This weekend, the Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association (NOADA) presents its ARTExpo 2015 at the Transformer Station (1460 W. 29th St.). NOADA comprises some of the most renowned commercial fine art galleries in the region. At the ARTExpo, member organizations display and promote the work of the talented and accomplished artists they represent. It’s the closest thing Cleveland has to a fine art fair.
“(NOADA Co-President) Tom French and I are excited about the 2015 Northern Ohio Art Dealers Association’s annual ArtExpo held at The Transformer Station from May 7 through May 10,” says NOADA Co-President Diane Schaffstein. “This is the only event where galleries and dealers from throughout Ohio are gathered under one roof. It is a chance for patrons to interact with dealers who are nationally known and call Ohio home. The ArtExpo will have works available from Old Master prints and drawings to pieces by leading edge contemporary artists from the region and nation.”
Participating members include Bonfoey Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery, Thomas French Fine Art, Harris Stanton Gallery, the Maria Neil Art Project, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary and Verne Gallery. This will be the first ARTExpo for NOADA’s newest member, Waterloo’s Maria Neil Art Project.
"(Maria Neil Art Project co-owner) John (Farina) and I have had the wonderful experience of not only attending NOADA as art collectors (all the way back to its re-introduction at the old MOCA space in 2012), but now we have the privilege of showcasing the diversity of talent that Cleveland represents as a participating gallery,” explains Maria Neil Art Project co-owner Adam Tully. “It's an honor to be among the respected gallerists currently on the roster, and I hope that our own cache of artists at Maria Neil adds to the flavor that our region proudly represents."
Schaffstein adds, “The ArtExpo also provides some unique educational opportunities including an open house at the Intermuseum Conservation Association on Friday and a fine art collectors’ panel discussion on Saturday at the BOP STOP (2920 Detroit Ave.).”
The Akron Art Museum’s Jan Driesbach will moderate the panel discussion.
“I look forward to a dynamic conversation on collecting fine art with Cleveland Clinic Art Program Curator Bellamy Printz, Progessive Art Collection Art Education Manager Kristin Rogers and private collector Jon Logan,” says Driesbach. As a group, the panelists can address collecting for different kinds of organizations, as individuals and as artists. That they are engaged in acquiring art by artists working internationally, nationally and Northeast Ohio also promises a discourse offering multiple perspectives. And it is exciting to have a lively discussion and address questions from the audience in the context of work that a number of galleries will be displaying nearby.“
Tickets to Thursday’s VIP Preview Gala (5 to 9 p.m.) are $50 per person. General Admission on Friday (11 a.m to 5 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m) and Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.) is $10.
(Transformer Station) 1460 W. 29th St., 216-938-5429, transformerstation.org