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The Cleveland Institute of Art is giving local artists a morale boost with its latest exhibit, Startup Ink. The 100-piece display showcases drawings by Derek Hess, posters by Jak Prints, a portfolio of Alternative Press covers, skateboard designs by Factory 13, and pics of 252 Tattoo's skin art. "We want these artists to be mentors and examples," says Diann Mistelske, the exhibit's coordinator. "People like Derek went to the Institute, quit, worked in a bar, and then started selling posters all over the world. This is the story of artists who got around that brain drain."

Mistelske credits the city's strong artist network. Hess, for example, takes his drawings to Jak Prints, which then turns them into posters. So it's fitting that on Wednesdays through the end of the exhibit's run, experts like Factory 13 owner Danny Creadon and Ingenuity Fest assistant director Rich Weiss will offer how-to lectures. "A lot of [artists] get frustrated and feel like they're hamsters on a wheel in Cleveland," says Mistelske. "By working together, they can make something happen."
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Nov. 24

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