Gary Schlappal

Profile Updated: April 15, 2010
Residing In: Boonsboro, MD USA
Spouse/Partner: Kathleen
Occupation: Artist
Children: Anna - 25, PhD student studying neuroscience at UMD-College Park. Elizabeth - 23, Penn State Graduate.
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Well, this is how it was for me - the learning disability dyslexia and we'll toss in speech impediment on top of that - elementary school (St. MM) was a nightmare (I would pray Sunday nights not to wake up Monday mornings). Jr. High, the same exact thing except I could take art. High school was better, there were some very good, thoughtful educators. Inevitably, I loved undergrad and grad school. Then years later when I was a professor at The School of Art of Chicago all the students and all the faculty - we were all the same. For the first time I felt "at home". Ironically my wife is a HS principal and I still feel very uncomfortable entering the building.
My favorite teacher back at North High was Mr. Danato - Through him I was first exposed to poetry and the short story. I found these so very engaging and interesting - but I didn't think anyone knew. At the final week of classes at North I recieved an award - for English - to this day my favorite award.
And the sports thing - well it was fun and challenging - but gee I just wanted friends, I wanted people to like me. I didn't want to let the fellas on the team down, the coaches, the school, and most importantly my Mom and Dad. And not on a team but I've been doing it almost every day since - running, biking, hiking, working out. I like to sweat.
Of course it was high school so there were many things to laugh over - my favorite - the senior year talent show. Diane Bidelman dancing to Hendrix's "Fire" (with a strobe light). Jack Wagner enters the auditorium with a bag of water balloons and proceeds to throw the balloons at Diane - now this is a visual thing with the strobe light breaking the image of the balloons in space and Diane wearing go-go boots not missing a beat continues to dance as the balloons break around her.
And I'll end with this - what I most remembered and appreciated were my classmates. There were so many of you who were kind and understanding to me and that can be very difficult for a 17-18 year old - but that's what I remember and most value.

Note: I won't be attending the reunion but I will be attending the football game on Friday.

To everyone that emails me, sorry it's taking so long to get back to you, no disrespect but I haven't been able to get back to you.

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May 10, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Posted on: May 07, 2020 at 11:48 AM

Congratulations Gary on being inducted into the
Eastlake North High Sports Hall of Fame. What an honor!

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Mar 15, 2020 at 12:33 PM

.. not remotely being a - social person ... Dick Hoban captured my admiration , respect and envy with his seemingly natural grace of navigating through the various groups in school with class ... he was the ' golden boy '.    I did track him down a few years ago and  showed up at his door - I had something I wanted to return to him ... we spoke for a few moments .. ..his voice and mannerisms were the same ....but, He will forever be frozen in my memories as that vastly gifted young man I met in high school . 

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Sep 18, 2019 at 3:25 PM

I showed my artist granddaughter (taking a minor in graphic art at ASU) some of your work. She thought you are brilliant and loved the bowls. Wanted to share that with you.

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Aug 17, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Sad & very surprised to see this ....Diane and I had  corresponded over these last 10 years ... we both took art in HS ...and I would  occasionally send her books , articles, etc . Like many creative people she had a  rye sense of melancholy about her that was reflected in her writings and art . ....  farewell my friend 

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Dec 09, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Thanks for the comment Dennis,.......I ve been at it for many decades now....pretty much all day ,every day ...then I take the work to a gallery or other...and it s gone .....I don't offen have a chance hear people s comments ...so , thanks, it was a nice surprise. .......yes, that also reminds me ...I have to change the images & up date my profile . Regards, Gary

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I had to show this. Last December I had both total knee replacements. Here they are a few days after - swelled about twice their size ( it was almost pain free - getting those damn staples out was the worst part). I did get a get well phone call from Jim Tressel (OSU) - He was in my wife's office.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Last month - the family was down in the Florida Keys at the La-Te-Da Club - with our new "BFF" - Randy the drag queen.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
With my two labs - we live at the bottom of South Mountain (Appalachian Trail) and I take them for a hike everyday.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
And you have to be a little curious about the art - studio shot with works in progress.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Mixed media wall pieces from an exhibition I had last year. For those in the Cleveland area the Cleveland Museum of Art has one of my ceramic pieces in their collection (1986) but I think they need some of my new wall pieces.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM
-about 16' long ( It Was A Dark and Stormy Night)
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-detail; clay, photo, metal, wood, etc.
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-free standing ceramic form
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-detail
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-detail; large ceramic bowl