Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bob Peck, graffiti artist turned abstract painter teams up with portrait artist Jim Lang.

Bob Peck, graffiti artist turned abstract painter teams up with portrait artist Jim Lang.

This duo takes aggression, love, hate, overkill and minimalism in a joyride with their art, one painting at a time.

Each canvas from the series is passed between the artists as they build off of each other's momentum to create a flowing hybrid of portrait and abstract.

Beauty meets distress. Perfection meets splatter. Smooth line meets sharp point. The final product, a seamless mesh of the contradictory styles that take on lives of their own.



Submit a design for the Year of the Ox Tshirt, and WIN CASH!!
Now accepting submissions for the Year of the Ox official tshirt design!

The design chosen will win a cash prize, as well as recognition on the tshirt, as well as all print
and web materials for the entire length of public art program.

Tshirts are widely distributed throughout the Cleveland-area. They are available for sale online and in various retail locations.

All design proposals must be received no later than Friday, February 27, 2009.
*The winner will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2009.
Entry form available online

Design parameters:
*Must include Year of the Ox wording
*Front of t-shirt only
*Design must be ONE color
*Printed Tshirts will be black & another color.

Submit proposals via email to:

Please complete the following entry form in email body:
Name (first and last)_____________________________________________
Website (if any)_________________________________________________

Please call with any questions!

Becca Britton
Project Coordinator
St Clair Superior Development Corporation

Bela Dubby Gallery and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland present: Rx

Bela Dubby Gallery and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland present:


"Rx" is a collection of new works by New York City artist Christopher Sweiger. Several Years ago Christopher tested positive for HIV. Upon beginning treatment in November of 2007 he began to conceptualize a series of work that would chronicle his first year of treatment.

The show is nothing less than his creative and emotional response to surrendering his health to a pharmaceutical industry that he's desperatly tried to not become a part of. All the pieces are made using pharmaceutical related images, and pharmaceuticals themselves in a mixed media format.

Each piece can be seen as a window to his 14 months of ingesting HIV pills. All the frustrating and triumphant things systematically juxtaposed on canvas. The glory of restoring his immune system and also a library of intense dreams and other side effects.

As with life, a few other events shaped his experience. His relocation from Cleveland to New York City and the death of his mother both molded and created this show. His mother was diagnosed with a terminal disease at the same time as his HIV diagnosis. So as not to burden her, he never disclosed his status to her. She passed away July 4th 2008. His pieces began to reflect that loss intertwined with the original concept of Rx. His disease and his mother's disease both changing their lives at the same time.

10% off all sales of "Rx" will benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.

Please join us March 6th at 6pm to midnight for a free reception with the artist at:

Bela Dubby
13321 Madison Ave
Cleveland, OH 44107

The gallery will host the show the entire month of march.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (11 am - 11 pm)

go to and download pdf and present it to your server on Monday, February 2 ONLY and SPACES recieves 20% of the sales.

Enjoy a delicious lunch and the satisfaction of knowing you are enriching the cultural landscape! BUT EVERY BIT COUNTS.

Contribute to SPACES and support the many exciting exhibitions and projects we will be presenting in 2009.

Check out some more ways your dollars can help here!

SPACES is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation may be tax-deductable.
Johnny Mango:
3120 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
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LAURIE ANDERSON: BURNING LEAVES: a Retrospective: Songs and Stories 2009
February 7, 2009, 8:00 p.m. Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square 1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Call 216-241-6000 (event code:LAU0207E) or Click HERE to purchase online.

SPACES members recieve a special discount to this performance. Members, you will recieve a follow-up email from SPACES with a special code to redeem your discount when you purchase your ticket.
Not a member yet? Find out how to become one.


A Retrospective: Songs and Stories 2009
SPACES members and supporters receive a special discount to this Tri-C sponsored peformance.

February 7, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Tickets: $30/$20/$15

To purchase tickets, please call 216-241-6000
or go to
to purchase online
In an intimate evening of voice, electronics and violin, Anderson spins offbeat adventure stories with her characteristic wit and poignancy. This collection of songs and stories includes pieces from Anderson’s acclaimed solo shows The Speed of Darkness, Happiness, The End of the Moon and Homeland.

“Laurie Anderson is the reigning performance artist of her time.” – Boston Globe

Click on the link below to watch video of Laurie’s ONLY AN EXPERT (LIVE)!

