Framed On Main is hosting a showing in the main gallery for the recent work of local artist Chris Raab.
Date: July 7, 2018
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Chris Raab was born in 1981 in Cleveland, Ohio. He quickly found himself drawn to art at a very young age. Chris was actually prohibited from having Sharpie markers in school as he would draw on anything that didn’t move and, well, some things that did. As a self-taught artist, Chris has experimented with nearly every medium including: Pen and Ink, Pencil, Spray Paint, Acrylics, Carving, and, well, almost everything except for oils. Chris’s art now primarily focuses on Acrylics on stretched canvas and photography.
“Art is an inkblot. People choose to see what they want to see. Best part being is we all see it differently.” Chris’s artwork is influenced by many things he encounters in everyday life and his previous struggles. He looks for whatever may turn him loose and evoke reaction at any given time. His style is that of many. His artwork is in constant evolution and progression. He is always trying to one up himself in both technique and process. He paints through emotion…consistently trying to let his strokes lead the way through his screaming imagination.
Chris Raab has corporate and private collectors alike. Some of the projects Chris has done include having a painted guitar in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, painting the murals at Smith Field in Ashtabula, publishing a book based on Ashtabula scenery entitled Organized Chaos with proceeds going to a local homeless shelter, being published in a European arts and culture magazine, numerous local installs, solo shows in both Cleveland and Ashtabula galleries, and managing multiple local “artist walls”. Formerly he has chaired The Arts on Bridge Street arts festival, served as Vice President of Lakeshore Artists, and served on the Ashtabula Parks and Recreation Board and the A-Tech Graphic Arts Advisory Board.
He has been recognized by Young Professionals of Ashtabula County in 2017 as “Top 5 Under 45” , received a Resolution from the City of Ashtabula, a Proclamation from the Ashtabula County Commissioners, a Commendation from the House of Representatives John Patterson, a Senatorial Citation from Senator O’ Brien, and a certificate of Congressional Recognition from Dave Joyce. All for his work and dedication to the arts.
Chris is a firm believer in art transforming communities and people. Lastly, Chris’s love and new endeavor is an art based 501(c)3 called “Raabstractive”.
Come join us in a meet and greet with the artist and enjoy an evening with the arts!
Appetizers and refreshments will be offered.