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Founded in 1911, the Kokoon Arts Club was a cadre of Cleveland artists emulating the then-controversial European movements of Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Though the organization has been defunct for some 60 years, its romance — along with the ideal of rebirth and renewal — has provided continuous inspiration to area artists. Now a joint exhibition of Kokooners' works, hosted by the Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Artists Foundation, celebrates this Modern Renaissance. The show not only exhibits some of the most striking pieces by prominent figures like William Sommer and Joseph Jicha, but also provides deep historic context. (That's Jicha's poster for the annual Bol Masque, at left.) A guided walking tour through the exhibit takes place this Saturday, October 15, at 11 a.m. The exhibit continues through December 31 in the Special Collections Department on the third floor of the Main Library, 325 Superior Ave.; call 216-623-2818 or go to cpl.org. — Joseph Clark
1point618gallery.com: Theater and Costumes. Visual artist Chuck Mintz draws on the performance arts for inspiration and subject matter. An opening reception will be held Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.; the show continues through Nov. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
Brandt Gallery: Tremont History Project. Storefront owners past and present contribute to an historic exhibit of the Tremont West area, from its earliest phases of development to its industrial heyday and post-industrial modernity. Opening October 14. Call 216-621-1610 or go to brandtgallery.org.
Bonfoey Gallery: Cleveland Inside Outside: A Thirty Year Journey. Photographer Jennie Jones exhibits three decades of Cleveland's visual history In conjunction with her new book. An opening reception will be held Oct. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.; the exhibit continues through Nov. 11 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Doubting Thomas Gallery: The Greatest Show on Earth. Artists from various media display work inspired by the circus. An opening reception will be held Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m.; the exhibit continues through Oct. 28 at 856 Jefferson Avenue, Tremont. Call 216-731-1813.
Galeria Quetzal: 10-Year Anniversary and Mexican Day of the Dead. Painter Hector Castellanos-Lara and sculptor Ana-Luisa Sanchez honor the Central American holiday. Through Nov. 5 at 12400 Mayfield Rd. Fiestas will be held 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29, with prizes awarded for best costumes. Call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cinema 02. Eighteen artists from four different countries working in media as diverse as painting, photography, and of course video give tribute to the culture and imagery of movies. Through Nov. 4 at 1305 W. 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Log Cabin Gallery: Autumn Aglow. The season is celebrated by 24 artists through Oct. 30 at 1671 Main Street, Peninsula. For more information, call 330-657-2670 or go to thelogcabingallery.com.
Mastroianni Photography and Arts: How Did I Get Here? Sculptor Ron Knight renders patriotic imagery, military hardware, and staple creature comforts in found materials to comment on the decline of our collective livelihoods. Oct. 14 through Dec. 9 at 2688 W. 14th St. Call 216-235-6936 or go to mastroianniarts.com to learn more.
University of Akron's Emily Davis Gallery: Photo Fictions. From the sublime to the kitsch, from the abstract to the gut-wrenchingly real, locally and nationally recognized photographers of every inclination are on exhibition. Curator Penny Rakoff leads a free tour Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The show continues through Oct. 22 at 150 E. Exchange St. Call 330-972-6030 or visit uakron.edu/art.