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VOLUME 36, ISSUE 1 | AUGUST 20, 2020

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HOME DESIGN … with fall in mind

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WEDDING BELLES Stephanie Tomko and Jordan Sandford marry despite COVID hurdles, concerns By Rita Kueber



FASHION & BEAUTY Fall’s focus is on the eye By Paris Wolfe

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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT Shoes and Clothes for Kids continues its mission to serve children in need By Cynthia Schuster Eakin

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TRAVEL Discover Heritage Wines in Missouri’s Wine Country By Sarah Jaquay


MUSIC Baldwin Wallace’s Riemenschneider Bach Institute celebrates its 50th Anniversary By Sarah Jaquay


HOME DESIGN Area experts and designers share tips for transitioning your home for fall By Lauri Gross


EDUCATION Area schools prepare for 2020-2021 school year

Settle comfortably into your favorite spaces this season. With many of us spending more time in and around our homes than we may have in the past, and with fall just a month away, it’s a great time consider how you might begin transitioning your indoor and outdoor spaces for the crisp, cooler seasons ahead. From creating a home office or a learning-work-study space for your at-home student, to planning a comfortable area outdoors where you will gather with friends and family, to shopping for more comfortable furnishings for fall, you’ll find tips, advice and inspiration from area designers and experts in this issue.


AUGUST EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Cynthia Schuster Eakin, Barry Goodrich, Lauri Gross, Sarah Jaquay, Rita Kueber, Paris Wolf PHOTOGRAPHERS: Peggy Turbett ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Nancy Kelley, Alana Clark, Tobe Schulman AD DESIGNERS: Connie Gabor, Ashley Gier

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EDITOR’S NOTE It is said that time flies when you are having fun. It is also said that the older we get the faster time seems to fly. Since the first adage about having “fun” doesn’t spring to mind first and foremost to me given this pandemic, I’ll go with the “I’m getting older” statement to help explain how time has flown by so quickly from shutdown and quarantine at home, to it’s time to go back to school. I truly feel for all students, athletes, teachers, administrators, staff and bus drivers this year, in what I call “The Grand Experiment.” How best to safely plan the return to school for teachers and for students of all ages, some of whom will be instructed online from home, some in person in a much different classroom setting than they ever knew before, and still others who will experience a hybrid version, a mixture of the two. We are living history, all of us moving through this time of COVID-19, and our actions and reactions to it will be documented and recorded in history books of the future. But for students and teachers especially, the 20202021 school year will be a Grand Experiment … something that will be monitored, tracked and watched closely to determine which version of education through a pandemic turns out to be safest and works best for everyone involved. There is risk associated with the inperson classroom model we all knew from the past, with consequences that cannot be determined with certainty by anyone at this point in time. There also most likely will be some long-lasting effects and consequences to the online schooling-from-home and hybrid models that won’t be realized for many years. Our Education pages in Section B offer just a glimpse into what area schools are planning for their students, teachers and parents this fall. Governor DeWine’s televised update just last week encouraged everyone returning to school to “Back Up, Mask Up, and Wash Up”… and as simple as that advice might sound, it’s the best the experts can offer at this point in time. So just do it … but I imagine it will be a daily challenge, especially for those working with the youngest ones this fall. The news of the Big 10 postponing sports until spring was tough for every Buckeye and football fan to digest. I can’t imagine a fall without football. To avoid the disappointment and sadness I’m bound to feel, I’m planning to take up a new hobby, extend my daily walk into an all-day experience, or visit places and do things nearby that were never on my fall to-do-and-see list because weekend plans here always revolved around watching the Buckeyes and Browns. I know many of you feel the disappointment too, so this month’s issue of Currents offers some suggestions of things to do in these last days of summer, as well as ideas and inspiration for projects in and around your home. Start improving and transitioning your home and garden areas now, and if you dream big and plan for those major projects you’ve been putting off, they may just keep you busy and occupied through fall, when you, like me, will surely miss spending a portion of your Saturdays on your couch, in your recliner, or at The Shoe, yelling Go Bucks! at the big screen. ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan

Drive-in and Dine, to benefit Dunham Tavern Museum, set for Aug. 22 Quick, check you calendar! If you are free Saturday night, August 22, you might still be able to score a ticket for one of the most unusual benefits of summer 2020: Drive-in and Dine for the benefit of Dunham Tavern Museum, which traditionally has been called “Summer Soiree” with dinner under a big tent. This year, you’ll drive up to the Red Barn, be given your gourmet boxed dinner and directions to your parking space. You can sit in your car all evening or choose to sit outside on a blanket or chair, still in your space, while enjoying live entertainment. Every effort will be made to observe all the requirements and safety protocols of COVID-19. Prices for tickets start at $100. Call 216.431.1060 with questions or for more information. If you can’t make it to the event, plan to participate in the Dunham Tavern online auction which is up until September 12. All sorts of treasures and surprises await you. The internet address for this online auction is:  August 20, 2020 CURRENTS  A3

Suggestions for summer fun this season, with safety in mind By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Are you looking for some fun summertime activities that you can enjoy safely? Here are a few ideas. Take a hike and step into Cleveland’s past. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation (HGNC) is offering its Take a Hike historic walking tours online as free, self-guided, interactive experiences. You can incorporate the tours into your weekly exercise routine and embark on exciting journeys through Cleveland’s neighborhoods, cultural sites and legacy architecture. The tours can be enjoyed at your own pace, while complying with social distancing rules. Start by going to and choose your tour. Using your mobile device’s GPS function, an interactive map will guide you through the tour with professional audio narrations at each stop. Each tour also offers companion videos that introduce you to notable figures from Cleveland’s past portrayed by professional actors. Tours available during the month of August include the Canal Basin Tour, Grand Department Stores Tour and the Warehouse District Tour. “We’re thrilled to offer a safe and healthy way to bring Cleveland history to life during our twelfth season, HGNC Executive Director Tom Yablonsky said. “We hope this digital, on-demand format allows us to reach a wider audience and we look forward to continuing our traditional in-person tour experience in 2021.” Ashley Ribando, marketing and engagement manager for HGNC, said this summer’s tours have been very popular. “It’s going great so far,” she noted. “We’ve had thousands of people surge to the site to check out our tours. The program we are using for the interactive maps has Google Analytics capabilities, so we’ve been very pleased with the participation. We had no idea what to expect, but people seem to love it!” Cleveland is a city of neighborhoods, defined not only by architecture, but by the cultures of the people who settled them. Whether created by new or old immigrants or migrants, their structures, signage and commercial