Major Tri-C Partners: Arts Midwest, The Cleveland Foundation, National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, The George Gund Foundation, Kulas Foundation, Harry K and Emma R. Fox Foundation. Media Sponsors:, Scene, WCLV, WKSU, WVIZ/WCPN
2220 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, OH 44113 Gallery Hours
Tues - Thu 11-5:30
Fri 11-7
Sat 11-5:30
Sun 1-5
216.621.2314 back to homepage

Friday, January 30, 2009

James March at 1point618 Gallery

James March at 1point618 Gallery
come and check out this opening

Start: 2009/01/30 - 7:00pm
End: 2009/01/30 - 10:00pm

Along with the gallery being open, the neighborhood
also boasts the following arts,
retail and dining establishments:

Duo Home
Gypsy Beans & Baking Co.
Kitsch City
Kokoon Arts Gallery
Latitude 41
Minh Anh
Parkview Nite Club
Room Service
Stone Mad
The Detroit Studio
Tregoning & Company

Event Homepage:
1point618 Gallery
6421 Detroit
Cleveland, OH, 44102
United States


If you need live in or near Cleveland and need something to do on Friday Feb 13th, come to my show! Its Friday the 13th and the day before Valentines. *wink*

Jeff Yost @ River Gallery Feb 7

An exhibition of new works by one of my favorite local artists.

The Pop Shop Gallery is collecting works for 10 of its up coming shows for 2009/10

The Pop Shop Gallery is collecting works for 10 of its up coming shows for 2009/10. If you would like to participate in one of these shows please send up to 10 digital samples of you works to with your name, rough sizes, and rough prices of works. Also please list specifically which show(s) you are interested in. Submissions who fail to submit all requested information will not be considered. Rough Sizes and prices are suggested to while submitting. We are a contemporary gallery and do not accept traditional work.

1. March 21st – Knuckle Sandwich (Group Show, no Theme)

2. May 2nd – 4th Anniversary Show "untitled for now" (Group Show, no Theme)

3. Jun 13th – Taste of Lakewood (art walk) $50 Dolla Holla (All work must be $50)

4. July 25th – Modern Casino (Group Show, no theme)

5. Sept. 5th – Icon if You Can (Icons and Movie/Music Celebrities )

6. Oct 17th – 5th Annual Sugar Coated Show (Halloween and Fall Theme)

7. Nov 21st – 5th Annual True Value Vintage Show (Toys and Childhood Memories)

8. Nov 21st (in new gallery) 7a. Deck the Halls (skate Deck Show, all work is done on skateboard decks)

9. Jan. 9th 2009 ($50 Show) (All works must be $50)

10. Feb 6th 2010 – A Black and White Affair (black and white works only, no color)

The Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Ave,
Lakewood Ohio, 44107
Ph (216).227.8440

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this week

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this week..

REMINDER.... all cell phone numbers are being released to 20 telemarketing companies tomorrow and you will start to receive sale calls.


To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


WHO: STANDING ROCK CULTURAL ARTS WHAT: 6th ANNUAL STANDING ROCK INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL -Independent Short Films and Videos from around the world! -Animations, Music Videos, Experimental Shorts and More! -Remarks and a short film by acclaimed film director and former Kent State University film instructor RICHARD MYERS. -Featured Shorts from Last Year’s People’s Choice Award Winner, Julia Pott of London, England. WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2009, 8:00PM WHERE: THE KENT STAGE, 175 E. MAIN ST., KENT, OHIO ADMISSION: $10 GENERAL $7 STUDENTS/SENIORS-online tickets available at CONTACT INFO:Jeff Ingram (Producer) 330-673-4970 /info@standingrock.netMike Hovancsek (Director) 330-677-0333 / Website: Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to announce The 6th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film & Video Festival This event will take place at The Kent Stage, a beautiful historic theater in downtown Kent, Ohio on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR FILM FESTIVAL 8:00-9:10pm: Short Films from around the World. 9:10-9:20pm: Intermission and Balloting for People's Choice Award. ($100 Prize) 9:20-9:40pm: Richard Myers Remarks and Screening of a Trailer from his film "37-73" 9:41-9:55pm: Featured Animated Shorts by Last Year's People's Choice Award Winner, Julia Pott. 9:56-10:10pm: Live Music to Silent Films featuring the work "Is" by Joe Culley and "Mandala #2" by Mike Hovancsek. Music by Joe Culley, Deepali Batavia, and Mike Hovancsek. 10:15pm: Announcement of Winners of People's Choice and Juried Choice Awards. 10:20pm - ?: Mix and mingle with a few of the filmmakers who will be on hand. We hope you're able to come out and enjoy the world of innovative filmmaking. This unique event promises to be an extravaganza and an audiovisual adventure.

Red Light Special

images from the opening

Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama portrayed in "gunsmoke" by Cleveland artist Loren Naji

President Obama portrayed in "gunsmoke" by Cleveland artist Loren Naji
by Steven Litt/Plain Dealer Architecture Critic Wednesday January 21, 2009

It's no secret that Cleveland artist Loren Naji detests former president George W. Bush and is very glad to see him go. At Asterisk Gallery in Tremont, he recently displayed a portrait of Bush 43 sculpted in dried bull dung.

Tuesday night, after the inauguration of President Obama, Naji and friends performed a stunt on Cleveland streets by igniting portraits of Bush, which then burned away to reveal images of Obama rendered in "gunsmoke."

The video is too fuzzy to allow a true appreciation of Naji's finished portraits of the new president. It's also questionable whether filming images of Obama's face surrounded by flames is truly a tribute. Police officers in a squad car apparently weren't sure, either.

