Here you will find the artists joining us on this Pop-Up Gift Shop journey.  Stop back often over the next few days because we have a lot to add.  We are thrilled with the response to our Call For Artists and find the fact that there are so many local artists and artisans whose work centers on reuse and/or is environmentally-focused reaffirming.

We asked any potential participant to answer a series of questions about their values and their methodologies; we are including some of the questions and the particular artist responses below so you, too, can be inspired.

There is a diversity in their artistic evolution, some are super established, some venturing out for the first time but all are people we already consider friends.  It’s not too late to apply (see our Home page for the Call for Artist app).

Anita Tucker  wine2wick: repurposed bottle candles. As the owner of Cleveland-based Where4ARThou® arts marketing, Anita spends her professional life supporting independent visual artists, galleries and arts-based businesses with marketing, promotion and communication consulting services.  Just recently, she began exercising her own artistic powers, repurposing wine, beer and liquor bottles into unique hand-cut, finished and filled candles.  She retails her wares locally via wine2wick, rescuing bottles from trash cans/landfills and using farm-supporting, earth-friendlier soy-based waxes.  Anita proudly leaves restaurants and friends’ homes toting empties and admits to buying wine based solely on the cool-factor of the label.   When asked what does this line mean to you: “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland Mean to You?” Anita replied, “I spend days (and a lot of nights) encouraging professional and personal circles to shop locally, collect art locally, dine locally, etc etc.  . There is so much devoted, quality talent in all areas here – Cleveland’s amazingly rich, and if we all pull together to support it, we win. We (Cle+)are the only ones who will bring us (Cle+) up up up!”

Marge Diamond: hand-knit hats, headbands from upcycled materials, baby clothes and bags from scraps of other projects. Marge plays the dulcimer and will be entertaining us at the store with her music.  Part of Marge’s answer to our question,  “How and Why are You Committed to Sustainability in Your Work?: “Who else would carry recyclables to Kent from Elyria for years before Elyria started a recyling program?”

Susan Meister: Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings in both copper and silver wire and Upcycled Hats and Ear-Huggers made from 100% wool. Susan’s jewelry is centered on treasures from Lake Erie, both beach glass and pottery.  She is a member of the North American Sea Glass Association and supports their mission statement that sea glass pieces will not be altered by acid etching, sand blasting or tumbling.  Susan is retired from the education field and moved “north” with her husband to Avon, Ohio.  Quite simply, it was her two beautiful grown daughters, son-in-law and two little people who call her Oma that lead to her choosing the area.  Susan spends countless hours along the beaches from Lorain to Cleveland, wading ankle deep in water and soaking in the peace and serenity.  She loves the lake’s treasures and hope sharing some of her findings, may be a joy to you.   She has reacquainted herself with an addiction referred to as knitting.  When asked “Why Do You Want to Participate?” Susan replied, “Because my darling daughter, Megan is my number one fan!”

NO Whey! Chocolates (Stacie Wernick):   Organic, fair trade, dark chocolates,
confections that are dairy free/vegan. Stacie believes that being vegan reduces the amount of greenhouse gases caused by factory farming. They use recycled packaging and are obsessed with recycling labels and scraps of paper boxes and plastic that are not used. They are featured in the Galleria “Gardens Under Glass” at farmers markets in the Cleveland area and street fairs and bizarres. Stacie said in response to our question: “What Does Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland Mean to You?” We love this community and feel it’s very important to support local business.As it reduces our carbon footprints and strengthens and sustains our Cleveland community.  We are a small business (hoping to grow) located in Lyndhurst.”

Jackie Moravcik: Urban Artifaks: jewelry from recycled liquor bottles. Jackie’s artist career started while working at as a waitress; someone broke a cobalt blue skyy vodka bottle and gave it to her to see what she could do with it and it all grew from there.  Now she visits bars and restaurants to pick up their empties.  Jackie’s response to our question What Does Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland Mean to You?” I believe in this city–its one reason i moved to Slavic Village, hoping to try to work with the powers that be and turn it around into another cool area…it has everything, cheap rents, fantastic architecture, cheap housing, quaint spaces, great locations, close to downtown and, oh yeah–cheap housing!  it also has drugs, theft, urban decay.  Artists can save an area–we aren’t afraid of living in those areas (heck, we generally dont have anything worth stealing)…but we will attract people: galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, people with money…and before you know it, it will again be safe for those with families.  Sorry, its a passion of mine.  To answer your question, I have put my money where my cleveland is…i live there.”

