The Gathering Place
Recovery. Cleveland native and Boston resident Willard Traub displays the photography he took to keep his sense of agency during his ordeal with blood cancer. Silver gelatin images of caretakers, the changing seasons, and a steadfast dog are accompanied by brief reflections in prose and poetry. "I hope people go," says Traub of the exhibition, "especially those afflicted with illness, and realize they can turn around and use some of the strengths they have to help heal themselves." Through September 28 at 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood. Call 216-595-9546 or go to touchedbycancer.org.
Arts Collinwood: Echo. Recent CIA grads Steve Basel and Kyle Dean Todaro use styles inspired by Courbet and Manet to represent modern life. Torado's fractured images graft together slices of dissimilar scenes, where figures undergo different lighting, mood, and tensions. They are meant to invoke the episodic, jittery character of plugged-in postmodern life. Basel's work does not always show subjects alone, but they are always lonely. An opening reception will be held July 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through August 5 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
The Bonfoey Gallery: Living City. Newly minted Cleveland Arts Prize laureate Garie Waltzer displays photos of international cities taken to investigate the state of contemporary urban life. The crystal-clear, black and white images often take an aerial perspective to give a fair cross-section of a city's topography, architecture, greenery, and people. An opening reception will be held July 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Through August 25 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Clara Fritzsche Library at Notre Dame College: A Natural Point of View. Mardel Sanzotta's light, bright natural scenes aim to charm with their intensely detailed images of expressive animal subjects. An opening reception will be held July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through August 31 at 4545 College Rd. in South Euclid. Call 216-373-5267.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. This comprehensive exhibition examines American art from the end of the Great War to the Great Depression with a focus on the evolving concept of the human form. Adult admission is $15. The exhibit is open through September 16 at 11150 East Blvd. For more information, call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Variations on the Sublime. Del Rey Loven, professor of art at the University of Akron, presents painstakingly constructed acrylic works which combine bars of pure abstraction with swaths of color resembling titanic natural events like storms, the melting of ice caps, or the jutting of mountains. An opening reception will be held July 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. Through September 8 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kollective Gallery: Smiles Are Free. Top tattoo designer Mitch O'Connell samples and remixes a half-century's worth of trash culture. Pinups, monster movies, and underground comix are just a few of the influences evident in his works, which have been featured everywhere from album covers to the hides of his fans. The exhibit continues through July 31 at 1908 South Taylor Rd. in Cleveland Hts. Call 216-862-0799 or visit kollectivegallery.com.
The Morgan Conservatory: A Thousand Stairs. CSU professor Qian Li uses painting, mixed media, and her first endeavors in printmaking to explore the cyclical influence of culture on individual decisions, and vice versa. Also: In-between. Don Lisy mixes and matches paint, charcoal, and pastels with paper, canvas, and wood to create allegorical self-portraits. Their layers of expressive color express a mood rather than representing the circumstances of the emotion's origin. An opening reception will be held July 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. for both exhibits. Through August 26 at 1754 East 47th St. Call 216-361-9255 or go to morganconservatory.org.
Zygote Press: In-Turn: Divided Attentions. Artists selected for their service in keeping up the day-to-day operations of cultural institutions like MOCA, Spaces, CIA, and the Cleveland Clinic's collections display pieces representing the succession of uncertainties which make up many creatives' lives. Through August 11 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.