My Life Working with Zygote

Zygote-spoony fresh camp 2016

I am Charles Spooney with The Refresh Collective. I am a 19 year old screen printer from East Cleveland. I first met the crew at Zygote Press because of our amazing partnership with them. They have been instrumental in our process of beginning our youth led printing program, “Fresh Gear”, A program that I now run with my partners Dee Jay Doc and Lee Harrill.

One of my passions is working with people and children to uplift the community using art and music.  That’s why it has been a perfect fit for us to partner with Zygote! They have shown the exact same passion for our Cleveland community.

I love working with Liz and Rebekah at Zygote, as they have been a huge part of my success in learning how to become a screen printer. Through the process of learning from them, they have gone from teachers to friends, and now, we feel like family.

I personally love being at Zygote Press.  They have a beautiful set up in a beautiful building, filled with beautiful people. When I am there, I am inspired to create because I am surrounded by Art.  When I was just beginning to learn how to print, I was outside of my comfort zone.  While working at Zygote Press, surrounded by other artists, my point of view on comfort zones has changed.  I learned that even professional printers struggle to create their art at times, and that there is beauty in that struggle.


Zygote Press

1410 East 30th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Free-Style Exhibition Opening, curated by Liz Maugans. This exhibition brings together nine regional artists who work between abstraction and representation. May 12,- June 24.

Rooms To Let: Zygote offers hands-on print activity 1-5 pm May 20 & 21 at Rooms to Let, Slavic Village

MONOTHON: 24 hours of extreme printing by local artists, 10 am June  17 through 10 am June 18. Print Party and Mono-sale benefit 6-10 pm June 17

Waterloo Arts Fest, Ink House Open House and art activity: noon – 7 pm June 24,  at 433 East 156th Street, Cleveland

Rasmusson artist Michael Conti Residency Exchange Exhibition: July 7-28. Artist talk 10 am – noon June 10

ZPASS Residency Artist Talk with Jordan McQuaid. 10 am – noon August 5