Diane Ruble Wilson: http://www.etsy.com/shop/breadandroses2scarves, cowls, pouches, pocket squares. Bread (basics) + Roses (beauty, inspiration, art) sums up the philosophy behind Diane’s artisan designed, handcrafted clothing and accessories for women & men.  Diane employs pristine deadstock vintage fabrics, hardware & other components in her finite edition scarf, bag & clothing lines. Many of these materials have been salvaged from defunct workwear, utility clothing factories (one inEast Cleveland, OH) and found rambling the backroads of rural Ohio. She frequently recycles hardware from other objects found at flea markets, rummage sales and thrift stores. Much time & effort are devoted to seeking out materials that are visually compelling, have a story to tell & retain characteristics of their former intended use or ownership. Use of natural fiber textiles takes top priority.   Diane’s response to our question “What Does Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland Mean to You?”As a native Clevelander, I have great affection, and a deep sense of gratitude, for my hometown and its world-class cultural amenities that nurtured my artistic impulses so early on. Not only do I support the arts community  but also numerous local/regional individuals and small businesses in the secondary market in sourcing supplies for my artwork, helping to keep jobs viable. My customers’ patronage, in turn, helps me return my resources to our community. And so it goes ’round that we support one another, right here in the Greater Cleveland area. Buying locally produced goods and gift for the holidays tangibly helps so many and strenghthens our community. I put my money where my heart is.”

Linda Zolten Wood: Zolten Wood Design:   upcycled plushies,  earrings, holiday ornaments, recycled tin/clay boxes, collage greeting cards, clay dolls – outfits from discontinued fabric samples. Linda is inspired by the diversity of many cultures.  She explores the world through paint on canvas and in public spaces, and also works with clay, fiber and jewelry; All inspired by living in Cleveland, and from her travels to India in 1988, after she graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 with a BFA.   She grew up in Cleveland Heights, and moved to Collinwood with her family in 1998.  Along with others in the area she helped make Arts Collinwood a reality, so that community artists would have a place to make a living as well as give back to the community.    Her philosophy “Art For All” expresses her drive to offer creativity to anyone who wants to try the arts, regardless of economics or education.  When asked “How Does Sustainability Factor Into Your Art?” Linda replied, “I’m a dedicated user of recycled materials for over the last decade, from my days at Cleveland Institute of Art where we had to be resourceful & find objects to repurpose, to these days: ZeroLandfill fabrics, papers, wallpapers and swatches; reused clothing, ‘vintage’ buttons and thrift store deconstructed clothes, jewelry, recycled mint tins, guitar picks, guitar strings; sometimes recycled xmas lights. I reuse/recycle to lighten the load in the overglutted landfills; To use ingenuity in creating with found objects, and to revel in the beauty of the overlooked or forgotten. This also helps a tiny self-employed artists’ supply budget.”

Renee Rothhaas: Uniquely Moxy: wire ornaments, sculpture and some jewelry. When asked, “Why Do You Want to Participate?” Renee answered, I LOVE the idea of promoting potential in Cleveland, be it local artists or empty store fronts, anything to do with helping Cleveland to realize what a great city it is, I’m in.  I’ve been following the ingenuity festival since it began and it seems to have similarities to pop up gift shop.  I believe great things have come from ingenuity festival and I believe this can have the same effect. Some times people need to be shown possibilities….I believe the pop up shop will do that.”

