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6 Editor’s Note
New editor Amanda Koehn discusses this issue and its theme
8 On Deck
Noteworthy upcoming openings and events from around Northeast Ohio
“Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood” exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art reflects cultural depictions of having children
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14 Candid Cleveland
Photographer Ruddy Roye turns his lens on the city and its residents for “Cleveland 20/20”
20 The enchanted forest of Eileen Dorsey
Cleveland artist turbocharges nature in her paintings
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“Colorado Hike 1” (2016) by Eileen Dorsey. 30 x 48 inches. Materials: oil on canvas. The Collection of the Judson Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist.
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Editor’s Note I
’m excited to introduce myself as the new editor of Canvas. You may have seen my name in Canvas before as one of the writers, and I’m so happy my first issue editing the magazine is now complete. Until I started working at Canvas about three years ago, the Northeast Ohio arts scene was quite new to me – although I knew it had a good reputation. I grew up very far on the East Side and then lived in the Bay Area and Chicago for several years after college. So when I moved to the Cleveland area in 2016, there was a lot to catch up on and I’m definitely still in the learning phase. That said, I’m excited to bring my own vision to the magazine. I hope to expand upon what former editor Michael C. Butz (who is a contributing writer in this issue) built by producing stories that show what the local arts community uniquely has to offer. Creating more themed issues is a goal of mine. I’m also interested in the aspect of art that brings awareness to injustice and inspires social change, so I’ll continue to feature works and artists that exhibit such efforts. My new role is certainly in keeping with this issue’s theme of “outside impressions.” In many ways, I’m an outsider taking a deep dive in, bringing my own perspectives and experiences to an already well-established periodical. Many of the stories featured in this issue contribute in different ways to that same theme. Our cover story is a profile on painter Eileen Dorsey, who uses the natural environment as inspiration for her bright, realistic yet magical portraits of forests and beloved outdoor spots. Bringing her unique impression to a given natural scene, she creates textured and colorful pieces that stand out. In another sense, the “Cleveland 20/20” photography project developed by the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Print Room benefits from the outside impression of Brooklyn, N.Y.based photographer Ruddy Roye. He came to Cleveland to document its people and places and, along with local photographers, spark conversations about our city,
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what it offers and what it’s lacking. In addition, our theater feature on “Shadow of the Run,” a new and uniquely Northeast Ohio immersive theater experience, grasps outside impressions in a couple ways. The script places the audience literally outside in Bedford’s historic district. In the production’s first chapter this summer, audience groups were taken into the woods and along the train tracks to envision our region at the time and place of the 1930s Cleveland torso murders. As the audience interacted with the play’s characters and scenes, they brought their own vivid impressions to the theatrical experience, making no one performance the same as any other. All said and done, I hope you take knowledge and inspiration from these stories and the several others, and get out this winter – to art galleries, theaters, local businesses, and even just outdoors. In both new and familiar environments, I hope we can all form new impressions about what the region’s arts institutions and exhibitions, and beyond, have to offer.
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Upcoming openings and events from around Northeast Ohio. Event details provided by the entities featured. Compiled by Skylar Dubelko. AKRON ART MUSEUM “The Distance of the Moon” | Through March 15, 2020 • Honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Akron Art Museum’s “The Distance of the Moon” exhibition examines the moon through the lens of photography and video. The exhibit reflects the countless works of art influenced by the moon, including lunar voyages from Georges Méliès’ early film “Le Voyage dans la Lune” to Robert Longo’s study “Untitled (Moon in Shadow).” Artists featured include Nancy Graves, Craig Kalpakjian, Robert Longo, Georges Méliès and James Turrell, with additional items from the Archive of Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees and NASA. Graves, through immersive film, explores surface textures and sonic space through utilizing images from exploratory missions to the moon. Turrell spent over 40 years transforming a dormant volcano into an aperture for observing the moon and other heavenly bodies. Moody music and renderings will be featured alongside early stereographs of the full moon. And by combining modern images of the lunar surface taken by NASA on a series of exploratory missions with historic prints, the exhibit considers the relationship between art and scientific discovery, as well as our collective fascination with the moon. The exhibit is in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery at the museum, 1 S. High St. in Akron.
THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART “PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet” | Feb. 7 – Apr. 12, 2020 • For much of the 20th century, contact sheets, or proof sheets, were integral to photography. Roll film encouraged more and more exposures and the best frame would be chosen later. As photography grew more popular in galleries and museums in the 1970s, some photographers printed all the images from a roll of film and presented the result as a finished work of art. That was not commonplace, though. For the most part, the photographer’s contact sheet remained out of public view. Digital technology has put an end to that era, though. Photographers now see images instantly, and systems of storage, retrieval and editing are drastically more advanced. Taking viewers back to that time and place, the late Cleveland collector Mark Schwartz’s comprehensive collection of contact sheets will be displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The collection shows the methods of a range of photographers at work during the second half of the 20th century. “PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet” will showcase 150 works from the collection, featuring photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Philippe Halsman and Irving Penn. The work of Schwartz’s friends Arnold Newman, Larry Fink and Emmet Gowin will also be featured. The museum is at 11150 East Blvd. in Cleveland
Top: NASA, Apollo 15 Mission, 1971. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 inches. Image courtesy of the Akron Art Museum. Right: “Benefit, the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, June 1977” by Larry Fink. Gelatin silver print with hand-applied grease pencil in green, red and yellow; 25.2 x 20.3 centimeters. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” | Through March 1, 2020 • The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage has created the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate composer Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity and social activism. While patrons may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, such as “West Side Story,” how he responded to the political and social crises of his day is lesser known. Visitors will learn more about how Bernstein expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, the Vietnam War and turbulent social change. Bernstein referred to those times as his “search for a solution to the 20th-century crisis of faith.” The museum is at 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood.
Above: Leonard Bernstein conducting. Photo courtesy of Paul de Hueck / Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc. Below: Commemorative medallion created by students at Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. Image courtesy of Anderson Turner.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ART COLLECTION AND GALLERIES “Constructed Answer” | Jan. 24 – Feb. 28, 2020 • When four Kent State University students were killed by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, for protesting the invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, the effect was felt throughout the country and beyond. In response, artists created works to honor the students who were killed, as well as draw attention to the unjust cause of their death and the war itself. Many artists sent their work to Kent State’s School of Art Collection. As such, students at Philadelphia College of Art – now University of the Arts – created a commemorative medallion to memorialize the students. That work inspired the curation of “Constructed Answer,” a contemporary metals exhibition that will be on view at Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts as part of programming commemorating the May 4 shootings on campus 50 years after the incident. Co-curated by School of Art Collection and Galleries director Anderson Turner and Andrew Kuebeck, assistant professor and area head of the jewelry/metals/enameling program, “Constructed Answer” features the work of Boris Bally, Taehyun Bang, Marilyn DaSilva, Holland Houdek, Keith Lewis, Michael Nashef, Marissa Saneholtz, Stephen Saracino, Mel Someroski and Renee Zettle-Sterling. A reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020. Two artist talks are also scheduled: Zettle-Sterling will speak at noon Feb. 7 at the Center for the Visual Arts, Room 165;
Houdek will speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 28, with the location to be determined. The Center for Visual Arts is at 325 Terrace Drive in Kent.
THE SCULPTURE CENTER “Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism” | Nov. 29 – Jan. 10, 2020 • Women in the United States have used creating as a form of protest since the American Revolution. The Sculpture Center’s “Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism” emerges from a contemporary standpoint where pussyhats became the visual symbol of protest for thousands of women in women’s marches after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as president.
The exhibit aims to show how objects can provoke and engage everyday citizens, and how they serve as productive tools in deliberative democracies. Creating can also help those looking to amplify their voice through the process. The Sculpture Center will display the work of Rochester-area artists (where the exhibit originated) along with that of art-activists from across the U.S. and abroad. These artists use craft to make statements about sociopolitical, cultural and economic issues that have engaged them. They use traditional tools such as yarn, thread and textiles to create a pathway to positive change. The Sculpture Center is at 1834 E. 123rd St. in Cleveland.
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By McKenna Corson
‘Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood’ exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art reflects cultural depictions, challenges and reality of having and raising children.
n the wee hours of the morning, after tucking her boys in bed, Jessica Gardner was in the art studio.
Those hours painted in swathes of swirling dark, deep blues and blacks sprinkled with flecks of twinkling stars, were the hours Gardner had to herself. At night in the studio, she wasn’t a full-time art professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She wasn’t a mother to a three and five year old. She wasn’t a wife with dishes to do or dinner to make. She was an artist; turning her experiences of wearing so many hats into ceramic art, creating depictions of what motherhood really is and the toll it can have on one’s body. And after many nights Gardner forced herself into her car instead of bed, she realized she’d like people to see the pieces she’d crafted under moonlight: she should create an exhibit of art made by women showing their experiences with motherhood and womanhood. “I think that it is rare that female artists who are making work about their issues are really acknowledged or supported the way they should be,” Gardner says. “I debated how can we use really beautifully crafted art work by professional artists to start really important conversations, like anxiety mothers experience. I’m hoping for this exhibit to not only be work in its own right, but also start conversations that I think are long overdue at this point. And I feel like I’ve seen this exhibit do that.” After proposing her idea to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, sending emails to well-known ceramic artists she never thought would respond and reaching out to art museums with her curator’s statement, Gardner’s first non-academic, traveling exhibit, “Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood,” was born. The “Crowns” tour featuring two to six pieces from 11 woman artists will reach its finale at the Canton Museum of Art from Nov. 27 to March 8, 2020,
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after traveling through museums in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania since January 2018. CONCEPTION TO FULL GROWN Showcasing the creative nature of the artists, the name “Crowns” stems from the play on words from the physical crowning of a baby being born. Thus, all humans are “crowned” by the hips of the person giving birth to them. The term also reflects the metaphorical change experienced when having a baby – as if being “crowned” mothers – and the changes that come with being a mother and artist. “The ceramics community is actually quite small, and I feel like we all know each other,” Gardner says. “I was interested in these artists and mothers and how their work had changed since they’d become
mothers – both the work itself, but also how they work. It’s been a really great experience to talk to the other mothers and hear how they are navigating this time crunch between raising children and maintaining a studio practice.” The exhibit comes to Canton at a prime time for the celebration of women and developing better understanding of the challenges they face. “‘Crowns’ is incredibly timely because this year marks the centennial for Ohio women’s suffrage, and this coming August of 2020 marks the national women’s suffrage centennial,” says Christy Davis, curator of exhibitions at the Canton Museum of Art. “Something celebrating women and their accomplishments is really timely right now. Motherhood is something that you can’t really grasp until you’ve been there, and it really does change everything.” Each piece is unique to the artists’
Left: Jessica Gardner and her children, Daniel, now 5, and Mathew, now 3. Right: “Sleep When the Baby Sleeps” by Jessica Gardner. 16 x 16 x 13 inches. Materials: Porcelain slip-cast multiples, slip-dipped porcelain once fired to cone 6, re-fired found objects and ceramic decals. Photo courtesy of George Staley.
