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Ohio clay community.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Wayne Center for the Arts.  237 S. Walnut St.  Wooster, OH.  “Wooster Functional Ceramics Workshop.”  Opening reception Thursday from 7-9pm.  Workshop Friday and Saturday.  Featuring Presentations by Jeff Campana, Daniel Johnston and Suze Lindsay. 
Sculpture Center, 1834 East 123rd St., Cleveland, 216.229.6527  “Amanda Briede:  New Moon Ball.”  Opening Reception 5:30pm.  Artists Talk 6:15pm. 

William Busta Gallery, 2731 Prospect Ave., Cleveland 216.298.9071  “Christi Birchfield:  Painting and Drawing.  Artists at the Laurel School:  Jane Berger, Catherine Butler, Renee Psiakis, Jenne Regan.  Also Susan Umbenhour.”  Opening 5-9pm. This Friday, William Busta Gallery continues to celebrate their 25th anniversary season with three new exhibitions. Local artist, Christi Birchfield, will debut her latest collection of drawings and paintings. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006 and her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2010 – concentrating in Printmaking at both schools. Her work is included in the Permanent Print and Drawing Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Susan Umbenhour will also debut new work on Friday. She has been teaching at Oberlin College for over a decade. Umbenhour also previously taught at University of Akron and Ursuline College. Like Birchfield, she received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art, but received her MFA from Johnson State College in Vermont.  The last exhibition features work by students from Shaker Heights’ Laurel School – including jane Berger, Catherine Butler, Renee Psiakis and Jeanne Regan. The Laurel School was founded in 1896, and is a nationally renowned, college preparatory K-12 school for girls.  All exhibitions run through the end of April.
Heights Art Gallery, 2175 Lee Road  Cleveland Hts., 216.371.3457  “Morganites_ Fiber in Flux.”  Opening 6-9pm. 
River Gallery,19046 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River 44116 440 331-8406,   “8th Annual Ceramics Invitational Exhibit.”  Opening 3-7pm.  Work by many NOC members!
Sandusky Cultural Center, 2130 Hayes Avenue at Perkins Sandusky, OH 44870 419.625.1188  “Sinter-Recent Work in Clay.”  Opening 1-4pm.  Work by many NOC members!
Call for Entry.
Lakeland Community College 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094, 440.525.7029  “5th Annual May Show at Lakeland.” Gallery Coordinator: Mary Urbas  440-525-7029
The Gallery at Lakeland Presents:
The 5th Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition
May 16 – July 18, 2014
Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, May 16, 2014, 7 - 9 PM
Awards presented at 7 PM, Reception follows
Please visit for more entry information and application forms.
Juried from actual artworks.
Drop off:
Saturday, May 3: Noon - 3 PM
Sunday, May 4: 10 AM - 2 PM
Monday, May 5: 10 AM - Noon and 4:30 PM - 8 PM
Entry fees fund the awards. $1500 Best in Show Cash Award.
Over the past four years, we have given out $16,000 is cash awards.
GEORGE KOZMON, an internationally collected artist, is best known for his monumental architectural paintings, which have been widely exhibited and critically acclaimed throughout the US and abroad. 
He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including The National Endowment For The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and four Ohio Arts Council Grants.  George balances studio work with exhibiting, teaching and curating, as well as being the Director of the Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Hts. OH  MAGGIE GUTHRIE, was the Gallery Manager for the Northeast Ohio> Ohio Designer Craftsman Gallery at Great Northern Mall, for 15 years.  She is currently the Gallery Manager at the Don Drumm Studios & Gallery in Akron Ohio.  Over the years, she has served on the committees that accepted work into the ODC stores, so she knows Fine Crafts  Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 9 AM - 9 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM - 5 PM  This event and all Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4.18 + 22

