Spring, 2016 Events

Your easy, chronological guide to what Northeast Ohio galleries and museums have coming up in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN. Enjoy the shows!



Through March 12

New Directions — new works from young up and coming artists, Harris Stanton Cleveland Gallery

Directors Choice 216: An Exhibition of Historical and Contemporary Art, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

Through March 16 Martinez Garcias Solo Show, Beck Center for the Arts

Through March 19 70th Annual Student Independent Exhibition, Cleveland Institute of Art Gallery, Reinberger Gallery

Ian Hagarty: Temperature Reset; Alan Crockett: Looney Tunes, 2731 Prospect Gallery. As they promised, the new owners of the former William Busta Gallery are casting their nets further afield to bring in artists whose work hasn’t been seen by most Clevelanders. Its winter show features two abstract painters, Huntington, West Virginia-based Ian Hagarty and Columbus/New York-based Alan Crockett, retired from teaching at The Ohio State University. Their distinctive uses of line, color and space definition offer both contrasts and comparisons.

Through March 25 Into the Canvas: Post-Painterly Abstraction in Cleveland, ARTneo

Through March 25 Theodoros Stamatogiannis: I Am Goat Stains on the Doors; Geologic Cognition Society: Underneath Is Before; Jessica Langley: The Vault, SPACES Gallery

Royden Watson, Praxis Fiber Workshop

Through March 31 Mark Giangaspero: Face the Facts, Tregoning and Co.

Through April 1, artist reception 3:30-5pm March 6, women of achievement awards ceremony at 2pm From Woman IX…Celebrate Women’s History Month: Created by women, of women & about women, curated by Mary Urbas, Galleries at Lakeland Community College

Through April 3 Unfixed: The Fugitive Image, Transformer Station

Susan Squires: Geometric Suggestions, 1point618 Gallery

Winter II Classes, Valley Art Center


Through April 16 Threaded, HEDGE Gallery. For those enthralled by what can be created using fabric, this show at the HEDGE Gallery should be a treat. It features three area artists known for the extraordinary things they can do with soft, malleable materials. Rebecca Cross, Libby Chaney and Jessica Pinsky (who is encouraging other artists to expand their fabric practices through her Praxis Fiber Workshop on Waterloo) will turn gallery walls into a sea of fluid environments with multiple series including prints, wall hangings and fabric rooms that incorporate weaving, sewing, dyeing and printmaking.

NEO Geo, Akron Art Museum


Through April 24 Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting, Cleveland Museum of Art

Fashion Outlaws, Massillon Museum


Through April 30 Herb Ascherman: The Paris We Love Imagery Gallery, Chagrin Falls. An annual event since 1986, this show features 40 black and white vintage photographs of Parisian street scenes taken in the mid-1980s by one of Cleveland’s best-known and most accomplished photographers. Drawn from Ascherman’s archives, this exhibition highlights the early years of his Paris explorations.


Through May 8 Xavier Cha: Abduct, MOCA Cleveland

Through May 8 Stranger — group show, MOCA Cleveland

Through May 8 Reverend Albert Wagner: I Saw Figures, Cleveland Institute of Art Brenda Ashley and Gary R. Johnson Corridor Gallery


Through May 24 Pyramids & Sphinxes, Cleveland Museum of Art


Through May 29 Judit Reigl: Body of Music, Allen Memorial Art Museum

Through May 29 A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing, Allen Memorial Art Museum


Through June 5 Psycho/Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum


Through mid-June Frank N. Wilcox: Artist as Historian, curated by William Scheele. Cleveland History Center/Western Reserve Historical Society


Through June 26 Muhammad Shah’s Royal Persian Tent, Cleveland Museum of Art


Through June Return of the Dragons, Allen Memorial Art Museum


Through July 13 Ji Yun-fei: Last Days of Village Wen, Cleveland Museum of Art


Through July 31 PULP Akron Art Museum, Fred & Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

The thematic group photo show Pulp explores the layered meanings of the word “pulp,” referencing the recycling of scrap paper into new sheets, how artists recycle images on paper into new images, and the “pulp” novels and magazines of the early 20th century, designed to be sold cheaply and thrown away. The show includes images that reflect these ideas including those in which paper ephemera forms the basic of abstract compositions by notes photographers such as Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan.


Through August 14 Animals As Muse, Akron Art Museum


Through September 3 Snack, Akron Art Museum






March 4-April 2, opening reception/CAN Journal Launch Party 5-8pm March 4 Ron Barron: Gleanings Bonfoey Gallery


March 4-April 16, opening reception 6-9pm March 4 At Table: Cleveland Culinaria Heights Arts. For this show, Heights Arts drew on 27 visual artists and local culinary stars as Doug Katz for fire food + drink and Provenance, food stylist Melissa McClelland and Bob Sferra of Culinary Occasions to work together to create five themed installations featuring ceramics, glassware, fiber and metal works, photography, prints, painting and furniture. There will be a special event dinner for each installation, taking place on March 13, March 20, March 24, April 4 and April 10.


