ON THE CORNER OFF: KEN NEVADOMI
During his long career, CSU prof Ken Nevadomi's paintings have been part cartoon and part visionary surrealism, almost always built around human figures placed in hallucinatory landscapes or other contexts that carry the work's message. This month he's showing two groups of paintings completed between 1997 and 2007: The first he calls "woven paintings," named for the idea of weaving two images together to arrive at a third (pictured is a 1998 work called "Via Matisse"). A second set portrays what he describes as "bar culture" — the people, settings, rituals of courtship, and drunkenness. His show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 3, and hangs through October 9 at CSU's main gallery (2307 Chester Ave, 216-687-2103, csuohio.edu/artgallery). — Michael Gill
Akron Art Museum: Andrew Moore: Detroit Disassembled: Moore has put together a collection of photos that capture the decline of this once-great industrial giant, showing the vast empty space that used to be populated. Through October 10. Also: Isaac Julien-True North: Julien, a British artist and filmmaker, presents a sound and video installation that details the first expedition to the North Pole. The film shows on three screens over almost 40 feet of space and combines "mysterious and haunting sounds" with voices and music. Through October 3 at One South High Street in Akron. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Call 330-376-9185 or visit akronartmuseum.org. Free admission Sunday, September 5, as part of the September Sunday Sampler.
Arts Collinwood: The Art of Character: Chris Seaman began his career shortly after graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a plum job: illustrating the Harry Potter collectible card game. However they look when printed on glossy cards, Seaman's originals are meticulous oil paintings. Through September 10 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Lunar Paraphrase: The Terrain of Intimacy
: For more than two decades, painter Douglas Max Utter's work has been pulled in several directions. This career retrospective includes 18 mostly large paintings. Through September 19 at 5591 Liberty Ave., Vermilion. Open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 440-963-0611 or visit theartseengallery.com.
Bonfoey Co.: Urban Scapes: Phyllis Seltzer:
If you've paid any attention at all to Cleveland art in the last couple of decades, you've seen Phyllis Seltzer's cityscapes of Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Italy. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 10. Through September 25 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Hours are 8:30am -5:30pm Monday through Thursday; till 5 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Call 216-621-0178 or visit bonfoey.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit: Cleveland artist Mabel Hewit uses her woodcuts to show scenes of remote areas of the United States, such as views of Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Saugatuck, Mich. Through October 24. Also: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. Through October 17 at 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.
Contessa Gallery: Nguyen Tuan-Transformations and Balance: This internationally known artist's sculptures incorporate balance — between light and dark, rough and smooth — to represent extremes. Through September 19 at 24667 Cedar Road. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 216-382-7800 or visit contessagallery.com.
Forum ArtSpace: Bazaarbecue: Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, and "adorable plush creatures" by 33 artists. Through September 17 at 1300 W. 78th St. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Mondays; go to forumartspace.blogspot.com.
Gelbke Fine Arts Center (Hiram College): Point of Departure: Five artists working within the tradition of realist painting. Subject matter ranges from landscapes familiar as the Pennsylvania hills and exotic as Iceland. There's a free reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 10. Through October 1 at 12000 Winrock Rd., Hiram. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 330-569-5304 or visit hiram.edu.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Summer Inventory Sale: This gallery, which places an emphasis on offering both traditional art and works created with digital and electronic media, is offering discounts on original works Friday afternoons. Through September 3 at 1305 W. 80th St. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.
Legation, a Gallery: Dott Schneider: The Burrows: An expression of Schneider's "connection to and observation of the desert," these mixed-media paintings and large-scale installation represent the impact desert life left on her. Open by appointment and for a closing reception 5:30-11 p.m. September 17. Through September 17 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or visit legationagallery.com.
Local Girl Gallery: Dimitra Pasalis-Glamour Girl: Pasalis uses "Glamour Girl," a character honoring Louise Brooks, along with linoleum to express everyday life in a semi-abstract form. Her recent work also pays homage to various other artists, including Edvard Munch. Through September 17 at 16106 Detroit Ave. Call 216-228-1802 or visit localgirlgallery.com.
North Water Street Gallery: Sundays at 1: The Sundays at 1 bunch is made up of several current and former Kent State professors and students, all of whom practice a variety of non-art-related careers when they're not studying watercolor together on Sundays. They are coached by Henry Walker, a former Kent State professor who began painting after two cancer operations. Their work will be on display at an 8 p.m. opening reception September 4. Through October 23 at 257 N. Water St. in Kent. Open 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday or by appointment. Call 330-673-4970 or visit standingrock.net.
1point618 Gallery: What Remains: Painter Michael Benjamin seems to view painting as a meditative retreat from his day job and other worldly concerns. "I have almost entirely abandoned preliminary sketches, approaching each canvas trying to clear my mind of any and all goals — to not think," he says. The Cleveland architect has painted throughout his life, but hasn't shown his work much. Through September 24 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Open by appointment; call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Proximity Gallery: Threshold: Koehn/Widen: There's an inside/outside dichotomy in Aaron Koehn and Katherine Widen's show. Koehn's paintings emphasize the light in interior spaces — bedrooms, dining rooms, offices, and other places where life is evident but not really the point. Widen's paintings are visions of the outdoors fortified with abstraction. Through September 10 at 1667 East 40th St., 216-262-8903. Open by appointment; visit proximitycleveland.com.
Studio 2091: Mark Mothersbaugh: OH Hi O 2010: Akron native Mothersbaugh discovered a passion for art after learning he was legally blind as a child. His specialties today range from postcard-sized illustrations and large canvas paintings to nylon rugs and jewelry. Through September 18. Also: Silas Hite: You Can't Control Everything (And It's Still Going to Be Alright): An artist and composer from L.A., Hite emphasizes spontaneity in a series of drawings created with as little planning as possible. Also: Mina Hosfeld: Expressions: Akron photographer and metalsmith Hosfeld presents a collection of black-and-white photographs of tattoos, shot at three Akron-area ink shops. Having shot the colorful body art with black-and-white film, Hosfield selectively hand colored the prints with oil paint, in the hope of drawing viewers into the art of the tattoo itself, rather than the photo that captures it. Hite and Hosfeld's work represent Studio 2091's first double opening on September 3. Henna tattoo artist Nicole from the Artful Cricket will provide henna tattoos at the opening. Through September 25 at 2091 Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls. Call 330-962-4292 or visit studio2091.webs.com.
Summit Artspace: My Spirit Rises: Featuring five Ohio artists and a range of media, this exhibition includes paintings, quilts, glass art, ceramic and work from a fabric artist. On Sunday, September 5, Summit Artspace will offer artist demonstrations from 1-3 p.m., as well as artwork by Akron Society of Artists members as part of the September Sunday Sampler. Through September 18 at 140 E. Market St. in Akron. Open 12-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free. Call 330-376-8470 or visit summitartspace.org.
Wall Eye Gallery: Clear Signs: Six of Cleveland's "most innovative and provocative artists" were given only the prompt "clear signs," and the work they created in response debuted August 20. Through September 10 at 5304 Detroit Ave. Open by appointment. Call 216-640-7769 or visit walleyegallery.com.