Cleveland Museum of Art Will Host Print Club Fair and Chalk Festival

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Photo by David Brichford, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosts two of its most popular annual events: the Print Club of Cleveland’s 33rd Annual Fine Print Fair in its Ames Family Atrium and the CMA’s annual Chalk Festival, just outside the museum. This year’s Fine Print Fair begins with a Benefit Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, and continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Fine Print Fair is sponsored by the Print Club of Cleveland, a nonprofit group founded in 1919 to enrich the museum’s permanent collection of prints, with support from presenting sponsor Key Private Bank. An annual benefit for the CMA’s department of prints, art dealers from around the country will exhibit and sell fine art prints and drawings, ranging from classical masters to contemporary, living artists.

“There are 14 dealers joining us this year, several of them for the first time,” says Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings. “They will display prints from as early as the Renaissance period up to those created in 2017. There is definitely something for everyone, whether you like abstract compositions, portraits, or representational art. We hope that visitors will come not only to shop, but also to learn more about printmaking. We encourage everyone to browse, to ask the exhibitors lots of questions, and to enjoy the many programs planned throughout the weekend, such as lectures, demonstrations of printmaking techniques and tours.”

In addition to shopping for fine art prints and drawings, the weekend includes hourly door prizes, a raffle for Raoul du Gardier’s “Yachting” (valued at $2,500), information on paper conservation by the Intermuseum Conservation Association and printmaking demonstrations by the Cleveland institute of Art, Kent State University and the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. Additionally, Emily J. Peters, curator of prints and drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will discuss the history of prints in the CMA Recital Hall at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Tickets to Thursday’s preview event are $100 ($125 after Sept. 7). Admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is free.

Since 1990, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Chalk Festival has become one of the museum’s most highly anticipated annual community art events. This weekend, join the fun with your neighbors, family, friends, local schools and professional artists. This year’s Chalk Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept 17, rain or shine. Large squares (approximately 3 ft. by 4 ft. of sidewalk) can be reserved for $20 (includes a 24-color box of chalk), and small squares (approximately 2 ft by 3 ft.) are $10 (including a 12-color box of chalk).

This year’s event includes a sneak peek at the CMA’s new Nord Family Greenway that will soon connect the museum to the campus of Case Western Reserve University, as well as live music and live painting by six Cleveland street painters, inspired by the CMA upcoming fall exhibitions.

“Each year we aim to bring new aspects to CMA's annual "I Madonnari" Chalk Festival,” says Robin VanLear, director of community arts. “This year promises even more new tweaks and twists. On arrival, participants and spectators will notice that adjacent to this year's event are the beginnings of the new Nord Family Greenway that will soon connect the CMA and Case campuses. Besides this sneak preview of an exciting new addition to our surroundings, the 2017 festival will highlight the concepts behind two exciting fall exhibitions Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens and The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. Six of Cleveland's finest professional street painters will take inspiration from their spirit coupled with aspects of our permanent collection. Two of our region's most exciting bands Umojah Nation, reggae, and One World Tribe, world jazz, will add an infectious rhythm to the weekend.”

Watching the artists and enjoying the entertainment is free. Individuals do not need to pre-register, but groups are asked to contact the CMA’s community arts department at 216-707-2483 or [email protected].

(Cleveland Museum of Art) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350,

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