No Pulp Fiction at Cleveland Artists Foundation

NO PULP FICTION AT CLEVELAND ARTISTS FOUNDATION Cleveland-based artist, Tom Balbo, has garnered numerous awards during his 30-plus years as an artist, initially working  in ceramics and printmaking with a growing interest in paper casting and pulp paintings. As his interest in papermaking  grew, his work has turned increasingly towards expressing himself artistically in paper-related media. Balbo’s use of  color and simple form along with organic flow are […]

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Red Dot Project Fishing for Opportunities for Artists

FISHING FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS RED DOT Project puts the work of Northeast Ohio artists together with clients who want to enliven their home or  business environments – which does much more than simply sell art: We build community relationships and develop  new markets for artists as entrepreneurs. In partnership with Follow the Fish Art and Adventure Trail, a project that creatively connects public art and artists to […]

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Recognizing Excellence with Red Dot

If you’ve ever received an award that’s not-quite-suitable for framing, or chucked a giveaway paperweight that was all  about the corporate logo, you might have wondered why companies throw good money after bad swag. Commemorating  achievement and loyalty is a business-world staple, but it doesn’t have to be done with boring “lumps of plastic,” says  RED DOT Project Executive Director Christy Gray. RED DOT Project, the nonprofit artist registry, helps […]

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Art is Energy

Don’t believe it? Try to recall the artwork from the last hotel or motel room you stayed in. We’ll wait. If you can’t remember, it’s not your fault. Lots of businesses buy bland, mass-reproduced art chosen for color coordination rather than to awaken the senses. RED DOT Project, Northeast Ohio’s nonprofit arts registry, sets the bar higher. We believe that expertly crafted art produced by local painters, sculptors […]

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Alterations at Survival Kit Gallery

Alteration is different from creation. Or is it? Artists Sarah Isenhart, Jessica Pinsky, and Beth Whalley make certain that  the added lines, textures, and patterns in their work yield results as rich and independent as the original. Sarah Isenhart, stitching over the ragged topography of old pictorial maps, uses embroidery as both a decorative and  sculptural tool. Her meticulous needlework pays homage to laborious women’s craft techniques while inspiring […]

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Survival Kit Wonders “Who is Deborah Ellen Shore?”

Exploring the former Westinghouse Electric Building on the eastside of Cleveland, artist Dave Desimone stumbles upon hundreds of Kodak slides scattered across the floor among broken computers and tires. These photographs were not here before. Gathering them, he assumes they are images related to the site. He takes them home and scrutinizes, at first  simply attracted to their composition. They are in fact, remarkably out […]

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Character Split at Survival Kit

Conjured through peculiar collages sourced from cut-up, computer generated images and kids’ disposable party plates, and surreal imagery drawn with unerring draftsmanship, the imagined characters created by Clarke Curtis (Austin, TX) and Tyler Zeleny differ only in their form and narrative. Personified through bold, black and white prints, and playful, multicolored combinations, both artists’ sets of characters convey human attributes and gestures that encourage the viewer to suppose hypothetical conversations or confrontations, the […]

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Life Through the Ages and Altered City at Kookoon Arts Gallery

LIFE THROUGH THE AGES Natural History Art has always been a strength of the gallery, and this exhibition illustrates the variety of techniques  that artists have developed throughout history to portray animal life. Classic 19th century works by Alexander Wilson  and John James Audubon pay attention to details in depicting American wildlife as it was being discovered and  identified. Charles R. Knight, followed closely by Zdenek Burian and […]

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All Things Considered and Rust Belt (Re)Visions at Kokoon

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, SEPTEMBER 21–DECEMBER 22, 2012: To celebrate the remaining months of 2012, Kokoon Arts Gallery presents the finest work by our historic and  contemporary artists. Brilliant watercolors depict the early Twentieth Century travels of Cleveland school artists Henry  Keller, Frank Wilcox, and Paul Travis. Animal life is rendered in bronze and enamel by Larry Isard and Mary Wawryko,  as well as the watercolors of William E. Scheele. Beautiful stone […]

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Adrienne French and Jane Millican at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

ADRIENNE FRENCH January 18th, 2013 – March 9th, 2013 Adrienne French is a photographer drawn to the urban landscape, particularly those elements which still evoke the promise and optimism of their original intent, but have obviously seen better days. The subjective lens of Ms. French illustrates a narrative for the viewer, often abstracted in close-up, of brightly painted surfaces that are cracked, chipped and flaking; metal that is […]

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