Sarah Paul, better known as faux but fabulous pageant queen Little Miss Cleveland, pens her latest love letter to the post-post industrial city of her life. It all starts with a 7:30 p.m. live performance during the show's Friday, April 27 opening, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Also on display is Passages, Lauren Herzak-Bauman's meditation on time and loss. Both shows run through May 26 at 1834 East 123rd St. For more info, call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
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. Through June 3 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
All Matters Gallery: Flight to Light. Photographs, stained glass, carvings, and more from 50 local artists showcase the equinox and rites of spring, especially through the celebration of all creatures of the air. Through May 31 at 79 North Main St., Chagrin Falls. Call 440-247-8979 or go to allmatters.net.
American Master Paintings. This exhibition of early 20th-century landscape artists from the Cleveland School centers on Charles Burchfield (a son of Salem, Ohio), but also features the work of luminaries like Viktor Schreckengost, August Biehle, Clara Deike, and Carl Gaertner. Through May 5 at 1720 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com to learn more.
Breakneck Gallery: Black and White Show. Artists use painting, drawing, prints, and photography to explore their visions of the dualities represented by black and white. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. and will include a performance by Shaun Kedir of New Wave Power Babes starting at 8:30 p.m. Through May 18 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-767-5610 or visit breakneckgallery.com.
Cleveland Institute of Art: Art of Scale & Form. Recently retired CIA sculpture professor Barbara Stanczak displays a selection of her work from the last two decades, revisiting creations that complicated or made paradoxes of the relationship between visual and tactile experience. Meanwhile, Rhode Islander David Cole presents a two-ton music box rebuilt from the parts of an industrial compactor. Through May 19 at 11141 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7407 or go to cia.edu/reinberger_galleries/.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Rembrandt in America.
The largest collection of the painter's work exhibited in America in 100 years presents a comprehensive history of Rembrandt's reception and interpretation in the States, and illuminates how collectors' desire to own a Rembrandt fueled research into his work. Through May 28 at 11150 East Blvd. Tickets are $7 to $14. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Heights Arts: Small Show. Smaller works get their big day: This group show unites artists working in various media, including Susan Danko's expressive landscapes and Amber Anderson's photography. The exhibition runs through June 2 at 2175 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights; call 216-371-3457 or go to heightsarts.org.
O Gallery: Works by Lisa Briemeier. Briemeier takes advantage of the special qualities of oil and watercolor to explore her varied encounters with light. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.; through May 31 at 2101 Richmond Road, Beachwood. For more information, call 330-921-1236 or go to theogallery.net.
Tregoning and Company: 30 Year Anniversary. One of the West Side's finest art dealers celebrates three decades in business on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. No entry charge, but a $30 donation is recommended to benefit the Cleveland Artists Foundation purchasing fund. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. Penelope's Hungry Eyes, selections from Abe Frajndlich's portraits of the century's defining photographers, will be on display. Call 216-281-8636 or go to tregoningandco.com.
William Busta Gallery: Chorus in Which There Are Many People, Some Singing. Don Harvey creates portraits of musical performances to explore the range of comfort we have in voicing ourselves. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 16 at 2731 Prospect Ave. For more information, call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.