In the Details, at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

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The fall exhibition season at the Artists Archives opens with In the Details, a group textile show curated by independent curator and Lakeland Community College gallery coordinator Mary Urbas. The exhibition showcases the work of Libby Chaney, Juli Edberg, Sandy Miller, Jessica Pinsky, Gayle Vickery Pritchard, Susan Shie, Deborah Silver, Lilian Tyrrell, Evelyn Ward and Jennifer Whitten. This will be the second exhibition curated by Urbas for the Archives, and promises a wide range of subject matter and styles which will stretch the viewer’s conceptions of what constitutes a piece of “textile art.”


Of note is the inclusion of Lilian Tyrrell and Susan Shie. Shie is an internationally recognized Ohio artist. Embodied within the copious writing that is part of her signature quilting style are social and political justice statements based on her personal life experiences, both good and bad. Lilian Tyrrell’s large-scale tapestries also portray sociopolitical commentary that is as relevant today as it was when the work was created. In the Details, along with a simultaneous solo show at the Sculpture Center, will mark the first reappearance of her work locally, following her death in 2007. A campus-wide opening reception focusing on fiber works will be held on Friday, September 15, 5:30-8:00pm at both the AAWR Gallery and The Sculpture Center. The Davis Sculpture Gallery and Sculpture Courtyard will also be open for viewing at this time.

PhotoNow 2017, the AAWR biennial photography exhibition held at the Tri-C East campus, also opens in September. Cash awards will be announced during the opening reception. Once again AAWR strives to introduce the work of Ohio artists to professionals outside of the region by soliciting their services in the selection of works for this exhibition. This year’s PhotoNow was juried by Aline Smithson, who founded and writes Lenscratch, a daily magazine that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition.


Our final show for 2017 will be Visual Emotions, The Way I Remember You, a solo exhibition of the paintings of Archived Artist Augusto Bordelois. Bordelois’ sensual, narrative style of Magic Realism has its roots in the Renaissance, and unlike Surrealism, every element in his work is symbolic. To this end Bordelois says he is constantly observing people, imagining their relationships and their stories, and before he begins a painting he writes the story. He describes the women in his paintings as powerful (“If one of my women hits you, you are going down,”) and the stories he depicts are often about the power struggle inherent in the relationships between men and women. Cuban-born, Bordelois is active in the Latino culture of Cleveland and has been teaching art since moving here in 1999. His work is in collections throughout South America, Switzerland, Japan, Greece, Germany, England and Norway.

The Art Bites series of programming continues into the fall with more of its Collecting Art talks and Professional Practices programs. This free series is funded in part by the voters of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. RSVP required.

From 1 – 3pm, Saturday, October 7, the Artist Archives will be hosting “Quilting Today” with Tracy Rieger.  Tracy’s lecture will start with the Quilt & Surface Design Symposium, which she has directed since 2010. From there she will discuss the contemporary art quilt world, new directions and art quilters from Ohio. Tracy has curated more than 30 art quilt exhibitions, including Material Matters at the Columbus Museum of Art in 2008. She is the former assistant art director for Ohio Designer Craftsmen. A practicing artist, she has led seven art tours of Mexico focusing on folk artists of Oaxaca, Puebla, Cuernavaca and Mexico City.

The Business of Art for Artists will wind up with three sessions in the fall:

  • Contacting and Approaching Galleries, 6 – 8pm Wednesday, October 11. Led by Mary Urbas, this session is geared primarily toward craft artists but should be helpful to anyone interested in selling their work through a gallery or art fair.
  • Marketing and Promotion for the Fine Artist, 6 – 7:30pm Wednesday, October 25. Augusto Bordelois has developed impressive techniques for fine artists wishing to market their work outside of Cleveland, and he will share them with AAWR audiences.
  • Marketing and Publicity, 6 – 8pm Wednesday, November 1. This will be the last workshop Urbas will lead as part of the 2017 series. Participants will learn about creating written and visual publicity including press releases, paid advertisements and direct mail, as well as marketing through social media.

Internationally published art and travel writer, educator and lecturer Irene Shaland, will present “Cuba Rediscovered: The Land, the People, the Arts – after Six Decades of Castro’s Regime,” 1 – 3pm Saturday, November 18. Shaland has prepared this lecture specially for AAWR after travelling to Cuba in the spring of 2017.

PHOTONOW 2017 | SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 12 | Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills

Reception 6 – 8:30pm Thursday, September 7


Reception 5:30 – 8pm Friday, September 15


Reception 5:30 – 8pm Thursday, November 9

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

1834 East 123rd Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44106