Shining Light on Creativity in the Heights


In September, Heights Ar ts gallery launchesi the fall season with Paperworks, an exhibition presenting regional artists who work rigorously on or with paper. Curated by artist / Heights Arts program director Andrea Joki, the show  lluminates paper as a carrier of artists’ symbols and as a medium in itself with processes including drawing, cut paper, collage, sculpture and pulp. The show coincides in its closing days with Watermarks, an international conference of hand papermakers hosted in Cleveland by the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Education Foundation.

Participating artists include Shelly DiCello, Tom Balbo, Tim Callaghan, Laura Cooperman, Julie Friedman, Sarah Kabot, Margaret Kimura, Michael Loderstedt, Liz Maugans, Pam McKee, Darice Polo, Corrie Slawson, Dan Tranberg, Achala Wali  and Trudy Wiesenberger.

Heights Arts’ popular chamber music series, Close Encounters, begins a new season of concerts in intimate and unique venues, with performances by world-class musicians who live here in northeast Ohio. Isabel Trautwein, Cleveland  Orchestra violinist and Close Encounters artistic director, enlists her colleagues and other professional musicians to play music of their choice and present insightful commentary. Cleveland Orchestra members are fiddling around in September to benefit Close Encounters. A special concert will be presented on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunham Tavern Museum by a pop-up bluegrass band known as The Academy of Bluegrass in the Field and comprised of Orchestra members Trina Bourne, Mark Dumm, Henry Peyrebrune, and Derek Zadinsky.

In November, Close Encounters presents a chamber music concert programmed by Cleveland Orchestra violinist Sonja  Braaten Molloy. Molloy has enlisted Christina Dahl, Mark Jacobs, Charles Bernard, and Charles Carleton to perform  Schumann and Schubert with her in a private home.


We are delighted to move forward to the next Heights Arts public art project. With generous local and state funding, Heights Arts will implement an Ohio Arts Council artist residency at neighboring Heights Youth Club in the Cedar Lee Business District. Artist Augusto Bordelois will work with students in the club’s after school program as well as  community members to create a vibrant mosaic mural for the exterior of the building, enhancing both the after school arts program and the streetscape.

Heights Writes, a group that supports the Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, brought pop-up poetry (PUP) to the streets this summer. PUP provided residents and visitors an opportunity to meet local poets on the street. Inspired by the concept of Charles Schultz’s character Lucy and her “Psychiatric Help, 5 cents” stand, the Poet was IN. Current Poet Laureate Cavana Faithwalker hosts a free Poet Laureate Invitational in October with readings by regional poets.