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June 28-29 2014 Beach Glass Festival


 CONCEPT POP to feature Shepard Fairey’s iconic ‘ADOPT’ print at Bridge Street’s Weekend Beach Glass Festival

Proceeds will raise funds for local shelter pets and help raise awareness about pet adoption

June 24 2014 – CONCEPT POP will showcase American contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey’s ‘ADOPT’ print at their studio located at 1025 UP Bridge Street during this weekend’s annual Beach Glass Festival in Historic Ashtabula Harbor to help raise awareness about pet adoption and to raise funds for local shelter pets.

piaandshepard’s Dr Pia Salk with Shepard Fairey

The ‘ADOPT’ image was originally launched by and is part of Fairey’s ongoing worldwide Obey Awareness Programs. Fairey, the man Time Magazine named “Icon Maker of the Year” and a passionate animal adoption advocate, says of the artwork, “The image I created for this print reminds me of a dog I had as a kid, a mutt named Honey.”

Fairey’s artwork has been included in collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. is North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 13,600 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to millions of adopters a month, for free.

Molly Taylor of CONCEPT POP worked on the ‘ADOPT’ website design team and closely with project collaborators for the ‘ADOPT’ campaign launch in 2009. The original blue and red ‘ADOPT’ silk-screen print sold out in under one hour when launched in 2009. This weekend, CONCEPT POP will have available limited edition signed gold and black “Lead by Example” versions of the same print.

Stop by CONCEPT POP this weekend during the Beach Glass Festival on Bridge Street for details on how you can support shelter pets and become a proud owner of this rare print (only 400 made) signed and numbered by one of today’s best known and most influential street artists according to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Prints will be available for sale, and by raffle. PETS ARE WELCOME!

For more information about pet adoption, please visit
Thank you to Dr. Pia Salk for making this project possible!
To learn more about Shepard Fairey’s artwork please visit
Proceeds to benefit The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League
For this and other Bridge Street Festival details, including The Arts on Bridge Street (TABS) Festival in July,
please visit


1025 Up

Fri. | 4.25.14 | 7p -10p

A collaborate effort from local artists Nicole Guerriero-Clayman (Yeah Yeah), Nancy Hedrick, Tessa LeBaron, Chris Raab, Julene Schwarz, Rebecca Stowell, Jeff Taylor and Donny & Molly Taylor.



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Julene Schwarz

Julene graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. She went on to work for a graphics firm in Florida and did free-lance work in California. Returning to Ashtabula, she taught art to all grade levels in the Ashtabula Area City Schools. She  aspires to animate the spirit and energy she feels that old buildings, wooden trim ,brick work, and other classic architectural features contain. “Oh the stories they tell” she writes,” they move and twist in the wind. They have their own layers of personalities born from the people who have lived and worked in them.”Color, curvy line and an emotional feeling for the subject, is the way she conveys her images, but in no way is her representational art boring.  “I want each building, bridge or house to have it’s own identity, to be alive in the moment.” Julene displayed her latest works  at the Ashtabula Art Center last October, and will have another show at the Conneaut Art Center in May. She will also be featured as one of six artists in the 1025UP show in the Harbor on April 25th.  Some of her recent work can be seen at the Sandpiper Gallery in Ashtabula Harbor.


 chrisChris Raab

Chris Raab  a.k.a “Raabit” was born in 1981 in Northeastern Ohio. He quickly found himself drawn to art at a very young age. As a self-taught artist, Chris has experimented with nearly every medium including: pen and ink, pencil, spray paint, tattooing, acrylics, carving, and, well, almost everything except for oils. Chris’s art now primarily focuses on acrylics on stretched canvas.

“Art is an inkblot. People choose to see what they want to see. Best part being is we all see it differently.” Chris’s artwork is influenced by his tattoo artist background and whatever may turn him loose and evoke reaction at any given time. His style is that of many. His artwork is in constant evolution and progression. He is always trying to one up himself in both technique and process. He paints through emotion…consistently trying to let his strokes lead the way through his screaming imagination.

