Akron Art Museum: Stranger in Paradise. The late Rev. Howard Finster is one of America's most recognizable outsider artists, even creating album covers for R.E.M. and Talking Heads. Through June 3 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
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Art Interprets Alzheimer's. Sculptor and potter George Roby and portrait artist Herbert Ascherman raise awareness for the Alzheimer's Association's Cleveland chapter by exploring the ravages of the disease on its victims and their families. Through April 28 at 1834 East 123rd St. Call 216-721-9020 or go to artistsarchives.org.
Breakneck Gallery: 3D ART Show. Never one to let James Cameron have all the fun, Breakneck hosts 15 local artists transposing cinematic 3D visual effects onto painting, photography, sculpture, and more. Through April 14 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-767-5610 or go to breakneckgallery.com.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: Unchallenged Workmanship. Marking the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Modernist ceramics studio Cowan Pottery, this show displays works by local luminaries like Viktor Schreckengost, Alexander Blazys, and Elsa Vick Shaw. Through May 5 at Beck Center for the Arts: 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-521-2540 or go to clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Institute of Art: Art of Scale & Form. Recently retired CIA sculpture professor Barbara Stanczak displays a selection of her work from the last two decades, revisiting creations that complicated or made paradoxes of the relationship between visual and tactile experience. Meanwhile, Rhode Islander David Cole presents a two-ton music box rebuilt from the parts of an industrial compactor. Through May 19 at 11141 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7407 or go to cia.edu/reinberger_galleries/.
Cleveland Museum of Art:Rembrandt in America.
The largest collection of authentic Rembrandts exhibited in America in 100 years presents a comprehensive history of the painter's reception and interpretation in the States, and illuminates how collectors' desire to own a Rembrandt fueled research into his work. The exhibition continues through May 28 at 11150 East Blvd. Tix are $7 to $14. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cleveland School 2012. Works by William Sommer, Frank Wilcox, and other practitioners of the Cleveland School are on display through April 14 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com for more info.
Legation, A Gallery: Correlation. Dawn Tekler uses long exposure times to imbue her darkened location shots with a sense of mood, and gallery owner Hilary Aurand continues her explorations of nighttime urban landscape in oils. Through April 8 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or go to legationagallery.com.
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory: The Mirror Never Breaks. John Adams, Clare Murray Adams, and Suzanne McClelland use drawing, encaustics, and mixed-media assemblages to explore the interplay of personal and collective memories. Through May 13 at 1754 East 47th St. Call 216-361-9255 or go to morganconservatory.org.
Negative Space: Cardio Art. Jose Vasquez brings his experience as both an artist and a professional telemetry technician to his series of paintings of the human heart, which emphasize the organ's vital rhythms. Through April 28 at 3820 Superior Ave. For more information, call 216-470-6092 or go to thinknegativespace.com.
1point618 Gallery: Above Ground, Beneath the Surface. Jennifer Omaitz freezes moments of disaster in semi-abstract, semi-architectural paintings that accentuate the raw, tactile physicality of paint to emphasize the drama of the scene. Through April 29 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
William Rupnik Gallery: Abnormal Growth. John Ryan and Beth "Kappa" Ryan collaborate on a collection of mixed-media pieces that evoke placid but unsettling organic forms, like colorful fungi. An opening reception will be held April 7 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the exhibition runs through April 29 at 1117 Euclid Ave. An after-party will be held at the Lava Lounge, 1307 Auburn Ave. Call 216-533-5575 or go to 1117.wrgcleveland.com.
American Master Paintings. This exhibition of early 20th-century landscape artists from the Cleveland School centers on Charles Burchfield (a son of Salem, Ohio), but also features the work of luminaries like Viktor Schreckengost, August Biehle, Clara Deike, and Carl Gaertner. The show opens to the public on Monday, April 9. Through May 5 at 1720 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com to learn more.
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