Photograph courtesy of Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation

enterprises reflect a variety of ethnic identities, some dating back more than 150 years and some relatively new. A guided tour of AsiaTown is one of a series of virtual tours being developed by the Western Reserve Historical Society to highlight the diverse heritages that make up our city. It is another step in the society’s mission to document and explore the history of Cleveland, a truly global city. The historical society is working with people from and familiar with ethnic neighborhoods. These people are the best guides to the past and present of their communities. Johnny Wu has crafted the tour ofAsiaTown, a neighborhood that he knows as a film maker, entrepreneur and organizer who has done much to promote and discover the past and the present of one of the city’s most vibrant districts. You can take a tour following the script posted online, or you can drive or walk past the landmarks, starting near Public Square and moving east to historic Chinatown. You can even stop at one of the area’s many restaurants to pick up food to enjoy during your trip. Visit to download

the AsiaTown virtual tour packet. The “Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties” series continues at the Music Box Supper Club on Aug. 20, with a few adjustments. Deanna Adams and Mike Olszewski will talk about the history of Cleveland’s best music venues. Adams is a writer, speaker, award-winning essayist and author of both fiction and nonfiction works. Olszewski is a veteran Cleveland TV and radio reporter and local broadcast history buff. “Overall, the Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties are mostly the same,” Ricky Benninger, marketing manager for the Music Box Supper Club explained. “We still offer a $20 three-course prix fixe dinner, while owner Mike Miller interviews about a Cleveland history-related topic. Both chairs on stage are spaced six feet back from the front row of the audience.” “Now that we have a strict capacity, we no longer offer the Cleveland stories for free admission. We are now asking guests to purchase a $5 food and beverage voucher online that they can use the night of the event,” she said. “Our reasoning behind this was to have a little ‘skin in

the game’ to make sure people show up when they make reservations. In the past, we would sometimes have fifty percent no shows on reservations and we can’t really afford that right now. Like I said, the five dollars can be used on food and beverage during the show, so it is basically free.” “We have many new health and safety precautions to keep our staff and guests safe,” Benninger said. “For example, everyone is required to wear a mask to enter the venue and when moving in public areas like restrooms. Guests may take masks off when they are eating and drinking at the reserved table, spaced six feet from any other guests. We have daily cleanings, temperature readings and much more. You can find out about everything we are doing, including our new video, at” Doors open at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20, with storytelling beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are required to enable social distancing requirements. The $20 prix fixe dinner option includes pasta pierogi salad, chicken paprikash and a Napoleon dessert. Visit the Midwest Railway Preservation Society and historic B&O Roundhouse at 2800 W. 3rd St. in the Flats to learn how railroads helped to make Cleveland an industrial giant. The Midwest Railway Preservation Society is an all-volunteer group of people dedicated to preserving the railroad past. The society has a diverse collection of vintage cars and engines. Several train cars are restored and available for public viewing. The red caboose sitting at the entrance to the roundhouse stands out against the darker steel buildings of the industrial Flats. Restored passenger coaches are used on excursions and displayed throughout the year. The B&O boxcar is a showpiece within the rail yard, setting the standard for future restoration efforts. Open house events are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the last tour and train ride are at 3 p.m. Everyone must wear closed-toe shoes. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages four to 12. Visit or phone 216.781.3629.

Film Commission hoping to bounce back in 2021 By BARRY GOODRICH Of all the industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, film productions from coast to coast were hit particularly hard. Shooting a movie or television series involves close collaboration with social distancing, the antithesis of the production process. “Right now, production has come to a grinding halt as everything is shut down,” says Greater Cleveland Film Commission president Evan Miller. “A little bit of commercial production has come back but nothing on a large scale.” At least two feature films slated to be filmed in the Greater Cleveland area this year have been delayed and the GCFC is working to get them to return. “Everyone’s wait-

ing for the floodgates to open,” said Miller. “Right now, all the unions are getting together to come up with a uniform set of protocols. We are compiling as much COVID data as we possibly can so we can be ahead of the curve.” Thanks to the Ohio Motion Picture tax credit, where all qualified state productions receive a 30 percent tax rebate, over 300 productions have been filmed in Ohio since 2007. Since 2009, the economic impact for Northeast Ohio has resulted in $463 million and over 3,400 jobs. Recent features filmed in and around Cleveland have included “I See You,” “Queen & Slim,” “All the Bright Places” and “Them That Follow.” Last fall, three films shot in the area, including a Liam Neeson thriller. “The motion picture tax incentive is the driver for any

city,” said Miller. We have a wealth of skills and talent here and there’s always going to be a need for content. If a production is going to be shot somewhere, why not have it be Northeast Ohio?” Miller, a graduate of Orange High School and The Ohio State University, calls himself “a kid at heart” whose favorite films include “Ghostbusters” and “Back to the Future.” He spent 15 years in L.A. working with film and TV talent for two agencies before deciding to come home and work for the GCFC. “I cold called Ivan (Schwarz) one day and he told me to come out,” said Miller of the former GCFC president. “I didn’t envision taking over for him. I love L.A. and I know this is cheesy but there’s no place like home.”

To fill the gap during the shutdown, the GCFC is offering a FIlmSkills program with online courses from over 150 leading Hollywood filmmakers. The 12-week courses cover everything from creative to the crew and business aspects of production. Courses are available at and a discount of 25 percent is available using the code GCFC25. When productions do start up again, industry members will be faced with a new landscape. “There is a lot of face to face interaction in film and that’s going to have to be cut back,” said Miller. “But this business is filled with the most creative people in the world. Everybody is willing to work together to make this happen.”

Virtual Wine Tasting Featuring a four-course dinner by Thyme Catering paired with Gregory James Wines of Sonoma.

Virtual Wine Tasting Featuring a four-course dinner by Thyme Catering paired with Gregory James Wines of Sonoma.

2020 Giving Kids Hope Support Opportunities Wine and dine in your home on October 24, 2020 in support of the Research Institute for Children’s Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its mission to improve outcomes for children who suffer from devastating diseases and disorders by accelerating breakthroughs into treatments. The wine is included in the individual $250/couple ticket price for the catered wine tasting dinner. The prepared dinner can be picked up from a central location or delivered hopefully within a 25-mile radius. Each sponsor package includes a varying number of couple tickets depending upon commitment level.

