many times is at the Boathouse area, off the driveway that runs on the west side of the lake. Wednesday, June 30, 2021......Ledges Overlook, 405 Truxell Rd, Peninsula 44264. Within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just east of Kendall Lake. This is probably the most popular overlook in the park and for good reason. This rock outcropping gives an unobstructed view across the valley facing west. From the parking lot, walk to the southwest corner of the grass field (the shelter is north of the parking lot). Sunsets offer some of the most impressive photos. This will give you a chance to paint giant old glacial boulders. Then there’s the view.

  • Plein Air Painting Opportunities

    Fellow Plein Air Painters: We have been invited by the Historic Zoar Village organization to paint at Zoar as their guests at Zoar Maifest, Saturday, May 8, 9:30-4:00. As Plein air artists in action, we will of course be part of the day's entertainment, and in return, we will receive a free lunch and passes to the Zoar museums. There will be German food, music and dancing, and a vintage car show, all part of the Maifest. Check-in at the Zoar Store for your lunch ticket and museum passes. The event starts at 10:00 but I would recommend getting there around 9:30 to set up. Parking will be at the end of 3rd Street or at the Zoar Hotel Parking lot. All the museum buildings will be open, so the public will be everywhere and artists are welcome to set up wherever. The main hub will be around the Garden but there are many good painting subjects throughout this town that has a friendly village at atmosphere. (The center garden is now brimming with decorative plants and flowers, but originally it was the town's community vegetable garden, and its original greenhouse has been preserved, just one of many 'paint-able subjects' in Zoar.) Zoar is a National Historic Landmark that was settled in1817 as a communal society by German Separatists who had left Germany in search of religious freedom. Their religion emphasized simple low key ceremonies with more of an emphasis on a personal, mystical relationship with God Also, hope to see folks coming out for our first Plein Air paint out of this season....this coming Wednesday, May 5, 2020, at the Seiberling Nature Realm. Let's keep our fingers crossed it won't rain! And another group Northeast Ohio Plein Air has a Facebook Group with dates this summer. Get out and enjoy the summer weather:

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  • COVID-19 Statement | MCAL Official

    COVID-19 Statement MCAL members, family, and friends, due to the COVID-19 virus situation, all of our in-person events are canceled until further notice . We continue to meet monthly as a board virtually and discuss issues concerning the current state of affairs. I want to highlight a few decisions regarding our programming here. ​ Our programming for 2020-2021 will continue to be virtual until the time is appropriate to meet again in-person. We will keep everyone posted on upcoming activities. ​ As always, we thank all of you for your participation and look forward to meeting with you all again once the current situation is under control. Until then stay vigilant and be safe! Please let us know if you have any questions. ​ Thanks, Kathy Stokes Shafer MCAL President

  • Medina County Art League Art in the Park

    2019 2020 ART in the PARK ARCHIVES Out of gallery 47th Annual Art in the Park presented by Medina County Art League NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, this event was canceled by the MCAL Board. Vendors who have already submitted applications or paid for booths were refunded. Please contact us at with any questions. We are all saddened by the situation, but feel this is the appropriate action given the uncertainty of the situation over the next few months. We hope you will all join us again in 2021 and look forward to brighter days. Until then stay vigilant and safe! When: Cancelled ​ Questions or additional information: Please email the committee at .

  • Monthly Meetings | MCAL Official

    Monthly Meetings General Membership Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month from September to May at a location to be determined soon in Medina, Ohio. Visitors are always welcome. Please check our home page for meeting information and links. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with general business followed by refreshments. A speaker, chosen from the art community then presents a short message of inspiration or sometimes even a demo. Join us on the fourth Monday of each month EXCEPT the May and March meetings which are the third Monday, and December in which there is no meeting due to the holidays. Fall 2021 Program Past Presentations 2021 MAY MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING CRITIQUE by DAVID KING Our May Monthly Members Meeting was held virtually on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. We were pleased to have David King a Cleveland based artist with us to Critique some of our members artwork.

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