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Collinwood’s not just a place where creative people come to live … It’s where they come to make a difference. Musicians, painters, writers and all sorts of other artists are changing the face of our neighborhood through their work. Check back for frequent features about how artists are having a huge impact on the revitalization of the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District and the entire North Shore Collinwood community.

Grafton Nunes
Artist Spotlight
Just a bit over a year ago, North Collinwood welcomed one of its newest residents to our expansive community of artists and organizers on the shores of Lake Erie: Grafton Nunes. Click here to read his story.

Brandon Abate
Artist Spotlight
Outstanding customer service and a keen eye for design are just two of many factors that make Brandon Abate’s business a go-to for functional art in North Collinwood. Click here to read his story.

Guerin Wolf
Artist Spotlight
Take a step back, reconsider your perspective – and you might start viewing the world as Guerin Wolf does. It might sound easy, but take a look at Wolf’s landscape paintings on their massive canvases and you’ll see only a fraction of the work required. Countless hours, weeks and sometimes months are dedicated to altering the viewer’s perspective in Wolf’s pieces. Click here to read his story.

Ben Smith
Artist Spotlight
Smith is the creative force behind Riff Mechanics and the Splice Cream Truck – Cleveland’s only community recording studio in a former mail truck turned retro ice cream wagon. The Splice Cream Truck launched earlier this year as one of the nine winning Ballot Box Project proposals. Click here to read his story.

Shirley’s Loft
Artist Spotlight
Artisans and makers along E. 185th Street welcomed their newest neighbors with the opening of Shirley’s Loft in late October. Click here to read Shirley Slemc and Amy Lauria story.

Jennifer Shaw
Artist Spotlight

For the past three months, one North Ridgeville teacher has brought world renowned classical musicians to capacity crowds on Waterloo Road. Jennifer Shaw – a kindergarten-5th grade music teacher at Lake Ridge Academy – is now also executive director of Underground Classical, which she started in 2016 to bring genre-bending classical music performances to unlikely spaces in North Collinwood. Click here to read more!

Lori Kella
Artist Spotlight

While growing up, Lori Kella was torn between becoming an engineer or an artist: these days she’s a bit of both. Kella teaches at Kent State University, covering a range of photography techniques with her students. But in her personal work, she gets to imagine and build her own scenes before capturing them with her camera. Click here to read more!

Dirva
Artist Spotlight

Ina modest office space in North Collinwood, the word “Dirva” faintly visible on the front door, one man carries on a one hundred year-old legacy. The offices of Dirva – the Lithuanian National Newspaper – sit along Cherokee Avenue, almost brushing the City of Euclid border. Dirva (roughly translated to “The Field”) is a bi-weekly Lithuanian language newspaper led by Algirdas V. Matulionis – “Al” for short. Click here to read more!

Natalia Bicvic
Artist Spotlight

An enterprising spirit originally brought Natalia Bicvic’s family to North Collinwood, and it’s that same spirit that brought her back decades later. Bicvic, owner of the newly opened Moxie Studios (763 East 185th Street) chose to launch her creative agency in North Collinwood because of her belief in the neighborhood – a belief that was rooted early in her childhood. Click here to read more!

Kiah Rogers
Artist Spotlight

Rogers, a Collinwood native, left Cleveland to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There she focused on fiber arts, a passion she discovered while still in high school. The discipline of fiber challenged Rogers to push herself as an artist, honing her skills in drawing, sculpture, design and a slew of other techniques in addition to the direct manipulation of fiber. Click here to read more!

Daniel Gray-Kontar
Artist Spotlight

Daniel Gray-Kontar has journeyed a long way since Run-D.M.C. released a cassette loaded with “It’s Like That/Sucker M.C.’s” in 1983 – and blew his mind. Today, Gray-Kontar is an award-winning poet, rapper, educator, journalist and mentor who recently launched Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator in North Collinwood. Click here to read more!

Margaret Craig
Artist Spotlight

Margaret Craig is a longtime resident of North Collinwood and storyteller working to better connect arts with the wider community. Click here to read more!

Dru Thompson
Artist Spotlight

North Shore Collinwood is home to world class artists – from sculptors to photographers to musicians – but what about fashion? That’s where Dru Thompson comes in. Click here to read more.

Larry Fielder
Artist Spotlight

Fielder – local maker and entrepreneur behind Rust, Dust, and Other 4 Letter Words – builds working industrial furniture from an ever-growing collection of found, sourced and even donated industrial artifacts. Click here to learn how Fielder creates function out of dysfunction.

Stephen Bivens
Artist Spotlight

Music and images collide in beautiful harmony through the work of one of North Shore Collinwood’s newest residents: Stephen Bivens. Click here to read more how Bivens has immersed in a community of artists creating every day.

