Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Art Along the Way. Suzan Kraus is a multimedia collage artist. Mark Krieger creates colorful abstract paintings and drawings. Together in this dynamic exhibition, the two artists offer a memorable glimpse into Ohio's contemporary visual-arts scene. Through February 25 at 1834 East 123rd St. For more information, go to artistsarchives.org or call 216-721-9020.
B-Side Liquor Lounge: Ten Imaginary Movies. For the past year, artist Jake Kelly has worked on a series of full-size movie posters designed for ten movies that exist only in his imagination. To further expand the illusion of reality, he called up his fellow artist John G. to create a huge array of ephemera and memorabilia, including VHS boxes, action figures, and production stills — all on display in this imaginative exhibit. Through February 28 at 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. in Cleveland Hts. For more information, go to bsideliquorlounge.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools. South Korean artist Kim Beom endows his creations — sculpture, drawings, painting, videos, and mixed-media projects — with absurd traits and abilities. Through March 6 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org.
Cleveland State University: Life Imitates Artifice. Most times, art imitates life. But in this exhibit of contemporary photography by six nationally known artists, art makes an imaginative statement all its own, illuminating and amplifying our ability to see beyond what's real. Through March 12 at the CSU Art Gallery, 307 Chester Ave. Also, at the Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center: We Have Come (Part I): The Unveiled Journey. Exhibited as part of the university's Black History Month celebration, the paintings of Cleveland artist and teacher Jerome T. White rely on figurative and spiritual symbolism to illustrate historical and social messages. Through February 25 on the first floor of the Main Classroom at the corner of Chester Ave. and East 22nd St. For more information, call 216-687-2103 or go to csuohio.edu/artgallery.
Contessa Gallery: The Photography of David Drebin. An internationally known photog and frequent contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, Drebin creates stylish works that tread the line between art and fashion photography. Opening receptions and book signings will be held Friday, February 11, and Saturday, February 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Through April 10 at 24667 Cedar Rd., inside Legacy Village. For more information, call 216-382-7800 or visit contessagallery.com.
Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus Gallery East: Health, Healing, and Wholeness: Weaving Creativity into the Fabric of Healthcare and Self Care. Tri-C's 11th Annual Healing Arts Exhibition features Rebecca Bluestone, a contemporary tapestry artist and cancer survivor well-known for her richly colored, hand-dyed textiles. An opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on February 10. Meantime in the Campus Theater, Bluestone will deliver a 7 p.m. keynote lecture on creativity and healing. Through March 8 at 4250 Richmond Rd. in Highland Heights; call 216-987-2473.
Forum Artspace: The Complexity of Things. A four-person show featuring works by Michael Abarca, Karl Anderson, Nicholas Gulan, and Paul Woznicki, this exhibit focuses on relationships and how and why we interpret what we see, hear, and experience. Through February 18 at 1300 West 78th St. For more info, visit forumartspace.blogspot.com.
Galeria Quetzal: Latin American Textile and Ceramic Exhibition. Curated by gallery owner and avid collector Paloma Pilar Grasso, this exhibition features religious and secular textiles from Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Peru — including decorative wall hangings, wearable art, and Pre-Columbian cloth — as well as Mexican and Peruvian urns, pots, figurines, and decorative tiles. Through April 16 at 12400 Mayfield Rd. in Little Italy. For more information, call 216-421-8223 or visit galeriaquetzel.com.
Harris Stanton Gallery: P.J. Rogers: 30 Years Retrospective. Akron-area artist P.J. Rogers has mastered a variety of techniques, starting with the laborious process of aquatint printmaking all the way through her current involvement in hyper-realistic, digitally enhanced monoprints of natural subjects. Through February 19 at 2301 West Market St. in Akron; call 330-867-7600 or go to harrissstantongallery.com.
Heights Arts: A Few Hundred Posters. You know those great rock-show posters and fliers you've seen around town for the past 15 years? Chances are that John G. or Jake Kelly was behind them. The two artists have created more than 1,800 such posters, most of which are now on display, along with a mammoth installation elucidating their mutual creative processes. Through February 26 at 2173 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. For more information, call 216-371-3457.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: The Cleveland School 2011. "Cleveland School" refers to a cohesive collection of area artists and craftsmen active between 1910 and the mid-1960s: well-regarded talents like sculptor Lawrence Blazey, and painters Adam Lehr and William Sommer. This exhibit highlights approximately 30 pieces from this collective. Through March 12 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 for more information.
Legation: Time to Get Personal. Painter and performance artist Meghann Snow creates large-scale abstractions through body movements and gestures, much like a figure skater dancing across the ice. View a collection of her works now through February 11 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or go to legationagallery.com for hours and more information.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Blind Landscape. Internationally known for her tall monuments of graphite, stainless steel, glass, and plastic, sculptor Teresita Fernandez incorporates light, shadow, and reflection into her large-scale pieces, often exploring the relationship between nature and perception in the process. Through May 8. Also: Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See. This touching 2007 film by Javier Téllez documents the reactions of six blind people as they touch and respond to a live elephant. A compelling portrayal of non-visual perception, the film probes the value of sight in the interpretation of reality. Also: Passive Voices. Artist Lorri Ott transforms synthetic and natural materials into poignant, evocative subjects. At 8501 Carnegie Ave. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
Negative Space Gallery & Studio: Works of Gadi Zamir. Israeli artist Gadi Zamir paints, stains, and burns his haunting visions into scraps of wood, allowing the grain and texture to dictate the ultimate composition. More than 150 of his pieces are now on view at 3820 Superior Ave. Call 216-470-6092 or go to thinknegativespace.com.
Sculpture Center: Jenniffer Omaitz. Shadow Structures: Jenniffer Omaitz' large installations incorporate found objects, home building materials, and architectural models, and suggest the tension between physical landscape and the landscape of the psyche. Also: Joshua Parker: Humans are the only species on the planet that create trash, one good turn deserves another and the worst part about dying is that you can only do it once — but don't worry, the water's still fine here. By abandoning the limits of rational and logical methods, Parker seeks to create new, fresh works of art. Through February 26 at 1834 East 123rd St.; go to sculpturecenter.org to learn more.
Zygote Press: Intersections. The third in a series of collaborations between Zygote Press and Cleveland's literary center The Lit, this exhibit highlights the associative power of word and image through poetry, artwork, and learned commentary from a team of local aficionados. Through February 26 at 1410 East 30th St. Go to zygotepress.com or call 216-621-2900.
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