Top Left: Christy Davis and her children, Corbin, 8, Hadley, 7, and Sawyer, 3. Photo courtesy of Christy Davis. Top Right: Kristen Cliffel, her husband, Bob Simons, and their children Jack Simons, 21, and Nell Simons, 19. Right: “Corona Factotum” by Kristen Cliffel. 16 x 20 x 20 inches. Materials: Clay, glaze, gold lustre, velvet, wood, resin, cotton and polyester lip cord. Photo courtesy of Daniel Fox, Lumina Studio. experiences trying to balance motherhood, career and art. Canton will host about 63 of the unique and personal pieces. Gardner found inspiration for many of her pieces in one of the most famous mothers of all, the Virgin Mary, but not because of her well-depicted parenting style. “I view the Virgin Mary more in the historical context of the Madonna and as being held up as this perfect mother,” she says. “There’s never a depiction of the Virgin Mary where Jesus is crying and spitting up all over her – that’s not a thing. But that is the reality of motherhood: the exhaustion and worry and questioning if you’re doing it right.” One of her pieces, “Sleep When the Baby Sleeps” features a Virgin Mary porcelain figure with decals inscribed on the back about what sleep deprivation does to a person, balancing on a pile of ceramic objects like china dishes, a pump flange and cloths. Her other five pieces include “Home,” “Gush,” “Internalized Norms,” “The Choice is Yours” and “Mommy Blog Wares,” a set of porcelain plates depicting the Virgin Mary’s face with text bubbles quoting acronyms from “mommy blogs,” like “WOH” for “work out of the home,” and “CIO” for “cry it out,” installed with a red thread quilt outline backdrop. Summer Zickefoose, a mother of two boys ages 4 and 6 and an assistant professor of art at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. , had just finished showing pieces in a traveling exhibition “Both Artist and Mother” when Gardner
reached out to ask if she’d be interested in joining “Crowns.” Zickefoose, who is from Canfield, gladly accepted and started brainstorming. “I think anyone who’s trying to juggle multiple things and maintain your creative practice while managing all of the new challenges of motherhood has similar experiences. And so I was excited to be a part of that,” Zickefoose says. “I liked the concept of the show. It wasn’t something that, even when I began showing work as an undergrad or graduate student, I don’t remember a lot of shows taking on that subject.” THE ART OF JUGGLING IT ALL Since the birth of her sons, finding time to get into the studio hasn’t been an easy feat for Zickefoose. With the support of family and friends and setting deadlines, she dipped her toes back into the waters of art, and she has two pieces in “Crowns.” “Cockleburs and Pleasantries” is composed of wooden shelves attached to a wall with white tea cups placed on them, with excerpts from Midwestern women’s diaries from the late 19th- to mid-20th century written on them. The cups are also filled with a different material Zickefoose collected from outdoors. She had women she knew – or just met – write the diary entries checked out from libraries in their own handwriting, picking entries that resonated most with them. “All together, it’s like the sort of narrative that’s being told between the material, the texts and the overall story of all these
voices,” she says. Zickefoose’s second piece “Shouting Through the Distance” was made specifically for Canton’s stop and consists of two clay megaphones suspended from the ceiling people can actually use. Through her research into the women’s suffrage movement and how women used instruments similar to megaphones to amplify their voices to be heard in public spaces, Zickefoose also discovered a megaphone’s connection to motherhood: “Sometimes you just want to scream about things, so it’s an expression of voice in itself.” Unlike a majority of the artists featured in “Crowns” who have embarked upon motherhood recently, Kristen Cliffel, a mother of two from the Edgewater neighborhood of Cleveland and a part-time teacher, isn’t dealing with diapers and toys. She’s dealing with the opposite end of the motherhood spectrum: an empty nest. Both children are in college. “I’m not a confident and professional mother,” Cliffel says. “I’m a professional and confident sculptor, but not parent. And I know that seems odd because my kids are already 19 and 21, but that’s always been what I feel less than at. However, I’m super seminal to the way that I have parented and raised my children. I haven’t come to a
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Left: Summer Zickefoose with her sons, Felix, 6, and Ellis, 4. Right: “Cockleburs and Pleasantries” by Summer Zickefoose on display at Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Materials: Collected porcelain cups re-fired with decals, wood and organic materials. Decals consist of text from Midwestern and rural women’s diaries from 19th century to present, transcribed in various women’s handwriting. Photo courtesy of the artist. point where (my kids) are not sort of still the focus of my life.” When Gardner contacted Cliffel to join “Crowns,” Cliffel didn’t hesitate. The exhibition was a chance to create meaningful work. “For many years when I was young and working with these themes of femininity, domesticity and motherhood, I was literally told by curators, museum directors and gallerists that the work was way too feminist, way too domestic and just was too personal,” Cliffel says. “ ... Over the years, I have never strayed from that because I’m super authentic about where I want to spend my time and where the work comes from. I’m not going to fuck about with spending a year on a piece that is peripherally important to me, so I am fiercely attached to the content that just springs from my life.” Cliffel has six pieces in “Crowns.” “Corona Factotum” is a large golden crown topped with objects symbolic to the corners of ethics Cliffel has worked hard to imbue in her children, laying on a purple pillow emphasizing royalty of motherhood and its iconic place in history. One jewel is a house with smoke pouring out representing a sense of home; another is a sailboat for one’s journey powered by themselves and nature; a layered cake for the importance of celebrating every day; a stack of books for education and lifelong learning; and a campfire for self sustainability. Cliffel’s other pieces include “The Navigator,” “Foundation,” “Enough,” “Sugar on Top,” and “What Kind of Mother Are You Anyway.” SUPPORT AMONG MOTHERS, ARTISTS While museum goers can see the tangible fruits of labor crafted by these artists, one creation Gardner cherishes greatly is one invisible to the naked eye: the support group of mothers she unexpectedly forged amongst the women. “It wasn’t my initial goal, but it turned out really well,” Gardner says. “We have all different age groups, so a couple of the moms,
“Crowns: Crossing into Motherhood” will be on view from Nov. 27 to March 8, 2020 at the Canton Museum of Art at 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition includes pieces from Stephanie DeArmond, Carole Epp, Kathryne Fisher, Jessica Gardner, Eva Kwong, Rhonda Willers, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Summer Zickefoose, Erin Furimsky, Rose B. Simpson and Kristen Cliffel.
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they’re empty nesters now. Some of them have teenagers, and a good majority of us have younger children. It has been really funny to have some of those who have kids that are a little bit older say, ‘Don’t worry, they will stop putting things in their mouth.’ “ Zickefoose also found inspiration from her fellow artists. “I’m a mother who has a full-time teaching job and tries to maintain a career as an artist,” Zickefoose says. “You’d probably never feel like they’re in balance. Sometimes you feel like you need more time with your kids, and other times you feel like your responsibilities at work aren’t all being addressed as well as you’d like them to be. And it’s just sort of a constant, and every woman in this show would be experiencing something similar.” The Canton Museum of Art isn’t taking the fact that it serves as the finale of “Crowns” lightly. It’s planning events to bring attention to the hard work mothers and women do by working with other community organizations, like scheduling a moms’ night out, mommy and me yoga and others to be determined. Davis, Canton’s full-time exhibition curator and a mother of three, ages 3, 7 and 8, knows very well the difficulty of being a mother and professional. Viewing each piece was like seeing her experiences in a tangible form, and she urges people of all backgrounds – even those without children – to tour “Crowns” for its many pieces. “Everybody has a mom or a parent, so you’ve experienced it in some way, shape or form regardless,” she says. “There are certain experiences that are uniquely geared towards mothers specifically, but I think in parenting in general, there are overlapping aspects to it. When you have a sick kid, it’s kind of all hands on deck; things like that, there are just certain parts of it that are shared. It’s something that’s not just for mothers.” No mother is the same, and each defines what motherhood means to them differently, but Davis and the artists involved in “Crowns” hope the mothers who visit the exhibition realize the planet has seen thousands and thousands of years of mothers. From wondering when the baby’s crying will ever stop despite your attempts to sate all of their needs, to wondering when you’ll stop crying after dropping that suddenly-grown-up baby at college, at least one mother has been in a similar position – no matter how unique it may seem. “It’s a sisterhood in a way,” Davis says. “It’s empowering to know that no matter what you do, you’re not alone. You have your own unique experiences, but these experiences with motherhood are not unique to you. And nobody’s perfect. Whether you’re an artist, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, whether you’re a teacher, a doctor, whatever you may do alongside being a mother, we can all relate to each other.”
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Photographer Ruddy Roye turns his lens on the city and its residents for ‘Cleveland 20/20’ By Michael C. Butz
orld-renowned photographer Ruddy Roye documents his subjects – often strangers – in much the same way he meets them in person.
His first shots are often wide, allowing the personality of surrounding buildings and streets to provide context. Then, he moves closer, snapping an image of his subject from the waist up. The interaction is completed when he takes a photo of only the person’s face. He adjusts the aperture of his 50mm Noctilux lens so that all that’s in focus are the subject’s eyes. “It’s a way of introducing viewers to the person. ... And for me to say, ‘Look, look at who a Clevelander is,’” says the 49-year-old Jamaican-born, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist. “I want you to be engaged with this person and to ask questions – and to get answers from that face.” That approach is particularly relevant for his current project, “Cleveland 20/20: A Photographic Exploration of Cleveland,” in which he’s one of more than 20 photographers documenting Cleveland and its residents. Roye is the only non-Clevelander among this veritable who’s who of Northeast Ohio’s artistic photographers. “The project has many folds. One of them is to photograph the most diverse, segregated city on this continent,” he says. “How do I do that? I stay as an outsider, using fresh eyes – sometimes ignoring the history just to get to what is there.” CONNECTING TO CLEVELAND “Cleveland 20/20” is a partnership between the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Print Room. To mark its 150th anniversary, the library sought to document the diversity and richness of everyday life in its hometown. Between “Cleveland 20/20” and a similar partnership with ideastream on a storytelling project, a comprehensive portrait of the city will emerge.
Ruddy Roye photographed this group of young cyclists in a cemetery along Kinsman Road in Cleveland for “Cleveland 20/20” and hopes it sparks conversation about life in the city. Image courtesy of Cleveland Public Library Archives.
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Roye introduces viewers to his subjects – like Jae Jarrell, co-founder of the collective AFRICOBRA, and longtime broadcast journalist Leon Bibb – by focusing on their eyes. Image courtesy of Cleveland Public Library Archives. The photos compiled for “Cleveland 20/20” will be cataloged in the library’s Photographs Collection, which currently holds 1.3 million photographs, most from the mid-1800s to the 1990s. Thus, this project will provide a needed update. Secondly, a portion of the “Cleveland 20/20” photos will appear in a major exhibition scheduled to open Jan. 20, 2020 in Brett Hall at the library’s main branch in downtown Cleveland. It figures to make a splash. Cleveland Print Room Executive Director Shari Wilkins says “Cleveland 20/20” got started in October 2018 when Aaron Mason, the library’s director of outreach and programming services, reached out to her with his vision for the project. “He wanted a number of local photographers, and then also asked about hiring an outside photographer,” she says. “We’d already worked with Ruddy two times, basically, so it was a no-brainer.” In 2018, Roye was an artist-in-residence for Cleveland Print Room’s Project
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Snapshot program, which through a partnership with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission aims to teach photography to area young people. In 2019, Roye’s much-anticipated solo show, “When Living is a Protest,” debuted at Cleveland Print Room. Also on Roye’s resume: TIME Magazine named him Instagram Photographer of 2016, and he’s worked for the likes of National Geographic, TIME, The New York Times, Vogue, Jet, Ebony, ESPN and Essence. Though he acknowledges similarities between his “When Living is a Protest” series – which chronicles the struggles of African Americans in the United States – Roye has been mindful of not letting previous projects or past successes inform too much of his approach to “Cleveland 20/20.” “I’ve allowed Cleveland, for lack of a better analogy, to play its music to me, as opposed to bringing my own tune – instead of saying you’re going to dance to my drumbeat,” he says. “Every street has its own cadence.”
