Papering over everything: The seventh National Juried Exhibition at the Morgan Conservatory

The rules are simple for the Morgan Conservatory’s National Juried Exhibition: Participants can submit any art object so long as 50 percent of it is made with paper. 320 artists from around the country answered the call for entries, submitting 587 projects—a record number in the seven years the Morgan has held juried shows. Ultimately, curators selected works from 54 […]

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MAKERS: Amber Ford

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. All photographs are accurate, but none of them is the truth.” – Richard Avedon   Amber Ford is busy. With work in two exhibitions that open this week and a job at her alma […]

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SPACES Unveils their New Home

The folks at SPACES really know how to throw a good party – and their grand opening weekend on January 14 and 15 did not disappoint.  It was two days of performances, temporary installations, delightful food and drink, and of course some dancing. During the Saturday night “Roving Housewarming Party” nearly 30 area artists either contributed art or gave performances; […]

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MAKERS: Cannaday Chapman, Illustrator

  I asked Cannaday Chapman if he thought of himself as an “Illustrator” or an “Artist”, and without skipping a beat he said: “Illustrator”. I nodded quizzically as I looked over all of the hand-drawn and hand-painted scraps of paper around the room.  While Chapman does indeed “illustrate” many things – in particular articles for magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, etc. […]

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MAKERS: Jake Kelly

Once you are familiar with Jake Kelly’s work you start spotting it everywhere. He is the virtuoso responsible for the giant murals in Melt Restaurants – or maybe you’ve seen his fliers advertising upcoming shows at the Grog Shop, or perhaps you’ve seen his amazing mural inside the Grog Shop, or his serial comic masterpiece the “Lake Erie Monster” made with long-time […]

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Artist Videos: CPAC releases first eight video interviews with 2016 Creative Workforce Fellows

CPAC–the Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture–released eight timely videos today. Artists and their work are the subject–specifically winners of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the program of public support for individual artists, funded by the cigarette tax through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture,  and administered by CPAC. That program has always been about public benefit. To readers of this blog, it […]

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MAKERS: ADRIENNE SLANE, COLLAGE ARTIST

Adrienne Slane’s studio in Geauga County is perfectly situated in a copse of tall trees, surrounded by marshes and shadowy forests.  It’s the kind of fairy tale location entirely appropriate for the creation of her enchanting cut-paper collages. Clearly a collector at heart, every available surface in Slane’s studio is covered with her coveted items – seashells, postage stamps, buttons, scissors, […]

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SHINE ON: In a new photo book, Charles Mintz documents Lustron Homes and the people who live in them

If you are not old enough to remember when pop culture visions of the future looked something like a Jetsons cartoon, you probably don’t know the meaning of the phrase “Lustron Home.” Lustron was a Columbus, Ohio-based company founded by Carl Strandlund which–between 1948 and its bankrupty in 1950–manufactured 2498 homes whose most distinguishing characteristic was the construction of their […]

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MAKERS: Steven Mastroianni, Photographer

When I asked Cleveland photographer Steven Mastroianni why he still makes photographs the traditional way, his answer was all about silver.  For Mastroianni, it’s that moment when the image miraculously appears on the paper that counts. Alone in his darkroom, under the amber glow of the safelight, light causes a chemical reaction on the paper that produces a thin layer of silver – seemingly […]

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