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NOIS 2014

Click above for the latest news, pictures, and all the usual Facebook Fun.

Click above for the NOIS Spring Newsletter.

NOIS Social Gatherings

Join your peers on the 4th Wednesday of the Month!

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, June 25
Starts at 6:30 pm
FREE Appetizers

Let's meet, talk shop, review portfolios, and get feedback from your peers on your latest projects in Cleveland's best Brew Pub!

1947 W. 25th Street
in Ohio City

Right Next to
The West Side Market
FREE Parking

23700 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Visit this site often as we make announcements about upcoming events and visiting illustrator talks.


Saturday, June 21
10:00 am

Zoo Sketch Crawl

Bring your sketchbooks and enjoy a relaxing time at the Zoo with us.
We will draw, and then meet at the McDonald's food court for lunch and fellowship at 12:30. After lunch stay and draw as much as you like.
Meet at the zoo entrance at 10:00 a.m. Guests and non-members are welcome to join us!

Zoo admission is $12.25.

RSVP is requested but not required. Email Ron Hill
However, if you are later than 10 minutes you'll have to
find us - try the elephants first!

Click for more Zoo information

© Ron Hill

© Nancy Lick

© George Kocar


Call for Submissions
Eriepro 2015
Promotional Calendar

Eriepro ltd, a graphic and web design company, is planning to produce a full color 2015 promotional calendar. The intention is to distribute it to current clients, prospective clients, and media representatives. The theme of the calendar is “Northcoast Events.” Eriepro will gather Northcoast public programs and events celebrating the diversity and opportunity for entertainment, recreation and education available in Northeast Ohio.

Each month will also feature an illustration by a member of NOIS. Eriepro is asking NOIS full members in good standing to submit 1 - 3 color sketch proposals for a calendar illustration to the NOIS Board, which will forward them to Eriepro.

Submissions must be received by the NOIS Board no later than
June 30, 2014, by email.

Artists whose work is chosen will be notified
by August 31.

Final art must be submitted by October 31.
Electronic files are preferred, but not mandatory.

Contact Eriepro or NOIS for specifications or with questions...

The 2014 Events Calendar is coming together.
Some dates and events so far include...
March 19:
Lindsay Ward Illustrator
April 12:
Cleveland Museum of Art
Van Gogh Repetitions
May 24:
Drawn and Quartered Drawing

May 31:
Sketch Crawl / Speaker
in Ohio City

June 21st:
Zoo Sketch Crawl
Annual NOIS Member Show,
"Recipe for..."
Case Western University,
2215 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, Ohio.
Opening date is Friday October 24, 2014
Clambake Details TBA
Speaker / TBA
This prestigious program at the University of Hartford is the ONLY Low Residency MFA in the country that is dedicated exclusively to Illustration. It is designed for highly motivated professional illustrators looking for an environment where they can experience artistic stimulation and an infusion of new ideas, graphic designer/illustrators looking to enhance their illustration skills, and illustrators seeking to obtain an advanced degree for a career in education.
More Information Here

NOIS began almost 20 years ago as an informal gathering of Cleveland area illustrators who saw the need to communicate with one another regarding the rapidly changing field of illustration. With an equal interest in artistic excellence and smart business practices, the group began inviting various local artists to speak on a variety of topics.

NOIS meetings occur approximately once a month. In general, speaker meetings are open to the public and are FREE. Other meetings are members-only events, and include informal gatherings at local restaurants, museums and members' homes and studios. Attendees are encouraged to bring recent artwork for informal critiques.