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The Great Room Gallery at South Franklin Circle presents “The Colored Pencil Art of John Smolko,” featuring pencil art drawings by John Smolko, now through July 7, 2013.
The Great Room Gallery at South Franklin Circle is located at South Franklin Circle retirement community, 16575 S. Franklin Street, Bainbridge Township. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Free admission. For more information, call (440) 247-1300.
About John Smolko, CPSA
John Smolko retired in 2008 after a 35-year career teaching secondary school art education in Ohio. He is presently enjoying his life as a full-time artist and continues to be recognized for his unique colored pencil style. Smolko has exhibited throughout the United States and has work in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the Sargent-Lasessig Museum of Fine Arts in Hinkley, Ohio, and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio in Columbus.
A signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), Smolko has been juried into nine CPSA International Exhibitions. His recent awards include a Second Place selection in the Michigan Colored Pencil 2012 exhibition in Schaumburg, Illinois. His work was also selected as a First Place winner for Artist Magazine’s Over 60 Art Competition 2012, and was featured on the cover of their March issue. Smolko recently earned a Second Place finish in the Colored Pencil Magazine Art Competition 2012, and the art appeared in their 2013 calendar. More at www.smolkoart.com.
About South Franklin Circle
South Franklin Circle is a new lifestyle model for people seeking an alternative to a traditional retirement community. It connects the charm of the Chagrin Valley with the cultural hub of University Circle. Owned and operated by Cleveland-based Judson Services, Inc., a non-profit organization which has been creating living choices for older adults in Northeast Ohio for more than 100 years. More at www.southfranklincircle.org.