Steve Shonk: Watercolor Artist, Photographer and Genealogist
About the Artist:
Steve Shonk is a graduate of Fairless HS and attended the University of Akron/Wayne College. He currently resides near Navarre, Ohio, but has spent time in the Cleveland area, as well as San Diego, Boston, Chicago, and parts of Colorado, Utah & Wyoming.Steve entered his first art show in 1980, receiving a Best in Show award for one of his photos. Working with local watercolorists Betty Geib & Tony Esway, he soon discovered a natural affinity for watercolors, and has taken classes & workshops by other well-known artists including Marc Moon, Hal Scroggy, Tom Franta, & Mieze Riedel.
Included in his portfolio of work are 2 book covers – a 1988 History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and a 1998 reprint of Zoar Blue, a fictional novel set in the real town of Zoar, O. during the Civil War. Steve, a descendant of Zoar’s 1st founders, was asked by the author to provide a new cover illustration. Also, one of his many covered bridge photos was requested for inclusion in the book The Covered Bridges of Ohio, by Miriam Wood.
His works have been in numerous regional art shows & exhibits, including the following:
Stark County Artists Exhibition, Massillon; Northeast Ohio Photography Show, Canton; Annual F.L.A.G. May Show, North Canton; Salt Fork Arts Festival, Cambridge; HCC Art Guild Show, McConnellsville; Harvest Festival Art Show, Zoar; and other annual art shows at Rittman, Alliance, & Roscoe Village.
Shonk’s artwork has been on display at 2nd April Galerie in Canton, O; Around the Corner Framing & Gallery in Massillon, O; the Zoar Stitchery in Zoar, O; the Market Street Art Spot in Minerva, O; and most recently, the Bolivar Art Gallery at Bolivar, O. Presently available at the Zoar Stitchery (and Bolivar Gallery) are several of his popular “Sill-sitters” (hand-cut/hand-painted wooden replicas of Zoar buildings, past & present). Other buildings from the area (including Bolivar) are “in the works.”View a small sampling of Steve’s paintings in his Gallery! Click Here. – Contact Steve using the form at the bottom of this page for pricing and to view more of his works! –