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

I’m a cover girl!  My collage of apples made the cover of a publication in Canada, The Jewish Independent, for Rosh Hash...
09/19/2021

I’m a cover girl! My collage of apples made the cover of a publication in Canada, The Jewish Independent, for Rosh Hashanah. 😊 Thank you Jewish Independent

A few fun details on the peacock:  His eye is made up of an image of a sofa's leather rolled arm surrounded by pebbles. ...
09/18/2021

A few fun details on the peacock: His eye is made up of an image of a sofa's leather rolled arm surrounded by pebbles. You will also find lizard skin and sequins. His beak is made up of watch gears. The neck has denim clothing and a blue brick wall. The fun part of making these collages is finding interesting images.

I've sold a few originals over the past month and I love to see where they ultimately live.  Here's the peacock in an of...
09/15/2021

I've sold a few originals over the past month and I love to see where they ultimately live. Here's the peacock in an office. It looks wonderful with the blue wall in the room. It really pops. The new owner says it makes her happy to come to work and see them everyday. That makes me happy to hear that. The horses are prints.

I've sold a few originals over the past month and I love to see where they ultimately live. Here's the peacock in an office. It looks wonderful with the blue wall in the room. It really pops. The new owner says it makes her happy to come to work and see them everyday. That makes me happy to hear that. The horses are prints.

09/12/2021
Kent Art in the Park 2021

10 minutes until the last day of Kent Art in the Park opens. I’m under an oak tree and my tent is getting bombarded with acorns. Makes me jump each time one hits it. Come see me in booth 41.

I’ll be at Kent Art in the Park this weekend.  Look for me in booth 41.
09/10/2021

I’ll be at Kent Art in the Park this weekend. Look for me in booth 41.

Art in the Park is bringing you a full weekend of live music! Can't choose between Saturday or Sunday? Join us for both days! 😉

Visit for more details: http://kentparksandrec.com/annual-events/art-in-the-park

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Made in Ohio at Hale Farm this past weekend!  And to @odditiesinuppsychling for t...
09/07/2021

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Made in Ohio at Hale Farm this past weekend! And to @odditiesinuppsychling for taking my photo too.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Made in Ohio at Hale Farm this past weekend! And to @odditiesinuppsychling for taking my photo too.

Renee Flynn, the Made in Ohio Festival producer, featured my Rock Hall collage the on Fox 8 morning show along with prod...
09/04/2021
Made In Ohio Festival showcases handmade arts and crafts at Hale Farm and Village

Renee Flynn, the Made in Ohio Festival producer, featured my Rock Hall collage the on Fox 8 morning show along with products from a few other vendors. It’s about 4 minutes in. Someone stoop by my booth yesterday and said he watched it n his 60” TV. When they showed a close up, he said it was very cool to see it so large. That would be fun to see.

Over 150 Ohio artists and craftspeople will be set up at historic Hale Farm and Village Labor Day weekend selling their handmade products. It's the Made in Ohio Festival and Fox 8's Natalie Herbick learned more about it from the woman who created it Renee Flynn. www.MadeinOhioFestival.com

Looks like the weather will be perfect this weekend!  Come on out to Made in Ohio at Hale Farm, I’m in booth 29.  It sta...
09/03/2021

Looks like the weather will be perfect this weekend! Come on out to Made in Ohio at Hale Farm, I’m in booth 29. It starts today and goes through Sunday.

Looks like the weather will be perfect this weekend! Come on out to Made in Ohio at Hale Farm, I’m in booth 29. It starts today and goes through Sunday.

08/26/2021
Cat art made from magazines and then altered digitally

I'm playing around with photoshop. I took my original cat collage and made several changes in photoshop which include blue eyes and lots of computer and crypto currency images. I was inspired by the Ben Franklin image in the original cat and everything I'm reading about NFTs and crypto currency, something I'm not very comfortable with at the moment. It's a little hard to see the changes in the video, but there are lots of them.

