While the big news at 78th Street Studios this month is definitely the opening of Derek Hess’ new gallery
, Third Friday guests will have plenty more to feast their eyes upon. Here’s a small preview of some of what you’ll find in Cleveland’s 170,000-sq.-ft. “Art Maze.”
A new exhibition this month features work by Deborah Silver and Bernadette Glorioso at Cleveland West Art League (Suite 110). Facades includes Silver’s surreal weavings and Glorioso’s equally surreal paintings. The show’s title refers to the pair’s similar examination of personal and cultural identity, as well as the “masks” we choose to wear. This opening reception runs until 10 p.m. Facades remains on view through Sept. 18.
With September approaching quickly, a number of galleries will also be hosting closing receptions for their summer exhibitions.
Stop by E11even 2 (Suite 112) to see the Beatles-themed Cleveland Artists Lonely Art Club Show
. Last month, E11even 2 debuted both the exhibition and its newly expanded and remodeled exhibition space. The highlight of the exhibition is a 112 in. by 80 in. collaborative mural of The Fab Four created in 35 square sections by 33 artists. The artists were unaware of the overall image during the process. The result is a stunning, billboard-sized multimedia painting. Additionally, each artist was asked to complete an individual piece based on one of the songs from the Sgt. Pepper’s album. Each song is visually interpreted by two artists.
HEDGE Gallery (Suite 200) hosts a final Third Friday reception for Material Girls
, an exhibition of dozens of new paintings and works on paper by Katy Richards and Nikki Woods. Richards and Woods have been friends since attending classes together at Cleveland Institute of Art. HEDGE’s large exhibition space is filled with dozens of bold, expressive works of various scale and price point to fit any space and budget. Material Girls remains on view through Sept. 4.
FORUM Artspace (Suite 103) closes its Bazaarbeque Vol. 6
with one last opportunity to view this group show, hung salon style – with art filling nearly every available inch of wall space. The show features work by more than 60 local artists. Bring your favorite snacks or dish to share for the potluck/barbeque outside the gallery. Bazaarbeque runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
ARTneo (Suite 016) continues its Fractured Planes exhibition this month, highlighting trends towards geometric abstraction over the past 100 years in Northeast Ohio. Fractured Planes is ARTneo’s second exhibition in its gorgeous new home in the lower level of 78th Street Studios. The exhibition is comprised of work from the organization’s permanent collection and works on loan from artists currently living and working in Northeast Ohio.
Fractured Planes showcases work by 16 local and regional artists including August Frederick Biehle (1885-1979), Samuel Butnik (1920-2004), Andy Curlowe (b. 1984), Anthony Eterovich (1916-2011), William C. Grauer 1895-1985), Waylande Gregory (1905-1971), Mabel A. Hewit (1930-1987), Joseph Carl Hruby (1940-2014), Mark Keffer (b. 1965), Edwin Mieczkowksi (b. 1929), Edna Raphael (1914-2001), Dante Rodriguez (b. 1978), Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008), William Sommer (1867-1949), Paul Travis (1891-1975) and Thelma Frazier (1905-1977). Fractured Planes runs through Sept. 4.
Additionally, Survival Kit (Suite 303) hosts a closing reception for Jared Åkerström’s Formulated Play, an exhibition inspired by the symmetry regularly found throughout nature that offers us insight into the physical properties of the known universe. Åkerström uses these forms and patterns as inspiration for his creative process. The shapes, known as regular and non-regular convex polyhedra, are inherently designed to take shape in three-dimensions. In this way, Åkerström repurposes nature’s own creative processes with his own imagination
This will be Åkerström’s final exhibition in Cleveland before departing for Rhode Island School of Design to pursue his MFA. He earned a BS in Studio Art (Sculpture, Metals) from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2009. He moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter, and recently spent time as the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory’s Intern Coordinator and Documentation Photographer for the Progressive Arts Alliance.
It will also be Tapié’s final exhibition as curator of art at Survival Kit. She’s heading to Los Angeles soon after next month’s closing reception in continuing pursuit of her artistic and musical endeavors. Some of you may know her better as the singer and guitarist of the band Likenesses. Stop by to say farewell and wish them well before they depart. As usual, Survival Kit will host free live music beginning at 9 p.m.
There’s plenty more to see and do at 78th Street Studios. Stop by and see for yourself. As always, the Touch Supper Truck will be parked outside the main entrance. Most galleries and studios are open from 5 to 9 p.m. (Unless otherwise listed). All Third Friday events are free.
(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280, 78thstreetstudios.com