The Art of It All

Cleveland's creatives heat up when the sun comes out

Northeast Ohio's incredibly diverse art scene finds a whole new gear every summer, with festivals and art walks and other celebrations unfolding just about every weekend in virtually every corner of town. As several of the season's biggest events prepare for liftoff this weekend, we offer this roundup of the top stops on the summer itinerary and what you can expect to find there. Stay tuned to Get Out! for more news as each event draws near.


A neighborhood bazaar of high arts and boutique fineries in the near West Side's classy date-night district. You'll see fearless commentary and exploration by the Brandt Gallery and Mastroianni Arts, the dizzying history of photography by Aperture, and chic but unpretentious fashion at Banyan Tree. Many bars, including the Treehouse and Lava Lounge, make a point of hanging interesting things on the walls, often for sale.

When: Fridays: June 8, July 13, and August 18

Where: Tremont, around the West 14th Street neighborhood.

Who Goes There: Professional couples looking for a reasonable art buy, or just to browse

Eats: If wine, cheese, and pastries from the several galleries isn't enough, tuck in at Bistro on Lincoln Park or Edison's Pizza Kitchen.

What to Do After: Treat your sweetie to a sweet at Cookie and a Cupcake, or curl up for a reading at Visible Voice Books.

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A grassroots festival-cum-convention hosting 20 workshops aimed at empowering the creative mind in entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and for-the-hell-of-it capacities. Some 20 illustrators, clothiers, printmakers, and designers of every sort will give talks about staying afloat and keeping your soul in a competitive market. Plus, over 20 bands from around the Midwest jam around the clock.

When: Presentations run between noon and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, through Sunday, June 10.

Where: Talks are given at Reinberger Auditorium, 5209 Detroit Ave., and the main music venue is Saigon Plaza at 5400 Detroit Ave.

Who Goes There: With its shop-talk-oriented presentations, WoMC skews toward a wonkier, art-insider crowd than most of the summer's other arty happenings. But the expo is fascinating to anyone who likes to get inside the world of people as dedicated and hardworking as they are creative — and invaluable to any young'uns thinking about pursuing music or design as a day job.

Eats: Check out the wonderful Happy Dog, or go veg at Frank's Falafel.

What to Do After: Keep arting it up at 78th Street Studios or 1point618 Gallery or party down at XYZ the Tavern.

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The Cleveland Museum of Art presents a daylong, all-ages celebration of creativity that brings together local and international artists with area schools and community groups in the construction of floats and costumes, whose unveiling is only the centerpiece of a day full of live entertainment.

When: Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade starts at noon.

Where: Wade Oval, University Circle

Who Goes There: Families, people on stilts.

Eats: Carnival food sold throughout the day.

What To Do After: After a day of starving yourself or getting by on nothing but fair fries, treat yourself to L'Albatros. Or burn it off climbing on Steggie, the life-sized dinosaur outside the Museum of Natural History.

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Celebrate the Akron Art Museum's 90th anniversary in style, with wine from Karl Wente of Wente Family Vineyards of California. Silent and not-so-silent auctions benefit the museum and are followed by music and dancing. But be warned: Tickets go between $250 and $375 a head.

When: Saturday June 9, from 6 p.m. till however late it goes.

Where: Akron Art Museum's Golf Charity Terrace, One South High St., Akron.

Who Goes There: Patrons of the arts, sommeliers.

Eats: A white-tablecloth dinner and beverage service comes with the ticket.

What to Do After: If after a night of wine you're in the mood to switch to beer, head over to 69 Taps on nearby Paul Williams Street.

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What: Every third Friday of the month, the studios in 78th Street's former American Greetings headquarters throw open their doors. The event's collaborative spirit brings out the warm generosity and friendly energy of every artist, curator, and visitor. You'll see bleeding-edge experimentalism and rocking sounds at Legation, canny modernism at Kokoon, canonical modern and contemporary art at Tregoning & Company, and a dozen other exhibits and jams in a dozen other studios.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. every third Friday: June 15, July 20, and August 17

Where: 1300 West 78th St.

Who Goes There: Art pros, hipster art students, journos, cultured parents out for an aesthetic reprieve — sometimes with the kiddies in tow.

Eats: There's a wine bar on the first floor, and various galleries offer snackage on the scale of cheese, grapes, pastries, and salty nibbles.

What to Do After: Walk a few blocks over to Gordon Square and take in a show at the Capitol Theatre or Cleveland Public Theatre, have an old-timey frozen confection at Sweet Moses, or tip a few back at XYZ the Tavern.

