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East Side studio scouts surrounding states for artists to join its biggest exhibit of the year.

For this week's opening of On a Pedestal and Off the Wall at the Sculpture Center, Columbia University jurist Gregory Amenoff has cherry-picked 25 pieces by 19 artists, who've incorporated odd materials like pencils, bones, and white chocolate into their pieces. Take the one fashioned out of manila envelopes, pieced together by Tallmadge artist Joshua Parker into a full-sized likeness of a mailman. There's also his sconce-like work, resembling the jutting head of a court jester.The show is the center's largest display of the year. In the past, the studio only chose Ohio-made sculptures that would fit on a pedestal. It now accepts contributions by artists from surrounding states and Ontario. It's a move that patrons are applauding because of the exhibit's expansion. "I consider artists from the geographical region to be a group distinct from those that gravitate toward Chicago or New York," says Ann Albano, the center's director. "I wanted to include all interesting work, not cut off right at Ohio's borders." The exhibit is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through Saturday, July 26, at the Sculpture Center, 1834 East 123rd Street. Admission is free. Call 216-229-6527 or visit
Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: June 11. Continues through July 26, 2008