Suffice it to say the video radiates a certain raffish and sophomoric charm. But please, judge for yourselves.

Portfolio: 'Housing Project' - Candy Depew

Portfolio: 'Housing Project' - Philadelphia Inquirer

Multimedia artist Candy Depew sums up her work this way: "My things create desire and wanting." She could be describing any number of the things local art aficionados have come to know her for, such as sensationally gaudy, highly graphic ceramics, sculptures, and textile design.
But for "Housing Project," her new exhibition at the Design Center at Philadelphia University, Depew applies herself to consumption - clothing, porcelain jewelry, furnishings, window treatments - and draws on her travels as an artist-in-residence and professional house sitter in the United States and Europe.

"Depending on the studio I'm working with, there may be rules restricting me to just one element, their brand of art," Depew says. "But when there are no rules, as with this project, I can do everything." And everything - an aesthetic Depew calls "graphic flow" - is behind "Housing Project" from start to finish.

An entryway of black-vinyl flourishes and green leaves highlights a sculptured woman in a Victorian ensemble standing next to a BMX bike and an 8-foot-long chopper. A crystal-cave bedroom features vinyl murals overflowing with crystals and diamonds; lacy black porcelain sculptures flank the bed.

An opium den-style reading room has paisley-fabric walls that recall nomads' tents and cafes in Amsterdam. The parlor contains a prosperity symbol of golden fish and mannequins in gowns, including a Depew collaboration with dressmaker Erin Mahoney.

"Usually, I get 'Whoa!' as a first response," Depew says of the dazzling morass. Then people tell her they want it in their homes. But she also is seeking to trigger emotion and memory, so everybody takes something away. "People see themselves in the work. They want to be in it."

- A.D. Amorosi

"Housing Project" runs today through April 3 at the Design Center at Philadelphia University, 4200 Henry Ave. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends by appointment. Admission: free. Information: 215-951-8260 or

Portraits of Barack Obama in Gunsmoke on Ebay

Loren Naji's Portraits of Barack Obama in Gunsmoke for sale on ebay

Support Cleveland artists - Obama Portraits in Gunsmoke on Ebay!!!
Submitted by Tim Russo on January 21, 2009 - 5:52pm.
I just listed Loren Naji's Portaits of Barack Obama in Gunsmoke on Ebay, each created on inauguration night, January 20, 2009, on the streets of Cleveland. Let's see if there is support for Cleveland artists out there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It Is, It Is Not and Superlight are the two new exhibitions at MOCA

It Is, It Is Not and Superlight are the two new exhibitions at MOCA's "Winter/Spring 09" show starting Fri 1/23 with an opening party (7PM) and running through Sun 5/10. Curator's talk at 6PM. Free and open to the public. Check out the Family Art Studio for kids. Info: or 216-421-8671

Beautiful & Dangerous: Honey Lazar Fawick Gallery

Beautiful & Dangerous: Honey Lazar Fawick Gallery at Baldwin-Wallace College (95 East Bagley Rd., Berea) launches its next exhibition featuring the large-format photographic works by Lazar (pictured) beginning with an Opening Reception Fri 1/23 from 5 - 8PM. This showing is no cost, open to the public and will run through mid-February. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 2 - 5PM, or by appointment by calling 440-826-2152.




opening reception
Event Info Host: Vision Gallery - Collinwood
Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit
Network: Global
Time and Place Start Time: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:00pm
Location: Vision Gallery
Street: 410 E. 156 St.
Contact Info Phone: 2168497151

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This month in the Utrecht Learning Center we're making art in multiples

Screen Printing!

This month in the Utrecht Learning Center we're making art in multiples! One of the great advantages of prinmaking is the ability to create your art in multiples (or editions). We'll talk about the benefits of collecting prints, show you how to do your own screen printing at home and show off the work of big league printmaker Chris Speakman!

The Utrecht Learning Center is an online resource available to you for information and inspiration any time of day or night, for information on specific live demonstrations and events please contact your local Utrecht Store.

Come learn, share and enjoy!

The Learning Center - Utrecht Art Supplies

5th Annual "Make Mine with Ice" Ice Carving Exhibition

Contact:Standing Rock Cultural Arts257 N. Water St.Kent, OH 44240Phone: 330-673-4970 WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents
WHAT: 5th Annual "Make Mine with Ice" Ice Carving Exhibition -A Downtown Innovative Community Event (D.I.C.E.) program of Standing Rock Cultural Arts and downtown businesses. -Ice Carving Demonstration by Kent State University and Akron University Students.-Hot Beverages and Chili served by Anthony’s Cafe-Pastries available by Stahl's Bakery
WHERE: Home Savings Plaza, corner of Water St. and Main St. in Downtown Kent
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 1-4pm CONTACT: 330-673-4970 for updates

Central Tremont Block Club meeting

Hello Neighbor,

You're invited to join your neighbors at the first meeting of the year, Tuesday, January 27th, 2009.

As always, it will take place at the Jefferson Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 850 Jefferson, at 6:30pm.

