Asterisk Gallery: Troika: Installation-based works by Scott Goss, Eddy Ostrander and David Politzer. From June 11-July 3 at Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave. Opening reception Friday, June 4 (see preview on this page). Call 330-304-8528 or visit asteriskgallery.com.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Seeing Green: Creating Art in an Era of Sustainability: Cleveland artists use environmentally friendly and recycled materials to create art, all in the spirit of going green. Through July 16 at 1834 E. 123rd Street. Open Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Call 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org.
Busta Gallery: Brinsley Tyrell
You can see Brinsley Tyrell's work all around Cleveland. The Kent State University professor emeritus has had some very visible commissions over the years, including a fence at Ohio City's Orchard Park School and some large enameled panels in the corridor of RTA's West 117th Street and Madison Avenue stop. Challenged to make something that would endure the weather and other abuses of a bus stop, Tyrrell used KSU's industrial-style enameling kiln — a gigantic box that looks like a pizza oven — to melt images onto 36-inch sheets of metal. He then painted them with powdered glass and metal oxides. The process includes heating the sheets to 1,500 degrees, so the molten results are somewhat unpredictable — in part because colors typically change by the time the piece comes out of the kiln. Tyrrell shows off his recent work using the process at William Busta Gallery (2171 Prospect Ave., 216-298-9071, williambustagallery.com). The show runs through July 31. Admission is free. — Gill
Cleveland Artists Foundation: The Kokoon Arts Club: Cleveland Revels! The Kokoon Art Club was founded in Cleveland in 1911, and to fund their activities, the group would throw an annual bal masque that brought out thousands of Clevelanders. In this exhibit are costumes, photos, and poster sketches, all from those Kokoon events from long ago. Through July 31 at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or visit clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. 40-plus gelatin silver prints are on display June 13 through October 17 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and at 5 p.m. all other days. Call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Cleveland State University Art Gallery: Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam: Contemporary art influenced by Islam. Includes images of mosques, prayer, and the holy city of Mekka. Through June 26 at Cleveland State University Art Gallery, 2307 Chester Avenue. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday fom noon-4 p.m. Call 216-687-2103 or visit csuohio.edu/artgallery.
Heights Arts: Lake Effects: A tribute to Lake Erie, this exhibit shows a collection of work from regional photographers giving their unique perspectives. Through July 24 at 2163 Lee Road. Open Thursday-Saturday from 1:30-9:30 p.m. Call 216-371-3457 or visit heightsarts.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Mary Gehr: Mary Gehr traveled around the world to Asia, the Mediterranean, and Central America, using their influence to create sketches she would later craft in her Chicago studio. Using oil on canvas, Gehr's paintings capture the scenery of foreign lands. Through July 5 at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, 1305 W. 80th St. Open Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Spring Salon: A collection of works from Frank Wilcox, Andrea LeBlond, Keri Gortz, and Paul Jacklitch. Through July 16 at Kokoon Arts Gallery, 1305 W. 80th St. Gallery open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.
1point618 Gallery: Was It a Dream, Was I In It: Amber Kempthorn brings to life images from her daydreams mixed with fragments of music from artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen. Kempthorn describes her drawings as "awkward creatures engaging one another in funny and often peculiar circumstances." Through July 23 at 1point618, Gordon Square, 6421 Detroit Ave. By appointment only. Call 216-281-1618 or visit 1point618gallery.com.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now: New York artist Ruilova has created single channel videos characterized by screams and whimpers mixed with images of darkness and confined spaces. Through August 15. Also: Marilyn Minter: Super close-ups of turgid lips, licking tongues, sultry eyes — Minter's 2009 video Green Pink Caviar is made up of eight minutes of models' mouths sucking and licking Jell-O and candy, shot up-close. But that video, as well as Minter's photos and large enamel-on-aluminum paintings, also have grotesque qualities that seem to be more criticism than celebration of the decadent glamour we typically associate with fashion mags. Through August 15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 8501 Carnegie Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art: Neil Macdonald: History Paintings: Macdonald has searched through history books and browsed the web to find classic historical images and put his own touch on their recreations, in a sense, rewriting history in his own way. Through June 11 at Shaheen Galley, 740 W. Superior Avenue, Suite 101. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
SPACES: Detour: Five artists met to discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and by the end, each was given an obstacle — such as being required to work with a partner when the artist would rather work alone — to deal with as they created their art. Also: Sometimes an Entrance Is Actually an Exit: Josh Parker's multimedia experience challenges observers to question their concepts of time and space as they walk through a labyrinth. Through July 16 at SPACES Gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., till 7 p.m. on Fridays. Open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 216-621-2314 or visit spacesgallery.org.
Tregoning and Company: George Adomeit: Reconsidered: Unknown paintings from George Adomeit between 1904-1961 show rolling farmlands, tranquil rivers, and a peaceful view of the countryside. On display now at 1300 W. 78th St. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 216-281-8628 or visit tregoningandco.com.
Walleye Gallery: Voices Worth Hearing, Art Worth Sharing: A three-part exhibit that documents the life of refugee families living in Northeast Ohio. A photography exhibit, video documentary, and a day of multicultural food and artwork. On display June 18-27. Also: Sin Título: Works from artists in northern Ohio that all have common roots in Latin America. Through June 12 at 5304 Detroit Avenue. Visit walleyegallery.blogspot.com for times for each exhibit.
Zygote Press: Art Quarter Juried Show It may not be as sexy as the more well-known art or theater districts, but the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood's art quarter does have a lot of space, artists, and studios going for it. Zygote Press unveils an exhibit today featuring some of the best work coming out of this largely industrial patch between East 17th and East 40th streets. Curator H. Scott Westover, who's also chief curator of the Progressive Collection, rounds up 25 artists for the first Art Quarter Juried Show. There's an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Zygote Press (1410 East 30th St., 216-621-2900, zygotepress.com). The show runs through July 30. Admission is free. — Michael Gill