Dan Tranberg is still making close-up abstractions that make you wonder what exactly it is you're looking at, but his recent work in acrylic on paper seems to have taken a turn that's part origami, part M.C. Escher. Planes of painted color intersect to look like folded paper constructions, with color and texture mapping out different dimensions. The prolific artist, writer, and critic has his first solo show in eight years, on display now at ArtsCollinwood Gallery (15601 Waterloo Rd.). Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; learn more at artscollinwood.org. — Michael Gill
On view now at area galleries and museums:
Akron Art Museum: Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Brooklyn Museum of Art's groundbreaking show is a dizzying tour of the images that helped shape how we hear the music. Its 174 photos capture everyone from Chuck Berry to Amy Winehouse — artists whose self-presentation is as iconic as their sound. music photographers. Through January 23 at 1 South High St. in Akron. Museum admission is $7; go to akronartmuseum.org for more information.
Bonfoey Gallery: The Long Road: A couple of early 20th-century modernists from Cleveland inevitably have a lot in common, but August F. Biehle Jr. and Carl Gaertner came from different backgrounds and saw their city from different perspectives. Through November 13 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com to learn more.
Cleveland Artists Foundation:
Abel Warshawsky: The Pennsylvania native spent his childhood in Cleveland, eventually studying at the Cleveland School of Art. He would later spend twenty years in France, painting impressionistic scenes of Paris, Normandy, and Brittany, and making regular return trips to Cleveland. The Cleveland Artists Foundation presents a selection of his work from that time. Through November 13 at the Cleveland Artists Foundation at Beck Center for the Arts (17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood). Call 216-227-9507 or go to clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe: In the medieval era, dazzling illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, relics, and reliquaries were seen as mediators between heaven and earth. This collection of artifacts from churches and monasteries was organized in cooperation with the Walters Museum in Baltimore and the British Museum in London, Through January 17 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org. Museum admission is free; tickets for the special exhibit are $6 to $12, free for kids age 5 and under.
Forum ArtSpace: Wilderness of Childhood: John Martin juxtaposes childhood in Detroit with his current Cleveland Heights environs. The paintings are not cityscapes at all; they allude only to fragments of the landscape in an attempt to evoke memories of the past. Through November 19 in the 78th Street Studios (1300 West 78th St. Open by appointment and for a closing reception at 5 p.m. November 19. For more information write [email protected].
Legation: A Gallery: From There to Here: Scott Goss captures the city's distinctive streetscapes with all their grit in photographic images made of acrylic and copper laminated with glass. Open by appointment through November 19 at 1300 West 78th St. Call 216-334-7080 or go to legationagallery.com.
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory: Abecedaria Project: "Abecedaria" is a fancy word for ABC book. The group Art Books Cleveland takes the ancient form back to school — old school — with this annual members show, in which artists submit completely handmade ABC books. Through November 26 at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory (1754 East 47th St.). Call 216-361-9255 or go to morganconservatory.org for more information.
Museum of Contemporary Art: An Invitation to Lubber-Land: Duke Riley brings his interest in people living in the margins of society to Cleveland's famed "Torso Murders." This installation incorporates video, mosaic, drawing, found objects, and sculpture to reenvision Elliot Ness' historic purge of the so-called hobo jungle. Through January 9 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
1.618 Gallery: The Colors of Life: Sid Rheuban's plexiglas paintings have a primitive quality that's associated with so-called "outsider art." By appointment through November 7 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com.
The Pop Shop/(Art)ificial Gallery: Wednesday's Woes/Sugar-Coated: Rebecca Urbanski Steele finds inspiration in her inner child. This show is based on one of her favorite childhood poems. Also: Pop Shop proprietor Rich Cihlar presents the sixth-annual Sugar Coated show, featuring artists inspired by Halloween. Through November 10 at 17020 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-277-8440 or visit popshopgallery.com for more information.
River Gallery: Three artists working in three different media have one thing in common: layering that gives the surfaces depth and complexity. The show opens with a reception from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Through November 20 at 19046 Old Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com.
Shaheen Gallery: Etant Donnes: T.R. Ericsson's graphite-powder silkscreen creations involve a labor-intensive process that yields photographic images with an ethereal, dream-like quality. This new series of eight drawings takes its name from Marcel Duchamp's final major work — a female figure visible through peep holes in a door. Through November 12 at 740 W. Superior; call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
William Busta Gallery: Timothy Callaghan paints his surroundings — from the intimacy of a room to the grandeur of nature. But lately he's emphasizing everyday street scenes in Cleveland: typical buildings along Lorain or Madison Ave., their signs, and even their graffiti. Through November 13 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
William Rupnik Gallery: The Benefits of Exhaustion: Matthew Ryan Sharp's creatures have bad skin, rickety teeth, and crossed-out eyes, but their rugby shirts and argyle sweaters make them plenty lovable all the same. This show features nearly 80 paintings and a 120-page self-published book chronicling Sharp's work. Through October 31 at 1667 East 40 St. For more information, call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com.