Marina Marquez: red umbrella design: repurposed wood owl mobiles, T’Owls (owl stuffies),owls sculptures, collages. I’m a stay home mama who gets to play with my daughter Luna everyday. She is my inspiration and also our future. With this in mind, I enjoy making art, functional art, such as, owl mobiles, felt owl stuffies, children’s clothes, and collages out of reclaimed/recycled materials. As a sculptor I work in reclaimed metals, recycled/reclaimed wood, and various recycled materials. Due to some of the techniques required for making my sculptures, I had to suspend the making of them during my pregnancy. In response to this, I began making Felt Owl Stuffies and Owl Mmobiles out of my home studio – red umbrella design. My designs can be viewed on my Etsy shop website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/redumbrelladesign216.  When asked “Why Do You Want to Participate?” I believe in what local artists Trish Supples and Nicole McGee have created. Pop-Up Gift Shop is the exact venue I want to be a part of. I love that Pop-Up Gift Shop recognizes Cleveland’s many talented and hidden gems of artists and artisans. Red Umbrella’s designs mirror Pop-Up Gift Shop’s emphasis on artwork made from reused materials and not to mention we are a locally-based/environmentally-minded business.”

Kim Thorpe: oil paintings on recycled stryrofoam. When asked How And Why Are You Committed to Sustainability in Your Work?” Kim responded, “These are all painted on Styrofoam that was found resting in a grassy area near dumpsters in the Cleveland, OH area.  Using nontraditional waste materials for a support infuses environmental concepts into the process of making the paintings. It is resourceful, saves money on art supplies and makes for an textured surface for artwork”.

Janiece McWilliams: JBird’s Garden: upcycled, recycled jewelry. When asked “How and Why Are You Committed to Sustainability in Your Work?, Janiece answered, I try to be a part of a sustainable ‘green’ world by utilizing upcycled components of discarded (or disregarded) jewelry pieces and taking them apart like an old radio to rebuild and repurpose to  ‘play the music’ I like.   Many of my pieces ‘new’ components include vintage jewelry found in dusty old boxes and moldy old basements.  Also as much as possible I use recycled papers and materials for mailings and wrappings.  All elements of my life include a conscientious awareness and responsibility to my earth mother and I bring as much of that commitment as I can into my jewelry.” and when asked “Why Do You Want to Participate in Pop-Up Gift Shop?Janiece, answered, “I got a tingle (OK…an excited shiver maybe) when I read your call for artists.  Although I have a fairly successful Etsy shop, am part of the local art fair world and am now involved in home jewelry parties, I have yet to seek out local galleries and shops to display my work.  I just couldn’t imagine a better place to start!  The spirit of your endeavor smacked me right upside the head. In a good way!”

Mary McNamara: on behalf of the Amani Children’s Foundation: jewelry, keyrings, ornaments,  bookmarks. When asked “How  and Why Are You Committed to Sustainability in Your Work?” , Mary answered, The beads we use in our jewelry are less than perfect fairly traded beads from Kazuri in Kenya. I bring them home with me from Kenya and women in Cleveland fashion the beads that were not going to be used into beautiful one of a kind pieces of jewelry to raise money for a baby orphanage – New Life Home in Kenya.  Orphaned beads for orphaned babies is our elevator speech. While I am committed to using these throw away beads- the real committment comes from the Cleveland women who make the jewelry. They love them. No bead goes to waste, it seems.”

Kris Barnes: KrisBarnes.comtelephone wire baskets, upcycled wool scarves and boas, knitwit dolls, ornaments. When asked, “Why do I want to participate?”, Kris answered, I think this is one of those really creative and inspirational ideas that can spread to other cities and continue to grow. I would love to be a part of something so positive and powerful. I enjoy using my creative arts to create change. I donate art for the same reason. if something I made can help others, that is a great feeling.”

Jeanetta Ho: www.jhos.net & http://www.etsy.com/shop/jhosnetRecycled plants: Upcycled bike part art – windchimes and ornaments,  earrings and bracelets from bike chains, circuit board pins, wood pen&pencil sets and jewelry from fallen branches/prunings, scarves from fabric I got thru zerolandfill. When asked, “How and Why Are You Committed to Sustainability in Your Work?, Jeanetta answered, Mostly it’s the landfill issue. We throw out way too much stuff! Reuse, repurpose, or, at the very least, separate out your recycleables in the trash bin.  Recently, I started making “upcycled bike part art” – repurposing gears, chains, links, and spokes for windchimes, lanterns, ornaments, bracelets, earrings. These things are beautiful, and many bike shops are more than happy to give me their garbage! Why not make something beautiful?!
I also was fortunate enough to be part of Zerolandfill’s call out to textile artists when Carnegie Textiles went out of business. So I have scarves (and maybe a hat or two) made from that gleaning. I am oh so happy to have been part of that call! And aren’t we lucky to have a Zerolandfill here in Cleveland!”

