“The Journey: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Art of Michelangelo Lovelace, Sr.” Opening Reception: from 5-8pm. The show will look back at Michelangelo’s career and include paintings, drawings, and sculpture. will celebrate Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.’s 20+ year artistic career as well as his birthday. Michelangelo will speak at 6:30 pm about his life and art. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm. A special attraction is planned during this exhibition. On Saturday, June 23, 2012 the AAWR will host A Dialogue with Michelangelo where Michelangelo will discuss his artistic process and take questions. The free event will take place from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is located at 1834 E 123rd Street in University Circle, right off Euclid Avenue and across from Lake View Cemetery. Free parking is available in the lot in front of the building and all along E 123rd Street. For further information, call 216-721-9020 or visit www.artistsarchives.org.
“Third Friday At 78th Street Studios.” 5-10 pm.
“Character Split @ Survival Kit Gallery.” Opening Reception 5-11pm. Surreal images? Imaginary characters? Yes, please. Soon to open at Survival Kit Gallery: Character Split — Works by Clarke Curtis and Tyler Zeleny. The scoop: “Conjured through peculiar collages sourced from cut up computer-generated images and kid’s disposable party plates, and by surreal imagery drawn with unerring draftsmanship, the imagined characters created by Clarke Curtis (Austin, TX) and Tyler Zeleny differ only in their form and narrative. “Personified through bold, black and white prints, and playful, multicolored combinations, both sets of characters convey human attributes and gestures that encourage the viewer to suppose hypothetical conversations or confrontations, the feelings in many of which are ironically heightened by each artists’ tendency toward combining human and animal parts…” On view through 8/17. 1305 W. 80th Street #3c,Cleveland http://SurvivalKitGallery.com
“Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival.” Featuring NOC”s Sandy Miller (Photo Above)and Elaine Lamb (Photo Above.) Saturday 10-8 Sunday 11-5. Art, music… and summertime fun for the whole fam. The Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival has all the makings of a classic street fest. Peruse over 150 Ohio Designer Craftsmen artists who’ll be selling studio glass, jewelry, ceramics and more. Catch performances by Northcoast Jazz Collective, Noel Quintana’s Latin Crew, Cats on Holiday, Blue Lunch and others. Plus, plenty of activities and entertainment for the kiddos — strolling performers, stilt walking, juggling and balloon animals. FREE. 20233 Van Aiken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH http://OhioCraft.org
“Clifton Arts & Musicfest: 25 Years Strong!” All day! Your summer starts here… at the Clifton Arts & Musicfest. Summer is all about the street fests and Clifton hosts one of the best. Hang out in the Edgewater neighborhood, check out fine art, eat good food and listen to some live tunes. Ah, hello, summer. Clifton Blvd and 117th street, Cleveland http://Cudell.com
“Bay Art in the Park.” 10-6 pm. 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village.
“Art Deck-O.” Opening reception 6-10 pm. Breakneck Gallery, 17020 Madison Ave, Lakewood, 216.227.8440
“Gravity and Grace.” Sculpture by El Anatsui. Opening ticketed talk at 6pm. Opening reception following from 7-10pm. Open to the public Sunday June 17th. Akron Museum of Art, 1 S. High Street. Akron, 330.376.9185, www.akronartmuseum.org
“Ragnar Kjartansson: ‘Song’ video art installation @ The Underdog.” 7pm. The Underdog is open and bumpin’. Every Tue through Tue 6/26 see Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s video art installation “Song.” The video art installation is surreal, captivating and purely poetic. See it for yourself. (FYI – The Underdog is located in the basement of Happy Dog.) 5801 Detroit Ave., Cleveland