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Hone your craft at Art by the Falls June 10-11: Valley Views

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — An interactive public art mural helps you leave your mark on art at the 38th annual Art by the Falls outdoor arts and crafts exhibit June 10-11 at Riverside Park at Chagrin Falls. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the venerable art exhibit returns. This year, Valley Art Center invites you to pick up a brush and splash some color on one of five large-scale canvases.

Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, the fair features approximately 120 local, regional and national professional artists who exhibit and sell their work. Included are painters, potters, jewellers, sculptors, fiber artists and those who work with glass, metal and wood. The festival includes music, family activities, food and an art raffle.

The wall panels were created by Chagrin Falls artist Pam Spremulli, known for her brightly colored murals of buildings and architectural details. Once completed, the mural will be exhibited at the art center, located at 155 Bell Street. In addition to his murals,

Spremulli works as a graphic illustrator and educator. She is an assistant professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She recently won the second round of public voting at the “Paint the District” mural contest in Cleveland and was selected as one of three Cleveland artists to paint six murals celebrating the auditorium’s 100th anniversary. Cleveland audience.

Watch a live musical: Chagrin Valley Little Theater presents live performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 12 and 19, June 10-25, of the contemporary original musical, Elliot & Me. The cast of New York Actors Equity consisting of Drew Seigla and Eric Briarley will reprise their critically acclaimed performances from last winter’s premiere.

Based on a true story written by Steven Willensky with Scott Coulter and with music by Elliot Willensky, the show is filled with heartfelt humor, unexpected situations from colorful personalities and uplifting music.

The play centers on songwriter Elliot and his younger brother Steven sharing their ambitions, frustrations, triumphs, and desire to achieve their dreams. Elliot has worked with musical legends such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson. He defied the expectations of his middle-class Jewish family and dropped out of medical school to write pop songs. Younger brother Steven admired his Hollywood lifestyle until the tables turned when Elliot’s career hit a few bumps in the road and he needed Steven’s help.

The musical arrangements are by Michael Holland and the production was created under the direction of Michael Bias, the musical direction of Matthew Dolan and a creative team. Briarley has toured the world playing musical comedy roles. Seigula is recognized for his tenor voice and has performed for international audiences in operas and musicals.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students, seniors, and military. Seats are general admission at the Main Stage Theater, 40 River St. in Chagrin Falls. Contact or call 440-247-8955 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Make a large sheet of cement: Create a focal point for your garden with the Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers in a two-part workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 11 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. You’ll start by selecting a large leaf from Mihalik’s extensive gardens, such as a hosta or elephant leaf. After making a mold from the leaf, you will cast it in cement capturing all the features and details of the leaf. In the second course, you will take it out of the mold and prepare it for a decorative finish.

All materials are provided, except decorative finishes. The finished sheet can also be used indoors to dress a table or porch. Registration is limited and a $50 fee must be prepaid. Contact Wendy at 440-834-4656. Send checks payable to OSU Extension Geauga County, Patterson Building, PO Box 387, Burton, Ohio 44021.

Ask a Master Gardener: Do you have questions about maintaining your lawn, trees, garden pests, plants, vegetable or flower gardens? Geauga County Volunteer Master Gardeners are available to email anytime at [email protected] From May 1 through September 30, they can also be reached by phone from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at The Ohio State University Extension Office at 440-834-4656. They will investigate your issue and get back to you with the best information available. Master Gardeners offer tips, fact sheets and other resources during these hours at the OSU Extension Office, 14269 Claridon Troy Rd. at the Burton Fairgrounds.

Also review the literature: The Siegal Lifelong Learning program at Case Western Reserve University offers several classes in June. Instructor Paula Kalamaras will teach “Stephen Fry’s Troy” in in-person sessions from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays from June 2 through July 7. remotely by Barbara Burgess-an Aken. And you can explore the minds of book illustrators from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 10 in person with Arnold Hirshon’s “Wonderlands and Looking-Glasses.” To register contact or 216-368-2091.

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