Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival

  The 19th Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival returns to Lincoln Park—Starkweather and West 14th Street— on Saturday, September 16th—11 am—6 pm and Sunday, September 17th—Noon—5 pm. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the cultural and artistic diversity of Tremont and Greater Cleveland by encouraging the artistic and cultural endeavors of its visual and performing artists.
  The weekend Festival is comprised of four categories or program areas which include:  Children’s—hands-on arts and educational projects; Community—area non-profit organizations are joined by independent and locally owned businesses and Tremont Farmers’ Market vendors; Cultural—food sales by  Tremont and regional restaurants, churches, and other organizations,  reflecting the ethnic diversity of the Northeast Ohio; and Artist—sales of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and photographs by Tremont and Northeast Ohio artists. Sixty-seven juried artists are eligible for consideration by the jurors for the Festival’s top three prizes.
  The Jurors include: Dana Depew, John Farina, and Angelica Pozo. Dana, John, and Angelica, bring a number of years of arts experience in a variety of media.
  Dana L. Depew, grew up in a large family on a farm in rural Medina, Ohio. At an early age, he was fascinated by the intricacies of how things worked. He began taking things apart and attempted to put them back together for curiosity’s sake. Dana was formally educated in the arts at Kent State University with a concentration in sculpture.  His current work focuses heavily on the usage of found objects and resurrecting discarded materials into wholly new vibrant works. Dana opened Asterisk Gallery in Tremont in 2001. For ten years (the Gallery closed in late 2010), Asterisk was as an exhibition space that gave much needed opportunities to emerging regional artists.  As well as exhibiting his work in exhibitions nationally, Dana is tireless in promoting the arts by curating exhibitions, judging art competitions and serving on the board of directors of several arts and cultural organizations.

John Farina, a Long Island, New York native, came to Cleveland in 1991 and now resides in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland with his husband, Adam Tully.  John and Adam are co-owners of Maria Neil Art Project, a commercial art gallery specializing in emerging and established Cleveland artists. John also chairs the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District Merchants Association (the arts district where the gallery is located).Currently,  John is the Executive Director of ARTneo, the museum of Northeast Ohio art leading the 30 year old organization through a relocation and revitalization. Farina has served in leadership positions for several social service and arts organizations including SPACES, ARTneo, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Beck Center for the Arts. He has managed successful levy campaigns for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In 2014, he was the co-chair of the highly successful six day Festival Village for Gay Games 9 and is an active participant in many area organizations including the Print Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland International Film Festival. . In 2015, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland honored Farina with the ‘ArtCares Icon’ award for his commitment to the HIV/AIDS and arts communities.
Angelica Pozo, a New York City native, born of Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, has lived in Cleveland since 1984.  She moved here from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.  Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from SUNY College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. A full time self-employed ceramic artist, Angelica divides her time between public art, tile and sculptural studio work, teaching workshops on tile making and architectural ceramics and often serves as an artist-in-residence on large tile/mosaic projects in school and community settings. Recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship, she is in the permanent collection of Museum of Art & Design and private collection of Lebron James. She is the author of “Making & Installing Handmade Tile,” which was published in the spring of 2005, by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishers. Her most recent book, “Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes and Firings,” was published in August, 2010. Angelic has led many artist residencies involving large ceramic tile/mosaic projects, primarily Arts-in-Education programs.  24 of these projects have been through the Ohio Arts Council.  She led neighborhood residents in the beautiful Tremont/Duck Island history mosaic wall in Lincoln Park.  Examples of her work, which has been exhibited widely, can be seen on her website,

  Returning this year is a Beer & Wine Garden with music and dance performances on both Saturday and Sunday on a main stage near located at W. 14th Street & Howard Avenue. The Beer & Wine Garden featuring craft beers from The Brew Kettle Beverage Distributors and red, white & fizz wines of ManCan, Ohio City. Sound and Stage Manager is Dennis McNulty of Slate Grey Services. Slate Grey has participated each and every year of the Festival!
  Also returning for a second year is “Let’s Dance! Music and Dance From Around the World”. This special program and dance stage (located in the Children’s & Youth Village southeast of the Gazebo Square) is sponsored by the E. John Busser Ballet Scholarship, Tremont Trek Home Tour and Neighborhood Connections. Britton Roberts returns to provide Sound & Stage management of the Dance Stage. In addition to providing a unique opportunity for children, youth, and their families to attend live dance performances and to participate in dance workshops, all patrons will be exposed to the rich ethnic and cultural heritage of the many neighborhoods and communities that make up the Greater Cleveland area.
  For a list of performers at both the Beer & Wine Garden Main Stage and the “Let’s Dance!” Stage, check out the Festival website at
  Returning for a sixth year is Merrick House’s “Dollar Diner,” a healthy restaurant booth sponsored by ArcelorMittal.  As part of Merrick House’s Healthy Living Initiative, they have partnered with Molina Healthcare to create a healthy menu of items that the Merrick House youth program will help serve.
 In their seventh year with the Festival are the vendors of the Tremont Farmers’ Market village.  Admission to the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival is free. The Festival is presented by Merrick House, Tremont West Development Corp., and Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack. The Festival is sponsored by the contributions of the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Media sponsor is WKSU—89.7. Additional support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Neighborhood Connections, Ohio Savings Bank, Tremont Trek Home Tour, the Tremont Farmers’ Market, Walkabout Tremont, Cleveland Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, Horton Harper Architects, the E. John Busser Ballet Scholarship Fund, and Integrity Realty.
  Sponsors of Merrick House programming include “Dollar Diner” Healthy Restaurant sponsor ArcelorMittal.
  Our thanks to Chris Blue, our Graphics & Logistical Coordinator, our Jurors, Dennis McNulty and Slate Grey, Britton Roberts, Merrick House’s Healthy Living initiative, all our presenting, media, programming, and co-sponsors!
  For questions and information contact Festival Manager, Scott Rosenstein, at 216.575.0920 ext 106, or
  For a listing of participating artists, community, and cultural vendors and performing artists, please check out our website at: We’re also on Facebook at