Getting back into busy season here at studio and I’m looking forward to it. First off, on Friday, I will be at Skyview Lodge in Brunswick for their monthly Friday Night Wines Art Event. There will be various arts and crafts people vending their wares, I’ll be doing caricatures and selling art, and there’s usually a band. That runs from 7 to 11 pm on Friday, April 23.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, I will be at the Mill Hollow Reservation Herb Fair. It’s an odd fit, I know, but it’s a fun break from all of the flora, for sure. Saturday, April 23 is from 11 to 4 pm and Sunday April 24 is from noon to 4 pm. Hope to see you there.
Tuesday, April 13: Creating Comics and Manga at Westlake Porter Library. 7 pm. 1 hour.
This is my favorite class to teach. You learn about creating comics by actually creating comics. Wow. In addition, you learn a bit about the business of comics. This is a good first class for any potential comics creator. Find out more and register here.
Tuesday, April 20, 27, May 4, 11: Inking Basics Four Part Class, Part 1. 1 pm. 1 hour per session.
This is an expanded, information filled version of my original inking basics class. By the time you finish this class you will be ready to create quality art pieces on your own. Find out more here. (Go about halfway down the page).
Friday, April 23, Skyview Lodge Wine Tasting Event, 7 pm. 4 hours.
Skyview offers a free table to local artist, and I will be there doing caricatures, selling artwork, and pimpin’ the business. I may have a preview of my new webcomic, too. Stop by and sample some vino and the excellent sunset view. Go here for more info.
Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, Herb Fair at Mill Hollow Reservation in Vermilion, 11 to 4 on Saturday, 12 to 4 on Sunday.
Another year, another Herb Fair. This year’s set up will include my doing caricatures for the kiddies, selling lots of artwork, promoting my new webcomic, and much more. Stop by, say hi, check out the booth and support your local art guy. More info here.
And coming up in May:
May 5, Euclid Rotary Event
May 9, Keystone After Prom
May 14, Montgomery School Family Fun Day in Ashland
May 16, Westlake After Prom
May 22 and 23, AnCon in Hudson (tentative)
*Last night’s Bonanzle sale was a total bust.
I am in the process of selling off my comics and related merch on Bonanzle, and last night I had a special sale, which Bonanzle.com calls a Bonanza, where they promote the hell out of your sale for one to three hours. No one showed up to my booth. FAIL! Guess I’m going to have to rethink that strategy.
*This weekend’s gig at Mill Hollow was mild, muddy, but fun, nevertheless. Got to play with Kodie, the one-eyed Siberian Husky sled dog and made some money. Good times.
*Happy Birthday to Main Street Amherst’s very own Teresa Gilles. Hope it’s a good one!
*If Haiti wasn’t bad enough, the Red Cross needs money and blood for locals who are in peril. RedCross.org.
*Speaking of peril, does anyone know what’s happening now the the building that was to hold the West Side Children’s Museum burned down? There’s nothing on the website about it. There is to be a money raiser Friday, but I don’t know if that’s still on or what.
More art and stuff tomorrow.
Have a good one.
Here’s what I have going this week, event wise. This does not include commission work, administrative stuff, and all of that boring behind-the-scenes nonsense.
Tonight, Tuesday July 14th, I will be presenting a FREE program at the Amherst Public Library at 7 pm about what I do as a caricaturist.
Thursday, July 16, I will be somewhere in downtown Vermilion, OH, doing caricatures during Third Thursday. TT is a monthly event held every, yes, third Thursday during the summer months with free music and performers performing. It runs from 6 p.m. until dark. Don’t miss it.
Friday, after being at Roxy’s Reads (where the oh-so-swell Mike Leuszler Gallery is) all day, I will be attending the Amherst Marion L. Steele class of 1959 50th class reunion. Coincidentally, that’s my dad’s graduating class. But there’s no nepotism in my getting this gig. I got it because I did a similar service for the class of ’57 (thanks to class member Neal Jenne) a couple years back and Ken Rosenbusch was there with his wife and he remembered me for his big party. Yay!
Saturday, I will be at French Creek Reservation Metropark in Avon at a private event from 2 to 4 pm. It’s a company picnic, which is always a blast. I get to hear good stories at most company picnics. That alone makes it worth the trek.
