Akron Art Museum:
Reviewing the View
The Akron Art Museum aims to beat nature at its own game in three new exhibitions exploring historic and contemporary interpretations of landscape art. First, Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism presents more than 50 impressionistic paintings by French and American artists, including Claude Monet and Willard Metcalf. In the process, it gives viewers an overview of the style's Continental origins and its interpretation in this country. In SuperNatural, the approach becomes contemporary, as Ohio photographers Barry Underwood and Bruce Checefsky use technology to push the boundaries of the genre. (That's a detail of Underwood's 2009 "Trace [Yellow]" on the left.) Finally, in Landslide Between a Rock and a Place, Kent artist Michelle Droll uses scraps and man-made materials to transform one of the museum's galleries into a vibrant sculptural installation, bringing landscape painting to life while referencing environmental concerns. All three exhibitions open this Saturday, October 29, at One South High St. For more information, call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org. — Joseph Clark
1point618gallery.com: Theater. Artist Chuck Mintz draws on the performance arts for inspiration and subject matter. Through Nov. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Akron Society of Artists: 80th Anniversary Member Show. A refuge for traditionalists, the society's anniversary show does not preclude experimentation, impressionistic flair, and projective imagination. Through Nov. 6 at 140 E. Market St. For more info, visit akronsocietyofartists.com.
Baldwin-Wallace College's Fawick Gallery: Between the Lines. Drew King's paintings depict abstract objects that abide by many recognizable laws of space ... when they feel like it. Through November 4 at 95 E. Bagley Rd., Berea. Call 440-826-2152 or go to bw.edu/academics/art/news/.
Breakneck Gallery: Cinematic Redux 2 starts the Halloween season off early with locally and nationally recognized artists' reinterpretations of horror movie posters. Through Nov. 12 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Go to breakneckgallery.com.
Bonfoey Gallery: Cleveland Inside Outside: A Thirty Year Journey. In conjunction with her book, photographer Jennie Jones exhibits three decades of Cleveland's visual history. Through Nov. 11 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution. Works from the modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi (1920 to 1965) trace a turbulent time in that nation's history, as placid landscape paintings give way to politicized pieces commissioned to express Maoist ideology. Ticketed exhibition. Through January 8 at 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. For more information, call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Convivium33: See Art-Create Art. Presented by City Artists at Work, this eclectic exhibit kicks off a three-day community arts event, complete with hands-on activities at various galleries around town. An Oct. 28 opening reception runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m., with remarks by curator Mark Cole of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibit continues through Nov. 20 at 1433 East 33rd St.; visit cityartistsatwork.org for related events.
Doubting Thomas Gallery: The Greatest Show on Earth. Artists from various media display work inspired by the circus. Through Oct. 28 at 856 Jefferson Ave., Tremont; call 216-731-1813.
Galeria Quetzal: 10-Year Anniversary and Mexican Day of the Dead. Painter Hector Castellanos-Lara and sculptor Ana-Luisa Sanchez honor the Central American holiday. Through Nov. 5 at 12400 Mayfield Rd. Fiestas will be held 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29. Call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.
Howson Gallery at Judson Park: Layers of Memory. Sheila N. Markowitz's sojourn to Cuba is the starting point for a montage of altered digital photographs exploring memory and psyche. An opening reception will be held Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1801 Chestnut Hills Dr.; the show continues through Dec. 5. For more information, call 216-791-2885.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cinema 02. Eighteen artists from four different countries working in media as diverse as painting, photography, and video give tribute to the culture and imagery of movies. Through Nov. 4 at 1305 W. 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts: Regional Visions. Regional painters and photographers interpret the local landscape in ways both traditional and abstract. Through Dec. 30 at 1305 West 80th Street. To learn more, call 216-832-8212 or go to wgsproductions.com.
Kollective Gallery: Incandescent Effervescence. Fascinated by the impact of color, brightness, and shade, Dana Depew creates large sculptural light works out of mainly recycled materials. Through Oct. 31 at 1908 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Hts. Call 216-862-0799 or visit kollectivegallery.com.
Legation a gallery: The Coast Is Never Clear. Sculptor and installation artist Annie Stimson expresses our collective dread of the future with materials like neon tubing and laboratory equipment that spell out warnings for 2012 and beyond. Through Nov. 20 at 1300 D. West 78th St.; call 216-334-7080 or go to legationagallery.com.
Mastroianni Photography and Arts: How Did I Get Here? Sculptor Ron Knight renders patriotic imagery, military hardware, and staple creature comforts in found materials to comment on the decline of our collective livelihoods. Through Dec. 9 at 2688 W. 14th St. Call 216-235-6936 or go to mastroianniarts.com.
MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculpture emulating organic forms. Through March 31. Also: The Cuba Project. Hanging art, sculpture, and found-art installations by four Cuban artists speak to a proud heritage. Through Dec. 21 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
The Gallery at Old Stone Church: Junkyard Essays. Internationally recognized multimedia artist Stacy Gibboni uses items from New Jersey salvage yards to tell stories about the art of the working man. An artist reception is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 17. Through Jan. 3 at 1380 Ontario St.; call 216-241-6145 or go to oldstonechurch.org.
Peninsula Art Academy: Plein Aire. Local artists celebrate the beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley. Through Nov. 19. An artists reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at 1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula. Call 330-657-2248 or visit peninsulaartacademy.com.
Proximity: Extra Lives. Five area artists draw on the imagery, energy, and manic absurdity of video games to pay tribute to the medium in toys, prints, and paintings. Through Oct. 28 at 1667 E. 40th St. To learn more, call 216-262-8903 or go to proximitycleveland.com.
River Gallery: Lynn O'Brien & Tina Elkins. Painters Elkins and O'Brien layer images and materials, challenging viewers to look deeper into their works and discover the hidden imagery and intent. Through Dec. 4 at 19046 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.
Shaheen Gallery: Works on Paper. In the first exhibition dedicated entirely to his drawings, multimedia artist William J. O'Brien uses intense attention to detail to create dense images. Through Nov. 4 at 740 W. Superior Ave., Suite 101. Call 216-830-8888 or go to shaheengallery.com.
Survival Kit Gallery: Mimesis. Rebecca Cross and Jonah Jacobs create postmodern fairylands in a series of surreal sculptures drawing on organic forms. Through Nov. 18 at 1305 W. 80th St.; for more information, go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Tregoning & Co.: Spiritus. Elisabeth Sunday uses mirrored photography to explore mythic archetypes. Through Oct. 31 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com for more information.
William Busta Gallery: Cabinet. Kate Budd exhibits tiny, abstract wax sculptures. Tactile Bodies. Masako Onodera's wearable art references benevolent natural shapes like caterpillars and budding vines. Landscapes in Black and White. Jean Kubota Cassill creates delicate etchings. Shows continue through Nov. 12 at 2731 Prospect Ave. For more information, call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.