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Patricia Heaton inspires as an author and philanthropist By BARRY GOODRICH Patricia Heaton is proof positive that F. Scott Fitzgerald was mistaken when he wrote “There are no second acts in American lives.” In fact, the Bay Village native is on her sixth or seventh act when it comes to television, writing, cooking and philanthropy. Heaton’s new book, “Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention,” is a collection of personal anecdotes and stories of others who are pursuing their dreams. “I had a show, Carol’s Second Act, which, sadly, did not get renewed,” said Heaton from her home in California. “The premise of the show was a woman who fulfilled her dream by going to medical school.” The book was originally scheduled to come out next May, but the pandemic resulted in the release being pushed up. “In some ways, it was a good thing,” said Heaton. “A lot of folks have either lost their jobs or have had months to realize life is very precious and not to be taken for granted.” Some of the stories in the book are about Heaton’s friends while others detail people of all ages who have overcome challenges. “The folks in the book, mostly because of circumstances, have had to re-think their lives in one way or another,” she says. Heaton, an Ohio Wesleyan graduate, won two Emmys for her role as Deb Barone in the long-running hit “Everybody Loves Raymond” and followed that up with another hit show “The Middle,” in which she portrayed Frances Heck. Heaton won another Emmy for her Food Network show “Patricia Heaton Parties.” Despite her run of success, Heaton knows the instability of the world of show business. “Like all actors, I face that issue of losing your job,” she said. “Even if you have a show, you know that job is going to end. We’re conditioned as actors to be adventurous, not risk averse. “I’m 62 and I still feel like I have more left to learn about my industry,” Heaton said. “I was in the midst of producing a movie, sitting in a hotel room in Oklahoma City, when we had to stop production because of the virus.” Being willing to make changes may not be easy, particularly for those who are older, but Heaton feels that attitude can be beneficial in the long run. “In some ways, it’s a good way to live,” she said. “My mother died when I was 12 years old – it was traumatizing but in some ways it was a wakeup call. I was made aware at a very young age that bad things can happen.” Writing the book was an inspiring experience for Heaton. “I think it gave me a lot of hope when I saw the resilience of people. A football player who became an opera singer…the fierceness of a mother who will do anything for her child.” A dedicated philanthropist, Heaton is a Celebrity Ambassador for World Vision, the world’s largest non-governmental organization that works around the globe to provide clean water and reduce poverty. She participates in the program along with her husband David Hunt. “My parents were very instrumental in making me realize it was important to try and make the world a better place,” she said. “No one in Hollywood had ever heard of World Vision but I saw that they were very transparent and sustainable.” Heaton also recently launched her own line of homeware, Patricia Heaton Home, for WalMart. “I love interior design and I have been collecting ceramics for a long time,” she said. It seems as if Heaton has several more acts to come.

Cleveland Browns bring women on staff for 2020 season By BARRY GOODRICH When Callie Brownson was growing up in Virginia, football was always on her mind. Adults who were initially skeptical of her ability to play with the boys in the Fairfax County Youth Football League were convinced by season’s end when Brownson was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. Brownson’s involvement with the game continued when she served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Mount Vernon High School. She went on to play for the D.C. Divas of the Women’s Football Alliance and was a two-time gold medalist for Team USA Women’s Football. Her passion for and knowledge of the game was rewarded in 2018 when Brownson became the first woman hired as a full-time NCAA Division I coach at Dartmouth. This season, Brownson is serving as Chief of Staff for Cleveland Browns first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski. Her previous NFL experience included a stint with the New York Jets as a scouting intern and a coaching position with the Buffalo Bills. “I’m excited because coach Stefanski is one of those up and coming coaches who has a lot of great ideas,” Brownson said in a team statement. “He’s a progressive coach and he loves the game of football. He understands that football is ever evolving, which is cool to be a part of on a staff like this. I’m excited to be here.” Brownson, a George Mason graduate, also serves as one of 22 members of USA Football’s Football Development Model Council, comprised of medical, football and long-term athlete development experts. The Council’s goal is to open more paths to the fun of playing football. The Browns have also added Riley Hecklinski and Kathleen Wood to the team’s scouting department. Hecklinski joins the team as a full-time scouting assistant while Wood is serving as a scouting fellow for 2020. The two women were roommates when they

Callie Brownson is Chief of Staff for Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. She is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and George Mason University, played for the D.C. Divas of the Women’s Football Alliance and was a two-time gold medalist for Team USA Women’s Football. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Browns worked for the 2020 Senior Bowl in January. Hecklinski is the Browns’ only full-time female scout. She was a former softball player at Indiana State, where her father served as the offensive coordinator for the football team. She followed her father to the University of Kansas, where she worked in recruiting for

the Jayhawks. Wood worked as a private investigator for 16 years before making her move to the NFL. She previously served as a scouting fellow and intern for the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles and was also a scout for the Senior Bowl.

Great Lakes Theater announces cancellation of 2020 Fall Repertory Due to persistent challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the health and safety of patrons, artists, and staff is Great Lakes Theater’s (GLT) top priority, the theater is officially cancelling the first two productions of its 2020-21 season (Jane Austen’s ‘Emma” and Shakespeare’s “Henry V.”) Current ticketholder options for the cancelled productions include full refunds, exchanges into future productions through the theater’s 2021-22 season, and/or tax-deductible ticket donation opportunities. Outreach to ticketholders is ongoing. “We are living in a time when planning takes place on a weekly basis,” said Charles Fee, GLT Producing Artistic Director, of the programming change. “We, of course, know that we will return to live theater at some point in the future. We are working closely with our partners at Playhouse Square, the unions that represent our artists, and state and local government health officials to identify a safe way to reopen our theaters so that we can come together as a community and celebrate. We will keep you posted on where we’re headed and what the timeline will be on a regular basis.” Great Lakes Theater, the first resident company of Playhouse Square, has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. On its mainstage and through its extensive educational programming, Great Lakes Theater positively impacts the lives of over 100,000 adults and students annually.  August 20, 2020 CURRENTS  A5

Make plans to discover Heritage Wines in Missouri wine country By SARAH JAQUAY When I was invited on a trip to Missouri (MO) wine country last spring, I was curious. I’ve been on lots of wine trips and most states have similar wine-growing histories: Our state made wine in the 18th and/or 19th centuries; then the Civil War came and farmers dropped their implements to join up on one side or the other. Viticulture was just starting to come back when Prohibition hit in 1920. After the Prohibition, one can generally trace California’s dominance to the arc of Robert Mondavi’s life and influence. Since the 1980s the rest of America’s winegrowing regions have pretty much been playing catch up. Many of them--including Ohio’s Grand River appellation that produces some firstrate unoaked Chardonnays, Rieslings and even an award-winning Pinot Noir you’ll swear was made in Burgundy--have been successful. What intrigued me was the backstory of one of the vineyards we’d be visiting along MO’s Northwest Wine Trail, VOX Vineyards, where the owner is bringing back American heritage grape varieties not seen since before Prohibition. The other allure was flying in and out of Kansas City (KC), probably my Terravox’s 2014 Norfavorite Midwestern meton, a dry red from tropolis after my homeVOX Vineyards in town. Throw in spending Weston, Missouri. a few days at a historic resort in the old-timey town of Excelsior Springs--an emerging wine hub where “garagistes” are making boutique wines and the chance to sample wines from all five of MO’s AVAs (American Viticulture Areas--similar to a French appellation) at Willow Springs Mercantile; a couple of KC wineries and dinner at the elegant Restaurant at 1900 on the Kansas side (a state I’d never set foot in)--and that made the opportunity irresistible. Our erstwhile oenophiles started at VOX Vineyards in Weston where founder Jerry Eisterhold gave us an informative tour and tasting. He explained how he stumbled upon the work of Thomas Volney Munson, a botanist and viticulturist who wrote the seminal book, The Foundations of American Grape Culture, in 1909. Munson is also credited with saving Europe’s wine culture by developing Phylloxera-resistant rootstock that could be grafted onto European vines (vitis vinifera) that had been all but decimated by Phylloxera introduced to the Continent by the British in the 1850s. The varieties grown at VOX go beyond the typical French-American hybrids such as Traminette and Chambourcin. They include such unique varieties as: Lenoir, Cloeta and Wetumpka--and of course Norton, which is MO’s state grape. A quick word about Norton: It’s a derivation of the Cynthiana-Norton grape Jefferson had planted at Monticello. Virginia’s wineries put it on the map a few decades ago but MO has taken it to a whole new level. VOX’s 2014 Norton, a dry red with notes of black cherry and a long finish with balanced tannins is emblematic of MO Nortons. Although Jerry describes all VOX’s wines as “food-friendly and dry,” a couple of standouts were the tart and refreshing 2018 Albania white with citrus and tropical notes and the medium-bodied Lenoir red. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Terra Vox

