Calling all Vincent Price fans! Next week features a number of special events in honor of the man himself. It all leads up to a special exhibition, opening at the Good Goat Gallery on Friday, June 26. However, the week starts at 6 p.m. this upcoming Monday, June 22, with a special Vincent Price-themed dinner at Luxe Kitchen and Lounge.
“We are honoring Vincent Price with these two Cleveland events because he has always been a significant man who could be compared with no other,” says Good Goat Gallery owner Nancy Cintron. “He made an enormous impression in this world with his movies, recognizable voice, love of art, passion for cooking, iconic handsomeness, elegant demeanor and well-known gentle spirit. There will never be anyone else out there like him. Most people know Vincent Price as a classic macabre movie actor, but many don't realize that he was a culinary artist and a profound, Yale-educated art historian. He wrote several cookbooks, art history books, gave lectures around the world and was an avid art collector. With his extensive collection, he started the Vincent Price Art Museum, in Los Angeles, where he donated most of his art work.”
Cintron’s love of everything Vincent Price-related was obvious early on. Before the Good Goat Gallery even opened its doors, Cintron was using a Vincent Price figurine in photos on social media to promote the gallery.
“Two and a half years ago, when I opened the Good Goat Gallery, Vincent Price became my art muse,” she explains. “He appeared on all my cards, flyers and promotions. He even influenced some of my art projects and events. People started bringing in gifts of Vincent Price art & memorabilia to the Good Goat, where I started a little altar to him.”
The guest of honor at both the dinner and exhibition preview will be Victoria Price, Vincent Price’s daughter. In celebration of the 50th anniversary edition of Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes cookbook (available in bookstores this September), the staff at Luxe, led by executive chef Dallas Martinez, is creating a formal, five-course meal from the book for Monday’s dinner. The evening will also include a special, limited edition selection of Vincent Price wine (not available in stores), silent art auction and a raffle. Victoria Price will announce the winners of the auction and raffle at the end of the evening.
“About a year and a half ago I got a private message on Twitter from Victoria Price,” elaborates Cintron. “She had seen some of my art and had asked if we could collaborate. She started selling my work at horror conventions and has been working on creating an online art gallery. I was so deeply honored. Last fall I accompanied her at a Monster Bash Convention. It was there that we casually threw the idea of doing some Cleveland events. After we came up with a venue for the Vincent Price dinner and dates she was so thrilled about coming to Cleveland.”
Seating for Monday’s dinner is limited (and shared). A small number of tickets are still available for $95 per person (plus online handling fees) and are available through Eventbrite. All proceeds will go towards the new Vincent Price Scholarship Foundation.
On Tuesday, Good Goat Gallery hosts a special preview event for its Six Degrees of Vincent art show. Tickets to Tuesday’s preview are sold out, but Friday’s reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. (the gallery opens at 1 p.m. on Friday).
“Six Degrees of Vincent is an official Vincent Price event that will become a traveling themed art show,” continues Cintron. “It will get hosted by other galleries around the world. They will curate the events and also give back to the Vincent Price Scholarship Foundation. It is all taking birth here in Cleveland.”
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Victoria Price will be signing copies of her book, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography. At 7 p.m., she will present a talk and film screening about her father’s role in the arts. A portion of the proceeds from exhibition and all related events will go towards a new scholarship fund in honor of her father.
“Victoria Price also wanted to continue her father's legacy and give back to the arts by creative the new Vincent Price Scholarship Foundation, which will help gifted art students succeed in college,” explains Cintron. “These Six Degrees of Vincent art shows will benefit the artists, the galleries that put the shows together and the future generation of upcoming artists. It was something Vincent wanted to do with the Vincent Price Art Museum, but the college stipend never took off while he was alive. Now, I am incredibly honored that I have the opportunity to work with his family and to pick up a dream that he never finished.”
The exhibition includes about two dozen artists from throughout North America and Europe. Food and refreshments will be available and the preview event continues until 9 p.m.
“When I announced that this event was going to take place at the good goat gallery some of the greatest artists from all around the world stepped forward to contribute and create something special for the show,” says Cintron. “There are artists from Italy, France, England, New York, New Mexico, California and Ohio. All the art that has been created for the Six Degrees of Vincent art show is somehow related to Vincent, whether it be an actual image of him or something closely relating to him, like Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft.”
Six Degrees of Vincent runs through Aug. 29. Summer viewing hours are Thursdays and Sundays 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment or during classes/workshops.
(Luxe Kitchen and Lounge) 6605 Detroit Ave.
(The Good Goat Gallery) 17012 Madison Ave., 440-799-0675, thegoodgoatgallery.com