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Ohio clay community.

Friday, May 18, 2012

5.18 - 5.20

“Pedaling Art: A Celebration of Bicycle Art & Culture.” Opening Fri 5/18 @ 6 – 10pm.  Celebrate bicycle art & culture with Pedaling Art, a new exhibit opening @ Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. View visual art in a variety of media, as well as wearable art and crafts, “all of which are made from recycled bike parts or have a bike focus.”  Free, secured bike parking for those riding to the event (go for it!). “A portion of Pedaling Art sales will be donated to OCBC to help support their mission to promote cycling in Greater Cleveland. The opening night will also feature food, drinks and music.” Also open Sat 5/19 from 12 – 4pm.
5.19 +20 “Hessler Street Fair.” Sat 5/19 + Sun 5/20  The Hessler Street Fair, now 43 years young, is Cleveland’s unofficial kickoff to the summer festival season.  This 2-day event of food, poetry, politics, handmade goods and tie-dye is always packed with Clevelanders dying to get outside and, well, enjoy a good festival.  Open 11am – dusk.
“Cleveland Asian Festival.” Sat 5/19 & Sun 5/20  You know that the Third Annual Cleveland Asian Festival will have awesome food. That’s what over 31,000 people enjoyed at last year’s Festival.  And you probably know to expect cool exhibits like martial arts demonstrations, games, competitions, free health screenings, merchant booths, artwork and live cultural performances.  This year, you won’t believe your eyes. Originating from Taipei, Taiwan, the California-based “Instant Noodles” dance crew will perform on the stage and show how they’ve been impressing judges at all the big international dance competitions. They placed in the Top 5 at MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, they’ve starred on Disney’s “Shake It Up” and on several top Taiwanese variety shows. The Festival is free to the public and takes place on Sat 5/19 & Sun 5/20 from 11AM-7PM each day!
“Drawn and Quartered 4.” Sat 5/19 @ 7pm.  Grab Cleveland’s top life drawing groups, throw them in a room, and pit them against each other for your entertainment.  That’s “Drawn and Quartered,” now in its fourth year. The Pretentious Tremont Artists, The Murray Hill Drawing Group, Dr. Sketchy Cleveland and Northern Ohio Illustrator Society compete at Loren Naji Studio and Gallery 2138 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, Oh.  It’s an all-ages show (models keep their clothes on); the afterparty offers drinks, food and music.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


“Lissa Bockrath:  New Work.”  Opening Reception 6-9pm.  (Painting Above) “I am really excited about this body of work and hope you get a chance to see the show!  It has been four years since my last formal show so I can't wait to connect with you all after so much time has passed! I will also be in the gallery on May 18th during the third Friday Artwalk.  Looking forward to seeing you and thanks for your support! For a sneak peek visit “  Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery 1305 West 80th St., Cleveland, 216.631.6719
“SPACES Becomes The Convention and Visitors Bureau (for a while).” Opening Reception 6-9pm.  The Convention and Visitors Bureau is the new series of exhibitions & events from 5/11-7/13/12 organized by SPACES offering an alternative view of our town as a tourist destination, featuring artists such as Alison Pebworth (SPACES artist-in-residence from SF), Temporary Travel Office of Chicago, and The Think Tank That Has Yet To Be Named from Philadelphia & Iowa City.  Also producing work this month is the anonymous collective Cleveland SGS, also artists-in-residence, and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, both from Cleveland. Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland 216.621.2314
“Cleveland #15 – PechaKucha Night @ Club at Key Center.”  Begins at 7pm.  PechaKucha Night Cleveland is turning the big 15 (for events… not years). Come see why people are flocking to PechaKucha Night, a cool event where creative types present fast-paced slides of new ideas. This month’s PK is at the Club at Key Center, perched over the brand new Medical Mart. Go early to get in.  Key Center 127 Public Square, Cleveland, 44113.
“Photo Orgy! One Night Only!” 5:30 – 9pm.  Local rock photogs Maureen Gray and Janet Macoska are hosting a one night pop-up shop, blow-out, photo orgy, exhibition called Crawling From the Wreckage @ Grays Auctioneers. They’ve been everywhere photographing rock stars and now you can see their work and purchase your own prints for $50/piece. Music, drink & munchies provided.  More: Janet Macoska and Mo Gray have survived and succeeded as women photographers in a rock and roll world dominated by men, drugs, alcohol and debauchery. ‘Crawling From The Wreckage’ explores nearly four decades of rock and roll photography from two Cleveland-born women rock and roll photographers whose work has been presented in publications all over the world, on cds, in books and in galleries and museums.  Gray’s Auctioneers, 10717 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Oh 444102
“Dark Matter, New work by Robert Thurmer.” Opening 6 – 10pm.  Renowned local artist Robert Thurmer wants to explore how we recognize art objects. He’ll do just that in Dark Matter, his new exhibit @ Arts Collinwood.  “Specifically: what are the markers for ‘art object’ that are generally recognized without specialized privileged information. To explore these ideas, I started making these recent sculptures in an attempt to make my own ‘found’ art, what I like to call paraphrastic objects – stand-ins that refer to certain kinds of conventional art objects.”  View his sculptures — which embody an exploration of this theme — through Sun 6/4. Arts Collinwood, 15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, 216.692.9500

