Dean M. Chriss
--- 2017 ---
Note that art shows and gallery events are added here as they are scheduled, sometimes with short notice, so check back for updates!
travel and a desire to concentrate on field work and print making mean that
I will participate in very few events this year. That was the case last year
and may continue indefinitely. Only time will tell. I truly enjoy doing the
things that originally drew me to photography and outdoor shows are an
enormous amount of work. I do miss the folks we saw regularly at
the various events, but I will not be completely out of touch. When
something new comes up you'll find it posted here.
Valley Art Center's 34th Annual Art by the Falls
Riverside Park in
Downtown Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Saturday, June 10: 10am-7pm
Sunday, June 11:
I look forward to being back at Valley Art Center's "Art by the
Falls" this summer for the first time since 2013. This was always a great show
for us in the past and I am sure this year will be no exception. Art by the
Falls will be our only outdoor show of 2017 so I sincerely hope you can stop by.
We will have a tent full of framed prints and well over 100 different small
matted prints in the print racks.
Art by the Falls is a nationally recognized, juried fine art and craft
festival. The outdoor event features 120 national artists selling their artwork
and demonstrating their talents at scenic Riverside Park in downtown Chagrin
Falls, Ohio. This 34-year tradition attracts 10,000 visitors who enjoying
viewing and purchasing collectible and functional fine art and crafts. Visit Art
by the Falls this June to meet creatives from around the country and enjoy art
in an idyllic, historic setting.
Lucy's Art & Frame
29932 Euclid Ave.
Wickliffe, OH 44092
I have a rack of small matted
bird prints at Lucy's. We never display the same images at more
than one location so these are different than you will find elsewhere. Lucy
always has an assortment of interesting artwork so it's worth stopping in to see
Past Events 2016
37th Annual East Shore Invitational Art Show and Sale
12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 13th, from 1:00 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.
Those who organize and work at this show make it the
most hassle-free and pleasant show experience I have each year. This, my 6th
year, was no exception. My thanks go to all of them and all who attended for
making this another successful year.
25th Annual Nature
Sunday, August 7, 2016 • 10 AM to 5 PM
Big Creek Park
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024
This is the only 2016 outdoor arts
festival we participated in. This long running show of nature
related art moved to a beautiful new location at the Donald W.
Meyer Center in Geauga County's Big Creek Park. The weather was fantastic,
there was great entertainment, along with a variety of food vendors and a
new farmer's market area.
The Art Gallery
4134 Erie Street
Willoughby, OH 44094
July 2016 the Aribica Coffee House will move 42 feet into more than half of
the space currently occupied by The Art Gallery in historic downtown
Willoughby, Ohio. This news came by way of a 30
day notice from their landlord. It was quite a shock to the gallery owners
and the many artists they represent, including me. My prints moved out on June 19.
Nothing regarding future exhibits of my work at The Art Gallery can be
determined until the after the dust settles, but space will be very limited.
Though the future is uncertain my seven year relationship with
The Art Gallery has been absolutely wonderful. The friendships my wife and I have
developed there will certainly remain even if my photographs do not.
I served as a judge for the 11th annual FOCUS photography competition at Solon Center for the Arts.
The show ran from Friday April 8 through May 27. The submitted work was truly excellent and I was
glad to help support this worthwhile community arts organization.
Past Events 2015
Shore Invitational Art Show and Sale took place on Saturday November 14 and
Sunday November 15. As always it was a wonderful and festive show that makes
me feel like the Holiday Season has arrived.
On August 1, 2015 we had a wonderful summer day for the Lakewood Arts
Festival. Our thanks go to everyone who stopped at our booth. The show hours
were 10AM to 6PM. With setup before the show and tear down after, our day
started with leaving home at 6:30AM and arriving back home at about 8:20 PM.
By the time things were put away we enjoyed a late dinner at around 9:30PM.
It was a very long day, but a good one.
I had loads of prints at The Art Gallery in historic downtown Willoughby
Ohio for the ArtsFest on Saturday July 18. My wife Lee and I spent the
afternoon at the gallery and had a great time. Thanks to everyone who
Cain Park - July 10, 11, 12: It was a surprise to find that the enormous tree
that provided our space with shade for the last 6 years was gone. It made
the show a bit hotter for us, but a wonderful turnout and the great new and repeat
customers made it another success. My thanks go to everyone who enables
us to keep participating in this show. My thanks also goes to the new and
long time artist friends we always seem to find at Cain Park. It is always a
true pleasure to see them. The only down side to this show was the rain that
started 10 minutes before closing and continued for most of the evening.
Past Events 2014
The 35th annual East Shore Invitational Art Show and Sale was
held on November
8 and 9 in Kirtland, Ohio. This show presents a few select works from each
of many established regional artists for viewing or purchase. It is one of
the first fine art shows of the Holiday season and it is one I always look
forward to participating in. From the professionalism of the staff to the
breadth of the artwork it's a show I really enjoy. As always, my thanks goes to the
incredibly well organized art show staff. They do all of the hard work and
make the show a joy to participate in.
