Right at Home Artists

 

Brad Bolton

Brad was raised in Chagrin Falls, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with a Pre-medicine degree, and promptly joined the 74th Army Band.  His fascination with photography began there when he began using the post darkroom, later teaching darkroom technique there.  He has been a professional musician, electronic
engineer, and citizen scientist, but usually had his camera at the ready, collecting photos of musicians, plants, animals, and Americana.  Brad has taken his photo work more seriously in the last ten years, photographing the
old Ravenna high school for the Ravenna School Board, and the Gougler Industries building for the property owner before its demolition. He has photographed for Adventure Cycling Magazine, Kent Parks, Kent Historical Society, Portage Parks, and various calendars. His photos have been shown at Summit Art Space and are for sale at McKay Bricker Framing.

 

Melissa Harris

Areas of focus: plein air painting (watercolor), my "gestural" work (acrylic on paper and canvas) painted in studio, and portrait/figurative work (various media). Each painting discipline informs the other, and all are an integral part of providing an evolving platform from which to further explore our changing personal physical and global landscape.

Artist Statement

As a culture, we have a rich and oft times overlooked heritage of representational painting. There is beauty in representational painting, and there is spirit. There is the power to immediately connect with the viewer and when done well, the power to surprise and give pause. Representational approaches to painting have not only served me well through the power of living observation, but have allowed me a reference point from which to develop as an interpretive/gestural painter. My non-figurative work has been shaped and informed by the disappearing context of our country's iconic natural landscapes, and personal ongoing media exposure to environmental disasters. I am neither doomsayer nor prophet. I simply paint what I see, or am allowed to see.

Life Experience

I began work in the advertising business as an illustrator. A natural progression led me into graphic design and eventually as an award winning art director, involving broadcast and print concept work, client “branding” and umbrella campaign creative execution. This allowed me the good fortune to choose and supervise nationally renowned illustrators, designers and photographers. I co-produced television commercial broadcast work with national commercial film broadcast producers, directors, and post production houses, located across the US (from Los Angeles to New York City) and Canada. All provided me with gateways to North Americaʼs national and regional parks/landscapes, and an ever expanding exposure to our citiesʼ diverse cultural/creative communities. This life experience has proven to be my most profound educational opportunity, and influences my work to this day.

 

James Leslie

My artistic journey began growing-up in New England and exploring the Northeastern shores.   Inspired by my travels, the ocean became my passion and focus for painting and ceramic sculpture.  Diving and snorkeling opened me to a serene world beneath the waves.  In 1997, I pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and ceramics at Colorado State and The Ohio State University.  In 2001 I began a career on the gallery and art show circuit.  In 2005, I decided to further my studies at Kent State University through a Master of Fine Art in ceramics.  Developing a strong sense of material and process, I continue to be inspired by travel and create from my studio in Northeast Ohio.

  

Katina Pastis Radwanski

Catherine Pastis Radwanski, known by her nickname, Katina, resides in Hudson, Ohio. A graduate of Kent State University (undergrad) and The University of Georgia (graduate) she has taught community art classes and workshops and is a former high school art teacher. Katina shows her award-winning work in numerous solo and group shows and juried competitions in a variety of venues, galleries and at her studio/gallery in the ArtCraft Building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. She also creates pieces on commission. She is represented by Grayhaus Studios in Bay Village; Art Source in Beachwood, OH, RampArts Gallery at 78th Street. Studios in Cleveland, OH, and Group Ten Gallery in Kent, OH.

Art has been my passion since I was a child and my head is full of images waiting to be expressed in painting and sculpture. I was first artistically inspired by my mother who loved drawing, painting, dressmaking, and needlework. I enthusiastically absorbed each demonstrated technique. Learning to appreciate and create both two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally early in life is perhaps why I equally enjoy producing both paintings and sculpture today. My subject matter is contemporary in nature. Most of my images now come from within… from subconscious imagery that unfolds through meditative sketching. I focus on thoughts and ideas inspired by a personal search for understanding of individual and group behavior and observations of societal interactions. I also enjoy playfully depicting the meditative properties of flowers. Their color, shape, movement, and order provide a jumping off place for my imagination and perhaps are a happy balance to my more serious subject matter. I paint in both oil and acrylic and use mild steel to construct my sculptural pieces. I feel comfortable employing other mediums when the piece calls for it.

 

Jon Stein

Jon Stein is a Silversmith and Jeweler. Jon received a BA in Art at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. He received an MFA in Silversmithing and Jewelry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at Indiana, he won a “Lever Award” for Silversmithing and his work was displayed at the Lever House in New York.

After receiving his MFA, Jon owned a Jewelry Design store in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and also manufactured jewelry that was sold at major retail stores and catalogs. Jon was awarded “Best in Show” for his metalwork at the “Colorado Artist Craftsman” show in 1978. Leaving Steamboat Springs, Jon moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to run his family’s packaging business, but continued to produce jewelry, selling to galleries in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York.

Jon is married to Nancy Stillwagon and they live in Sugar Bush Knolls.