"Tony Trunzo-Paintings."  Opening reception 6-9pm.  Fat Cats, 2061 W. 10th street, Tremont.

“Photography Workshop for Artists.” Tuesday, May 15
7:00 – 9:00 pm
at the
Ohio Craft Museum  Due to popular demand, we’re offering a third session of this workshop!  Join Kathleen Dlabick, Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s graphic designer and photographer, as she presents tips and pointers for photographing your work. Learn how to create professional-looking shots for online marketing, sales and fair applications. You’ll discover what kind of equipment you need, how to light your shots and more. You’ll learn how to tackle photography challenges, and determine when it’s time to call a professional.  Kathleen Dlabick has been working as ODC’s graphic designer, photographer and webmaster since September of 2010. She has over 25 years of experience as a photographer, including 17 years at the Columbus Dispatch and eight years in the bio-medical field.   Before the workshop, visit the museum gallery to see the spring exhibition, Best of 2012.   This workshop is open to artists of all levels, and costs $12 for members of ODC, $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required – call 614-486-4402 to sign up.  This class is sponsored in part
by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  The Ohio Craft Museum
www.ohiocraft. org
1665 W. Fifth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Friday, May 4, 2012

“MINT CONDITION.”  Opening Reception: 6-9 PM.  The Kent State University, School of Visual Communication presents Mint Condition, an exhibition of photographic works by 2012 graduating seniors Ellen Brinich, Heather Campbell, Katherine Case, Devin Casper, Spenser Dickerson, Sam Hedrick, and Kristen Swartz. William Rupnik Gallery 1117 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115 
“Ingenuity’s Bal Ingenieux- Avant Garde Debauchery!” Get ready for a night of avant garde debauchery… Don a mask and be taken though an amazing journey of performances and interactive installations. Bal Ingenieux includes performances by Rob Sherwood, Cello Fury, Shivering Timbers, Syncopated Swing Band, Zany Umbrella Circus and more. Plus art from the Rust Belt Monster Collective and the guy who brought you the digital graffiti wall. A night you’ll never forget!   Halcyon Lodge 2831 Frankilin Blvd. Cleveland, OH

“Sandy Miller Pedestal Making Workshop and Slide Presentation.” Workshop 2-5pm.  Slide Presentation and Potluck 5-7 pm.  Hectic Studio, 3619 Walton Ave. Cleveland,  2nd Floor, 440.590.0672,  If you don't want to do the workshop just stop by for the potluck and slideshow!

“Spring Open Studio with the Screw Factory Artists!” noon – 7PM  The Screw Factory Artist Studios are located in the massive Lake Erie Building in Lakewood. If you haven’t been there, you need to. On Sat 5/5 the artists are opening their studios to exhibit and sell their work. See where the magic happens and peruse a tasteful selection of glass, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, mixed media, painting and printmaking. The Templar Motors Car Factory Display will be open, too! Coffee and food trucks will also be in attendance. Screw Factory 13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood www.screwfactory
 “Simpler Times Gallery Grand Opening Celebration.” 3 – 10pm. Rediscover your past and see what’s in store for you @ Simpler Times Gallery, a new shop in Ohio City hosting its grand opening on Sat 5/5. This Ohio City boutique features art from local artists and one-of-a-kind vintage items picked from across the nation. Celebration will feature live music & spoken word.  Simpler Times Gallery 3212 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 216-925-2008