SPARKING A CONVERSATION As of early November, Roye made five visits to Northeast Ohio for “Cleveland 20/20,” each lasting at least a week. His approach involves traveling the same routes each day, observing daily goings-on, as well as planned field trips to specific buildings, organizations or neighborhoods. “I usually just go there and look at what I see and make an authentic image from what is there,” he says. “My attitude with photography is never to photograph what’s not there or to sensationalize an image.” One excursion took Roye to Kinsman Road on the city’s east side, where a group of African American boys pedaled toward him on their bicycles as he drove. His efforts to flag them down made them speed away because, he says, they feared he might be a police officer. He eventually caught up with them in a nearby cemetery, where he explained the project and they agreed to be photographed. The resulting image portrayed youthful exuberance against a backdrop
of ultimate demise. It’s striking. Viewers may be inclined to interpret the photo as a nod to a mainstream media narrative regarding young black men and boys and violence. Roye concedes the photo has a message but says it’s deeper than that – and he wants to make viewers work harder to receive it and reach a better understanding. “My mom said you can take them to the trough but you can’t force them to drink. I’ll take you to the trough, but it would be such a disservice to the image if I just leave it at, ‘This is the history of black men in Cleveland.’ I could say they have no work, they have no resources, they have nowhere else to go. That, to me, would be the greater message. I’m just showing you the result of not having that. “For me, an image is not an endall-be-all,” he adds. “An image is a conversation, and let’s have the conversation – as opposed to just leaving it at, ‘Oh, this is what happens to black men in Cleveland.’” He suggests the narrative is that the boys – as well as many other Clevelanders – are trying to forge their ways along a path fraught with obstacles. “It’s easy to say, ‘OK, it’s about violence and this is where they end up,’” he says. “But I’ve yet to see one engineering school. I’ve yet to see one masonry school. I’ve yet to see one wood shop. In a place that has space – and a mayor – I’ve yet to see anything that says, ‘I care about you.’ So, yeah, the image is about these guys in a cemetery, but it’s about more. It’s about a conversation we can have to make sure they’re not in the cemetery.” AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE Roye might not search for themes, but they emerged as he worked on “Cleveland 20/20.” Emptiness – “not necessarily just buildings, but government responsibility” – is one example. “There’s this huge void here,” he says. “Am I trying to photograph void? No. I’m trying to get at how people are living. How do people get by? What does that living look like? What is the culture of a neighborhood?” But, undeniably, richness and fullness are also themes. Roye says he’s been warmly received by those he’s met, spoken to and photographed, adding that many Cleveland residents express a sense of pride in their respective neighborhoods. Authentically documenting those qualities is both important to him and central to the vision of “Cleveland 20/20.” A trip to Slavic Village brought
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For “Cleveland 20/20,” Roye chronicled everyday goings-on in Cleveland neighborhoods. Image courtesy of Cleveland Public Library Archives. to life both the fullness of the neighborhoods and the cadence of the streets Roye identified. “On (East) 61st (Street), Miss Debbie Eason was out on her steps, and there was this very loud Rosy, who is a car washer. Everything on that street was loud. A cello up the road was loud. Everybody was shouting,” he says. “You go down another street, somebody’s mowing his lawn. It’s quiet. Or, there’s nobody. On another street, there were kids riding their bicycles, wheelin’. So those are the different characteristics.” He’s also been a student of Cleveland history. For example, in talking with members of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church near East 40th Street and Central Avenue, he learned of Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee and Langston Hughes. “They went to school right around the corner – that’s not something I knew before,” he says. “So, it’s been important for me … to allow myself to listen to
Cleveland, to listen to what was here, what is here, what people are trying to do and what people did.” Roye realizes he won’t be the only one to learn from “Cleveland 20/20,” acknowledging some who see his work in the library exhibition may never have stepped foot in neighborhoods he visited. That’s an important audience for him, personally, to reach. Bridging that gap in connection and compassion could have a lasting impact. “In seeking my voice, what was I going to photograph, this question was asked: Why are you doing this? It doesn’t change anything, so why are you pursuing photography with this aim in mind?” he says. “I think part of my ‘I’m going to prove photography can change the way people think’ birthed this idea that I can introduce Debbie Eason to you, and she’ll remind you of your aunt; the only difference is she has a different skin color. That’s my big hope for the project.”
‘CLEVELAND 20/20’ CONTRIBUTORS The more than 20 photographers taking part in “Cleveland 20/20” represent an array of talent. Many of them are prolific professionals: Tim Arai, Stephen Bivens, Bridget Caswell, Matthew Chasney, Hadley K Conner, Billy Delfs, Shelly Duncan, Aja Grant, Diana Hlywiak, Da’Shaunae Jackson, Adam Jaenke, Jef Janis, Dan Levin, Greg Martin, Christopher Mason, Ruddy Roye and Shari Wilkins. An additional six photographers are students in Cleveland Print Room’s Teen Institute: Enahjae Beasley, Destanee Cruz, Maria Fallon, Felix Latimer, Gabrielle Murray and Owen Rodemann. Curating “Cleveland 20/20” is Lisa Kurzner, an independent curator who has worked locally with the likes of Cleveland Museum of Art, moCa Cleveland and Transformer Station, and was curator for FRONT International in 2018. Her curatorial assistant is Haley Kedziora, former gallery director of ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus. An exhibition showcasing the photography of “Cleveland 20/20” will open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, 2020, in Brett Hall at the library’s main branch in downtown Cleveland.
The enchanted forest of Eileen Dorsey Cleveland artist turbocharges nature in her paintings By Carlo Wolff
ileen Dorsey loved playing in the woods when she was growing up in Westlake. She and her brothers would build forts, horse around and get lost in that exciting but safe way unique to childhood. Those bygone activities, which evoke the excitement and safety of childhood, drive Dorsey. “The progression of my work has always been through what I needed to do or is therapy for myself, and I’ve been focusing mostly on trees the last four years because I used to play in them when I was a kid,” she says. “It’s like exploring as a child. “I was kind of a tomboy,” she says, recalling the fun she and her younger brother had as they bicycled around their neighborhood, played in nearby woods and parks, and built forts. “I got a lot of scars from that time period.” And memo-
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ries of beautiful, pristine nature. In a forest, “everything affects what the colors are,” says the Cleveland resident. “You know the bark is actually brown, but depending on what is next to it and the time of the day, the colors are going to change. Colors bounce off objects like light bounces off.” Color interplay is what Dorsey is after. “The term ‘acid trees’ has popped up a few times,” she says, referring to commentary on her work. “I think that’s kind of funny. I’ve never done serious drugs and I’ve never taken hallucinogens, but if my work can put someone in better spirits, I think that’s a great thing, whether it refers to an old acid trip of theirs or not.” While she loves to hike, Dorsey actually spends most of her time in her studio-gallery at 78th Street Studios, the artistic hive on Cleveland’s West Side where this year she is celebrating her 10th anniversary as a tenant – and was one of the first. Both fierce and dreamy, her nature “portraits” seem plucked from the earth itself. Color is a primary focus, particularly in the oil paintings Dorsey favors. The way she treats what she observes gives even her most realistic paintings a layer of abstraction. In her oils, “the colors stay the same especially when they dry,” Dorsey says. “Acrylics are great, and the pigment has
gotten better and stronger over the years, but they dry several different shades.” She likes “the viscosity of oil paint; it has this quality of playing with mud, getting dirty, kind of a childhood sensation.” BECOMING AN ARTIST Dorsey, 36, knew early on that she wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t until 2002, her sophomore year at Kent State University, that she locked into painting as a career. Credit Charles Basham, a part-time fine arts faculty member at Kent State with whom Dorsey shared an exhibition this spring at the Massillon Museum. Dorsey was on academic probation, but all turned around for her when Basham told her, “You have a very good eye for things.” The praise “inspired me to take my studies seriously,” Dorsey says. “Before I was a landscape painter, I was a figurative painter, and most of my early influences were figurative artists,” she says, citing Alice Neel, Egon Schiele, Cecily Brown and Willem de Kooning, who are “more Expressionist figurative painters. And certain periods of Picasso.” Her work is not plein air. “I create sketches based off of a photo or photos I take, and then I exaggerate the colors or make up my own,” she says. Dorsey toggles between different styles, all realism-based. She has done some abstract work, and wants to do more, though recent shows have required her more nature-based work. While her favorite medium is oil, palette knife painting – she points to her palette, which seems to smolder with paints of various hues and blends – is her favorite technique. Dorsey also creates “oil reductions,” smashing a “wet” oil painting against a “dry” acrylic. This aggressive process results
Opposite page: ”Breakthrough 2” (2019). Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches. Artwork courtesy of the artist. Above: Eileen Dorsey’s palette. Photo / Carlo Wolff. Bottom left: “Self Portrait” (2019). Acrylic on canvas, 27 x 45 inches. Photo / Carlo Wolff. Below: Eileen Dorsey in her studio-gallery at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Photo / Carlo Wolff
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Left: “Hogsback Lane 1” (2016). Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches. Artwork courtesy of the artist. Below: “Warming Up “ (2018). Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches. Artwork courtesy of the artist. in highly textured paintings very different from their originals. While not as radiant as her oils, they’re “kind of a positive and a negative,” she says, and they emit distinctive and substantial kinds of energy, as well as physicality. Dorsey prefers producing paintings 30 by 48 inches in size on her easel. “I can reach these, and I can use my shoulders instead of just using my wrists; there’s more movement, more interactivity,” she says. That size also fits into her vehicle, and it’s great for hanging over couches and fireplaces. One young couple bought a Dorsey painting 4 by 6 feet in size – an inch too big to fit into their vehicle. The husband began to walk it home even though Dorsey warned him that wind can make a painting that large act like a sail. He nearly reached his house but couldn’t quite make it, returned to Dorsey’s studio with it, and picked it up the following day. “The size of my paintings has changed over time depending on the vehicle I have,” Dorsey says.
• Visit Dorsey’s studio-gallery every Third Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at 78th Street Studios, 1305 West 80th St., Suite 105, Cleveland. Her space also will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14-15 during the Cleveland Bazaar. UPCOMING SHOWS: • “52 Weeks/52 Works,” Fawick Art Gallery, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea. Through Dec. 6. • “The heART of Cleveland,” Baycrafters Center for Fine Art & Education, Bay Village. Nov. 23-Dec. 22. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6. • “Nature Preserved,” Gallery W, Crocker Park, Westlake. Opening reception Jan. 16, 2020. Through March 5, 2020. • “Self Image,” Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky. Opening reception March 1. Through April 5, 2020. • “Out of the Shadows: New Paintings by Eileen Dorsey,” Feinberg Art Gallery, Cain Park, Cleveland Heights. June through July 2020. • Untitled exhibition, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, Cumberland, Md., August 2020.
