78th Street Studios is ending 2014 on a high note and hosting a bunch of holiday-themed exhibits and happenings on the final Third Friday of the year this week.
On the first floor, the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) and E11even 2 have both transformed their galleries into special holiday sales. CWAL’s Annual Members’ Holiday Sale includes a wide range of work by dozens of the organizations member artists. E11even 2’s 112 Days of Christmas features work by founders Christina Sadowski, Rich Cihlar and Billy Nainiger. The show includes walls of artwork hung salon-style (stacked from floor to ceiling). The $50 and $100 walls feature dozens of affordable works to choose from.
Also on the first floor, Micro Art Space debuts North Coast, a solo exhibition by Micro Art Space’s latest resident artist, Jonathan Allen of NYC. Allen has created ten new paintings created during his two-week residency in Cleveland. The work explores our city’s architecture, history and culture using imagery of local buildings, museums, bridges and historic disasters. Also, the artist has made a 20 foot, site-specific mural incorporating imagery from sketches and field research conducted during his residency.
Meanwhile, on the second floor, HEDGE Gallery hosts an opening reception for DWELLING, featuring works by Canadian artists Catherine Beaudette and Christopher Kier, as well as HEDGE founder and gallery director, Hilary Gent.
“This exhibition defies boundaries between the developed world and emerging economies, and uniquely portrays industrial and organic landscapes in the socially and politically diverse areas we inhabit,” explains Gent.
While you’re exploring the second floor, step through the beautiful glass doors of Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery for the closing receptions of Australian artist Aubrey Rhodes’ Rx. Rhodes’ paintings investigate themes of identity self-perception, as well as the effect of addictions, obsessions, pharmaceutical drugs and chemical substances. Each painting in the Rx series was created exclusively for Cleveland and KPL.
Some of the building’s galleries have separate entrances from the outside. You’ll find the door to FORUM Artspace from the parking lot between W. 78th Street and the building’s main entrance. Inside, co-curators Caitie Moore and Trevor Powers present Legacy and Labor – a group show featuring work by Melissa Catanese, Tom Hoying, Alex Lukas, Tammy Mercure and Daniel Shea.
Tregoning and Company has its own entrance on the W. 78th Street side of the building. Stop by Friday evening for another opportunity to see two phenomenal exhibitions. Hand Made 2 is an exhibition of works by Cleveland-based artist Chris Pekoc in conjunction with his current show at the Akron Art Museum. Cornerstone: 30 Years of Collection Building presents dozens of works from ARTneo’s permanent collection of prominent, historically significant local artists. Cornerstone includes work by Dexter Davis, John Pearson, William Sommer, Julian Stanczak and many more.
Cornerstone was recently extended through the end of the year.