78th Street Studios. 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland  “Third Fridays.”
Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, 216.521.2540  “Focus Photography Competition 2014.” 
Bruno Casiano Gallery 5304 Detroit Ave., Cleveland.  “Drift.”  Opening 6pm. “The group of four artists in Drift was based on my interest of artists whose works I feel explores the space within the conventions of painting and sculpture where materials oscillate between the two art forms,” explains Rodriguez. ”This seesawing effect of reading a painting as a sculpture or vice versa is something I personally find intriguing. Because of the outward high relief and sculptural appearances in these artists’ works, they remind me of ancient Greek or Egyptian architectural stone relief sculptures. These artists use materials traditionally used in paintings such as paint, wax, wood, canvas, and frames to produce a quality of dimensionality within them.  “The artists in Drift share a keen concern of how they personally invest in defining the space and form in their works, and the tendency to drift between the linear, sculptural, and the painterly without being confined to a single interpretation,” continues Rodriguez.
 Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216.421.7407,  “Runway Show.”  7:30 in the Lobby and Gallery. The talented students of Cleveland Institute of Art’s Industrial Design program have an established track record of innovation and leadership in their post-CIA careers. This week, you can get a preview of the future that these passionate students will soon be creating.   This Tuesday, MOCA Cleveland hosts the Opening Reception for the CIA Spring Design Show. Their work will be displayed throughout MOCA’s unique interior. After Tuesday’s opening, the work will remain on view at MOCA through Sat 4/26. The reception and exhibition are both free and open to the public. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Job Opportunity!!!
The Beck Center is looking for a ceramic artist with experience working with children (ages 6 to 12) to teach two, 3 week sessions this summer.
The Camps are from June 16th to July 3rd for the first, with the times being 9:30 to 12:00pm  and the second runs from July 28 to August 15thand goes from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. The last Fridays of each camp ends with an art show in the Daniels Lounge of the Beck Center.  The  ceramic artist will be working with another visual artist who will work with the students using other visual arts materials. There will be two rooms with, one hour sessions, a half hour snack break, and then the classes switch.  Anyone interested in working for the Beck Center and looking for more information, contact Susan Gallagher at:  and  please send some images of your personal work and a resume.

The Clara Fritzsche Library at Notre Dame College of Ohio, 4545 College Road, South Euclid,  “Nun:  Judy Takacs Paints Retired Sisters of Natre Dame.”  Opening 5-7pm.  
Zygote Press, 1410 East 30th St., Cleveland 216.621.2900  “The Big Show and Iron Printmaker Exhibition + Benefit.”  Opening 6-9pm. In Zygote Press’ gallery, The Big Show will feature work curated by Cleveland Museum of Art conservator and curator Per Knutas. Participating local artists include Bruce Chechefsky, Jeff Chiplis, Gianna Committo, Andy Curlowe, TR Ericsson, Andrea Joki, Lori Kella, Dante Rodriguez, Achala Wali and many more. All works are priced under $250. All sales benefit the artists – with Zygote benefiting through their standard gallery commission.  Simultaneously, the Iron Printmaker will take place in Zygote’s printshop starting at 7pm. Two teams of foodies and artists will compete in an Iron Chef format – using mystery ingredients to create four prints each. Guest judges include Michael Heaton (Minister of Culture, The Plain Dealer), Grafton Nunes (President, Cleveland Institute of Art) and Jill Snyder (Executive Director, MOCA Cleveland). Bribes are shamelessly accepted (and benefit Zygote).
Brandt Gallery, 1028 Kenilworth, Cleveland, 216.621.1610,  “Phoebe Marie Nelson, The Long Ease:  Post Cancer Works.”  Opening 5-9.
Tower Press Building, 1900 Superior Ave. , Cleveland  “Tower Press Artists Group Exhibition.”  Opening 5-9pm.  Curated by Robert Thurmer with a Gallery Conversation Moderated by Robert at 6:30.
Screw Factory 13000 Athens Ave., Lakewood www.screwfactory  1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland “Spring Open Studio.”  Opening 5-9pm. Join us for our annual Spring Open Studio. Artwork will be on display and for sale during this event.   Participating artists include: Gina DeSantis( Gina DeSantis Ceramics), Robb Durr, Freddy Hill ( Bomb Factory Furniture), VTrendz, M.C. Nagel, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Katie Hanrahan, Phyllis Kohring Fannin, Kathy Patton, Kim Schoel (new tenant!), Michael Hudecek ( Forest City Portage), Lori Paximadis, Ryu no Sakebi & Michelle Mowery, Ursula Ryan, Ann Caywood Brown, Jenn Szalkowski, Teresa Crompton, The Movement Factory, Megan Frankenfield, RTD Design Collective, JOY of Vintage/Sandy .

