Northern Ohio Illustrators Society at BAYarts


What’s more fun than a group of illustrators meeting for an evening of drawing and a few local brews? Can’t think of much, except for seeing the fruits of this seriously creative group’s labors in one exhibition: “The Best of NOIS” will be in BAYarts Sullivan Gallery through April 3.

Comprised of illustrators, fine artists, designers, students and instructors, Northern Ohio Illustrators Society  began over 20 years ago when a group of Cleveland area illustrators, faced with rapid changes in their field, felt a need to get out of the studio, meet in an informal setting and exchange points of view. With a focus on artistic excellence and smart business practices, the group began meeting regularly and inviting various local artists to speak on a variety of topics, such as marketing, promotion and business issues from contracts to copyrights. NOIS is committed to bringing in national talent once a year to speak at the Cleveland Institute of Art, which speaks to NOIS’ mission of mentoring to emerging illustrators.


NOIS has over 30 members who meet regularly for support and inspiration. Besides interaction with colleagues and other professionals, members participate in members-only gallery exhibitions, have the opportunity to be included in exclusive promotional materials, like directories and calendars, as well as a link to their portfolio page on the NOIS website. 

But the best perk, members will agree, is keeping the conversation lively and the creative juices flowing by getting out of the studio and interacting with like-minded illustrators. Occasions such as “4th Wednesdays” at NANO Brew in Ohio City provide opportunities for socializing, drawing and talking shop. Visitors are welcome.


For more information on NOIS and 4th Wednesdays:


Gallery Talk with members of N.O.I.S. Sunday March 22nd at 2pm in the Sullivan Gallery


Learn from the Illustrators at BAYarts


Portrait Workshop with Loren Naji Saturday, March 14th

Figure Drawing with John W. Carlson Mondays beginning April 13th

Basics & Beyond with John W. Carlson Wednesdays beginning April 15



Art Academy – on-going with various instructors, next session, April 11th

New! Super Hero Boot Camp taught by Rustbelt Monster Collective members


BAYarts Spring schedule:


Spring Office Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Sullivan Gallery: Tues – Sat 9 am – 3 pm, or by appointment




28795 Lake Road
Bay Village, Ohio 44140