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About Mike The Art Guy

Mike Leuszler is a professional caricaturist and illustrator.

Milan Melon Festival

I will be there at the arts and crafts section Labor weekend, 2012.

Here’s their Facebook page.

Here’s their main website.

Hope to see you there.

Roger F. Slutzker, Printer

I tweeted a brief acknowledgement on the passing of Roger Slutzker today. We weren’t friends or even close business associates, but I did encounter him a few times in the 80’s, during the course of needing stuff printed.

The tweet read, “Roger Slutzker was a local printer that I dealt with several times in the 80’s. He was a vital part of Lorain business. Shalom. R.I.P.”.

That’s all that I need to say. I don’t need to fill the air with embellished remembrances of brief business encounters. Roger did his job and he did it well. And he supplied a much needed service to the Lorain County area.

The online version of his obit from the Chronicle-Telegram is available for public consumption here: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2011/12/20/roger-f-slutzker/ That’s where I found the news.

Rest in peace, Roger.

 

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Final Weekend for 2011

Santa at Mrs. Claus' Kitchen

Saturday and Sunday will be your last opportunity to get a live-drawn caricature from me in public. At least for this year.

Unless I get a really good offer for New Year’s.

I will be at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen on Saturday, November 17 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. or so. and Sunday from about 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen lets you either buy or take your own pictures of your kids with Santa, and has tables for special holiday crafts, letters for Santa and U.S. soldiers, sometimes a balloon artist and/or face painter, and of course, yours truly, doing caricatures. Past weeks and years have also featured local storytellers. I don’t believe there will be a storyteller this weekend, though.

Money from the photos for Santa benefit the organization Light Up Lorain, which is responsible for the Christmas lighting and decorations you see around Downtown Lorain. They are also responsible for putting on Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. They’ve been at it for three years now, and this year has been the best. They’re a good group that deserves your support.

As for what I’m doing… If you want to surprise someone with an incredibly thoughtful, and cheap, gift, bring their photo down, or a photo of their pet, whatever and I’ll whip something up on the spot for you.

Otherwise, if I don’t see you there, have a great holiday season.

Adult Comfort Care Services Third Thursday Celebrity Look-a-like Contest

 

Download this document here: ACCS 3rd Thursday star

Upcoming Events for September 6, 2011

This is a press release for my upcoming appearances and classes. Feel free to share it (except for the contact info at the very bottom) on your website, or other promotional media. You can also download a pdf file of the article.
Press Release
September 6, 2011
Upcoming Events and Classes 

Mike Leuszler, party and event caricaturist and local entertainer will be participating in the following events and classes in the upcoming weeks. Contact information for each event is provided in the description, or you can email Mike at MikeTheArtGuy.com@gmail.com. You can also contact Mike to inquire about having him at your upcoming events, fairs, festivals, and fundraisers.

Saturday, September 10th, 11 am to 4 pm: (free admission)True North Arts Fest/Sheffield Family Pride Day at French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield, OH. Fine Arts shopping and browsing, music, caricatures, family activities, food, fun. This is a well-attended, fun show that is in its fourth year. You will be delighted by the variety of artists and music. Find out more at the TNCA website: http://www.truenorthartsfest.com/index.html

Thursday, September 15,  6:30 to 7:30 pm: (Five dollar class fee) Creating Comics and Manga Class at Schoepfle Gardens Metropark, Just off State Route 113 on Market Street in Birmingham, Ohio (440)965-7237, Learn to create comics and manga by creating comics and managa. In addition to learning some of the methods and tools used, you will learn a little bit of the history, business, and inner workings of comics. Find out more by calling (440)965-7237 and register here:
http://reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/index.shtml?id=22258&sid=934865.78114&uid=

Saturday, September 17, 12 to 5 pm, Shiloh Company Picnic, Wellington. Back again for a second year, I will be doing caricatures at this private event. If you know someone who works for Shiloh, let them know!

