78th Street Studios. 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland “Third Fridays.” 5 pm. A number of new exhibitions will be unveiled for the very first time. Perhaps the most anticipated (within the art community), is located in the second floor’s HEDGE Gallery. Joe Ayala and John W. Carlson have been planning their two-man exhibition, It Figures, for months. Both artists are active members of the community – despite recently spending so many hours in their studios preparing for this show. Although the artists’ styles differ greatly, their work shares many common threads. These threads tie this exhibition together with harmony – even when they seem to pull you in completely different directions. The show’s title refers to their common subject matter – the human figure. Carlson’s expressive paintings evoke raw emotion and psychological explorations. Ayala’s mesmerizing portraits go far beyond the boundaries of pure realism. His subjects radiate with intriguing personalities that encourage an active viewing experience. Both artists’ work contains symbolism for the viewer to decode. An active viewer can use these contextual clues to create their own interpretation of the works. (Image Above)
Cleveland Public Theater, 6415 Detroit Ave., Cleve. “Weapons of Mass Creation.” Cleveland’s Weapons of Mass Creation festival bills itself as “3 Days That Will Change Your Life.” And while that might be a tad overstated, it’s one of Cleveland’s most distinctive events, bringing together creative (mostly) young people from both northeast Ohio and out of town — musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs — to share their work, hang out, and exchange ideas and experiences. Taking place at the Cleveland Public Theatre complex at Gordon Square, WMC — now in its fifth year — features speakers, panels, art displays, workshops, bands, and informal interactions over food and drink. A three-day general admission ticket is $100. But you can also purchase individual tickets for a single day, for specific workshops, for the Friday night mixer with Cleveland bands-on-the-rise Mr. Gnome , Urbindex, These Knees, Smoke Noises, and the Commonwealth, plus the 2vs2 Break Battle, and for the Saturday night concert featuring Kevin Devine, and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am Not Afraid To Die.
2218 Superior Ave. Suite 205, Cleve. “Dan Corrigan’s Art Liquidation Event.” Noon-6pm. Amazing artwork at GREAT prices! All one of a kind works! Please join us and be dazzled!
“Painesville Art in the Park.” 11am-5pm. Spend your Saturday in Painesville’s lovely Veteran’s Park for Art in the Park, a family-friendly festival that will transform the park into an outdoor art gallery. Browse the juried art collection while also enjoying continuous multi-cultural music, food and refreshments from local vendors. There will be an art section just for kids — “Under the Sea” — and even some horses to say hi to. http://painesvilleartinthepark.com
“Edgewater Art in the Park.” 10am-5pm. 10am – 5pm. Spend your day immersed in music and art at Edgewater Park. Browse local artist tents and hear the music of SLAP playing live. Bring food to grill, games to play and prepare to relax with some yoga on the beach. Sounds like the makings for a perfect summer day in the CLE. https://facebook.com/events