Peril, time, memory: BAYArts’ annual juried show

Friday March 8, BAYArts hosted its opening reception for its annual juried exhibition. The exhibition was open to any artist, professional or amateur, 18 years or older. A total of 74 individuals participated. This year, Jenniffer Omaitz and Mark Inglis served as judges. Omaitz is a painter and educator based out of Kent. Inglis is the vice president of marketing […]

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Form and feeling: John W. Carlson and Steven Standley at NY’s Field Projects

This Valentine’s Day, two Cleveland-based artists will open an exhibit in the nation’s art capital. Next week, The Carlson/Standley Experience will open at Field Projects Gallery in New York. The show is named for the contributing painters, John W. Carlson and Steven Standley. Though the style and content of both artists diverge from one another, they complement one another. Based […]

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Notes from the Interior: Michael J. Marefka at Mahall’s

Michael J. Marefka’s Notes from the Interior: A Guide for Romantics, ongoing now in the upper level of Mahall’s 20 Lanes, is a happy marriage between artwork and creative curation. Marefka’s Modernism-inspired paintings are enhanced by their display in the apartment-like second story of Mahall’s. Lakewood’s triple threat bowling alley/concert venue/bar has long been a respected player in the West […]

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Art as Journal: Shari Wilkins and Laura Ruth Bidwell at the Massillon Museum

This upcoming Sunday, Shari Wilkins and Laura Ruth Bidwell will discuss their ongoing exhibit at the Massillon Museum, Art as Journal. The show encompasses two series of images depicting locales significant to the photographers. For Promised Land, Wilkins took miniature Polaroid-style snaps of her father’s Illinois hometown, Cairo (pronounced “Kay-row,” unlike the Egyptian capital). Bidwell’s The Great Tangles presents scenes […]

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ARTBELT: Exhibit at Lakeland Community College connects Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh

“To a large extent, I’m doing this show because no one else is doing it,” says John Morris, speaking about Artbelt: New Art from the Rustbelt, which he curated and organized. The exhibit, now on display at Lakeland Community College, had two primary goals. Firstly, to showcase art made in the postindustrial Midwest while the world’s attention was turned to […]

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2018 Cleveland Arts Prizes announced

The Cleveland Arts Prize has announced the winners of its 2018 awards. The 58th annual prizes recognize artists working in fields as diverse as architecture, literature, painting, and comics. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Rita Dove, a playwright, author, poet and lyricist based out of Akron. In 1993, Dove became the first Black Poet Laureate of the United […]

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Into the Third Dimension: Unknown Terrains at the Morgan Conservatory

The Morgan Conservatory’s mission is the preservation and advancement of “the ancient art of papermaking.”  That mission is well-served by its exhibition opening this week, Unknown Terrain. Breaking preconceptions about paper in the fine arts, the Morgan’s show hosts more than a half dozen large installation made entirely or primarily out of paper. Paper is most often treated as a […]

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Summer in the country: Mike Majewski at FORUM artspace

You will not find Lundsville, Pennsylvania on a map. It is the invention of photographer and Cuyahoga Community College instructor Mike Majewski, and the setting of his exhibition at FORUM Artspace. Though Lundsville does not exist, Majewski describes his show as a “documentary” of sorts. Like a social realist painter or author of historic novels, he uses fiction to recombine […]

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