Photocentric: Hopeful

It’s rare these days for Cleveland galleries to publish catalogs with their exhibits. And while catalogs are very much not the point of art exhibits, they are excellent documents: they capture slices of history, collections of work and their relationships to the times. What happened on Waterloo in North Collinwood Friday, December 6, 2019, was one of those times. A […]

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Dan Miller Puts the Hidden Side of Depression on View at Waterloo Arts

“Depression is not always uncontrollable crying. …Depression is being given a year to get ready for an exhibition, an exhibition about depression, that is instead spent avoiding emails, wasting hours staring at blank pages and disappointment.” In the artist statement for this exhibition, Dan Miller bares it all – just as he does on the walls of Waterloo Arts for “Some […]

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Time Travelers: MANDEM at Waterloo Arts

The dark paintings of MANDEM have an almost cinematic power, combining traditional and digital techniques in seamless layers to create personae that bleed across emotional and historical frontiers. Beginning in earnest more than a decade ago the tightly knit group made up by Maize Arendsee and Moco Steinman-Arendsee, (joined after a few years by their younger cohort Kitsuko) have evolved […]

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Some Disassembly Required

In 2017, artist and gallery owner Dan Miller survived what should have been a fatal motorcycle wreck. He was the victim of a hit and run. The trauma and subsequent depression was a tough time for Dan, but it also caused a creative spark in him. Dan conceptualized an exhibition creating pieces dealing with that trauma and severe depression. His […]

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Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition

Waterloo Arts’ annual Juried Exhibition draws submissions from around the US and Canada, and offers prizes including a $500 Best of Show award. Last year’s top prize went to Cannon Beach, Oregon, a montage of Polaroid photos by Stephanie Spyker. She took a few minutes to answer questions about the piece and her work. CAN: How did you choose to […]

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DayGloSho Goes National 

  The annual DayGloSho at Waterloo Arts is a unique gallery experience of glowing art that is as delightful for adults as it is magical for children to experience. The month-long exhibit is shown in black light, giving the fluorescent artwork an appearance of illumination from within and the 3D glasses provided for viewers at the exhibit add yet another […]

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B Side, at Waterloo Arts

In October, Chicago-based artist Martinez E-B returns to his hometown with a one-person show at Waterloo Arts. “B Side,” is a multi-media exhibition featuring video, sound, painting, drawing, and found and altered objects. The artist’s primary material, however, is himself, or rather his own experience of inhabiting a world of normative “whiteness.” “Soul Sway” is the name Martinez E-B gives […]

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Waterloo Arts Fest

Sixteen years ago, the Waterloo Arts Fest was one of the art district’s first events, and although only a couple bands played for a small audience in the Beachland parking lot, it helped provide a vision for a more active neighborhood. Over the years the festival grew, but the goal remained the same: to model a lively city street for […]

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Steve Cup: Breaking Point, at Waterloo Arts

There is no visual fluff here, Steve Cup’s linoleum block and digital prints read like somebody violently screaming into a pillow. Cup’s images are evocative and word, “Woah!” was often heard at the opening. Cup’s art boldly supports the trending #Enough Movement. Enough of racism, gun violence, social injustice, political chaos, global warming, and enough living in fear, each of print […]

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