When you are visiting Cleveland, Ohio, you may want to take a short drive (30 miles southeast) out to Geauga County to see all the splendor and beauty of this rural county. You will find maple syrup, fresh produce, farm lands and rolling hills. One thing you might not expect would be several lovely art galleries. If you are looking for that special one-of-a-kind handmade item or just want to window shop, come out to Geauga County.
The Corner of Art & Function is located at 209 Center Street, #4, in Chardon, Ohio and represents over 160 artisans and their work. Here you will find a variety of lovely art including watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings as well as photographs. If you are looking for stained glass items, clocks, glassware of all types, night lights or scarves, The Corner of Art & Function is the place to visit. They also take special orders. Feel free to contact them at (440) 285-4116 with questions or to find out their hours.
Heading to Historic Burton, Ohio, you will find the All Matters gallery located at 14533 Main Street, just north of Burton Square. This gallery opened in 1991 and offers a unique variety of items including ceremonial supplies (herbal blends and ceremonial cleansers) and animal spirit and nature inspired art. The gallery contains many of the owner’s handmade Ceremonial Art as well as work done by other artists. You will find jewelry, quilts, masks, sculptures and more. They also offer a gift shop with special items under $50. There is something here for everyone. Check out their website (allmatters.net) to find out more and to see a sampling of the wonderful items they offer.
Heading from Burton to the Amish community of Middlefield, you will find three wonderful galleries each with unique offerings.
Rennaisance and Rainbows located at 15726 West High Street in Middlefield is a wonderful shop full of unexpected delights. Here you will find gifts of stained glass in all sorts of manner, including window panels, holiday themed art, lampshades, beveled pieces, three-dimensional pieces and so much more. They can also do custom work. As well as finished pieces, they also offer stained glass supplies and classes for all levels. To see some of the work they do, go to worldofcolor.net and prepared to be amazed.
Heading north out of town, you will come to Vancura Gallery at Settlers’ Village located at 14279 Old State Road in Middlefield. At Settlers’ Village you will find several wonderful shops which include a quilt shop, craft store, a toy & train store, and an Amish co-op full of locally made Amish products. But also there, you will find Vancura Gallery which offers unique art pieces, Amish art and framing. You will be able to see work from many artists depicting many styles. Be sure to check out the local Amish artist who paints on feathers and other featured artists. Their website (vancuragallery.com) gives a taste of things you can see there. But seeing the art in person is breathtaking. Be sure to check out the 15 foot cow in front of the gallery. She is created entirely out of recycled car hoods by a local artist.
About 500 feet down the road from the Gallery is Country Arts & Jewelry at 15864 Nauvoo Road. Here you will find a wide variety of authentic Indian inspired jewelry, art, clothing and more. Although not a gallery, per se, they do offer art pieces and artifacts along with their beads and jewelry. You can also find natural crystals as well as healing stones. There are so many things to see, you won’t want to leave the store.
There is so much to see and do in Geauga County; whether you live near by or are visiting the area be sure to make the time to visit some of the wonderful things there are to see and do in this lovely county. You will be glad you did. Happy Travels!!