The Lakewood Arts Festival returns August 7 for its 44th year: A Place in the Sun


LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Art lovers will be happy to hear that the Lakewood Arts Festival returns with an in-person event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 7 along Detroit Avenue from Arthur Avenue to the east to Belle Avenue in downtown Lakewood.

Although last year’s festival was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, festival organizers have decided to offer a virtual festival with an option to purchase online. Registration fees were refunded to artists who registered for the event. Katherine Isenhart of LAF’s board of directors said the festival was able to meet its scholarships and non-profit grants in 2020 despite the event being canceled.

Approximately 130 regional and national artists will set up booths on Detroit Avenue between Arthur and Belle avenues to showcase and sell their work. It is estimated that 15,000 people are expected at the event,

Ceramic artist Sumiko Takada of Studio Takada will return to the festival this year, with hand-thrown carved and inlaid stoneware with a traditional Japanese motif. One of the festival favorites, Phillippe Laine of Palm Beach, Florida, presents a one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk fabric. Fine jewelers Posch and Gulyas handcraft original designs from sterling silver leaf and thread, often featuring gemstones, gold and enamel for color. And fine jeweler Heather Smotzer uses traditional goldsmith techniques in modern designs. The fine arts include works by George Kocar, an award-winning artist from Ohio who has been called a “humorous expressionist,” and Brett Mason, a native of Pittsburgh, who brings landscapes both in oil and in watercolor.

“The Lakewood Arts Festival always has a great audience who are really receptive and supportive of my work. For that I make it one of my very rare shows in Pittsburgh, ”said Mason.

Colorful art glass will be on display by Drew Hocevar, including sculptures, dishes and vases. Muralist Stephanie Crossen said: “I love Lakewood and after having gone through such a difficult year it will be great to come together as a community and enjoy the sun, art and lemonade by the lake”, said muralist Stephanie Crossen. His Lakewood murals include “Eternal Sunrise / Sunset” in Madison and Warren and “Happy Place” in Belle and Detroit.

LAF was established in 1978 to bring artists to the city for a street festival. In 198, the board of directors of the nonprofit event decided to fund an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing their art education.

Following the festival, the board of directors will award $ 4,000 to 2021 recipient Nola Williams-Riseng, who will attend the Cleveland Institute of Art this fall.

The event also funds grants for arts education and programming in the city. Recent winners include Help to Others, also known as H2O, a youth organization; Barton Center, which offers activities for seniors; Beck Center for the Arts for its Saturday programs and its art, theater and photography programs at Lakewood High School.

Live entertainment will be offered throughout the festival with 10 artists on two stages: the Mars Stage on Mars and Detroit avenues and City Center Park, in front of Marc’s plaza in Detroit. Performers will include Senegalese drummer Assane M’baye, Luca Mundaca with Alexis Antes, Chris Allen, Meg and the Magnetosphere and more. In addition, the Beck Center will offer unique shows and arts activities for children and adults.

The Eat on the Street food court will be located across from the Lakewood Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., in Arthur, with a selection of food trucks.

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the festival and there will be additional spacing between artist booths.

For more information about the festival, contact Katherine Isenhart at 216-798-1904, email [email protected] or visit

Flushing hydrants: The Fairview Park and North Olmsted Fire Departments perform the annual emptying of hydrants. In both cities, signs will warn residents when the flushing will take place in their neighborhoods.

The flush is taking place this month in Fairview and will continue through August in North Olmsted.

Fire officials are reminding residents that flushing hydrants can disturb sediment in water lines and rusty-looking water can occur. They should run the water for a few minutes until it clears up.

Learn sign language: Great Northern Mall will be offering American Sign Language classes starting at 12:15 p.m. on July 11 in the community space across from the children’s playground near Macy’s.

Participants will learn to communicate using ASL. No experience is necessary and children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Cathy Eble, 440-356-4437.

Many residents will be showcasing their front, back and side gardens on July 11 in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood as part of the Cleveland Garden Walk. (Carol Kovach / special for

Walk in the garden: Dozens of residents of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood will participate in this year’s Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 11.

The Garden Walk began in 2011 as a way for residents of various areas of Cleveland, including West Park, to showcase their front, back, and / or side gardens.

Participating gardeners display posters in their garden indicating that they are participating in the event. Maps listing the gardens and more information about the event are available at Maps will also be available soon at later this week.

Know your house: Another in a series of LakewoodAlive Knowing Your Home virtual workshops will be available for free July 15 at 7 p.m. on the Zoom platform. This session will focus on home maintenance and outline an annual home maintenance schedule.

The presentation will be led by Allison Urbanek, Director of Housing and Internal Operations at LakewoodAlive.

Register at The workshops are supported by the City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber, First Federal Lakewood and Lakewood Public Library

Participants are encouraged to consider making a donation to LakewoodAlive to support the free workshop series as well as other programs.

Virtual concert: LakewoodAlive’s Virtual Front Porch concert series continues at 7 p.m. on July 9 with Theron Brown on the LakewoodAlive Facebook page.

This is the 11th year of the popular music series and the second in the virtual format.

For more information on the Front Porch 2021 concert series,

Fundraising for the picnic on the terrace: The North Olmsted Senior Center will be hosting a benefit picnic on the patio from noon to 2 p.m. on July 22, which is National Hot Dog Day. The event will take place on the patio of the Senior Center, 28114 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, in North Olmsted Park.

O’Neill Healthcare will provide a hot dog lunch and Island Jeff Cavallo will provide musical entertainment.

All donations in cash or by check will support the programming of the senior center. Checks should be made payable to the Town of North Olmsted. After lunch, Maria’s Ice Cream Wagon will offer treats, courtesy of Devoted Health. All proceeds from Maria’s Ice Cream Wagon will be donated to the Maria’s Prayers Foundation and will help her fight against childhood cancer. The seats are limited ; register before July 15th.

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Saturday August 7, 2021 – 10 am-6pm

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