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Cain Park Arts Festival Artist: Keith Culley

Cleveland Heights Patch profiles some of the artists at this year's festival.

The will feature the work of 150 artists, and Cleveland Heights Patch has selected a few to tell you about. We'll provide a brief profile of one artist each day leading up to and during the event.

Keith Culley says his stainless steel pendants and earrings are simple and practical.

The mostly square and rectangular pieces aren't embellished with gems or designs, but it's obvious that Culley took careful consideration when arranging and creating the shapes.

Culley grew up in a farm in rural Ohio, and he said the experience influenced his preference for a simple, ordered look rather than a busy, complex one.

"...simplicity and efficiency were part of daily life, as was the application of form following function. I was raised to appreciate the beauty of simple things and expected to produce well-made work that could in turn be appreciated by others," Culley, who lives in Springfield, OH, wrote on his website. "Indeed, farmers I knew took pride in having the straightest rows of corn or making a geometrically perfect gate."

The Arts Festival runs Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15. Admission is free Friday and $5 per day Saturday and Sunday for attendees 13 years old and up. Children 12 and under are free all weekend. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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