The Ohio Artist Registry (OAR) is an exciting opportunity for artists to share their work, connect with the creative community, and establish an online presence—all on a free, virtual platform! The OAR encourages artists working in all art forms, throughout Ohio and beyond,  to create a profile, which allows them to better promote themselves and their work. Being listed in the OAR provides artists with new opportunities to share their work with clients, galleries, patrons, and audiences. For more information, contact Kathy Signorino, artist programs director, at kathy.signorino@oac.ohio.gov or 614-728-6140.

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Valerie Marek

artist

Valerie Marek received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Kent State University in 2017, where she is part-time faculty in Foundations Drawing.

She has exhibited at the Oak Park Art League in Chicago, The Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Yellowstone Art Museum in Montana, Malone University in Canton, Ohio, The Summit Art Space in Akron, as well as the Prama Gallery in Cleveland.

Her abstract environments, primarily on paper, depict the aura of place and history, an overlapping of tense invested in revelation, rather than realization.

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A native of Wisconsin, MP was introduced to fine art hand papermaking while in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.  After working as an art educator in the Racine Public Schools, MP decided become a self-employed artist and sell her artwork at art fairs throughout the country.  As an early practitioner in the revival of HPM, she has always been aware of and respectful of the long traditions of HPM, and seeks to continue those traditions through her constant experimentation, image-making and teaching.

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Mat Marrash

Photographer

Mat Marrash is a man in love with film photography. In the spring of 2010, after two years of dragging through the mediocrity of the digital lifestyle, Mat picked up a Hasselblad 500C and never looked back! Mat likes playing with all sorts of cameras, all the way from his handy-dandy Olympus Trip 35 all the way up to his mammoth Tachihara 8×10” field camera (see Barbershops).…

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Julie Martin

Artist

Julie Martin is a contemporary artist drawn to portraiture and figurative subjects. With a background in graphic design, the Denver, Colorado born artist also pursued a passion of painting. After graduating from The Colorado Institute of Art she was a graphic designer in Chicago, and then the Akron/Cleveland area. She continued to create artworks as a stay at home mom with 3 children. Currently living in North Eastern Ohio she’s completed commissioned artworks, and has become known through local galleries, also winning awards in juried exhibitions.

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Angela Mascolino, Watercolor Artist
Mascolino’s watercolor paintings are primarily inspired by the unique shapes and textures that nature offers. She usually begins by taking several photographs of a location or subject, drawing the composition and choosing a limited palette. The artist states that she “seeks to create impressions of the environment and enjoys working with the luminous, fluid characteristics that watercolor offers.”

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Born and raised in Cleveland and suburbs, attended Euclid and Mentor schools, managed to graduate. On the 10-year plan at Ohio University with degrees in English and journalism eceive in 1989. Worked in Athens and Columbus, Ohio and St. Joseph, Mich. as writer/editor/photographer, also dropped papers off at library.

Seems kind of skimpy.…

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Christine Mauersberger is a multi-disciplinary artist in Cleveland, Ohio who produces complex mark-making narratives in multiple media: Prints, paintings, embroidery, and installation works. 

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Carolyn Mazloomi

Fiber Artist

“AS AN ARTIST, I STRONGLY BELIEVE ART HAS THE CAPACITY TO TOUCH THE SPIRIT, ENGAGE, EDUCATE, AND HEAL IN WAYS THAT WORDS ALONE CANNOT.”
— CAROLYN L. MAZLOOMI

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Lynda McClanahan is a self-employed artist and musician living and working in Columbus Ohio. When not making art, Lynda maintains a large urban garden where she grows her own food and makes her own wine.

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Linda McConaughy returned to the Cleveland area after a career as an art educator and visual arts supervisor in Baltimore Maryland. She works in many media including wood, fiber, paint, and found objects. Much of her recent work reflects a desire to attend to and decode the intricacies of place and time, particularly within the natural world.…

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Tropes in Mary’s work spotlight environmental and cyber terrorism issues, but her characters’ focus is on breaking down barriers and saving themselves–and the earth. 

