Welcome to the River Day Gallery!
This year, with our theme "Inspire!" and our usual range of activities limited so as to keep folks safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic, we've reached out to Northeast Ohio artists and photographers to provide some images that we hope will inspire you to see our water resources when you might not be able to get out to see them for yourself.
We encourage you to contact the artist / photographer if you would like to support these local creators.
Cherry Wood, Paint
The relationship between man and his environment has been the focus of my recent work. Using nature as my catalyst I collect and store the images that I see around me. I hold these images in my memory bank to be later transformed into unique works of art.
Fortunately I live near one of our fabulous metro parks and have observed, over 30 years, the environmental changes. I feel it is important to celebrate and save our natural resources. I live on a wooded property with 2 ponds that attract a variety of wildlife. I have also replenish my ponds with native species of fish. It is important to keep our water pure. It is essential in the balance of nature.
My love of walking over boardwalks and bridges in the woods and marshes lead me to my recent body of art work. WETLANDS. So far I have finished 11 carved and painted pieces and there may be a few more waiting to be created.
Acrylic on canvas
28 x 30 x 1.5" $1800.00
In this painting I reflect on the quality of the water in Cuyahoga River.
My color palette was inspired by a 1967 newspaper photograph showing the heavily polluted Cuyahoga spilling into Lake Erie.
The painting's title "River's End" refers to the demise of our river if we relax enforcement of environmental protections.
Website link: http://susandanko.com/
encaustic & oils
12” x 12”
As an native NE Ohioan, our woods, lakes and streams have been an essential part of my life. It wasn’t until I spent a decade and a half living elsewhere that I realized how unique our natural treasures are. Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cleveland Metroparks and other beautiful places are in my bones and where I always find spiritual peace and healing. My paintings of water, land and sky are imbued with reverence for this patch of earth that I call home.
encaustic & oils
8” x 6”
TIME TO SPARE
encaustic & oils
24” x 18”
As a 3rd Generation Shaker Heights resident, I grew up among the parks and pathways.
I’ve always loved the natural beauty of the Shaker Lakes.
OLMSTED FALLS - 590
My medium is infrared (IR) photography. Using a camera that has been modified to pick up the infrared light spectrum, which is outside the visible spectrum, my images evoke a nostalgic or futuristic feel, sometimes both at the same time. I love the timeless quality my images evoke. When presented in B&W, the most noticeable effect of IR photography is foliage appearing white. (When presented in color, the photographer can choose to present foliage in whatever color he/she desires to achieve the desired effect; however, yellow is the most traditional choice.) Because of this, most photographers focus on landscapes. While landscapes make up a large part of my body of work, I also include buildings and people in my images. I have photographed several major cities and countries around the world, including Cleveland, New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Paris, Versailles (France), Saint-Emilion (France), Barcelona, Copenhagen, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Lake Bled (Slovenia), Pula (Croatia), Venice, Vienna, Taipei (Taiwan), and Sun Moon Lake (Taiwan). My work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections.
FALLS INTO THE GORGE
One of several shots I got in this area of the reservoir above the big dam, in the Cuyahoga Falls/Akron area. This view is at the upstream end, where the river empties into the reservoir. I was with Gary Whidden on one of his many approved excursions on the reservoir to bring the features of the gorge to the attention of a large number of public officials, working in support of removing the dam. It was a real privilege for me to be involved helping Gary!
SABINA - LAKE ERIE
I love to notice and photograph the surreal, mysterious and magical bits that make up this dream I call life. It has been healing for me to document my daily environment and the curative effects of Lake Erie and nature, as I navigate through recent events we are all dealing with in these times.
FISH1 LAKE ERIE
FISH3 LAKE ERIE
FISH2 LAKE ERIE
HUCK FINN DOWN BY THE CUYAHOGA RIVER
I am a local photographer who has recently focused on nature photography since the COVID-19 pandemic. I love hiking and enjoy getting my grandchildren out in nature, so in this photo we are visiting the Babb Run Biird and Wildlife Sanctuary in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The Cuyahoga River is swollen from recent rains and my grandson is a natural explorer when he’s out in nature, much like Huck Finn.
Instagram account, #tonykulcsar
A DAY IN THE METROPARKS
Mixed media graphite, watercolor, color pencil
Having moved to Ohio about three years ago, one of the most beautiful and perhaps under-appreciated elements are the Metroparks nearby. Having moved from Philadelphia, I’ve missed the ability to drive just five minutes down the road and be able to hike nature trails, see horse trails, mountains and Rocky River reservation. To see through the changing seasons it’s beauty and undisturbed nature.
Perhaps someone who relishes it more than myself as an artist is my dog. To play in the Lake water at the dog beach just at the end of our street, or go for a hike on the trails. Through his eyes, the beauty of the Metro Parks is never lost.
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DUCK SPREAD IN CREEK
A duck majestically stretches it's wings in the early evening.
DAVID ZINRAMDEER DRINKING IN CREEK After a long walk the deer stops to enjoya sip of water.
SPIRIT DEER UNEDITED
Even though the deer ran away at the last second it's presence remained.
LAKE ERIE SUNSET
Catherine McManus is a photographer, digital artist and designer. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she grew up exploring the many natural areas surrounding her home - capturing their essence with her camera and a vivid imagination.
Observing the natural world through a profoundly evocative lens, Catherine’s images reveal aspects of our environment that we don’t always see…even when they’re right in front of us. With a body of work spanning oceans, Catherine invites us to join in her explorations of enchanting landscapes, sacred spaces, and cathartic moments.
Lake Erie Sunset is an abstract long exposure photograph captured on 35mm film at the Lake Erie shoreline near my home. The fading light as the sun was setting on the horizon created a mysterious and moody result, which was a complete surprise to me when I processed the film.
STARRY NIGHT - INVERTED
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