Akron Art Museum: Stranger in Paradise. The late Rev. Howard Finster is one of America's most recognizable outsider artists, even creating album covers for R.E.M. and Talking Heads. Like a William Blake of the pop-art era, his oeuvre juxtaposes religiously laden illustrations arising from his vivid visionary experiences with more worldly subjects. The result is pure pleasure. The exhibit continues through June 3 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art:Rembrandt in America. The largest collection of authentic Rembrandts exhibited in America in 100 years is now on display at CMA. The collection presents a comprehensive history of the painter's reception and interpretation in the States, and illuminates how collectors' desire to own a Rembrandt fueled research into his work. The exhibition continues through May 28 at 11150 East Blvd. Tix are $7 to $14. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Guren Art Gallery at Cleveland Botanical Garden: Lux Botanica. Xenia, Ohio native Douglas McLarty brings 40-plus years of experience to his photographs of flora, which have been compared to sculpture for their command of form and to first-rate cinematography for their use of light. The show runs through April 15 at 11030 East Blvd.; call 216-721-1600 or go to cbgarden.org.
Heights Arts Gallery: Tophography. This exhibition of five photographers interpreting the genre of landscape spans outdoor subjects from green Irish hills to urban streets and an airport tarmac. Through April 14 at 2175 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 216-371-3457 or go to heightsarts.org.
Legation, A Gallery: Correlation. Dawn Tekler uses long exposure times to imbue her darkened location shots with a sense of mood, and gallery owner Hilary Aurand continues her explorations of nighttime urban landscape in oils. An opening reception will be held March 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. Through April 8 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-334-7080 or go to legationagallery.com.
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 mocacleveland.org.
Orange Art Center: Faculty Show. More than two dozen instructors past and present display works in media as diverse as painting, jewelry, glass fusing, drawing, and ceramics. A preview party will be held March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. The show runs from March 19 through March 23 at 31500 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike. Learn more at orangeartcenter.org.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Sublimation. CIA grad and music photog Dan Corrigan returns to two-dimensional art with a series of haunting drawings. Through March 30 at 1814 East 40th St. Visit them on Facebook.
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 spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit: Vivid Parts. In a newly renovated and expanded space, David Cintron and Kate Kisicki display abstract paintings that recall landscapes and botanicals, and Nathaniel Murray hangs massive, ceiling-mounted assemblages. An opening reception will be held March 16 from 5 to 11 p.m., and will feature live music starting at 9. The exhibition runs through May 18 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Tregoning and Company: Penelope's Hungry Eyes. French and German critics have described Cleveland-born Abe Frajndlich's portrait series of other photographers as one of the most important of the last decade, earning the series a feature in The New York Times. Now the artist returns to his hometown. An opening reception will be held March 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. A book signing and talk with the artist and Henry Adams, an essayist who has treated Franjdlich's work, will be held March 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. Through April 30 at 1300 West 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.
William Rupnik Gallery: Parlor Tricks. Painter Mallorie Freeman uses the imagery of Victorian-era spiritualism to question how we distinguish between reality and trickery. Through April 1 at 1117 Euclid Ave. Call 216-533-5575 or go to 1117.wrgcleveland.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: Paintings by Mardel Sanzotta and Doreen St.John. Sanzotta places ordinary scenes on black backgrounds to heighten their detail. St. John paints lush landscapes hinting at deeper mysteries. Through April 30 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. Call 440-918-8730 or go to willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
Augusto Fine Arts Gallery: Cuba on Paper: Limited Editions by Contemporary Cuban Master Artists. This exhibit introduces Cleveland to the works of Cuba's premier printmakers. The show continues through April 20 at 1305 West 80th St. Learn more at 216-548-9798.
Fairmount Center for the Arts: Rhythm of Stillness. Internationally known and Cleveland-trained artist Stanka Kordic creates works that synthesize realism with abstraction, merging what we clearly recognize with ethereal touchstones. The exhibition continues through March 31 at 8400 Fairmount Rd., Novelty. Call 440-338-3171 or visit fairmountcenter.org.