Sharon Hynes: Style Scout Co Nightlights with shades made from artificial sweetener packets.   When asked what the phrase “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland” means to her, Sharon responded, ” I believe in this quote that sums it up “Every time you spend a dollar, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”  Anne Lappe”

Jill Easterling: Go2Galwine bags made from fabric samples obtained via ZeroLandfill. When asked “How and Why Do You Incorporate Sustainability in Your Work?”, Jill replied, “I do everything in my life to help eliminate waste and divert material from the landfills to be reused and/or repurposed”.

Jane Pierce: Recycled Products by zJayne & Co: upcycled handmade dryer sheet pillow sachets, upcycled handmade initial pouches, upcycled tee shirt market bags, gift bags, original art postcards, 100% upcycled suncatcher, ornaments. When asked “How and why are you committed to sustainability in your work?” Jayne answered, ” began creating art with broken metals and discarded jewelry. Considering myself an artist that preferred using materials already discarded I  started offering them to the public online.  I actually began creating with tee shirts because I was late with Holiday gifts one year for my own children. I made up Tee Shirt bags that I found at thrift stores using relevant rock bands, artsy, penguins… shirts that fit their likes and filled them with groceries. Yes, groceries, natural and organic products from Trader Joes. I thought they’d laugh at me as they were so urban – raw edges and all, but it was the first year they each individually called to thank me LOTS for the bags and the good food! Told me they were using them for laundry and everything and that I should sell them too. That led to bundles of sleeves remaining from making the bags. I couldn’t give the sleeves away. Started stacking them by color and creating pouches, dryer sheet sachets and it’s been ongoing since. I am committed to making a difference one tee shirt at a time. Local thrifts have an abundance of shirts. Many are like new. It’s my gig and I try to keep up with a day job too.”

Carol Lynn Mitchell: her sitemini collages from found items and print work. I try to find uses for all the materials I collect or create because I feel responsible for what I leave in the world that it serves a bigger purpose the materials it is made from. It is also a way of creating treasures from what others might consider trash. There is an inherent challenge to be responsible for what I create. I am a mixed media artist, currently working in fine art printmaking. I use found objects and discarded papers to make collographs which I then pull prints from. Many of the plates are scraps of wood or mat board left from other household or art projects. The test prints are reused into collages, incorporating other found objects.

Erin Huber on behalf of Sustainable Water 2019: locally designed, stainless steel water bottles. Sustainable Water 2019   is reconnecting communities with local drinking water and the Great Lakes. Through reconnecting people with water on an individual level, they we hope to inspire the environmental stewardship needed to make our water sustainable for present and future generations.  Per Erin Huber, “Clevelanders can help supporting our outreach work by purchasing a locally designed stainless steel water bottle for themselves or a friend and kick the bottled water habit today and get involved and more info at our site” when asked what the phrase “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland” means to Sustainable Water 2019, Erin replied, “We make a connection with art and children through our World Water Day outreach programming and engage local artists, photographers, and filmmakers to relay our message creatively.   Check out our website photos! We “tag” people at our outreach events to reinstill pride in this AMAZING city/region and energize pride in our CLE H2O!  by purchasing Drink Local. Drink Tap. bottles, we give people an immediate opportunity to show their “ I heart CLE” pride! Your slogan reminds people of the importance to act locally and walk the walk!”