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A ‘CREATIVE’ DEVELOPS The fifth of six children, Dorsey is the only artist in her family; one brother works for a labor union, another works for a cable company and her one sister is a software developer. “I was the little artist type,” she says. “No one really understood me, and it was a ‘What are you going to do with your life?’ kind of deal” in dinner-table conversation. Still, her sister and mother encouraged her leanings. “Art was pretty much the only subject I was doing well in,” she says. “My mom was very crafty,” she notes, and could make a doll out of a two-liter bottle. “I know I have to make art,” Dorsey says. “I’ve always had this insatiable need to create things.” Her love of nature, above all, feeds into that impulse. “I really like going on hikes. I just like walking around in the woods,” she says, especially in Colorado, where she hopes to revisit soon; she has relatives there. “I love to see the aspens change there. There’s something really beautiful about the way the bark takes on the light at different times of day.” Christopher L. Richards, curator and collection manager at ARTneo: The Museum of Northeast Ohio Art in Cleveland, says he’s watched Dorsey’s art evolve into a more expressive body of work over the last five years. “She has been able to blend reality with fantasy by painting the impressions places have on her, as well as reflections of her own personal emotional story,” he says. “One can see glimpses of Cleveland artists who have come before her, like how Abel Warshawsky captured light, or how Paul Travis expressed the wild activity of the jungle. While her flatter and more abstract paintings seem like a departure from the Impressionist-influenced work, they remain related through color palette, compositional structure and the subject of the natural world.” “I become very moody if I don’t paint for a certain period,” says Dorsey, a restless and disciplined artist. “I paint as much as I can. This is my job, so I treat it as such, and I’m in my studio every day.”
Free for the Holidays? Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free events this winter holiday season Free Winter Happenings at the Maltz Museum CHANUKAH CANDLE LIGHTING CELEBRATION 1:30 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22 Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, also known as the miracle of lights, which begins this night at sundown. People of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to hear the story of Chanukah, sing along to traditional tunes with live music performance, make holiday crafts and enjoy kosher cookies, in addition to exploring the Museum. Special guest PJ Library offers free book sign-ups and bonus activities. Free with registration. Sponsored by Friends of the Maltz Museum. CHRISTMAS DAY CAN-CAN, “GIVE WHAT YOU CAN, PAY WHAT YOU CAN” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25 Bring a canned good donation and/or pay what you can toward Museum admission Get into the giving spirit of the holiday season! Donate to explore the inspiring stories in the Museum’s newest exhibition, “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music,” see the treasures and ritual objects in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery and share in the Jewish immigrant experience that makes up “An American Story.” The day also includes a chance to craft greeting cards for sick children at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Canned goods will be donated to the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. STOP THE HATE® YOUTH SPEAK OUT ESSAY COMPETITION Grades 6-10: Essays due Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2020 Grades 11-12: Essays due Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2020 Open to Northeast Ohio sixth through 12th graders in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties, Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world in 500 words or less, young leaders can win big. $100,000 in scholarships, prizes and anti-bias education grants is awarded each year. maltzmuseum.org/STH COMMUNITY EVENT: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 Free & open to the public Join us for free all day at the Maltz Museum! Honor iconic civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens who fought against discrimination by celebrating the everyday hero in you. Tour the Maltz Museum’s core and special exhibitions while enjoying hands-on crafts and activities on this family-friendly day! Schedule and activities to be announced. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee.
Families gather for the Friend’s of the Maltz Museum’s Annnual Chanukah Candle Lighting Event
Museum visitos tour the Maltz Museum’s special exhibition Leonard Bernstein The Power of Music on view through March 1 FRIENDS OF THE MALTZ MUSEUM PRESENT A PRESIDENTS DAY CELEBRATION 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 Free and open to the public Celebrate Presidents Day with a free, family-friendly day at the Museum! Participate in crafts and activities, plus explore our special exhibition, “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music,” and our core exhibitions. Plus, kids can “Meet the Presidents” with a special presentation in the gallery. Hear from past presidents such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and more! You’ll have the opportunity to take photos with the presidents and enjoy a kosher cookie. Check back for specific times on when presidents will perform. Presented by the Friends of the Maltz Museum. Space is limited and reservations are always recommended. For more information on these and other Maltz Museum events and exhibitions, call 216-593-0575 or visit maltzmuseum.org
After securing its first physical space, Graffiti HeArt aims to increase positive exposure to street art and educate the next generation of creatives
Story by Becky Raspe Photography by Amanda Koehn
HeArt While traveling extensively in 2009, Stamy Paul found herself drawn to the street art she saw around the world. She even posted a Facebook photo album, “Graffiti Around the World.” Not long after, inspiration struck to bring that art inside, and she decided to add a graffiti mural in her Tremont neighborhood home. But, Paul didn’t know where to start to find an artist. On a flight out of LaGuardia Airport in New York that same year, Paul had an idea, and Graffiti HeArt – at least in name and concept – was born. Its mission was realized over time, trending toward its most current iteration: supporting graffiti artists by commissioning projects where artists get paid, and raising funds for outreach and educational opportunities within the community. “I’ve got this love and passion of the urban culture, and I love street art and art form that
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is raw, unassuming, unapproved,” Paul says. “Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy experiencing many forms of more established art and spending time at art museums. But there is something to be said about having a public, non-permission gallery of this very different type of art form that never really got recognized, let alone accepted in the mainstream – including Cleveland.” Paul says once the idea was fully realized, things moved quickly. In 2013, the name Graffiti HeArt was incorporated and a board was formed. The first board meeting was held in 2014, and the organization’s first project followed as a piece for the International Gay Games 9, a multi-sport event and cultural gathering for LGBTQ+ athletes held in Cleveland in 2014. The website was established soon after. In 2015, its first public mural “Greetings from Cleveland” by artist Victor Ving was unveiled in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.
“Most people donʼt grow up and say they want to become a grafﬁti artist, but why not? Why not have a child say they want to become a professional grafﬁti writer, aerosol artist or street artist?” – Stamy Paul
Opposite page: Stamy Paul in the new Graffiti HeArt space on Cleveland’s East Side, in front of a mural by Los Angeles street artist RISK. Top: The exterior of Graffiti HeArt, designed by RISK. Bottom: A mural in Graffiti HeArt’s stairwell created by Canton-area artist ‘Monster Steve,’ or Steve Ehret. Paul says the organization aims to function as a “virtual arm” for graffiti artists. And now, after opening its first brick-and-mortar space on Cleveland’s East Side in October, that mission is closer to being accomplished. “The hope is that through this new home for Graffiti HeArt, we can develop and provide programs where more experienced artists can work with the youth and the art form, especially regarding safety, both in personal protective equipment and technique, and learning about the different forms of aerosol and medium,” Paul says during an October interview in the new space at 4829 Superior Ave. “Most people don’t grow up and say they want to become a graffiti artist, but why not? Why not have a child say they want to become a professional graffiti writer, aerosol artist or street artist?” BRINGING GRAFFITI INSIDE As an underground art community, many consider unsolicited graffiti on buildings, or tagging, vandalism – which legally, it is. Whether or not the street art is associated with gangs or considered tagging, Paul says part of her mission is to shed light on the talented and misjudged community behind it. “Yes, unapproved public display of art can be considered illegal, but we all know we see the trains going by, and you’re mesmerized by the pieces on (the train cars),” says Paul, whose day job is vice president of human resources at Airgas in Independence. “Once you get more familiar with the culture, you may see names and works of artists that you know of. Though there is some truism to the negative connotation, that isn’t all there is.” Stereotypes crept into even the naming of Graffiti HeArt, as Paul says she was intentional in using the word “graffiti” in it,
even though others didn’t understand why. Moreover, she wants to provide opportunities for the style of art to be commissioned and valued. “They would go right to the negative,” she says of how others reacted when she told them of her initial concept. “That’s why ‘graffiti’ is in the name ... to be provocative. ... That is the point of the organization – taking this art form and putting it on legal canvases. ... As it becomes a cool thing, that negative connotation may let up.”
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Above: Artist Bob Peck with his 2015 mural at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of the artist. Below: Stamy Paul walks through the street art-covered alley of Graffiti HeArt.
Though she doesn’t necessarily see it as her fight, Paul says familiarizing the public with the graffiti community will raise understanding and appreciation. Although graffiti artists often operate at night or in the background, face to face exposure and opportunities to take in the art in a prime space can bring new understanding and interest. “When you bring these artists face-toface with a client or community, it offers a new perspective on artwork that is often done anonymously from the shadows,” says Bob Peck, a Cleveland artist who has been a longtime local leader creating street art. “When people get to watch the process
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and speak with artists on a personal level, it removes many of the stereotypes of the culture.” Stepping into Graffiti HeArt’s new gallery and educational space does just that. With an open floor plan and minimalistic design, artists have ample room to get motivated. Along with murals on the walls and art around every turn, Graffiti HeArt removes some of those boundaries, both physical and metaphorical, associated with graffiti art to inspire artists – both established and up-and-coming. THE NEXT GEN COMPONENT Peck was initially contacted by Paul to become involved with Graffiti HeArt near
the organization’s inception, but he had some hesitation. “At first I was a bit stand offish because I had my own projects going, but once I saw a few of the students receiving scholarships and how excited they were, I decided to come aboard,” Peck says. “I’m glad I did.” A key point in combating the stereotypes surrounding graffiti lies in educating upcoming artists. By targeting this age group, Paul says younger artists can learn the code of graffiti and become better in the future. Another large piece of Graffiti HeArt’s mission is exactly that – using the new space for educational and mentoring opportunities. According to Graffiti HeArt’s website, the organization has sponsored 30 scholarships to high school-age students, contributing nearly $70,000 in funding since 2015. “You have these established graffiti artists that paid their dues, (and) are experienced and confident in their craft,” Paul says. “They respect the code of graffiti and had their hard knocks. With the younger artists, they’re eager and learning and exploring. When I think about the younger aspiring artists, it’s fun to see them interact with the more experienced ones because there is truly this kind of big brother/sister, almost mentor interaction.” With almost 20 years of experience, Peck says he’s seen how having a project to focus on – and getting paid for it – can change an artist’s life.
