No Pulp Fiction at Cleveland Artists Foundation


Cleveland-based artist, Tom Balbo, has garnered numerous awards during his 30-plus years as an artist, initially working  in ceramics and printmaking with a growing interest in paper casting and pulp paintings. As his interest in papermaking  grew, his work has turned increasingly towards expressing himself artistically in paper-related media. Balbo’s use of  color and simple form along with organic flow are the keynotes of his inventive style.

In 2008, Tom became the Executive Director of the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational  Foundation after he and other Cleveland-area and national hand papermaking artists noticed the decline of paper and  book arts educational programming in the US.

On September 7, the Cleveland Artists Foundation will be opening its next exhibition in collaboration with Octavofest  2012 titled Not Pulp Fiction: Cast Paper and Pulp Painting by Tom Balbo which will run through November 17.

Not only will CAF feature a retrospective of Balbo’s cast and dyed paper works, but will also display various book arts by area  Octavofest artists as well as the 5th Annual Art Books Cleveland ABCEDARIA Exhi b i t ion of alphabet books done by Octavofest participants. Also coming this fall is CAF’s biennial collectors’ show of members’ favorite regional artwork  Cleveland Collects, which will run from December 7, 2012–February 16, 2013. Please visit www.clevelandar t for  more information.