Friday, March 16, 2018

Great things on the Horizon

Next week is chalked full of action at the Gallery. Starting with our clay classes on Monday and Tuesday we will begin glazing our bisque pieces. If you haven't seen our clay piggy banks, here's a photo of some of them. They are so cute and I'm liking the way they have turned out. 

We will be teaching a wine and paint class at Steele Mansion on Tuesday night. You can call them to make reservations at  (440) 639-7948. A great way to kick off the first day of Spring. Here's a photo of the painting we will make. 

We will also be preparing for our Kicking it with Kenny debut on Wednesday March 21st. We will be live on Fox 8. Kenny is showcasing the Matchworks building. If you were not aware, we have created a nice destination place in Mentor. There's Fourk at Matchworks -great food!, Sparkle and Shine Make up Studio, Perkatory Coffee Shop, Vipassona Salon, and a variety of Artist studios located on the first, second, and third floors. 

Then, on Friday we are celebrating our year anniversary. Join us on March 23rd 7-9 for a night with the artists, live music by Vinnie and Crew in the atrium, refreshments, and a chance to paint a 20 ounce wine glass all for free. If you have never painted on glass, no worries, we will be there to help you! 

Also, we will have a special night of "Free Art Friday". Free Art Friday is artwork hidden around the building. If you find it, its yours, for FREE! -Artwork is marked as Free Art Friday in brown and pink bags. Lots to do and experience in our building! 

The link below was a wonderful write up by Cathee Thomas about our event and others happening in the area.

AND if you are looking to see what we have happening next, see our website. You'll find events, shows, and classes along with our location and hours.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


We have a lot happening in the Matchworks building during March's Second Friday.  Art, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Music, Henna and more!

by Tracy Zakraysek

At Stella's Art Gallery we are revealing our show called Art Inspired by Women in honor of those women whom have influenced our lives. It's a fabulous visual representation of our gratitude towards them.  The reception is from 7-9p. Enjoy the art and complimentary chocolate treats in the first and third floor studios. 

Live music by Dustin and henna by Stronghold Creations will be in Perkatory. You can grab yourself a cup of specialty coffee or tea and snack on vegan, gluten free, or other tasty treats while enjoying the ambiance. 

Grab dinner at FOURK at MATCHWORKS while you are here. They have delicious chocolate desserts and drinks. 

We even have a Helene's Sweet Creations visiting for the night. She'll have her homemade Easter candies and St. Patrick Day goodies ready for you to purchase. ~I am very excited for some good, homemade chocolate after this crazy it cabin-fever-eating...but a little chocolate would bring me a bit of sunshine right about now! 

But most importantly, make sure you stop in the Gallery and share your story. We want to hear it! Tell us whom has inspired you to do your best. Was it your mom, sister, grandma, or wife? Perhaps a teacher, musician, or leader has made an impact on you. Whatever your female influence is, let's celebrate them during Women's History month by sharing your stories. Feel free to add to our Tribute wall during our reception.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet Julie Cook, A Lake County Artist and member at Stella's Art Gallery

If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

This is one of my favorite art quotes and it comes into my mind often.  You may wonder why. When asked, I say, “I just started painting six years ago!” My children are grown and out on their own. (I can’t say I started as late as Grandma Moses though!)  I had started a “faux painting” business to help raise money and support an organization that works with at-risk children on the Thailand/Burma border. My daughter and son-in-law work with these children and give them an education, job skills and much more. While painting a customer’s wall, I decided to experiment some techniques on canvas. I only had tools and paint from either doing “faux” painting or wall painting and leftover paints from when my children were at home.  I couldn’t stop experimenting! In two or three days I

had about 5 or 6 paintings done. I was “shocked” at the results and showed my customer. She told me I should paint more and try and sell the paintings to raise money. She called me “an artist” and I disagreed, because I had no training and was just having some fun. I have always loved to create things, and knew I was handy with all sorts of tools but had never considered trying to do what I would call “art” until then. Even as a student in junior high I was not recommended to be one of the students who could take art in High School. I suppose this is where the voice within me said “you cannot paint” or you cannot do “art”.
After seeing what I had painted, my customer suggested that I should pursue what I had just now discovered about myself.  As I did, and the voice was silenced!  I approached a small gallery in the Tremont area of Cleveland, and they took several paintings. I was overjoyed when I heard my first piece of art sold in a gallery, but later found out that I needed to rework my prices because I think I only made $5 to donate to the charity I support.  My art sold well at that gallery until they closed a couple years after that.
“Practice any art, however well or badly, not to get money or fame, but to find out what's inside you.” Kurt Vonnegut

Working at this “artist” thing has certainly made me grow in many ways. I have something to talk about now, and I am driven to continue even when I’m uncomfortable because I know sales of my work help others who are in such need. I am discovering more about myself and enjoying the process.