We will elect a new chairperson. We will meet people running for the board of TWDC. Please come and bring some neighbors with you.

If you have questions, call Kristen, TWDC at 575-0920

Please join Western Exhibitions at ART LA

Please join Western Exhibitions at ART LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, taking place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, January 23 - 25 2009. More information here:

Western Exhibitions will show a solo presentation by JOHN PAROT.

John Parot's collages and drawings draw on examples of the feral in gay urban life: impulsivity, debauchery, promiscuity, and the dynamic between predator and prey in sexual encounters. Parot embellishes handsome male faces clipped from fashion and porn magazines with intricate patterns of gouache and ink that carry both tribal and retro-futuristic connotations. Only eyes, mouths, and occasional hairdos remain, peering out from behind the mask-like facades of Parot's gouache work. The tribe of masked heads hunts through abstract landscapes painted in a garish palette of blood red, hot pink, and matte black. Although abstracted, the landscapes allude to caves, spider webs, and other symbols of danger and capture.

John Parot's most recent solo show at Western Exhibitions in Chicago was named on of the top five shows of the year by New City and he will soon have a show at Light & Sie in Dallas. His work has been discussed in the Art: 21 blog, The New Yorker, Time Out Chicago, Artnet Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and Art on Paper. Parot is a 2004 recipient of grants from Artadia and the Illinois Art Council and he recently relocated to Los Angeles. See examples of his work here:

Western Exhibitions will also have new work on hand by JOHN NEFF and GEOFFREY TODD SMITH. See more their work here:


this is where I work

TONIGHT - Tremont Pyrotechnic Portait Celebration of Inauguration

TONIGHT - Tremont Pyrotechnic Portait Celebration of Inauguration

Cleveland Artist Loren Naji will create a pyrotechnic portrait of Barack Obama tonight in celebration of the end of the Bush Era, and the beginning of Barack Obama's presidency.

WHEN: 10pm, Tuesday, January 20

WHAT: A street art PYROTECHNIC celebration of the end of the Bush era and Barack Obama's inauguration.

WHO: Performed by Cleveland artist Loren Naji.


First performance at 10pm in front of Asterisk Gallery in Tremont
2393 Professor Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Second performance SECRET LOCATION!

WHY: To celebrate the end of the Bush era, and the beginning of Barack Obama's presidency.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Art Exhibit @AIV5700 Gallery for 2009 - Tremont Artist Dana Depew

New Art Exhibit @AIV5700 Gallery for 2009 - Artist Dana Depew

Dana Depew, owner and curator of Asterisk Gallery is the artist featured on exhibit from Jan - Feb at AIV 5700 Gallery. Located on the walls of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, the 20 + works are colorful, energetic and fill the space with their vivacious patterns. The space is open to the public, free from 9 - 5 pm, Monday thrU Friday at NHSGC in Slavic Village. Free parking & entrance behind the building. Dana is often busy curating shows while holding a full time job and his paintings are often overlooked in the Tremont gallery. The exhibit features over 15 works on found objects, painted thickly and colorful. NHSGS has hosted several solo exhibits to local artists since 2006.

January - February, 2009

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland

5700 Broadway, Slavic Village

Cleveland, Ohio 44127

Red Light Special @ Vision this Friday

Opening this Friday at Vision Gallery in Collinwood. Here are images of the piece I will be exhibiting at the show

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"CRAVE" - Theater Ninjas coming to Asterisk Feb 20

Here are the dates of the show, "Crave". It only has a 4-person cast, and we would hope to fit 40-50 people a show. It is a show built entirely out of language and music.

"Crave" Schedule
Shows: February 20-March 8
- Fri, Sat: 8pm
- Sun: 3pm
Special show on Monday, March 2, 8pm.

Jeremy Paul
Artistic Director, Theater Ninjas
(440) 773-4719

SPACES Artist in Residence Honors 50th Anniversary of “Day the Music Died”

SPACES Artist in Residence Honors 50th Anniversary of “Day the Music Died”

Leonardo Marz

(Monterrey, Mexico)

SPACES World Artists Program


December 17, 2008–February 11, 2009

Exhibition Dates:

January 30, 2009–April 3, 2009

Opening Reception:

Friday, January 30, 2009 @ 6–9 p.m.

Free admission, free parking

Cleveland, OH, January 15, 2009 – In a culture so steeped in commercialism that originality often gets buried under remakes, cover songs and pre-fab models, what is the artist’s role? SPACES World Artist Leonardo Marz (Monterrey, Mexico) confronts this sticky issue in three separate projects during his eight-week Cleveland residency.

Leonardo Marz is a master collaborator. Using a variety of resources and tools, such as video, plastic sheeting, popular music and kitsch DIY products, Marz responds to the work of both peer artists and faceless companies. Each of Marz’s individual projects rely on the act of consuming someone else’s art to make a new product. His work rethinks how he, as an artist, and the public engage with the media, commercial products, art, the music industry and fame.