VOX Vineyards founder Jerry Eisterhold is a Missouri native who’s reviving heritage American grape varieties not seen since before Prohibition.

Excelsior Springs’ Hall of Waters Museum is an art deco tribute to the era before antibiotics when people took their cures by bathing in and drinking mineral water. Tasting Room in Weston is open for patio sipping and dining. Our group visited several other wineries around the town of Excelsior Springs, about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City, including Belvoir Winery & Inn and the very fun Van Till Family Farm Winery. Excelsior Springs is one of those vintage spa towns that sprung from having mineral waters with alleged healing qualities. Although the health benefits of drinking mineral water have been debunked, stories of curing tuberculosis and a Civil War veteran’s unhealed gunshot wound drew attention to the area in the 1880s. Boarding houses and eventually The Elms Hotel & Spa, the area’s premiere resort, catered to guests seeking wellness. The Elms is an iconic destination known for its lovely gardens and an incredible underground indoor pool that appears as though Frank Lloyd Wright designed it. He didn’t. Many of the springs around town are no longer accessible, but if you’re interested in Excelsior Springs’ aqua-


history, head to the Hall of Waters Visitors Center and Museum (currently open only for paying your water bill during COVID-19.) The Hall of Waters, also known as Siloam Park and Springs, is an impressive art deco structure built in the 1930s as a Public Works Administration project. It sits on five wells and the water bar in the center offered various types of mineral water for people to “take their cures.” The complex originally boasted bath houses, a spa, therapy pools and bathtubs--all built around the concept of water as medicine. Our guide remembered going there as a child so her mother could drink the water for her rheumatism. Heading back to Kansas City meant our pace picked up considerably as we visited the noteworthy Amigoni Urban Winery (that doesn’t source or serve local varieties) and KC Wineworks, a family owned and operated winery in KC’s trendy Crossroads Arts District. If your family spends a night or two in KC, staying at the Crossroads Hotel and visiting its lively rooftop bar, will give you

The vintage Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs north of Kansas City has an incredible underground indoor pool evocative of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. “cred” with the young people in your posse. Of course the virus has changed everyone’s desire and methods of travel; so these are merely suggestions for the next time you feel comfortable getting on a plane and flying or maybe even driving to America’s barbecue capital. Missouri’s Wine Country and stellar examples of Norton and other heritage varieties await--any time you’re ready to expand your palate. See, www.VisitExcelsior. com and for more information.

Baldwin Wallace’s Bach Institute celebrates its 50th Anniversary By SARAH JAQUAY “He [Johann Sebastian Bach] had a high opinion of his music, but he’d be surprised there’s SO much writing about him--so many books analyzing his music,” notes Paul Cary, conservatory librarian at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (RBI) located at Baldwin Wallace University’s (BW’s) Conservatory. Cary was commenting on how Bach might react if he rose from the dead and visited RBI’s premiere collection today. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute is one of Northeast Ohio’s little-known gems that sounds like it might be available only to scholars. Nothing could be further from the truth. And the people who work there, teach at the Conservatory and act as stewards of this amazing collection in Berea want “Bach buffs” to know that as RBI marks its 50th anniversary. Sadly, this year’s BW Bach Festival (which would have been the 88th, and) which is one the oldest collegiate Bach festivals in North America, was cancelled due to COVID-19. There was special programming planned to celebrate RBI’s golden anniversary, including the debut of a national competition commissioning a new work “inspired by Bach.” The winner of this competition, James Primosch, is a composer and professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s a native Clevelander who’s having a remarkable 2020. Primosch recently received the prestigious Virgil Thomson Award for Vocal Music given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (See below for more on this notable former local who’s also a past recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize for Music.) The Institute is housed in a series of rooms in BW’s Conservatory complex in the Boesel Musical Arts Center. When visitors enter, they see a timeline exhibit highlighting the RBI’s and Bach Festival’s interesting history. The founder of BW’s Conservatory was Albert Riemenschneider. According to his great-grandson, Jay Riemenschneider, Albert and his wife were traveling through Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the early 1930s and attended a Bach Festival there. Albert decided BW’s Conservatory should have its

own and hosted its first Bach Festival in 1933. What a welcome respite that must have been in the nadir of the Great Depression! Over the decades Albert amassed an outstanding collection of Bach, Beethoven and many others. After Albert died, his widow Selma donated his library to BW and it became the foundation for the Institute. The goal of making RBI accessible and user-friendly has evolved ever since. Why would Bach lovers want to see this collection? They would be thrilled to discover a set of handwritten parts for a cantata written in Leipzig in 1729—”Some by J.S. himself!” says Cary. The cantata is “I Love the Almighty with All My Being,” BWV 174. Christina Fuhrman, professor of music and editor of “Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute” (Bach Journal) says, “The collection contains rare first editions--especially Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier.’” Clavier was a generic term for keyboard and this composition is two sets of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys for solo keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord, clavichord and organ. RBI also has two fortepianos, one is an original dating from 1792 and the other is a reproduction “people can actually play” says Cary. If the RBI has a pied piper attracting more student and community engagement, it might be Danielle Kuntz, assistant professor of music history and RBI Scholar-in-Residence. One of her academic roles is to ensure BW (and other) students have opportunities to interact and use the Institute’s resources. Kuntz and others have remarked on how unusual (and exciting) it is for undergraduates to have access to such extraordinary primary sources. It’s more common for graduate students and professional scholars. Kuntz explains the Conservatory encourages students to use the RBI in a number of ways, particularly via its RBI Scholars program. This program allows students to develop research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor and present their work at the Bach Festival. “The big news for our 50th anniversary is that we’ve expanded the program from two students annually to five.” The program is completely funded by private donations.