Valerie Salstrom
Artist Spotlight

Every month, residents of North Shore Collinwood lace up their dancing shoes, slip on their coolest clothes, and head down to the Slovenian Workmen’s Home to take a step back in time and swing. Click here to read about the women who makes swing happen.

Van Taylor Monroe
Artist Spotlight

Van Taylor Monroe, one of Cleveland’s most unique multidisciplinary artists, is now setting his sights on improving community health in North Collinwood. Read about Van and his work by clicking here.

Bridget Caswell
Artist Spotlight

Caswell’s passion for photography began when she was just a teenager and picked up a camera for the first time. She knew immediately what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Read more about Bridget and her work here.

Christian Mickovic
Artist Spotlight

With the grand opening of Northeast Shores’ Glencove building on June 11, a new group of artists are moving into North Collinwood with space to live and work all while building equity as renters. And the first artist just moved in. Click here to read more about the first artist participating in the Renter Equity program.

Praxis Fiber Workshop
Artist Spotlight

Jessica Pinsky has a vision for weaving together the North Collinwood community, one that doesn’t just begin or end on a loom. Click here to read more!

Maura Rogers
Artist Spotlight

Maura Rogers and The Bellows newest album is titled ‘In Light’ … which are lyrics from a track called Blooming, a song Maura says speaks of the “essential human component to keep moving on and search for the good.” The alternative folk sound of her group is refreshing, unique, and uplifting. Click here to read more.

BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio
Artist Spotlight

When Valerie Grossman graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2012 with a degree in Ceramics, she had no idea in less than three years she would be opening one of Cleveland’s first shared space ceramic studio. Click here to read about her journey.

Christi Birchfield
Artist Spotlight

Who is Christi Birchfield? One hell of a cool person if you ask me! Not only is she a professor at CIA, and the Production Manager at INK House, but she is an established artist with work that has been exhibited both nationally and internationally! Click hereto read more.

John Farina
Artist Spotlight

John Farina is a busy guy. One might think that after stepping down from his role as the Board President of the beloved SPACES after an accomplishment-laden four year tenure, things might slow down. Not so much for John. Click here to read more about what he has been up to in the neighborhood.

Jerry Schmidt
Artist Spotlight

Read about a sculpture who has made his home on Waterloo and whose works of art can be found around Cleveland! Click here.

 Jessica Pinsky
Artist Spotlight

There are plenty of expressions that suggest mixing work and play is not a good idea. That isn’t the case with the Collinwood neighborhood. Click here to read about one artist who is making Collinwood their live/work destination.

Project Lotus
Artist Spotlight

You have heard it all before…..urban decay (also known as urban rot and urban blight) is the process whereby a part of a city, falls into disrepair. Is it because of deindustrialization  and then depopulation? Urban blight has left abandoned buildings and homes to decay in the city landscape. Click here to read about how artist are transforming once dilapidated homes into a home to house the arts.

Nathan Ehlers & Emily Martis
Artist Spotlight

North Collinwood has been greeted by a new resident couple this summer, Nathan Ehlers and Emily Martis! The couple discovered the neighborhood during Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s, Welcome to Cleveland Weekend, which gave an opportunity for artists from around the country to come in and find out what makes our neighborhood and city great. It only took one weekend for Emily and Nathan to fall in love with Collinwood.  A little after a month from their first visit Emily and Nathan invested in the neighborhood and took part in Northeast Shores Own Your Own Build Your Dream Program click here to read about their project.

The Maria Neil Art Project
Artist Spotlight

The Maria Neil Art Project is an art gallery in the Waterloo Arts District.  Owners John Farina and Adam Tully started this venture because of their own personal interest in the regional arts scene.  Both active in the arts community and avid art collectors and patrons themselves, Tully and Farina practice what they preach. Click here to read more!

Loren Naji and Grace Wen, Satellite Gallery
Artist Spotlight

Satellite Gallery….just keeping Waterloo weird. Yes it’s true!  There are not many neighborhoods that would encourage, yet alone assist financially in the development of what promises to be the funkiest street in Cleveland, Ohio. Loren Naji, Owner and Director of a gallery in Cleveland’s Ohio City Neighborhood has crossed over to the weird side with a little help and support from Northeast Shores Development. Click here to read more!

Rev. Albert Wagner
Artist Spotlight

Welcome to the neighborhood! The Reverend Albert Wagner, a minister and self-taught artist who began painting and preaching at age 50, passed away in 2006. Since then, his family has been determined to establish a museum in his honor. His daughter Bonita Wagner Johnson has been working with Northeast Shores Development Corporation to do just that. The works of the Northeast Ohio outsider artist are collected regionally, but can also be found in the private collections throughout the country and are part of the permanent collections of the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, MD. Read about this developing project here.