Marz co-opts Juan Pablo Macias’ The Spit Machine, 2006 in his own piece entitled The Spit Machine Returns, 2008 . One video projection screen features Macias spitting at the camera while Marz’s video on the opposite screen shows himself as the recipient of Macias’ saliva. Along the same lines Marz’s Yoku Yatta = よくやった!= great job! = sounds like /yo-koo-ya-taa/ uses DIY art projects that proclaim anybody and everybody an artist. This work also incorporates the work of Mark Nakamura, whose hand made inspirational posters are meant to be hung in the studios of his fellow artists. Marz will have the poster in the exhibition space as inspiration for his assemblage of DIY art projects thereby joining the two projects into a single collaborative venture. These two installations open on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Later in his residency, Marz will work with three local musicians to create In the Airplane Over the Snow, an homage to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and the pilot. On February 3, between 12:55 a.m. and 1a.m. (the exact date and approximate time frame that the plane crashed within minutes of takeoff), Marz and the musicians will hold a private recording session in the gallery. The artist will remix chopped loops from the legendary celebrities’ hit songs and the musicians will respond to the music being played simultaneously. By splicing together the most popular music of Holly, Valens, The Big Bopper and the local musicians’ response to the originals, Marz is able to inject himself into the music, mythology and commercial product of these stars. Visitors are invited to view the “evidence” from the private performance later in the morning on the same day (the installation will be on view through April 3). The recording produced by Marz and the musicians will be available shortly thereafter.

Marz comments, “Much of my work is presented as an assembly of post-process relations. I am fascinated by the phenomenon of the object disappearing and becoming the support for further works/processes.” The artist explores the blurring between the producer and consumer by illustrating how we participate in these interchangeable roles. In a culture that places high value on streamlining, efficiency, and mass appeal, where do we locate the individual within our society? Is the individual the producer, the consumer or both? When does the producer disappear into our greater culture?

Marz has won numerous awards, including Young Creators Grants in 2006 and 2008 in Mexico and the Fundación/Colección Jumex grant. His work was included in the Emergency Biennale in Chechnya (part of the Istanbul Biennale 2007), and he has exhibited throughout Mexico. His art has also been shown at the Museo de Las Americas in Denver and Chelsea Gallery Space in New York.

SPACES gratefully acknowledges the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nimoy Foundation for their generous funding of this art residency.

Also on View at SPACES


Eileen Doktorski presents Oblivion (on view January 30 through February 27, 2009), an installation that examines the current state of consumer culture through juxtaposition of the forces of nature versus the will of man.

Following Doktorski’s SPACELab exhibition, Yoshiko Kanai transforms the experimental project space into an installation that explores emotions connected to the familial archetype and the inevitability of change experienced in the life of an immigrant. Kanai’s installation, Listen to Utopia, is on view March 6 through April 3, 2009.

Main Exhibition:

SPACES recognizes the talents of artists in our backyard, side yard, front yard, and driveway in Flash Forward (on view January 30–April 3, 2009), an exhibition featuring Northeast Ohio college graduates who jump creative fences in the contemporary art scene while continuing to live and work in the region.

Related Events:

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6–9pm

Opening Reception

Free and open to the public

Jan 24 TWDC Safety Committee Retreat‏

Are you safe? What concerns you? Your neighbors?

The TWDC Safety Committee needs YOU to identify safety issues affecting Tremont. Join us at Merrick House on 1/24 to develop a Safety Action Plan for 2009.

Action items from the 2008 Safety Retreat focused on: Youth Diversion, Court Watch, Lighting, Security Camera Program, Community-Based Policing.

What will the Safety Committee focus on in 2009? Thatʼs for YOU to decide. On 1/24. At Merrick House. At 9a. Coffee/pastries will be provided by our good friend, Heather Haviland of Luckyʼs/Sweet Mosaic Bakery.

Email or call (216) 575-0920 with questions or to RSVP.

Thursday, January 15, 2009



Community Shares of Greater Cleveland is launching a young professional group

Greetings and Happy New Year,

Some of you may have already gotten this (which means you're well connected), but Community Shares of Greater Cleveland is launching a young professional group.


We're not like other groups in the sense that we're committeed to engaging all sorts of "professionals" who are all sorts of "young". We are also dedicated to engaging said people in social justice work and activities - fun and otherwise - that support Shares and its awesome member agencies. With all that said, I'd like your input. We developed a quick and dirty survey that will help us make some decisions about our group.

It'll take like...10 minutes. Won't you kindly provide us with your two cents so that we can have the most raddest, baddest professional group in Cleveland?


