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Arts & Culture

mapofartsChagrin Falls is home to a vibrant cultural community.  Live theater is offered by the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, the River Street Playhouse and the Performing Arts Academy (located at the high school).  Each year, our village hosts the award winning Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.  The Valley Art Center fills Riverside Park with regional artists for the annual Art by the Falls, in addition to maintaining a full schedule of gallery events at their Bell Street location.

The Chagrin Concert Series and Chagrin Falls Symphony Orchestra bring music from every genre to the area.  Chagrin Arts provides us with a variety of arts programs throughout the year and sponsors Chautauqua-in-Chagrin lecture series each summer.

Our local historical society, The Chagrin Falls Historical Society, offers walking and driving tours of our historic village.  You can also visit their new museum on Washington Street.  The Chagrin Valley Astronomical Club brings the very stars to us with frequent telescope viewing events in the area.

We are also lucky to have a number of independent artists and writers as residents.  We feature one each season.

Spring Featured Artist: Pam Spremulli

Spring Featured Artist Pam Spremulli

We are proud to present this season’s featured artist: Chagrin Falls resident Pam Spremulli.

“Pam must dream in a wildly polychromatic world, for her work is a profusion of color seeping from her heart.”
– Chagrin Valley Magazine 2010/11


Artist Biography

Graphic Illustrator Pam Spremulli, shares her “cheerfully optimistic” view of life in her artwork with striking and colorful images.  If she makes someone happy she has done her job.

Spremulli, accredited by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, is best known for her award-winning (GOLD Mom’s Choice award for distinctive Illustrations) children’s book Letter Birds (PublishingWorks, Inc.) along with her unique interpretations of architectural landmarks from New England to New Orleans. Pam takes familiar images and manipulates color in a way that’s eye catching and engaging. She finds herself very much at home with her subject and instinctively draws the viewers eye to key points that might go unnoticed with more traditional forms of art.

Her artwork has won numerous awards and is privately collected both domestically and internationally.

“The mouse is my brush, the monitor my canvas” is how she describes her technique, “and not to forget a little dab of fun!”

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Winter Featured Artist: Tan Gillespie


Tan has been an artist all her life. She remembers being intrigued as vines, peacocks and leafy trees appeared by magic as her father leant over the paper spread out on the family dining table, and having to wait while he sketched picturesque scenes on their summer holidays in the English countryside. Art was not considered a steady occupation for girls but in the late seventies moving to the USA provided time and opportunity for study. She became totally absorbed and fascinated by color, water and the landscape. Drawing came easily, painting did not. But the challenge was there. When she wanted to paint boats she became a sailor, and she, and husband Pete, spent several winters on their boat in the Caribbean. She loves outdoor life, has a special interest in landscapes. “Ohio may not have mountains, or a dramatic coastline, but it has a quiet beauty, and constantly changing weather, and plenty of wildlife. I believe in painting locally, and though I love painting new places. I’ll never lack for subjects while living in NE Ohio.”

She is a teacher, and exhibits and sells her paintings nationwide.  You may commission a painting or visit her studio at Contact her by email at

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