Recognizing Excellence with Red Dot

If you’ve ever received an award that’s not-quite-suitable for framing, or chucked a giveaway paperweight that was all  about the corporate logo, you might have wondered why companies throw good money after bad swag. Commemorating  achievement and loyalty is a business-world staple, but it doesn’t have to be done with boring “lumps of plastic,” says  RED DOT Project Executive Director Christy Gray. RED DOT Project, the nonprofit artist registry, helps […]

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Art is Energy

Don’t believe it? Try to recall the artwork from the last hotel or motel room you stayed in. We’ll wait. If you can’t remember, it’s not your fault. Lots of businesses buy bland, mass-reproduced art chosen for color coordination rather than to awaken the senses. RED DOT Project, Northeast Ohio’s nonprofit arts registry, sets the bar higher. We believe that expertly crafted art produced by local painters, sculptors […]

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Alterations at Survival Kit Gallery

Alteration is different from creation. Or is it? Artists Sarah Isenhart, Jessica Pinsky, and Beth Whalley make certain that  the added lines, textures, and patterns in their work yield results as rich and independent as the original. Sarah Isenhart, stitching over the ragged topography of old pictorial maps, uses embroidery as both a decorative and  sculptural tool. Her meticulous needlework pays homage to laborious women’s craft techniques while inspiring […]

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Survival Kit Wonders “Who is Deborah Ellen Shore?”

Exploring the former Westinghouse Electric Building on the eastside of Cleveland, artist Dave Desimone stumbles upon hundreds of Kodak slides scattered across the floor among broken computers and tires. These photographs were not here before. Gathering them, he assumes they are images related to the site. He takes them home and scrutinizes, at first  simply attracted to their composition. They are in fact, remarkably out […]

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Character Split at Survival Kit

Conjured through peculiar collages sourced from cut-up, computer generated images and kids’ disposable party plates, and surreal imagery drawn with unerring draftsmanship, the imagined characters created by Clarke Curtis (Austin, TX) and Tyler Zeleny differ only in their form and narrative. Personified through bold, black and white prints, and playful, multicolored combinations, both artists’ sets of characters convey human attributes and gestures that encourage the viewer to suppose hypothetical conversations or confrontations, the […]

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Life Through the Ages and Altered City at Kookoon Arts Gallery

LIFE THROUGH THE AGES Natural History Art has always been a strength of the gallery, and this exhibition illustrates the variety of techniques  that artists have developed throughout history to portray animal life. Classic 19th century works by Alexander Wilson  and John James Audubon pay attention to details in depicting American wildlife as it was being discovered and  identified. Charles R. Knight, followed closely by Zdenek Burian and […]

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All Things Considered and Rust Belt (Re)Visions at Kokoon

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, SEPTEMBER 21–DECEMBER 22, 2012: To celebrate the remaining months of 2012, Kokoon Arts Gallery presents the finest work by our historic and  contemporary artists. Brilliant watercolors depict the early Twentieth Century travels of Cleveland school artists Henry  Keller, Frank Wilcox, and Paul Travis. Animal life is rendered in bronze and enamel by Larry Isard and Mary Wawryko,  as well as the watercolors of William E. Scheele. Beautiful stone […]

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Adrienne French and Jane Millican at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

ADRIENNE FRENCH January 18th, 2013 – March 9th, 2013 Adrienne French is a photographer drawn to the urban landscape, particularly those elements which still evoke the promise and optimism of their original intent, but have obviously seen better days. The subjective lens of Ms. French illustrates a narrative for the viewer, often abstracted in close-up, of brightly painted surfaces that are cracked, chipped and flaking; metal that is […]

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Cinema 03 and Kasumi at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

CINEMA 03 SEPTEMBER 21–NOVEMBER 3, 2012 As children, we may have our favorite bedtime stories or illustrations, or even a favorite piece of music, but for most of  us, the earliest and most enduring art experience is in the cinema. Cinema is a wholly new and transportive experience,  imparting both an immediacy and a distance, almost like watching someone else’s dream. It is the ultimate expression of  the gestalt […]

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Bockrath And Loven at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

This summer at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, two artists draw their inspiration from the process of painting itself. Each artist evokes an archetypal visual language, allowing imagery to emerge as a visceral progression. Lissa Bockrath May 11–July 14, 2012 “I try to keep an open mind and not get constrained by any definitive image. I may begin with an idea or concept, but it does not define […]

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