“It’s the idea of being able to create art that in turn assists those that need it,” he says. “Having grown up in a low-income family myself, I know how hard it is to have extra money to pay for schooling and supplies outside of making ends meet.” Along with scholarships and providing opportunities to learn about street art, Paul believes graffiti art should be taught, or at least discussed, in the classroom. Doing so may dispel stereotypes and speak to a cultural phenomenon the students are likely familiar with anyways. She says she’s in talks with a few teachers to bring them to Graffiti HeArt for hands-on experiences. “It’s important to teach about it, especially in the inner city and urban areas where students may have graffiti artists in their family or the family’s network,” she says. “If it’s not taught, they’re going to miss out having an open mind to the world that they live in. So, when they see it, they can be a student but also be a little wise about what all art can do, not just certain forms of art. We don’t want people to be brainwashed into thinking only specific art is ‘good’.’” A CHANGING VIEW Residing in a building painted top to bottom in a large rainbow color scheme by Los Angeles-based artist RISK, Graffiti HeArt works to add to the landscape of the neighborhood it resides in. But, in this quest to inform the public about street art, Graffiti HeArt also brings commissioned projects into the greater community with pieces at locations like CLE Urban Winery in Cleveland Heights and the Tremont Athletic Club in Cleveland, and neighborhood murals at Tyler Village and Gordon Square in Cleveland. With these artistic additions to the streets of the city, Cleveland is already becoming more welcoming to street artists, Paul says. “Now we know that the presence of public murals has increased in the recent years in Northeast Ohio, we’re seeing more
and more artist collaborations occurring, where talent is diverse and vibrant,” she says. “We encourage artists, and others, to express their opinions. We welcome everyone and expect this to be a safe and inclusive space. We’re here, and if you want to be part of it, we’re happy to have you.” As popular culture welcomes international graffiti icons like Banksy and with movies like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which has a subplot centered around graffiti art, the Cleveland community is also following suit – even if slowly. “But, if you say street murals, everyone accepts it,” she says. “It’s all in the words you choose. It’s the negative connotation that comes along with the word graffiti. It creates that discourse. But, approval has been on a sort of upswing in concert with the economic development of Northeast Ohio. There is a correlation between these communities developing, and there is more interest in using art as part of the whole community fabric.” Moreover, Graffiti HeArt can help artists gain work. And for younger artists, that may mean pursuing a career in the arts. “One of the biggest things is that they help graffiti and street artists who are looking to transcend into commercial and public art, by presenting them with opportunities that they may not normally have access to or knowledge of,” Peck says. And, learning more about the art form can help bring about new talent. “It’s an untapped skill that is in our community,” Paul says. “In a world where there is so much negative that we hear about, we need more platforms for the positives that exist. The art form has been around for many decades, and it’s important to nurture and promote it. RISK, the Los Angeles artist that painted the exterior of our Graffiti HeArt graffiti gallery, said it well, that ‘graffiti is the last hand to medium to surface art form.’ That says it all.”
The first floor of Graffiti HeArt contains an open space for creating, overlooked by a mural by Ish Muhammad, a Chicago-area artist.
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INTER/ACT ‘Shadow of the Run’ brings immersive theater to Bedford’s historic district and Northeast Ohio audiences
By Jane Kaufman
n the 1930s, Cleveland was terrorized by a set of gruesome serial murders. Victims were decapitated, bled and dismembered.
Dubbed the torso killer or the mad butcher of Kingsbury Run, the killer was never identified despite the best efforts of then-public safety director Eliot Ness and his team. That macabre subject serves as the backdrop and foreground for a series of immersive theater projects designed by Shadow of the Run LLC, a for-profit theater company based in North Canton. Immersive theater is just that: Rather than having the invisible fourth wall or proscenium arch separating the audience from the action, audience members take part in some way. The company’s first show, “Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust,” was staged in four buildings and in open air of Bedford’s historic district in July and August. In it, 21 actors interacted with 14 audience members –
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individually and as a whole – who walked in groups from scene to scene in a theatrical experience that challenged them to drink, smell, listen and observe, and play a role in the flow of the scenes. During its run, the show played 12 times an evening with start times staggered 20 minutes apart. “WanderLust,” the first iteration of an upcoming series of theatrical experiences, created a back story for the Lady of the Lake, the first victim of the torso slayings. The culminating project of Shadow of the Run will be a full-length warehouse-sized production by the same name. That final project was the first piece written but won’t be staged for at least a year and a half. In the meantime, the theater company is in the midst of staging a series of smaller productions. ‘AN ACTOR PREPARES’ Michael Sharon, a retired lawyer who lives in Cleveland Heights, played the apothecary in “WanderLust.” As part of his research into the healing art, he found an apothecary shop in Bedford within walking distance of the historic district where the show was staged. The owners allowed him to use fox bones. During his scene where audience members were directed to visit his shop and engage, he asked them to “cast the bones,”
Above: Michael Sharon, who played the apothecary in “Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust” says immersive theater presents special challenges to an actor, which he enjoys. Below: Max Elinsky plays chess in a scene staged in Bedford this past July and August.
Henry Bernstein Photos / Three Driveway Media Liz Samsa stands on the railroad tracks in downtown Bedford where “Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust” was staged.
or pour them from a canister onto a table. As some might read palms or tea leaves, Sharon says he used the pattern the bones formed to determine how to customize sachets for audience members seeking protection. “The spirit in the bones would tell me,” he says. The Lady of the Lake was a so-called Jane Doe, and writer Beth McGee imagined her as a young woman from Bedford striking out for Cleveland. Similarly, Sharon, who acts in traditional theater as well, created a back story for his character as the town attorney and sometimes apothecary, the maternal grandson of Romani, who taught him about herbs and sachets. In his role, Sharon had one-on-one encounters with members of the audience, quite different from delivering lines from a stage. A hallmark of immersive theater is that it requires a heightened and intimate level of audience interaction. Sharon says he enjoys the experience and prefers it to traditional acting. Dealing with the unexpected may be important for actors in this sort of theater, but timing is critical. “I have done litigation during my career, and it does help,” he says. “Anybody who’s got the ability to think on their feet is going to be better served in this type of theater. A good actor is going to live in their character a little bit.”
LOGISTICS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS Every scene had to run like clockwork in ‘Wanderlust.’ A synchronized soundscape provided cues to the actors about when each scene needed to close, a device commonly used in immersive theater. “Everything was done meticulously so that we know where every given patron and actor is at any given moment,” says Ben Needham, production designer. Because of the close proximity of the audience, special effects must hold up under scrutiny, including makeup and prosthetics, says Christine Woods, co-owner, designer and escape room designer; the final production will include two escape rooms. “There’s the saying in theater – it only has to look good 30 feet away and four feet up,” she says, adding that maxim doesn’t apply to immersive theater. “People know that it’s not real, but you don’t want it to pull them out of the experience.” Another challenge in setting the stage and preparing the actors is conveying the rules of engagement to the audience. “We want people to be able to intuitively understand the rules,” Woods says. “That’s always a challenge because this is still a young medium where we’re still trying to learn from other people.” In immersive theater, actors will sometimes invite experience through touch.
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Gwen Felton, playing the Lady of the Lake, does a scene with actor Adam Kirk, who stands in as an audience member during rehearsal for “Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust.” “We’re trying to make sure that they engage but don’t engage in a harmful way,” she says. “There are some spaces where it’s OK to touch things. And there are other spaces where that’s a real antique and we don’t want to mess with it.” Lighting can help, as can staging. “The more we can do with managing their attention in a way that they aren’t even interested in touching that thing over there, the more we win,” Woods says. “We were fortunate enough to have the resources of the Bedford Historical Society at our disposal. So we had a series of buildings that were all from the 1800s that we were to actually put our show inside of,” Needham says. “So instead of creating a train station from scratch, like we would in theater and film, we actually were able to use a historical train station for one of the locations. It was really well received because no one had seen anything like this.” After the show, audience members often spent hours comparing their different and shared experiences. HOW IT STARTED Created in London in 2000, the concept of immersive theater first came to the attention of Adam Kern in 2009, when American Repertory Theater brought “Sleep No More” from London to the Old Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass. At the time, Kern was in graduate school working on his Master’s of Fine Arts at the American Repertory Theater Moscow Art Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. “Getting to see my classmates and friends work on that production led me on a trip to kind of see more immersive
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theater,” he says. “I also worked with an immersive haunted house called Blackout. … Those two things combined, and seeing immersive (theater) around the country, just made me want to be involved in it.” After the North Canton native returned from Los Angeles in December of 2015, he wanted to launch immersive theater localy. He decided to reach out to McGee, a theater professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, whom he met in 2002. At that time, they were working on “Big River” at the Porthouse Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls and later collaborated on other theater projects. A week after he returned to North Canton, Kern called McGee to ask if she would write the show. “And without missing a beat – and I don’t know why because this hadn’t been a fascination for me or anything – I said, ‘Well if I’m going to write an immersive theater piece in Cleveland, I want to write it about Eliot Ness and the Cleveland torso killer,’” McGee recalls. Six months later, her full-length piece, ”Shadow of the Run,” was finished, and the company launched in late 2017, with four co-owners: Kern, McGee, Needham and Woods. Based in North Canton, the limited liability corporation is a bit unusual for an arts organization. It is structured as a business, and it pays every member of its cast and crew. ART AS INSPIRATION McGee says her inspiration for the topic came from a 2010 multi-media installation called “An Invitation to Lubberland” by Duke Riley shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. That installation focused on Kingsbury Run, a river
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that has been diverted underground. In the 1930s, the intersection of Kingsbury Run and the Cuyahoga River was home to a homeless persons’ camp. “And that’s where the torso killer was preying on people,” McGee says. “I was fascinated by that history by going to the exhibit, and that’s what I think fueled my idea.” Casting ‘Wanderlust’ proved particularly challenging, says Kern, the director, because the green light for the show came less than two weeks before it went into rehearsals. He says future shows will be easier to cast now that local actors have been exposed to immersive theater. “We had a lot of actors come through as audience members and reach out to us saying, ‘Hey, when can I do this, how can I audition?’” Kern says. “So, I think a little bit more time and notice and we will not have any issue with that. But for a first-time company, it was a little scary having to go into a first rehearsal casting two or three roles.” WHAT’S IN STORE The hope is to stage the full warehouse-sized, “Shadow of the Run,” as an ongoing or permanent production in Cleveland, possibly in 2021, Kern says. A pop-up show, “Railroaded: A Shadow of the Run Story”
will be staged, tentatively from Jan. 9 through Jan. 12, 2020 at a location to be announced. Those who attended “WanderLust” can take part in an internet game or puzzle starting in late November or early December, leading up to “Railroaded,” Woods says. Others may take part in that game as well, although Woods says attendees of “WanderLust” may have a leg up. McGee says “Railroaded” will center on the village at Kingsbury Run where some of the body parts were found. “In the 1930s … Cleveland was considered a welcoming town to hobos,” McGee says. “There were three railroads that all crossed through that area of Cleveland, and so it was easy for the hobos to jump off and camp.” McGee is just starting to write the script for ‘Railroaded,” having won funding in early November. She says “Shadow of the Run Chapter 2: Calloused” will feature Eliot Ness as a character, tentatively scheduled for summer of 2020. The title, “Calloused,” comes from a quote by Ness. “You think eventually that nothing can disturb you and that your nerves are impregnable,” Ness is quoted as having said. “Yet looking down at that familiar face, I realize that death is something to which we never become calloused.” Henry Bernstein Photos / Three Driveway Media
Bedford Town Square, where “Shadow of the Run Chapter 1: WanderLust,” was staged.
