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.
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.
Forum Art Space: Theoretical Limits. Christina Day makes use of painting, print, and installation sculpture to explore the use of information encoded in physical objects to make sense of a chaotic world. The show runs through Friday, May 18, at 1300 W. 78th St. For more information, go to forumartspace.blogspot.com.
Galeria Quetzal: Cambodian Silk and Mexican and Peruvian Ceramics. Little Italy's boutique showcases scarves, neckties, purses, and hangings from Cambodia's Khmer Designs, and fine art vessels from Latin America. A reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., at which Danay Sopheakkdey of Cambodia's Khmer Designs will give a talk about the making of silks. The exhibition runs through May 30 at 12400 Mayfield Rd. For more info, call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.
Log Cabin Gallery: Feelin' Groovy Spring Exhibit. More than 20 artists working in media ranging from painting, glass, jewelry, and mixed media are united to celebrate springtime with a '60s twist. The show runs from Friday, May 4, through June 3 at 1671 Main St., Peninsula; call 330-657-2670 or go to thelogcabingallery.com.
1point618 Gallery: Love Letters. Italy native Antonia Reiner exhibits for the first time in the U.S.A. and her new home of Cleveland, in a series that evokes the aching presence of absence with ethereal materials like painted silk. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 4, beginning at 7 p.m. Through June 3 at 6421 Detroit Rd.; call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Tab "A" Slot "B" — The Works of Rustbelt Welding. You've seen Rustbelt Welding's work around town in their quirky bike racks and bike-based outdoor sculpture; now meet the artisans behind the public art. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 8 to 10 p.m. Through May 25 at 1814 E. 40th St., Suite B4; learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simpler Times Gallery:Grand Opening. An eclectic boutique for contemporary local art, collectibles, and vintage items makes it debut with original works by Dante Rodriguez, Bridget D. Ginley, Jef Janis, and others. An opening reception, featuring performances by spoken-word artists Kim Essence Hunt and George Lee II, a.k.a. Echo, will take place from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at 3212 West 25th St.; call 216-925-2008.
William Busta Gallery:Chorus in Which There Are Many People, Some Singing. Don Harvey uses operatic imagery to create a haunting atmosphere of dominance and control. Also: Ghost Stories. Lane Cooper's linear abstractions, like blue, violet, gold, and green static represent the boundaries of knowledge at the border between consciousness and unconsciousness. Both exhibitions run through Saturday, June 16, at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: Paintings by Fran Mangino and Judy Anderson. Mangino paints sentimental outdoor scenes, and Anderson's mixed-media pieces combine text, drawing, and found objects to create scenes as jumbled as waking consciousness. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. Through July 2 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit willoughbyhills-oh.gov.
Zygote Press: We ♥ Letterpress. In this traveling exhibition, artists from the U.K., Switzerland, Australia, and the U.S. contribute art made with a due-for-a-comeback letterpress printer. Through May 19 at 1410 East 30th St. For more information, call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.
William Rupnik Gallery
Mint Condition. Graduating seniors from Kent State's photo-illustration program exhibit photos of every conceivable subject for commercial, industrial, and broadly cultural use. (Pictured is an untitled work by Sam Hedrick.) A reception will be held Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Through Sunday, May 13, at 1117 Euclid Ave.; call 216-533-5575 or go to 1117.wrgcleveland.com.