Creative Fusion: Metrohealth, Signs of the Times

As mayoral and congressional elections approach in Cleveland, yard signs promoting the candidates have already begun to proliferate. This year, the candidates have some strong visual competition from artists chosen for MetroHealth’s Signs of the Times project, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation through its Creative Fusion program. In styles as diverse as the community, the artists’ signs call the community […]

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Whereas, and Hereby: Westlake Mayor Declares Eileen Dorsey Day

Eileen Dorsey has been more than busy lately with mural commissions at Barrio Tacos both in Columbus and Traverse CIty Michigan, as well as locally at Flannagan’s Pub, and at Redwood Living Headquarters in Independence. Not to mention Out of the Shadows, her current exhibit at Cain Park’s Feinberg Gallery (including some collaborative works with Garrett Weider), and all kinds […]

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James March: Blending Logic with Emotion

The emotionally expressive brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism collide with the programmatic hard-edged lines of Op art in James March: Op Expressionism (at BAYarts thrugh August 7). Together, the two modes of painting balance internal and external perceptions of the artist’s psyche, each creating a dynamic energy of their own. Used together, March brings order to chaos and conflict to structure. […]

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Like a Prophecy: Private Lives of the Nabis

At the time of its conception more than five years ago, no one could have conceived the ways the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibit Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis would coincidentally connect to contemporary experience in 2021. Private Lives gathers paintings and prints from a group of late 19th-century artists in Paris. Members of […]

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Themes and Multitudes: Cleveland Photo Fest

Having opened the first Cleveland Photo Fest Photothon in October 2019, just 9 months after conceiving it, founders Herb Ascherman, Laura DelAssandro and Jim Szudy immediately began to look ahead to a second series of exhibits the following year. Plans were interrupted by the Pandemic. As anyone who plans periodic events knows now, a forced hiatus can be either a […]

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Digital to Analog, Analog to Digital: Kasumi and Mark Schatz at Zygote Press

Let’s Just Pretend (We’re Having Fun) (May 15th through June 18th) is an apt title for Zygote Press’s most recent exhibition featuring the print work of Kasumi and Mark Schatz. With the overload of the 2020 pandemic, when the works were created, pretending to have fun was sometimes the best thing many of us could do. Each of the Artist-in-Residence […]

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Raise Your Hand and Apply for CAN Triennial 2022: You Are Here

After a year’s pause for the COVID 19 pandemic, preparation for CAN Triennial 2022 has resumed. The curatorial team has announced a title for the exhibition, as well as the opening of an artist application portal, through the website, CANtriennial.org. The application portal opens June 1, 2021. Artists apply free of charge. The curatorial team—The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Currently […]

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Searing Text, Raw Material: The Morgan Conservatory National Juried Show

The National Juried Show at the Morgan Conservatory annually impresses by showing the possibilities of paper as a material. That’s true once again in the 2021 version, curated by SPACES executive director Tizziana Baldenebro and University of Akron director of galleries Arnold Tunstall. But this year the exploration of materiality is bolstered by a strong component of text—searing text. In one […]

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