Another one of those that I say, "I think I'm done".  I can always keep adding flowers and bees.  I'll let it sit for a ...
08/23/2021

Another one of those that I say, "I think I'm done". I can always keep adding flowers and bees. I'll let it sit for a few days before I start to add the finishes. This is similar to a long one I did and I decided to keep that one. I had this odd size canvas sitting against a wall and thought I would the same thing, but added a bunch of bees. I'm calling it "Birds and Bees". 15"x30"

Another one of those that I say, "I think I'm done". I can always keep adding flowers and bees. I'll let it sit for a few days before I start to add the finishes. This is similar to a long one I did and I decided to keep that one. I had this odd size canvas sitting against a wall and thought I would the same thing, but added a bunch of bees. I'm calling it "Birds and Bees". 15"x30"

You can find a few of my prints at Uncommon Art in Hudson.🌻
08/21/2021

You can find a few of my prints at Uncommon Art in Hudson.🌻

So many beautiful summer days left, which means lots of opportunities yet for entertaining!

In addition to gorgeous wall art, our collection holds sparkling glass candle holders, serving trays and platters, wine bottle stoppers, and vases for your freshest flowers!

Candle holders by Carol Cross, ceramics by Elements Studios, wood serving pieces by George Raeder, and collage art by Deborah Shapiro!

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#neoartist
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#ceramics
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#uncommonart #art #artshop

Every time I start a collage, I tell myself to keep it simple.  Then, I go ahead and torture myself with tiny pieces.  F...
08/18/2021

Every time I start a collage, I tell myself to keep it simple. Then, I go ahead and torture myself with tiny pieces. For this one, I’m making several bees with magazine and tissue paper that include antennas about the size of an eyelash. I have to make twice as many because the pieces fall to the ground, never to be seen again, before I can place it on my collage.

Every time I start a collage, I tell myself to keep it simple. Then, I go ahead and torture myself with tiny pieces. For this one, I’m making several bees with magazine and tissue paper that include antennas about the size of an eyelash. I have to make twice as many because the pieces fall to the ground, never to be seen again, before I can place it on my collage.

Sold - The original of "Cinnamon" trotted his way to his new home yesterday.  Happy Trails!#originalart #collageart #pap...
08/14/2021

Sold - The original of "Cinnamon" trotted his way to his new home yesterday. Happy Trails!

#originalart #collageart #paperart #magazinecollage #akronartist #horseart #equestrian

Sold - The original of "Cinnamon" trotted his way to his new home yesterday. Happy Trails!

#originalart #collageart #paperart #magazinecollage #akronartist #horseart #equestrian

I have something different this Sunday.  I’ll have a booth at a Lavender farm in Orrville.  I understand the event was c...
07/15/2021

I have something different this Sunday. I’ll have a booth at a Lavender farm in Orrville. I understand the event was canceled last week due to rain. They don’t want people walking through the fields if it’s mushy. I’ll update you if things change, but right now, it’s a go. Here s their website for the address and more info. https://lavendertrails.com/events/

I have something different this Sunday. I’ll have a booth at a Lavender farm in Orrville. I understand the event was canceled last week due to rain. They don’t want people walking through the fields if it’s mushy. I’ll update you if things change, but right now, it’s a go. Here s their website for the address and more info. https://lavendertrails.com/events/

Here's another original I sold this past weekend at Cain Park Art Festival.  It's the first time I had it on display. I ...
07/14/2021

Here's another original I sold this past weekend at Cain Park Art Festival. It's the first time I had it on display. I probably should do more city scenes, but buildings are tough for me. All the windows and lines have to be cut perfectly and line up otherwise it looks wonky. I much prefer to rip and paste. If you are not from the Cleveland area, this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, looking at it from the lake. I left out all the docks in front of it so I can show reflections in the water, so I guess I can say this is my artistic interpretation of it.
#rockhall #cleveland #collageart #cutandpaste #paperart #clevelandrockhalloffame

Here's another original I sold this past weekend at Cain Park Art Festival. It's the first time I had it on display. I probably should do more city scenes, but buildings are tough for me. All the windows and lines have to be cut perfectly and line up otherwise it looks wonky. I much prefer to rip and paste. If you are not from the Cleveland area, this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, looking at it from the lake. I left out all the docks in front of it so I can show reflections in the water, so I guess I can say this is my artistic interpretation of it.
#rockhall #cleveland #collageart #cutandpaste #paperart #clevelandrockhalloffame

07/13/2021

I’ll have a booth at Hardesty Park this year! My first time as a vendor, but I’ve attended many, many times. It’s usually really hot. Let’s hope for good weather.

