Amy Lauria is a local writer and artist and who walks along the beaches of Lake Erie to maintain her sanity. She sees art everywhere outdoors. Amy has always dragged acorns, pinecones, leaves, and flowers inside; loves bringing the peace found outdoors into her living spaces. In 2011, she began creating simple, nature inspired graphics with her overflowing collection of stones, beach glass, driftwood, and metal to be involved with Collective Upcycle, now Upcycle Parts Shop; it was a good fit as she's always housed her art in upcycled antique and vintage frames. More recently, Amy often collaborates with Shirley's Loft, where her art is sold locally in Cleveland.
Amy’s blog, Playing with Perfect, is carried on The News Herald’s website and she is a contributor to She in the CLE, a Cleveland blogger collective. Her original art and fine art prints are available on her website www.amylauria.com, and also at local events, gallery shows.
Towards fall of 2017, Amy will have gallery space in LaSalle Arts and Media Center on 185th Street in Cleveland. The LaSalle restoration is a Northeast Shores Development Corporation project and is part of the ongoing revitalization of Waterloo Arts District, Collinwood, and both the Euclid and Cleveland sections of 185th Street. Amy is excited to have a small storefront gallery; her door will be just to the right of the LaSalle canopy and Shirley's Loft will occupy a larger space right next door.
Each original is made with stones, beach glass, driftwood and metal found on Amy's walks along the beaches of Lake Erie. They are time consuming to create, like putting together a puzzle without the picture. No two are alike; findings are random in color, shape and size. Original art is always housed in upcycled vintage/antique frames. Originals are individually priced.
Fine Art Prints
In 2015, Amy enlisted The Paul Duda Gallery to create prints of some of her more popular originals. With galleries in both Tremont (downtown Cleveland) and Brecksville, they are experienced in scanning original art, then creating fade resistant, Giclee fine art prints on high quality paper. Prints are available in limited quantities and can be ordered in custom sizes; not all originals are available in prints.
An upcyclist, she hunts for one of a kind vintage and antique frames for both original art and prints. Older frames are solidly constructed with real wood, and offer unique details. Amy often paints, refinishes frames to compliment her art. Though she sells a quantity of limited edition prints, framed prints are housed in one of a kind frames.