Friday, Jan 16

Euclid Tavern - 5:30

Community Shares Happy Hour

Learn more about new Community Shares YP Group

Drink & Eat

Kick-off to MLK Day weekend

Please and thank you,
Maria Miranda

Survey Link:

78th Street Studios Experience

78th Street Studios Experience

A quarterly event showcasing west side Cleveland's largest arts center anchoring the west end of Gordon Square Arts District

Friday, January 23rd 5:30-9:00 pm
Saturday, January 24th 1:00-5:00 pm

78th Street Studios

An eclectic mix of world class art galleries, studios, and creative businesses evolving together in perfect synergy

(West end of Gordon Square Arts District)

1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St Cleveland OH 44102

(One block north of Lake Ave)

Free parking in lots north & south of building

SPECIAL EVENTS this quarter:

·Cleveland School: Works on Paper at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
Opening reception Friday, January 23 from 5:30-9:00pm

·Alfredo Arreguin, Universal Patterns at Kokoon Arts Gallery

·New Acquisitions-Winter 2009 at Tregoning & Company

·Online Art Auction: Works on Paper Rachel Davis Fine Arts

·Live music by folk singer Jim "Loose Change" Snively

·Large-screen multimedia presentation on Mexican-born pattern painter Alfredo Arreguin (in conjunction with exhibit at Kokoon Arts Gallery)

·Special Exhibit: The Art of Lee Gortz (north entrance, second floor)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Photographs for New Conversations The Art of Jack Ricchiuto and Maurice Small

Photographs for New Conversations The Art of Jack Ricchiuto and Maurice Small launches at Arts Collinwood Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd.) this Fri 1/16, with the exhibit running through the end of the month. Ricchiuto, co-author of Instructions from the Cook: Recipes for New Conversations with ArtsCollinwood trustee George Nemeth, is a writer teaching people how to have the kinds of conversations that have the power to create a future different from the past. His photography reflects a Buddhist aesthetic developed by 30 years of practice. Small is Cle's original Urban Farmer, a field consultant at the New Agrarian Center in Oberlin and Food Access Consultant at City Fresh. Includes a City Fresh cooking demo, readings from Instructions and a session of Thinkers & Drinkers. No cost, open to the public. Call 692-9500 or visit

Neo"Hyper"Revolutionize Identities, Images, Interpretations, Icons and Ideologies

Neo"Hyper"Revolutionize Identities, Images, Interpretations, Icons and Ideologies after the Civil Rights Legacy are presented in this exhibition at Lakeland Community College's Art Gallery along with an Opening Reception and Artist's Meet and Greet Fri 1/16 from 7:30 - 9PM. Neo"Hyper"Revolutionize provides a compilation of collective visual arrangements: digital photography, assemblage, painting, sculpture, illustration, enameling, ceramics and mixed media. 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland.

Jen Craun & Liz Maugans: New Work @ Zygote

Jen Craun & Liz Maugans: New Work debuts at Zygote Press with an Opening Reception this Fri 1/16 at 6PM (exhibit runs through mid-Feb). New prints and drawings by Craun "navigate a journey of multiple roles, delineating the margins and process of migration to articulate and map the trajectory of both frustrations and hope." Maugans' new body of work, I've Come Undone (pictured), include mixed meditations reflecting upon "the overheard conversations of her mid-life circle of friends after drinking too much wine." Zygote Press is located on the first floor at 1410 E. 30th Street (between Superior & St. Clair).

Dana Depew - etsy store

I have begun selling several of my smaller works on
A few of my friends have had some sucess on that site.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Laurie Anderson - Burning Leaves

Laurie Anderson - Burning Leaves

Saturday, February 7, 2009 8:00pm
Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square

Tickets: $30/$20/$15
$3 discount for Seniors & Tri-C Employees, Students, Faculty and Staff

In an intimate evening of voice, electronics and violin, Laurie spins offbeat adventure stories with her characteristic wit and poignancy. The evening also features her solo violin pieces which have become increasingly complex and symphonic. This collection of songs and stories includes pieces from Laurie's acclaimed solo shows: The Speed of Darkness, Happiness, The End of the Moon and Homeland.




through Friday, January 16, 2009

Imagine a world half-recognizable and familiar, while simultaneously skewed and illusory—a world filled with synthetic landscapes, natural and manufactured environments intersecting and blurring the boundaries between reality and the artificial.

Hyper-Nature, a group exhibition including painting, sculpture and installation, features the works of national artists who re-envision forms of terrestrial representation through the use of man-made and recycled materials: Sherry Bittle, Jason Briggs, Alison Carey, Gina Ruggeri, Kimberly Hart, Carin Mincemoyer, Laura Moriarty and Judith Mullen.


I have been made aware by a few recipients of this email that they did not receive the original CAll to Artists that was sent out on Dec 3. In leu of this, I am extending the deadline for proposals to Monday, Jan 20 so you have a little more time.
I hope this helps!

Thanks again,

Below is the link to view the Project Details, Artist application and design templates.
*If you would like these forms mailed to you, please email me back and let me know the mailing address you would like it sent to!

We are now entering our 4th year with this program, and each year it just continues to get BETTER & BETTER!

I am very excited to see what Cleveland artists come up with this year, so we can make it the best one yet!
Thanks so much, and feel free to email me with any questions.

Take care,

Becca Britton
Project Coordinator
St Clair Superior Development Corporation

Since we have a ton of beer left over we are going to try it again on Saturday, Jan. 17th.

Ok, we tried to throw a party last Friday but it snowed and people in Cleveland freak out for some reason when we get more than two inches of the white stuff.

