Fra Angelica Gallery

812 Center Road (SR 83)

Avon, Ohio 44011

440-937-3040

email: fraangelica@centurytel.net

(at the tracks where Avon and Avon Lake meet)

The world can never have enough art, beauty, culture, décor and fabulous design. At Fra Angelica Gallery, two artists are working to see that the world has a place to shop for such treasures, and where local artists have a place to display their talents to the world. They offer an enticing mix of high quality art and fine craft, including jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, mosaics, wall art, photographs, pysanky, hand-painted furniture, wood, etchings, soaps and lotions, ironwork, and chocolates.

At Fra Angelica Gallery you will find something for almost every taste, and buying directly from the artists means you get the very best prices on some of the area's most unique and original art. Constantly changing displays and rotation of artists keep the gallery fresh and exciting.

Two artists formed Fra Angelica Gallery & Studio in April 2005 to provide a badly needed venue for themselves and other artists. They'd paid high consignment fees when their work was sold elsewhere, and they wanted to establish a home base for artists to sell their work without paying a high commission. None of them were interested in assuming the burden alone, so they pooled their resources and rented a historic building in Avon on Route 83 and designed their retail space. Fra Angelica Gallery opened for business on July 1, 2005.

The gallery is housed in a structure more than 120 years old that has served as a train station, granary and a variety of other stores, and which is listed on the City of Avon's historic places. It is at the tracks where Avon and Avon Lake meet.

Named for the patron of artists, the artists at Fra Angelica Gallery already have a higher power watching over them, and the owners hope the positive energy translates into success! Fra Angelica (Giovanni da Fiesole, 1378-1455) was an Italian painter of the early Renaissance who combined the life of a devout friar with that of an accomplished painter. He was called Angelica (Italian for "angelic") and Beato (Italian for "blessed") because the paintings he did were of calm, religious subjects and because of his extraordinary personal piety. In 1982 Pope John Paul II beatified the Dominican friar. Two years later, the Pope declared Fra Angelica the patron of artists.

Two working artists (Linda Damiani of Bay Village and Nancy Kearns of Avon Lake) own and operate Fra Angelica Gallery. In 2000 Linda Damiani left behind a position as a management consultant and a thirty-one year career in computers to become a full-time artist. Her artistic ability is in fiber art and hand knitting, and she has displayed her works at numerous galleries in the area. She creates ponchos, shawls, throws, purses, and similar items.

Nancy Adler Kearns has worked for years in glass, doing individual etched glass pieces as well as working with builders, restaurants, and homeowners who want a unique look. She teaches classes to students of all ages. Her work has been featured in a number of publications.

The gallery also has on display the work of forty other artists, mostly from the local area. It offers a welcoming place for artists to meet with customers to plan, design, and deliver custom work. The Artist Portfolio Library enables artists to have information about their work always at hand. A variety of classes and other special events also are offered. The studio is intended to be a gathering place for the artists and the community at large.

Visit the gallery at 812 Center Road (Route 83) from 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Sundays the gallery is available for special events like parties, girls' night out, and classes.

For more information call 440-937-3040, or email: fraangelica@centurytel.net or go to Fra Angelica Gallery

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 6-29-05, By Julie A. Short

``Artists gear up for Fra Angelica opening

AVON -- Named for the patron of artists, the owners of Fra Angelica Gallery and Studio in Avon (812 Center Road) already have a higher power watching over them, and they hope the positive energy translates into success.

"I always liked the name," co-owner Mary Hegarty said. "I said if I ever was fortunate enough to own my own gallery, that's what I'd want it to be called. Luckily the others liked the name."

Fra Angelico (Giovanni da Fiesole, 1378-1455) was an Italian painter of the early Renaissance who combined the life of a devout friar with that of an accomplished painter. He was called Angelico (Italian for "angelic") and Beato (Italian for "blessed") because the paintings were of calm, religious subjects and because of his extraordinary personal piety. In 1982, Pope John Paul II beatified the Dominican friar. Two years later, the Pope declared Fra Angelico the patron of artists.

Hegarty and Nancy Kearns, both from Avon Lake and Linda Damiani from Bay Village, have teamed up to bring a variety of work by some of the best local ar tists and craftsman to the 120-year-old ... [feedmill] building that sits at the railroad tracks between Avon and Avon Lake.

"We all shared space at the Tree House Gallery (Olde Avon Village) and felt we needed more room," Damiani said. "We've even created a space upstairs for art classes and plan to offer the space for birthday parties or ladies' nights out. The artists are welcome to use the upstairs to work."

Kearns has been featured in a variety of publications, including The PRESS, for her etched glass masterpieces for both commercial and residential clients. A number of pieces are on display in the gallery.

"We are going to be creating a bridal registry for gifts," Kearns said. "We have several jewelry designers on display also featuring bracelets, necklaces and earrings."

Hegarty, a registered nurse by trade, has been painting for many years and h er work is featured on several pieces of furniture for sale in the gallery. She recently began painting decorative walking canes that are for sale. Damiani makes hand-crafted accessories ranging from scarves, shawls and purses.

"Each one of us will be teaching classes, as well as working in the gallery, " Damiani said. "We want the gallery to be a community gathering place for artists and other like-minded people. We will also be featuring a display case of fresh-made pastries by Liz Sfeir from Well Done Catering in Westlake."

Additional artists include Dennis Foldesy, Troy Intermediate School art teacher who will display original paintings and Karen Wilcox from Avon Lake who makes jewelry, along with several other jewelry designers. Approximately 20 artists will be featured.

"We have a blacksmith and a quilt artist," Damiani said. "There is lot of variety here and something for everyone's tastes. We've encouraged each artist to make a portfolio that we will have displayed upstairs so the guests can view their work. We believe in promoting the artists. Some galleries do not even include the artist's name on pieces. We want our guests and artists to interact in a fun atmosphere." ...

Regular hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. A schedule of upcoming events will be available at the gallery. For more information, call 937-3040.''

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