Distinctive Perspectives on the Evolving World of Art and the Pressing Issues It Addresses in Tremont

Mary Kay Thomas at Kaiser Gallery, Arts Leadership Residency Cohort Exhibition.

Winter offers a number of opportunities to engage with powerful, innovative, and thought-provoking creations at Tremont’s galleries and bars. Stop in during Walkabout Tremont (second Friday of each month) for multiple opening receptions, or any other time to see all that’s on display. Here are some highlights:

Kaiser Gallery Offers Several Distinct, Thought-Provoking Exhibits
2418 Professor Avenue
Arts Leadership Residency Cohort Exhibition, through December 3
This inaugural exhibition features artists from the first cohort of the Arts Leadership Residency program, a collaboration between Assembly for the Arts and the Leadership Cleveland Center. This captivating group exhibition runs through December 3, with local arts leaders coming together to unveil their innovative creations, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the evolving landscape of artistic expression.

December 8–February 4: Solo Exhibition by Samuel Skelton
Elevate your senses as we shine a spotlight on Samuel Skelton, a filmmaker and photographer hailing from Cleveland. Skelton is renowned for his unconventional approach to creative visual concepts, with a specialization in capturing the mesmerizing worlds of aerial and underwater imagery. This solo exhibition debuts during Walkabout Tremont on December 8 and promises to take you on a visual odyssey unlike any other.

February 9–March 2: Look Closer by Fatima Matar
In partnership with SPACES Urgent Art Fund project, Kaiser Gallery presents Look Closer, a solo exhibition by Fatima Matar, a bilingual writer, poet, and artist debuting during Walkabout Tremont. Matar invites you to Look Closer, a collection of paintings that sheds light on the sensitive issue of domestic violence. In a thought-provoking twist, viewers must engage with the artwork intimately. To fully grasp the image, they are encouraged to bend down and peer into a small keyhole, unveiling a scene of a man abusing a woman. This unique interaction fosters a deeper connection between the observer and the canvas, emphasizing the hidden nature of domestic abuse, which often goes unreported due to victims’ fears of further violence.

Samuel Skelton solo exhibition at Kaiser Gallery.

818 Studios Celebrates Five Years with Fluid & Fixed and a Holiday Market
818 Jefferson Avenue
818 Studios is celebrating five years with the Fluid & Fixed exhibit featuring glass works by Michael Zelenka and new paintings by Anthony Van Rooy, both Cleveland-based artists whose work can be found in art galleries and collections around the world. A light and airy showing of Zelenka’s glass mobiles alongside VanRooy’s new contemporary work ushers 818 Studios into its sixth year as an art gallery in Tremont. The exhibit runs through December 3.

818 Studios is hosting an expanded edition of its annual 818 Holiday Market, with as many as twenty local artists and makers selling their wares in the former Fahrenheit space (820 Jefferson Ave.). The holiday market happens the evenings of Friday, December 8 (during Walkabout Tremont), and Friday, December 15.

Walkabout Tremont: Second Friday of Each Month featuring art openings and art on display, fashion, food and drink. Also check out art at Doubting Thomas Gallery, Paul Duda Gallery, Edison’s Pub, The Treehouse and more. Visit WalkaboutTremont.com for more information.

Arts Leadership Residency Cohort Exhibition, through December 3 at Kaiser Gallery
Fluid & Fixed, through December 3 at 818 Studios
818 Holiday Market, evenings of December 8 & 15
Solo Exhibition by Samuel Skelton, December 8–February 4 at Kaiser Gallery
Look Closer by Fatima Matar, February 9–March 2 at Kaiser Gallery

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