One-Night Show at William Rupnik Gallery:
An Art Lover's Buffet
William Rupnik Gallery's Annual Group Invitational is an omnivore's buffet: a survey of the entirety of the Cleveland art scene. A staggering variety of styles — painting, sculpture, metalwork, photography, and freestanding and illuminated installations — are represented. Among the more striking images, Ryan Jaenk's jumbled prints resemble anarchic logos for companies too unhinged and carnal to really exist. And Tyler Coey's paintings employ a scratchy realism to build scenes at once dynamic but mysterious, as in "Falcon Transport" (detail, above). There is no connective theme running through the works, nor preference for a particular style or medium. The only bias is toward excellence. "You will probably never see the gallery do a themed show," says Rupnik. "We want artists to remain unique and let the work speak for itself." That makes the exhibit a perfect way to survey our landscape of local luminaries, including artists like Matthew Dibble, Douglas Max Utter, Dana Depew, Dante Rodriguez, Amy Klingman, Lauren Voiers, and Ales "BASK" Hostomsky. The one-night show happens Saturday, January 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 1117 Euclid Ave. For more information, call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com. — Joseph Clark
Akron Art Museum: Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism. More than 50 French and American impressionists provide an overview of the style and its interpretations. Through Feb. 5. Also: SuperNatural: Ohio photographers Bruce Checefsky and Bruce Underwood use technology to push the boundaries of the landscape art genre. Through March 4. Landslide Between a Rock and a Place: Kent artist Michelle Droll transforms a gallery into a vibrant sculptural installation. Through Feb. 19 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
Bonfoey Gallery: Return. Cleveland painter Frank Oriti examines the rugged power and solemn mien of America's young, blue-collar work force. In the process, he paints a provocative picture of a generation's dashed hopes when facing a crippled economy. The exhibition continues through Jan. 6 at 1710 Euclid Ave.; call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution. Works from the modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi (1920 to 1965) trace a turbulent time in that nation's history, as placid landscape paintings give way to politicized pieces commissioned to express Maoist ideology. Ticketed exhibition. Through Jan. 8 at 11150 East Blvd; call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Double Feature Gallery: Previews of The Marilyn Project. Cleveland photographer Alena Rosa Reyes has spent countless months researching Marilyn Monroe and photographing Clevelanders dressesd as the icon. The exhibition is an early look at Reyes' ongoing narrative on female sexuality and social justice. Through Jan. 18 at 1392 West 65th St.; call 440-263-2254 or see the Double Feature Facebook page.
The Gallery at Trinity Commons: Cleveland Artists' Holiday Invitational. Trinity Cathedral hosts forty artists practicing crafts as varied as painting, sculpture, multimedia, textile, metalwork, and photography. Curator and artist Mary Urbas will host a free artists' dialogue and discussion related to the exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through Jan. 29 at 2230 Euclid Ave. To learn more, call 216-771-3630 or go to trinitycleveland.org.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: Music & Legacy: Our City, Our Music & Our History. A collection of works amassed over a period of 30 years documents the development of the black gospel music movement in Cleveland. An opening reception is set for Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. performance by Wings Over Jordan and the Wiley Middle School Show Choir. The exhibition continues through Feb. 27 at 1380 Ontario St.; call 216-241-6145 or visit galleryatoldstone.com.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Atmospheric Distortions. Falling somewhere between landscape, abstraction, and classical Japanese painting, Judith Brandon's large canvases feel at once like cataclysmic events and elegant, terrible moments frozen in eternity. The exhibition has been extended through Jan. 28 at 1305 West 80th St.; call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
MOCA: Sculpture. Nationally recognized artist Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibits monumental-scale wooden sculptures emulating organic forms. The exhibition continues through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave.; call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore issues of identity in her native China, a society still rooted in tradition and sometimes suspicious of individual achievement. The whole project is an insightful commentary on striving for freedom under conditions not of our choosing. The show continues through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more info.
Pentagon Gallery: Conscious Compassion. Three local artists — Natalya Romanovsky, Diane Hoeptner, and Joe Grand — reflect aspects of the theme of universal compassion. Through Feb. 4 at 3102 Mayfield Rd. in Cleveland Heights.; call 216-321-3362 to learn more.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Armed and Fairly Well Equipped. The inaugural exhibition at Dan Miller's new gallery features works by Cleveland-born, New York-based photograher Keith Marlowe. It's a tasty blend of Marlowe's rock-concert images and pictures of ruined and decrepit structures taken from his "Abandoned" series. Through Jan. 27 at 1814 East 40th Street, Suite 4B. Visit the Rotten Meat Gallery page on Facebook or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaheen Gallery: Bill Radawec: A Retrospective. The art of Bill Radawec, visual and three-dimensional artist, is celebrated in this career-spanning show. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 20 at 740 West Superior Ave., Suite 101; call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
Spaces: Boundaries. Experimental composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown creates an installation using the gallery's windows as amplifiers and speakers. Also: Make CATopia Real. Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley consult cats, through their owners, on the idea of utopia. And: Comfort Women Wanted. Chang Jin-Lee uses posters, photographs, and video installations to recount the horrors endured by Japanese women pressed into sex slavery during WWII. Through Jan. 20 at 2220 Superior Viaduct; call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit Gallery: Pens and Needles: Works on Paper by Carla Fontecchio, Sarah Isenhart, and Aaron Troyer. Three artists render intricately detailed floral shapes and abstract assemblages in a variety of mediums. The exhibit continues through Jan. 20 at 1305 West 80th St. Suite 3C. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
William Busta Gallery: Menagerie. Michael Loderstedt's sculptural installations drape minimalist retellings of 20th-century German architecture in whimsy. An opening reception is set for Jan. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m., and the show continues through Feb. 5 at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: To Abstraction. Well-known Cleveland photographer Michael F. Nekic is joined by mixed-media artist Martha L. Germano in a show that aims to shine a fresh and stimulating light upon the faces of artistic abstraction. An opening reception is set for Friday, Jan. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through Feb. 27 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit willoughbyhillsgallery.org
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