Artist, former Free Times art critic and activist Frank Green collected a lot of great work by local artists and is planning to sell it because he could use the money. His collection includes works by a who's who of Cleveland contemporary artists: Reverend Albert Wagner, Douglas Max Utter, Terry Durst, Dan Tranberg, George Kocar, Mother Smith, Steven Smith, Michael Loederstadt, Chris Lucas, Amy Sparks and others. Green has been fighting cancer and is in assisted living, but friends have organized a sale of his art during the Tremont Art Walk, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Doubting Thomas Gallery (856 Jefferson). For information, go to clevelandartproject.blogspot.com
When the lights went out in Cleveland Heights on February 22, the Poets in Performance program at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library main branch did what everyone else did: It shut down for the night. Although the lights were only off for 10 minutes, it was too late to reconvene Love, Cleveland, a reading presented by Dobama Theatre in cooperation with the Lit. But the show has been rescheduled for Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Literary Café on the second floor of the CH-UH Main Branch (2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights). Poet Bonnie Jacobson, editor of Cleveland in Prose and Poetry, headlines an evening of "heartfelt, heart-throbbing, heart-warming and maybe even heart-shaped poetry." Free, but donations accepted. Call 216.932.3396 for a reservation.Ê
Zygote Press (1410 E. 30th St.) has been working hard to help artists help each other, especially through its Works in Progress program, which offers objective criticism and discussion of participating artists' work. WIP also offers breakout sessions to help artists improve their business practices. This week, two people who see a lot of hopeful artists' promotional materials - Bellamy Printz, assistant curator of the Cleveland Clinic art program, and Kristen Bly-Rogers, art education and communications manager for the Progressive Art Collection - will help artists evaluate their résumés and the quality of their presentation materials to help make them more appetizing for judges, juries and curators. The free program is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 216.621.2900 or go to zygotepress.com.