Photograph courtesy of Baldwin Wallace University

Baldwin Wallace’s Bach Festival in 1945. The Institute’s impressive collection is not limited to Bach. Fuhrman says RBI has Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem” with his actual notes. The RBI attracts professional scholars from around the world through its Martha Goldsworthy Arnold (MGA) Fellowship program. According to the website, this fellowship is for full-time residential research in the RBI collections. Fellowships range from one to four weeks and fellows are encouraged to present their work to faculty and students; plus, depending on suitability, to submit it for publication to the Bach Journal. Cary and Fuhrman mentioned renowned Bach scholar Yo Tomita as an MGA Fellow. He’s a professor on the faculty of Queen’s University in Belfast who came to RBI “to study our Well-Tempered Clavier collection because it’s one of the best in the world,” notes Cary.

Fans of BW’s Bach Festival needn’t be too dismayed to have missed the 88th one and its associated programming marking the RBI’s 50th anniversary. Some of the instrumental performances are available online. (See below for links.) Just as Bach’s music comforted Northeast Ohioans during the worst year of the Great Depression (think 1933’s banking “holiday”), the RBI reminds us: This too shall pass, but great music endures. For more information see: or contact Paul Cary at: or call (440) 826-8074. For Bach Festival performances online, see: https:// sBNeR_Lk2YW-kjoN and BaldwinWallaceConservatory/

Cleveland composer is having a big year despite the virus By SARAH JAQUAY “I don’t think there is a way to have choral performances until there’s a vaccine,” notes James Primosch, DMA, professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Primosch is the winner of this year’s competition for a commissioned piece marking the 50th anniversary of Baldwin Wallace University’s (BW’s) Riemenschneider Bach Institute. While Primosch is disappointed his work didn’t premiere at the 2020 BW Bach Festival last spring (cancelled due to COVID-19), he’s having a big year in any case. Primosch won the prestigious 2020 Virgil Thomson Award for Vocal Music presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this year and has recently released two CDs. While there may be a way to perform instrumental music safely during this pandemic, a chorister’s respiratory droplets are suspected of traveling as far as 30 feet due to the power with

which singers project their notes. So unfortunately, Bach Festival fans won’t get to hear Primosch’s “Fantasy-Partita on ‘Von gott will ich nicht lassen” until there’s a way for a chamber choir and string quartet to perform together safely. The goal of the competition was to commission a new work “inspired by Primosch Bach.” Primosch notes the application asked for an explanation of “how your piece would connect with the work of Bach.” Here’s how Primosch explains that connection (edited for brevity): “I chose to write a set of variations on a chorale employed by Bach in several cantatas, an organ chorale prelude and a number of independent chorales. The opening section playfully juxtaposes the chorale in one of Bach’s harmonizations with a solo tenor singing one of the French versions of the secular tune on which the chorale is based. At two points I

quote additional Bach harmonizations of the chorale. An exuberant version of the tune in 6/8 time, the meter employed by Bach in his use of the tune in the last movement of Cantata 107, is followed by a finale that recalls the introduction.” Primosch grew up in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs. He attended St. Joseph High School (now called VASJ) and took accordion lessons at Petromilli’s and Sodja Music, then located on E. 185th Street. He taught himself to play the organ, then took up piano shortly before attending Cleveland State University. He also performed with local bands including the Velvetones and the Cordials. This respected composer vividly recalls that his first gig as a Velvetone was for a Christmas party at Cleveland’s Slovenian National Home. He stated in an email, “I remember we went in the back door, walking under a sign that said ‘cooks and musicians’ entrance.’” After graduating from Cleveland State, Primosch went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”) and Columbia Uni-

versity. He’s been on the faculty at Penn since 1988 and has received numerous grants and awards over the years, including the 1992 Cleveland Arts Prize for Music. His works have been widely performed by such organizations as the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. When asked what J.S. Bach might think of the “Fantasy-Partita on ‘Von gott will ich nicht lassen” Primosch quipped, “Probably what [the author John] Milton would think if he read T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ because my work is in a contemporary idiom.” Currents readers who are forlorn about having no Bach Festival or other live concerts might want to purchase Primosch’s newest CD, “Carthage,” performed by the Grammy-winning choral ensemble, The Crossing, and conducted by Donald Nally. Listening to brilliant CDs is still safe for everyone. For more information, visit Photograph by Donald Boardman  August 20, 2020 CURRENTS  A7

Stephanie Tomko and Jordan Sandford marry despite pandemic hurdles, concerns VENDORS SIDEBAR

By RITA KUEBER There’s a touch of Romeo and Juliet – without the tragedy – in the courtship of Stephanie Elise Tomko and Jordan Tyler Sandford. When they first met, they worked as VIP hosts for rival clubs. Adversarial? Employees weren’t even supposed to talk with someone from the other club. Yet Stephanie and Jordan met by happy circumstance at a Cavs’ game, and spent the evening in a sort of first date mode. Right there, Jordan asked Stephanie for a sort of second date – to his sister’s wedding the very next day, and nearly four years later, July 3, 2020, the couple wed. Much has happened since the two shared similar contacts and a big circle of mutual friends while hosting at competing clubs. After working as a kindergarten teacher in Columbus and dating long distance for a year, today Stephanie is a behavior therapist at the Cleveland Clinic. Jordan is partner in a social media marketing company that he co-founded. Southwest-siders growing up (North Olmsted and Medina) the couple is at home today at Crocker Park in Westlake. Their engagement was magical. On Memorial Day 2019 the couple joined family and a few friends for a picnic at the Clifton Beach Club. Stephanie’s dad allowed her to bring her dog, a Vizsla named Brody, which was unusual, but Stephanie didn’t think much about it. Brody went mysteriously missing for a while and on his return he was carrying her engagement ring. “I had no idea,” Stephanie recalls. “I said yes.” Plans went smoothly at first. The couple hired A Charming Fete, a knockout wedding planning company that’s drawn attention from major brides’ magazines in the last few years. The color scheme of naturals and a light blush or nude tone was chosen for the five bridesmaids and three flower girls, plus navy suits for Jordan, his five groomsmen and two boy ring bearers. The couple discovered their venue through friends – a brand new site built with weddings in mind – Highfields, in Hudson. “They broke ground in October 2019,” Stephanie says. “The courtyard and patio were under construction when we looked at them. We weren’t supposed to be the first wedding there, but we were. We had both the ceremony and reception there.” The couple planned for 200 guests and ended up with 157, with no one declining because of the pandemic. Fortunately Stephanie and Jordan were just far enough ahead of the curve that most major decisions and orders had been made and placed before the shutdown. There were several anxious moments, however, especially at the beginning of the pandemic when a flood of information did little to determine direction. Her dress had been picked up. She had given her bridesmaids a swatch of material and asked them to find something in their own style in that color. Rings had been chosen but had yet to be delivered. The vendors – flowers, photographer, and bakery – were all local and determined to deliver their goods. Out of concern for the guests, the couple decided to make Plan B. “It sucks to even think of one,” Stephanie says. “But it brings a sense of peace. We had a backup plan for September 3, but it was Jordan, who was so laid

