Heights Arts: Holiday Store, VIEW-points, and Sideways Thinking
The 17th annual Heights Arts Holiday Store runs through December 30 with about 100 visual artists working in a variety of media, plus works by musicians and poets. Support the longtime artists and welcome the new talents by shopping at the Holiday Store.
The year 2019 kicks off with the new exhibition VIEW-points, curated by Helen Liggett and Sharon Grossman of the Heights Arts exhibition subcommittee and running Friday, January 18 to Sunday, March 3. From the curators: “Moving outward from the assumption that mapping is patterned precision, we explore mapping as an activity in which the limitations of representation meet the potential for expression. This terrain blurs the categories between art and science, diagrams and cartoons, play and politics. The artists and viewers participating in VIEW-points explore, provoke and reflect on mapping as orientation rather than destination.” Participating artists are G. M. Donley, Michael Loderstedt, Cat Marsh, Wendy Partridge, Sai Sinbondit, and Rebekah Wilhelm. The unique Heights Arts Ekphrastacy event, during which artists speak briefly about their work and local poets read works inspired by the art in the exhibition, is Thursday, February 14.
The first spotlight show of the year, Friday, February 1 through Sunday, March 17, features drawings by 1991 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Todd Hoak. Hoak’s drawing assemblages are created from other drawings cut apart and reorganized to create a “Frankenstein Cubist” view. He draws with graphite on paper and a scroll saw blade on patinated wood panels.
Artist Julianne Edberg is our guest curator for the exhibition Sideways Thinking, Friday, March 8 through Sunday, April 21. (Ekphrastacy on Thursday, April 4.) Juli describes her concept: “When we play, we let loose the inspired part of our mind to think sideways instead of logically. Ideas flow more freely. Questions may be raised. Is this an alternate, more fantastic world we are looking at? It is definitely a more fun, more magical place—perhaps less polished, less formal. A childlike openness sparks a connection between hitherto unconnected frames of reference. Creating in this state of mind calms the nerves and provides new perspectives. The artists in this exhibition—Leslye Discont Arian, Catherine Butler, Julianne Edberg, Laurie Garrett, Jenny Mendes, and Melissa O’Grady—take us to alternate, more fantastic worlds. Q: How did you think of that? A: I was just messing around.”
More information at heightsarts.org, 216.371.3457 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the gallery at 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
17TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY STORE | NOVEMBER 2–DECEMBER 30
VIEW-POINTS | JANUARY 18–MARCH 3
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 | EKPHRASTACY: ARTISTS TALK + POETS RESPOND 7PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14
SPOTLIGHT: TODD HOAK | FEBRUARY 1–MARCH 17
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
SIDEWAYS THINKING |MARCH 8 – APRIL 21
RECEPTION 6–9PM FRIDAY, MARCH 8 | EKPHRASTACY: ARTISTS TALK + POETS RESPOND 7PM THURSDAY, APRIL 4
2175 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118