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SHOP LOCAL This holiday season, choose gifts, shops and experiences with local flair. Compiled by Skylar Dubelko
oliday gift giving can be overwhelming. Luckily, whether you’re shopping for family, your significant other, your best friend or a colleague, the Northeast Ohio arts community has a great deal of thoughtful offerings that also support local business owners, art institutions and artists.
To help in your pursuit of the perfect gift, Canvas has compiled a short list of arts-themed suggestions that will help you check off everyone on your list. LOCAL BOOKS • “Cleveland in 50 Maps” edited by Dan Crissman, cartography by Evan Tachovsky & David Wilson There are tons of ways to map a city, but the best maps give you a feel for what the area is really like. “Cleveland in 50 Maps” deconstructs the city in new ways, following the ever changing locations of music venues, breweries and commuter rail lines. Perusing the colorful maps lets readers track the growth of the Cleveland Clinic’s East Side footprint, the addition of communities to the Cultural Gardens and year-byyear attendance at Progressive Field. With information on which local high schools produce the most NFL players and which locations the presidential candidates visited in 2016, the maps also show the massive salt mine under Lake Erie and the barricades on the border of Shaker Heights. Each map shows a different perspective on Cleveland and the people who live here. “Cleveland in 50 Maps” is available at Belt Publishing, beltpublishing.com.
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to understand a society at any given time, you have to look at their restrooms. Bars, theaters, warehouses, grocery stores, dental offices, auto garages, utility buildings, private clubs, pinball arcades, museums, schools, breweries, retirement homes, churches, furniture stores and coffee shops are just some of the places included in this book, which boasts over 80 pages. The author said this project “is a testament to the fact I hydrate often and have a weak bladder with little regard for location.” “The Restrooms of Cleveland” will be released Dec. 5 but is available now for pre-order at arabellaproffer.bigcartel.com. GALLERIES
Above: “The Restrooms of Cleveland.” Below: Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights offers an array of handmade gifts and art. Photo courtesy of Heights Arts.
• “Gypsy Queen” by Nicole Hennessy For as long as Nicole Hennessy can remember, she’s thought of herself as a “gypsy queen.” While her uncle called her the sobriquet as a term of endearment, it ultimately empowered Hennessy to think big. The poet and journalist’s work has appeared in local and regional publications, and she has been recognized as a Wild Wmn by the Los Angeles-based women’s artistic and wellness collective of the same name. She also co-founded the underground art and literary bimonthly Miser Magazine. She also published “Black Rabbit,” a nonfiction profile of poet and artist
Tom Kryss. Although Hennessy has been writing poetry since she was 13 years old, it wasn’t until this year that she published her first poetry collection, “Gypsy Queen” – a 60 page book by the Cleveland resident. “Gypsy Queen” is available at publisher Crisis Chronicles Press’ website, ccpress.blogspot.com. • “The Restrooms of Cleveland” by Arabella Proffer This full-color 9 x 6 inch photobook documents restrooms from across Cleveland. According to author Arabella Proffer, someone once said that in order
• Heights Arts Get a jump on holiday shopping at Heights Arts’ 2019 Holiday Store. The gallery is stocked with fine arts and crafts by 100 regional artists for the holidays. This year, the nonprofit community arts organization is featuring more than 20 new artists. There are ample opportunities to support local artists by giving yourself or someone else a gift handmade in Northeast Ohio. The holiday store – open seven days a week – is filled with jewelry, apparel, fine art prints, music, handmade artist cards, paintings and photographs; functional art in ceramics, glass, wood and fiber; books by local writers; and other distinctive holiday items. For more information, visit heightsarts.org or stop by the gallery at 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. • Don Drumm Studios & Gallery Don Drumm Studios & Gallery is a unique shopping experience, showcasing cross-continent adventure in color, style, beauty and creativity. It consists of two buildings filled with jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, metal and graphics created by designer-craftspeople in North America. Don Drumm Studios & Gallery represents over 500 artists from Vancouver, British Columbia to Miami to Berkeley, Calif., to New York City. Sculptor and owner Don Drumm is known for pioneering the use of cast aluminum as an artistic medium. His own aluminum and pewter work is housed largely in the main gallery along with the work of other artists. The other building, called the Different Drummer, houses wood, fiber, leather and paper artwork. For more information, visit dondrummstudios.com or stop by the gallery at 437 Crouse St. in Akron.
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CIFF43 audience at a 2019 screening. Photo courtesy of Cleveland International Film Festival. • McKay Bricker Framing The professional framing staff at McKay Bricker Framing work with clients to create custom designs for anything they would like to display. McKay Bricker Framing handles anything from original art, heirloom linens, team jerseys and historical artifacts to grandpa’s pipe and glasses. For more information, visit mckaybricker.com or stop by the studio at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. • be.gallery be.gallery houses a unique collection of American artisan created pieces that inspire the soul. Through art and inspirational messages, the gallery works to help patrons find whatever it is they need to at the moment. Whether you are looking for a special gift for another or for yourself, a piece from be.gallery is likely to be a gift with meaning. For more information, visit begallery.com or stop by the gallery at 14 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls. MUSEUMS & MEMBERSHIPS • The Cleveland International Film Festival The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistic and culturally significant films through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. Each year, the festival welcomes over 400 guests and filmmakers, presenting over 200 features and more than 235 short films from nearly 70 countries of origin. The next iteration, CIFF44, will take place from March 25 to April 5, 2020 at Tower City Cinemas. While you don’t need to be a CIFF member to see the films, membership – which ranges from $75 to $1,500 – includes perks such as advanced access to ticket sales and discounted ticket and merchandise prices. For more information, visit clevelandfilm.org.
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• The Cleveland Museum of Art The Cleveland Museum of Art promises dynamic experiences that illuminate the power and enduring relevance of art in today’s global society. The museum builds, preserves, studies and shares its collections of art from all periods and parts of the world. In doing so, it generates new scholarship and understanding, while serving as a social and intellectual hub for the Cleveland community. While the museum’s collections are free to visit, some special exhibitions may carry a charge. Tickets and memberships may be purchased at clevelandart.org. • The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is a community space that attracts students, adults and groups from the community and around the country. The museum’s mission is to introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of Jewish heritage in the context of the American experience. It serves as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio’s diverse communities by promoting an understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture, building bridges of tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The stories of individuals and families – past and present – come to life through exhibitions, interactives and films, oral histories, photographs and artifacts. The museum also includes The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery and a special gallery featuring exhibitions of national and international interest. Individual memberships start at $50. To learn more, visit maltzmuseum.org.
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ARTISTS ARCHIVES OF THE WESTERN RESERVE 1834 East 123rd St., Cleveland P: 216-721-9020 W: ArtistsArchives.org FB: facebook.com/ ArtistsArchivesoftheWesternReserve “Fulfilling the Eye: Anthony Eterovich (1916 –2011),” from Nov. 11, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2020, is the inaugural exhibition for Anthony Eterovich as an Archived Artist. The exhibition traces his career over eight decades and features rare, never before shown work from the 1930s. Over 30 pieces highlight key moments in Eterovich’s creative journey, ranging from vibrant, abstract portraiture to photorealistic scenes of American life and magical realist paintings that blend cityscapes with bursts of color and wonder. The show combines pieces from the AAWR, ArtNEO, Eterovich’s estate and consignments from Tregoning & Co. Free admission. “Green Boy,” mixed media on paper, by Anthony Eterovich.
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MASSILLON MUSEUM 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon P: 330-833-4061 W: massillonmuseum.org FB: facebook.com/massillonmuseum Where art and history come together. “Stark County Artists Exhibition” (Nov. 1 to Jan. 26); “Transumanza”; “Massillon, Ohio” by Carole d’Inverno (Dec. 7 to Jan. 26) – Studio M Reception Dec. 13, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.; “Image to Image” by Walsh University photojournalism students (Nov. 16 to Jan. 5); “125 Years of the Greatest High School Rivalry and Evolution of the Football Jersey” in the Paul Brown Museum; and the Immel Circus. Flash sale Dec. 13 in Museum Shop. “Clash of the Tartans,” Celtic and American folk music, Dec. 15 – call for free reservations. Regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Always free.
“Touchdown,” by Carole d’Inverno.
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THE SCULPTURE CENTER 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland P: 216-229-6527 W: sculpturecenter.org FB: facebook.com/TheSculptureCenter The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of early and mid-career artists from the region with exceptional exhibitions. “Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism” demonstrates the ways in which regional and national artists explore craft to make statements about today’s socio-political, cultural and economic issues. Through Jan. 10. Award recipients Nate Ricciuto and Lisa Walcott, of the Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series, exhibit solo shows Jan. 24 to March 13. Free admission. Artists interested in exhibiting their work are encouraged to apply for the 2021 Revealed Emerging Artist Series. Apply online at sculpturecenter.org by Jan. 6. Steven L. Wilson, “Rise Up 1,” Polyester twill with polyester embroidery floss, PVC blocks, 2017. Photo courtesy of craftingdemocracy.com.
Holiday Gift Guide GALLERIES ARTISANS’ CORNER GALLERY 11110 Kinsman Road, Newbury P: 440-739-4128 W: artisanscornergallery.com FB: facebook.com/artisanscornergallery “Tis the month before Christmas, and all through the store, the season is starting, and soon we’ll have more. With Santa on board and angels about, may the holiday season bring you on out.” Located in Newbury Center Plaza, our spacious gallery exclusively features Ohio artisans, with an extensive and diverse collection of handcrafted works of art, gifts and framing. We are located just outside of Chagrin Falls in Newbury, Ohio, where we host a local featured artist at our After Hours Open House on the first Friday of each month. Please visit our website for event and workshop information.
BE.GALLERY 14 Bell St., Chagrin Falls P: 844-234-4387 W: begallery.com Give your loved ones something truly special this holiday season! A gift from be.gallery is a gift with meaning. Every piece from be.gallery is made by hand with loving energy and comes with an inspirational card that is sure to make your friends and family smile. From the littlest handmade heart dishes to fine art sculptures, be.gallery has gifts starting at just $9. New this year: felted heart ornaments, tiny ceramic heart dishes, metallic pottery, handmade journals, coasters and more! Open seven days a week during holiday season (mid November through December) and open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Free gift wrap, too. Holiday gifting is easy at be.gallery.
CLEVELAND PRINT ROOM 2550 Superior Ave., Cleveland P: 216-802-9441 W: clevelandprintroom.com FB: facebook.com/ClevelandPrintRoom At the Cleveland Print Room, we envision a photography cooperative in which artists work together in our community darkroom and workspace. Cleveland Print Room strengthens the community by elevating the art and appreciation of photography. CPR offers several educational programs within our Teen Institute that teach Cleveland’s youth skills in photography and we hold exhibitions of artists from near and wide. We are open Dec. 7–8 during the annual ArtCraft Holiday Sale. Photography will be on display and available for purchase, and there will be something for everyone. Get your holiday shopping done at the Cleveland Print Room.
