Touchable Creations and more at this year’s Appetite for the Arts

Jose and Dani Herrara

“Look, don’t touch!” doesn’t apply to the work of Dani Herrera, one of the artists participating in the 2013 Appetite for the Arts, Aug. 16-18 at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.

Herrera creates art from random scraps and other things she finds, such as buttons, zippers, dryer lint, newspaper and recycled materials. “I encourage people to touch it. I want them to feel what it’s made out of,” said the home-grown Toledo artist.

“I use pretty much anything I can get my hands on to create eye catching pieces of art that will make you look twice,” she said. Her art features pop culture icons, historic figures, portraits, still lifes and more. Since the self-taught artist’s debut in 2011, she’s had gallery showings in New York and Chicago and has won awards.

She will be sharing a booth with her artist husband, Jose Herrera, who uses polymer clay and found materials to create fantastic creepy-looking creatures. In addition to the Herreras, Appetite for the Arts will feature a variety of artists who work in painting, jewelry, glass, woodworking, fabric, hand-thrown pottery, mixed media, steel and other art forms.

In addition to appetizing art available for purchase, visitors will have an opportunity to sample food and drink and listen to music by local entertainers including the Womack Family Band, the Naked Bacon Band, Bob Lawitzke and Steve Hall. Children of all ages will enjoy making their own flight-themed art using recycled materials. No tickets are needed for Saturday and Sunday – the event is free. 

Tickets are still available for the Friday night gala, a “Red Carpet Affair,” with a preview of artists’ works, classic and collector cars and music by the Womack Family Band. Patrons can sample culinary delights provided by  The Cakery’s Bakery, Cheesehaven, Ciao Bella, Nagoya, Catawba Island Club, Rosie’s/1812 Food & Spirits, Catawba Island Brewery, Firelands Wine, Mon Ami Winery, Wendy Kromer Confections, McCarthy’s Pub. Mon Ami, Phil’s, Papa Jimmie’s, Bootlegger’s Waterfront Grille and Bar, Red Gables, Tre Sorrelle, Waldo Peppers and Bassett’s Tickets are $35 and are available online through, and locally at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Bassetts, and Real Living Morgan Realty Group.

Sunday’s Fly In/Drive In Pancake Breakfast will offer opportunities for youth to fly in an airplane.

For more information about this year’s Appetite for the Arts (sponsored in part by Lake Erie Shores & Islands), check the website

The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council started with a grant from the Ohio Arts Council and has blossomed into an organization that serves and inspires artists and patrons, both big and small. For more information about the organization, visit

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