Chris Raab has corporate and private collectors alike. His artwork has been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on album covers, a 72ft. mural in the city he currently resides and a number of galleries. He is also Vice President of Lakeshore Artists Association, On the A-Tech Graphic Arts Advisory Board, and Parks and Recreations Board of Ashtabula Ohio.

 tess_photoTessa LeBaron

My name is Tessa LeBaron and I am currently 20 years old. Art has always been my passion and gateway to unsaid thoughts. Art unfolds everything I am. My mind speaks on paper and I visually communicate with my ideas. I don’t have a specific theme I express; I create all kinds of work such as portraits, animals, vibrant landscapes, and emotional figures. Even though I like to focus internally, I am fascinated by everything that surrounds me: abstract elements, random people, iconic figures, wide range of music, and nature. There are many ‘selfs’ in my art, meaning that individual parts of me, and different interests of my life come together as a visual representation.
The media I like to use is mostly watercolors, but I have worked with many types of media such as acrylic paint, coffee, ink, pencil and more. Watercolors give my pictures a washy atmosphere. Throughout most of my artwork, I like to experiment with color and vibrant tones.  I go through so many phases in art. I also make custom tattoo designs. Tattoos are an interest of mine and something I hope to further in. I also want to experiment with airbrush and graffiti art.
Art allows me to find beauty in everything. I can appreciate anything tangible and intangible. When I was a kid, I would sit for hours and hours just staring at paper, drawing all kinds of shapes and figures. Ever since, I have committed myself to it. Throughout junior high and high school I have won many awards in local art competitions. I have even done large murals and various commission work for people. I’ve been involved in community art events and shows. Art is something that has always let me live in the moment and grasp it with full sincerity. My talent has taught me to appreciate everything little thing in life and to logically/spiritually connect with people more. I just want to leave a mark in this world, giving something people to observe and give a sense of wonder.

The ego is a dynamic thing redefining itself every moment, most people just aren’t aware it exits.

“I’m not crazy, I’m just lost in a beautiful mind”

Tessa LeBaron

two_hearts Donny & Molly Taylor

It is the first vision that counts. Artists have only to remain true to their dream and it will possess their work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other artist-for no two visions are alike, and those who reach the heights have all toiled up the steep mountains by a different route.  To each has been revealed a different panorama

-Albert Pinkham Ryder


 nancyNancy Hedrick

One day I decided I wanted to make a bracelet to match a necklace I’d received from my husband, Doug, for Christmas. A trip to a bead store and then a search online led me to the wonderful world of lampwork. I had never seen this before but I was immediately hooked. After taking a couple classes and buying a torch, kiln, tools, and lots of glass, I had everything I needed to create my own beads and this provided an outlet for my creative side that was missing in my life. I have received education in many different art mediums but this is the one that I decided to make my focus. One of the aspects of this craft that makes it so fascinating to me is the fact that no two beads are the same. The general design may be the same but each bead has its own nuances that make it unique. Once I started to create more beads my confidence grew as far as the artistic quality of my beads. People started complementing my work and eventually I started doing some custom orders for jewelry. My husband and I started setting up a display outside of the old Harbor Perk location on Bridge Street and we started to do some other shows (including home shows) to get our “brand” out there. During some of those long days sitting behind our display on Bridge Street and watching the hustle and bustle on the street I asked the question “wouldn’t iit be nice to have our OWN store?” and then with the help of a bunch of people we opened our doors for business! We had our own line of jewelry and have the creations of approximately 40 northeast Ohio artists. We are happy to be able to provide an outlet to show the fruits of their labor. In running the business two primary goals stand out. They are to maintain the highest quality standards for our products and to provide the best customer experience possible. Stop by and experience my passion!

 10172328_10202846802725393_317563965_oJeff Taylor

Bio- acrylics, charcoal, India ink, water, on canvas. Born in 1972. Studied studio art/drawing at Kent State. Currently employed at Worthington Cylinders as a welder. Enjoys painting/drawing subject matter unappealing to the common audience. Ashtabula resident for 150 years.

 rebecca Rebecca Stowell

Rebecca Stowell has been a resident of Ashtabula for 26 years now, following receiving her MFA with a specialty in ceramics from Edinboro University. Her studio work is primarily narrative and sculptural,  exploring the juxtaposition of fragility with resilience in the human spirit. Becca has also been the Visual Arts Coordinator for After School Discovery for over 18 years.