Deborah Shapiro Art

Deborah Shapiro Art An Akron artist creating upcycled collage art that's painted with magazine paper. Originals and prints are available at deborahshapiroart.com

Collage artist from Akron, Ohio creating pieces from torn magazines.

Collage artist from Akron, Ohio creating pieces from torn magazines.

Operating as usual

Eye Candy
10/15/2020

Eye Candy

My original, "Irises in Bloom" sold last week.  Thank you to Hazel Tree Design Studio for having my work on display!
10/05/2020

My original, "Irises in Bloom" sold last week. Thank you to Hazel Tree Design Studio for having my work on display!

My one and only in-person collage workshop this year.  It was with a small group of friends who try all sorts of arts an...
10/03/2020

My one and only in-person collage workshop this year. It was with a small group of friends who try all sorts of arts and crafts classes together. One owns a business and we used her large conference room for the class. It’s was a lot of fun and they did a great job with their collages!

10/02/2020
Inspiration for the Art - Guitar Collage

Inspiration for the Art - Guitar Collage I forgot to post a video last week! This collage is loosely based on Jimi Hendrix. I explain what to look for and why I used tissue paper for the words.

You'll find this original at Hazel Tree Design Studio for the next month.  I made this one earlier this year and haven't...
09/30/2020

You'll find this original at Hazel Tree Design Studio for the next month. I made this one earlier this year and haven't had the opportunity to take it out in public due to all canceled the art festivals. It's nice to know that there will be other eyes 👀 to see it in person, rather than just mine.

It's National Coffee Day!  I have a cup or two...or three, every morning.  Hazelnut is my favorite.
09/29/2020

It's National Coffee Day! I have a cup or two...or three, every morning. Hazelnut is my favorite.

Previously a cow collage is now a peaceful beach scene.  I'm going to transport myself to that chair whenever the curren...
09/24/2020

Previously a cow collage is now a peaceful beach scene. I'm going to transport myself to that chair whenever the current state of affairs gets under my skin.

A question for you.  As you know, or don’t know, I sell limited edition prints of my works. Do you care that the prints ...
09/22/2020

A question for you. As you know, or don’t know, I sell limited edition prints of my works. Do you care that the prints are signed, limited editions? For new collages that I haven’t printed up yet, I’m considering not signing or numbering them. I would sell them for slightly less. I have quality prints made with archival ink on acid free paper, so I can’t go too much less.

Another start over.  I’ve been struggling with subjects lately.  I start something and it becomes a chore, which sucks t...
09/14/2020

Another start over. I’ve been struggling with subjects lately. I start something and it becomes a chore, which sucks the creativity right out of me. I realized this weekend that I’m searching for peace. My mind aches from the political bs. I’m deeply saddened by the homes and life lost from the fires out west. I’m bothered by the lack of understanding on social media. I’m troubled by the impact of the Coronavirus: for those who’ve become sick, those who lost their lives, those who care for the sick, and the economic impact it has on our daily lives. It’s all too much. I need a peaceful moment.

This collage was once a start of a cow, which I have ripped off most of the paper. It will become a chair on a beach, looking towards the water. The ocean perhaps if I can pull it off. As I work on it, I’ll imagine the roar of the ocean; the taste of salt on my lips, my feet sinking in sand as I walk along the waters edge; and details I see when I examine the sand closely. This will bring me peace.

09/11/2020
Inspiration for the Art - Monarchs in Flight

A coincidence? I made this video last week, not knowing that Monarchs would be in our area now. The last two days they are everywhere I look. I love seeing them float through my yard, dance in the trees, and land in the bushes, slowly flapping thier wings. I learned on the news that this time of year they migrate from Canada, fly over Lake Erie, then rest in Northeast Ohio before continuing their journey onwards to Mexico. In this collage, look for cars, watches, and bubbles that come from bits of magazines.

I’m attempting to work on two collages at the same time again by focusing on one every other day.  The small one will be...
09/09/2020

I’m attempting to work on two collages at the same time again by focusing on one every other day. The small one will be of Akron’s Civic theatre, the other a Flag honoring our military with quotes and photos, including my father who was in the Army and my Grandfather who served in WW II and Korea.

