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It's an historic week.  

At nearly forty years old, SPACES is the longest continuously-running experimental art ‘space’ in Cleveland, and they start a new chapter in their storied history this weekend.  SPACES will be celebrating the grand opening of their new location in the historic Van Rooy Coffee Building on the corner of W. 29th and Detroit Avenue.  As SPACES Executive Director, Christina Vassallo explains, “Even though it’s just five blocks away from our [previous] home, [the new location] feels like a different universe. A ground floor presence on Detroit Avenue, in the middle of such a dynamic and compact neighborhood, will have a major impact on our visibility.” 

The Grand Opening Celebrations include two days of events and activities designed to showcase the new neighborhood and new home of SPACES (the Hingetown area of Ohio City), as well as the impact they have had on artists and audience members for so many years.  The festivities begin with a Sold Out VIP "Roving Dinner", followed by a "A Superhot Housewarming Party" that includes installations and performances by over 20 artists, light fare, cash bar, and a chance to investigate the new space before the general public.  Sunday is FREE FOR ALL from 12-5pm, and includes light refreshments and tours led by Vassallo and project architect John C. Williams of Process Creative Studios, Inc. Also, No Exit will feature a drop-in performance by members of the St. Paul, MN-based new music ensemble, Zeitgeist. You can read more about all of these events below.

Also this week, you may have heard that a contingent of six Cleveland arts organizations and the Cleveland Foundation are in Cuba to begin the Spring 2016 Creative Fusion program.  Cleveland organizations making the trip this week and hosting Cuban artists later in the Spring include the Collective Arts Network / CAN Journal, the Cleveland Print Room (partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art), the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Center, and two dance organizations—Verb Ballets and Dance Cleveland.  CAN will be hosting Cuban writer Laura Ruiz Montes, editor in chief of the Cuban cultural collective, Ediciones Vigia - they publish magazines of poetry, art, and culture, printing and binding by hand, using all recycled, upcycled, and found materials.  We look forward to seeing the projects these artists create in collaboration with their hosts.  We'll keep you posted.

W Gallery at American Greetings Headquarters,
Crocker Park

A Curve of Color: Art & Fashion of Samuel Butnik & Bonnie Cashin
5-7pm, Thursday, January 12

This exhibition was curated for Gallery W, the public art gallery at the new American Greetings Corporate Headquarters in Crocker Park, from the collections of The Western Reserve Historical Society’s History Center and The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve - featuring the fashion of Bonnie Cashin and the paintings of Samuel Butnik. Butniks' large scale, iconic paintings from the 1960’s and 1970’s play off Cashins 'clothing designed for Coach in the same decades.  Event is FREE and open to the public. Show runs 1/5/17 - 2/23/17. For more information
please visit the AAWR website.
Akron Art Museum
Last Look Tour: Intersections
6:30-8pm, Thursday, January 12

"Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space" closes after January 15, 2017. But you can get a last look at the extraordinary work of Intersections artists Mark Fox, Nathalie Miebach, John Newman, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard with Chief Curator Janice Driesbach before the show closes.  Driesbach will lead this fascinating tour of the exhibition. Among other subjects, she talk about how the artists in Intersections came to her attention and how she worked with each to select work and develop installations for the exhibition.  Limited space available. FREE, but registration is requested. Register online here. 
Walkabout Tremont
5-10pm, Friday, January 13

Alexander Miklus, Seth Bindal, and Alan Giberson
LOOP - 2180 W. 11th Street
A group show featuring three artists. Alexander Miklus, Seth Bindal and Alan Giberson. Bindal is a former graffiti artist turned American tradition style tattoo artist and abstract/surreal painter; Miklus is an abstract/surreal acrylic painter; and Alan Giberson is a traditional sign painter. Music By DJ Joey Smooth.

Erin Jesson
Southside - 2207 W. 11th Street
Erin Jesson is a multimedia artist making a big splash on the Cleveland art scene since (and before) graduating from Baldwin Wallace in 2015. From Spaces to 78th Street to Waterloo Arts to The Cleveland West Art League to the Galleries at CSU, Erin shows colorful and thoughtful works of art. Erin is the Development Coordinator for the Cleveland Arts Prize organization.