Most of what I paint are images from my imagination or a combination of things I’ve seen, places I’ve been, or an abstraction of that.  Being self-taught and starting out with unconventional tools gives me lots of different ways to express what is inside me. I’m often told that my art carries a lot of emotion, and perhaps that is true. I do not know how to paint without my feelings. I hope that my work draws people in. I believe that God allowed me to discover my gift at this time in my life for a reason. I have time to work on my paintings and I have a reason to continue.  I hope my art brings joy, brings life, peace, happiness, fun, or good memories when it’s observed.
“To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” Robert Schumann

I am still learning as I am constantly experimenting with new ideas and techniques. I do a variety of work, mostly in acrylics but I also do mixed media pieces.  Most of my work is not drawn out first or even sketched on paper before hand and often starts to take shape and develop as I move the paint around. Often it changes as I’m painting and sometimes it changes course more than once. I also love to play around with wood and tools for building projects that come up.  And I’ve just recently taken a pottery class from Dani, at Stella’s Arts, and I think that brings out different type of experiments to do! I saw a pastel kit on sale and ordered that as well! Being an artist here at the gallery has given me more incentive to learn and develop my work. I think I will always be somewhat “unconventional” in the way I create my work, but I certainly admire the variety and skills I see here.

You can see her artwork at Stella's Art Gallery. You might even find her doing a demo, taking a class, or just hanging out at the Gallery located in the Matchworks Building. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Events, Classes, Workshops, and Field Trips for February and March

Exciting things happening at Stella's Art Gallery! In addition to being able to find wonderful local art for your home, office, or for that perfect gift, you'll have an artful experience during your visit. We offer a variety of workshops, paint and sips, classes, Art Clubs, private parties and even field trips. Sometimes you may even find an artists working in the building.


Second Friday's at the Matchworks Building 

Every Second Friday of the month we have an event in our building, The Matchworks in Mentor, Ohio.  This event maybe a special class, like February 9th, that does need registration; or it can be a free event, like an opening to a new show. Let me share what we did for February. It's was couples night.  They started their  evening with Jessica Spuziilo's Photography and had a professional 8 x 10 photograph taken. While waiting to be photographed, Vipassana Salon pampered them with massages. Then the couple painted a set of two wineglasses and enjoyed a candlelit dinner in our atrium. Food cooked by the chefs at FOURK.

March 9th starting at 7:00 is our Birthday Bash and Women's History month celebration.

Call for Art
Artists See our website for future calls. All submissions require an entry fee and will be juried.

February 1 Day Workshops

2/13 Watercolor Birch Trees with Diane Carswell 

2/16 or 2/20 Snowy Barn Watercolor Workshop with Diane Carswell

2/17 Intermediate Watercolor Workshop with Jodi Baldacci

2/24 or 2/27 Cardinal Watercolor Workshop with Diane Carswell

2/24 Intro to Oils with Jodi Baldacci

2/25 Kids Paint Class with Nancy Nelson-Brotz

NEW 6 Week Classes start February 26th 
2/26 or 2/27 Clay 6 Week Class with Dani ( Mondays: February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd or Tuesdays: February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd). 

2/27 Intro to Watercolor 6 Week Class (Feb 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and April 3rd) with Jodi Baldacci

2/27 Intro to Charcoal with Nathan Hager

February Field Trip and ART Clubs  
Off Road with Arin to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens February 24th 1-4. To register Click the link below.

Kids Friday Art Club with Nancy Brotz

Every Friday kids come for art. Registration necessary. All full for February, now open for March registration.

First Tuesday of the Month Art Club with Nancy Nelson Brotz 
March's project can be seen in photo below

To host your private party at our gallery or at your location, Email Dani at

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hello All,

As many of you know, we have put our energies into our brick and mortar located in Mentor. You can find us in the historic Match Works building 8500 Station Street Mentor, Ohio 44060. We will be updating our Blog Very soon! Until then, come visit us! There's A lot to see and do in our building. We have a coffeeshop right next to us. You can bring your favorite cup of Joe right into the Gallery with you....such comfort on a brisk day!

Thank You!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Stella's Art Galllery: Shows, Events, and Classes in Painesville, Ohio

I hope this post finds you all well! Looks like Spring is finally here. A good time to get outside, stretch our legs, and enjoy some unique art! Here are a few things you can do in the next couple of weeks. Grab a friend and/or a loved one and enjoy the fun!

April 23rd Find Jeff Sivyer, Record Time

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April 26th 6:30-8:30 Steele Mansion Art Class
Singing in the Rain
To register call: (440)639-7948

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May 1 Noon-5pm Mentor Marsh Nature Center. Natalie Catania Nelson and Stephanie Pratt McRoberts will be there!
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May 4th 6:30-8:30 The Beach Club Grille
Don't Worry Be Happy
Call to register: (440) 350-0088
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May 6th First Friday Chocolate Walk On Main Street in Painesville Ohio 4:30-7:30 Come see the artists and taste lovely chocolates along the way!