Sold my beautiful finches collage titled, "Early Morning" this weekend at Cain Park Art Fest.  I hear it is going in the...
07/12/2021

Sold my beautiful finches collage titled, "Early Morning" this weekend at Cain Park Art Fest. I hear it is going in their kitchen. Thank you to the couple who purchased it.🙂

Sold my beautiful finches collage titled, "Early Morning" this weekend at Cain Park Art Fest. I hear it is going in their kitchen. Thank you to the couple who purchased it.🙂

Yesterday was awesome.  Today...Rain. ☹️ I greatly appreciate the brave souls with umbrellas who are showing up.    My s...
07/11/2021

Yesterday was awesome. Today...Rain. ☹️ I greatly appreciate the brave souls with umbrellas who are showing up. My snow brush is handy. It’s keeping the rain from puddling on the roof of my tent. The other corners are fine for now. I just need to keep an eye on it.

Phew.  I remember how to set up my tent.  Cain Park opens up in five minutes.  The weather is cool and perfect to walk a...
07/09/2021

Phew. I remember how to set up my tent. Cain Park opens up in five minutes. The weather is cool and perfect to walk around. I hope to see you.

Phew. I remember how to set up my tent. Cain Park opens up in five minutes. The weather is cool and perfect to walk around. I hope to see you.

Loading up the car for my first art festival in a year and a half.  While I’m excited to show new pieces, I have a naggi...
07/08/2021

Loading up the car for my first art festival in a year and a half. While I’m excited to show new pieces, I have a nagging voice in my head. How do I set up my tent again? Do I have everything? What will I wear? What if someone starts coughing on my art? I won’t sleep tonight, but I know I’ll be fine once I get there. Cain Park Art Festival in Cleveland Hts. July 9-11.

Loading up the car for my first art festival in a year and a half. While I’m excited to show new pieces, I have a nagging voice in my head. How do I set up my tent again? Do I have everything? What will I wear? What if someone starts coughing on my art? I won’t sleep tonight, but I know I’ll be fine once I get there. Cain Park Art Festival in Cleveland Hts. July 9-11.

07/01/2021
Collage artwork pieces

I know it’s fun to find images in my artwork, but sometimes you just see a pattern or color and you don’t know what it is. When I look at my collages, I know pretty much where everything came from. For instance, I need some blue in this area and JLo’s dress was perfect.

Stop by Uncommon Art in Hudson on Main Street.  Besides my art, there is wonderful jewelry, art from a variety of artist...
06/28/2021

Stop by Uncommon Art in Hudson on Main Street. Besides my art, there is wonderful jewelry, art from a variety of artists, and lots of cool, artsy items.

I have an unusual two days.  A videographer is doing a mini documentary on me for a Turkish TV show.   We got a lot of o...
06/25/2021

I have an unusual two days. A videographer is doing a mini documentary on me for a Turkish TV show. We got a lot of outdoor shots today to give the Turkish audience an idea of the area. A big thank you to Karen and Dana of Uncommon Art in Hudson for letting us invade your space.

I've been getting a few emails about local art festivals.  If you would like to see where I'll be this summer, here's a ...
06/24/2021
Art Show Festivals and Gallery Events for Ohio Artist Deborah Shapiro

I've been getting a few emails about local art festivals. If you would like to see where I'll be this summer, here's a link to my events. The last one I did was at the Home and Garden show in January of 2020. It's been so long, I can't wait to see everyone again. https://www.deborahshapiroart.com/pages/events

2021 Art Festivals and Gallery Exhibitions in Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Made in Ohio Festival, Cain Park, Lakewood, Medina and Kirtland. See original collages by Akron collage artist Deborah Shapiro

I’m framing the large prints I had at the airport to take with me to this summer art festivals.  Although, I do like the...
06/13/2021

I’m framing the large prints I had at the airport to take with me to this summer art festivals. Although, I do like them on my wall. The dog likes them too. They are larger than the originals and you can really see all the details.

I’m framing the large prints I had at the airport to take with me to this summer art festivals. Although, I do like them on my wall. The dog likes them too. They are larger than the originals and you can really see all the details.

One of my originals at Uncommon Art in Hudson.😊
06/12/2021

One of my originals at Uncommon Art in Hudson.😊

Rock on, Rock Lobster!

Apparently, even the mouse is a fan of the B-52's. Who knew?!

Artwork by Deborah Shapiro.

