Art from a Distance: Home Is Where The Art Is, hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art

True to the pledge to be “For the benefit of all the people, forever,” the Cleveland Museum of Art has continued offering aesthetic, educational programming during coronavirus-imposed closure of their brick-and-mortar galleries. About every ten days since March 20, the CMA has posted an episode to its new YouTube series, “Home Is Where The Art Is.” Hosted by a rotating […]

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Epics of the everyday: Pamela Dodds at Suite 215

A contemporary filmmaker has about 30 images per second with which to tell her story. A painter has only what she can fit into the canvas. Therefore, most paintings are not narratives per se. Even when mythological, historic, or pop cultural figures are recognizable in painting, the meaning of the painting is more than just the story of the depicted […]

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Finding the trees in the forest: Eileen Dorsey at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Two paintings in Eileen Dorsey’s Cleveland Botanical Garden exhibition Wooded Perspectives share the title “Breakthrough.” On one level, the word names the literal contents of those images—the spot where a hiker in thick forests suddenly steps into an open field, “breaking through” the claustrophobia of thick trees. But “breakthrough” also encapsulates an apt response to Wooded Perspectives itself. Here, Dorsey […]

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The Man Whose Head Expanded

Some artists plow the same fields over and over, as it were, working in a given medium for entire careers. That can’t be said of Eric Rippert, whose show The Man Whose Head Expanded was on view June 7 through July 6 at BAYarts. A lot of people know Rippert for his photographic work, specifically for Cleveland landscape photos featuring […]

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Watercolors in the garden: Forever Spring at Bonfoey Gallery

The exhibition Forever Spring by Gary Bukovnik coincides with the release of a luscious book of the same name. Both the show and book celebrate Bukovnik’s watercolor images of floral arrangements. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Bukovnik is currently based out of San Francisco. For more than three decades, he has painted posters for that city’s symphony. However, he […]

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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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