Fanciful Fantastique: New Works and Other Edens. Opening Friday, July 13, during this month's Tremont Art Walk, this two-artist show draws inspiration from the fantastic and ephemeral quality of curiosity cabinets. Adrienne Slane's work imagines a renewed harmony between humanity and nature, represented by idealized depictions of humans, animals, and plants in collages that fuse classic religious painting with naturalists' illustrations. Jordan Elise Perme photographs taxidermied animals that never existed. Friday's opening is from 5 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through August 4 at at 2541 Scranton Rd. Call or 216-574-8977 or go to aperturetremont.com for more information.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens: Luminous Florals. This is the final week to see Deborah Pinter's evocative floral photos. Made by placing plants on a scanner and manipulating them digitally, these ghostly "holograms" emphasize the fleetingness of natural beauty. Through July 15 at 11030 East Blvd. Call 216-721-1600 or go to cbgarden.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. This comprehensive exhibition examines American art from the end of the Great War to the Great Depression with a focus on the evolving concept of the human form. Adult admission is $15. The exhibit is open through September 16 at 11150 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Kollective Gallery: Smiles Are Free. Top tattoo designer Mitch O'Connell samples and remixes a half-century's worth of trash culture. Pinups, monster movies, and underground comix are just a few of the influences evident in his works, which have been featured everywhere from album covers to the hides of his fans. An opening reception is set for Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 31 at 1908 South Taylor Rd. in Cleveland Hts. Call 216-862-0799 or visit kollectivegallery.com.
Loren Naji Studio Gallery: PRIMAL. Loren Naji presents a series of works inspired by the spontaneity of first drafts scribbled on sketchbooks or coffeehouse napkins. Also on display: works by artists including Jamie Hart, Deb Lawrence, Matt Dibble, Dana Depew, and Douglas Max Utter. Through July 20 at 2138 West 25th St. Call 216-621-6644, go to lorennaji.com, or visit Loren Naji Studio Gallery on Facebook.
Proximity: 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 that contain them. The exhibition continues through September 1 at 1667 E. 40th St. For more information, call 216-262-8903 or go to proximitycleveland.com.
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. Through July 28 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. Call 216-469-4896 or visit Rotten Meat on Facebook.
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. Through September 3 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills. Call 440-918-8730 or go to willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
William Rupnik Gallery: Fort. In a series of mixed-media work and conceptual installations, Paul Sydorenko recalls his first, and possibly last, pure experience of freedom in a desiccated childhood fort. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. Through August 3 at 1117 Euclid Ave. Call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com.
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 where 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.