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A Question of Balance

Liliane Luneau doesn't name her paintings. "A title can be a distraction for viewers," says the Kent-based artist, whose pieces are now on display in New Work, a solo exhibition at Arts Collinwood. Instead, she prefers to allow her images to speak for themselves through a language of color, rhythm, and geometry. Luneau's works also represent her ongoing interest in integrating elements of both drawing and painting. In the process, the veteran abstractionist achieves her stated purpose of creating balanced compositions that conjure notions of chaos and order, intuition and reason, and structure and spontaneity. "It's a balance I try to have in my own life, although I don't think I'm in a position to advocate it," she admits. Still, viewers shouldn't be surprised if the works provoke a sort of resonance that can be hard to put into words. That's not a bad thing: As Luneau would surely tell you, words are not the only way to talk. The exhibit runs through June 1; Arts Collinwood is at 15605 Waterloo Rd. For more information, call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org. — Joseph Clark

Akron Art Museum: M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities. This crowd-pleasing show features more than 130 of Escher's works, including such instantly recognizable pieces as "Drawing Hands." The exhibition comes from the Herakleidon Museum in Greece, which houses one of the world's largest collections of Escher's work; Akron is one of only two U.S. venues to host it. Through May 29. Also: All-Star Jazz. Jazz history comes to life in the black and white photography of Herman Leonard, who captured greats like Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra in moments of staged glory and private vulnerability. Through July 10 at 1 South High St., Akron; call 330-376-9186 or go to akronartmuseum.org.

Bonfoey Gallery: In, Around & About. Self-taught local painter Randall Tiedman creates sprawling, fantastic cityscapes based on the industrial districts of Cleveland. Though colored in rusty, muddy browns and shades of twilight, spare points of light suggest enduring and dynamic life. An opening reception will be held April 29, 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through June 1 at 1710 Euclid Avenue; call 216-621-0178, or go to bonfoey.com.

Cleveland Museum of Art: The Lure of Painted Poetry: Japanese and Korean Art. Designed to illuminate the intricate connections between Chinese poetry and its reinterpretation as visual art by Japanese and Korean artists, this exhibition features 80 diverse works, including calligraphy, painting, and decorative arts, spanning nearly seven centuries; almost all of the pieces are drawn from the museum's preeminent collection. Through August 28 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org.

Convivium33 Gallery: 21st Century Expressions of the Second Sex. This exhibition boils down to the strength and fascination inherent in personal experience, and the way that an image or a story can sum up hardships, insights, and triumphs. In other words, it's simply a really good show about life. (Douglas Max Utter) Through May 8 at Josephat Arts Hall, 1433 East 33rd St. Call 216-881-7838 or visit josephatartshall.com.

John F. Seiberling Gallery: Earth & Sky. Painter Donna Drozda, a Cleveland native, unveils works inspired by the birds of the Chesapeake Bay area. Through May 14 at 1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula; call 330-657-2909 or go to conservancyforcvnp.org.

Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Adaptability. No matter the medium, Detroit-based Lebanese artist Adnan Charara's work reflects on adaptation by creative repurposing of materials. Postmarked envelopes become the canvas for a pictured narrative, and found objects become humanized characters in fragmented stories. Through May 14 at 1305 West 80th St.; call 216-631-6719 or learn more at kennethpaullesko.com.

Kokoon Arts: Regional Watercolors: This large exhibition aims at raising consciousness of Cleveland's 90-year history of leadership in watercolor paintings, including works from masters of the 1920's "Cleveland School" to the present day. Through May 14 at 1305 West 80th St. in the 78th Street Studios. Learn more by calling 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.

Legation, a Gallery: To Each His Own. Kent State University graduate Justin Pierce mixes painting, drawing, and mixed media presentations to explore what makes moments memorable and authentic or artificial. Through May 20 at 1300 D West 78th Street in the 78th Street Studios. Call 216-650-4201 or go to legationagallery.com.