Sunday, I will be in Mayfield Heights at a graduation party. This was one of the donations I made to WVIZ and WCPN’s annual auction event. Should be fun. And no, I shall not be consuming anything alcohol-based. I have no desire to see how many speed traps exist between there and here.
If you haven’t had the chance yet, feel free to cruise over to Facebook and friend me. Then check out my group, Mike The Art Guy: The Art and Such of Mike Leuszler. Write something on my wall!
The Amherst Old Time Jamboree was a moderate success. I had my booth paid for within 4 hours on Friday night. Part of that was thanks to potential Amherst Treasurer Linda Hale buying the last of my hand-colored Dragon Mama prints, which will probably not be done again, since the original was accidently sold at Balloon fest a year ago. Cathy Hume Kurtz’s daughter stopped by also, with a couple of friends. Cathy’s mom, Arlene, was my favorite math teacher in sixth and seventh grade and Cathy was in my graduating class at MLS. Class of ’83. Hoo hah.
Melissa Kendra Thiert and Hanna Watson from Sandstone Summer Theater stopped by and chatted it up for awhile. Melissa sends me pieces of Flair on Facebook all of the time, which I love. I need to make some more up myself. And I went to school with Hannah’s mom Susan Watson, and know Hannah from her local community theater appearances.
Kathy Whitmore, my bestest girlfriend ever, kept me company for awhile, too. And on Saturday, too. Being the perfect shit that I am, I showed my appreciation to her by growling at her. Bad man. Kathy even ran out to Sears hardware to pick up an extension cord when good old Red from the Amherst Historical Society was helping me hook up my electric.
Despite Hurricane Marilyn blowing through Saturday morning, thus causing the Jamboree to start about 2 hours later than it’s usual noon open, I did fifty caricatures that day. At least three of the tents were totaled. Many of them were soaked, along with merchandise left overnight. Great Lakes Church hesitated to tossed out some Bibles that the weather baptized very thoroughly. Their tent was trashed, along with the Republican Party’s tent, which was blown fifty yards away from it’s resting spot. I leave you to make an observation about that.
My tent survived with no major damage, mostly because I set it up in the yard the Monday before, to see how it would hold up in the weather. Yes, I rehearsed my tent, which saved it from blowing away or cracking up.
Saturday was a mini class reunion. Steve Rotta, Brian Ruthkowski, Lori Bloom Kulp (who also popped in Friday), Bob Kamnikar, all showed up to say hi and/or have a caricature or three done. I apologize and blame my old man memory if anyone was forgotten.
Another classmate, whom I’ve known since fifth grade, Mark Lombardi was actually working at one of the food booths, also. He sold me an awesome Italian sausage slathered in bell peppers and onions. Good stuff.
Actually, most of the food at the Jamboree is good. I had a slice of pizza from Ziggy’s, cheese burger and a bloomin’ onion from the pork sandwich vendor (I think Wright’s), I shared Kathy’s Kettle Corn, had my annual Gyro (and bought several kebobs from the same booth at the end of Saturday night for a nice discount).
Sunday continued the tradition of being a slooooow day, just like last year. I only made about 10 percent of total weekend sales on Sunday. Not too many socially-lubricated parents making their kids sit for a caricature. Mark Lowrie, the television production teacher popped in had a niece and nephew captured in Sharpie goodness. Taylor and Mary, a couple of local teens, amused me greatly and helped me strike my tent at the end of the day. Look for Taylor to sport one of my custom shirts, I hope, I the future.
Brian Policz stopped by briefly for a few minutes, but I was kinda sad not to see some of the other Sandstone Summer Theater kids after the big parade Sunday.
This year’s tear down went a lot smoother thanks to the above-mentioned help, and the fact that I could temporarily park my car very close to where the tent was set up.
Despite the fact that I was soaked in my old body cooling sweaty goodness, I stopped at Roxy’s, dropped off my shirts, art, and a rack, got on update on what’s coming up at the store, and grabbed a cool refreshing Diet Mountain Dew. Couldn’t get that at the Jamboree.
Then I headed to Arby’s for my lone dinner (Kathy had a double sunday dress for To Kill A Mockingbird at TNCA so she was MIA Sunday). and Arby’s gave me a totally wrong order, but it was better than what I ordered, so good on me.
And to celebrate my sucess, I went home, ate, watched some Law and Order and crashed for an hour.
