18th COFA Offers Art Demos and More

The 18th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is presently open for public viewing through August 26 at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The 107 original works accepted for judging and display were submitted by 52 artists, amateur and professional. The works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

Two live art demonstrations will be given in the lobby of Porter Library by artists whose works are on display in the COFA show. Phyllis Barrett will demonstrate Oil Painting Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Ken Marshal will demonstrate Watercolor Saturday, morning, August 12, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The public is also invited to a “Meet the Artists” Reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, August 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s entries were accepted and judged in two divisions: Amateur/Semi Professional and Professional. The categories in each division are: Oil/Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing/Pen & Ink, Charcoal/Pastel, Photography and Mixed Media. Artists, whose works place first in each division/category, receive $100.00, those who place second receive $50.00 and those with Honorable Mention receive gift certificates.

The judges for the 2017 show, Stuart Pearl, Victoria Wagner, and Cathy Welner, have outstanding credentials. Pearl is a Cleveland artist who has enthusiastically pursued photography since 1969. Wagner, who is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, has painted for over 50 years in several mediums including pastel, watercolor, acrylics and oils. Welner, whose work is featured in galleries in New York, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio, has been teaching watercolor since1975.

In keeping with the mission of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council to bring art to the public in a non-commercial setting, and with the cooperation of Westlake Porter Library, The Community of Fine Arts is free and open to all.

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