The Members Speak: Voting for Art at the Allen

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  Members of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College have an intriguing privilege: They get to hear pitches from curators, and vote on which works the museum will acquire for its permanent collection. On the evening of May 3, members (and a bevy of onlookers) will gather for the vote, and a party. The Purchase Party is a […]

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Steve Cup: Breaking Point, at Waterloo Arts

Steve Cup, Gun costs

There is no visual fluff here, Steve Cup’s linoleum block and digital prints read like somebody violently screaming into a pillow. Cup’s images are evocative and word, “Woah!” was often heard at the opening. Cup’s art boldly supports the trending #Enough Movement. Enough of racism, gun violence, social injustice, political chaos, global warming, and enough living in fear, each of print […]

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Karen Gahl-Mills Resigns


Cuyahoga Arts and Culture CEO and executive director Karen Gahl-Mills has resigned, effective June 7, according to a press release sent this morning, April 18.  In a challenging atmosphere of funding cuts, the leader of one of the nation’s largest public funders of the arts became embattled on several fronts: first in an attempt to address racial inequity in grantmaking […]

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MAKERS: Sarah Isenhart


“Sarah Isenhart is interested in transformations. Quiet, nimble – dedicated, but defiant, her needle punctures, rips through the surface – ruptures what was, making what is to come. It is in these careful moments of conversion that objects take on a new life. Acknowledging the tradition of women’s craft, she shadows the conventions of embroidery – meticulously hand-stitching each image, dedicating […]

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Khehla Chepape Makgato Pop-Up Show at Harris Stanton, Cleveland

Venus, Khela Chepape Makgato

  Loose canvas sits heavy on the gallery walls with thick, dripping paint and geometric printed fabrics forming wrapped heads and caped shoulders out of the jumbles of colorful strokes.  But what makes Khehla Chepape Makgato’s raw, swirling, energetic paintings truly portraits are their unmistakably piercing stares.   Walking into Harris Stanton’s great little space on W 9th St. in […]

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Claiming Our Space and Place, at ArtiCle


As you walk around Article (Art in Cleveland) gallery on Waterloo Road looking at its latest show Claiming Our Space and Place, curated by Gallery at Lakeland director Mary Urbas, you find your perceptions shifting. Sometimes you’ll hear the individual voices of the three artists clearly, and at other times they’ll blend, as if they are one voice, a hive […]

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Echo: Texture, Repetition, and Pattern at E11even 2

Soft Light, Eileen Dorsey, oil and acrylic on canvas

“It’s a themed show, but it isn’t so tightly specific to an image or a specific story line,” said R!ch Cihlar, Co-owner of E11even 2 and curator of Echo. The title of the show is “Echo: an exhibition on textures, repetition, and patterns.” The loose parameters set for the artists led to an assortment of interpretations of these themes. Generally […]

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A Visit to Wolfs Gallery on Larchmere

You’ve probably visited the Transformer Station, the Ohio City gallery housed in a former streetcar power station. But did you know there is another restored transformer station across town? This one is on Larchmere Boulevard, and it’s also filled with art. If you’ve never been to Wolfs Gallery, you should stop by – because this little building is filled to the brim with treasures. On a cold Saturday afternoon […]

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MAKERS: Hilary D. Gent


“I’d rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know how to do.” – Helen Frankenthaler   Hilary D. Gent is busy. You might know her as the owner/curator of HEDGE gallery in 78th Street Studios, the venerable space that now represents thirteen area emerging and professional artists including local art stars like John Carlson and Justin Brennan. In addition […]

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