BAYarts: Here There Be Monsters


When Gary & Laura Dumm’s collaborative work “Scream of the Butterflies” won Best of Show in BAYarts Annual Juried Show 2016, it was clear they had a bigger story to tell.  Inspired by A Cautionary Series of Environmental Artworks in Popular Culture that encouraged the legend that mapmakers in the Middle Ages would designate unexplored areas on their maps with the dire words of warning, “Here there be monsters.”

The unknown can indeed be frightening, but the known can be monstrous. The Dumms create new maps for environmental consciousness with this “pop-surrealist” art series using iconic images of movie monsters to help point the way. These sometimes innocent fictional creatures were often the misbegotten byproducts (“unintended consequences”) of scientific experimentation, water and air pollution, global warming, climate change, genetic engineering, for-profit destruction of animal habitats leading to extinctions, pesticides and pollinator decline are “monstrous” and all-too-real consequences of human activity.  Opening Friday Oct 7th 7 – 9 through Oct 25th.


Ohio Plein Air Society at BAYarts

BAYarts will host the Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS) Annual Competition as world-class artists from across the country paint outdoors at various locations across northeast Ohio. Beginning September 23, the event will culminate at BAYarts on Sunday, September 25, with an award ceremony and sale.

The event will be facilitated by chairperson, Christopher Leeper. To register or learn more information about this event, visit or contact Chris Leeper at




28795 Lake Road

Bay Village, Ohio 44140



OPAS Events Sunday, September 25

10:30 am-12:30 pm: Quick Draw:  Artists complete a painting within a 2 hours

10 am-2 pm: Wet Paint Show / Sale: A juried competition and sale; Ken Dewaard judge.

1 pm Awards Ceremony: Free and open to the public



Moondance – September 10; BAYarts Annual Benefit celebrating 10 Years. Becky Boyd, 15 local restaurants, open bars, bonfires, auction. Tickets at

Christopher Leeper & Dan Knepper: Ohio Views: Light & Shadow September 22 – October 29, Sullivan Gallery

Holiday Gallery  – November 29 – December 24; Showcasing hundreds of artists, open every day, extended hours

Artists to consign: