Late Fall and Winter Exhibitions at Heights Arts
The upcoming season at Heights Arts starts with the annual Holiday Store, open November 3 through December 30. In addition to the 80 or so artists who have become favorites since the first Holiday Store in 2003, look for a selection of great new artists who have never shown at Heights Arts before but whose work meets the Heights Arts standard for creative vision and craft. If you ever need concrete evidence that our region is a major center for arts and crafts, just stop in the holiday store.
Following the Holiday Store, opening January 19, is Materialized: Seven Artists Working in Metal, curated by Heights Arts exhibition committee member Pamela Argentieri. “Northeast Ohio has a long tradition of sculptors, blacksmiths, silversmiths and designers working in metal,” says Argentieri. “This community and its institutions continue to support the careers and education of its artists. Materialized brings together works of art from David L. Deming, Mark Hartung, Matthew Hollern, Jacquie Wynn Kennedy, Seth Nagelberg, Stephen Yusko and Pamela Argentieri. The exhibition showcases work by artists who share methods and values revealed by their working process, skill, craftsmanship and a deep understanding of material. Their work demonstrates their new and traditional ways of using metal and inventing form. It’s an opportunity to see the objects and how they are materialized, through sketches, models, patterns and prototypes. The work of these artists reminds us of several themes, industrial vernacular, the study of form and function, innovative use of technology, and visual metaphor.” Materialized runs through March 4.
Opening February 2 in the Spotlight gallery is a selection of new works by Sharon Grossman. While she is best known for her vessels, for this installation she produced a suite of pieces that are all meant to be wall-hung. Many of the works employ the technique known as pique assiette that uses broken shards of dinnerware to create mosaic designs. In a previous creative life, Grossman was a woodworker and furniture maker, and that background informs her approach to ceramics. “I have always loved carving,” she says, “and a lot of my work includes carved or inlaid elements. To me, this body of work really combines those interests that led me first to make furniture and then to take up ceramics.” The Spotlight gallery offers opportunities for artist-members of Heights Arts to present concise, one-person exhibitions that complement larger group shows in the main gallery and offer more of an in-depth look at a single artist than can be presented in the gallery shop.
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16th ANNUAL HOLIDAY STORE | NOVEMBER 3–DECEMBER 30
MATERIALIZED: SEVEN ARTISTS WORKING IN METAL | JANUARY 19–MARCH 4
Reception 6–9pm Friday, January 19 | Gallery Talk 7pm Thursday, February 15
SPOTLIGHT: SHARON GROSSMAN |FEBRUARY 2–MARCH 18
Reception 6–9pm Friday, February 2
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118