Friday, May 1, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Video at the Governor's Residence

Thank you to everyone involved in putting this together and taking such wonderful footage of the event! I am proud to be the Spring Artist Spotlight at the Governor's Residence! Enjoy the video provided by the Ohio Channel!

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich launches the spring installment of the "Spotlight" artist series featuring North Olmsted, Ohio artist JoAnn DePolo. JoAnn's art ranges from realism and portrait painting to abstract pieces

Monday, April 13, 2015

JoAnn DePolo: 2015 Featured Artist at the Governor's Residence























First Lady Launches Seasonal Art Display at Governor’s Residence
Story originally published in The Hannah Report on April 9, 2015.  Copyright 2015 Hannah News Service, Inc.

Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich chose the paintings on display in the governor’s residence for their “bright” and “bold brushstrokes,” appreciating the cityscapes of a place she likes to visit -- Cleveland. 

As part of her office’s partnership with the Ohio Arts Council to select state artists and feature their pieces in the home of Ohio’s governors, Kasich chose painter JoAnn DePolo of North Olmstead for her acrylic artwork, announcing the art display Thursday.

The “Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Ohio Governor’s Residence” program names four different Ohio artists throughout the year to represent his or her talent in the mansion, and DePolo was Kasich’s top choice out of 46 finalists selected by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) for the spring quarter.

Five of DePolo’s acrylic paintings, her medium of choice, capture what she calls the vividness of her home area of Cleveland and what the city has to offer Ohio. 

“Cleveland is pretty hot right now. There’s a lot happening, there’s a lot of renovations going on, and I think this is sort of another piece of the puzzle to bring Cleveland into the spotlight visually in a different way, in a unique way,” she said, noting every artist has a special way to interpret their city.

Kasich said she and Gov. John Kasich have been increasingly impressed with the wealth of talented Ohioans, prompting the “Spotlight” program. She noted the more than 8,000 people who visit the Ohio governor’s residence can see the exhibited art.

“One of the things that really caught my eye about JoAnn’s work was the bright use of colors, her bold brushstrokes, her layering of the acrylics,” Kasich said. “It just all really took me to Cleveland. I saw all these different images, and Cleveland is one of my favorite cities in Ohio to visit, so the whole package made me feel like [DePolo] needed to be our next spotlight artist.”

Kasich says once she has reviewed the finalists’ artwork and narrows down her choices, she’ll take a look at the artists’ stories. DePolo is the seventh installation through the “Spotlight” program, for which the first lady commends OAC’s continued promotion.

“Once I think I can’t be more blown away by someone’s artwork, someone else comes in, and I’m blown away again. So, it’s really been a lot of fun to highlight the artists who are our explorers, and our innovators, and our risk takers in this state and show people what we really do have to offer,” she said.

DePolo said artists need to be appreciated for such innovative qualities, with a need for similar “Spotlight” programs to exist.

The artist’s pieces are part of a forthcoming collection based solely on Cleveland, and she said “Spotlight” gives her a chance to preview her collection, which will fill her gallery later in the year. DePolo, who offers classes and works with communities to create public murals, brought two of her young art students to the exhibit Thursday.

DePolo’s use of the fast-drying acrylic paint allows her to work with speed. “Acrylic just works best for me because I like to work fast and inspired. I like to get it done all at once if I can,” she said, noting a love for sailing that she displays through skylines viewed from out on the water.

“I like my art to speak for itself,” she said. “If I hear three different interpretations of my work, then I know I have a good piece of art. I really don’t like to be explanatory; I want everyone to have their own journey.”

Kathy Signorino, OAC’s individual artist coordination, said the program highlights a diverse group of artists, from geography to age, and has brought the council’s attention to artists they haven’t before engaged with. Other artwork in the governor’s residence is a part of OAC’s loan program that features artists from around the state.

Laura Jones, Kasich’s chief of staff, said the first lady’s office likes to coordinate the delivery of the next quarter’s artist with the end of the current exhibit. DePolo’s exhibit will be on display through June 30.

DePolo’s art and studio information can be found at www.joanndepolo.net.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Keys - Sold!


Congratulations to owner of my original piece "The Keys" - Prints are still available through my online gallery!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring 2015 Artist Spotlight: Featured Artist at the Ohio Governor's Residence

Happy to announce that I have been selected as one of the featured artist's for the Spring 2015 Artist Spotlight at the Governor's Residence! I am excited to showcase my newly created Cleveland Series of paintings that I have been working on! More info. to come as we move forward!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Creations at the Newly Renovated North Olmsted Rec. Center!

I was honored to contribute two custom paintings for the newly renovated North Olmsted Rec. Center! Stop by to see the new artwork! The first piece titled "Energy" is located in the heart of the main lobby. Each of the five panels are 2.5ft. X 6ft The second piece, "Catch the Spirit" is located along the adjacent hallway leading into the facilities!

"Energy" located in the main lobby of N.O Rec. Center


JoAnn DePolo with Mayor Kennedy

JoAnn and Mayor Kennedy in front of "Catch the Spirit"






Monday, November 17, 2014

Oct. 25th Student exhibit

We had a blast at our latest student exhibit!! So many talented artists :)

Artist Amelia!
Meet our Artists!
Uh oh.. JoAnn has the microphone :)







Parma Artist Detectives!

I really enjoyed conducting an Artist Detectives Painting Workshop recently in Parma. Great group!






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

You Are Invited!







Join us Sat. Oct 25 for an opening art exhibit featuring works by Come & Create painting class artists and a selection of recent works by JoAnn DePolo

Exhibit runs through Nov. 8


Thursday, August 28, 2014

North Olmsted Homecoming Festival

JDSG had a wonderful time enjoying the arts with the community of North Olmsted! We are proud to be apart of this great city!

Design your own water tower!
JDSG Artist Apprentice / NOHS student Sarah Lyons did a great job face painting!
Great view of our tent as the night winds down!




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

C Town

I have been working on a new serious of paintings of our wonderful city of Cleveland! Here's a sneak peak! Prints are available at my online gallery - originals available at JDSG!

"Northeast" - Acrylic on Wood

"C Town Bridges" Acrylic on Wood

"C-Town" Acrylic on Wood (Original Sold)
(prints also available at The Paul Duda Gallery in Tremont)

"Lakeview 2" - Acrylic on Wood