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ding planner] Somer we just pushed through. That’s all you can do.” Stephanie picked a second wedding band to use in case the one being made in Italy didn’t show up in time. (It did.) The moment Stephanie will always remember was walking into their wedding venue. “We went through so much, I didn’t know if it would really happen,” she says. “We had so many meetings and at one point I stopped eating and cried over every decision from the personalized stickers I bought on Etsy to the Limoncello made by a family friend. To walk in there and see it all come alive was incredible, and Jordan feels the same way. It was breathtaking. Seeing all the napkins in three different textures that my aunt sewed, the three different styles of chairs… all the decisions we made and we thought we’d never be able to see. To walk in, well, I still cry about it,” she says, “It was so amazing.” Of course no one knows when things will return to pre-pandemic conditions, but Stephanie has some direct advice for future brides planning now. “I want you to know that as important as it may be to consider family and friends it’s even more important to remember this is your day, and you and your future husband are all that matters,” she says. “If you decide a backyard wedding is best for you, that’s okay. If you decide a smaller ceremony and reception works, that’s okay. If an intimate ceremony and a year-later celebration is your plan, that’s okay too. There are no wrong decisions. All that matters is that you decide what’s best for you both. On your wedding day none of this pandemic planning turbulence will matter. You will make it.”

L’Nique Specialty Linen encourages everyone to “Choose Joy” If you work with L’Nique Specialty Linen on your event, you will notice the dedication and passion the team has to creating a beautiful occasion. This still rings true during a year in which a pandemic has brought into question how special events and weddings might look. The key phrase the team at L’Nique has lived by: “Choose Joy.” Although they have had to adapt their business in order to stay open, co-owners Deidre Dockman and Angela Klodnick have remained positive. “We truly have enjoyed helping brides adjust and find new ideas,” Klodnick says. “We love that couples are still finding joy and staying positive. We have met some very inspirational people at this time.” When considering ways to re-imagine your wedding and event in 2020, L’Nique goes beyond just linen advice. They’ve been collaborating with various vendors and working closely with student groups, fundraising committees, and of course, wedding couples, to plan how the event can still take place, whether it’s this weekend, this year, or the year 2021. “A big trend that we’re seeing is Micro Weddings. A few companies and planners have included us into a Micro Wedding package so that couples are still able to continue with their wedding day, and still have the beautiful decor and linens they imagined,” Klodnick mentions. Another trend they have noticed is to keep the wedding date as a ceremony only and push the reception to 2021. “Next year is going to be very busy for us. We are grateful that these couples continue to trust in us and are open to moving forward with their vision on a different date,” Dockman added. Staying open hasn’t been easy for L’Nique. When the news of the pandemic took over the 24-hour news cycle, Klodnick and Dockman knew that facial coverings were going to be a needed item for many businesses that were continuing to stay open. The seamstresses continue to work hard to fulfill face mask orders for businesses, and now wedding parties and guests who need to abide by the Ohio mandated restrictions. “It’s been a learning curve. We are experts at sewing table linens and accessories. With the quality we put out, we didn’t want to sell an item that was below our standard of quality,” Klodnick states. The focus for the L’Nique co-owners is to keep orders coming in to ensure there is a business to which their 40 employees may return. “Deidre and I continue to choose joy in our work each and every day. Some days are more difficult than others, but we’ve built a great family of employees that all share the same joy in the work that we do and are passionate about continuing great events. We are currently running a skeleton crew since our industry is currently running at a 75 percent decline in sales. We remain hopeful that things will turn around soon and everyone can come back to work.” If you are interested in working with L’Nique Specialty Linen call 216.986.1600, or visit their website at

Fall’s fashion focus is on the eye above your face mask By PARIS WOLFE This fall, the eyes have it. With faces hidden by pandemic face masks, women are playing up their eyes with makeup and beauty treatments. And they’re scaling back on foundation products. “We are seeing a change in the way makeup is worn because we are all wearing masks and many people are now living a new reality. Their activities have changed dramatically,” says Kelly Miron, owner of The Powder Room in Woodmere. The Powder Room is a makeup boutique that offers a variety of skin care and makeup services. Cara McGuire, a makeup artist at The Powder Room says, “All the emphasis this fall is placed on the eyes, on drawing the attention and focus to make them stand out.” For example, she says, natural eye shadow shades are being replaced with more dramatic colors. Grooming and emphasizing lashes and eyebrows are taking on more importance. “Lash lift and tints, brow sculpting and brow lamination are great ways to play up your eyes with little to no effort,” say McGuire. “Lashes are lifted and darkened to really open the eyes. Meanwhile brows are sculpted and perfectly set in place. The results from some of these services can last anywhere from six to eight weeks.” Women who want longer-wearing options – one to three years – choose microblading or powder brow treatments. These work especially well for women who lose brow hairs as they age. “Having the brows of youth is very much in demand,” she says. With much of the face hidden under a mask, foundation makeup is making a pivot. “Fuller coverage foundations are being replaced with tinted moisturizers, BB creams and lightweight foundations,” says McGuire. “Kelly and I love the Intellishade True Physical from Revisions and Face atelier Ultra Skin.” Lips are still getting some attention, though colorful lipsticks are being replaced with balms and plumpers. These build and hydrate lips without leaving residue on a mask. Nikki Hoehnen, Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist at Arra

Hair Salon and Spa in Chagrin Falls, she sees less interest in overall makeup as weddings, dances and special events are cancelled because of the pandemic. And daily makeup is changing. “People aren’t getting as done up as they used to,” she says. “Everybody is embracing the natural look, especially with summer’s sun-kissed skin. They may just add a little blush.” Overall, she agrees with Miron and McGuire that foundation is losing fans because of face masks. Personally, Hoehnen says, “My personal morning routine is significantly down. I stopped wearing foundation because it clogs my pores when I wear a mask all day.” And clogged pores lead to breakouts. While avoiding foundation may help, washing masks regularly or having less skin contact with the fabric may help prevent blemishes. Eyes are where it’s at. “Brows have been trendy,” she says. “More people are getting microbladed for a permanent look because it shortens their daily makeup sessions. Everyone wants quick, easy, out-the-door. Microblading is a good option for people with thin brows. Meanwhile, Hoehnen says, “Eyelashes are huge, and that trend isn’t going anywhere. Faux eyelashes, like those made from mink hairs, add drama without screaming artificial. For those committed to real lashes, prod-

