Where Should You Go to See the City's Finest Art? Everywhere. When Should You Go? All the Time.

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Where Should You Go to See the City's Finest Art? Everywhere. When Should You Go? All the Time.

Cleveland, the quirky kid who's been holding down the great lunch table of the Midwest for decades now, was built on its residents' unique creative culture. More specifically: Manufacturing gave us our structure; art provided the soul.

These days, new and inventive artistic endeavors pop up in neighborhoods all over the city and beyond. In fact, those neighborhoods come to be defined by the artists who populate them and who leave their imprints on its sidewalks, streets, fences, walls.

Have you been to Collinwood? If so, you know what we're talking about. The street — newly renovated as of the fall of 2014 — brims with the artistic yearnings of its residents. In technicolor, the neighborhood glows. (And if you haven't been, when what in the world are you waiting for?)

Hence the theme of so much of this special issue. The city beckons with countless enticing options for your entertainment and delight. Dozens of art galleries and boutiques line our favorite neighborhoods, and they're just waiting for you to stop by and take it all in. What are you waiting for?

Take the bus to just about any stop, and you'll be within a few blocks or so of something artistic, something creative. Hop on your bike and skip on down to a new hang spot. You'll find something beautiful to soak up visually in no time. Or, hell, just for convenience, pack the family up in the station wagon and trek on out to literally anywhere: The artistic world awaits.

East Side

Collinwood: Waterloo Arts, Maria Neil Art Project, Gallery One Sixty, Waterloo Sculpture Garden, Loren Naji's Satellite Gallery, Azure Glass Studio, Brick Ceramic Studio (coming soon), Zygote Press' Ink House (coming soon)

Cleveland Heights: Heights Art

Mentor: Flux Metal Studio, Lakeland Community College's gallery

Shaker Heights: Juma Gallery

Little Italy: Serafino Gallery and Design

Midtown/University Circle: MOCA Cleveland, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Sculpture Center, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art

Slavic Village: Elevate Gallery

Asiantown: Zygote Press, Negative Space, Tower Press Studios, Art Craft Building


Downtown: Harris Stanton Gallery

West Side

Tremont: Doubting Thomas, Calluna (featuring the coolest miniature paintings), Lava Lounge (Rust Belt Monster Collective hosts Drink-n-Draws on the third Thursday of each month), LOOP (hosting a revolving cast of local artists and damn good coffee)

Ohio City: SPACES, Loren Naji Studio Gallery (presently inactive as of winter 2015), Hildebrandt Studios, Rust Belt Welding

Lakewood: Beck Center (some of the region's best art and theater, straight up), Good Goat Gallery, Breakneck Gallery, Screw Factory

Gordon Square: 78th Street Studios (a terrarium of local artists' independent galleries, all housed in the former American Greeting studios [ca. 1970s and 1980s]), 1point618, Bruno Casiano Gallery

Hingetown: Transformer Station

Bay Village: BAYarts

Rocky River: River Gallery

About The Authors

Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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