At William Busta Gallery:
Ohio Lands Forever
Originally from the U.K., artist Brinsley Tyrrell is truly enchanted with the woods around Kent where he taught for nearly 30 years, and he draws us into the spell as well. Rendered in glass enamel painstakingly baked onto steel sheets, his landscapes reflect his loving encounters with nature in shades of orange, violets, gold, and the occasional splash of teal (browns and greens play only secondary roles). In Tyrell's world, swaying plant life reaches up and out of the ground like sea anemones. The sky and background are as active as the wooded foreground, streaked with wisps and swirls of vapor seemingly emulating branches, making the entire scene buzz with motion. Though his works are always striking, it can take a second to orient yourself in the depicted space. Still, you'll never feel lost: Even the black and purple vines and fiery berries of the tangled shrubbery in "Edge of a Stone Enclosure — Ghost Spring" (pictured left) seem oddly inviting. You will leave this alien world wishing to go back. The exhibition, Ohio Lands Forever, continues through December 31 at William Busta Gallery, 2731 Prospect Ave. To learn more, call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com. — Joseph Clark
1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses hand prints and minimalistic images to explore how history and society influence identity. The show continues through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more information.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Annual Members Holiday Show & Sale. Featuring works by more than 30 artists in various media, the exhibit continues through Dec. 16 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org.
Bonfoey Gallery: Return. Cleveland painter Frank Oriti examines the rugged power and solemn mien of America's young, blue-collar work force. In the process, he paints a provocative picture of a generation's dashed hopes when facing a crippled economy. Through Jan. 6 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Brandt Gallery: Thing of Color. Puerto Rican-born painter Bruno Casiano takes the tropical environment of his home country as the starting point for examinations of subjectivity and interconnectedness. By appointment only through Dec. 23 at 1028 Kenilworth Ave. Call 216-621-1610 or visit brandtgallery.org.
Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries: Masters of Abstraction. Julian Stanczak, Ed Mieczkowski, and Robert Mangold, three of the most preeminent modern painters, display the depth and variety of form and expression represented in contemporary abstract painting. Through Dec. 17 at 11141 East Blvd. For more information, call 216-421-7407 or go to cia.edu/reinberger.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution. Works from the modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi (1920 to 1965) trace a turbulent time in that nation's history, as placid landscape paintings give way to politicized pieces commissioned to express Maoist ideology. Ticketed exhibition. Through Jan. 8 at 11150 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org to learn more.
The Gallery at Old Stone Church: Junkyard Essays. International multimedia artist Stacy Gibboni uses items from New Jersey salvage yards to tell stories about the art of the working man. Through Jan. 3 at 1380 Ontario St.; call 216-241-6145 or go to oldstonechurch.org.
The Gallery at Trinity Commons: Cleveland Artists' Holiday Invitational. Trinity Cathedral hosts forty artists practicing crafts as varied as painting, sculpture, multimedia, textile, metalwork, and photography. Through Jan. 29 at 2230 Euclid Ave. Call 216-771-3630 or go to trinitycleveland.org.
Harris Stanton Gallery: Small Gems.This Akron exhibition showcases works by nearly 40 local and international artists, all under 11x14 inches (the works, not the artists). Through Dec. 17 at 2301 West Market St. Call 330-867-7600 or go to harrisstantongallery.com for more information.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Atmospheric Distortions. Falling somewhere between landscape, abstraction, and classical Japanese painting, Judith Brandon's canvases feel at once like cataclysmic events and elegant, terrible moments frozen in eternity. The exhibition runs through Jan. 14 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts: Regional Visions. Regional painters and photographers interpret the local landscape in ways both traditional and abstract. Through Dec. 30 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-832-8212 or go to wgsproductions.com.
MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. Through March 31. Also: The Cuba Project. Hanging art, sculpture, and found-art installations by four Cuban artists speak to a proud heritage. Through Dec. 21 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
Opus Gallery: New Museum Collection 2011-2012. Russian-born Yuri Gorbachev, whose pieces have been collected by the Louvre, Kremlin Museum, and White House, will exhibit his signature works rendered in precious metals, gems, lacquers, and oil. Through Jan. 1 at 27629 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. For more information, call 216-595-1376 or go to opus-gallery.com.
Pentagon Gallery: Conscious Compassion. Three local artists — Natalya Romanovsky, Diane Hoeptner, and Joe Grand — reflect aspects of the theme of universal compassion. Through Feb. 4 at 3102 Mayfield Rd. in Cleveland Heights.; call 216-321-3362 to learn more.
Proximity: Home. Cleveland artists Jen and James Young investigate notions of place, connection, and history through a series of collaborative prints and paintings. Through Dec. 16 at 1667 East 40th St., Suite 1A. Visit proximitycleveland.com for more information.
Sculpture Center: Gentlemen of Oddity/Look! See!/Marvel of Marvels. Sculptor Steven Jones and photographer Barry Underwood take advantage of this exhibition's sideshow vibe to experiment with the presentation and content of their work. Through Dec. 17. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Seiberling Gallery: Life on the Towpath. The Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society embarked on a one-year project to document life on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Capturing the resource in all its natural glory, the resulting exhibition is on display through Feb. 25 at1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula. Call 330-657-2909 or visit conservancyforcvnp.org for more information.
Shaheen Gallery: Bill Radawec: A Retrospective. The art of Bill Radawec, visual and three-dimensional artist, is celebrated in this career-spanning show. Through Jan. 20 at 740 West Superior Ave., Suite 101. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
Spaces: Boundaries. Experimental composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown creates an installation using the gallery's windows as amplifiers and speakers. Also: Make CATopia Real. Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley consult cats, through their owners, on the idea of utopia. And: Comfort Women Wanted. Chang Jin-Lee uses posters, photographs, and video installations to recount the horrors endured by Japanese women pressed into sex slavery during WWII. Through Jan. 20 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit Gallery: Pens and Needles: Works on Paper by Carla Fontecchio, Sarah Isenhart, and Aaron Troyer. Three artists render intricately detailed floral shapes and abstract assemblages in a variety of mediums. An opening reception takes place Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., featuring performances by the Buried Wires and Relaxer beginning after 9:30 p.m. Through Jan. 20 at 1305 West 80th St. Suite 3C. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
William Busta Gallery: Ohio Lands Forever. Brinsley Tyrrell uses novel materials to render statewide landscapes in colors and moods tuned to enchant the urban-dweller disconnected from nature. Also: Works by Cecelia Philips, Stephen Yusko, and Barbara Polster are on display. Through Dec. 31 at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press and Jakprints: The Black Balloon. A celebration of the work of late Cleveland printmaker Anthony Bartholomew takes place Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. An exhibition of his works will continue through Jan. 5 at 1410 East 30th St.; for more information, call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.