I think my Rooster needs a girlfriend.  Just like Frankenstein, I shall create her from bits and pieces.                ...
06/11/2021

I think my Rooster needs a girlfriend. Just like Frankenstein, I shall create her from bits and pieces. #cutandpaste #collageartwork #paperpainting #chickens #roosterart #hen

I think my Rooster needs a girlfriend. Just like Frankenstein, I shall create her from bits and pieces. #cutandpaste #collageartwork #paperpainting #chickens #roosterart #hen

05/30/2021
Rough Collie Collage Art

I finally finished my Advanced Class on collage art that I've been working on over the past month. I submitted to Udemy yesterday and it went live last night. I thought it would take a few days. I'm still working on the closed captions, so bear with me if you sign up. When it went live, a special intro price was attached until 3 pm (weird time?) on June 3rd. If you are interested in taking it, I don't want you to miss out on the special. It's on Pet Portraits, but I do into detail about how different styles will impact the final collage. You can watch a couple free previews of the course here: https://www.udemy.com/course/mixed-media-advanced-class-of-magazine-paper-collage-pet-portraits/?couponCode=NEWCOURSE

I was honored with a Jurors Award at the Gallery of Lakeland's May Show.  This piece is titled "Monarchs in Flight" and ...
05/21/2021

I was honored with a Jurors Award at the Gallery of Lakeland's May Show. This piece is titled "Monarchs in Flight" and is 36"x48". If you have the chance, visit the show and see lots of wonderful art. It runs through July 9th at the Gallery of Lakeland, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH.

I was honored with a Jurors Award at the Gallery of Lakeland's May Show. This piece is titled "Monarchs in Flight" and is 36"x48". If you have the chance, visit the show and see lots of wonderful art. It runs through July 9th at the Gallery of Lakeland, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH.

I’ve been busy creating an Advanced Class on animal/pet portraits and used my dog as an example.  I expect people to mak...
05/19/2021

I’ve been busy creating an Advanced Class on animal/pet portraits and used my dog as an example. I expect people to make a collage of their own pet or animal. Being in front of the camera is a challenge for me. I can’t tell you how many takes it took me to record this. I’m in the editing process and almost done. It should be ready in a week or two.

I’ve been busy creating an Advanced Class on animal/pet portraits and used my dog as an example. I expect people to make a collage of their own pet or animal. Being in front of the camera is a challenge for me. I can’t tell you how many takes it took me to record this. I’m in the editing process and almost done. It should be ready in a week or two.

Paper artists are everywhere!
04/17/2021
Wasp Colony Given Colored Construction Paper Builds an Amazing Rainbow Nest

Paper artists are everywhere!

Biology student Mattia Menchetti performed an experiment on a colony of European paper wasps which yielded some very colorful results. Paper wasps are known for their water-resistant nests constructed out of fibers of dead wood and plant stems which have been chewed into a pulp and mixed with saliva...

Another one to set aside and pick up later.  I’ve been doing that a lot this past year. It’s hard for me to stay focused...
04/06/2021

Another one to set aside and pick up later. I’ve been doing that a lot this past year. It’s hard for me to stay focused. I’ve been working on this collage as I’ve been working on my taxes. That will distract anyone.

I don’t like the bird on the right. It’s supposed to be a white throated sparrow. He looks more like a partridge. I’ll rip him off and try again. The white silhouette is just for me to block out the other bird. It needs more flowers too.

In the meantime, I’m going to start to record an advance online class on using images in an animal or pet portrait. My husband is a cameraman for the Cleveland Indians and he’s back to work. I get too self conscious when I record myself, knowing a video professional is listening. I’ll be starting that tomorrow and using my own dog as the subject.

Another one to set aside and pick up later. I’ve been doing that a lot this past year. It’s hard for me to stay focused. I’ve been working on this collage as I’ve been working on my taxes. That will distract anyone.

I don’t like the bird on the right. It’s supposed to be a white throated sparrow. He looks more like a partridge. I’ll rip him off and try again. The white silhouette is just for me to block out the other bird. It needs more flowers too.

In the meantime, I’m going to start to record an advance online class on using images in an animal or pet portrait. My husband is a cameraman for the Cleveland Indians and he’s back to work. I get too self conscious when I record myself, knowing a video professional is listening. I’ll be starting that tomorrow and using my own dog as the subject.

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Friday 11am - 8pm
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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!
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Your artwork is so beautiful!
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