Finding the Light At Edward E. Parker Museum of Art

It feels like Father Time has sped up the clocks in an attempt to devour the year 2020. Although we know better, it’s hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us! How did the seasons pass by so quickly? With everyone preoccupied with sanitizing, maintaining social distance and staying safe and informed, our focus wasn’t on time.

Although the months have seemed to fly by, there have been moments when time seemed to slow down. The news cycle has been overrun with violent confrontation, murder, and COVID-19 updates. Intolerance and hate are out of control, and without a collective effort, it will only get worse. Facing our differences may be uncomfortable, but it creates dialogue. Wearing a mask is uncomfortable, but it can save lives—so just do it!

Since reopening the museum, we have kept our group activity numbers to a minimum, with success. As a result, we have decided not to restart the monthly exhibitions at Shinn House Galleries. If you are interested in showing at Shinn House, Ed Parker is still accepting portfolios for consideration in future shows. As mentioned in our last CAN installment, we have initiated a virtual artist showcase to fill the void created by suspending the Shinn House exhibits; each showcase will include biographical information on the artists, links, and selected images of their artwork. You can find the showcases on display at the museum and on our Facebook page.

As we close out 2020 and usher in the new year, EEPMOA will be focused on expanding our arts programming and creating a calendar of events for 2021. We would like to establish partnerships and find creative new ways to engage residents and other members of the art community. We are excited to begin developing these ideas and welcome suggestions, collaboration, ideas, and input.

We will be celebrating Black history throughout the month of February. Expect autobiographies, artwork, puzzles, games, verbal and visual presentations, and a focus on lesser-known Black history facts. We will post additional information on our website and social media pages as the month draws near.

Free art classes are offered to seniors every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Students are currently working with clay and Conté, and painting with acrylics. All skill levels are welcome. All participants are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing during class. If you are in the area, please stop in and see us. The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. For visitation outside of normal business hours, please call for an appointment. Remember, “Think Art for Social Development!”


13240 Euclid Avenue

East Cleveland, Ohio 44112