Plenty of New Exhibitions Open This Friday During Walk All Over Waterloo



March’s Walk All Over Waterloo features a number of opening receptions for new exhibitions throughout the neighborhood’s galleries from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday (though hours do vary by location).

Waterloo Arts hosts an opening reception for the 16th Annual National Arts Program exhibition. Stop by the gallery through Mar. 20 to view this juried show, which is open to anyone living in or working for the City of Cleveland (and their family members). Categories include Youth, Amateur, Intermediate and Professional. All submitted work is accepted and hung; the jurors award prizes to the best work. Its one of the few shows in town where kids get to see their work hung next to professional artists.

“This is my second year working on the National Arts Program exhibit,” explains Rosa Casiano, Manager of the Bureau of Cultural Arts. “I do this for the kids and the experience they gain from showing their work in a gallery setting. Many of the children that visit Cleveland Recreation Centers express themselves through visual art and this show allows them to gain visibility and gives them an opportunity to see what their future could be as a professional artist. This show is a stepping stone for artists’ future endeavors; it encourages free expression and it and acts as a tool to bring communities together.”

Down on E. 156th St., just north of Waterloo Rd., Loren Naji’s Satellite Gallery debuts In Orbit, a new group exhibition of installation art by Ross Bochnek, Natalie Lanese, Chris Martin, Tina Ripley, Matthew Ryals, Grace Summanen and Gadi Zamir.

“All art is site specific in some sense,” claims Naji. “Duchamp simply hung a urinal in a museum wall, and this stinky thing became high art. We at Satellite Gallery are practicing and celebrating this phenomenon through site specific installations. Wait until you see the results…Out of this world!”

The Maria Neil Art Project (MNAP) features Relentless Incongruities, new work by Kristin Rogers and Pita Brooks. Living and working together in Lakewood, the duo will present both individual as well as collaborative works. The show features most three-dimensional work. The show’s title refers to life’s seemingly never-ending poetic absurdity and the detours that appear almost intentional in hindsight.

"Relentless Incongruities showcases both of the artists' abilities to marry dissimilar subjects together,” says MNAP co-founder Adam Tully, “Sometimes creating something discordant, yet harmonious in its completion. This largely three dimensional exhibition is unlike anything we've done before. Pita & Kristin have brought us along on their journey and we are better because of it."

"As an art collector, and now a gallerist, I enjoy discussing the process and the twists and turns it takes to get to what you see on the wall, continues Tully. “This show in particular has us thinking outside the box even more so than before. We are presenting the art in unique ways and even working with the artists to visualize a concept that was before only drawn on paper. I'm confident that we'll have another successful 'Art Project' with this show."

Gallery One Sixty offers another chance to view Imaginative Isolation, new work by Dan Miller. The show features acrylic paintings and gestural watercolor sketches by Miller. You can also check out two of his robot sculptures in the adjacent Waterloo Sculpture Garden located just outside the gallery.

All events are free and open to the public.

(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500,
(Satellite Gallery) 442 E. 156th St., 216-621-6644.
(Maria Neil Art Project) 15813 Waterloo Rd., 216-481-7722,
(Gallery One Sixty) 16008 Waterloo Rd., 440-715-0603,

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