Since we have a ton of beer left over we are going to try it again on Saturday, Jan. 17th.

Here are the details:

Low Life:

The Sigh Guy and Lightning Fingers have two really cool exhibits on display.

See new works by the Sign Guy on signs, canvas, metal, trash cans, wood, and more. In addition, Lightning Fingers has some cool photographs of his favorite subject, records!!! The fun starts at 7pm.


Opening Saturday, January 17th at 8 pm is Squeaky Queen's Apothecary and Curiosities, featuring handmade goods and artwork by Amanda Spayd! Handmade glycerin soaps, lip balms, perfume oils, plush sculptures, drawings, paintings...Amanda is a one-woman renaissance of profound and scented goodies that will make your life more lovely! Her artwork has been displayed in galleries around the world, and her soaps have been rubbed on butts in at least a dozen countries. This makes her very continental.

Beachland Ballroom:

Mark Leddy's birthday bash featuring the Hi-Risers and a bunch of dudes that will rock you into Sunday. Seriously, this will be a fun night out.
Doors open at 8pm for this gig!

Come down and support your local arts community.

More proof that Cleveland doesn't suck.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Reminder: Year of the Ox proposals DUE THIS FRIDAY!!!!!‏



Below is the link to view the Project Details, Artist application and design templates.
*If you would like these forms mailed to you, please email me back and let me know the mailing address you would like it sent to!

We are now entering our 4th year with this program, and each year it just continues to get BETTER & BETTER!

I am very excited to see what Cleveland artists come up with this year, so we can make it the best one yet!
Thanks so much, and feel free to email me with any questions.

Take care,

Becca Britton
Project Coordinator
St Clair Superior Development Corporation

Gather at Pilgrim for Presidential Inauguration 1/20 @ 11am‏

The Pilgrim Church Family cordially invites you to join us for the “Brown Bag Lunch With President Obama” on the occasion of his inauguration at 11:00 A.M., January 20th, 2009.

All are welcome to bring friends and family to witness the live Internet broadcast on a big screen of the historic inauguration. Please pack your own lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Following the inauguration, please join us for conversation and fellowship.

“This occasion marks an extraordinary achievement for our nation. For us as African Americans it is evidence of reaching a mountaintop. We realize however that there are even higher mountains for us to climb. We begin today with all people of America joining together for the journey.” said The Reverend Dr. Joan SalmonCampbell, member of Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Pilgrim’s Senior Pastor, The Rev. John Tamilio III, reflects, “Pilgrim is a diverse congregation that has a rich history of facilitating dialogue in our community around issues (secular and sacred) that affect us all. This event is simply a continuation of who we are and what we are called to do.”

"Pos Abilities II" Art Reception rescheduled for Thurs Jan 29‏

Greetings, For Immediate Release: Due to the snowstorm that blew through last Saturday, we have rescheduled the Pos Abilities II Exhibition Reception for Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm. The Exhibition will be on view throughout the month of January during regular Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment at 330-673-4970. Jeff Ingram/CuratorNorth Water Street GalleryStanding Rock Cultural WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts WHAT: "Pos Abilities" Art Exhibition-Paintings by Children and Young Adults enrolled in the Creative Arts program of The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 7-9pm. Closing Reception-Show runs through January 31. WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent CONTACT: 330-673-4970 GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment. for updates Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to be collaborating for the 2nd year in a row, with The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities on this exhibition. The work exhibited covers a wide range of colors, textures, moods, and personalities. We invite the community to come view this unique exhibition that explores the creative possibilities of children with disabilities in our area. ABOUT THE SHOW: Hattie Larlham Creative Arts – Standing Rock ExhibitPhylliss L. Steiner, Director The exploration of ART began at Hattie Larlham in 2004 in the new Education Center at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. Here, exploring different types of painting, watercolor and textures was a weekly occurrence for children in the school program and young adults in ACHIEVE. In June 2007, Hattie Larlham expanded its’ ART services to the new Creative Art Program. Professional Artists have joined the Hattie Larlham team to work one-on-one with individuals to create paintings on canvas. Each part of the painting is made by the choice of the individual, by a series of questions that have a yes/no answer. Assistive technology, such as laser beams, are used when necessary, so the artists and “show” where they want the paint to be placed on the canvas. Hattie has enlisted the assistance and expertise of the Matheny School and Education Center and the A.R.T. Realization project, both out of New Jersey, to begin this creative process for people with severe disabilities. Presently, the canvas painting is the beginning of the Creative Arts program and as you will see at the Exhibit at Standing Rock, the self-expression is really coming through for all of our artists! Our professional ART staff are experimenting with new tools and techniques each day to expose more and more of our individuals to this unique outlet for creativity. In 2008, Hattie Larlham will explore other artistic disciplines: music, digital art, digital photography and video, pottery and weaving. The paintings that you see are for sale at Standing Rock and later, at the Hattie Café’ Fountain and Gifts, located in Hudson. We are proud to announce that 100% of the proceeds of the sale of each painting goes directly to the individual artist. Hattie Larlham does not require any compensation for their role in this process. Our mission is strictly to allow all people with disabilities to express themselves in any way they can. Expose and Explore is our mantra. We welcome you to come by and visit us in our studio and watch the creativity yourself! Kindest regards,Phylliss L. Steiner, DirectorCreative Arts/Media ProductionsHattie Larlham Community Living WEBSITE: Thank you for supporting the Arts, Standing Rock Cultural Arts257 N. Water St.Kent, OH

