Behind Closed Doors: A Work in Progress

My artist friends know the drill. When my studio door is propped open with a paint can, that’s my invitation to come in.  Maybe I’ve been holed up in my studio for hours, and the fumes from my oil paints are beginning to get to me. Or maybe  I’m heading down a precarious new path and need an empathic soul and a fresh set of eyes to […]

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Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery presents Troy Gua and Tom Yody

Troy Gua [Seattle, WA] May 17th – July 13th, 2013 Troy Gua is an artist whose work investigates identity, celebrity and popular culture. His Pop Hybrid series is a unique, superimposition of iconic faces and imagery, instantly recognizable on their own, but dissolved into a kind of Rorschach  inkblot puzzle when merged—each viewer seeing something different, making his or her own subjective associations. The resulting hybrid image is a new […]

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Audra Skuodas and Antonia Reiner at 1point618

Audra Skuodas Connectophanies – Connectopathies: Evolutions Opening Reception: April 19, 2013 from 7-10PM Audra Skuodas is the 2010 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement award, and this will be her second  solo exhibition with 1point618.   In December of 2007, writing for the Plain Dealer, art critic Dan Tranberg said of Skuodas’ first exhibition with the  gallery, “Her show is an inspiration, both as […]

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First Friday Openings and More at Waterloo Arts

Opening in April is “Das Wird Sich Alles Finden (Everything Will Turn Out Alright)”, an international group show that  includes 19 artists from 7 countries. The collection of work addresses how artists and people across the globe connect to  the many uncertainties of contemporary life. In May, the Gallery hosts a C.I.A. Biomedical Art Exhibition. The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of only a handful of colleges […]

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Heights Arts features Slankard, Curlowe, and a salute to the Cleveland Quartet

Heights Arts Gallery, established in 2001, continues to shine a light on a wide array of the best regional artists. The nonprofit gallery, located just a few steps from the popular Cedar Lee movie theater, rotates six shows a year while also carrying fine arts and crafts year round.   Artists represented year round include glass artists Brent Kee Young, Mark Sudduth, Michael Mikula, Steve Hagan, Earl James, Sue […]

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“Homegrown” Talent on Display at the Cleveland Print Room as Photography and local food join forces

The Cleveland Print Room shows off some “homegrown” talent with its second exhibition.   CPR—a new community darkroom, education center and studio workspace—will host Homegrown in its gallery in the ArtCraft Building in downtown Cleveland from March 15 through April 28. Homegrown advances CPR’s goal of highlighting photography in Northeast Ohio, while collaborating with other community organizations, said curators Nancy McEntee and Jonathan Wayne.   McEntee […]

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BAYarts Focus on John W. Carlson

“In all my work I search for the core, that center of the thing, the emotional DNA if you will. That thing which we respond to individually but are ultimately all connected by.”   Award-winning artist John W. Carlson credits the inspiration of artists such as Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, which led to developing his unique and recognizable style: a balance between expressive […]

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT: Cleveland-based Op-Art pioneer Julian Stanczak should have an honorary doctorate

Recently the internationally acclaimed master of Op Art, Julian Stanczak, who has lived and worked for the last forty years in Cleveland, was nominated for an honorary doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University. We can’t  think of a painter who has ever received this award. The man responsible for this initiative is Richard Hanson,  istinguished Professor of Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University, and the world’s […]

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RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT: Analog photographers are not ready to give up the ghost

The black-and-white landscape photographs in Welcome to Hard Times—the opening exhibit of the Cleveland Print  Room—are a boisterous amalgam of primitive and high tech. The enlargements  are digital. But photographer Vaughn  Wascovich captured them on a DIY pinhole camera made of wood, and processed the images by hand, spraying,  splattering and brushing chemicals on the paper like a jazz man improvising in collaboration with the […]

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THE NINE: The Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association in the 2nd Year of its Rebirth

How many serious commercial art galleries are there, here in northern Ohio? Venues that aren’t museums or college  campuses, but where people actually make a living by selling art? Places an exhibiting artist, or an aspiring collector, or  any informed visitor might find to be professionally impressive? Maybe 50, 100? Probably less.     Of course the nation’s heartland isn’t its artistic epicenter, not by the […]

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