Thursday, September 22, Creating Comics and Manga Workshop, Lorain Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, OH. 6 to 8 pm (10 dollar class fee). Introduction to creating comic strips, manga and other sequential artwork. Learn to make comics by making comics. Learn
basic comic terms, concepts, history, business practices, and some of the tricks that creators use in creating comics and manga, and have an enormous amount of fun. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Saturday, September 24, 7 to 9 pm, Taste of Firelands Wine Tasting Fund Raiser at Matus Winery, Gore Orphanage Rd., just off Rt. 20 in Wakeman. Doing caricatures at the Firelands Endowment Fund Raiser. For 25 bucks, you can get a sampling of Matus’ wine selection. Plus I’ll be doing caricatures. Did I mention that? There will also be light refreshments and a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds go to Firelands Endowment Fund. Find out more here: http://www.firelandsschools.org/drupal/?q=endowment

Sunday, September 25, 11 am to 4 pm, Invest Elyria Art Show,  Ely Square, Elyria. Painting, crafts, sculpturing, music, preforming art. If you have a question, just ask. I will be doing caricatures, and will probably have some blank notecards (with my art, of course) and other items for sale. Here’s a Facebook Event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189773187756730 and here is the NEW Invest Elyria website: http://www.wix.com/investelyria/ie#!special-projects/vstc1=art-show

Thursday, September 29, 6 to 8 pm, Caricature Workshop, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, (10 dollar class fee). How to get turned into a cartoon and the fine art of caricature. Demonstration of techniques in both doing quick party event caricatures, along with regular caricature artwork. How to emphasize, distort, and do other things to create a comic work of art. Lots of fun for the up and coming cartoonist or doodler. Learn some potential uses for your newly learned abilities. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Thursday, October 6, 6 to 7 pm, Monster Drawing Class, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain (10 dollar class fee). To draw using classic monsters from the movies. It’s a drawing class that uses monsters as models! Learn some tricks to make your drawings more monstrous! Learn basic drawing techniques that you can apply to most sketching and drawing projects. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Mike Leuszler is a professional party and event caricaturist who has been working professionally entertaining many people with his inky trade for the last six years. You can find out more about him at MikeTheArtGuy.com, his official website.

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Contact Information:
Mike Leuszler
MikeTheArtGuy.com@Gmail.com
home office: 440-988-2256
cell: 440-897-2178

 

Post-Hospital Update

Quick off the top of my head post-hospital report: Had all of the major organs (liver, heart, etc.) checked out. My “cardiac event” was a sugar spike of 500. Sugar should be in the very low 100s. So that was bad. I am on a new diet, with some more pills, including one for high cholesterol. And children’s aspirin. Yum!

I will have to seriously start checking my blood sugar regularly and get more active. And eat right. More salads, less starches. During my two days in the hospital, I also lost my insane craving for caffeine. Went out and bought all non-caffeine pop Sunday, and haven’t consumed much of it at all.

Did I mention I am consuming more water, too. Flush that @#$% out.

And another great side effect is that my mind has been very clear and sharp, and my emotional keel is very even. Of course, when you get to eat all of your meals in bed, you’d be pretty happy, too. We’ll see if that that lasts in the real world.

Thanks to everyone who prayed and sent well wishes. Looking forward to a productive fall and winter now. More news on that soon. I’ve got a ton of projects in the next four months, plus a special trip in October. But right now, I have a picnic to attend. And draw caricatures at said picnic. Later.

 

New Facebook Page

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may be interested to know that I’ve created a new page for my caricature and illustration work. If the above link doesn’t work, just type in Mike “The Art Guy” Leuszler in the FB search jigger and that should bring the page right up.

It appears that my old group is there, too, but you can ignore that.

I hope to see you all “liking” my page.

Festival of the Fish Marketplace

I will be at Exchange Park (the corner of Rts. 6 and 60 in downtown Vermilion) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday doing caricatures during the big Fish Festival. This is one of the biggest events, next to Woolybear, during the year, so come on down and get turned into a toon.

This will be my first Fish Festival, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit this great event, this is it.

Third Thursday at Granny Joe’s

On Thursday, June 16 from 6pm to 9pm eastern, I will be doing caricatures at Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. 5598 Liberty Ave Vermilion,  OH  (440) 967-3663. Stroll about downtown Vermilion, listen to a variety of musicians and get some good ice cream.