Next Friday evening, the various studios and galleries of 78th Street Studios open their doors to the public for October’s Third Friday open house. These monthly events seem to get bigger and better every month. A number of galleries will host opening receptions for their latest exhibitions. The Cornerstone of the evening, however, will be ARTneo’s 30th anniversary exhibition at Tregoning and Company.
“As a board member for almost 20 years, I witnessed the growth and maturity of their permanent collection of art, now one of the very finest of its kind,” explains gallery owner Bill Tregoning. “I believe that ARTneo's stature as a museum and study center for regional art will be confirmed when visitors view the outstanding artworks drawn from that collection that will be on view this fall.”
Formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation, ARTneo is currently in the process of moving from Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts to 78th Street Studios. The move is part of 78th Street Studios’ basement’s ongoing renovations, featuring a number of new galleries and studios. ARTneo’s name and venue changes are part of an evolution in their mission.
Established in 1984 by a group of local artists and enthusiasts, the organization’s objectives originally revolved around The Cleveland School (regional artists from 1900-1950). Their new goals include promoting and collecting the work of significant local and regional artists and architecture of the past 50 years.
“The collection is comprised of fine and decorative arts spanning the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first,” says Cornerstone curator Christopher Richards. “Our holdings are diverse and include archival materials that assist in the research and documentation of the history of art in the Northeast Ohio region. This exhibition will shed light on how the collection has grown and evolved over the years and its affect on the types of exhibitions we have presented.”
“Building a collection focused solely on the visual art of our region, as ARTneo has done over the past thirty years, provides a special opportunity for our community to see, experience, learn, and benefit from the creative achievement of its artists,” says ARTneo’s President Joan Brickley. “We are pleased to extend this invitation to share in the artistic heritage of our local talent and from those who came to settle here from other countries adding their contribution to the range of expression seen in these Cornerstone selections.”
If you’re not an arts professional or enthusiast, you may have never heard of ARTneo. However, the work ARTneo does is important to our community and has helped strengthen the legacy of arts and culture. ARTneo’s mission to promote and preserve the region’s visual art history may only be fully appreciated in hindsight.
As a community, we need a strong understanding of our historical foundation in order to properly build upon it. The better we understand our past, the more clearly we’ll understand our present and future. ARTneo preserves and promotes the historical narrative to which today’s artists are currently contributing.
Be sure to stop by Tregoning and Company next Friday for a glimpse into Northeast Ohio’s rich artistic legacy. Cornerstone runs through Saturday, Nov. 29. So, you’ll have another chance to see for yourself during November’s Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. Additional hours are Monday through Friday from 12 to 6 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays) and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m.