Monday, February 22, 2016

"ECLECTIC ROOTS" Stella's Art Gallery Exhibit March 11-20th in Painesville, Ohio

We are having our first solo exhibit in collaboration with Lakeland College March 11-20th. This 10 day art exhibit in Painesville, OH features the Stella's Art Gallery artists: Danielle Klein & Carol Pitts (Cofounders/Owners), Jodi Baldacci, Nancy Nelson Brotz, Julie Cook, Christina Goetter, Andrew Jeffries, Stephanie Pratt McRoberts, Natalie Catania Nelson, and Jeff Sivyer. This exhibit is in collaboration with the Lakeland Community College Art Gallery show titled, From Women IX... A show celebrating women's history month.

Address: 180 Main Street Painesville, Ohio 44077 (Soto Insurance Building)

HOURS: March 11th 11-7pm, March 12th 1-9 with a reception open to the public 7-9; March 13th 1-6pm; March 14th through the 17th 11-7pm; March 18th and 19th 12-8pm; March 20th 1-6pm.

During our exhibit we are offering classes to the public and performing demonstrations. 

Here our schedule of events (March 11-20) with pricing and class descriptions:

Lino Block Demonstration - Watch lino block and ink master Andrew Jeffries carve and ask questions about his work.
March 11th and 14th 5-7:00pm Free to the Public. No registration necessary.


Stained Glass Demonstration  - Watch stained glass master Jodi Baldacci create and ask questions about her work.
March 12th 3-6:00pm Free to the Public. No registration necessary.


Eclectic Roots Reception - Meet all the Stella Art Gallery artists!
Free opportunity to mingle with the artists. Have a chance to ask questions and purchase art directly from the artists while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying a snack while refreshments last. 
March 12th 7:00-9:00 Free to the Public.

Oil Pastel Landscapes - Explore oil pastels with Nancy Nelson-Brotz
Come learn how to manipulate smooth oil pastels. Nancy will teach you how to create a unique masterpiece for you to take home. This class is offered to students in first grade and up. Adults are welcome. March 13th 2:00pm-3:00pm Cost: $10 for material and instruction. Class limited to 20 people registration is required. 

Click on link to register.


Open House Art with Julie Cook - Painting with Traditional and Nontraditional tools.
Drop in to see the Gallery and meet Julie Cook. She is an acrylic painter that has mastered painting by using nontraditional tools. Watch her work and paint along with her using paper, paints, and Julie's "tools". 

 March 14th 3-4:30 and March 19th 12:30-2:00. $2.00 material fee for those painting their own masterpiece to take home.  Available while supplies last. No registration necessary. Children under 8 need to be accompanied by and adult.


Watercolor Painting Demonstration - A chance to watch and ask Jodi Baldacci questions about watercolor painting. 
March 15th 12-3:00pm and 6-7:00pm Free to the Public. No registration necessary.


Watercolor Painting - Learn watercolor techniques and paint a landscape with Jodi Baldacci.
Jodi will teach the fundamentals of watercolor painting. By the end of this class you will have your own masterpiece to take home. Jodi is offering two classes: 
  • March 15th KIDS Watercolor 8-12 year old 4-5:00 $10 for materials and instruction
  • March 19th ADULT/TEEN Watercolor 13 and up from 5:30-7:30 $20 for materials and instruction.     
  Click on link to register:

Channeling Your Inner Artist Through Mixed Media - A night of Technique Experimentation with Stephanie Pratt McRoberts and Natalie Catania Nelson.
This class focuses on different ways to get your creative juices flowing while experimenting with different mediums. Participants will learn and combine different techniques in order to create a unique cross-medium mandala of to take home.

Class limited to 20 people. Registration is necessary.  March 16th 6:00-7:30pm Cost: $20 per person (includes materials). 

Click on link to register:

St. Patrick's Day Paint Night! - Come paint a 12"x 16" canvas with Carol and Dani
The Ladies will teach you how to paint a simple shamrock on a canvas to begin your St. Patrick's Day celebration. You do not need to be Irish to join us!  After painting with us you can walk down to Your Vine or Mine for a drink! They have good food too! A great evening out with the girls or date night!
March 17th 6-7:30 $20 per person includes materials and instructional fee. Space is limited to 20 people. Registration is necessary. 


Wine Glass Painting - Drop in and paint a wine glass or two with Carol
On March 18th From 1-4:00pm and again from 5:00-7:30 drop in and paint a wine glass. Carol will show you a simple grape pattern. $5.00 per glass while supplies last!  Carafe not included. 

No registration necessary.  

Pottery - Come sculpt a Vessel with Dani 
Learn how to create a vessel (vase or bowl) by using simple hand building methods. Participants will use air dying clay. No kiln firing needed. All pieces will go home at the end of class with an optional painting instructions to use once dry. 

Cost: $15 per person includes materials and instructional fee. Ages 8 and Up. Space is limited to 10 people. Registration is necessary. March 20th from 1:00-2:15pm.