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Rotten to the Core 

The Pop Shop scours Northeast Ohio high and low for the most depraved artists for its new exhibit.

Ask Pop Shop manager Jeff Hulligan about the 90 pieces in his new exhibit, and he'll point you in the direction of at least 15 painters and paparazzi, whose reps aptly fit the theme behind The Bad Apple Show. "The greatest artists are often kinda disturbed," he says, with a tongue firmly planted in his cheek. "In some ways, they tend to be social misfits, who typically go against the grain, don't fit the mold, and however many other analogies you want to use." The exhibit features works by Hulligan and the gallery's owner, Rich Cihlar, as well as venerable artists like Ali Shah, Halley Semo, and Steve Ehret. As for their distinction as society's outcasts, Hulligan starts to backpedal. "None of these people are dark-natured, at least to my knowledge," says Hulligan. "We don't willingly house serial killers here." The collection is on display from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Saturday, August 2, at the Pop Shop, 17020 Madison Avenue in Lakewood. Admission is free. Call 216-227-8440 or visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-7 p.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through Aug. 2, 2008

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