Lee Eckles- “From My Point of View” | June 1- July 19, 2024

Opening Reception: June 1, 3-5pm

Contact for gallery hours: (440) 338-3171. Purchase artwork here.

Artist Statement: “I have loved art all my life. My earliest artistic memory is of creating a colored chalk drawing of a ship on the front chalk board in my 4th grade classroom. Later that year I was given the opportunity to attend Saturday morning art instruction at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh which I attended for two years. Throughout Junior and Senior High School, I was the “go to” person to create posters for our school events. Other creative outlets included designing and sewing doll clothes, just prior to the beginning of the Barbie doll craze. While I attended Penn State studying Consumer Services in Business, I still managed to take a few art courses to satisfy my creative needs, including life drawing and sculpture. I had always dreamed of painting, but never ventured there, managing only an occasional sketch throughout my life until I retired. Then I realized I was going to have a lot of time available to do whatever I wanted so my thoughts returned to painting. My first painting was done at a sip and paint event just after I retired. I had fun and found the experience very relaxing…or maybe it was just the wine. Then I enrolled in a semester at Cuyahoga Community College and enjoyed painting in acrylics with other adults who were at various levels of expertise. I paint in acrylic as it dies quickly so was easy to transport after a lesson (this can also be a down-side!) and is relatively inexpensive in comparison to oils. Next, I took a year of lessons from a recent college graduate until Covid happened. I continued to paint on my own for the next year but realized I needed more instruction My daughter, Aimee, referred me to the husband of one of her college friends who is an accomplished painter, college teacher and former gallery owner, Chris Stangler. I have been taking lessons from him for over two years using Facetime as he is located in a different city! I haven’t settled for a particular painting subject as I explore many possibilities: landscapes, flowers, still life, even portraits. Painting has made me more observant of nature and many of my paintings are from photos I have taken. Some of the paintings in this show have been inspired by my frequent walks in the area Metroparks and others are of everyday scenes as I see life.”

The 48th Annual Fairmount Art Exhibition

Submissions are now being accepted for this year’s FAE! Please view the full artist guidelines here.
Click here to access the online entry form or click here to print a hard copy to bring with you on entry day.
*Please note that artists must submit 1 FORM PER PIECE of artwork. (ex. 3 pieces of artwork = 3 separate forms)

Key Dates for Artists:

Saturday, July 27, 10am-4pm – Entry day #1
Monday, July 29, 11am-7pm – Entry day #2
Tuesday, July 30, 9am-5pm – Jury day (accepted notification on website by 9pm)
Wednesday, July 31 & Thursday, August 1, 10am-7pm – Unaccepted artwork retrievals
Monday, August 5, 5-7pm – Private invite-only viewing for artists (& other select invitees)
Tuesday, August 6- Thursday, August 22 – Gallery viewing (open to the public- gallery hours coming soon!)
Friday, August 23, 6-8pm – Closing Reception (awards @ 7pm & retrievals @ 8pm)   
Monday, August 26, 10am-8pm – Accepted artwork retrievals

Pictured: 2023 “Best of Show” winner Joe Stavec with his piece “Anticipation of a Moment”, with Fairmount board member, Lorry Szabo.

Public Gallery Viewing Hours: Tuesday August 6th – Thursday August 22nd

Mondays- 10am – 4pm

Tuesdays- 11am-8pm

Wednesdays- 10am-4pm

Thursdays- 11am-8pm

Fridays- 10am-6pm

Be sure to check out our additional FAE special events!

Fridays at Fairmount, Happy Hour events- August 9 & 16, 5-7pm, RSVP here

Artful Relaxation: Yoga + Art Workshop- August 17, 1-3pm, sign up here!

FAE Closing Reception- Friday, August 23rd, 6-8pm, RSVP here

Meet this year’s jurors!

Dawn Tekler, born in South Bend, Indiana, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cleveland Institute of Art with a major in Photography and a minor in Video and Film History. A specialist in encaustic wax paintings, Dawn says, “Through the layering of wax, adding color and texture I aim to create an environment which allows the viewer to bring to it, their own story and hopefully enjoyment of that journey and also with anticipation invite the viewer back over and over again to find different elements not noticed in the original viewing.” She currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook.

