Art Comes Alive – Art Design Consultants


Art Comes Alive

Posted on 01 June 2012

In two weeks, the entire Art Comes Alive 2012 fine arts competition comes to its increasingly anticipated culmination for The Opening Nights Award Ceremony on Friday, June 15! This grand event will showcase 140 pieces of artwork—selected from the 1220 pieces entered into the competition— that were chosen by the ACA Jurors as the best representation of artwork with a variety of mediums, styles, and techniques. We will also be announcing the category winners and award select artists with $15,500 in purchase awards!

This exhibit lacks anything but heart—these hardworking and talented artists create with such passion; driven by their love of the arts and the wonderful support of their family and friends.  I have had the privilege of getting to know them via phone calls and emails and am beyond excited to finally meet them in person at the big event! Don’t want to miss the big event!? Opening night sells out fast, so get your ticket today at


Our Sponsors

To all our amazing sponsors a wholehearted ‘thank you’ for making this event happen. Art Comes Alive 2012 would not have been possible without your support.  

About Anne Lisbin

Our Presenting Sponsor, Anne Lisbin of Elegant Fare, not only volunteered to cater the event, but also put forth $5,000 in purchase awards… Anne Lisbin founded Elegant Fare over 25 years ago. She represents the entrepreneurial spirit of women across America. Trained as a teacher at Douglas College, she went on to become a stay-at-home mom. When opportunity presented itself, she entered the workforce and began the home-delivery service of Elegant Fare. Since then, Anne’s steady leadership has guided Elegant Fare into the region’s finest corporate and social caterer with an unparalleled reputation for creating modern events out of timeless values.

Elegant Fare has been named “Best Caterer” six times by Cincinnati Magazine Reader’s Poll, received a “Best Kept Secret” award from Cincinnati Magazine for our catering work with The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Museum Café, and was touted in 2000 by the magazine for “setting the gold standard” in Cincinnati as its “Best Black Tie Caterer.”

Today, Elegant Fare is known for orchestrating catered events that deliver a modern, worry-free experience and timeless values – delicious food, impeccable service, and artistic presentation.  

About Burke, Inc.

“We are pleased to be a corporate sponsor of such an exciting arts competition.  For the past couple of years, as we’ve expanded into our new corporate headquarters, we’ve really come to appreciate original art and its impact in the workplace. It creates a great atmosphere for our employees, clients and vendors.  We are looking forward to selecting additional artwork from the artists participating in ACA, Art Comes Alive, to grace more of our public spaces and we’re excited to present artists with $2500 in purchase awards on June 15th.” —Jeff Miller, CEO Burke, Inc  

About Mike Story

Mike Story is a huge supporter of various art venues in Cincinnati and thoroughly enjoys collecting artwork and has generously put for $2,500 in purchase awards!  

About Eric Smith

Eric Smith, CEO of Artexpo will be awarding one lucky artist with a SOLO booth at Artexpo Fall in Chicago, Illinois valued at $2,550. Artexpo is the world’s largest fine art trade show, providing dealers, collectors and buyers with access to thousands of innovative works from artists and publishers in one single venue. Over its 34-year history, Artexpo has hosted many of the world’s most renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indian, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman.

And that’s not all! Rick Barnett, Managing Director of Artexpo Studios will be awarding an artist membership -a $220 value- with their company, dedicated to marketing, selling, and exposing your artwork to large target audiences so you can spend more time in the studio!  

About Larson-Juhl

Larson-Juhl, leading moulding manufacturer, has been making beautiful custom framing materials for well over 100 years. This company, dedicated to pleasing the customer and providing classic and current designs, will be giving awarding a select artist with a $1,000 framing gift certificate!


About Lisa & Rich Bohne

Lisa & Rich Bohne are a wonderful couple I had the privilege of helping find artwork for their beautiful home a few years ago. They are extreme supporters of the arts and collectors themselves. They love bold and bright colors that liven up a space and create an energetic atmosphere and will be awarding $1,000 in purchase awards.  

About Dave Cawdrey

David feels the way many art lovers do, “I just wish I had more walls...” David Cawdrey, Owner of Cawdrey Commercial Real Estate LLC, has spent years collecting both traditional and contemporary artwork. He used to chair art shows with the University Art Club, where they would highlight young, up and coming artists. Cawdrey Commercial Real Estate has 20 plus years of experience with office and industrial properties, with tenant and landlord representation. For more information David can be reached via email at  

About The Asset Advisory Group

Chris Carleton, Owner of The Asset Advisory Group, Inc, has been a consistent supporter of the arts.

The company's mission is to provide financial guidance to enhance the well-being of individuals and families.  Through careful financial planning and disciplined investment management, they help their clients achieve their financial objectives and reduce the stress of uncertainty.  

Again, thank you to all our sponsors and we look forward to seeing you all at the Opening Night Awards Ceremony!

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Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.




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