Corcoran Fine Arts: Untitled.
A treasure of mid-century Modernism is currently on display at Corcoran, featuring priceless prints from Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Ben Shahn, Alexander Calder, and Fernand Leger (pictured). Also featured are works from Cleveland photographer John Quinn, English printmaker James Marsh, and vivid impressionistic works by "the dean of Cleveland painting" Joseph O'Sickey. The exhibition continues through October 2 at 12610 Larchmere Blvd. Call 216-767-0770 or go to corcoranfinearts.com for more information.
*Cleveland West Arts League: Populous Landscapes. Arlo Moon and Raphael Valdivieso paint symbolically rich canvases with high population density, but to different ends. Moon makes use of a Chagall-like palette of white, green, and primaries to create realistic faces and storybook imagery. Valdivieso summons crowds of brown- and gray-clad figures crowned in halos, creating troops of could-be saints. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. Through October 19 at 1300 West 78th St. Go to clevelandwestartleague.com.
Cuyahoga Community College Gallery East: George Kocar Retrospective. Gonzo painter and illustrator George Kocar exhibits 30 years' worth of satiric paintings, skewering everything from politics and pop culture to his own artistic role model, Pablo Picasso. Through October 4 at 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Heights. Call 216-987-2473 or visit tri-c.edu.
Forum Artspace : Re:Installation Forum. Local artists Sarah Kabot, Scott Stibich, and Lauren Yeager's interactive installation allows participants to stack a series of massive blocks and inclines. The work poetically represents Forum's history as an independent art space. A closing reception will be held Friday, September 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1300 West 78th St. Go to forumartspace.blogspot.com.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cinema 03. The medium of film serves as inspiration for nearly 20 artists working in painting, photography and prints. Participants include local, national, and global talents. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. Through November 3 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
*Kokoon Arts: Rust Belt (Re)Visions. Three local artists — Randall Tiedman, Michael Nekic, and Hilary Gent — capture compelling urban vistas with a range of techniques. Through November 10. Also: All Things Considered. This exhibition showcases the best of Kokoon's past and present artists, including Michael Prunty, Debra Sue Solecki, and Jean and Paul Ulen. Through December 22. Opening receptions for both shows are set for Friday, September 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 1305 West 80th St. The openings coincide with the debut of Rust Belt Chic, an anthology of works by local writers. Editors Anne Trubek and Richey Piiparinen will host a book signing. Call 216-832-8212 or go to wgsproductions.com.
*The Log Cabin Gallery: Out on a Limb. Works ranging from stained glass to decorated gourds are featured in this exhibit, which opens Friday, September 21. An artists' reception is set for September 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. Through October 28 at 1671 Main St., Peninsula. Call 330-657-2670 or go to thelogcabingallery.com
*Survival Kit: Who is Deborah Ellen Shore? Fourteen artists turn a trove of family photographs — taken by the eponymous Cleveland homemaker in the 1960s — into an informed but fictional narrative about her life and times. Artist Dave Desimone found the cache of Kodaks in the Westinghouse Electric Building and organized mixed-media installations that fall somewhere between an art exhibit and a theater set. A sneak preview, coinciding with the launch of the CAN Journal's fall issue, will take place Thursday, September 20, at 6 p.m.; tickets are $10. Or attend the opening reception Friday, September 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. The exhibit continues through October 19 at 1305 West 80th St. Learn more at 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Arts Collinwood Gallery: An Exercise in Tangled Self Reference. Ann Hanrahan and Coe Lapossy explore and dramatize the unceasing struggles and high humor of everyday life. Artist and critic Dan Tranberg will lead a discussion with the artists Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. Through October 7 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Beck Center for the Arts: Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, works by 13 Latino artists from Northeast Ohio will be on display at the Jean Bulicek Galleria. Also: Esperanza's Young Artists. Students display masks, collages, and prints. Through October 14 at 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-521-2540 or go to beckcenter.org.
Art Spot: Five. The Wine Spot and Cleveland Institute of Art partner to create this new display space. For Art Spot's inaugural exhibition, five promising CIA students are juried by elite faculty members. Through November 9 at 2271 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 877-904-4954 or find Art Spot on Facebook.
Akron Society of Artists: 2012 Juried Member Show. This juried show displays the breadth of talent of Rubber City's alliance of representational artists. Through October 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 West Market St., Akron. Go to akronsocietyofartists.com.
The Gallery at Old Stone Church: Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places. Judi Krew's enormous pastel portraits of individuals at all stages in life fill the gallery with warm energy. The artist also presents experimental sculptural dresses from her "Hoard Couture" line. Through November 24 at 1380 Ontario St. Call 216-241-6145 or go to galleryatoldstone.com.
Kollective Gallery: Ghoul Power. Kids of the '70's and '80's pay tribute to the late-night TV horror host the Ghoul in this group show featuring works by Mitch O'Connell, Matt Gordon, Mark Thompson, and Monique K. Given. Through October 6 at 1908 South Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights. Call 216-862-0799 or go to kollectivegallery.com.
* Local Girl Gallery : Domesticated. For the gallery's closing exhibition, artists including Linda Goik, Jacob Corder, and John Cawley display works in various media honoring nonhuman housemates for the benefit of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. An opening reception, including a silent auction, is set for Saturday, September 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Through October 13 at 16106 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Call 216-228-1802 or go to localgirlgallery.com.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.