Parma's May Show Review

Day of Infamy - Pearl Harbor

Mid May on an annual basis, for over 50 years, Parma Arts hosts an art show and sale. This event is free and open to the public. This year they added to their programming. On Saturday, May 18th, Samantha Hasselbusch, daughter of Jan Hasselbusch, a Parma Arts member, treated attendees to her beautiful voice. Samantha sang a medley of songs much to the enjoyment of those present. 

On Sunday, May 19th, something new and different was introduced. Parma’s Flamingo Writers Guild presented an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop, or poems written about works of art.The poets strolled through the works of 45 local artists, approximately 135 pieces, looking for a piece that inspired their muse. “A true Artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” said Salivador Dali. The results were emotional, dramatic and awe inspiring. One such pairing stands out clearly in my mind. A collage created by Jan Hasselbusch, in honor of her father, titled, Day of Infamy – Pearl Harbour, was selected by Lorene O. Bowles for the poem titled Attack at Sea – After. Was it a coincidence that both the men, WWII vets, in the collage and the poem were named John? Jan was honored her collage was chosen and as the poem was read out loud I watched tears streaming down her face. She later told me her father’s birthday was coming up in a couple of days. It was a gift she’ll always remember, and so close to Memorial Day. You can be sure we’ll be partnering creatives like this again. 

This year there were eight categories in the art show. First place in each was awarded cash prizes, as were Best In Show and People’s Choice. Best in Show was awarded to Lynne Shayko, First Place Watercolor – Laura Cupach, Acrylic – Theresa Suszko, Graphins – Gabrielle Lawrence, 3-Dimensional – Robert Rodriguez, Photography – Sean Mabin, Fiber Art, Joanna Ellis, Collage – Jan Hasselbusch, and Woodcarving – Bonnie Janelle. The People’s Choice Award went to Glen Zdolshek. The independent judges were, Lena Simovic (photographer & author) and Janet Dodrill (artist & graphic designer). 

Of note, several of the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners had never won awards before this show, and for one of those it was also her very first public showing. Parma Arts is proud that they are encouraging emerging local artists to create and participate. They are also proud that they haven’t raised membership or application fees in over 20 years. They’re here in encourage, not discourage you to create. Follow Parma Area Fine Arts on Facebook, or visit their website for more information.

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 16, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 AM, 06.01.2024