COFA = 4 weeks of art and artists

"Dove in Morning" by Kelly Berkheimer, Photography

Works of art and artists demonstrating their techniques take center stage for four weeks as the Community of Fine Arts (COFA) returns for the first time since 2019. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presents its 21st edition of COFA, a juried art show, on display now through Aug. 27 at Westlake Porter Public Library. 

The exhibit includes 68 pieces of art from 30 artists, amateur/semi-professional and professional, judged by professional artists. The awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s Porter Room, is open to the public. 

On Saturdays, Aug. 6, 13 and 20, from 1 to 5 p.m., the public is invited to demonstrations by professional artists in the Porter Library lobby. 

Joyce Bolte, Sharlene Pearl Green and Stuart Pearl, judges of this year’s show, have rich, diverse backgrounds. 

Bolte, who lives in Grafton and has been painting in watercolors for over 40 years, points to the world of nature as her primary inspiration. A recipient of many awards, Bolte conducts workshops and demonstrations throughout the area. 

Green, an Associate Professor of Art at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus, works primarily with the human figure and with landscape, working in a variety of media. Green has written a book, "Simply Drawn to Life," available to students in her figure drawing classes. 

Pearl is active in the art community as Board President of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) and has been a lecturer and judge for numerous arts and photography groups in Northeast Ohio. His photographs are included in two books of the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as Landscape Architecture.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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