Melissa Francisco ~ Painter, Designer

IMG_2456Melissa Francisco calls herself “Washed Up”, referring to the materials that she uses in her designs that she has found on the shores of Lake Erie.  A good portion of her work brings new life to driftwood; through sculptures, painted pieces, or as accents.

Melissa has something for every season.  Especially stunning are her driftwood Santas!

 

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Vince McKee ~ Author

71PdS-Tf3qL._UX250_Vince McKee is a growing force in the sports literary world. His first seven books all helped to build his credibility as a top-notch chronicler of the impact of Ohio sports. Vince is also the MMA correspondent for neosportsinsiders.com. He has also spent time as a High School Beat Reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer & The Medina Gazette. His work has been featured in SLAM Magazine, ESPN Sports Nation and Drennan Live. He has been called the go to source with anything involving sports history. He has personally interviewed some of the biggest names in Cleveland Sports history for his books, including a one on one with Bill Belichick.

Follow Vince on Twitter at Vince The Author

Marcello Mellino ~ Photographer

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“Art in all its forms has been a very strong intellectual personal motivation throughout the years, so my ongoing maturation and growth as a Fine Art photographer seems quite natural, and at the same time very challenging and exciting! The process of photographic imagery ” creation” goes much further than the simple ” taking” of the photograph, since it necessitates a good amount of vision, creativity and curiosity, besides all the technical attributes, and I find immense satisfaction in the sequence leading from that initial “moment of vision” to the final printing act, which is the perfect culmination for a fleeting instant to become permanent reality.”

Marcello is a native of Italy, so naturally a lot of his images are from “home”, which enables us to travel vicariously through his captured sights and events.

No passport required to view Marcello’s photos and sign up for his newsletter ~ Mellino Photography

Jo Ann Lawrence ~ Bead Maker and Jewelry Designer

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The look of sand, water, and sky come together in these Storm Watcher beads.

Jo Ann is a self taught glass bead artist. She has been designing and making her glass beads since 2008 when she was “bitten by the lampwork torch”. She resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky, OH with her husband, John.

You may contact Jo Ann direct at lanfordbeadworks@yahoo.com

Lorene Girand — Mixed Media Artist

Lorene Girand creates jewelry and mixed media pieces using upcycled materials, which she finds in a variety of places.

All her jewelry is unique…“No one wants to see the necklace they are wearing on someone else’s neck, it’s like wearing the same dress as a co-worker on the same day.”

It is this philosophy that drives Lorene to keep all her creations truly one-of-a-kind. Lorene works out of the home she shares with her husband and three dogs in Elyria, Ohio.

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Sandi Valois ~ Stained Glass


Sandi Valois is a retired Federal Agent, USAF Veteran, motorcycle enthusiast, and world traveler.  Self described as a “Frustrated Artist”, Sandi has dabbled in all art forms for years, setting her talents on stained glass (for the moment) in her Avon, OH studio.  She also designs her own jewelry.

Sandi can be found on Pinterest as Glam and Glass Gal.

For more information please email Sandi at glass.mania@yahoo.com

 

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Lola the Seahorse

 

Sandi’s Facebook Page

Janine Jacobs-Beleski — Watercolor Artist

Janine Jacobs-Beleski lives in Vermilion, Ohio and has been creating and selling her artwork for more than 20 years. She has exhibited her paintings in many galleries throughout the United States and Canada. Janine states, “When I am painting, I often lose track of time. I become completely involved with the work in progress. It dictates to me where I should go, the intensity of the colors and the overall mood of the picture.” Her art has been described by others as portraying an overwhelming dramatic story of stormy landscapes, wild and emotional florals, intense, sometimes moody portraits, all with a wash of unrestricted color. For more information please email her at jjacobsart@gmail.com.

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Ria TerraNova-Webb — Author, Dancer & Wannabe Yogini

Former: Daughter; Hippie; Thespian; Circus Clown; Pre-school,  Kindergarten and Drama Teacher

Currently: Dancer, Wannabe Yogini, Recovering Catholic, Buddhist, Moglie, Madre, Nonna, Sorella,  Zia, World Traveler, Porch Sitter, Story Teller, Cat Owner, Book Worm, Knitter, Lazy Housekeeper, Lazier Gardener. Retired now and writing about it all.

In the Basilico: Pizza bagels, lost theatre tickets, subways and runways, sturdy pools, corncobs, and wooden spoons tangle like a bowl of spaghetti on the table of this Sicilian-American family as they careen through life. Love, laughter, and of course Basil, fuel the antics of the Cangialosi clan bound by their sense of family and passion for life.