Arts District: Looking forward to Summer Solstice

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Tom Welsh and cohorts at the Cleveland Museum of Art were out strolling the grounds despite the rain on Monday, beginning plans for the 2010 edition of the Summer Solstice party there. Last year, the event drew 4,000 people through a neon-pink gate built from thousands of pool noodles for nine hours of performances, as well as after-hours strolling through the museum's galleries. Bands and other details for this year's Solstice party are not nailed down, but it's worth marking your calendar for 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 19. Watch this space for news as it develops.

The Larchmere Merchants Association and Larchmere Community Association have partnered with the Shaker Square Area Development Corporation to form the Larchmere Mural Committee, which will sponsor a mural on the side of alternative high school the Lifeskills Center, at 12201 Larchmere Boulevard. They're looking for artists over 18 who can involve interested people in the neighborhood — especially kids — in the creation of the mural. Artists interested in submitting a proposal should visit for guidelines. You can also contact Lee Chilcote at 216.421.2100 or [email protected].

It's as if Etsy left the virtual world for an incarnation on the west side of Cleveland. Artist Erin Carek says she decided to launch what she hopes will become a series of art and crafts bazaars around Cleveland because one of the galleries that carried her work — Lakewood's Moto Gallery — shut its doors earlier this year. So she's imagined Cirque Imaginaire: sales in different locations around town throughout the year. She says 32 artists are committed to the first one, from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, March 27, at Sachsenheim Hall (7001 Dennison Ave.), with more coming all the time. "It was way more response than I was expecting," she says. Casual Encounters, Safari and Babblegab will provide music. Admission is free. Go to for more information.

A project years in the making finally got some cash to proceed. The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission has approved $250,000 for BAYarts' renovation of the historic Fuller House. The Queen Anne-style home built in the late 1800s was saved from demolition when it was moved via Lake Erie barge to the BAYarts site in 1984. When finally renovated, it will be used for arts and arts educational programming.

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