3 More Art Happenings on a Loaded Art Weekend

There's plenty going on this weekend, starting tonight, and you can find all that covered here, but a few more art-related events you might want to pop by:

1. If you’re heading to Tremont for this weekend’s November Art Walk, be sure to stop by LOOP (2180 W. 11th St.) for John G.’s No Gods, No Monsters. John G. is one of the city’s most active illustrators. His work can be seen at Melt Bar & Grilled, as well as frequently on the cover of Cleveland Scene Magazine. He’s also well known for his collaboration with fellow Cleveland-based artist Jake Kelly on the fabulous comic book Lake Erie Monster.

No Gods, No Monsters features exclusively the work from his posters for rock concerts and other events. LOOP will exhibit original drawings spanning the past five years, as well as prints of his latest posters.

The evening will also serve as launch party for John G.’s new, self-published zine. The 40-page publication will be available at the opening. A limited edition of 15 hand-signed and numbered copies will be available at the opening. They will be sealed with an original 6” x 9” drawing by John G.

The reception is Friday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m., and the exhibition runs through Dec. 11. The event is free and open to the public. Cleveland DJ Dan “The Don” Polito will be spinning vinyl for the opening.

2. This weekend, ARTneo invites you to a special gallery talk discussing its current exhibition, Oppositions: The Secessionists vs. The Cleveland Society of Artists, at Hawken School’s Sally & Bob Gries Center (10823 Magnolia Dr.). Saturday, Nov. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m., William Tregoning III, owner of Tregoning & Co. at 78th Street Studios, will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the Cleveland Society of Artists and the Secessionists.

The Secessionists, founded in 1911, included local artists like Henry Keller, William Sommner and Abel Warshawsky. They were interested in avant-garde European Modernism, including Post-Impressionism and Cubism.

The Cleveland Society of Artists was formed in 1913 by artists like George Adomeit, Ora Coltman and William Edmondson. These artists were more interested in traditional, academic ideas and techniques.

Saturday’s gallery talk will featuring a walking tour of the exhibition, offering context into both the individual works, as well as the collective dialogue created by these opposing schools of thought. Stop by Hawken School this weekend to learn more.

The gallery talk is free and open to the public. Oppositions runs through Friday, Dec. 19. Viewing hours are Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. or by appointment at (216) 721-9822. 

3.  Tonight, Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery (2550 Lander Rd.) hosts an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. for its second annual Winter Art Invitational. This year’s invitational features drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media and ceramics by 22 local and regional artists – including many Ursuline alumni. The gallery will also showcase nearly 100 nativity sets from a private collection spanning 40 years, as well as cultures including the US, Africa, Europe and South America.

“The uplifting theme, the rich textures, exciting techniques and the vivid color palettes in all of the work in the Winter Art Invitational II are certain to delight and fascinate a variety of age-groups and cultures,” says Wasmer’s director Anna Arnold.

Participating artists include Anna Arnold, Rhonda Austin ’03, Rodney Carpenter, Bruno Casiano, Hector Castellanos-Lara, Lane Cooper, Alyx Cyr ’14, Bonnie Dolin, Samuel Francazio, Tim Herron, George Kocar, Kathryn Mierke ’95, Deneen Nash ’99, Beth Nilges-Nehamkin, Angelica Pozo, Kole Robinson Brooks, Tim Shuckerow, Rachel Strongoli, Mary K. Thomas ’13, Brenda Tucker ’03, Gary Williams and Sarah Wojciechowski ’12.

Ursuline’s own Rhonda Austin will be selling handmade, miniature doll ornaments at the opening. Proceeds from Austin’s sales will be donated to help with Wasmer Gallery’s operating expenses. The evening will include a performance by Spirit Stoker, featuring Tim Shuckerow, Director of Art Education/Art Studio at Case Western Reserve University.