Tectonics. Cleveland native Paul Yanko draws on the imagery of geometric abstraction and commercial design, using techniques borrowed from painting, drawing, and collage to create dense patterns meant to project outward from the two dimensions which contain them. (That's a work from his "Radius" series, left.) An opening reception will be held Friday, July 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. The artist will give a talk in the gallery Sunday, July 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. The exhibition continues through September 1 at 1667 E. 40th St. For more information, call 216-262 -8903 or go to proximitycleveland.com.
1point618 Gallery: Recent Works. Painter of simulacra Royden Watson painstakingly reproduces surfaces like wallpaper and plywood that are indistinguishable from the real thing at all but the closest inspection. His recreation of the materials we take for granted all around us are meant to make us newly aware of our place in the economy and environment. Through July 22 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Breakneck Gallery: Art Deck-O Show. Eric Kaplan, CHOD, Sean Burns, Rich Cihlar, Jeff Hulligan and other luminaries of Cleveland's pop-pirate culture turn skateboards into canvases in a tribute to the boarding lifestyle. Through July 6 at 17020 Madison Ave. Lakewood. Call 216-767-5610 or go to breakneckgallery.com.
Harris Stanton Gallery: 25th Anniversary Exhibition. In honor their quarter century of business, the gallery features works by 25 top artists encompassing a variety of media. The lineup includes painter of flora and cubistic forms P.J. Rogers, and Barbara Gillette, who infuses figurative scenes, abstracts, and silk with sensual energy. Through July 7 at 2301 West Market St., Akron. Call 330-867-7600 or go to harrisstantongallery.com.
Log Cabin Gallery: Nature's Way. More than 20 artists in media as diverse as painting, pottery, rug-weaving, printmaking, and origami contribute to this celebration of summertime. An artists' reception is set for July 6; it features a performance by area country musician Greg Workman from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Through July 29 at 1671 Main St., Peninsula. Call 330-657-2670 or go to thelogcabingallery.com.
Loren Naji Studio Gallery: PRIMAL. Loren Naji presents a series of works inspired by the spontaneity of first drafts scribbled on sketchbooks or coffee house napkins. Also on display: works by artists including Jamie Hart, Deb Lawrence, Matt Dibble, Dana Depew, and Douglas Max Utter. An opening reception featuring "percussion art" by G-tec and Baba Jubal will be held Friday, July 6, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Through July 20 at 2138 West 25th St. Call 216-621-6644, go to lorennaji.com, or visit Loren Naji Studio Gallery on Facebook.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Life in Death. Rock photographer Keith Marlowe turns his lens to the impoverished of the Philippines, whose life is a quiet but constant struggle against death. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 7. Through July 28 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. Call 216-469-4896 or visit Rotten Meat on Facebook.
Survival Kit: Character Split. Local artist Tyler Zeleny uses images of human-animal hybrids to craft a modern myth dramatizing and condemning consumer culture. Austin, Texas-based Clarke Curtis' elaborately detailed prints look like illustrations from unpublishable children's books. Through August 17 at 1305 West 80th St., Suite 303. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: New Print Topographies. Artists from Zygote Press, including Liz Maugans, Denise Stewart, Elizabeth Emery and Lisa Schonberg display printmaking and design work. An opening reception will be held July 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Through September 3 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. Call 440-918-8730 or go to willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
Tregoning and Company: Red Hot. Marking 30 years of operations, Tregoning displays works by the first-generation abstract expressionist James Johnson (1925-1963). Through August 31 at 1300 West 78 St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.
William Busta Gallery: Superposition. Barbara Polster's sculpture and video installations abstractly represent a moment of motion frozen in time, challenging the viewer to wonder where the depicted subject is going, from whence it came, and what the driving force may be. Through July 31 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com for more information.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens: Luminous Florals. Deborah Pinter photographs flowers by placing plants on a scanner and manipulating them digitally, creating ghostly "holograms" that emphasize their fleetingness. Through July 15 at 11030 East Blvd. Call 216-721-1600 or go to cbgarden.org.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: The Left Handed Line of Mike Guyot. Local draftsman and "architectural impressionist" Mike Guyot translates his response to the Cleveland skyline and street scenes through freehand pen and ink drawings. An artist's reception will be held June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Through August 28 at 1380 Ontario St. Call 216-241-6145 or go to galleryatoldstone.com.
Loren Naji Studio and Gallery: Celebrate Cleveland. Photographer Victoria Miller and graphic artist Rick Novario exhibit digitally altered views of our industrial city along with works by Michael Nekic. Also: Beautiful Possibility. Current Spaces artist-in-residence Alison Pebworth brings her cross-country tour to Cleveland, with interactive exhibits that explore what it means to be an American. Both shows are open through June 23 at 2138 West 25th St.; call 216-621-6644 or go to lorennaji.com.
Peninsula Art Academy: Fourth Annual Plein Air Competition. Friday June 15 through Sunday June 17, area artists will paint outdoors at locations throughout Peninsula and the national park, taking inspiration from nature. Featured works will be moved to the Peninsula Art Academy for display through August 11 at 1600 West Mill St. East, Peninsula. Call 330-657-2248 or go to peninsulaartacademy.com.
Sculpture Center: Stirring Waters/Between Two Bodies. Ten Boston artists join 13 from Ohio. Peter Haines invokes the primeval with monolithic bronzes in deceptively simple shapes, like hunter-gatherer carvings. Hannah Verlin infuses humor into her mass construction of simple figures that form sets greater than the sum of their parts. Through July 14 at 1834 East 123 St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College: The First Earth Show — Part 3. Cleveland artists Debra Sue Solecki and Paul Newsome and Californian Martin Kanton pay tribute to the planet, with works that employ natural materials like clay, metal, and raw pigment. Through July 27 at Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. Go to ursuline.edu/campus_resources/wasmer_gallery/index.html.