Wednesday, September 2, 2009

9/4: Back to School at Shoparooni

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 8:00 AM

The adventures of Dick, Jane and their dog Spot were standard teaching tools for more than four decades, starting in the 1930s. Lakewood artist Dan Pongalo mines the books’ graphics and prose for his Superindustrial Love greeting cards. Shoparooni carries them and were happy to oblige Pongalo’s ambition to create some larger pieces in the same mode. With their seductively wicked humor (a little boy rides a girl piggyback, with the tag “Go, Dick, Go!” cheering him on), Pongalo’s work anchors Shoparooni’s Back to School show, which also includes work by Zach Berman, Ron Copeland and Kaile Green, plus some vintage back-to-school gear. The show opens with a reception from 7-11 p.m. and runs through September 27 at Shoparooni (15813 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.3633). Admission is free. — Michael Gill

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