Masterworks in Miniature. More than 100 artists, including internationally recognized figures like Robert Bateman and James Christensen, display works in two and three dimensions sized 9" x 12" or smaller. Represented aesthetics range from austere abstraction to fantasy. Through March 24 at 7003 Center St. in Mentor. Call 440-255-1200 or go to galleryone.com.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cleveland School 2012. Works by William Sommer, Frank Wilcox, and other practitioners of the Cleveland School are on display through April 7 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com for more info.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Nature Revealed. This exhibition features an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary depictions of natural environments and the wild creatures that inhabit them. Through April 28 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.
Kollective Gallery: Nerd Works. Housed in the vacant storefront next door to Kollective Gallery is an exhibition of recent sculptural works by artist Dana L. Depew. Produced from reclaimed signage and video installations, the pieces are based on the life-changing movie Revenge of the Nerds. Through March 30 at 1904 South Taylor Rd., Cleveland Hts. Call 216-862-0799 or visit kollectivegallery.com.
Mastroianni Arts: Sacred Pulp: Two Dead Smiths + Two Live Smiths. Steven B. Smith, Tremont's assemblage artist, poet, and "fotographer," shares his family's evocative and provocative multimedia collages. Through March 31 at 2688 West 14th St. Call 216-235-6936 or go to mastroianniarts.com.
Negative Space: Nonsequinox: Femininity Nowhere in Particular. Emerging photographer Matt Hunsaker studies the nude female form in and out of doors, searching for moments of strength and intimacy. Through April 1 at 3820 Superior Ave. Call 216-470-6092, or go to thinknegativespace.com.
O Gallery: The Paintings of Yarek Godfrey. Using women as his primary subjects, Paris-based Godfrey captures curvilinear beauty and raw humanity on his paint-laden canvases.Through April 20 at 2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood. Call 330-921-1234 or visit theogallery.net.
1point618 Gallery: The Ghost of Ted K, or The Unforgettable Fire. After the death of a loved one, Amber Kempthorn was moved to paint a series of fantastical scenes that use water and fire to symbolize mourning's melancholy and the levity of remembrance. The exhibition runs through March 26 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
A Taste of Spring. Photographer Lamar Richardson displays large-scale flowers in anticipation of milder times. Through April 15 at 27629 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. Call 216-595-1376 or go to opus-gallery.com.
Red Light Gallery: Captain and Chenille 2012, New Works. Dana Depew takes found fabric objects and washes and re-colors them with latex paint to build a bridge between the old and new. Through March 31 at 111 North Main St. in Akron. Call 216-513-0154 or visit Red Light on Facebook.
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 rivergalleryarts.com.
The Sculpture Center: In-Between. Cozette Phillips casts true-to-life drapes in steel to illustrate industrial society's closing off from nature. Also Promise, It'll Only Take a Minute to Stop. Elizabeth Emery's porcelain and found-object pieces step back and ask about the psychological experience of engaging art. Both shows run through14 at 1834 E. 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Studio 2091: Reuse Muse: New Works by Bridget D. Ginley. More than 20 new works range from sculptural droids made from mixing bowls to spiders created from discarded wire, computer mice, and jewelry. Ginley creates everything on recycled artworks from discount or thrift stores. Nothing new is created to make each piece. A closing reception is set for July 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2091 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Call 330-962-4292 or visit studio2091.com for more information.
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 ursuline.edu.
William Busta Gallery: My Friend Dahmer. An exhibition of works related to local cartoonist Derf's graphic memoir of attending high school with America's most notorious cannibal continues through April 21. Also through March 18: From Inside My Outer Space. Julie Weitz weaves together abstract painting and photographs of unclothed torsos to assert the body's materiality. I'll Be Your Mirror. Christi Birchfield experiments with tools and techniques to achieve abstraction and moments of self-awareness. It's happening at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press: Fellow Travelers: Works of J. Noel Reifel and his Students. Reifel has taught printmaking at Kent State's School of Art since 1976. This exhibit presents his work as both a teacher and a printmaker, by way of works by former students and his own current prints. The exhibit continues through March 30 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.
RED LIGHT GALLERY:
Captain and Chenille 2012, New Works. Dana Depew takes found fabric objects and washes and recolors them with latex paint to build a bridge between the old and new. Through March 31 at 111 North Main St. in Akron. Call 216-513-0154 or visit Red Light on Facebook.