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``Avon site of big fine art festival

AVON -- More than 150 artists from across the country will be in Avon to present $20 million in artwork this weekend as the first Avon Fine Art Festival takes place.

The festival is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Avon Commons on Detroit Road, east of SR 83. The Morning Journal, Avon Commons and Channel 19 WOIO-TV are sponsoring the festivities.

Pottery, watercolor and oil paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking, fused glass, steel and metal sculptures, furniture and wearable art will be some of the art forms on display.

The artwork will range in price from $20 handcrafted silver earrings to $25,000 lawn sculptures, according to Jeanette Jordan, a marketing and public relations representative with Howard Alan Events, a producer of traveling art fairs.

First Interstate, the development company behind Avon Commons, has teamed with Howard Alan to put on the event.

''We have a Midwest tour and Avon seemed like a wonderful place to introduce an art festival as an alternative to the tremendous crowds at the Ann Arbor Arts Festival,'' said Jordan. ''We decided there was an opportunity to hold an upscale, less-crowded event.''

The Ann Arbor festival boasts more than 3,000 artists and is also this weekend.

The Midwest tour starts in June and ends in August, Jordan said, and in addition to Avon, Howard Alan presents art fairs in Beachwood and Worthington, a Columbus suburb ...

Admission to the event is free. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event. ''

For more information, call (216) 765-1065 or (954) 472-3755. ''


EDITORIAL from The Morning Journal, 7-20-01

``Avon debuts new local arts festival

Among the joys of the summer season in the Cleveland area is the proliferation of arts festivals. One of the best known of these events, at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, had its 25th consecutive run last weekend ...

Now the area is about to welcome a new such event to its annual agenda. The Avon Fine Art Festival will debut this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the new Avon Commons shopping mall just off I-90 on Detroit Road at SR83.

About 150 artists will feature works of pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, jewelry, woodworking, fused glass, steel and metal sculptures, furniture and clothing.

The festival is being presented by the mall developer, First Interstate, and Howard Alan Events, a company that specialize in producing traveling art fairs. Admission is free ...

When Mitchell Schneider was in Avon a few years ago pleading for public and official support for his project, he said the site would be developed to include public spaces such as a gazebo and walking paths, with room for community events such as an arts festival. This weekend Avon can see that promise kept.

It's a good thing. We urge you to check it out. ''


Avon Fine Art Festival

Over 150 award-winning artists from across the country will display their handmade creations including watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, photography, carved glass, mosaics, furniture and more at the Avon Fine Art Festival.

The festival will be held July 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Detroit Road in the parking campus of Avon Commons.

Ohio artists include

Live entertainment will be provided by pianist Jeffrey Michael and sitarist Stephen Mikes. Food pavilions serving local and exotic cuisine will also be available. For additional information, call Avon Commons at (216) 765-1065.

Letter to the Editor of the PRESS, 6-13-01

This is a note of appreciation to Mitch Schneider and Avon Commons for the $8,000 check presented to Avon High School in order to complete the fundraising for a grand piano for the Avon High School auditorium.

As many of you know, the Avon Junior Women's Club and the Stocker Foundation provided funds for the grand piano, as did many Avon citizens through their purchase of the Casino Slot Machine raffle tickets last year. (You may recall that the slot machine was donated last year by Al Johnson of Leisure Time Casino & Resorts Inc.)

Many thanks also to Avon School Endowment Fund trustees Joan Ruffner, Officer Tom Dunegan and others for organizing the raffle. The grand piano will be a great addition to the wonderful music, band and drama programs being performed in the auditorium.

As you can see, good causes and efforts are flourishing in Avon. Thanks to all who are doing the work behind the scenes and to the citizens who are generously supporting those efforts.

Leslee Miraldi, President of Board of Trustees, Avon School Endowment Fund

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