Heights Arts Poses A Question and More
Heights Arts presents its annual Holiday Store from November 1 through December 30 featuring local artists and their unique creations, including glass, metal, ceramics, jewelry, prints, paintings, ornaments, holiday cards and other unique, hand-made items. Heights Arts staff has worked to make sure that shoppers have a safe visit to the store, with more space to be able to view and purchase the items for sale.
Store manager Ann Koslow states, “With no fairs and shows this summer because of the pandemic, the artists in the Heights Arts Store are genuinely happy they’ve a place that they can count on to always present their work.” Always thinking about Heights Arts’ mission to connect artists with the community, Koslow will be featuring seven artists per week in the Holiday Store by displaying their collection of works in the windows. Shoppers and passers-by will see frequent changes to the windows as they walk to the movies or pass one of the Cedar-Lee restaurants.
For those wishing to purchase their gifts online, Heights Arts also provides the option of an online store. Shoppers will be able to purchase from home and receive curbside pick-up. According to Executive Director Rachel Bernstein, “This will be a critical year not only for artists, but for Heights Arts as well. The annual Holiday Store accounts for a significant portion of revenue for us, which, like many arts organizations, has suffered significant loss of visitors, contributions and revenue due to the pandemic.” She is optimistic, however, that the community will recognize the impact Heights Arts and the artists it supports have made on the community, and will in turn support them by purchasing their work and making contributions.
In January, Heights Arts will present Posing the Question, which runs Friday, January 22 through Sunday, March 14. When Heights Arts initially conceived the exhibition last year, the concept was to present an election-season show that would respond to the political climate of 2020. That seemed a good bet to be a stimulating and relevant exhibition. The unwelcome arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic not only necessitated the rescheduling of the exhibition to January 2021, but also inspired an examination of what “political” means more broadly in this suddenly historical moment. When the killing of George Floyd in May spurred the protests around the Black Lives Matter movement, the need for Heights Arts to provide a forum for artists to respond seemed even more urgent. To that end, the Heights Arts exhibition community team assembled a variety of artists to do what artists do best: observe the world around them and respond creatively, with particular attention to the most pressing issues in the New Year.
Running concurrently with the group exhibition, Heights Arts will feature a Spotlight show featuring Helen Liggett’s Fashioned in the Clay–Images from a Lost Time. Liggett has an academic background as a teacher in the Architectural Studies Program at Kent State University and is also a photographer. Her exhibition “is a quiet exhibition about making pots and clay sculpture—standing in counterpoint to Posing the Question.” Liggett started this exhibition several years ago when she went to take photographs of a group of female potters who had worked alongside each other for several years. Along with her academia and photography credits, Liggett is author to the following titles: Urban Encounters, Design/ReBuild and the forthcoming City Built by Hand. Design/ReBuild and City Built by Hand are parts of projects and are sponsored by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.
For more information on the Heights Arts community programs and events, including potential house concerts, gallery performances and outreach, please visit www.heightsart.org.
HOLIDAY STORE | NOVEMBER 1-DECEMBER 30
OPEN 1-7PM MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, & SATURDAY
OPEN DAILY BEGINNING DECEMBER 1
Check the website for any changes in hours.
POSING THE QUESTION | JANUARY 22-MARCH 14
OPENING RECEPTION TBD
SPOTLIGHT: HELEN LIGGETT | JANUARY 22-MARCH 14
OPENING RECEPTION TBD
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118