One of the Chagrin Valley’s most anticipated gatherings has been canceled. Art by the Falls, traditionally the summer arts kick-off event in Northeast Ohio, was called off by the Valley Art Center board due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The uncertainty of when the state will lift its stay-at-home order and when crowds larger than six people will be allowed to gather left the board with no other safe choice.

For 37 years, painters, potters, jewelry makers and other artists have offered their spectacular and unique creations in Riverside Park in downtown Chagrin Falls. The event typically attracts more than 120 artists from across the nation who share their best works with upward of 15,000 art patrons from this region. The park has been a perfect backdrop for the casual encounters between art lovers and artists.

The outdoor format has allowed visitors to come face-to-face with the people who created the pieces on display, to get to know them and the motivations behind their work.

Art by the Falls also became a major revenue source for the nonprofit Valley Art Center that has a local gallery and offers lessons to area residents.

We are excited at the prospect of VAC’s ARTLIVES starting next month. This digital initiative will offer online classes, gallery tours and a marketplace. We are confident that Art by the Falls will be back next summer. Until then, we urge residents to support this and other groups because art makes our lives so much richer.

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