Man of the Cloth
A designer goes Beyond Fashion in Kent State's new exhibitionFor award-winning fiber artist and designer Vincent Quevedo, clothing can be an expressive endeavor on par with studio arts. "My body of work is a unique blend of ideas and materials reflecting contemporary culture and my translations of it, relative to the attitudes, emotions, and reactions connected to emotions," says the associate prof at Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Choice bits from that body of work soon will be on display in Beyond Fashion: Fiber and Fashion Art by Vincent Quevedo at the K.S.U. Museum. Culled from 20 years of past collections, the pieces range from sculptural clothing to quilted works like "Purgatory" (left), a poetic portrait of the spiritual pilgrim that, from a distance, looks like nothing so much as a charcoal drawing. "If there's a connection between the designer and the thing designed, if there's a message and aesthetic I want to express, I think it makes those pieces stronger," says the artist. The show opens March 3 with a free reception at the museum (515 Hilltop Dr.) from 6 to 8 p.m., and continues through next year. For more info, call 330-672-3450. — Joseph ClarkOn view now at area
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Artists Review Today: Young at Art. Works from 20 senior artists enrolled in Tri-C's Encore Program are on display March 4 through March 31. Opening reception at 5 p.m. on March 4 , at 1301 East Ninth St. in the Galleria. Call 216-771-0900 or visit artistreviewtoday.com for more information.
Arts Collinwood Gallery: Homescapes. Two artists take different routes to translating domestic psychology into physical forms. Photographer Stephanie Kluck depicts a romantic and somewhat ghostly view of home through blurry pictures of a child. Elizabeth Emery's found-object sculptures become a physical manifestation of the memories we collect of people and places. Also: In Balance: Jeffry Chiplis honors the noblest gas by salvaging neon signs and repurposing them as art. Through March 13 at 15601 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or visit artscollinwood.org.
Akron Art Museum: M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities. More than 130 of the artist's finest works, including such instantly recognizable pieces as "Drawing Hands." The exhibition comes from the Herakleidon Museum in Greece, which houses one of the world's largest collections of Escher's work; Akron is one of only two U.S. venues to host it. In response to visitor demand, the museum will remain open until 9 p.m. on March 4. Exhibition continues through May 29. Also featured: Unfolding Space, a show by Cleveland artist Sarah Kabot, whose work is inspired by Escher. Through June 11 at 1 South Main St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries: The 65th Annual Student Independent Exhibition. A professionally juried show organized and curated entirely by students, this exhibition features more than 60 pieces of artwork drawn from each of the school's 19 majors, including paintings, sculpture, digital media, animation, and more. Through March 26 on the second floor of the Gund Building, at 11141 East Blvd. For more information, call 216-421-7407 or go to cia.edu.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools. South Korean artist Kim Beom endows his creations — sculpture, drawings, painting, videos, and mixed-media projects — with absurd traits and abilities. Through March 6 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org.
Contessa Gallery: The Photography of David Drebin. An internationally known photog and frequent contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, Drebin creates stylish works that tread the line between art and fashion photography. Through April 10 at 24667 Cedar Rd., inside Legacy Village. For more info, call 216-382-7800 or visit contessagallery.com.
Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus Gallery East: Health, Healing, and Wholeness: Weaving Creativity into the Fabric of Healthcare and Self Care. Tri-C's 11th Annual Healing Arts Exhibition features Rebecca Bluestone, a contemporary tapestry artist and cancer survivor well-known for her richly colored, hand-dyed textiles. Through March 8 at 4250 Richmond Rd. in Highland Heights. For more info, call 216-987-2473.
Galeria Quetzal: Latin American Textile and Ceramic Exhibition. Religious and secular textiles from Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Peru, as well as Mexican and Peruvian urns, pots, and other ceramics. Through April 16 at 12400 Mayfield Rd. in Little Italy. Call 216-421-8223 or visit galeriaquetzel.com.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: Grins and Giggles Are Good for the Soul. The modern, middle-class, feminine experience is the theme for Canton artist Judi Krew, who uses vivid acrylics on canvas to lampoon the more absurd moments of a woman's life. An artist reception will be held on Friday, March 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Through May 3 at 1380 Ontario St. in Cleveland. For info, call 216-241-6149 or visit oldstonechurch.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: The Cleveland School 2011. "Cleveland School" refers to a cohesive collection of area artists and craftsmen active between 1910 and the mid-1960s: well-regarded talents like sculptor Lawrence Blazey, and painters Adam Lehr and William Sommer. This exhibit highlights approximately 30 pieces from this collective. Through March 12 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 for more information.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Blind Landscape. Internationally known for her tall monuments of graphite, stainless steel, glass, and plastic, sculptor Teresita Fernandez incorporates light, shadow, and reflection into her large-scale pieces, often exploring the relationship between nature and perception in the process. Through May 8. Also: Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See. This 2007 film by Javier Téllez documents the reactions of six blind people as they touch and respond to a live elephant. Also: Passive Voices. Artist Lorri Ott transforms synthetic and natural materials into poignant, evocative subjects, giving each work a unique yet ambiguous voice that supplants her own. At 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
Solon Center for the Arts: Documenting Light, photography by Chagrin Falls artist Alice Merkel, on display through April 8 at 6315 SOM Center Rd. Call 440-337-1400 for more information.
Spaces: Manic Growth. Akron artist Elizabeth Dunfee explores the constant introduction of synthetic chemicals into our environment by blowing up cell imagery to wall-sized proportions, then augmenting it with video, three-dimensional objects, and synthetic "toxic" color to create a tension between what's natural and what is introduced. Through April 1. Also: Machine Project, a loose confederancy of L.A.-based artists known for their off-kilter art experiences. Here, their exhibition is "couchbleacher stadium," where the artists and their audience explore journeys into psychic mediumship and more. In residency through April 1 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Waterloo 7 Gallery: Opening March 4, a new show featuring the works of Hy Snell, Lisa Eastman, John Davis, and Brian Jones, along with 30 additional local artists. In cooperation wth the Willoughby Hills Community Center. A free opening reception will be held at the gallery from 7 to 11 p.m., at 35005 Chardon Rd. in Willoughby Hills. Call 440-946-0333 or go to schmidtsculpture.com.
William Busta Gallery: Through a Glass Darkly. Darice Polo radically reframes an American icon by recasting it in an individualistic fashion. Her charcoal drawings and oil paintings of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are sketched from home movie frames taken during a 1958 family outing, orienting her pieces toward both the unexpected angles of an amateur photographer, and to the temporal-social realities which challenge the statue's idealism. Through March 12 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071, or go to williambustagallery.com for more information.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Gallery: Opening March 4, a solo exhibition of nature photography from Wayne Mazorow, a Northeast Ohioan whose work is regularly featured in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park calendar. In cooperation with Waterloo 7 Gallery. A free opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at 35400 Chardon Rd. in Willoughby Hills. Call 440-918-8730, or go to willoughbyhillsgallery.org for more information.