March 4 Walk All Over Waterloo


March 4-April 1, opening reception 7-9pm March 4 Annual Juried Exhibition, BAYarts


March 4-April 1 opening reception 7-9pm March 4 Pattern & Design BAYarts


March 4 -April 17, opening reception 5-10pm March 4 Darius Steward: Pressure Maria Neil Art Project


March 5-May 15 Masters of Modern Photography Massillon Museum


March 6 3:30-5pm artist reception, awards ceremony at 2pm From Woman IX…Celebrate Women’s History Month: Created by women, of women & about women, curated by Mary Urbas, Galleries at Lakeland Community College


March 10-April 16, Gallery Conversation at 4pm, followed by a reception 5-8 pm Thursday, March 10

The Ornamental Impulse: Form, Pattern, and Color Galleries at Cleveland State University North Gallery; Tightrope: Walk the Line Galleries at Cleveland State University Center Gallery; Go Figure Galleries at Cleveland State University South Gallery; Empty Gestures Galleries at Cleveland State University in the media room


March 11-April 27, opening reception 5-9pm March 11, 6:30pm gallery talk In Search of Red and Other Stories: Found Photographs from the collection of Peter J. Cohen Cleveland Print Room. Cleveland Print Room founder Shari Wilkins has a long-time interest in found, or vernacular, photography — snapshots taken by mostly anonymous amateurs. She’s been collecting and dealing in it for years, so she knows the key players, one of whom is New York-based Peter J. Cohen, a 25-year-veteran in the field. The Cleveland Print Room is bringing in a set of color photos from his collection that feature the color red. The show also includes hand-tinted photos from his collection.


March 11 Tremont Art Walk


March 11-April 16, opening reception 6-8pm March 11, panel discussion moderated by Bill Busta 1:30-3pm March 19 ReUNITE: 20 Years in Print, curated by Liz Maugans & Bellamy Printz, Zygote Press


March 12-May 7, Opening reception March 12 Reinvention: works of PJ Rogers, Andrew Reach, Terry Klausman, Kim Bissett & Ruth Bercaw. Artist Archives of the Western Reserve


March 12 submission deadline From the Ground Up: Surface and Dimension juried exhibition, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory (Show dates April 1-May 7)


March 13-June 2 Pharoah: King of Ancient Egypt Cleveland Museum of Art


March 15 Submissions period opens for The New Now at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. Online submissions only via artistsarchives.org


March 18 78th Street Studios Third Friday


March 18-April 15 Peek-a-Boo, a Pin-Up Girl Show E11even2 Gallery


March 18-May 14 John Nativio: Solo Exhibition Kenneth Paul Lesko


March 18-May 20, opening reception with artist talks 5:30-8pm March 24 Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series: Jim Leach: Being Healthy; Ashley Lyon: Weighing the Sunset The Sculpture Center


March 18-April 15, Opening reception 5-9 pm March with music by Survival Kit founder Brian Straw Eternal Return: New Works by Michael Meier & Christian Michael Mickovic Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit


March 18-April 22 Valley Portrait featuring James Rehmus and Kristin Kowalski, Harris Stanton Akron Gallery


March 18-April 30, opening reception 6-9pm March 18 Spotlight: Cathie Bleck Heights Arts
Cleveland Heights-based artist Cathie Bleck has become known well beyond northeast Ohio for her striking works done in a process similar to woodblock print in which she cuts through inks and other pigments layered on kaolin clay board, revealing the white kaolin clay. Her intricate, spiraling imagery is primary inspired by the natural world. Her work has been featured on album covers and book jackets and included in shows in Montreal, London and at the Library of Congress, as well as in Cleveland galleries such as Bonfoey Gallery and the Maria Neil Art Project. Now she’ll have a show in her own hometown.


March 19-April 2, opening reception & celebration 6-8pm March 19 Common Threads: a Celebration of Artful Hands Flux Metal Arts


March 24 6-8pm HEDGE Gallery Studio visit: John Carlson


March 24-August 14 Animal As Muse Akron Art Museum, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery


March 26-July 3 The Flowering of the Botanical Print Cleveland Museum of Art


March 31 Ekphrastacy: (At Table). Heights Arts.




April 1 Walk All Over Waterloo


April 1-May 19, opening reception 6-9pm April 1 Landline: works of Erin M Riley, Christi Birchfield, Trey Gehring, Mike Andrews and Jovencio de la Paz Praxis


April 1-May 7 From the Ground Up: Surface and Dimension juried exhibition, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory


April 1-3 Liza Nechamkin Hydraulic Forming Combined with Chasing and Repousse workshop.

