From Iraq to Cleveland, A Summer of Hope and Art Awaits in Tremont

Artist Kubra Al Hilali

Artist Kubra Al Hilali’s journey from Iraq to Cleveland took many twists and turns before she arrived in 2013 and became a US citizen in 2017. Her experiences in a war-torn Iraq and her difficult journey to get to Cleveland inspire the messages of hope and love she incorporates into her artwork. She is just one of many artists who will be on display at galleries and restaurants and bars in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood throughout the summer. The following are just some of the artists and shows happening here:

Jonah Jacobs will exhibit at Kaiser Gallery

Kaiser Gallery

2418 Professor Avenue

Jonah Jacobs – 2022 Solo Show Award

(June 10 opening reception during Walkabout Tremont; show runs June 10–August 7)

Jonah Jacobs has been selected for the 2022 solo show award. Cleveland-based Jacobs was born in Denmark. He is a graduate of Antioch College and an Army veteran who served in South Korea and in the 82nd Airborne Division. His work focuses on recreating the grandeur and complexity of natural structures. From the graceful spiral arms of galaxies to the nebulous webs created by tree roots, to the hexagonal geometry of honeycomb—the structures of nature are wondrous creations where beauty meets function, and the repetition of simple patterns gives rise to an enigmatic complexity.

Kubra Al Hilali

(August 12 opening reception during Walkabout Tremont; show runs August 12–September 4)

In partnership with Building Hope in the City, Kaiser Gallery is hosting a special exhibition by Kubra Al Hilali. She is an Iraqi immigrant and artist based in Cleveland who uses the medium of painting to express messages of hope and justice that speak to our collective human longings. Building Hope in the City selected Kubra as its artist-in-residence for the Creative Fusion program because of her desire to create beautiful, Iraqi-inspired art while also elevating the civic and creative voice of youth in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

Photo by Steve Vacareillo, who will exhibit in The Big Photograply Show at 818 Studios

818 Studios

818 Jefferson Ave.

The Big Photography Show

(through June 10)

Photography is all about the physical print, not what you see on the Internet. Just like a painting, photography has the texture and feel of a physical work of art that cannot be experienced wholly except in person. The subtleties that we as photographers work hard to achieve often go unnoticed throughout web content. This is a chance to see the talent that lies behind each photograph and the hard work that goes into each print. Sixteen regional photographers will present one to three photographs at a size of 16 by 20 inches or larger.

Megan Dardis Art Studio and Gallery

2535 Scranton Road


(August 12 opening reception during Walkabout Tremont)

Artist Megan Dardis’ newest exhibit explores emotions and energy through movement and color. Her abstract paintings depict explosive events and waves of movement and motion, in which she combines geometric and linear elements with painterly brush strokes in vibrant color palettes.

Arts in August

Dance, Shakespeare, opera and more on weekends during August at Lincoln Park.

Walkabout Tremont—Second Friday of Each Month

Walkabout Tremont features art openings and art on display, fashion, music, food, drink and entertainment from 5 to 10 pm on the second Friday of each month throughout Tremont. Visit for more information.

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