Fall 2018 Valley Art Center

Annual Juried Art Exhibit Best of Show winner, 2017, Sharon O’Connor-Clarke (photo courtesy of the artist)


Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Starting this year, it is easier for artists living within a 250-mile radius of Chagrin Falls to submit artwork for consideration to this prestigious annual exhibit. In the fall of 2018, Valley Art Center is boldly going digital and taking the entry process online for the first time in the show’s 47-year history. In the past, artists dropped off work for consideration, picked up rejected pieces, attended the reception, and returned to retrieve their exhibited art after the close of the show.

While the Valley Art Center loves to receive visitors from far away, that’s a lot of travel for someone in surrounding states and Canada. So, this fall, the center expects to see larger participation from the greater region, elevating the already stellar regional exhibit to greater heights. “We’re really excited to make this long-running show more doable for a larger number of regional artists,” said Executive Director Mary Ann Breisch. “The Juried Show continues to grow in popularity, and this year we anticipate engaging more artists and selling more of their work in our recently upgraded gallery.”

Artists can begin submitting entries at valleyartcenter.org this summer. The entries are juried to approximately 100 pieces. Historically the center has received approximately 300 entries, including 2-D and 3-D works. The following media are accepted: oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, textiles, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, enamel, and metalwork. Details can be found at valleyartcenter.org/annual-juried-cte.

Work will be judged on quality, originality, concept, design, and technique to receive over $1,000 in cash awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and several community-sponsored awards including the Hardy Watercolor Award and the Phyllis Lloyd Memorial Award. Jurors for 2018 are Christopher Richards, Liz Maugans, and Lee Heinen. The awards presentation and reception take place Friday, November 2, from 6:00 until 8:00pm, with awards presented at 7:00.

Openings are free and open to the public, so join the artists, winners and Valley Art Center community for a wonderful evening of art when the Annual Juried Art Exhibit opens on November 2. The show runs through December 12. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Classes and Workshops

Every year, thirty Valley Art Center instructors offer 400 classes and workshops to more than 1,400 students. This fall’s offerings include jewelry, metalwork, ceramics, photography, sculpture, drawing, and painting. See new classes and workshops online at valleyregistration.com. Take a class or workshop this fall and experience your own creativity with fellow art makers from beginners to seasoned professionals under the tutelage of a world-class faculty.




Valley Arts Center

155 Bell Street

Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022