Akron Art Museum
Gravity and Grace. "Dzesi II," a massive red and gold field assembled from bottle caps and wire, has been a prize of the museum's collection for years. Now its creator, Ghana-born sculptor El Anatsui, displays a dozen mostly monumental-scale works assembled with industrial metal trinkets, inviting an examination of modern economic and cultural flux. The artist gives a ticketed talk at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16; an opening reception follows from 7 to 10 p.m. The show opens to the public on Sunday, June 17, and runs through October 7 at One South High St., Akron. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Breakneck Gallery: Art Deck-O Show. Eric Kaplan, CHOD, Sean Burns, Rich Cihlar, Jeff Hulligan and other luminaries of Cleveland's pop-pirate culture turn skateboards into canvases in a tribute to the boarding lifestyle. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 16, 6 to 10 p.m., and includes a 9 p.m. performance by Pete Woodward of Unknown and Restless Habs. Auctions throughout the night benefit the Public Square Group, dedicated to urban renewal through skateboarding and related activities. Through July 6 at 17020 Madison Ave. Lakewood. Call 216-767-5610 or go to breakneckgallery.com.
Cleveland Botanical Gardens: Luminous Florals. Deborah Pinter photographs flowers by placing plants on a scanner and manipulating them digitally, creating ghostly "holograms" that emphasize their fleetingness. Through July 15 at 11030 East Blvd. Call 216-721-1600 or go to cbgarden.org.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: The Left Handed Line of Mike Guyot. Local draftsman and "architectural impressionist" Mike Guyot translates his response to the Cleveland skyline and street scenes through freehand pen and ink drawings. An artist's reception will be held June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Through August 28 at 1380 Ontario St. Call 216-241-6145 or go to galleryatoldstone.com.
Loren Naji Studio and Gallery: Celebrate Cleveland. Photographer Victoria Miller and graphic artist Rick Novario exhibit digitally altered views of our industrial city along with works by Michael Nekic. Also: Beautiful Possibility. Current Spaces artist-in-residence Alison Pebworth brings her cross-country tour to Cleveland, with interactive exhibits that explore what it means to be an American. Both shows are open through June 23 at 2138 West 25th St.; call 216-621-6644 or go to lorennaji.com.
Peninsula Art Academy: Fourth Annual Plein Air Competition. Friday June 15 through Sunday June 17, area artists will paint outdoors at locations throughout Peninsula and the national park, taking inspiration from nature. Featured works will be moved to the Peninsula Art Academy for display through August 11 at 1600 West Mill St. East, Peninsula. Call 330-657-2248 or go to peninsulaartacademy.com.
Sculpture Center: Stirring Waters/Between Two Bodies. Ten Boston artists join 13 from Ohio. Peter Haines invokes the primeval with monolithic bronzes in deceptively simple shapes, like hunter-gatherer carvings. Hannah Verlin infuses humor into her mass construction of simple figures that form sets greater than the sum of their parts. Through July 14 at 1834 East 123 St. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Survival Kit: Character Split. Local artist Tyler Zeleny uses images of human-animal hybrids to craft a modern myth dramatizing and condemning consumer culture. Austin, Texas-based Clark Curtis' elaborately detailed prints look like illustrations from unpublishable children's books. An opening reception will be held Friday June 15 from 5 to 11 p.m. Through August 17 at 1305 West 80th St., Suite 303. Call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com
Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College: The First Earth Show — Part 3. Cleveland artists Debra Sue Solecki and Paul Newsome and Californian Martin Kanton pay tribute to the planet, with works that employ natural materials like clay, metal, and raw pigment. Through July 27 at Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. Go to ursuline.edu/campus_resources/wasmer_gallery/index.html.
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