ucts like the Revitalash Eyelash Serum encourage fuller, longer eyelash growth. Salons that stock the product are finding demand diminishing their supplies. Lifestyle adjustments caused by pandemic restrictions have elevated the beauty of gray hair. “A lot of people, because of salon closures during quarantine, have seen gray coming in at their roots,” says Hoehnen. “Women wanting a low-maintenance look are now embracing that gray. They’re transferring their hair completely gray or letting it grow out instead of coloring it.” Because people aren’t going places, they have time to determine whether they like the natural gray. Skipping hair color, though, means LOW not NO maintenance. “Gray or white hair can be tricky,” she notes. “It can be drab, coarse or turn yellow. That can be addressed with toning and conditioning treatments, highlights and occasional use of purple shampoo.” For those not ready for gray, almost anything goes in haircuts, according to stylist Keri Unger at Charles Scott Salon and Spa at Crocker Park. She says, “Every era/decade can be represented or reimagined. The 1970s are being seen with modern shags, curtain bangs, and long, onelength styles. There are some 1990s vibes coming in with blunt layers ala The Rachel (from the TV show Friends).” Unger feels strongly that age shouldn’t dictate a haircut. “I’ve always hated when someone feels they need to cut their hair because they’ve reached a certain age. Nonsense. If it’s healthy and you’re happy... wear it.” Both Hoehnen and Unger recommend enjoying the variety of hair accessories at retail. “Hair clips and scrunchies are totally coming back in. Rhinestones are huge, bobby pins with pearls or texture are big. Butterfly clips or any clip or accessory to dress up the hair is great,” says Hoehnen. “A loose scarf or a bedazzled barrette can make a simple style come to life,” says Unger. “Whatever trends move you this fall just have fun. It’s a season of change so embrace it, but there’s also beauty in staying true to your own classic style.”

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This was an interesting project. It was the customer’s fifth project for which they have come to us over the past 30 years. We removed an old, outdated hardwood floor and replaced it with an updated new oak floor. We used a wider plank, textured floor to give it a modern look and one that provides maximum functionality. This solid oak hardwood is part of the Old Crowne collection by Provenza. Marshall Carpet One completely transformed their home by replacing all the hardwood and carpet throughout. Marshall Carpet One, a family owned business, has been providing customers with flooring choices and solutions for 56 years. Over the years they have earned a reputation as Cleveland’s most respected retailer. We pride ourselves in a level of service that comes from three generations of understanding customer’s needs. There are a lot of choices when it comes to flooring, and at Marshall One, you will find an unsurpassed variety. You’ll find an experienced staff that will make sure you’ll end up with the choice that’s best for you. Marshall Carpet One also offers one of the area’s most comprehensive collections of area rugs. If you’re looking for flooring – carpet, hardwood, luxury vinyl or area rugs, make sure you visit Marshall Carpet One first.

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Area experts offer a guide to transitioning your home for fall By LAURI GROSS As the fall weather gets chilly, your socially distanced driveway greetings might change to indoor visits, or perhaps cozy backyard gatherings. Now is a good time to transition your home inside and out, to get everything just the way you want it. To get ideas for your outdoor kitchen, a visit to the Cleveland showroom of Trevarrow, Inc. is a great place to start. “We don’t’ sell from here,” said Gayle Niessen, showroom director. “We educate you and we guide you to a dealer or designer.” Trevarrow’s showroom is open by appointment and features a number of fully functioning kitchens where the staff helps shoppers explore ideas. In addition to a full selection of indoor appliances, Trevarrow has outdoor refrigerators, warming drawers, dishwashers, icemakers, pizza ovens, grills, storage drawers, and more, all from top brands including Sub-Zero and Wolf. “All the units can be built in as part of your hardscape or they can be put on a cart,” Gayle explained, as she added that many of their grills include a rotisserie, smoker box and/or sear station. Whatever space you have for outdoor entertaining, lighting it well is crucial. Marty Bursky, President of Cleveland Lighting said, “With today’s LED technologies, we can accomplish lighting designs in a sophisticated fashion. It also allows for smaller lighting equipment to hide better in the surroundings. Step lights for safety, up lights to accent trees, foliage, and architectural details, along with hard-scape products to work with stone columns, as an example. As always. a good lighting design encompasses multiple sources to complement one another.” Maybe your indoor lighting could use an upgrade as well. For your long farm table, Marty suggests a linear chandelier. “They often become a strong kitchen lighting statement,” he said. For over an island, Marty said a popular look is to have a single oversized pendant, instead of multiple smaller fixtures. As for finishes, Marty advised, “Black is back, along with soft golds. We are seeing these finishes in all designs and styles!” If you’re also planning to upgrade your flooring, you’ll want to know at least three words: luxury vinyl tile. “It’s the hottest thing, industry wide,” said Matt Wien, manager of Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery in Mayfield Heights. Definitely not your grandmother’s vinyl, this popular product mimics the look of wood or tile. “There are thousands of options for whatever you taste,” said Matt. The fact that it’s waterproof is another major attraction. “Especially in this region with winter and rain and slop and slush, this is a perfect option for people to run throughout their home or to update their mudroom or entryway. It’s virtually indestructible You can just wipe it off when guests leave.” Its snap-together construction also saves on install costs and in many cases, it can go right over an existing floor. Carpet is still popular as well, especially in bedrooms, where many love the look and feel of natural wool. For area rugs, Matt said choices include a new stain-resistant product called SmartStrand. Matt explained, “It’s inexpensive and very soft. It’s great for area rugs in homes with kids or for under a dining table.” Couches have gotten a lot of attention during the pandemic shutdown. If your couch or other family-room essentials could use an upgrade, the need will only become

The showroom at Trevarrow, Inc., offers plenty of inspiration for well-appointed outdoor kitchens. Photograph courtesy of Trevarrow, Inc. more apparent as the weather cools. Sedlak Interiors can help. Kim Davis, a staff interior designer at Sedlak said, “Comfort becomes even more important as the days get colder,” as she described recliners, sofas and sectionals that come with power controls that include adjustable lumbar support and headrests. Sedlak has plenty available in comfy fabrics and top-grain leathers. Kim added, “Many furniture manufacturers are now offering slipcovers. It’s great to slipcover your chair for the winter or even a sofa, loveseat or chair-and-a-half.” It’s also fun, Kim said, “to add a poof ottoman. A lot of

times they may have faux or shaggy fur on them. It adds texture and gives you an alternative pull-up seating option.” For adding warm fall colors, Kim suggested throw pillows and area rugs in the season’s best shades of red, orange, grey and soft greens. To really be smart about your fall home upgrade, make your home, well, smart. This basically means you can control TVs, lights, HVAC systems, garage doors, surveillance cameras, outdoor audio systems and a lot more, with a single app on a phone or tablet or from on-wall touchscreens. Michael Machi, sales and design manag-

This luxury vinyl tile floor by DuChateau, available from Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery mimics the beautiful look of wood but it’s nearly indestructible and very easy to clean and maintain. Photograph courtesy of Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery. er for Sound & Vision in Beachwood said his company works with homeowners to conceptualize what they want. “Our expert technicians install, set up and program (the system) for an effortless transition to a transformed entertainment-centric home,” he said. Matt added, “This is a value-added proposition as it adds resale value. We can transform and modernize their homes.”