Flux Metal Arts


April 1-May 8 American Real: Monica Cook, Ryder Ripps, and Chris Verne
Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery


April 1-May 4, opening reception 6-8pm April 1 Perspectives: A Collaboration between Seth Chwast and Herb Ascherman, Valley Art Center. Herb Ascherman is one of Cleveland’s most noted portrait photographers. Seth Chwast is a young painter who has acquired an international reputation and who is, coincidentally, autistic. In this show each of Chwast’s paintings is paired with a portrait by Ascherman that explores, expands and explains the mind and work of this fascinating artist. The show features 35 black and white silver gelatin portraits of Seth taken in various locations throughout 2015.


*April 2 @ 7PM CAN CAN: Collective Arts Network annual benefit, 78th Street Studios SmArt Space


April 3, 3pm Gallery talk and performance by Tom Persinger. Transformer Station


April 3-July 31 Converging Lines: Eva Hesse & Sol LeWitt Cleveland Museum of Art, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Gallery. Hesse and LeWitt met in New York in the late 1950s, a vibrant and fermentive period in that city’s art history. Their friendship and exchange of ideas lasted until Hesse’s premature death in 1970 at the age of 34 with each artist exerting an influence on the distinctive work of the other. Both sprang from the soil of the abstract expressionist and minimalist movements and used their material in different and highly original ways. Immediately after her death, LeWitt created Wall Drawing #46 in tribute to her, reflecting the impact Hesse had on his work. In addition to that piece, the exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art features sculptures and drawing by Hesse that show how LeWitt influenced her.


April 6 Workshops begin for Parade the Circle (Cleveland Museum of Art, June11), BAYarts


April 8 Tremont Art Walk


April 8-30, opening reception 7-9 pm April 8 Jackson Koch: Urban Elevation: Skyline to Street BAYarts


April 8-30, opening reception 7-9 pm Susanne Dotson: Poetic Landscapes: Real & Imagined BAYarts


April 8-15 Art-tini Auction benefitting the Harris Stanton Gallery Scholarship fund at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Harris Stanton Cleveland Gallery


April 8 The Kozo Reading Series is a new author reading event with four set dates in 2016. Curated by the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and author Christopher Bowen, the reading series will bring local and out-of-state talent to the Morgan on April 8, May 13, August 12 and September 19. Among the scheduled authors are Nancy Stohlman from Denver and Barry Graham of Michigan, both on May 13. More information about the reading series can be found at its homepage at http://www.burningriver.info.


April 10-May 5, artist reception and awards ceremony 7-9pm April 14 Visual Arts Student Exhibition, Galleries at Lakeland Community College


April 11-May 29 Spring Classes, Valley Art Center


April 14 6:30-8m Zygote Press Membership Drive Happy Hour/Screening of Proceed to Be Bold, Happy Dog Euclid Tavern


April 15 7th Street Studios Third Friday


April 15-May 31 Tregoning & Company A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011) Tregoning & Company


April 15-July 15, opening reception, 7-10pm April 15 Roberto Gonzalez: The Object and the Subject 1point618 Gallery


April 15-July 1, opening reception 5-10 pm April 15, member preview 6-8pm April 14 Fundamental Gestures: Figures from Life ARTneo April 15–July 1, 2016 ARTneo


April 15, closing reception 5-9pm Threaded HEDGE Gallery


April 16-June 24 Nick Schutzhofer: Corsage – New and recent paintings Shaheen Gallery



April 16 @6pm Monster Drawing Rally, SPACES Gallery. SPACES’ annual monster drawing rally fundraiser brings viewer into the process of creating art and lets them buy pieces they’ve seen being made. Each year dozens of area artists — some of them local art stars — draw simultaneously in three one-hour shifts, hanging their work on the walls as they complete it. Visitors can then stake claim to their favorite pieces, all of which are priced the same, trying to beat out others who may have been eying the same work. There’s music, food and a space for kids to do their own drawing. All proceeds benefit programs at SPACES.


April 17-18 Casey Sheppard workshop Pipe Dream Jewelry: PVC Pipe Technique with Exploration in Cold Connections. Flux Metal Arts


April 22-June 4, opening reception 6-9pm April 22 Things That Fly Heights Arts


April 23 7-10pm Drawn and Quartered featuring Northern Ohio Illustrators Society, Murray Hill Life Drawing Group, Dr. Sketchy Cleveland, and the West Side Markers, HEDGE Gallery


April 23-July 10 Jon Pestoni: Some Years Cleveland Museum of Art at the Transformer Station


April 23 10am-noon Creative Fusion resident artist, Anila Rubiku presentation, Zygote Press