This was a challenge and a pain to work on.  Too many straight lines and teeny tiny pieces.  I prefer ripping my paper a...
08/31/2020

This was a challenge and a pain to work on. Too many straight lines and teeny tiny pieces. I prefer ripping my paper and not being so restricted. Never the less, I'm please how it turned out. For those not from around here, this is the Rock Hall from the back.

If you are near downtown Akron, stop by Hazel Tree Design Studio to see their latest art display, which includes a few o...
08/29/2020

If you are near downtown Akron, stop by Hazel Tree Design Studio to see their latest art display, which includes a few of my collages. I have three pieces there: "Irises in Bloom" 24x36, "Grandma's Window" 16x20, and "Solitude" 24x30.

08/28/2020
Inspiration for the Art "Lone Tree"

I've had people ask to see my first piece. I don't show that one, but here is my 5th one. I'll talk about what I like and what I don't, plus the one feature that influended future collages I made.

I don’t like what was happening with my cow.  I was very “eh” about it.  So I put him in my pile of partially completed ...
08/24/2020

I don’t like what was happening with my cow. I was very “eh” about it. So I put him in my pile of partially completed collages to be reconsider for another day. I’m now trying a Cleveland landscape scene as viewed from Voinovich Park. It’s a challenge because straight lines are not my forte.

08/15/2020
CreativeRise Virtual Art Fest

Here’s our live event. See the comments for links to the specials.

Meet Vicki of Carry Your Message, Vanessa of Gazing Glass Studio and Deborah Shapiro of Deborah Shapiro Art as they describe what they do and offer specials for the weekend. See links to their items in the comments.

Eek!  I accidentally glued my collage to the table and it is stuck.  As I put on the layers of finishes,  they oozed ove...
08/15/2020

Eek! I accidentally glued my collage to the table and it is stuck. As I put on the layers of finishes, they oozed over the sides connecting it to the table. I never had that happen before. I was able to pry it apart with a screwdriver with no damage. I just need to shave off the excess glue on the back edges.

Next up on the easel is a Cow.  I get a lot of requests for farm animals for some reason.  I'm going to do this one in t...
08/12/2020

Next up on the easel is a Cow. I get a lot of requests for farm animals for some reason. I'm going to do this one in the style of my cats with black and white images. I didn't know what color would look good in the background, so I took a photo of the sketch and brought it into photoshop. I then digitally painted it with different colors to see what I like. My husband like the one with the flowers, so that's what I'm working on. I may do the red one too if I find enough black and white pieces.

I may call this one " A Deep Conversation" or "Bird Talk" or "Finches and Daisies".  I shall ponder while I put on the f...
08/10/2020

I may call this one " A Deep Conversation" or "Bird Talk" or "Finches and Daisies". I shall ponder while I put on the finishes and start something new. 12"x36"

08/08/2020
Inspiration behind the Art "Guilty" Magazine Collage

Since I'm not able to do art festivals this year, I thought I would do a series of videos describing what inspiried the specific collage and what to look for in each one. I'll have a new one every week. This week I talk about the inspiration for my Basset Hound collage, "Guilty".

I’ve bought this odd size canvas a few years ago.  It’s 12x36 and would look nice over a doorway.  Now that I have time,...
07/28/2020

I’ve bought this odd size canvas a few years ago. It’s 12x36 and would look nice over a doorway. Now that I have time, I doing something with it. Daisies and finches. I have a lot more flowers to add.

I love to see how people frame my prints.  I think this one looks great.  Great choice in frame and mat.
07/27/2020

I love to see how people frame my prints. I think this one looks great. Great choice in frame and mat.

Someone got a very pretty frame for my print, “Grandma’s Window”. 💕
07/23/2020

Someone got a very pretty frame for my print, “Grandma’s Window”. 💕

Chickens!
07/21/2020

Chickens!

