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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A door to here: “Portals_Thresholds” at CIA’s Reinberger Gallery

An exhibition title like Portals_Thresholds naturally raises the question, “Portals to where?” To give away the game: They take us back to where we are already, but via an unfamiliar route, offering new perspectives. Portals_Thresholds is now on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery. It features works by Sara Ludy, Rachel Rossin, Rafaël Rozendaal, and the collaborative […]

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