Joshua Rex
Fat Cats – 2061 W. 10th Street
Joshua Rex is a painter, songwriter and author of scary stories who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. History, anachronism, disposability, ghosts, and expiration are the major themes in all of his work. He is a long-time supporter of, a Hong Kong based charity which works to end cruelty towards animals worldwide.

Biagio Gallo
BG Gallery – 2153 Professor Avenue
Abstract paintings by Biagio Gallo. Biagio recently began his journey as an abstract artist. He was born in Naples, Italy, surrounded by beautiful art and architecture. Despite not having any formal training in art, Biagio has always embraced an artistic quality throughout his career. "My art is at time, a reflection of what is within me, a feeling or mood. The paint from my brush to the canvas tells a story... I leave it up to the viewer to interpret." Biagio says that living in Tremont has inspired him to pursue his passion for painting; a passion that he can now share with others though his art. Music By Jeremy Isaiah.

Jim Lanza
Akedemik – 2360 W. 11th Street
The Foundry Woodprints by Jim Lanza. Lanza is a photographer and printer from Cleveland. He presents a unique style of printing that brings together manipulated images with vintage undertones to his art. He calls his style "Woodprinting."; Lanza not only prints images directly onto wood surfaces, he then distresses the prints and edges with the use of a propane torch. The method further enhances the vintage feel of the sepia prints. A portion of his sales are donated to an organization that plants trees around the world.

Multiple Artists
Merchant Street – 2391 W11th Street
A variety of artists provided by Hedge Gallery. Hedge Gallery promotes contemporary artists, with a focus on living artist and local emerging talent.

Doubting Thomas – paintings by Terrie Gerrard
Robert Hartshorn Studio & Gallery – paintings by Lila Rose Kole
The Paul Duda Gallery – iconic Cleveland cityscapes
Ty Fun – Tim Herron, paintings
Flying Monkey – Kris Petrenko, Western style paintings on canvas and wood
Treehouse – Jeff McNaught, works in ink, wood, metal and mixed media
Edison's – Dave Torowski, illustrator, portrait artist, graphic designer
Wine & Design – Bill Pappas photograph
Calluna -- stained glass works by Ronald Vaselaney, Homemade soaps by Natty Train. Artworks by Heather Vaselaney.
Giancarlo Calicchia – paintings and sculpture
Grumpy's – Garrett Weider Cleveland paintings, Sandy Valois stained glass, Barb Stimac photography, Kalyn Budner photography
Lava Lounge – Liz Adams
Studio Lebeau – Jeffry Chiplis neon art
Tap House – Dan Morgan photography

For full event listings, visit the
official Walkabout Tremont Facebook Event.
Summit Artspace 
13th Annual Fresh Juried Art Exhibition
5-8pm, Friday, January 13

Twenty-nine regional artists take their art in new directions using a FRESH perspective for this annual competition. Juror Charles Beneke, professor of art at The University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art and associate dean of the Graduate School, selected 33 works from 71 entries. Winners will be announced during the opening event.  Details on Facebook.
Zygote Press
Let's Talk About Love, Baby
6-8pm, Friday, January 13

Let's Talk About Love, Baby is the beautiful traveling book collection from Zimbabwe-born, Chido Johnson. This is an homage to his mother, from Zimbabwe, who read Harlequin Romance Novels to improve her English.  Chido selects a Love Librarian in each city, and in this Cleveland installation, Sarah Kabot and Liz Maugans were chosen to invite the people they love using the Harlequin-love novel as a template for their own departure. Artists Rian Brown, David Reid and James Kline, John G, Jake Hatmaker, Amber Esner, Anthony Mastromatteo, Nanette Yanuzzi, Breanne Trammell, Sarah Rose Lejeune, Kristen Cliffel, Loren Naji, Jessica Pinsky, Val Grossman, Sarah Paul, Dana Depew, Matt Rowe, Katy Richards, Nikki Woods, Corrie Slawson, Evan Fusco, Justin Will and Dave Lucas all represent the Cleveland Chapter.  For more info, see their Facebook Invitation.
Heights Arts
Likeness: Opening Reception
6-9pm, Friday, January 13

