The Man Whose Head Expanded

Some artists plow the same fields over and over, as it were, working in a given medium for entire careers. That can’t be said of Eric Rippert, whose show The Man Whose Head Expanded was on view June 7 through July 6 at BAYarts. A lot of people know Rippert for his photographic work, specifically for Cleveland landscape photos featuring […]

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Love Handles: Liz Maugans’s Beautiful Mess at HEDGE

  Liz Maugans, known over the past twenty five years as a power-house of inspiration and sustained effort behind the developing Cleveland arts scene, is also one of the region’s most admired visual artists. Her prints, collages, and drawings document her commitment to personal freedom and the complex emotional and cognitive problems of life in our times – as a […]

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Watercolors in the garden: Forever Spring at Bonfoey Gallery

The exhibition Forever Spring by Gary Bukovnik coincides with the release of a luscious book of the same name. Both the show and book celebrate Bukovnik’s watercolor images of floral arrangements. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Bukovnik is currently based out of San Francisco. For more than three decades, he has painted posters for that city’s symphony. However, he […]

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“Tightly Unwound” at Gallery W is a Masterclass in Technique

Gallery W might not be on your radar, but it should be. For nearly three years, this large space in the ground floor of the new American Greetings Corporate Headquarters at Crocker Park has held many truly excellent exhibitions, featuring work by prominent area artists like Jenniffer Omaitz, Corrie Slawson, Libby Chaney, Eva Kwong, Eric Rippert, Christi Birchfield, Bruce Checefsky, and […]

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Mastery at the Print Room

  The photo exhibit A Collection of Stories, which was up at the Cleveland Print Room May 31-June 14, was divided into 7 titled sections. You could say it was like looking at the subject from seven different angles, in a Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen-Ways-Of-Looking-At-A-Blackbird” kind of way: the content and intention of each section were unified, but  distinct, like seven […]

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CAN Journal: The Best Magazine in Ohio

When you’re telling the truth, it’s not bragging—it’s just reporting.  And certain occasions, it’s just appropriate. I couldn’t be more proud to report that at its annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, The Press Club of Cleveland recognized CAN Journal, the quarterly publication of the nonprofit Collective Arts Network, as the Best Magazine in Ohio.  The CAN team was […]

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Joking the unspeakable: No More Tears at Survival Kit

No More Tears is an exciting showcase both of local artists and an emerging curatorial talent. The show, closing this upcoming Friday, was the first show assembled for Survival Kit by Anna Tararova.  Tararova works as Gallery and Artists Opportunities Coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory. She is also a print artist who has completed fellowships at Paper Circle and Columbia […]

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New ‘Rooms to Let’ Documentary in the Works

  If you’ve never experienced “Rooms to Let”, the annual immersive art experience in Slavic Village, it’s difficult to explain. In a nutshell, homes slated for demolition are transformed into temporary art exhibitions, room by room, by area artists and collectives. The show is open to the public for two days, and then the houses are demolished with little fanfare. […]

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