FLUX METAL ARTS 8827 Mentor Ave., Mentor P: 440-205-1770 W: fluxmetalarts.com FB: facebook.com/fluxmetalarts Perfect for the holidays, or every day, find a fresh selection of affordable and inspiring gifts at Flux Metal Arts. Explore our expanded Holiday Shoppe, filled with an inspiring mix of handcrafted artisan jewelry and metalwork made by more than 25 emerging and established local artists. Each wonderful creation resonates with the inspired touch of the artist’s hand. Would you rather create your own gifts? Join us for a December class. Open studio bench rental is also available, and we are your local source for specialty jewelry tools and supplies. Visit our website for events, class info and expanded holiday hours, including the Lake County Art Hop Dec. 10 –15.
KOEHN SCULPTORS’ SANCTUARY ON GREEN 1936 S. Green Road, South Euclid P: 216-691-1936 W: sanctuaryongreen.com FB: facebook.com/sanctuaryongreen We are Northeast Ohio’s destination gift shop showcasing sculptures from our studio and gifts from around the world, offering an unparalleled shopping experience. Celebrating our 40th Annual Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through Dec. 27. We feature: exquisite ornaments of wood, blown glass and metal; German nutcrackers, smokers and pyramids; candles; giftware; toys; handmade jewelry, scarves and purses; nativities, angels and more ... everything imaginable for the holidays. Year ‘round you’ll find jewelry, clothing, purses, cards and stationary, yard decor and distinctive handcarved sculptures ... everything thoughtfully created. We specialize in a personalized shopping experience in our century home.
Gift pieces in woodwork, pottery and jewelry. Courtesy: Artisans’ Corner Gallery.
EILEEN DORSEY STUDIO 1305 West 80th Street, Suite 105, Cleveland W: eileendorsey.com FB: facebook.com/eileendorseystudio Looking for something fun to do with your family this holiday season? The Eileen Dorsey Studio is home to Third Friday art walks and Black Friday shopping. These events are free to attend and feature dozens of Cleveland’s finest artists. The Eileen Dorsey Studio, now in its 10th year, was just named “Best Artist” by Cleveland Magazine. Her colorful landscape paintings can be found in the collections of the ArtNeo Museum, University Hospitals and Southwest General Hospital. This gallery features paintings, prints, jewelry and more. Black Friday Shopping: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 29. Third Friday Art Walks: 5 to 9 p.m., Dec. 20 and Jan. 17. “Valley Parkway 6,” by Eileen Dorsey. Courtesy of the Mary Martin Gallery.
“Frog,” catalpa wood, by artists Norbert & Victoria Koehn. Listings provided by advertisers.
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Holiday Gift Guide GALLERIES LAKEWOOD ART STUDIOS 18115 Detroit Ave., Lakewood P: 216-370-2414 W: lakewoodartstudios.com FB: facebook.com/ LakewoodOhioArtStudios Lakewood Art Studios is an education, event and interactive art space. Studios can be rented by the month, six months or one year. Monthly peer critiques: Free. Held September to May, check the website for dates. Open calls: “This is Us! Local Self Portrait Exhibition” Jan. 8, 2020 – Jan. 25: Deadline Dec. 28, 2019. “Doors of Opportunity” Feb. 8, 2020 – Feb. 29: Deadline Dec. 15, 2019. Shopping Nov. 30, 2019 to Dec. 21, Christmas Holiday Pop Up Shop. And Twinkle Shop – where everything is $5 or less. Proceeds go to our educational programs. Membership fee: $50 yearly. Perks: Discounts on workshops, classes, events, shows and added to our preferred artists referral list and more.
ARTISTS JOHN W. CARLSON P: 440-812-4681 W: johncarlsonstudio.com IG: @johnwcarlson John W. Carlson often combines traditional oils with alkyd, charcoal and graphite. Working mostly on large canvases, he applies his medium without sacrificing subtle emotional details. This method allows him to control the negative space, which is vital to the ambiguity that runs through all of the work. John has been accepted into the prestigious Butler Midyear Show at The Butler Museum of American Art. In 2017, “Visitation” entered into the Massillon Museum’s permanent collection. See John’s work at the ArtCraft Building holiday show Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2570 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Suite 100.
LEE HEINEN STUDIO 12402 Mayfield Road, Cleveland P: 216-921-4088, 216-469-3288 W: leeheinen.com FB: facebook.com/leeheinen We are fine art painters working in oil or acrylic on canvas, and sometimes, on mirrored steel. Our subjects range from figurative to abstract. This is a working studio in Little Italy, so it’s best to call before visiting to be sure we’re there. Lee Heinen was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award FY 2017. These unique paintings on mirrored steel reflect the viewer and surroundings. Unlike a glass mirror, small distortions occur in the surface creating an ever-changing image. They come alive when seen in person. Interested in making one a gift for the holidays? Call 216-469-3288.
TRICIA KAMAN STUDIO/GALLERY School House Galleries Little Italy 2026 Murray Hill Road, Unit 202, Cleveland P: 216-559-6478 W: triciakaman.com FB: facebook.com/ TriciaKamanArtStudioAndGallery Tricia’s studio/gallery features her original oil paintings, limited edition Giclee prints and note cards. Also available are gift certificates. Visits are welcome by appointment. Open for Little Italy’s Holiday Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 12 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Featuring unique holiday gifts including hand painted silk scarves by Deborah Steytler and silhouettes by Tricia Kaman. Schedule a sitting for freehand, custom-cut silhouettes of your loved ones. Makes for a special and unique gift! Please call for a scheduled time during the Art Walk … only takes a few minutes.
“Cuba,” 36 x 48 inches, oil on canvas by Lee Heinen.
“The Blessing Cup,” 24 x 18 inches, oil on canvas. Artwork by Tricia Kaman.
FRIENDS OF CANVAS CHAGRIN YOGA 524 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls P: 440-247-4884 W: chagrinyoga.com FB: facebook.com/chagrinyoga Get a jump-start on your New Year’s resolutions. Our introductory offers are $59 for 30 days or $30 for 14 days of unlimited yoga, barre and buti classes. Yoga also makes a great gift for your loved ones. Shop at our boutique featuring clothing and accessories by Alo, Beyond Yoga, Blanc Noir, Chaser, Elan, Free People, Lululemon, Noli, Nux, Spiritual Gangster and Vimmia. We have everything you need for the perfect outfit that takes you from down dog to date night. Now is the perfect time to start shopping for the holidays! Happy holidays from the Chagrin Yoga family.
“Dark Was The Night,” 2018, 36 x 48 inches, oil and charcoal on canvas. Art by John W. Carlson.
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ROBERT & GABRIEL JEWELERS Jewelers For Generations 5244 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst P: 440-473-6554 W: robertandgabriel.com FB: facebook.com/ RobertandGabrielJewelers Shopping for the perfect holiday gifts? Our family owned store is the ideal destination to find beautiful, traditional or contemporary jewelry and stunning giftware. We’ll be happy to help you find the ideal gift, redesign a treasured heirloom for the holidays or repair and appraise your cherished jewelry. We also have wonderful giftware to dress up your holiday table and Judaica to choose from. We’re proud to serve our customers for over 90 years. Free gift wrapping is available. Call for extended holiday hours. Please stop in soon to choose the perfect holiday gifts for your family, friends and yourself. Sterling Belle Étoile bracelet with Italian enamel.
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EVENTS BOSTON MILLS 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula P: 800-875-4241 W: bmbw.com IG: @bmbw_av Embrace winter this year at Boston Mills | Brandywine! The pair of ski resorts, located between Cleveland and Akron, offer a diverse array of winter activities that range from no previous experience required to masters of the mountain. With opportunities for children to enjoy the snow as young as 3, there is something for everyone to get involved. Ski the bunny hill or shred our black diamond terrain, the choice is yours. Maybe skiing isn’t your thing, well the resorts offer snow tubing, which is a great family activity! See you on the slopes. Ski packages make great holiday gifts!
HISTORIC ZOAR VILLAGE 198 Main St., Zoar Christmas in Zoar: 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7; Noon–4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8. W: historiczoarvillage.com FB: facebook.com/HistoricZoarVillage Experience the joy and cheer of the season during Christmas in Zoar. On Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, enjoy musical entertainment, a juried craft show, tour the village and more. While in Zoar, make sure to visit Belsnickle and Kristkind, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the village. On Saturday evening, attend a candlelight church service at the Historic Zoar Meeting House (Zoar United Church of Christ), followed by a tree lighting ceremony in the Historic Zoar Garden. Cost for Christmas in Zoar is $10/ person, and children 12 and under are free.
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2019 Holiday Happenings Markets | Art Walks | Bazaars Nov. 29
• Black Friday at 78th Street Studios • Larchmere Holiday Stroll • Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Pop Up Sale Nov. 29-Dec. 1
• Cleveland Flea mini market Nov. 30
• Cleveland Bazaar at Winterfest • Small Business Saturday at the Screw Factory • Small Business Saturday Pop Up & Fashion Show Nov. 30-Dec. 1
• 11th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Market Dec. 3-4
• 13th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market at Lakeland Community College Dec. 6-8
• 39th Annual E.J. Thomas Christmas Arts & Crafts Show • Little Italy Holiday Art Walk Dec. 7
Image: Boston Mills Ski Resort.
MORGAN MARKET/ MORGAN CONSERVATORY 1754 E. 47th St., Cleveland P:216-361-9255 W: morganconservatory.org FB: facebook.com/morganconservatory In search of a thoughtful holiday gift? Shop handmade at the Morgan Conservatory! Morgan Market features unique items from framed art and intricate artist books to cute crafts, cards, housewares, stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind prints. We’ll be hosting two days of festivities to kick off opening weekend: 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. If you can’t make it to opening weekend, our holiday market will be open Dec. 3 through Dec. 21 during our gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
• Canton Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show • Cleveland Bazaar at Lake Affect Studios • North Union Farmers Market Holiday Market NORTH UNION FARMERS MARKET/HOLIDAZZLE HOLIDAY MARKET Van Aken District Market Hall 3441 Tuttle Road, Shaker Heights 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 Don’t miss the return of North Union Farmers Market’s 12th annual Holiday Market, now with two days to shop! Find us at The Van Aken District Market Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Holidazzle your family and friends with a gift made from a local farm, baker, vineyard or artist and make the season sing! Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at this unique, local-only boutique. Mingle with friends and neighbors, support your local economy – visit our Holiday Market and enjoy handmade creations from local makers! More information at northunionfarmersmarket.org.
• 32nd Annual ArtCraft Studio Show • Christmas in Zoar • Tower Press Artists Holiday Sale Dec. 8
• Holiday CircleFest Dec. 13
• Hudson Holiday Hop • Massillon Museum Shop flash sale Dec. 13-15
• Cleveland Flea mini market Dec. 14
• Cleveland Bazaar Holiday at 78th Street Studios • North Union Farmers Market Holiday Market • WINTERTIDE at Gordon Square Dec. 20-22
• Lakewood Holiday Market at Screw Factory Dec. 21
• Downtown Canton Last Minute Maker Market • Avon Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show Visit CanvasCLE.com for Holiday Happenings details
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This artist created Musical exhibition closes December 31. Come enjoy music in watercolors, acrylics, photography, pastels, pen & ink, and more. The Art Gallery
38721 Mentor Ave., Suite 1, Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 946-8001
Located in the vibrant emerging scene of the Waterloo artdistrict of Cleveland, Framed Gallery displays works exclusively by African American artists. Among the pieces on display are works from emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Various contemporary works include those hand drawn or painted on paper, graphite drawings and assemblage. framedgalery.net | firstname.lastname@example.org 216-282-7079 framedgallery_
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Something to Believe In Kristina Paabus
Decennial Celebration Red Press Collaborative
John J McDonough Museum of Art | 525 Wick Avenue | Youngstown | Ohio | 44502 Hours | Tuesday â€“ Saturday | 11am to 4pm | email@example.com | facebook| twitter | instagram Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit www.ysu.edu/ada-accessibility for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.
