Honoring the Clean and Pure, at Praxis

When you walk past Praxis Fiber Workshop’s front windows in the Waterloo Arts District, you’ll see bright blue child-size body bags mounted elegantly on the walls. If that’s not enough to pique your curiosity about this community-based studio space and gallery, I don’t know what is. Praxis owes this not-quite-living enticement into their space to their current gallery exhibition, AMALA: […]

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The Art of George Kocar Featured in New Book

Cleveland-based artist George Kocar has an unmistakable style. His whimsical, colorful, and at times bitingly sarcastic paintings can be spotted across a room – and they have always delighted me. In particular, one of the things I like most about Kocar’s work is how dark his paintings can be, while still maintaining their bright shiny palette and whimsy. It’s a […]

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Jill Paulsen to Lead CAC Forward

After a search that lasted more than a year and a half, at its Board meeting today, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture announced the appointment of Jill Paulsen as Executive Director.  Paulsen served as interim executive director since June, 2018, when her predecessor Karen Gahl-Mills resigned. CAC hired Arts Consulting Group to conduct a national search.  In the end, they found […]

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Local(e) Inspiration: Artists in Place

    “You don’t need to be on the mountaintop to create,” states Luke Frazier, creator of the new podcast/video docuseries, Artists in Place. “You just need to be where your feet are, right now.”   This conviction simmered awhile in Luke’s heart. Itched at the back of his head as he did the day-to-day, travelling Cleveland roads and noticing […]

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The bow: Tregoning & Company preserved, made art history

Tregoning & Company was born in 1982, over lunch. Having cut his teeth at American University and Washington, D.C.-area museums, Tregoning had come to work for a prominent Cleveland framing and appraisal company. However, he quickly found himself in philosophical clashes with the owners. The firm only hung a few paintings on the walls at a time. To Tregoning, this […]

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Time Travel with David King

David King’s new paintings are like fiery dreams. Hot with neon color, memories fade, some crumble into dust, others linger. Looking at this body of work is a bit like time travel, but feels like you’ve accidentally stumbled into someone else’s history, like an uninvited guest at a family reunion. King won ArtNEO’s “Cleveland Creates” competition, a juried exhibition of […]

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Dust and Rainbows: FRONT’s Message, So Far

  Sometimes the news is not all dust and rainbows. FRONT Triennial’s announcement earlier this week was pretty straightforward: Co-chief-curator Prem Krishnamurthy opened the proceedings by leading the crowd in relaxation exercises during which most of the 148 people closed their eyes, put their arms above their heads, and counted to sixty. Then, in a presentation with slides, he introduced […]

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Let Your Love Flow

  This is not about that old song by the Bellamy Brothers. The Morgan Conservatory scored in a big way last year by landing a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and if you’ve been around the papermaking studio the last few months you’ve probably seen some of the result. Claudio Orso-Giacone, one of the artists supported there […]

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