Rachel Suzanne Smith is an artist, metalsmith, and educator. She received her undergraduate degree at Miami University in Art Education with minors in 3D Media Studies (jewelry/metals) and Spanish. She received her MFA in Crafts (Jewelry Metals Enameling) at Kent State University in 2015. Smith taught Jewelry/Metals, CAD for Jewelry, and Makerspace Exploration/Digital Fabrication courses at Kent State between 2015 and 2020. Smith now dedicates her career to growing, supporting, and managing academic makerspaces. Currently, as the Fabrication Manager at Sears think[box], Smith works to uphold a safe and accessible shop environment that is free and open to everyone. As a practicing artist, Smith maintains both a personal and collaborative studio practice in North East Ohio. She creates works to exhibit in addition to a small number of limited production works that can be found at Ombre Gallery for sale. Smith is active in the craft and jewelry community, and currently serves as Board President of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen and the Ohio Craft Museum. Follow her on her Instagram or learn more on her Linktree.

Michaelle Marschall has taught art to all ages in the Cleveland area since 2002, after earning her BFA in visual art and BA in English at Lake Erie College. She has worked as a museum educator at The Cleveland Museum of Art for over 19 years.  Michaelle has also shared her knowledge of printmaking as an adjunct at Notre Dame College. Since 2016, Michaelle has led Eastern and Western paper production and is the coordinator of Community Arts Education at The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory. Her practice includes reduction woodblock, intaglio, wood lithography, encaustic painting and hand papermaking. The natural world is explored through many layers of ink, pulp, and wax, fusing memory of experience with the imagined. Her works of art have been included in local group shows, as well as regional juried exhibits.  Her art has been featured at the Akron Art Museum, Yards Projects, Gallery at 200 Public Square, Transformer Station, Tri-C East, and Fawick Art Gallery at Baldwin Wallace University. 

Thank you to this year’s FAE sponsors:

Submission Information for Artists:

Accepted works list will be listed on the Fairmount website on Tuesday, July 30 at 9pm. Unaccepted artwork can be picked up Wednesday, July 31 or Thursday, August 1 from 10am-7pm.

Entry Fee: Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces, $15 each, paid at drop off. Cash or Check preferred.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entries must be original work of the entering artist residing in Northeast Ohio
  • Artwork that has previously won a prize in any jury exhibition in Northeast Ohio is not eligible
  • Adults and senior high school students are invited to enter
  • 2-D entries must be sturdily framed, securely wired (no frayed ends please)
  • No sawtooth hangers, uni-frames, or gallery clips are allowed
  • 2-D work may not exceed 3’6″w x 4’6″h
  • 3-D work must be stable and not exceed 150lbs or 3’6″w x 6’h
  • Artists must supply their own display stands for unique display needs
  • By signing the entry form artists agree to terms of show and ‘delicate’ artwork waiver
  • All artwork accepted must be stable, sound and secure for display
  • Artists are encouraged to insure their entries independently
  • Accepted artwork must remain until the show closes
  • Artwork NOT retrieved within ten days of the closing of the show becomes the property of Fairmount Center for the Arts
  • Fairmount Center for the Arts retains a 30% commission on all art sales
  • Art does not need to be available for sale to enter
  • Artists allow Fairmount to use their name and images of their artwork for promotional purposes

About FAE:

For nearly 50 years, Fairmount has been serving the residents of northeast Ohio through arts enrichment and programming. In an effort to preserve the past and reimagine the future, FAE serves as one of the many celebrations throughout the year honoring Fairmount’s rich history and exciting path forward.

The Fairmount Art Exhibition is held annually each August and showcases the incredible talent of our region’s most prominent, professional artists. This exhibition is always free and open to the general public during posted viewing hours. We look forward to hosting this notable event and celebrating our local and regional artists’ work!

“We are all lucky to have a facility like Fairmount in our midst. The quality of work in a show like this gives testimony to the vital role that art plays in the life of this community.”

– Reinhold Friebertshauser, 2019 Juror

Watch this video to see what a FAE is like!

Learn more about our visual art program here.

Questions? More information? Contact Fairmount at 440-338-3171 or info@fairmountcenter.org.

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