Lakewood's Screw Factory enclave hosts Last Minute Market
It's the most wonderful time of the year over at the Screw Factory, the former warehouse turned artists' enclave on the eastern end of Lakewood. Painter Arabella Proffer plans to take advantage of foot traffic during the factory's "Last Minute Market" this weekend — not with the kind of seasonal outlay offered by others artists there, but with a one-woman show that surveys a decade of her career. That means going back past her Private Empire: National Portrait Gallery of Kessa show, which put her on the map in Cleveland, and reaching into a vault of works created while she still lived in California. Besides the oil portraiture for which she's known, Proffer will share watercolors, drawings, and prints. The Last Minute Market happens Friday and Saturday at the Screw Factory (13000 Athens Ave. in Lakewood). There's a preview party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. See this week's Get Out! for more on the Last Minute Market; call 440-784-5409 or visitscrewfactoryartists.com.
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. Through January 23 at 1 South High St. in Akron. Museum admission is $7; go to akronartmuseum.org for more information.
Bonfoey Gallery: The Abstracted Plane: The paintings of Dana Oldfather and Erik Neff are abstract, but not so much that they keep you from theorizing about what might be depicted in them. Through December 31 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
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 from throughout the world was organized in cooperation with the Walters Museum in Baltimore and the British Museum in London. Through January 17. Also:
Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools: South Korean artist Kim Beom endows his creations — sculpture, drawings, painting, videos, and mixed media projects — with absurd traits and abilities. Through March 6 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.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cinema 01: Group show featuring 18 artists from Cleveland, Chicago, London, and elsewhere who use movies as source material. Through January 7 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
Legation, a Gallery: Holiday Group Show: Featuring work by 20 local artists, including Amy Casey, Judy Brandon, Andy Curlowe, Bob Peck, and Liz Maugans. Open from noon to 5 p.m. every day through Saturday, December 18, and until 9 p.m. Friday, December 17, as part of 78th Street Studios' Third Fridays event. 1300 West 78th St., 78thstreetstudios.com, 216-650-4201. The show is free.
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.
SPACES: Chris Kulcsar, the lead singer for This Moment in Black History, invites visitors into a collaborative soundscape for his SPACELab project. Stepping off from his own inclinations toward processed, layered sounds, he invites the public to add their own sound play to a continuously running cassette loop. Also: The gallery's World Artists Program welcomes its first African contributor, Nandipha Mntambo of Cape Town. Mntambo has frequently dealt with tensions and contrasts — life and death, powerlessness and empowerment, and man vs. nature. Both shows are on display through January 21 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit: Ninety-Four: A new gallery by Brian Straw, Alex Tapié, Dan Price, and Suzanne Cofer opens with this show of paintings and photos by Tapie and Cofer. Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 17, as part of 78th Street Studios' Third Fridays event. Survival Kit is at 1305 West 80th St., Suite 3C (facebook.com/survivalkitgallery, 216-533-4885). It's free.
Wall Eye Gallery: Festivus: The second-annual holiday group show offers locally made arts and crafts priced below $100. Opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, December 17, with additional hours noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 18. At 5304 Detroit Ave.; call 216-640-7769 or visit facebook.com/wall-eye-gallery. Free
Waterloo 7 Gallery: Sculptor Jerry Schmidt and other Northeast Ohio artists are selling works by Chinese auction to benefit Restored Paths Ministry's homeless outreach. It takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, December 18, at Waterloo 7 Gallery, 35005 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills, 440-946-0333, schmidtsculpture.com. Admission: nonperishable food items, warm clothes, blankets, etc.
William Busta Gallery: Sculptor Paul O'Keeffe makes large colorful pieces using steel, cast plaster, and other materials in DayGlo colors and enigmatic forms that defy your attempts to figure out what it is. Through December 31 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.