The growth of Collinwood’s Waterloo Arts District is as evident as ever this month, as numerous galleries debut new exhibitions throughout the neighborhood during November’s Walk All Over Waterloo (WAOW) this Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. (individual hours may vary) even though one gallery will be shuffling off into the sunset. But more on that in a second.
Maria Neil Art Project (MNAP) presents
Seasons by Libby Chaney. Chaney spent two years transforming textiles such as dresses, tablecloths, curtains and more into a tapestry that interweaves pieces of her existence into an art installation that encourages her audience to confront their own existence.
“Each and every scrap of silk, flannel, cotton and canvas has been collected by Libby at some point in her travels,” adds MNAP co-owner Adam Tully. “It’s like so many conversations between Libby and the strangers from whom the fabric once belonged.”
The tapestry was originally created for the gothic Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago, and will be installed in its entirety in this much more intimate setting. The work is divided into vertical panels depicting not only each season, but the transitional periods between each season.
“From a spiritual perspective, most of the world’s major traditions root their practices in seasonal ritual of one kind or another,” explains Libby Chaney. “Further, we are all aware of what I would call the seasons of our lives.”
The opening reception takes place Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. Seasons Remains on view from Nov. 6 to 22 and Dec. 4 through 6. Additional hours are Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Don’t miss this unique installation during its limited time at MNAP.
They say all good things must come to an end.
This Friday, Gallery One Sixty debuts its final exhibition, Northern Exposure. This eclectic show doesn’t have a theme – instead, the gallery invited emerging and established artists to submit their best new and recent work.
“This is the ‘people's show,’” explains Gallery One Sixty owner Bryon Miller. “The work submitted was without any theme. I wanted to have a group show that allowed artists, established or not, to come together in a common place and meet. Honestly, that's what it's all about.”
This will be the final exhibition for Miller and Gallery One Sixty on Waterloo. He made the announcement through a social media post late last month. Miller promises to announce details on future shows soon, including organizing Tyler Zeleney’s upcoming solo show at 78th Street Studios and taking the STIV photography show to Los Angeles in February.
“This is it folks,” Miller said via Facebook. “This will be the last exhibit at Gallery One Sixty on Waterloo Road. I have some exciting things planned for the future. So please join us for our last Walk All Over Waterloo.”
Stay tuned for more details (including the future of the gallery space) when they’re available. Across the street, BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio presents the work of ceramicist Samantha Mills (420 E. 161st St.).
Waterloo Arts hosts a reception for Treesure House,
a tower sculpture by its Creative Fusion resident artist, Kuenlin Tsai of Taipei, Taiwan. Tsai has designed site-specific public art sculptures in Taiwan, China and Japan. Typically incorporating sound elements, Tsai works in a variety of media depending on the unique qualities of each project.
During his residency in Cleveland, Tsai has designed a sculpture for the Waterloo Tower (located outside Waterloo Arts, at the corner of Waterloo Rd. and E. 156th St.) in response to his experience in town. Treesure House references they cyclical nature decay and growth, whether in nature or an urban neighborhood like Waterloo, as well as the emerging hope in Northeast Ohio. During his residency, the artist is helping students in Collinwood build their own sculptures, some of which will be incorporated into the tower installation. Tsai will discuss his work and creative process in the Waterloo Arts Gallery at 7 p.m. The reception takes place in the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m.
"The Treesure House sculpture, crafted by artist Kuenlin Tsai, is constructed inside another public art sculpture, the Waterloo Tower, on the corner of E 156 and Waterloo Road,” explains Waterloo Arts Executive Director Amy Callahan. “Up until now, the Tower has been rebuffed by many community members and I'm interested to see if Treesure House, which is about hope and regeneration, helps them to look at this controversial piece of public art in a new light."
Meanwhile, Waterloo Arts’ art center hosts the Cleveland Playwright’s Center for Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland Playwrights Festival.
The two-day event takes place at Waterloo Arts Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. An open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. for WAOW attendees. A performance of staged readings of short plays created by local writers will begin at 8 p.m. The Waterloo Arts art center is located behind the gallery; enter through orange door on E. 156th St, just past the entrance for Callaloo Café.
“Playwrights Local 4181 is a new theater organization dedicated to the dramatic writers of the Cleveland area,” explains David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local 4181.
“There is no theater in town focused on our local playwrights, so we’re hoping we can fill that void and make playwriting a bigger part of the arts scene. We’re launching with the two-day Cleveland Playwrights Festival on Nov. 6 & 7 at Waterloo Arts. This festival showcases the types of things we’ll be doing. It includes staged readings of plays by local writers, playwriting classes, a panel discussion and a live recording of a podcast play. We’re excited to enter into a partnership with Waterloo Arts and be a part of this burgeoning district. We were interested in Collinwood from the start. The festival is free. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also register on our website (http://playwrightslocal.org/events/)."
Additionally, Loren Naji opens the doors of his intimate, new “Art Lounge”
in one of the studios above Waterloo Arts. Naji’s Art Lounge mini gallery opens with a grand opening reception for its first exhibition, Cheap Thrills, featuring Thomas Kassai’s wall constructions. Kassai is a student at Cleveland Institute of Art. Cheap Thrills remains on view by appointment through Nov. 30.
"I look forward to having the whole Waterloo Arts building activated on Nov. 6,” says Callahan. “Along with the inaugural opening of Loren Naji's Art Lounge upstairs at Waterloo Arts, the Playwritghts Local 4181 opening their first festival in the art center and the reception for our Creative Fusion artist, Kuenlin Tsai's Treesure House sculpture in the gallery, not to mention great live music in the Callaloo Café, there will be lots to do on Waterloo this Friday."
Waterloo’s latest addition, Packy Malley’s (15335 Waterloo Rd.) hosts a grand opening,
with performances by Deighton Charlemagne, the Ark Band and Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band. Speaking of music, the Beachland (15711 Waterloo Rd.) hosts the Lone Bellow, Anderson East and Hugh Masterson in the Ballroom and Nate Jones with the Empty Pockets, Guggy’s Rock-n-Roll 101 and Top Hat Black in the Tavern. Tickets are available through the Beachland’s website.
(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.
(Maria Neil Art Project) 15813 Waterloo Rd., 216-481-7722, marianeilartproject.com.
(Gallery One Sixty) 16008 Waterloo Rd., 440-715-0603, galleryonesixty.org
(BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio) 420 E. 161st St., 216-744-4689, brickceramics.com
(Loren Naji’s Art Lounge) 15605 Waterloo Rd.
(Satellite Gallery) 442 E. 156th St., firstname.lastname@example.org