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Bay Arts' annual festival of art and live music offers affordable and accessible art on sale by friendly neighborhood creatives, plus a performance from the world-rock band Uzizi from noon to 2 p.m.

When: Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village.

Who Goes There: Bargain hunters with taste, curious outsiders dipping a toe into the Northeast Ohio arts' pool.

Eats: Mojo's will be on-site to provide coffee, smoothies, paninis, and treats.

What to Do After: Lounge about at Huntington Beach, preferably with Mitchell's Ice Cream in hand.

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Lakewood's sprawling street festival shuts down traffic to bring you the best in local artisanal offerings, from fine art to jewelry, plus constant live music and other entertainment.

When: Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland.

Who Goes There: Trinket-hunters, street-music enthusiasts, families.

Eats: Vendors of various fried starches and squeezed juices abound.

What to Do After: Catch a musician at Brothers Lounge or a toy at Big Fun

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Not content just to display finished art products, the vendors at Waterloo Arts Fest create art before your very eyes, in hands-on workshops, impromptu street performances, poetry readings, and dance recitals. Also, check out the Rock & Roll Flea Market at the Beachland Ballroom for indie goodies. Live bands and DJs perform for your amusement.

When: Saturday, June 30, noon to 7 p.m.

Where: Waterloo Road, centered around Arts Collinwood Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd.) and the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd.).

Who Goes There: Pretty much everybody. This year, more than 10,000 folks are expected to bring a love of local art, outdoor celebration, and/or families.

Eats: Fair food.

What to Do After: Work out your salvation at Music Saves, or geek out at the vintage collectible shop Star Pop.

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The Cleveland Museum of Art's pagan carnival of alternative and international music is the largest festival of its type in Ohio. Performances throughout the night include the Ethiopian funk outfit Debo Band, Novalima's Peruvian DJ act, and Bostich and Fussible's synthesis of techno and traditional Mexican sounds. Also, the museum itself is open to ticket holders, including a preview of the exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties.

When: Saturday, June 30, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd.

Who Goes There: Native and international night owls who want to head around the world and backward and forward through time.

Eats: Food and drink will be sold on premises throughout the night.

What to Do After: Get some sleep. This party lasts till 2 a.m.; any further activity should involve waffles.

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This prestigious and highly competitive annual art and craft show unfolds under the towering slopes of the region's premiere ski resort, greened by summer. Only 160 artists of 1,100 applicants are allowed to show, ensuring those represented are at the top of their field. Tickets are $8 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.

When: Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, and Friday, July 6, through Sunday, July 8. Open Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 7100 Riverview Rd., Peninsula.

Who Goes There: Outer-ring suburban aesthetes, confused skiing enthusiasts.

Eats: Grills and summertime fair food galore.

What To Do After: Take in greenery and air along the Towpath Trail, or take in beer and wings at the Winking Lizard in nearby downtown Peninsula.

Where To Learn More:, 330-467-2242


At the intersection of art and technology, there is a party, and it's called Ingenuity Fest. See modern dance, interactive multimedia, avant-garde workshops, and demo booths from local up-and-coming tech companies. Plus, they host the only stage that shows indie, techno-experimental, and metal acts all in the same weekend.

When: Friday, September 14, through Sunday, September 16

Where: Docks 20 and 30 at the Lakefront.

Eats: On-site food trucks offer everything from Amerigrill to Asian Fusion to subs and pizza.

Who Goes There: Absolutely everyone. Last year, over 45,000 people of all stripes showed up.

What to Do After: Take the RTA Waterfront Line up to Terminal

Tower and blow your spare

change at the casino.

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This community art project aims to beautify the pavement around the Cleveland Museum of Art's Fine Arts Garden. Professional artists, kids, and anyone else with an eye for color and good knees can work side-by-side on the pavement with chalk and unbridled creativity, just like in kindergarten (or college). A square of rented groundspace goes for $8 to $16.

When: Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 16, from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 11150 East Blvd., University Circle.

Eats: For the complete all-day chalkiness experience, pack a milkshake with extra malt and a bag with Tums and candy hearts.

Who Goes There: Families, clever dudes trying to score points for quirky and whimsical date ideas.

What to Do After: If you get as much chalk on your clothes as you get on the sidewalk, use a brush to remove as much excess dust as possible, pre-treat garments with stain remover, then launder in cold water.

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