Adam Sheetz's Political Artwork Anchors This Month's Third Friday at 78th Street Studios


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It wouldn’t be the third Friday of any month in Cleveland without a busy night at 78th Street Studios. Timed to coincide with the upcoming RNC, Gallery One Sixty presents Adam Sheetz’s Nobody’s Safe 2016 (second floor, suite 215). Clearly a big fan of Hunter S. Thompson, Sheetz’s visual style is derivative of Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, but with content updated for our current socio-political climate.

"I've been wanting to do a solo show with Adam here in Cleveland for a while,” says Gallery One Sixty founder Bryon Miller. “Everything seemed to come together at the right time to be able to make this happen."

A resident of southern Florida, Sheetz’s new work furthers his sharp critique of socio-political issues during a time when these issues are impacting residents of Northeast Ohio more than ever. A limited edition, 36-page book on the exhibition will be available for purchase at the opening, and the artist will be in the gallery.

"Nobody’s Safe, 2016 is a visual attack on true nature of all that ails us as a nation, from society to politics, and everything in between,” Sheetz explains. “If you’re looking to be told that everything is okay, you’re not going to hear it from me, because the reality is nobody’s safe."

June’s Third Friday event features many more opening and closing receptions, as well as a live mural painting by the Rust Belt Monster Collective, whose work is featured in a solo show at Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit (third floor, suite 303). There’s plenty more to see at HEDGE, Forum Artspace, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, ARTneo, Tregoning and Company, Derek Hess Gallery, E11even2, CWAL and much more. With more than 50 venues occupying 170,000 sq. ft. on four floors, there’s plenty more to see and do this Friday, June 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. (individual hours may vary by venue).

(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280,

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