All in all, despite a bit of heat stroke, and some vomiting after setting up my tent on Friday, it was a good weekend.
Thanks to everyone who showed up, including Mr. and Mrs. Faragher, Ken Rosenbusch (whom I will see Friday at my Dad’s 50th high school reunion Friday, when I do caricatures there), Michelle Haff, and all of my other friends and associates who dropped by to say hi.
So far, this is my upcoming schedule of events and classes. I will be adding to it as the days roll along, adding more events, classes, and other items of interest.
Thursday, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, 6 to 8 pm: Third Thursday in Vermilion @ Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium.
Every third Thursday this Summer, downtown Vermilion comes alive with musicians performing live all over along with other performers doing their things. I’ll be doing caricatures, working for tips, so come on down, get a cold carb download and get turned into a toon.
Saturday, June 20, 5 to???: True North’s 10th Anniversary Dinner:
I’ll be doing caricatures, selling art, and more. Go to TNCArts.org to find out more.
Tuesday, June 23, 1 to 1:45 pm and 2 to 3 pm, Face Drawing Class @ Amherst Public Library.
Free class on the basics of drawing faces. The first session is for your K – 5th graders and the later session is for older kids.
Thursday, June 25, 6:30 to 8 pm, Adult Caricature Class at Lorain Public Library Main Branch.
Free class on caricature for adults at the main branch of the Lorain Public Library on Sixth Street.
Saturday, June 27, Reserved for Private Event, Tentative
UPDATE: Tuesday, June 30, Reserved for Private Event, 5:30 to ??? Confirmed!
Saturday, July 4, True North Arts Fest (Tentative)
Doing caricatures, selling artwork.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 10, 11, 12: Amherst Jamboree (Tentative).
Tuesday July 14 7 to 8 pm: Program @ Amherst Public Library. What can your caricaturist do for you?
I do caricatures and I tell you what I can do for your organization or group. Free program.
Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 pm, Third Thursday in Vermilion @ Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium.
Every third Thursday this Summer, downtown Vermilion comes alive with musicians performing live all over along with other performers doing their things. I’ll be doing caricatures, working for tips, some come on down, get a cold carb download and get turned into a toon.
Friday, July 17 8 to 10 pm: MLS Class of 59 Event.
I’ll be in the Wellington Room at the Holiday Inn doing caricatures for this private event.
Saturday, July 18, 2 to 4 pm, Private Picnic Event at French Creek Reservation.
July 25, August 1, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5, 12 Vermilion Local Market
August 1, Dancing on Main Street, Downtown Amherst
Mondays and Thursdays July 27, 31 August 3, 7, 1 to 2:30 Comics Camp @ Amherst Public Library.
Free class on creating comics for the Internet.
August 7, 8, 9 North Ridgeville Corn Fest (Tentative)
Saturday August 8, 11 am to 2 pm, Emmanuel Lutheran Fun Fair.
October 7: Staff Development Day @ Lorain Public Library.
I’m really looking forward to this event. Last year’s show was very successful and I’m looking forward to an even bigger show this year with the event moved from a Friday night to an all day Saturday event.
In addition to doing caricatures (only five bucks per person, whatta bargin!), I plan to have a special print available for the show along with the first wave of T-shirts that I want to sell on the site and at shows. I will also have plenty of other goodies for sale, too, including other prints, matted artwork, and more. I hope to see you there.
There will also be plenty of good food, beer, crafters, and other fun stuff to eat, do, or watch. Parking is five dollars per car (so park somewhere and walk if you’re cheap!), but admission is FREE! Proceeds benefit the Lorain County Office on Aging. That old person you help could be you someday!
If you have any questions or requests, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday night/Sunday morning I was doing caricatures at the Westlake Dave and Busters for the Amherst After Prom. Oh my, Dave and Busters is freakin’ huge. If I had to be locked in a building for the rest of my life, Dave and Busters would be my choice.
Plus, it’s always cool to do a gig for your high school alma mater.
I was pretty thrilled to find this message on my Facebook site today.
I will be here tomorrow. It’s the Lorain County Red Cross Chocolate Festival, which is an annual event where businesses and organizations in Lorain County get a table, give out chocolates and promote their stuff.
I will be promoting my business, doing caricatures and drawings, and giving out chocolate. I will also have a 100 dollar item in the silent auction.
I hope you’ll be there.