MAKERS: Christa Ebert, aka Uno Lady

“What more could I possibly ask as an artist than my most precious visions, however rare, sometimes assume the forms of my images.” – Maya Deren   On a frigid day recently, Christa Ebert showed me upstairs to her West Park studio. Among the many effects pedals, microphones, and audio equipment stood a vintage projection screen – the kind of […]

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UPDATED: CAC’s Re-tooled Support for Individual Artists

Nearly two years after the sunset of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture’s Creative Workforce Fellowship program, a new version has been birthed.  Its creation follows the instigative energy of public discord resulting from a change in the status of the program (formerly administered by Arts Cleveland / Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture), which awarded $15 and $20 thousand-dollar unrestricted […]

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Rebecca Louise Law: Inspiring Awe in Toledo

Some exhibits beg the visitor to simply bathe in their glory, at least as a starting point, but also as an ongoing experience. They inspire a physical reaction of awe: you just want to stand in their presence and gaze, and take it in like the sun. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art each have […]

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FRONT names 2021 Artistic Directors

On the heels of reports of a $31 million economic impact from its first go-round, FRONT has named its co-artistic directors for the second, 2021 iteration iteration of the international, Cleveland triennial for contemporary art. A Press release follows: CLEVELAND: Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski have been named Co-Artistic Directors for the second edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for […]

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2018: Looking Back and Forth

In Cleveland’s art world, 2018 was a year of landmark exhibits, new beginnings and portentious change, sometimes all rolled into single events. Here’s a look at some of the milestones, and what they will mean in 2019 and beyond. Triennials: The most noteworthy events of 2018 both included the word “triennial,” and both coordinated broad realms of the region’s art […]

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Notes from the Interior: Michael J. Marefka at Mahall’s

Michael J. Marefka’s Notes from the Interior: A Guide for Romantics, ongoing now in the upper level of Mahall’s 20 Lanes, is a happy marriage between artwork and creative curation. Marefka’s Modernism-inspired paintings are enhanced by their display in the apartment-like second story of Mahall’s. Lakewood’s triple threat bowling alley/concert venue/bar has long been a respected player in the West […]

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Conjunctions: Petra Soesemann at Praxis

The subtle patterns and collage-like layers of Petra Soesemann’s textile-based works are like core samples, skimmed or extracted from a not-quite-physical dimension found near the frontiers of memory and human understanding. At the same time, they read as desirable, touchable, and the tension between these qualities lends them a lapidary oscillation – like precious stones seen in a shallow lake. […]

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Pleating Light: James Peake at Studio 2091

James Peake, Comb   When most people hear the word “origami,” they probably think of small folded paper animals. Although I am sure James Peake can create a paper bunny or bird, that is not where his passion for paper lies. Peake creates sculptural paper forms. Peake creates non-representational origami through corrugation and tessellation techniques. Corrugation is a fold pattern […]

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Rock and Roll Perspectives at Loftworks

Cleveland’s Loftworks Gallery had the look of a miniature Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with its recent Rock and Roll Perspectives 2 show. The exhibition featured the works of Cleveland-area concert photographers Joe Kleon and (CAN contributor) Anastasia Pantsios. Gallery walls were plastered with mostly 16×20 matted prints of rock and roll legends from Paul McCartney to Tina Turner […]

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