Parma's May Show

The Medley of Arts Show & Sale is sponsored by the Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc. (PAFAC) is held annually in May. PAFAC is a non-profit organization that was created in 1962, and has been serving this area for over 60 years. They are dedicated to creating, producing, and enjoying art, and bring the art to the community for enrichment and pleasure of it's people. The show will be held at the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, 7001 W Ridgewood Dr., Saturday and Sunday, May 20, & 21, from 11 to 3 pm. The building is handicapped accessible. Admission is FREE

The show is divided into five categories. 1. Watercolor Painting, 2. Acrylic/Mixed Media/Collage & Oil Painting 3. Graphics (Pencil, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Marker, Computer Generated Art, Pyrography) 4. Photography 5. Three-Dimensional Art (Sculpture, Pottery, Glass, Enamel, Wood Carving, Jewelry) Some of the work will be for sale. Pieces range from low to mid-priced. 

Artists who place First in each of the five categories will be awarded $50. Second & Third receive ribbons. A $150 prize is awarded for Best In Show. And, attendees vote for the People’s Choice award of $75 to the artist. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and talk with local artists. Demonstrations in painting and wood carving are always a highlight of this event. There’s also a raffle and a Chinese Auction for a chance to win some nice prizes. 

The judges for this art show are a three person independent panel not affiliated with PAFAC. The show committee is proud to announce that George Kocar famed Cleveland freelance cartoonist and illustrator, known for his humorous and satirical paintings is one. The second is Laura D’Alessandro, area fine art photographer and Director/Founder of the Cleveland Photo Fest. The third to be announced at a later date. Judging is a long and difficult process, and care is taken when hanging the show in order to not reveal the artists name, age or gender to the judges. 

Friday, May 19th, a small group of volunteers will gather at the Smallwood Center and work frantically, for a couple of hours to install the display screens, set up tables and chairs, all in preparation for the next two day's art show. Additionally numerous pieces of art work, created by local artists and craftsman, will dropped off, checked in, sorted, tagged, labeled and set up for display. The judging occurs after setup. Hours later the winners are revealed. 

Stop in and say hello. It’s a great way to view the artistic creations of your friends and neighbors. Lots of talented artists in this area.

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.01.2023