Wooltex 1900 Superior Ave. Studio #101, Cleveland, 216.272.0751  “Tower Press Artists Group Opening.”  Opening 5-9pm. We hope you can join us for an evening of fine art, music and libations. The exhibition features the work of the Tower Press Artists Group. Selection of Works by Robert Thurmer, Artist and Director of The Galleries at CSU - Cleveland State University. Curator Conversation @ 6:30p.m.  
Artsits:  Robert Banks, Michael Greenwald, Anne Kibbe, Deb Lawrence, Michael S. Levy, Erica Miller, Dan Morgan, Scott Murphy, Billy Nainiger, Jessica Newell, Kathy Lynn, Eric Rippert, Christopher Stofan, Damian Venditti, JenMarie Zeleznak and Clarence E. Van Duzer.

Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland 216.621.2314  “Monster Drawing Rally.”  Event April 12, 6-10 pm.  Work on View April 13th, 12-5pm.  $5 Night of Event. Every year, SPACES hosts their annual Monster Drawing Rally to benefit the gallery and their efforts. Every year, 100+ local and regional artists are selected by 10 guest curators to draw for one hour each. All the works created are sold for a flat $65 – with all sales benefiting SPACES.
Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, 216.361.9255,  “OH, Letterpress.”
Museum of Contemporary Art, 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 216.421.8671, “And in My Dream I Was Rolling on the Floor.”  Opening 6:45.  This weekend, MOCA Cleveland presents, a unique, site-specific sound installations by NYC-based artist Kevin Beasley in MOCA’s Gund Commons as well as the historic Cozad-Bates mansion located just across the street. The events will link the oldest and newest structures in University Circle. The Cozad estate will host four pieces (30-45 minutes each), while MOCA will be become a listening environment. The four works are designed specifically to capturing the shifting atmosphere throughout the evening.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


4.3  Tonight!
Kent State Art Building, 400 Janik Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242  “John Miyazawa  “MFA Thesis Show.”   Opening Reception 5-7pm.  (Image Above) (NOC’s Own John Miyazawa!   I am excited to be finishing up my studies at Kent this spring. I have a thesis show coming up, April 1-4, and the reception will be held on the 3rd, Thursday, from 5 to 7 pm in the main gallery in the art building.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216.421.7350,  “Mix:  Ideation, featuring DJ Rekha.”  Open 5-9pm.
Bay Arts, 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, OH  “Ephemeral Antidotes:  Revisted New work by Arabelle Proffer.”  Opening 7-9pm.  (Image above)
Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, 216.692.9500  “Vacancy/No Vacancy.”  Opening 6pm. Emptiness, abandonment, decay, reuse, and renewal? Yeah, we’ve got that. Now explore what those concepts mean in a juried show — Vacancy/No Vacancy — @ Waterloo Arts. 101 artists from 22 states and Canada will explore vacancy (or no vacancy) through a variety of media.
Gallery One Sixty, 16008 Waterloo Road, Cleveland  “Pen Pals.”  Opening 6pm. PEN PALS is an exhibition of collaborative drawings by Cleveland's Rachel Strongoli & Josh Usmani and Sweden's Daniel Andersson-Boe (Semio). Half of the works were started in each country and mailed back-and-forth across the Atlantic Ocean.  This show will feature works by all three artists, different pairings and individual work. The artists' styles blend over each other - creating an ambiguous sense of continuity, blending the three into one. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lakeland Community College 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094, 440.525.7029  “LCC Visual Arts Student Exhibition.”  Reception and Awards Ceremony 7-9pm.