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At the Tremont Art Walk:

A Family Affair

Steven B. Smith, Tremont's assemblage artist, poet, and "fotographer," brings his family album to Mastroianni Arts. Sacred Pulp: Two Dead Smiths + Two Live Smiths distinguishes itself as an exhibition both elaborate and personal. The four Smiths in question are the artist, his wife Lady K, his late mother "Mother Dwarf" (Florence Elizabeth Smith), and late brother "Cat" (Vincent Allen Smith). Sacred Pulp displays the family's multimedia collages, more than 100 of which are kept in Steven's apartment. "It's one of the finest shows I've ever seen," he says. "It's basically what I see every day, and I wanted other people to see it." What viewers are in for is an evocative — sometimes provocative — experience, thanks to pieces like Lady K's Mona Squared (pictured), which takes an icon as a starting point. An opening reception is set for Friday, February 10, from 6 to 10 p.m., during the Tremont Art Walk. In addition, Steven and Lady K have interwoven their visual and written works into poetry. The two will host a reading March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. with Kate Sopko and Cavana Faithwalker. The exhibit runs through March 31 at 2688 West 14th St. Call 216-235-6936 or go to to learn more. — Joseph Clark

Arts Collinwood: Sanity Check. George Kocar uses his colorful paintings to comment on a crazy world, filled with instant celebrities and political strife. An opening reception is set for Feb. 10 from 6 to 11 p.m. A gallery talk with artist Douglas Max Utter happens Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Through March 3 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Adele Marihatt Memorial and Retrospective. The versatile Swiss-born painter is internationally known for her ability to fuse poetry, mathematical equations, and even hieroglyphs in her works. Through Feb. 25 at 1834 E. 123rd St. Call 216-721-9020 or go to

Breakneck Gallery: Valentines? ... Schmalentines. Bitter singles and jaded duos are invited to gripe in style with this exhibition of cynical reflections on Valentine's Day. An opening reception will be held Feb. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m., with live music from local rocker Joshua Jesty. The show runs through March 3 at 17020 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-767-5610 or go to

Cleveland Artists Foundation: Paradise Lost. Painter August F. Biehle Jr. captured the pastoral grace of Zoar and the enthusiasm of the Modernist movement. The works in this exhibition are drawn from 25 years of his career and show his growing familiarity with both his subject and the genre. The show continues through March 10 at the Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or go to

Cleveland Museum of Art: Copia: Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11. Photographer Brian Ulrich hauntingly explores the psyche of the American consumer in a three-part exhibition that attempts to diagnose our national malaise. Through Feb. 26 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7350 or visit for more information.

Galeria Quetzal: Land of Color: Latin American Textiles. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Textile Arts Alliance, this exhibition showcases the fiber arts of 16 countries alongside those of local artists working in the styles of Latin America. Also: Marise Designs, featuring pre-Hispanic-style jewelry from a contemporary artist. Receptions are set for Feb. 10 and 11 from noon to 9 p.m. Through March 16 at 12400 Mayfield Road. Call 216-421-8223 or go to

Gallery at the Old Stone Church: What's in Our Attic. A collection of archival holdings from Old Stone Church's rich and varied history Through Feb. 28 at 1380 Ontario St.; to learn more, call 216-241-6145 or visit

Harris Stanton Gallery: PhyllisSloane, A 40-year Print Retrospective. The late artist is honored with a career-spanning survey of her work. Through Feb. 11 at 2301West Market St., Akron. To learn more, call 330-867-7600 or visit

The Holden Arboretum: Pollination: Up-Close. Erie, PA-based photographer Dave Heberle takes close-ups of local flowers and insects with the hope of inspiring suburbanites to see the natural world anew. The exhibition runs through March 9 at 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland. For more information, call 440-946-4400 or go to

Kokoon Arts Gallery: Nature Revealed. The exhibition features an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary depictions of natural environments and the wild creatures that inhabit them. The exhibit continues through April 28 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 of visit

Legation, a Gallery: Duplicities. Sculptor and installation artist Derek Gelvin seeks to provide "comic relief" from the anxieties of contemporary life. Emerging artist Jim Leach creates original scenes to inspire new stories that viewers can share. Through Feb. 19 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or visit

Mezzanine Gallery: Winged Camel Metalworks. Husband and wife jewelry and decorative-arts makers Malcolm and MaryAnn Owen present recent works in metal, many of them one of a kind, and the "library series" of tiny figures in silver perched on custom clocks. Through Feb. 28 at 2026 Murray Hill Rd. Call 216-721-4992 or go to Mezzanine's Facebook page to learn more.

MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. Also: 8501 to 11400 [On Moving]. MOCA concludes its final season at its current home with an exhibition of new works and interactive projects from Brandon Juhasz, Ben Kinsley, and Corrie Slawson. Through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or go to

1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore issues of identity in her native China. Through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to for more info.

River Gallery: New Photography. Jessica Malone's image transfers combine evocative gestures with eerie tableaus. Mark Inglis catalogs urban glass architecture. Chad Gordon and Dan Morgan offer visions of winter. Through March 24 at 19046 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 or go to

Rotten Meat Gallery: I just don't know anymore. Malcolm Barrett fuses the methods of traditional painting with guerrilla stencil art. Through Feb. 24 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. E-mail

Spaces: Speculative Models. Baltimore artist Marty Weishaar fills the gallery with bridges, airplanes, and toy car tracks to create a microcosm of crumbling infrastructure. Also: Cuyahoga Fugues Revisited. Nine years after her first Spaces residency, Guggenheim Fellow Margaret Cogswell returns to create a series of drawings and a mixed-media installation inspired by her time with the Cuyahoga. Also: It's All Yours: Posture Pointers to Make You Prettier. Printmaker and artist-in-residence Christi Birchfield builds an installation that meditates on the relationship between the ephemeral and the making of art. Through March 30 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or visit

The Sculpture Center: Familiar Machines. Lauren Yeager and Scott Stibich recombine mundane household devices into fantastic but functional machines. Also: Linda Ding: Still Life. The CIA grad uses sculpture and installation to reveal the behavior of interior spaces. Through Feb. 18 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to

Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College: A Journey of Education and Empowerment. Ursuline College and H.E.L.P. Malawi recreate an African open-air marketplace to present photographs, paintings, and authentic fiber art from that African nation. Through March 30 at 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike. Call 440-449-4200 or go to

Tregoning & Company: Evolution. James Massena March's paintings explore spatial relationships and color. Also: Raw Materials. Photographer Allen Lowry reorients our perception of construction sites by shooting them from extreme and dizzying angles. Through February 28 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to

William Busta Gallery: From Inside My Outer Space. Julie Weitz weaves together abstract painting and photographs of unclothed human torsos to assert the body's materiality. Also: I'll Be Your Mirror. Christi Birchfield experiments with tools and techniques to achieve abstraction and moments of self-awareness. An opening reception will be held Feb. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. Through March 18 at 2731 W. Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or go to

Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. The show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to

Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: To Abstraction. Well-known Cleveland photographer Michael F. Nekic is joined by mixed-media artist Martha L. Germano in a show that aims to shine a fresh light upon the faces of abstraction. Through Feb. 27 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit

Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. The show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to

Solon Center for the Arts: Ryn Clarke Photography Exhibition. A sequence of woodland photographs taken over a year tells the story of the creative destruction of the seasons. The show runs through March 2 at 6315 SOM Center Road. For more information, call 440-337-1400 or go to

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 at 1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula. Call 330-657-2909 or visit for more information.

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