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Due to the weather, my show is being rescheduled for Friday, the 16th from 6-9pm at the WE Gallery (20 N. High St. Akron, OH) above Mocha Maiden coffee house and wine bar. The show will be up throughout the week until the 17th, but I hope you can still make it to the rescheduled closing. Thank you for your time and consideration! Julia Bunn

TWDC's Annual Membership Meeting

Hello friends who live or work in Tremont:

This is a reminder that the annual meeting of the Tremont West Development Corp. is coming up. This is your opportunity to vote for seven new board members (or for the members running for reelection) and a board president, as well as get updated about the past year in Tremont. Dinner is prepared by Sister Corita and her crew and as always, will be delicious.

Please try to come if possible!

TWDC's Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 29th, 6pm-Dinner, 7pm-Meeting
At OLA/St. Joseph Center (2346 West 14th Street).

Celebrate the Life of Irene Sukel, Artist, Teacher - January 15th, 2009‏

Candy Depew - Housing Project

Hi guys!
happy new year! and here is a new ride collaboration with my buddy rob- 8' in length, stickers go on it and a seat!

attached is the postcard for my show and here is the link to the press release.

thank you to you all for the inspiration for this show and housing me!

"Thrice is Nice” - Opening Feb 13 @ Asterisk

Asterisk Gallery Presents:
“Thrice is Nice”
Joshua Rex, Michelle Murphy, Todd Leech
Opening Reception
Friday Feb 13, 2009
show runs through March 7
hrs by appt

Lower gallery
Wes Johansen
“Static Snow” installation
Feb 17, 2009 at midnight – lower gallery

Also on Feb 17, 2009
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge creates visual + aural renderings which present an altered snapshot of the current, regional human condition.
TNB takes actual situational transcriptions and performs them through narrative and tonal elements. Words heard from the performed character studies taken "out of context" become "ultra-contextual".
The "snapshot" from real life experience to the performance (by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) creates a continual uncomfortable breaching of the "third wall"...and leaves the viewer/participant to a continually altering interpretation.

Todd Leech

My artwork has always addressed the themes of time, mortality and disintegration. These themes, at once very personal to me, are universal. I address the duplicity of my themes, and my choice of working with a permanent material such as clay, by using non-traditional glazes that give the finished pieces the appearance of being eroded by time.

Notions about the progression of time are further reinforced by my impulse to work in series and employ obsessive and sometimes excessive repetition. A seemingly endless number of drilled perforations attest to time-consuming practices.

My most current work is exploring geometric forms that are metaphors for the human body. I seek to convey the architecture of the human body. Windows cut into the forms represent a surgical excision that has perforated the wholeness of these torsos. Old ceramic kiln elements act as sutures spanning these excisions creating an opportunity for healing to take place. I have specially formulated a foaming glaze that reaches and spreads across these wounds replicating human tissue regeneration.

I am fascinated by the ability of the corporeal body, while in a continual process of disintegration, to heal it self.

Joshua Rex
Although flat and geologically uneventful, the natural landscape of Northern Ohio is quietly beautiful. In the summer’s subdued greens and browns along Lake Erie, one can imagine a dinosaur rearing its head in the heat. In the ice of January seagulls drift through white outs.

These paintings reflect the dubious manner in which we see our land: as Space to be Filled. They speak of our aesthetic surrender. We build fast and with frivolous abandon; the prefabricated chain store blueprint is duplicated, in variations, from town to town throughout the American Midwest.

They also say something about our regional state of mind. We favor the wrecking ball over restoration. The work truck over walking. And we build, filling as much space as possible, lest we be doomed to boredom.

Michelle Murphy

The inspiration for these watercolor paintings came from web searched UFO photos. Although some of these images may leave the viewer with an obvious explanation; I would like the viewer to contemplate their own thoughts about life beyond Earth.
"UFOLOGY": paintings about the "Bigger Picture"

“Ufology” are painted from internet sightings of a cloud (resembling an UFO), a lens flare, the reflection of a hotel light in the window, and even controversially convincing photos of natural phenomena. Through this work, I hope to reveal the American optimism… that there is something bigger than us out there.

This series is for "believers” and skeptics alike.

"Nobody Said I Love You" is public art project by Michelle Marie Murphy.
In the genre of "stencil art" Murphy creates and posts public Valentines in the greater Cleveland area. Using terms of endearment, humor, and sarcasm Murphy creates a one-sided dialogue to the general public, “speaking to” the triumphs and tribulations of our region.