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LISTINGS MUSEUMS AKRON ART MUSEUM 1 S. High St., Akron P: 330-376-9185 W: akronartmuseum.org
ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM 87 N. Main St., Oberlin P: 440-775-8665 W: oberlin.edu/amam
ARTISTS ARCHIVES OF THE WESTERN RESERVE 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland P: 216-721-9020 W: ArtistsArchives.org FB: facebook.com/ArtistsArchivesoftheWesternReserve
THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown P: 330-743-1107 W: butlerart.com
CANTON MUSEUM OF ART 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton P: 330-453-7666 W: cantonart.org
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF CLEVELAND 3813 Euclid Ave., Cleveland P: 216-791-7114 W: cmcleveland.org
CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-721-1600 W: cbgarden.org
CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-721-5722 W: wrhs.org
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland P: 216-231-4600 W: cmnh.org
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART
GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland P: 216-694-2000 W: greatscience.com
LAKE VIEW CEMETERY
12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland P: 216-421-2665 W: lakeviewcemetery.com
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM Rockwell Hall, 515 Hilltop Drive, Kent P: 330-672-3450 W: kent.edu/museum
MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood P: 216-593-0575 W: maltzmuseum.org
The Maltz Museum introduces visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience. It promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture, and builds bridges of appreciation and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures and ethnicities. It’s an educational resource for Northeast Ohio’s Jewish and general communities. MASSILLON MUSEUM
121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon P: 330-833-4061 W: massillonmuseum.org FB: facebook.com/massillonmuseum
MCDONOUGH MUSEUM OF ART 525 Wick Ave., Youngstown P: 330-941-1400 W: ysu.edu/mcdonough-museum
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland P: 216-421-8671 W: mocacleveland.org
THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-781-ROCK (7625) W: rockhall.com
THE SCULPTURE CENTER
11150 East Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-421-7340 W: clevelandart.org
1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland P: 216-229-6527 W: sculpturecenter.org FB: facebook.com/TheScupltureCenter
COLLEGE OF WOOSTER ART MUSEUM
THE SHAKER HISTORICAL MUSEUM
1220 Beall Ave., Wooster P: 330-263-2495 W: wooster.edu/arts/museum
16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights P: 216-921-1201 W: shakerhistory.org
CRAWFORD AUTO AVIATION COLLECTION The History Center in University Circle 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-721-5722 W: wrhs.org
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THE ART GALLERY
38721 Mentor Ave., Suite 1, Willoughby P: 440-946-8001
The Art Gallery in Willoughby specializes in quality custom framing and exhibits original work by local artists. The Gallery features handmade jewelry, glassware and other artist-made gift items, plus a full bead shop, The Beaded Lady. THE DANCING SHEEP
12712 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland P: 216-229-5770
Hand-painted and quilted acrylic on vinyl handbag by Roxanna Ahlborn.
A destination for those seeking the unique in clothing, gifts and shopping experience or wanting to share the upbeat vitality and offbeat charm of Cleveland’s premier arts and antiques district. The gallery features one-of-a-kind and limited-edition wearable art, contemporary craft and special baby gifts in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
15813 Waterloo Road, Cleveland P: 216-832-5101 W: framedgallery.net
Located in the emerging art scene of the Waterloo Arts District, Framed Gallery is an exclusive African American Art gallery in Cleveland. This gallery displays emerging, mid-career and established artists creating contemporary works on paper, paintings, graphite drawings and assemblage. HUNTINGTON CONVENTION CENTER OF CLEVELAND
300 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland P: 216-928-1600 W: clevelandconventions.com
The Convention Center Gallery welcomes “Foundations,” an Artists Archives of the Western Reserve exhibit highlighting the works of David E. Davis, Shirley Aley Campbell, William Martin Jean, David Haberman, Robert Jergens, Randall Tiedman, Phyllis Seltzer, Phyllis Sloane and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker. Located in the Huntington Convention Center and open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Listings are provided by advertisers and as a courtesy to readers.
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13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights P: 216-795-9800 W: loganberrybooks.com
Loganberry Books Annex Gallery features a monthly rotation of local artist exhibitions, with an opening reception on the first Wednesday evening of the month. M.GENTILE STUDIOS
1588 E. 40th St., 1A, Cleveland P: 216-881-2818 W: mgentilestudios.com
A personalized art resource for individuals, collectors and businesses. We offer assistance in the selection and preservation of artwork in many media. Our archival custom framing services are complemented by our skill in the installation of two- and three-dimensional artwork in a variety of residential and corporate settings. VALLEY ART CENTER
P: 440-247-7507 W: valleyartcenter.org
The hub of the visual arts in the Chagrin Valley, providing local communities with art classes, exhibits and fine art shopping for almost 50 years. Each year, we offer more than 400 classes, workshops and summer camps for students, from children to seniors, beginner to seasoned professional.
EVENTS NORTHCOAST PROMOTIONS, INC.
P.O. Box 609401, Cleveland P: 216-570-8201 W: northcoastpromo.com
Northcoast Promotions, Inc. specializes in art walks, craft fairs and festivals in Northeast Ohio. Join us this holiday & winter seasons with the Third Friday Art Walks at 78th Street Studios, Walkabout Tremont on Second Fridays, Hops & Shops on Dec. 14 at the Forest City Brewery, Little Italy Art Walks in December & June, and so much more. Visit our website for more events and details.
MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood P: 216-521-2540 W: beckcenter.org
Beck Center for the Arts, located in Lakewood, creates arts experiences. Beck produces professional theater on two stages; youth theater; arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts and early childhood; creative arts therapies for individuals with disabilities; free art exhibitions year-round, and outreach education programming. Information and tickets: 215-521-2540 x10 or beckcenter.org
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Gordon Square Arts District is proud to offer clevelandartistregistry.org, Cleveland’s premier searchable artist database. The registry is a collection of artistic talent creating, designing and performing in Cleveland. Artists connect with opportunities to work, collaborate and engage with the community. Individuals and businesses can easily find, hire and commission artists. CLEVELAND ISRAEL ARTS CONNECTION Jewish Federation of Cleveland E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: jewishcleveland.org/israelarts
The Cleveland Israel Arts Connection 2019-20 Fall/ Winter Season features the finest in Israeli film, documentary, theater, music, visual art and literature. Brochures are available in early September. Download a copy at jewishcleveland. org/israelarts. To sign up for periodic Israel Arts emails, please visit jewishcleveland.org/email_signup and indicate your interest in Israeli and Jewish Arts & Culture.
Loganberry Books Annex Gallery
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“Outside Inside” by Catherine Opie | Story by Becky Raspe
Field Studio for moCa Cleveland As sites like Edgewater Park have been seen by hundreds of thousands of eyes, familiar locales like Lake Erie evoke their own feelings – almost a personality from years of existing alongside the bustling and developing city of Cleveland. Catherine Opie’s “Outside Inside” works to capture this feeling of familiarity, the subsequent Finn passage of time and how familiar places also Photo / Seth Beckton change, even if in minute ways. Courtenay Finn, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, discusses “Outside Inside,” familiar sites that stand alongside the ever-changing world and how these static markers bring stability to a busy existence. CANVAS: What makes this piece noteworthy? What stands out to you, and what should viewers know when they see it at the museum? Finn: The subject matter of the installation and the title are particularly noteworthy as all the images are taken of Lake Erie, shot over the course of a year and showcasing the transformation of the lake over the four seasons. Incorporating both a micro and macro view, Opie emphasizes the passage of time as it occurs around the lake. This is pushed further with the scale and installation as Opie’s images transform the interior architecture of the museum into a window, bringing the outside inside. What response or emotions does this piece evoke? For me, the work operates both as a portrait of a place and as a meditation on the passage of time. It makes me think about different speeds of time: the slow time of geology, the time of a life lived and the history of change embedded in Cleveland as a city, and how these come together to create a sense of place. Our characterization of the outside world continues to be tied to the landscape and by enlarging images of Lake Erie and bringing them inside, Opie is asking us to think about our personal relationship to place. What’s noteworthy about the materials the artist used or process she employed for this piece? It is the first time the artist has worked in this medium and installed her work in and around the architecture of a space. I love how the piece reveals itself as you move around the building and how it changes in perspective to your body.
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How does it fit into the artist’s larger body of work? Over the past 30 years, Opie has turned her lens onto a diverse array of subjects, creating intimate portraits of a place. Whether in the form of friends, families, political gatherings, high school football players, to images of our national parks or the disappearing mall culture of middle America, Opie’s photographs operate as portraits of the here and now. She was born in 1961 in Sandusky and grew up there, so she has a personal and longtime relationship with the region and Lake Erie in particular. What was happening at the time that might have influenced this piece? The images were all culled from her time in Cleveland developing a new commission for Cleveland Clinic in 2011. Opie came to Cleveland over the course of an entire year to capture the dramatic seasonal shifts of Lake Erie, recording dawn to dusk the reflection of light over the water, through to the crystallization of ice and snow along the lake’s edge. I can’t help but think about how 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, not just in the United States. Along those lines, how might this piece have influenced or inspired other artists after they saw it? I do hope it opens up a dialogue around photography’s relationship to space, to how artists help us frame and see the world, and the value of looking closely at the places around us.
“OUTSIDE INSIDE” Artist: Catherine Opie Details: “Outside Inside,” 2019; eight vinyl prints with varying dimensions. Images courtesy of moCa Cleveland. Acquired: As part of the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2019, moCa invited Catherine Opie to create new work, responding directly to the museum’s architecture, in the museum’s Gund Commons. Find it: Opie’s installation consists of eight images installed directly onto the walls of the Gund Commons and the Kohl Atrium & Monumental Staircase. It is a temporary installation on view until Jan. 5, 2020. It is experienced as you walk in and through the building.
Creativity Takes Center Stage at Hawken Given that Hawken School has always been a haven for creative minds, itâ€™s no surprise that opportunities for students to participate in the arts abound. While many other schools are forced to cut funding for the arts, Hawkenâ€™s programming continues to grow and thrive, enabling students to participate at various levels no matter what their age or experience.
Get ready to do school differently.
LOWER & MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT VISIT Thursday, 12/5/19, 9:00 am
Toddler – Grade 8, Lyndhurst Campus
UPPER SCHOOL PARENT VISIT Tuesday, 12/10/19, 8:30 am
Grades 9 – 12, Gates Mills Campus
MASTERY SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL SESSION Sunday, 12/15/19, 1:00 pm
Grades 9 – 12, University Circle Campus
P lan your visit; RSVP today! Lower & Middle School: 440-423-2950 Upper & Mastery School: 440-423-2955 or visit hawken.edu/admission
Coed Toddler – Grade 12