The Art Gallery in historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio hosted a very
large show of my work from August 22 through September 21, and variations of
this show continued in a different part of the gallery into 2015.
I was the The Art Gallery's featured artist at the "Art Walk" in downtown
Willoughby, Ohio on the evening of Friday August 8.
This was our first year exhibiting at the Lakewood Arts Festival. The show
opened at 10 AM and started out very nicely with lots of people attending.
The forecast called for a 30% chance of scattered afternoon
thunderstorms but black clouds moving at incredible speed from the northwest at
around noon told the real story. They brought an hour of wind, torrential
rain, and lightening followed by at least another hour of "normal"
rain that quashed the show in the middle of the day. Some artists had
damage and closed early. We only lost some packing
materials and stayed until the show ended at 6 PM. I'd like to thank
everyone who came to the show that day, especially two brave souls who came
to out booth and made purchases during the deluge!
I had over 100 different matted prints
available in The Art Gallery in Historic downtown Willoughby Ohio during the
Willoughby ArtsFest on Saturday July 19. It
rained nearly all day but an amazing number of people turned out in spite of
the bad weather.
I had the good fortune to exhibit my work at the Cain Park Arts Festival for
the 6th consecutive year in 2014. There is a lot I could say about this
event, but what really sets it apart is the level of genuine care the entire
staff has for the participating artists. It's truly appreciated. My thanks
goes to all of them, and to the many people who stopped at our booth this
I participated in a
four artist show and sale with Lee Tobin, Jeff Jones, and Marcello Mellino
between May 9 and July 7 at the Willoughby Hills Community Center Gallery in
Willoughby Hills, Ohio. The public opening for this event
was on Friday May 9 and a great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who
attended and made purchases that help support this community gallery.
The Art Gallery
in historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio has represented my work for several years. In 2014 the displays are bigger, and as always
they get renewed with different prints about once each month or two.
The Art Gallery does a great job for us and I urge you to give their huge
selection of art a look. My thanks goes to everyone who has stopped by, and I hope
all who purchased my prints are enjoying them.
The 34th annual East Shore Invitational Art Show was
held on November
9 and 10 in Kirtland, Ohio. The show features numerous artists, each of whom exhibit a few unique works. It is one of the first fine art
shows of the Holiday season and I enjoyed participating again this year.
My thanks goes to the best organized art show staff anywhere!
I had a selection of nearly 100 small matted prints and a selection of larger framed prints available inside The Art Gallery for for the Willoughby ArtsFest on July 20.
Unfortunately my wife and I were unable to attend due to a severe storm and flooding that affected
The 75th annual Cain Park Arts Festival on July 12, 13, and 14 was a
good show. Seeing numerous friends among the artists, patrons, and
staff always makes this festival feel like home. We thank everyone
who stopped at our booth, except the throngs of biting flies that
visited the festival for the first time ever this year. Special
thanks goes to the Cain Park staff whose are always available at a
moment's notice, and who are more than willing to help with any
problem. There is truly no other show that offers this level of
friendly assistance. Thanks!
Art by the Falls 30th anniversary festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was a great show for us.
I thought our remote location might decrease the traffic, but that definitely was not the case,
and the serene wooded setting was enjoyed by everyone, including Lee and I. As always, a big "Thanks"
goes to the Valley Art Center staff, especially Kirk. He keeps what could easily be a tangled logistical
nightmare of over 125 artists, setting up and tearing down in a small park with limited parking, running like a watch!
The Art Gallery in historic downtown Willoughby: After having a large and varying display of over 40 framed prints
and over 80 smaller matted images at the Art Gallery since November 2012, we considerably reduced the number of framed
prints on display over the Memorial Day weekend in preparation for our early summer arts festivals. It's worth noting
that the prints on display in the gallery are different than those we'll have at our early summer shows, so
check out both!
The Art Gallery in historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio held an opening for artist Brian
Jones and I on November 30 from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM. My
thanks goes to everyone who attended. My prints will be in the
gallery through December and into the New Year.
The South Wing Gallery at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from September 14 to December 2 will feature the work of four artists including myself.
This magnificent English Gothic church has been a landmark in the Cleveland area since the construction of its 125 foot tall tower was completed in 1929.
The south wing of the church has been operated as a gallery for more than 20 years and features three to four shows annually. The opening reception is on
Friday September 14 from 5 PM - 7 PM at 2747 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106.
The 33rd annual East Shore Invitational Art Show was held on November 10 and 11 in Kirtland, Ohio. My thanks goes to the organizers for the hard work that
makes it so easy for the artists. This is a show I enjoy doing and I hope to be back again next year.
