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  • September 2023 Monthly Members Meeting: Carole Pollard

    Artist-quilter Carole Pollard says, “Ideas excite me. Beauty inspires me. I wanted to be an artist from childhood, but made my living teaching English. I retired to get serious about making art, and I chose designing and making art quilts to express that intention. Several quilts have been inspired by literature. Many have deeply personal meaning, a psychological self-portrait. Archetypes* are all contained and interlinked within me and work together in dynamic and sometimes startling or even disturbing ways.” Join us on Monday evening, September 25th at the AI Root Community Room, as Carole shows the process of how--and why--she puts together these magnificent pieces of cloth and thought. *Archetypes are universal, inborn models of people, behaviors, and personalities that play a role in influencing human behavior. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung's theory suggested that these archetypes were archaic forms of innate human knowledge passed down from our ancestors. In Jungian psychology, these archetypes represent universal patterns and images that are part of the collective unconscious. Jung believed that we inherit these archetypes much in the way we inherit instinctive patterns of behavior.

  • Love a good Garage Sale?

    Looking for some arty odds and ends? Come to the Medina County Art League’s STUDIO CLEAROUT SALE! Sat. October 14, noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday October 15, noon - 3 p.m. @ A. I. Root Community Room, 623 W. Liberty St., Medina 44256 Our members are cleaning house to benefit our annual scholarships awarded to select high school seniors who are furthering their education in the visual arts. All leftovers from the sale will be donated to the Juvenile Detention Center’s art therapy program and to Planet Joy. If you are an artist wanting to donate, a decorator looking for some unique art pieces, someone who loves finding special gems to enhance your work, or a student looking for some inexpensive tools &materials, please come and bring a box or big shopping bag to load up on treasures! Contact Carol Klingel at paintskyblue@msn.com for more information. ******CASH OR CHECKS ONLY******

  • Library Art Exhibits!

    The main library in Medina is booked with art shows until 2025. However, three other libraries will be happy to exhibit your art if you are interested. · Lodi Library at 630 Wooster St., 330-948-1885 · Brunswick Library at 3649 Center Road, 330-273-4150 · Highland Library at 4160 Ridge Road, 330-239-2674 They will be happy to provide space for your art. They are smaller spaces than the main library but provide cozy settings for your art. Either phone or e-mail at art@mcdl.info for more information.

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  • Medina County Art League Aquarius

    18th Annual Aquarius Exhibition Past Aquarius Exhibits 2019 | 2020 | 2021 Gallery Details Our Juror Awards Entry List 2022 Aquarius VIRTUAL GALLERY Clck here for Entry List with Photos Gallery Details Details Show Dates: January 31 to March 6, 2022 Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5 Artwork Pick-up: March 7, 3-6 pm and March 8, 1-4 pm, 2022 Where: B. Smith Gallery, 3rd Floor Medina County District Library210 S Broadway St, Medina, OH 44256 What: The 18th Annual members-only exhibition will be held at the Medina County District Library (MCDL) in Medina during the month of February. MCAL members are invited annually to exhibit two works in the show. ​ Awards: Best of Show $175, 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $100, 3rd Place $75, 4 Honorable Mentions $25 each, and Peoples’ Choice $50 ​ Sales: All sales are handled directly by the artist. There is no commission. All artwork is to remain for the duration of the show. If you are interested in a piece, email addresses are included where possible. Reception (Cancelled) Please note that due to the pandemic, it was necessary to cancel the reception. MCAL attempts to follow all government guidance and this show will be adapted to reflect any directives or changes in status between now and the show. Please continue to check back on this page for potential changes in status. ​ Our Juror We would like to thank this year’s juror for judging this exhibit: Mel Grunau Graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a major in Studio Art, Mel also completed a Master’s Degree in Architecture at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He has taught painting classes and workshops for adults in community and educational settings for over 35 years. His experience includes a wide variety of media: watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and collage. Multiple painting awards have been won both locally and nationally. Mel is a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. No matter what the medium he employs, his tendency is to start in soft washy tones of color. Many of his paintings utilize thin collage material which he generally tries to disguise so that hidden images appear to the viewer over time. As a retired architect, buildings and industrial structures quite often appear in his paintings. A patron once noted, regarding an abstract, a love of drawing is evident in his paintings. That is the kind of statement that keeps him going. Juror Statement I was pleased to be asked to jury this year's Medina County Art League show as it presented an opportunity to see some excellent art. The large variety of media made the judging process challenging and enjoyable. ​ An early walk through the entire show offered a general sense of the entire 101 pieces comprising the show. I viewed every item many times at close range and from a distance. ​ With only 8 pieces receiving awards, many fine works were necessarily excluded. My usual method for determining awards includes numerous criteria: composition, the juxtaposition of various elements, technique, and the ability to handle the medium. I ask "Does a work make me come back to it more often than other pieces." "Does the work grab my attention and make me think?" With this process in place, the screening begins. Since I have been eliminated many times from competitions scrutinized by judges, I remind all entrants that judging is always subjective, influenced by the judges' tastes, education, and at times, personal bias. However the outcome, keep painting. Juror Awards Best of Show "Among the Shadows" by Laurie Musser Digital Pencil Drawing First Place "The Barn in the Park" by Rick Williams Acrylic Second Place "Blue Tumbler" by Peggy Stover Watercolor Third Place "Babinga Goblet" by Robert Kelley Woodworking Honorable Mentions "The Promise of Spring" by Carol Kessel Colored Pencil/Gel Pen "Looming" by Betty Siska Pastel "Dreamscape II" by Linda Kenski Alcohol Ink on Yupo "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" by Barb Zimmerman Acrylic Collage Awards

  • Member Gallery | MCAL Official

    Members Gallery Artwork below has been graciously provided by members of the Medina County Art League. Please click on the images to see more details about each piece and artist. Please stop back again to see the gallery grow as new artists submit images. Sunshine On My Shoulder Kelley Butler Mirror to the Soul Kelley Butler Calm Reflection Kelley Butler Eye On The Prize Kelley Butler Rick Surowicz Rick Surowicz Rick Surowicz Rick Surowicz Floral Pathway, Pastel Lee Beuther The Destination, Pastel Lee Beuther Autumn, Collage & Interference, Acrylic Lee Beuther Autumn's Glow, Pastel Lee Beuther Wolf Creek Wetlands Darrell Kent Cuyahoga River Walk Darrell Kent Winter Spirit Darrell Kent Town Square and Gazebo Darrell Kent Snowy Egret on Branch George Harth Watercolor Girl in the John Deere Chair George Harth Watercolor Kalidescope of Ballarinas George Harth Watercolor Roseate Spoonbill Spreading Wings George Harth Watercolor Great Horned Owl Laurie Musser White Drawing on Black Metallic Paper, Digital Spring Buck Laurie Musser Oil on Canvas Barn Owl Laurie Musser Pencil with Pastel Drawing on Paper Precious Moment Laurie Musser Pencil Drawing on Paper Addie Kathy Stokes-Shafer Acrylic Ox Cart Kathy Stokes-Shafer Acrylic Still Life with Beets Kathy Stokes-Shafer Oil Happiness (Floral) Kathy Stokes-Shafer Acrylic Behold Vincent Matheney Oil Pastel, 2007 Zen Tiger Vincent Matheney Digital Illustration, 2019 Persimmon Fall Vincent Matheney Oil Pastel, 2016 Alice in Wonderland Vincent Matheney Mixed Media, 2016

  • Medina County Art League

    January Members Meeting January 22, 2024 @ 7pm, @ Root Community Room Kit Palencar Born in Fairview Park, Ohio in 1992, Kit Palencar currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and has received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University in the spring of 2018 with a major in painting and drawing. ​ Graduating from the University of Akron in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Palencar was awarded the top-honor scholarship at the Myers School of Art as well as receiving an additional private scholarship for his watercolors through the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation. ​ Having exhibited in galleries across Northeast Ohio and collectors ranging from around the globe, Palencar has taught foundation drawing and life drawing courses at The University of Akron, Kent State University, and several painting & drawing courses at the Canton Museum of Art for the last six years. As with his expanding teaching career, Palencar also teaches an art appreciation course through the Correctional Education Department at Ashland University. More about Kit From the original Picket Fence Show to the Art In The Park of today. Artists of Medina County Ohio join to promote the arts. Every summer we sponsor Art in the Park, an outdoor festival of the arts. ​ eveNTS // EXHIBITIONS // SHOWS Date Event Presenter Location 01/22/2024 January Members Meeting Kit Palencar Root Community Room 02/26/2024 February Members Meeting Lizzie Aronholt Root Community Room 03/25/2024 March Scholarship Month Sally Heston Root Community Room 04/22/2024 April Members Meeting Mike Schmidt Root Community Room 05/20/2024 May Members Meeting Margo Miller Root Community Room 06/24/2024 MCAL Summer Picnic n/a Krabill Park 07/21/2024 Art in the Park 2022 n/a Medina Public Square NEWS Sep 22, 2023 September 2023 Monthly Members Meeting: Carole Pollard Sep 22, 2023 Love a good Garage Sale? Sep 22, 2023 Library Art Exhibits! Sep 22, 2023 September 2023 Member News! Sep 22, 2023 Time to Pay your Dues! Sep 22, 2023 September 2023 President's Messasge MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Member discounts on MCAL Workshops Free subscription to the MCAL newsletter "Drawing Attention" Relationship building with other MCAL Members Monthly Instruction and Demos at the Membership General Meeting Opportunities to show your work at various local venues. Opportunities to show your work at Art in the Park and Aquarius Learn How to Join Medina County Art League Objectives To promote the education, exploration, awareness, and development of visual arts. To promote group and community interest in, and appreciation of the arts. To sponsor and/or provide opportunities for art shows, exhibits, and community projects.

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