April 28 6-8pm HEDGE Gallery Studio visit: Douglas Max Utter


April 29- May 27 Miller Horns Tribute Exhibition Harris Stanton Akron Gallery





May 5-June 11, awards and presentation 5-8pm May 5 Merit Scholar Exhibition, Galleries at Cleveland State University North Gallery; 45th Student Show, Galleries at Cleveland State University, South and Center Galleries and media room
May 5 6:30-8pm Collecting Art Series with Garth Clark, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve


May 6 Walk All over Waterloo


May 6-7 Chagrin Valley Art Hop, Valley Art Center


*May 6, opening reception 5-10pm May 6 New Work by Hilary Gent Maria Neil Art Project


May 6-28, opening reception 6-8pm May 6 Anila Rubiku Creative Fusion Artist exhibition, Zygote Press


May 13 Tremont Art Walk


May 13 Author reading event with Nancy Stohlman, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory


May 13-25, opening reception 7-9pm May 13 The Potter’s Kitchen Annual Ceramics Exhibition & Sale, BAYarts


May 14-September 28 Stag at Sharkey’s George Bellows and the Art of Sports Cleveland Museum of Art. Will Cleveland’s obsession with sports ever dwindle? Unlikely — so the Cleveland Museum of Art is taking advantage of it. One of its signature images is the boxing painting “Stag at Sharkey’s” by early 20th-century painter George Bellows. A Columbus native who played baseball and basketball at The Ohio State University, years before it added “The” to its name, Bellows earned acclaim for his rough-hewn paintings depicting working class subjects including boxing, as well as his graphic images of World War I. “Stag at Sharkey’s” is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which will also feature two dozen other paintings, drawings and lithographs, amplifying the viewer’s understanding of his vision.


May 15 4-7pm No Art Left Behind benefit, Artists Archive of the Western Reserve


May 19-July 15, artist reception and awards ceremony 7-9pm May 19 7th Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Exhibition, Galleries at Lakeland Community College


May 20 7th Street Studios Third Friday


May 20-June 17, opening reception 5-9 pm, May 20 with music by Survival Kit founder Brian Straw Rust Belt Monster Collective: The First Four Years Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit


May 20-June 16, opening reception 5-8pm May 20 Gary Bukovnik, Bonfoey Gallery


May 20-June 18 Terry Klausman Solo Show Harris Stanton Cleveland Gallery


May 20-June 17 27 (Twenty-Seven), show based on musicians who died at age 27, E11even2 Gallery


May 20-June 25, opening reception May 20 5-9pm Optic Environments HEDGE Gallery


May 20-July 9 Troy Gua: Solo Exhibition Kenneth Paul Lesko


*May 20 CAN Journal Summer 2016 Issue Launch, Murray Hill Schoolhouse, Little Italy


May 21-22 Rooms to Let: CLE Slavic Village. Cleveland’s Slavic Village was the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis in the ’00s, and is now struggling to come back from it. And artists are always willing to pitch in and help out! In 2014, Rooms to Let: CLE debuted, in which teams of area artists, numbering dozens of artists, temporarily took over and re-imagined abandoned, distressed properties. It’s also a weekend block party with music, food vendors and hands-on art activities for visitors.


May 21-30, opening reception 5-8pm May 21; gallery talk 1pm May 23 Cleveland Project with Blessing Ngobeni Cleveland Print Room


May 24-July 29 SWAP Artist, SPACES Gallery


May 26-July 9, opening reception 5:30-8pm May 26 Ceramic Invitational:  a selection of Ohio’s finest ceramic artists, curated by Lakeland College Gallery Director Mary Urbas, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve


May 27 @ 5-8pm special preview opening of Waterloo Sculpture Garden Summer Exhibition The Sculpture Center


May 29-August 28, opening reception at MOCA May 27; opening reception at Akron Art Museum May 28 Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia Akron Art Museum & MOCA Cleveland. Before there was DEVO, the band’s co-founding member, Akron-born Mark Mothersbaugh, was an art student and an artist. He has continued his practice as a visual artist for more than 40 years, creating a diverse body of art that reflects some of the same satirical yet serious cultural commentary DEVO was known for, looking at how humans fit into a depersonalized consumerist society. The exhibit, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver where it was on display in 2014, will be seen in northeast Ohio in two parts. The Akron Art Museum will show Mothersbaugh’s visual art output including prints, sculpture, rugs and his thousands of postcard-sized images. MOCA Cleveland will focus on DEVO and how the band fit into Mothersbaugh’s vision, as well as his other sonic explorations.




June 3 Walk All Over Waterloo


June 4 10am-noon Rasmuson Alaskan Exchange artist Sarah Tabbert, Breakfast presentation and Meet the Artist Party, Zygote Press


June 10 Tremont Art Walk


June 11-12 33rd Annual Art by the Falls Valley Art Center


June 11 Parade the Circle, Cleveland Museum of Art


June 17 78th Street Studios Third Friday


June 25 Waterloo Arts Festival