This weekend’s “First Friday” means it’s time for November’s Walk All Over Waterloo, when Collinwood’s historic Waterloo Arts District’s various art galleries, bars, restaurants and small, independent businesses will open their doors for their monthly art walk. Highlighting the evening will be opening receptions for the latest exhibitions at Waterloo Arts and the Maria Neil Art Project.
Waterloo Arts (15605 Waterloo Rd.) presents the work of their Creative Fusion artist in residence, South African photographer Dale Yudelman. Knockin’ on Cleveland’s Door is a collection of work created during his residency in Cleveland, as well as prints from his acclaimed series, Life under Democracy – exploring life in South Africa under democratic rule over the past two decades. The exhibition will also include photographs by local students working with Yudelman during his residency in Cleveland. The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion grants bring artists from around the world to Cleveland and partner them with local arts organizations for community-focused residencies.
“It has been an amazing experience getting to know Dale and watching him work with high school students in the community and also on his own work for the upcoming exhibit, Knockin' on Cleveland's Door,” says Waterloo Arts’ executive director Amy Callahan. “We have had the opportunity to have Dale present his work from South Africa to area college students, and soon we will get a chance to see his first impressions of Cleveland in the images he presents on Nov. 7. Hosting an artist from The Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program has given us a great way to connect with schools like the Ginn Academy and establish a relationship that we are excited to build on in the future.”
Just down Waterloo Road, the Maria Neil Art Project (15813 Waterloo Rd.) hosts a dual opening reception for their latest exhibitions – The Beauty of Decadence by Shirley Aley Cambell and But it Ain’t (It Could) by Adam Charles Markanovic. Cambell’s work is located in MNAP’s main gallery space, while Markanovic’s work is housed in the nearby Native Cleveland Annex (located at the same address, between Native Cleveland and Star Pop).
Shirley Aley Cambell has been making art in Northeast Ohio for five decades. One of the first artists in Cleveland to feature LGBT subject matter in her work, she is a winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts (1986). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art, as well as many private collections throughout the country. She is Professor Emerita of Art at both Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College.
Adam Charles Markanovic is a recent graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art (2012). He’s inspired by generic internet stock photography, which he uses to create expressive paintings of everyday imagery. Markanovic will exhibit his recent paintings on Mylar.
"We're very honored to present the work of a Cleveland icon. Shirley Aley Campbell has been pushing artistic boundaries for decades. Her work is of real human beings, people with flaws, the folks you see every day - not the impossibly perfect images on the pages of fashion magazines. In addition to Shirley, we're excited to be featuring the work of a relative newcomer and recent CIA graduate, Adam Charles Markanovic. Adam's work is similar to Shirley's in that he too has a special appreciation of the human form and shows them in a way that is uniquely his own. This is a rare opportunity to experience the work of two great talents at very different points in their careers."
Be sure to venture east and west down Waterloo, and check out all the ongoing changes. There’s plenty more to see during November’s Walk All Over Waterloo. The exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.