At Shaheen Gallery:
Art, Life & Fashion
Born in Cincinnati and based in New York, painter Keith Mayerson returns to his home state for his second exhibition at Shaheen Gallery. Art, Life & Fashion provides a thematically broad sampling of Mayerson's work, mostly oil on linen. Some never-before-exhibited pieces are based on haute couture photos he took for Interview magazine: among them, a kingly portrait of designer Karl Lagerfeld and a stern-faced model in pink. In more personal pieces, Mayerson displays honest but wry sensitivity in juxtaposing the grand and the everyday. In "Sunrise Over Elsinore" (left), the sun blazes white hot, shot through with gold and purple, filling half the sky; this divine presence overlooks a semi-developed California woodland dotted with cottages and red-and-white RVs. In "Andrew and Obama," the 44th President of the United States is tiny on a television screen while the other subject lies in bed, shirtless, barefoot, maybe naked under a blanket, but comfortable in his own skin and his own home. A series of 73 ink sketches of Anne Frank on Post It-sized sheets, all slight variations on her famous, broadly smiling photograph, capture moments that never were and cannot be. In such historic pieces, but also in portraits of fashion icons and the profundities of the mundane, Mayerson's work embodies a thoughtfulness that rewards viewers looking for reassurance of the significance of persons. The exhibition runs through August 18 at 740 West Superior Ave. For more info, call 216-830-8888 or go to shaheengallery.com. — Joseph Clark
Openings & Exhibitions
Akron Art Museum: Kaleidoscope Quilts. Fiber artist Paula Nadelstern's quilts capture the symmetry, luminosity, and intricacy of kaleidoscopes, and inspire makers of these instruments in return. Through Oct. 2. Also: The Vogel Collection: 50 Works for Ohio. Featuring works by 26 artists, the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures in this exhibition are part of a far-sighted private collection amassed over a 40-year period. Through October 16 at 1 South High St.; call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Beck Café: Debut Solo Art Exhibit. Beck Café hosts up-and-coming local acrylic artist Cameron Meakin, who creates jarring but sympathetic works by painting human figures without faces, raising questions of ultimate identity, and at the same time telling a momentary narrative through language and body posture. Through July 23 at 17823 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. For more info, call 216-712-4746 or go to beckcafe.com.
Brownhoist Gallery at Studio St. Clair: The Form of Cleveland. For Brownhoist's inaugural exhibition, woodworker and sculptor Timothy Riffle and photographer Jerry Mann display contemporary and historic tools, furniture, carvings, and photographs to narrate an "industrial archaeology" honoring the work of Cleveland's fading manufacturing sector. Through July 30 at 4403 St. Clair Ave.; 216-789-2998 or studiostclair.com/brownhoistgallery.
Cleveland Museum of Art: The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art. Designed to illuminate the intricate connections between Chinese poetry and its reinterpretation as visual art by Japanese and Korean artists, this exhibition features 80 diverse works spanning nearly seven centuries; almost all of the pieces are drawn from the museum's preeminent collection. Through August 28. Also: Indian Kalighat Paintings. Highly stylized and brightly colored, these works were originally created as souvenirs for 19th-century tourists. Today, they are highly regarded as marking the beginning of modernism in Indian art. Through September 18 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org.
Feinberg Gallery at Cain Park: Testing 1, 2, 3? This diverse exhibit showcases the work of three local artists — E.D. Taylor, Hannah Petroni, and Ian Petroni — who work in media as diverse as sculpture, automotive photography, and paintings influenced by Japanese prints and botanical forms. Through July 10 at Cain Park, 14591 Superior Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Call 216-371-3000 or go to cainpark.com/arts_gallery.asp.
Harris-Stanton Gallery: Introspections. Kent State University instructor Patricia Zinsmeister Parker displays real affection for the homey subjects of her impressionistic still lifes. In Clevelander Lee Heinen's paintings, viewers can recognize drama and significance in the deceptively simple — even whimsical — composition even without knowing they are sketched from family photos. Through July 16 at 2301 West Market St., Akron; call 330-867-7600 or go to harrisstantongallery.com.
Legation: New Works. Gallery owner Hilary Aurand makes the familiar alien in her series of paintings examining the transformations of objects in the orange gloom of sunsets, and in nightime's manmade light. Through July 2 at 1300 West 78th Street. The show runs through July 2. Call 216-650-4201 or go to legationagallery.com.
Morgan Conservatory: Pulp It Up, Break It Down: Artists Get Real. Local and nationally-recognized artists contribute pieces showcasing pulp (that's wood fiber, not the bargain-basement literature genre) over an array of mediums. Through July 18 at 1754 East 47th St.; for more info, call 216-361-9255 or go to morganconservatory.org.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Delicious Fields. In an homage to Man Ray, nine Ohio photogs invoke surrealism to reframe or reassert psychological and social issues. Also: Terrain. Julianne Swartz's soundscape is a multilingual audio-ecology as winding and mysterious as the subconscious. Through August 13 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
Proximity: Mere Witness. Cleveland photo-journalist Michael S. Levy captures moments from the African-American church experience in this beautiful and sensitive exhibition. Through July 8 at 1667 East 40th St., Suite 1A. Call 216-262-8903 or go to proximitycleveland.com.
The Sculpture Center: Sculpture X: 6 Sculptors of Ohio & Western Pennsylvania.This exhibition of 75 curated sculptures and installations honors the work of 1960s minimalist and experimental artists, often drawing on everyday materials, and reflects on the intersection of urbanization, nature, and the use of manufactured objects. Through August 20 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Solon Center for the Arts: La Bella Vita, the Beautiful Life. Painter Diane Arthurs exhibits works inspired by the Mediterranean. Through July 29 at 6315 SOM Center Rd. in Solon. Call 440-337-1400.
SPACES: Pink Milk Mild. Rainbow Lightning, the creative duo of Chelsea Blackerby and Erica Hoosic, sew memories into a tunneled environment that is traveled and experienced rather than viewed. Also: All That Glitters. Tamar Harpaz combines sculpture and projection to create shifting patterns of line and shadow as part of a nine-week residency exploring parallels between Western and Israeli cultures. Also: Farmed: The New Agronomists. This hands-on educational exhibit seeks to de-romanticize farming via a series of workshops and lectures by international and local horticulturalists. Through July 10 at 2220 Superior Viaduct; call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Tregoning & Co.: I/Travel/Eye. San Francisco-based fiber artist Libby Chaney returns to her native Cleveland to exhibit textile works that are not "problems to be solved," but "meditations for the eye" and celebrations of color's power to move. There is no apparent order to the multitude of shapes and shades, but each piece has its own harmony. Through July 31 at 1300 West 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.
William Busta Gallery: Self Storage. Aaron Koehn's paintings depict architecture, but their subject is alienation. Also: The Playboy Covers. A series of reinterpreted covers of Playboy magazine by local artist Derek Hess channels the artist's punkish sketchbook style. Both exhibitions run through July 30 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press: Field Guides. Zygote founder and co-owner Liz Maugans leads a collaboration of four other artists in a hopeful reflection on Rust Belt hardships. The artists salvage gently used materials and objects for their printed and painted productions, embodying the affirmation that the benighted region can itself be recovered. Through July 28 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.