Valley Art Center Celebrates Our Future, Reimagines Signature Event, Art by the Falls

Valley Art Center turns fifty years old in May, and we have been celebrating all year long! We have offered exhibits featuring our visionary founders, as well as our present-day students and faculty; a virtual gala celebration in February; and a documentary film exploring our mission within the Chagrin Valley. Now we turn our eye to the future of Valley […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Supporting local art starts with supporting local artists—all of them. Regardless of their level of critical acclaim or time spent in the professional art world, for artists to flourish they need spaces and exhibitions, which allow them to experiment, cultivate a sense of community, and yes—have their work actually seen. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s (AAWR) Annual Members […]

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2020: The Year COVID Drove Evolution

The novel coronavirus was not only devastating to the art world in 2020: COVID drove evolution, as well. Some strategies artists and organizations invented or embraced were not only innovative in the moment, but are likely to endure in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few innovations, adaptations, and repackaging efforts that got our attention in this terrible, horrible, no […]

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Art Books Make Great Gifts

In addition to all the wretched things 2020 produced, there were some wonderful books by and about Northeast Ohio artists and their works.  No matter your interests as a spectator, collector, colleague, or student of the regional art scene, these titles are worth a look and make great gifts.   The Flying Banana George Kocar, introduction by Douglas Max Utter […]

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CAN Announces Winners

  Collective Arts Network is pleased to announce winners of its benefit card game, Cleveland Artists On Deck. Winners were first revealed at the launch of the Winter 2020-2021 issue of CAN Journal Friday, November 20 at Framed Gallery. But before we name the names, we should muse a bit about what made the game great. This was a COVID-safe, city-wide […]

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STATE OF PORTRAITURE 2020

The painting of portraits has a long and storied history. For hundreds of years, artists have sought to capture likenesses on canvas. In a post-postmodern world, portraiture still has a role to play, but what is it exactly? In a world of selfie sticks and Instagram filters, people still seek out traditional painted portraits, but the status of these paintings […]

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EVENTS Spring 2020

Your easy, chronological guide to exhibits and opportunities at Northeast Ohio galleries, studios and museums in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN. THROUGH MARCH 14 7th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Triennial MORGAN CONSERVATORY THROUGH MARCH 15 The Distance of the Moon AKRON ART MUSEUM THROUGH MARCH […]

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52 Weeks + Works

The arrival of the  Academy Graphic Communication’s  52 Weeks + Works calendar has become an annual moment in the region’s art scene. The 2020 calendar reached mailboxes in the first days of the New Year. It’s a week-by-week planner for the year, with each week accompanied by a full page image by an artist of Northeast Ohio.  So it annually […]

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WINTER 2019-2020 EVENTS

Your easy, chronological guide to what Northeast Ohio galleries and museums have coming up in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN.   CONTINUING EVENTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 27 Lines & Shadows Cleveland artists Steven Mastroianni and Rebekah Wilhelm bring different priorities and experiences to this show. Mastroianni […]

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