Lissauer Gallery Presents Jim Ptacek and Amber Ford

At the Lissauer Gallery throughout 2019: free opening receptions on the second Friday of odd months!

The Lissauer Gallery is pleased to present the work of two Northeast Ohio artists with very different styles this summer. Jim Ptacek brings his photographs and collages of Cleveland landmarks and architecture to us from May 10 through July 7, and Amber Ford’s photography—primarily portraits—will be on display from July 7.

Jim Ptacek
A Retrospective
May 10–July 7

Ptacek has been recording his favorite Cleveland landmarks with his effortless and approachable realism for decades—at least five so far. Through the years he has drawn, sketched, painted or photographed many iconic buildings, structures and landscapes that every Clevelander will recognize.

Jim graduated from Cathedral Latin High School, attended classes at The Cleveland Institute of Art and graduated as an architectural illustrator from Cooper School of Art. That training is evident throughout his work, even as he adopts varied media and formats including collage, or expands his geographic focus to other cities.

Amber Ford, Velvet Waves

Amber N. Ford
July 12–September 8
FREE opening reception with the artist from 6–8pm on Friday, July 12

Amber N. Ford takes a different approach to photography and the realism that is captured in an instant. She is best known for her work in portraiture, which she refers to as a “collaborative engagement between photographer and sitter.” While always questioning “the truth,” Ford aims to establish a platform in which her sitter may present themselves as they please. Her work also exhibits her interest in topics of race and identity.

Amber N. Ford is a photographer/artist based in Cleveland. She received her BFA in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016. Primarily working in photography while occasionally exploring other mediums such as printmaking, Ford was recently awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017.



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