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Indulge your ‘Appetite for the Arts’ August 15-17

Appetite for the Arts 2013

Have an appetite for the arts? Time to splurge on a grand buffet of art, food, children’s activities and music at this year’s Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Feast your eyes on jewelry, paintings, metalwork, woodworking, sculpture, photography and more from some of the area’s finest artists at this year’s event in the huge new hangar behind the Liberty Aviation Museum. Children of all ages can have a hands-on art encounter in the Children’s Art Experience.

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‘Brewing Up’ surreal paintings for Appetite for the Arts

“Matt the Weird.” Matt Ritter is ready for that nickname after people take a gander at his latest paintings and illustrations at Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport Aug. 15-17.

Here’s a sampling: A gaggle of 1930s-style cartoon characters fronting a band. A melting Mickey Mouse, his shoes dripping away into nothingness like runny eggs. And a painting of Jesus, conventionally posed but wearing a mask resembling hot-rod character Rat Fink.

“I’m going back to my roots as an illustrator, but with the technical skills I developed doing portraits and landscapes and experimenting with color for so many years,” said Ritter of Castalia, also a brewer at the Catawba Island Brewery. (The chalk drawings behind the bar are his.) “I get inspiration mainly from my childhood, when I was slinging pizza with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and being obsessed with Mickey Mouse and the world Walt Disney created. It’s fun to take those experiences and reimagine them as an adult.”

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GPCAAC holds third Art Walk of the season

On Thursday, July 24, the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council held its third Art Walk of the season. Art Walks are held the fourth Thursday of the month from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Port Clinton. The theme of this Art Walk was Ecogreen Sculptures.

In addition to the Art Walk, Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) held a pop-up playground in front of Ida Rupp Library. Kids created adventures out of cardboard, fabric and other recycled material using their imaginations. There was also music and a farmer’s market.

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