The West Woods Nature Arts Festival was held on August 4 and 5. I was be the show's featured artist this year which gave my wife
Lee and I a great space in the nature center. We were both happy for that on Sunday morning when a big storm with heavy rains moved
through. I'm told the raffle for my Eastern Amberwing on Water Lily print raised quite a bit of money for the Geauga County park system's
nature education and conservation programs, so I'm happy about the results. Our thanks goes to everyone who stopped by our exhibit.
The Cain Park Arts Festival on July 13 - 15 was a great show for us this year in spite of a
gloomy and mostly incorrect weekend weather forecast. Friday and Saturday were warm and dry, though we did endure an hour of heavy
rain on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately our tent kept the rain out like it's supposed to and the crowd was back in force as soon as the
rain stopped. Our thanks goes to everyone who stopped by at our booth, especially those who braved the rain and heat after it
stopped on Sunday.
Art by the Falls 2012 was held on on June 9 and 10. This was our third year at Art by the Falls. As usual it
was a wonderful show, but this year we enjoyed clear blue skies along with some dust, and it seemed like attendance was through the
roof! Our thanks to Kirk, the entire Valley Art Center staff, and all of the people who stopped by at our booth for making this show
such a success.
Valley Art Center 40th Annual Juried Exhibition: Every year the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, invites
artists within a 250-mile radius to submit their work to be considered for this gallery exhibit. The result is a
wonderful collection of local talent, showcasing many mediums. I was proud to have my work in the exhibit again this
year and I hope you had a chance to stop in. The opening reception was Friday November 4th from 6 pm - 8 pm and is always
free and open to the public. The show ran until December 14th. Valley Art Center is located at 155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls,
Ohio 44022. Gallery hours are 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am – 2 pm Saturday.
The 32nd East Shore Invitational Art Show on November 12 and 13 was wonderful, and one of the best organized events around.
I hope you were able to attend, but if not I hope we'll see you there next year.
Our first time ever at The West Woods Nature Arts Festival couldn't have been better.
I was honored to receive the 2011 "best of show" award, and I'll return in 2012 as the festival's
featured artist. This is a unique show because all of the artwork is nature oriented and the show
proceeds help further nature education and conservation in the Geauga County park system. I hope you’ll plan to attend next August.
We spent July 16, the day of the Willoughby ArtsFest at the Art Gallery. We had a good time, and the day was topped off by meeting
an old high school friend I hadn't seen in about 40 years. For those in the area who might not know, the Art Gallery is on Erie Street,
right in the middle of historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio. They have lots of unique things, from painting to sculpture to clothing, to
photography. Check it out sometime!
We had warm days and blue skies for the Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, this year. We met some
wonderful people among the other artists and show attendees, in addition to seeing a few old friends. With about 150 artists from
around the world there was some amazing art at the show, and as always the Cain Park staff made the show a joy to participate in.
The Waterloo 7 Gallery in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, hosted a great indoor and outdoor
art show on Sunday June 26. As always, there were numerous works in the gallery, including a few of mine, and artist's displaying their
work in tents outside the gallery. It was a nice sunny day (for a change) and everyone had a great time.
Art by the Falls 2011 on June 11 and 12 turned out great in spite of threatening weather that ranged from sweltering on Saturday to cold
and breezy on Sunday. The Valley Art Center staff, who work their tails off behind the scenes every year, make Art by the Falls a
success for everyone. Given the quality of all the the paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs displayed by artists from across
the United States, I was very happy to receive the third place award for 2-dimensional art this year. My wife, Lee, deserves credit for
her perfectionist-level archival mounting and matting of all the photographs. No one notices a great matting job but everybody
notices a bad one. She also takes care of all the "business stuff" that makes everything happen.
A large exhibition of my images titled "Photographs from American Parklands"
ran for the month of May 2011 at the Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Nature Center. We got a lots of great comments, people
seemed to enjoy it, and some learned a little about the diversity of America's remaining natural landscape and its wildlife. That was the
point of doing the exhibit, so I think it was a success. My thanks to the Cleveland Metroparks and everyone who works at the North
Chagrin Nature Center for hosting this.
Holden Arboretum's Gifts from the Heart of Nature - Saturday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 26, 9 am - 5 pm, in Kirtland, Ohio
Brecksville Center for the Arts Heartfelt Holidays show - Saturday Nov. 6 and Sunday Nov. 7, in Brecksville, Ohio
Waterloo 7 Gallery - November 6 and running through the Holidays, in Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Valley Art Center 39th Annual Juried Exhibition - November 5 through December 15th, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Willoughby Arts Fest - July 18, 2010 in historic downtown Willoughby, Ohio
Holden Arboretum's Gifts from the Heart of Nature, Saturday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 26, 9 am - 5 pm, in Kirtland, Ohio
The Art Gallery in historic Downtown Willoughby - Saturday November 7 through the Holidays
Willoughby Arts Fest, July 17, 2009, Willoughby, Ohio
Cain Park Arts Festival - July 8, 9, 10, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio