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July 7, 2013

The Arts on Bridge Street expected to draw art enthusiasts to the Harbor

ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula Lift Bride Community Association (LBCA) announces some of the attractions on schedule for the first The Arts on Bridge Street Festival, slated for July 27, celebrating “A Homecoming of Artful Offerings and Expressions from Ashtabula County,” organizers said.

 Events will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. on Bridge Street in the historic Ashtabula Harbor.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Western Reserve Antique Automobile Club of America, as they drive through Bridge Street and over the lift bridge, on their annual ride to Lake Shore Park in Ashtabula Township.

Officially kicking off the day’s events will be the Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the After School Discovery Program.

Several Ashtabula authors plan to attend the event, making it a real homecoming: Camille Licate from California, Ron Savarese from Georgia and Norma Sundberg from Florida will be joining resident authors Ted Ocepek, Evelyn Schaeffer, Hilda Jarvis, Marilou McClimans and Tanya Pilumeli to participate in the book signing. As the newest author, Jarvis will be sharing what motivated her to write and some of the trials and tribulations of writing and publishing a first book.

Jarvis and Pilumeli also will be reading parts from their books during the activities at the Children’s Art Village. After School Discovery will be overseeing the activity in this area and will include artistic happenings such as sidewalk chalk art, making book markers, foot prints in the tiles and painted hands on the walls. The foot print tiles and painted hands on the walls will eventually make their way to Walnut Beach to become a part of the renovated pavilion.

The juried art show will be an inside event and will be juried by Donna Nicholas as she selects two- and three-dimensional art work to be displayed. Nicholas also will be the judge attaching the first, second and third place best of show awards to the art work. Nicholas was a professor of art at Edinboro University.

As a professor, she believed in “giving her students the tools to think as creatively and be as knowledgeable as they possibly could be, so they could take their ideas and put them into form.”

Local musicians will take to the stage as well as perform in the Art Show hall and at the Children’s Art Village. Some of the local talent includes Richard and Cathy Sesso, Hershal Blevins, Martin Crombie and Julia Mansfield, as well as others.

Demonstrations of artistic talent will be displayed in the streets as Nancy Hedrick, owner and proprietor of the Sandpiper Gallery on Bridge Street, will demonstrate flame-work jewelry making.

Julene Schwarz will be signing some of her post cards that demonstrate the unique settings and buildings, beach and light house in Ashtabula Harbor.

Eric Schwarz will be doing wood turning as he shows the crowds how to use a lath to make hand turned wooden creations with an emphasis on mature heartwoods, figured grains and burl.

Shari Lynn, owner of the Silver Branch, will discuss the art of positive thinking in “Laws of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking” in a lighthearted and fun manner that will appeal to all ages.

The Ashtabula Rotary will be hosting the beer and wine area. Inside the gated area, visitors will see a demonstration by a Kent State professor as he demonstrates the art of wine making. There also will be an amateur photography contest set up on the corner of Bridge Street and Goodwill Drive.

For more information about any and all of our artistic happenings on July 27, 2013 please visit It is the mission of the TABS committee to bring world-class local artisans and art forms to the Historic Ashtabula Harbor that appeal to quality buyers and appreciators of local art. The event will showcase the high level of talent in Ashtabula County whether the artist is a current resident, past resident or presenting a piece of art that depicts our beautiful county.

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