Faces of Chinatown
Launching its national tour in Cleveland, this exhibit — featuring work by such award-winning artists as photographer Steve Cagan and video producers Luanne Bole-Becker and Bob Becker — uses pictures, text, and audiovisual clips to document the histories of Cleveland's Chinese-American community. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the exhibition will be a featured stop on the SPARX City Hop. The exhibit continues through October 14 at the Asian Town Center's second floor gallery, 3820 Superior Ave. For more information, call 216-621-1681 or visit Asian Town Center on Facebook.
Akron Society of Artists: 2012 Juried Member Show. This juried show displays the breadth of talent of Rubber City's alliance of representational artists. Through October 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 West Market St., Akron. Go to akronsocietyofartists.com.
*Arts Collinwood Gallery: An Exercise in Tangled Self Reference. Ann Hanrahan and Coe Lapossy explore and dramatize the unceasing struggles and high humor of everyday life. An opening reception is set for Friday, September 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Artist and critic Dan Tranberg will lead a discussion with the artists Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. Through October 7 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Art Spot: Five. The Wine Spot and Cleveland Institute of Art partner to create this new display space. For Art Spot's inaugural exhibition, five promising CIA students are juried by elite faculty members. Through November 9 at 2271 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 877-904-4954 or find Art Spot on Facebook.
*Beck Center for the Arts: Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, works by 13 Latino artists from Northeast Ohio will be on display at the Jean Bulicek Galleria. Also: Esperanza's Young Artists. Students display masks, collages, and prints. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Through October 14 at 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-521-2540 or go to beckcenter.org.
*Cuyahoga Community College Gallery East: George Kocar Retrospective. Gonzo painter and illustrator George Kocar exhibits 30 years' worth of satiric paintings, skewering everything from politics and pop culture to his own artistic role model, Pablo Picasso. An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Through October 4 at 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Heights. Call 216-987-2473 or visit tri-c.edu.
Kollective Gallery: Ghoul Power. Kids of the '70's and '80's pay tribute to the late-night TV horror host the Ghoul in this group show featuring works by Mitch O'Connell, Matt Gordon, Mark Thompson, and Monique K. Given. Through October 6 at 1908 South Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 216-862-0799 or go to kollectivegallery.com.
* Local Girl Gallery : Domesticated. For the gallery's closing exhibition, artists including Linda Goik, Jacob Corder, and John Cawley display works in various media honoring nonhuman housemates for the benefit of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. An opening reception, including a silent auction, is set for Saturday, September 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Through October 13 at 16106 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-228-1802 or go to localgirlgallery.com.
*The Sculpture Center: Procession: Song for the Underground Railroad. Oberlin professor Johnny Coleman's historically informed installations invoke the spirit of promise that Cleveland held for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Through December 22 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
*William Rupnik Gallery: Ontario Gold. Cleveland SGS, the anonymous perpetrators of random acts of populist art, honors and satirizes Ontario Street — host to the Horseshoe Casino and, depending on whom you ask, an epicenter of economic promise or the embodiment of civic desperation. An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. Through October 19 at 1117 Euclid Ave. Call 216-533-5575 or go to 1117.wrgcleveland.com.