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. Through May 8. Also: Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See. This 2007 film by Javier Téllez documents the reactions of six blind people as they touch and respond to a live elephant. Also: Passive Voices. Lorri Ott transforms synthetic and natural materials into poignant, evocative subjects, giving each work a unique yet ambiguous voice. Through May 8 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.

Pink Eye Gallery: Ken Nordine's Colors. Voiceover artist and jazz man Ken Nordine's trippy 1967 short film Colors inspires interpretations and homage from 16 local artists. The pieces are all small, experimental, and media-spanning. Through April 30 at 3904 Lorain Ave.; call 330-671-6123.

River Gallery: Annual Ceramics Invitational. Local ceramics artists of every stripe showcase a diverse selection of functional yet decorative pieces at this new exhibition. An opening reception will be held April 30 from 3 to 7 p.m.; the show continues through June 11. Find them at 19046 Old Detroit Rd. in Rocky River. Call 440-331-8406 or go to rivergalleryarts.com to learn more.

The Sculpture Center: Locating Eden. Annie Strader's interdisciplinary presentation combines sound, video, and subtly but profoundly altered everyday objects to embody, explore, and vindicate the experience of nostalgia. Also: Declarations of Truth. The discovery of historical revisionism inspired Elaine Hullihen to engineer this participatory piece providing a space for attendees to make their own "declarations" of truth from their personal perspective. An opening reception will be held April 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Both shows run through June 4 at 1834 East 123rd St. For more information, call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.

Shaheen Gallery: Oil Studies 2006- 2010. Faris McReynolds' paintings range from caricatured representation to the expressionistic and borderline abstract, often featuring groups of bare-limbed young people in dynamic action. Through May 27 at 740 West Superior Ave. Call 216-830-8888 or go to shaheengallery.com for details.

Tregoning & Company: Aspects of Modern Life. Matt Dibble's abstract works use thick, muscular brushstrokes to transcribe a simple vocabulary of rough geometric forms from which emerge striking compositions: elegant with subtle order like a garden bed. Through May 31 at Tregoning's North Gallery, 1300 West 78th St. For details, call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.

William Busta Gallery: Memory's Witness: Pamela Dodds, known largely as a painter of pastel-bright but quietly dignified works, departs from the familiar with dark woodcuts exploring loss and anguish. Through June 9. Also Passionate Blessings: Mark Howard eschews narrative for a sequence of free-standing "signs" which refocus the viewer on the use of meaning in social interactions, media consumption, and personal reflection. Through June 1. An opening reception will be held on April 29, 5 to 9 p.m. at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or go to williambustagallery.com.

The Bonfoey Gallery: 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or visit bonfoey.com.

Tregoning & Company: Through X at 1300 West 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.

Arts Collinwood Gallery: New Work. Painter Liliane Luneau's abstract works contrast rigid quadrilaterals with free-form blotching brushstrokes to promote the reconciliation of order with accident, and intuition with rationality. An opening reception will be held April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through May 15 at 15601 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or visit artscollinwood.org.

Kent State University Museum: Beyond Fashion: Fiber and Fashion Art by Vincent Quevedo. Culled from 20 years of past collections, Quevedo's works range from sculptural clothing to quilted wall art. Through February 2012 at 515 Hilltop Dr. on the K.S.U. campus; call 330-672-3450.

Custom Picture Framing Gallery: Bella Italia. Photographer and physician Marcello Mellino's focus is on the areas outside Rome and Venice, capturing a way of life unknown to many Americans. Through April 29 at 15733 Madison Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-221-1327 or go to custompictureframingoh.com for more info.

Forum Art Space: BioAccumulation: The Presence of Synthetic Growth. University of Akron painting and drawing major Elizabeth Dunfee's paintings of bloated, livid cells represent the poisoning of environments with pesticides and other industrial chemicals. Through April 29 at 1300 West 78th St. Learn more at forumartspace.blogspot.com.

John F. Seiberling Gallery: Earth & Sky. Painter Donna Drozda, a Cleveland native, unveils works inspired by the birds of the Chesapeake Bay area. Through May 14 at 1403 West Hines Hill Rd. in Peninsula; call 330-657-2909 or go to conservancyforcvnp.org.

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