Walk All Over Waterloo Anchored by Waterloo Arts Fest Juried Exhibition This Weekend


  • Stiv Bators
While this weekend’s Grand Opening Celebration of Praxis Fiber Workshop is especially noteworthy, there are plenty of other exciting events taking place all over Collinwood’s Waterloo Arts District for June’s first Friday Walk All Over Waterloo monthly event.

From 6 to 10 p.m., Waterloo Arts hosts a special reception for the opening of the 2015 Waterloo Arts Fest Juried Exhibition. For the first time, Waterloo Arts has combined its annual National Juried Exhibition with its Members Exhibition. Only 35 works by 33 artists were accepted from 231 submissions by 113 artists. This year’s juror was Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator at the Akron Art Museum, who has written for numerous publications including Scene.

"Last year was the inaugural year for our Juried Exhibition and this year we are excited to align it with our annual Waterloo Arts Fest,” explains Waterloo Arts Executive Director Amy Callahan. “The Waterloo Arts Fest welcomes thousands of visitors into our district and the Juried Exhibition gives them a feast of exciting work to view from our region and beyond. Having a guest juror brings fresh eyes and a new perspective to our gallery and attracts an excellent variety of artists from around the region. We are thrilled to have Theresa Bembnister, the new Associate Curator at the Akron Art Museum, as this year’s juror and we look forward to discussing her selections during this Friday's opening."

From 6 p.m. to midnight., Gallery One Sixty hosts an opening reception for STIV: 1976: Lost Photographs of Stiv Bators & The Dead Boys. The show’s opening was purposely timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Bators' untimely death in Paris. The exhibition is curated by Gallery One Sixty owner Bryon Miller and art historian Brittany Hudak. These rare photos were taken by Dave Treat, Bators' neighbor and close friend.

“It's definitely a once in a lifetime chance to be able to print these images," says Miller. “The Dead Boys have been one of my favorite bands since I was a kid.”

Additionally, Loren Naji’s Satellite Gallery invites the public to participate in an interactive art project. Stop by between 6 and 9 p.m. to help stuff an 8 ft. custom-built Lake Erie Perch sculpture with plastic trash collected by Adopt-A-Beach volunteers at Edgewater and Euclid Beach this spring. The project is a collaborative effort between Naji and Waterloo-based artist Ali Lukacsy.

“The fanciful sculpture brings awareness to the litter and pollutants plaguing our waterways in Cleveland in an effort to change behaviors that negatively affect our environment,” explains Lukacsy. “Everyone is encouraged to help create the sculpture during this FREE event and all participants will be recognized on a sign to appear alongside Plastic Perch, which will be on display at the Great Lakes Science Center at the end of June during ‘Great Lakes Adventure Week’ (June 22nd – 28th). Satellite Gallery will simultaneously be hosting a show of new artists inside the house.”
Nuclear Fission is the title for Satellite Gallery’s latest group of installations. Participating artists include Ron Copeland, James Jenkins, Ali Lukacsy, Anastasia Pantsios, Bob Peck (collaborating with Naji) and Bob Walls.

There’s plenty more to see. Stop by early to wander throughout the district. Don’t forget about Barbara Stanford’s exhibition at the Maria Neil Art Project (15813 Waterloo Rd.). Imperceptible Paradigm ends June 14. All events are free and open to the public.

(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.
(Gallery One Sixty) 16008 Waterloo Rd., 440-715-0603, galleryonesixty.org
(Satellite Gallery) 442 E. 156th St., satellitegallerycollinwood@gmail.com

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