Chris McNeill & Erin Young, Rebel City Tattoo
Artist Spotlight

Using skin as their canvas, the works created by the artists at Rebel City Tattoo are nothing short of breathtaking. Their attention to detail and focus on customization makes sure that no two creations are the same. Read more about Chris McNeill and Erin Young tattoo studio here.

Krista Tomorowitz, Featherweight Pop-Up Studio
Artist Spotlight

Krista Tomorowitz is leveraging her design skills to build her own business, and teaching a new generation of aspiring designers how to take their own work to the next level. Read more about her experiences as a Collinwood artist and entrepreneur here.

Omid Tavakoli, Waterloo Sculpture Garden
Artist Spotlight

Omid Tavakoli is breathing new life into the Waterloo Sculpture Garden, taking an overgrown lot and making it a new asset for the Collinwood community. Read how this 2-D artist is taking on landscape design in an exciting new way through the Artists in Residence grants program here.

Doug Wood, Modern Arts and Music
Artist Spotlight

Doug Wood is bringing his nationally recognized music talent, and the talent of fellow musicians throughout Cleveland, to Collinwood youth. Learn more about how his Music Education Series (funded through the Artists in Residence grants program) is giving children close-up exposure to music here.

Amy Callahan, Waterloo Arts
Artist Spotlight

As Executive Director at Waterloo Arts, Amy Callahan is providing a key platform for artistic talent in our neighborhood … And doing it with careful attention to all the exciting partnerships that can form as a result. Learn more about Amy’s approach to leading this exciting community arts nonprofit here.

Bernadette Walsh, UpStage Players
Artist Spotlight

For the past five years, UpStage Players has been setting the stage for developing bright, creative and community-minded youth in the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. Year after year, this grassroots group has been nurturing the next generation of Collinwood talent. Read more about how they make the magic happen here.

Meet Our Newest Artist Homeowners!
Artist Spotlight

As the great in-migration of artists to North Shore Collinwood continues, we’re seeing more and more artists taking on ownership stakes in our delightful neighborhood. Meet our very newest artist residents and what drew them to our community here.

Cindy Barber, Beachland Ballroom
Artist Spotlight

Cindy Barber and her partner Mark Leddy dared to dream a dream in 2000, when they opened the Beachland Ballroom in 2000. Thirteen years later, these visionaries have transformed an entire street with their passion and energy. Find out how they helped to make the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District a reality here.

Ivana Medukic, Project Pop-up Galleries
Artist Spotlight

When Ivana Medukic and her husband relocated from New York to Collinwood, they got to work getting involved in the neighborhood. For Ivana, this meant launching Project Pop-up Galleries, an effort to breathe life into vacant and underutilized space through the arts. Find out how she’s doing it, what’s got her so pumped about our neighborhood and why you should come out for a visit here.

Linda Zolten Wood, Zolten Wood Design
Artist Spotlight

For the past 15 years, Linda Zolten Wood and her family have been happy residents of North Shore Collinwood and passionately engaged in making the neighborhood an ever better place to live, work and visit. Find out what drew this visual artist to the neighborhood, and the exciting work she’s doing to advance art and sustainability in her community, here.

Tonya Broach
Artist Spotlight

Tonya Broach is undoubtedly a busy woman. The long-time South Collinwood resident is an extremely active member of Cleveland’s immense performing arts community and fills in the additional hours crafting high-end jewelry out of repurposed materials. If that wasn’t enough, Tonya also has been one of the driving forces behind our Artists in Residence and Collinwood Rising initiatives; for an entire year, Tonya helped artists to navigate the amazing wealth of resources we’ve put together in North Shore Collinwood for the creative community. Read more about Tonya’s many artistic endeavors here.

The Merchants of Waterloo
Spotlight

Every neighborhood has its set of champions. Some count among their passionate stakeholders the organizations that build up their main streets … The businesses, nonprofits and community groups that sit at the very heart of the community. In Collinwood, we are incredibly fortunate to have just such a group breathing life into the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. Catch a glimpse of the merchants that make our community so irresistible – and that held build it up each and every day –here.

Tim Nevits
Artist Spotlight

Tim Nevits is living a big Collinwood life in a very tiny new house … About 200 square feet, to be exact. This musical theatre writer is crafting out an intentionally simple lifestyle in our up-and-coming neighborhood and carving out new time and space for his work. Find out what he’s up to artistically, what his experiences have been like in a small house steps away from a big lake and what he thinks of his first year in Collinwood here.