Amy Roskilly her sitenature photography.I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember, even back in the day when we actually used film and those giant flash bulbs! I love taking pictures and I love Cleveland!  Taking pictures of nature and all its elements fascinates me which is why I work to protect the environment in my career and life.  I’ve traveled all over the world and treasure the memories and photos from those trips and would love to help you document your memories as well.  I’ve always said that if my house was burning down, I would grab my cat and my photo albums-everything else could be replaced.  In the past few years, I’ve shown some of my photographs at Artefino Gallery (downtown Cleveland) and Mastroianni Gallery (Tremont) which are wonderful places that you should check out.  As a matter of fact,  if you are ever looking for something fun to do in Cleveland, just ask me.”

Sharie Renee: Cosmic Bobbins, LLC: desk accessories, small purses, custom embroidery services for upcycled clothing. Cosmic Bobbins is a lifestyles brand fashioned at the crossroads of business and social good.  Through a ground floor recycling initiative Cosmic Bobbins upcycles materials that might otherwise be considered waste and turns them into one-of-a-kind accessories, while creating, meaningful, fair trade employment in underserved populations.   When asked what the phrase “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland” means to her, Sharie answered, “Our community and our economy is at a very critical time in which we need to think about what we “vote” for with our pocketbook. If we do not support one another our realities of sustainability become very grim.  It takes all the spokes of the wheel to participate and ultimately, to turn the wheel.”

Recycled Product’s Co-op (RPC) of Oberlin College: 100% recyled planners and notebooks; the planners feature doodles made each week of 2007 by RPC members . The Recycled Products Co-op of Oberlin College (RPC) seeks to educate the community about the environmental benefits of using recycled office supplies over less sustainable products. The RPC collects donations of office and craft supplies and redistributes them — in their original forms as well as altered forms, such as notebooks crafted out of posters formerly used to advertise campus events. We hope to eliminate waste as well as satiate a community’s desire to continue to create. Visit our website at http://www.oberlin.edu/stuorg/recyprod/. When asked “How Does Sustainability Factor Into Your Art”?, Rosalie Eck (RPC Representative) answered, “Our whole goal is to minimize the amount of materials that are bought new by increasing recycling and redistribution of products that have been discarded. We have trouble throwing anything away because we want to squeeze every last bit of use out of everything and love the challenge of creating useful objects out of “useless” things like packing materials.”

Glenn Gaewsky: Motherboard Clocks. Clocks made from recycled computer parts. When asked “Why Do You Want to Participate”? Glenn answered, ” I would love to be a part of this venture. It will help the downtown area by bringing in shoppers, as well as helping fellow artists be recognized for their work. I think the Pop-Up Gift Shop is a great idea.”

Russell Stephanchick. Junkbots, robots made of recycled materials. I’m originally from Lorain, Ohio, and a descendant of Russian / Slovak immigrants who came to this country to participate in the industrial revolution. After I graduated from high school I gravitated to Cleveland and enrolled in Cooper School of Art as a fine art major. After art school I was fortunate enough to land a silversmithing apprenticeship in Bristol, England (long story) and spent the next two years literally sweeping up after master goldsmiths in order to glean some of the secrets of the craft. After returning to the states, I opened the first of two jewelry gallery/workshops in Cleveland, Ohio. I then began participating in the America Craft Council wholesale shows, and began to reinvent my own very personal industrial revolution. I have worked in a variety of mediums, but have always had a special passion for utilizing recycled or repurposed materials. In 1993 I returned to school and went through the Industrial Design program at The Cleveland Institute of Art. After serving two internships in the following years, one at Rubbermaid, and one at Thomson Consumer Electronics, I was recruited out of CIA to join a company in Michigan that designs and manufactures automotive interior components. In the next 12 years as an automotive product designer I had the opportunity to develop many different facets of my artistic skill sets. I returned to Cleveland in 2007 to work at American Greetings as an exhibit designer, and I just recently have relocated to beautiful Portage Lakes and taken a position as a senior designer for PFI Displays, designing exhibits, retail environments, and point of purchase displays. I continue to have both a vocation and an avocation, the latter resulting in the JunkBots that are currently being displayed at the Pop-Up Show at the Trinity Cathedral.  When asked, “Why Do You Want to Participate”? Russell answered, “I have been a proponent of upcycling and recyling art for many years…I am jazzed!”

