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Friday, March 18, 2011
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Susie Frazier Showroom Grand Opening

Environmental artist Susie Frazier has established a Cleveland showroom that will be free and open to the public every Third Friday of the month, beginning on March 18, 2011 from 5 pm - 9 pm. What visitors will find inside Frazier?s space at the 78th Street Studios, Cleveland's largest art center, is an unconventional medium that?s unique to this part of the United States. Working with authentic earth fragments from different habitats, Frazier creates calming, textural fine art that accentuates repeating patterns found organically in nature. Whether she assembles twigs, roots, leaves, bark or grass, her distinctive pieces have found themselves inside corporate offices, major hospitals, and private homes in which a healthy respect for the environment exists. With the opening of a public showroom, Frazier?s abstract, sustainable art will now be more accessible to individual collectors, who are a growing segment of her business.Simultaneously, Frazier is launching a line of upcycled home décor and gifts under the brand earthminded art. Tables and lamps made from salvaged wood, decorative pillows and note cards printed with earth images, and rings made from Lake Erie driftwood are just a few of the additional products, designed by Frazier, that will be available for sale through her showroom. Collectors, who have followed her work for the past fourteen years will see Frazier?s signature ?distressed? details combined with sophisticated treatments, reinforcing why she?s one of the most recognizable green artists in the region. GREEN ARTIST'S BACKGROUNDSusie Frazier began her professional art career in 1997 when she discovered that century-old slate roofing tiles in Cleveland were a perfect medium for creating high end mosaic furniture and home accessories. Before the term ?being green? was coined, Frazier lived by the practice of seeking all natural materials, salvaging them from dumpsters, and transforming them into objects of desire. Her unique slate product line gained in popularity, prompting the expansion of a wholesale division, under the name Set In Stone LLC, which sold into 60 galleries from coast to coast. In 2001, after falling ill to the harmful effects of stone dust, Frazier discovered a new fascination with organic rather than geological matter as a medium for creating fine art for the architectural and interior design markets. From 2003 to 2006, Frazier co-founded and directed Sparx in the City, a downtown marketing program based on access to street-level arts, which culminated into Ohio?s largest art walk of over 100 venues. Prior to being acquired by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance in 2007, Sparx in the City was reported to generate a $3.6 million economic impact for Cuyahoga County and earned Mayor Jane Campbell and the City of Cleveland a prestigious City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For three years from 2004 ? 2007, Frazier produced Northeast Ohio?s first-ever gallery guide, called Cleveland Galleries, featuring a comprehensive list and map of every art gallery, artist studio, and fine art institution across eight different Cleveland neighborhoods. In 2007 the publication, with a circulation of 20,000, was assumed by the COSE Arts Network and continues to be published annually in partnership with Great Lakes Publishing. In 2007, Frazier was selected to design the integrated public art elements of a $3.5 million streetscape in Cleveland?s Gordon Square Arts District. Pulling from markings she observed along the Lake Erie coastline, she worked with urban planners, architects, and fabricators to implement mesmerizing crosswalks patterns, lighted amoeba-shaped benches, and eight blocks worth of rhythmic textures, the centerpiece of which was selected as the logo for the entire district. Frazier is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2005 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (through the German Marshall Fund of the United States), and in 2004 Most Interesting People Award from Cleveland Magazine. Environmental artist Susie Frazier has established a Cleveland showroom that will be free and open to the public every Third Friday of the month, beginning on March 18, 2011 from 5 pm - 9 pm. What visitors will find inside Frazier?s space at the 78th Street Studios, Cleveland's largest art center, is an unconventional medium that?s unique to this part of the United States. Working with authentic earth fragments from different habitats, Frazier creates calming, textural fine art that accentuates repeating patterns found organically in nature. Whether she assembles twigs, roots, leaves, bark or grass, her distinctive pieces have found themselves inside corporate offices, major hospitals, and private homes in which a healthy respect for the environment exists. With the opening of a public showroom, Frazier?s abstract, sustainable art will now be more accessible to individual collectors, who are a growing segment of her business.Simultaneously, Frazier is launching a line of upcycled home décor and gifts under the brand earthminded art. Tables and lamps made from salvaged wood, decorative pillows and note cards printed with earth images, and rings made from Lake Erie driftwood are just a few of the additional products, designed by Frazier, that will be available for sale through her showroom. Collectors, who have followed her work for the past fourteen years will see Frazier?s signature ?distressed? details combined with sophisticated treatments, reinforcing why she?s one of the most recognizable green artists in the region. GREEN ARTIST'S BACKGROUNDSusie Frazier began her professional art career in 1997 when she discovered that century-old slate roofing tiles in Cleveland were a perfect medium for creating high end mosaic furniture and home accessories. Before the term ?being green? was coined, Frazier lived by the practice of seeking all natural materials, salvaging them from dumpsters, and transforming them into objects of desire. Her unique slate product line gained in popularity, prompting the expansion of a wholesale division, under the name Set In Stone LLC, which sold into 60 galleries from coast to coast. In 2001, after falling ill to the harmful effects of stone dust, Frazier discovered a new fascination with organic rather than geological matter as a medium for creating fine art for the architectural and interior design markets. From 2003 to 2006, Frazier co-founded and directed Sparx in the City, a downtown marketing program based on access to street-level arts, which culminated into Ohio?s largest art walk of over 100 venues. Prior to being acquired by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance in 2007, Sparx in the City was reported to generate a $3.6 million economic impact for Cuyahoga County and earned Mayor Jane Campbell and the City of Cleveland a prestigious City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For three years from 2004 ? 2007, Frazier produced Northeast Ohio?s first-ever gallery guide, called Cleveland Galleries, featuring a comprehensive list and map of every art gallery, artist studio, and fine art institution across eight different Cleveland neighborhoods. In 2007 the publication, with a circulation of 20,000, was assumed by the COSE Arts Network and continues to be published annually in partnership with Great Lakes Publishing. In 2007, Frazier was selected to design the integrated public art elements of a $3.5 million streetscape in Cleveland?s Gordon Square Arts District. Pulling from markings she observed along the Lake Erie coastline, she worked with urban planners, architects, and fabricators to implement mesmerizing crosswalks patterns, lighted amoeba-shaped benches, and eight blocks worth of rhythmic textures, the centerpiece of which was selected as the logo for the entire district. Frazier is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2005 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship (through the German Marshall Fund of the United States), and in 2004 Most Interesting People Award from Cleveland Magazine.

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