Between the re-opening of Guide to Kulchur in a new home in Gordon Square and MOCA Cleveland’s recent Mimeo Revolution Artist Book and Zine Fair, zines seem to be having their proper moment in Northeast Ohio. These small, self-published materials embody the gritty, DIY spirit that thrives on the shores of Lake Erie. And there's more:
This weekend, Cozy Up! Collective presents SHOW FOUR (ZINE SHOW), the fourth incarnation in a continual DIY-based group series. Cozy Up! is inspired by the bond of creative collaboration. After three shows in the Native Annex on Waterloo, Cozy Up!’s fourth show will take place at Canopy Collective from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 11.
Cozy Up! and the Cozy Up! Collective were founded in late 2014 by Amber Esner and Phoebe Thomas. Esner graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Illustration. She was the subject of the documentary, Making Mail. Phoebe Thomas studied at Cleveland Institute of Art before earning her BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013.
“Cozy Up!, founded by our friends and cohorts Amber Esner and Phoebe Thomas, is an exciting new venue for artists to participate in group shows,” explains Canopy co-founder Erika Durham. “Amber and Phoebe embody a true passion and love for art that can only be described as contagious. The time and energy put in to each of their shows is evident in their presentation."
“We use Cozy Up! as a platform for artist to create new or show already existing work,” explains Esner. “It is a time for participating artists to check out what is being created around them and it gives them a chance to discover artist that live outside the city.
Featured Artists include (in no particular order) Justin Will, Phoebe Thomas, Amber Esner, Vice Versa Press, Evan Fusco, Joe Lanzilotta, Meowville, Blair Roberts, Kate Grove, Patu Phan, Jay Croft, Madeline Toth, Christopher Corsi, Katie Parland, Shayna Stebbins, The Sad Ghost Club, Dan Betro, Magida El-Kassis, Christophe Kochheiser, Tuesday Bassen, John G., Haypeep, Katy Kosman, Katie Parland, McWolfman, Nancy Mungcal, Rachel Katstaller Hilary Bovay and more.
“Here at Canopy, we are honored to host the latest installment in the Cozy Up! series, and can more than confidently say we expect a night of inspiring and beautiful artwork,” adds Durham. “If you love zines, this show is for you. If you've never heard of zines, this is the perfect opportunity to become a zine lover.”
Cozy Up! Collective’s SHOW FOUR (ZINE SHOW) is a one-night-only event, September 11th, from 6 to 10 p.m.
(Canopy Collective) 3910 Lorain Ave., 216-309-1090, canopy-collective.com/