Mallorie Freeman has carved a niche in Cleveland's art colony as a "stylized realist." The proof is in her exhibit, Note to Self
, whose 12 oils-on-canvas are on display through the end of next month in Tremont. "The work expresses things that are going on in my personal life," says Freeman, who graduated in the early '90s from both the Cleveland Institute of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "They are notes to myself that I don't want to forget." In the sultry "Wanderlust," Freeman depicts herself in a beaded Tibetan headdress as she pensively gazes into the distance at destinations she'd like to visit. "Migration" features a high-school girl captivated by a flock of birds overhead; the scene visualizes a memory in which Freeman was walking in her backyard a couple of weeks before she moved to the Windy City. "The birds were getting ready to migrate, and my dog freaked them out. They all flew over my head, and the sky was black with birds," says Freeman, who's also a framer and art restorer at Bonfoey Gallery. "I wanted to create something that was like that moment." She also wants onlookers to capture the "spiritual feel" in each piece. "I like people to come up with their own interpretations. I don't want to tell them exactly what each painting means," says Freeman. "But there's this underlying spirituality that people always pick up on." Note to Self is on display from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursday, January 31, at Visible Voice Books, 1023 Kenilworth Avenue. Admission is free. Call 216-961-0084.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-8 p.m.; Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Dec. 28. Continues through Jan. 31, 2007