A Valentine for a Lost Temple

Artists need places to experiment, to try out new things and show them to the world and their friends and neighbors without having to worry about whether they will sell or not. Doubting Thomas Gallery in Tremont, owned by a pediatrician named Theresa Boyd, has been one of those rare communal art gathering spaces in Cleveland for the past two […]

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Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is

Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is, on view at moCa Cleveland January 31- May 17, 2020, is a knockout exhibition. Organized by moCa chief curator Courtenay Finn for the Aspen Art Museum (where it debuted in 2019), it is the late artist’s first posthumous museum exhibition. It’s a delightfully arranged and presented show: the entire experience wraps around you […]

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Go Big: Claudio Orso’s Panta Rhei

Claudio Orso’s Panta Rhei, on view at the Bostwick Design Art Initiative through March 10, is a big exhibit that resonates beyond its walls. It surveys some of the prolific artist’s most important work of the last half-decade or so, representing two aspects of his career: on the one hand, there are larger-than-life masks, costumes, and puppet figures made for […]

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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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