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Kathy L. McGhee,
works at the Columbus College of Art & Design.
There she a professor in fine arts, and Chair of Fine Arts and Craft.  She teaches introductory, intermediate and advanced printmaking. These include relief, serigraphy, lithography, and intaglio.  McGhee, who has shown her work both nationally and internationally, is a practicing printmaker who has had her work published in Printmakers Today.…

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Is a mother of three children who has often been inspiration for subject matter along with Grandson.  

“The Vibrations of Life is the key to my inspiration.”

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Noted for “her clear, focused sound,” mezzo-soprano Kira McGirr performs regularly in the Cleveland area, including as frequent soloist and member of Cleveland Chamber Choir; alto soloist and section leader with Trinity Chamber Singers and Cathedral Choir at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland; as part of Trinity Cathedral’s BrownBag Concert Series; in the opera chorus and for outreach events with Cleveland Opera Theater; as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Creative Fusion: Composers Series; and has been featured as alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

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Educated in graphic design and visual communications at The Ohio State University, McLymont’s career as a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist started in 2009, and includes forays into drawing, painting, sculpture, and jewelry design, letting the inspiration found through research lead her process.

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Lisa Merida-Paytes

Visual Artist

Lisa Merida-Paytes holds a M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati 1997 and B.F.A. from the
Art Academy of Cincinnati 1991. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and publications nationally and internationally for 23 years.

She has taught all levels and served in professional positions, Gallery Director at FUNKe FIRED ARTS 2007-11 and Art Director/Founder of the Kennedy Heights Art Center 2004. Appointed as Co-Liaison for NCECA Conference held in Cincinnati 2021, she served as NCECA Board Member 2020-2021.

She published her own curriculum on Paperclay. Her work is featured in Ceramics Ireland Issue 45 2021 & Issue 39 2017, 500 Figures in Clay Volume II 2014, Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade Clay 2012, Studio Ceramics: Advanced Techniques, (Cover artist) 2010, Pottery Making Illustrated, July 2009 (Cover artist), Raku, Pit & Barrel 2007, Ceramics Monthly October 2006, 500 Raku 2010 and 500 Animals 2006

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Terri Meyer

Painter and Sculptor

Artist, entrepreneur, Terri Meyer has been a painter, sculptor and business owner for over 20 years. Her style is traditional and representational with a contemporary flair.  Painting and sculpting from life is her passion. She strives to continue improving in art mastery, sharing her journey with those who appreciate the dedication and perseverance it takes to translate life into art.…

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After over 40 years working in (and teaching) film/video production, I returned to my first love of sculpture and to my childhood home of Gambier, Ohio. I work in wood, as local and non-exotic as possible, making small pieces and showing them in the region. I have been shown at the Mansfield Art Center, the Dairy Barn, The Schnormeier Gallery, and The Galleries on High (

Photo of Judy Smith Miller

I have been making art since childhood. I began in drawing and illustrating, studied a wide variety of media and approaches in college, pursued printmaking and went on to metalwork and ceramics in graduate school. For the past 12 years, I have settled into painting. I have been shown in New York. Iowa, Oregon, California, North Carolina, Arizona. In Ohio, I have been shown in Mansfield, Granville, Mt Vernon and Columbus. Many pieces are in private collections and several large sculptural pieces are in public places.

Photo of 2168622722 Charles Jeffrey Mintz

Photography is Chuck’s third career the result of a passion acquired in Maine many years ago. Most of his work is done on large format film. Becoming full time in 2008 changed the work in profound ways. Previously, the people were anonymous and aimed at showing the public space. In this new time, the work has become intensely personal – often involving portraiture. Each project comes out of a story – someone’s Precious Objects, the steel houses in Lustron Stories, Andrew Carnegie and his Carnegie Libraries. Though the story is the framework, the meaning comes from what the subjects show us. For example, the people in their homes in Lustron Stories tell us about themselves, how they feel about their home, who they are. People in small towns and large, all living in pretty much the same house, bound to each other by their homes uniqueness and by contemporary culture. Stronger and more universal ideas bind them to us.

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