One Click Away!
Artist: Deborah Shapiro Art
Item: "My Thyme" giclee, print size 11x14
Price: $65 plus free shipping. Use promo code FREESHIP.
Link: http://www.deborahshapiroart.com/collections/animals/products/mr-thyme
Description: Colorful rooster collage made from bits of magazines. Printed with archival inks on 100% cotton paper, mounted on an 16x20 mat board. Available in size 8x10 on an 11x14 board too for $45.

Just for fun.  My favorite one is with Danny Devito 😂
07/17/2020

Just for fun. My favorite one is with Danny Devito 😂

This is How Modern Celebrities Would Look in Old Paintings

Credits: designcrowd.fr

CreativeRise Virtual Art Fest
07/14/2020

CreativeRise Virtual Art Fest

One Click Away!
Artist: Deborah Shapiro Art
Item: "Guitar 1" giclee, print size 11x14
Price: $65 plus free shipping. Use promo code FREESHIP.
Link: https://www.deborahshapiroart.com/collections/still-life/products/guitar_i
Description: Guitar collage made from bits of magazines. Background includes names of musicians who have played Les Paul guitars. Printed with archival inks on 100% cotton paper, mounted on an 16x20 mat board. Available in size 8x10 on an 11x14 board too for $45.

What makes me restless?  A clean table and an empty easel.  Must start something new. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, but non...
07/08/2020

What makes me restless? A clean table and an empty easel. Must start something new. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, but none of them are exciting me. Any suggestions?

A new type of virtual show for July on The Towpath page.  One post a day from various artists.  Here’s mine.
07/07/2020

A new type of virtual show for July on The Towpath page. One post a day from various artists. Here’s mine.

One Click Away!
Artist: Deborah Shapiro Art
Item: "Honey Bee" giclee print size 8x10
Price: $45 plus free shipping - Use Promo Code FREESHIP on checkout
Link: https://www.deborahshapiroart.com/collections/animals/products/honey-bee
Description: Honey Bee created from bits of torn and cut magazines pages. Look for the lion in its body. Printed with archival inks on 100% cotton paper mounted on an acid free 11x14 mat board.

Happy Independence Day!  We are having a small cookout during the day.  In the evening, I'll be listening to the neighbo...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day! We are having a small cookout during the day. In the evening, I'll be listening to the neighborhood band that includes my husband and my dentist and plays out of a garage. All from a safe distance of course. I hope you are enjoying the day too. What are your plans?

"Monarchs in Flight"  36x48.Items to look for include cars and clocks for their heads,. images of a tiger, gems, clothin...
07/02/2020

"Monarchs in Flight" 36x48.
Items to look for include cars and clocks for their heads,. images of a tiger, gems, clothing, room scenes and more. The white in the background has phrases pertaining to the migration of Monarchs.

"Monarchs in Flight" 36x48.
Items to look for include cars and clocks for their heads,. images of a tiger, gems, clothing, room scenes and more. The white in the background has phrases pertaining to the migration of Monarchs.

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Akron, OH
44308

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Tuesday 11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 20:00
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A Magazine Collage Artist

Long story short: Was a videographer for 35 years, had a jaw surgery, then woke up as an artist.

Whenever you meet someone new or hear of an event, there is always more to the person or the story than your first impression. Or, as the saying goes, "there's more than meets the eye". You'll find that to be true with my artwork which is created from torn and cut pieces of magazines. No paint is used. My style weaves a sense of realism with the subject and a sense of abstraction in the details. Each reflect my love for animals and the everyday experiences in my middle aged, mid-west, suburban life.

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Hi Deborah! As always, I love seeing what you are working on. Several of my friends have become enchanted with your work as well. Would you consider doing another workshop sometime? Several of us would like to attend...
I was in the Cleveland Airport this week and saw your beautiful artwork!!
Where is your show this Thursday?
Which week are you showing at 2019 Boston Mills?
I saw your artwork at Hale Farm crafters weekend and I fell in love! Such beautiful art and talent!
hello
Your artwork is so beautiful!
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