Carol Medhurst: site original paintings on reused surfaces, many of whimsical animals. Carol has a gallery in the W78 Street Studios. When asked, “How Does Sustainability Factor In Your Work”? Carol answered, I paint on canvas, and wood…Most recently on old  doors from kitchen cubbards.  My pieces will last for quite some time., “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Clevelandmeans to her, Carol answered, “I greatly believe in Cleveland, and have lived here all my life…My parents were both working artists in the 50’s and 60’s….70’s too.  I have seen good times in Cleve. and now not so good, but have seen talent always spring forth from here, so my heart has grown up here, and only here.  I am now married to a Construction Man, and for that reason, I am also sad the building and businesses are not what they could be.”

David Witzke:  The Sign Guy. paintings, light covers, yard birds made from recycled wood. When asked why he wanted to participate, David said succinctly, “I sell art 2 live”.

Danielle Cosgrove.  purses from recycled materials (plastic shopping bags and jeans). When asked what the phrase “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland” means to her, Danielle answered, ” As a board member of the Inter Religious Task Force (a non-profit that is a strong advocate for Fair Trade), I firmly believe in using money and spending patterns to promote what you want to flourish in the community. I try to shop in Cleveland as much as I can and prefer spending money at locally-owned stores when possible.  With the Pop-Up Gift Shop I appreciate the dual focuses of local artists (which keeps money in the Cleveland area) and sustainability.”

Joanna Longo & Matt Orgovan/Studio 76:  bath and body products. CreativExpressions76 combines Matt’s interest and talents in art and painting and Joanna’s love of all things that “smell good.” The result is an ambitious crafting endeavor that produces an array of handcrafted bath and body products, along with hand painted and designed boxes, magnets, paintings and more. To them it’s more than just crafting, it’s craftivism. It’s a way to give back to the community and encouraging consumers to buy products made in the U.S.A. There is a movement for locally made goods, and Matt and Jo want to encourage it, be a part of it, and bring awareness to wonderful items that are handmade.When asked, what does the line,  “Put Your Money Where Your Heart is Cleveland?”, mean to you, Joanna and Matt replied, “You’ve got to buy and support local.  In order to keep our economy going it’s important to buy from small business owners.  We are big supporters of the 3/50 Project.”

Trish Supples, co-creator of Pop-Up Gift Shop:  reuse art, ornaments, bookmarks, picture frames. I would sit outside for hours when I was a child drawing trees.  Art was a meditation and nature was a grounding force in my life, especially trees.  Some of my best friends are trees.  I stopped creating art after elementary school and I pursued the “normal” dream of career and achievement.  I found it but lost myself.   Eventually I felt strangled by the trappings of my life and, one day (while sitting outside of course) I knew I would have to quit my amazing job and stop pursuing “normal” and start pursuing me. It hasn’t always been easy but I rediscovered art and a more authentic life.  As a child I created art while interacting with nature; now I want to create art that preserves nature.  I have a lot of interests and passions (I am gearing up for Produce Peddler which will deliver fresh fruits and veggies to underserved youth in an innovative way) so I don’t focus on my art as a business. I create for myself.  I do a few shows every year; I recently finished the Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival.  Deadlines, challenges and feedback make me reach and grow in my talents.  Here is a sample of some of the art I create.  What’s super exciting for me is being able to use all the talents and skills from my business career and put them to use for our community. I love creating opportunities for others.  Every day we live we create our experiences, our relationships and our community.  I hope in a small way that this Pop-Up Gift Shop, which is temporary, creates permanent, positive effects in our community.  We have all been through a lot these last few years, lots of people are still suffering.  The thing about reuse art is that the cost of entry is low which is why I volunteer at schools to teach art teachers how to teach students to recycle and use those materials to create.  Pop-Up Gift Shop has an Arts & Crafts Bar of reuse materials and some seminars are planned (check out our About page).   Come in and create with us. At the end of the day we are  interested in creating a whole lot more than revenue.   Fun is free.  It’s time to celebrate Cleveland.   Like we say on our “We Heart Cleveland” page, “Cleveland is a great city to be in a relationship with… We love you Cleveland!”.

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