"Likeness", curated by Heights Arts founding board member Sharon Grossman, features works of art that explore the potential of portraiture in a different media. Six Northeast Ohio artists are showcased: Sarah Curry, painting; Susan Gallagher, ceramics; Bernadette Glorioso, painting on repurposed fabric; Dave King, mixed media drawing; Daniel Levin, photography; Mary Ann Tipple, textiles. For more information, visit
Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College
Women in Reverie:
Painting Women Through the Decades

5-8pm, Friday, January 13

This exhibition features portraits painted by Tricia Kaman, an internationally recognized artist who paints from life. Meet Tricia Kaman during this opening reception, and on Tuesday, Jan. 31, she will give a free gallery talk from 11am- 12pm, followed by a portrait painting workshop from 1-4pm. Details and registration available at
The Cleveland Collection
Black & Blue Side by Side Portrait Show
7-9pm, Saturday, January 14

Black & Blue is an exhibition of photographs of African-American men standing with Cleveland Police officers. This ongoing project has been in the works since August 2016 to build better relationships between these groups that are often at-odds. The show features the best of more than seventy portraits, and includes the work of Darlene Beiter, Janet Century, Billy Delfs, and Steve Wagner.  On Sunday afternoon, there will be an Informal, open discussion of ideas for continuing the B&B project. Gallery will be open for viewing of portraits as well. Free, open to all.  Details on Facebook.
Akron Art Museum
Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talk
2pm, Saturday, January 14

Learn the story behind Colombia-based artist Doris Salcedo’s installation commemorating victims of civil war and drug trade violence during this close look and discussion led by Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Members: FREE; Non-members: Free with gallery admission.  Details on Facebook.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Gallery Talk: Albert Oehlen
2pm, Saturday, January 14

Explore Albert Oehlen's work and his lasting impact on contemporary art in this free gallery talk with Jordan Kantor, artist and writer.  No registration required, meet in the exhibition.  Info on Facebook.
SPACES New Location, 2900 Detroit Ave.
Grand Opening Celebration
8-midnight, Saturday, January 14
12-5pm, Sunday, January 15

The grand opening of SPACES in the Van Rooy Coffee Building is a weekend long celebration designed to showcase the new neighborhood and home of SPACES—in the Hingetown area of Ohio City—as well as the impact they’ve had on artists and audience members for almost 40 years.

8:00pm-Midnight, Saturday, January 14
<Tickets Still available> A Super Hot Housewarming: Experience art installations and performances by over 20 artists, light fare, cash bar, and a glimpse at all the nooks and crannies of the new SPACES at the Van Rooy Coffee Building. Party inspired by the musical stylings of DJ Genna Petrolla and line dancer Kendra Willis. Moments of discovery abound! General Admission ($25).
Get your tickets here:

12-5pm, Sunday, January 15
FREE for All - Enjoy light refreshments and explore the new SPACES via tours led by SPACES Executive Director Christina Vassallo and project architect John C. Williams of Process Creative Studios, Inc. Also, No Exit presents a drop-in performance by members of the St. Paul, MN-based new music ensemble, Zeitgeist. FREE + open to the public!

Details available on
Transformer Station
Heavy the Seas Opening Reception
7-9pm, Saturday, January 14

In her forthcoming exhibition, Heavy the Sea, award winning, London-based artist Esther Teichmann, takes viewers on a journey through an alternate, orphic world. Teichmann’s practice explores the relationships between loss and desire and the imaginary, blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction. Narratives of longing emerge from photographic fragments, working across large scale still and moving images, sculpture and painting. Visitors will navigate a maze of layered photographs and lush cyanotypes, cloaked fabrics dripped with inks and bathed in subtle hues.  Details on their Facebook Event.
The Morgan Conservatory
Two Day Workshop: Making your own Bookcloth
10am-4pm, Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15

Almost any fabric can be used as bookcloth if it is prepared properly. On the first day of this workshop, you will prepare cloth of your choosing which will be used to cover a case-bound book. The majority of books today are case bound; a book in which a separately made hard cover is attached to the book block. As a bonus on the second day, you will learn how to make an attached spine binding, a method used to repair a book with its original covers. No prior experience required.  For details and fee info, please visit
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