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CMA’s presentation of “Picasso and Paper” postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

Due to European travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has had to postpone indefinitely its presentation of the special exhibition Picasso and Paper this fall (September 22–December 13, 2020). The CMA hopes to reconstitute the show in a future year. Changes to the special exhibition schedule will be announced soon. “For several years, the CMA staff has been working very hard to bring to Cleveland the large and important exhibition Picasso and Paper,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Unfortunately, with the surge of coronavirus infections in this country, the EU has implemented travel restrictions that inhibit the ability of lenders to take part in the installation of the show. There is no way around this, and so we and our exhibition partners, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Musée national Picasso-Paris, have had no choice but to postpone the Cleveland presentation.” Please visit and follow the museum on social media for the most up-to-date information.  August 20, 2020 CURRENTS  A11

“What’s Neue Pussycat?”

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Neue Auctions’ next major auction is a midcentury design auction with contemporary art scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd, at 11 am. The sale is titled “What’s Neue Pussycat?” and catalog and bidding is online-only, through three of the world’s top auction websites; Liveauctioneers. com, and Details on Headlining the sale is an artwork by Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein, titled “Oval Office”, signed, numbered and dated with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Commissioned as part of the Artists for Freedom of Expression Project. The Modern auction will feature many other wonderful finds in the fine art category, to include works by Cleveland artists Viktor Schreckengost, Julian Stanczak, Claude Conover, Laurence Isard, Clarence Van Duzer, Tom Wilson, Phyllis Sloan, Algesa O’Sickey, Christopher Pekoc. Furnishings will showcase some excellent Mid-Century Modern classics such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Folke Ohlsson, Noguchi, Saporiti, Herman Miller, Hugh Acton, George Nelson and others. Neue Auctions provides a bespoke experience for sellers and buyers, with items presented fully guaranteed and vetted. Neue accepts single items, estates and collections, assisting clients in the complicated process of downsizing, working with private individuals, trusts, estates, museums. Neue Auctions continues the long-standing history and tradition of art collecting in Cleveland by bringing fine works of art to the market for sale, encouraging the current and next generation of collectors. Neue Auctions is always accepting consignments. For inquiries about consigning, call 216.245.6707; or email cynthia@neueauctions. com.

Yes, we’ve moved to the brutaIist, monochromatic, very flat enclave of Commerce-Mercantile in Beachwood and we love it! With 10,000 feet of beautifuI gallery space, a dramatically improved WOLFS offers designers and collectors a fine arts marketplace unlike anything in this part of the country. With the knowledge and experience of over 40 great years in Cleveland’s art world we knew what we wanted in creating this exciting and rambunctious version of WOLFS. Combining numerous blue chip artists’ estates and collections with our own very strong collection allows our clientele and designers to wander privately from gallery to gallery in search of just the right piece. The twists and turns of this interesting space almost conjure a maze of paintings and sculpture. One travels from decade to decade as well, and even century to century whiIe touring through the various exhibitions. From large modern splashes of color to intricate renaissance carvings, WOLFS new experience is born out of a lifetime in the commercial art world sharing all we’ve learned and loved along the way. View many recent acquisitions and two current exhibitions featuring the work of Clarence Hollbrook Carter (1904-2000) a pillar of the CIeveIand SchooI and important American surrealist and the bold paintings of figural expressionist Joseph Glasco (1920-1990). To make an appointment contact Megan: 216.721.6945, We look forward to welcoming you. WOLFS, 23645 Mercantile Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122, 216.721.6945,,

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Tips on Loving Your Space! As a passionate collector and antiques hound, Mitchell Sotka loves the hunt for beautiful things and the way these treasures can elevate or change a room. Many of us have been staring at our walls and stewing about the shortfalls of our home. Mitchell Sotka has some tips for breathing new life into your home. Summer is here but thinking about winter and moving our gatherings inside for five months may give one nightmares. A one-day makeover or the purchase of some key items may give you a renewed appreciation for your home. Sotka has some easy tips to follow. One, tackle one room at a time. Two, edit this room of things that do not work. This could be stacks of paper, art that was from your college days or an ill-fitted lamp shade. Third, make sure the arrangement of furniture is not only inviting but is practical for gatherings of six. Don’t forget a small accent chair or stool for that extra guest that can be pulled up to the conversation. Fourth, accessorize with art, don’t be scared! Remember to shop in your home but also do not forget local stores / artists that have unique, quality and affordable art. When hanging art remember spacing is key! Art needs to relate to what is around it and not hover in space. Breathing new life into your home may be just what you need and if you need help remember Mitchell Sotka is a call away! 440.333.1735 or visit MITCHELL SOTKA, 19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River.

MASK-R-AID installation shot; Featured work (front): Ron White, How Much is Too Much, Ceramic, paint, 27 x 30 x 17 in; Photo credit: John R. Aylward Photography

Curated Storefront’s Exhibit, MASK-R-AID, on view in downtown Akron The reimagined masks in Curated Storefront’s online exhibit, MASK-R-AID, can now be seen in person in the storefronts of the Polsky Building, at 12 University Avenue in downtown Akron through September 25, 2020. The skillfully transformed masks demonstrate the ingenuity and persistence of these artists, even in the face of a pandemic and economic shutdown. The April call-for-entry attracted 102 submissions from artists local to northeast Ohio as well as some from across the country and even around the world. From these, 38 novel and creative interpretations of the mask were chosen for the exhibit. The submissions were juried by a member of Curated Storefront’s Curatorial Committee, who also selected the top three masks for cash awards. The winning masks along with the artists’ biographies can be found on the MASK-R-Aid Award Announcements webpage. Visit To help support these artists, all masks are available for sale on Curated Storefront’s website, with 50 percent of all sales going back to the artist. While the online exhibit is a visual treat, it cannot replace seeing in person the ingenuity and attentive detail of these works of art. Whether illusively sculpted in glass, woven from the palm-like leaves of the Akgak tree, or sewn to transform the wearer into a blueskinned, green-tongued creature, these masks exhibit an array of inventively designed constructions. While the days are warm, take a break from the purely practical mask and head downtown to the storefronts of the Polsky Building, — this stunning exhibit is sure to inspire. MASK-R-AID Exhibit Details: DATES: Through September 25, 2020 BUILDING: Storefronts of the Polsky Building, North LOCATION: 12 University Ave, Akron, OH 44308 PARKING: Paid street parking on University Ave. and garage parking nearby at the Summit County or State Street Parking Decks.



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