In Northeast Ohio, the best things happen when our residents work together, and this Saturday is another example. From 6 to 11 p.m., Waterloo’s Maria Neil Art Project (15813 Waterloo Rd.) and Gallery One Sixty (16008 Waterloo Rd.) are teaming up with Edible Cleveland, Portside Brewery and Sterle’s food truck for an evening of art, craft beer sampling, live music, food and fun.
"We want to bring a sense of adventure and discovery to Cleveland Beer Week,” explains Edible Cleveland’s Noelle Celeste. “Combining beer tastings and art in a neighborhood we want folks to come explore gives us a chance to toast Cleveland's great local talent in art, beer and food."
"Cleveland is home to some of the finest art in the region and some of the best beer to be had anywhere,” adds John Farina, co-owner of the Maria Neil Art Project. “We're very excited to have these amazing partners come together to help celebrate such awesome talent. I can't think of a better way to help bring new people to the Waterloo Arts District - amazing food, killer beer, awesome music and some pretty kick-ass art."
The Maria Neil Art Project presents Rarely Home featuring work by accomplished Cleveland-based artists Cathie Bleck and Amy Casey. The show’s title refers to the significance of this exhibition. While Bleck and Casey both reside in Cleveland, their work is often exhibited in other cities. Bleck’s last solo exhibition was in 2009; Casey’s was back in 2006. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see their work.
Cathie Bleck has participated in over sixty international exhibitions. Her work has appeared on U.S. Postage stamps, in The New York Times, Esquire, The New Republic, on album covers for Sony Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Motown Records, numerous book covers, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Earth Day and World Ocean Day imagery.
Amy Casey graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999. Since then, she’s had solo shows in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has received two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, the Cleveland Arts Prize Emerging Artist award and a Creative Workforce Fellowship. Her subject matter and inspiration is the city itself, and her work is sure to feel familiar to anyone who has spent any significant time downtown.
Timothy Joyce’s No Permission at Gallery One Sixty is the first local exhibition by this self-taught, Cleveland-born artist, poet, songwriter and musician. Joyce’s colorful and expressive works are defined by his upcycling of discarded materials.
“As a young man I spent six months in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and was stunned by the vibrant color and spirit of the local art,” explains Joyce. “Hardworking nameless souls, who would never think of themselves as artists, creating works of beauty out of tin and other inferior materials. This taught me that you can make something out of just about anything. One of my suppliers is the swap shop at the town dump. People throw away ugly old paintings; I take them home and paint over them, give them a second chance. The local community theater breaks up old sets and throws the pieces in a woodpile outside; I make woodscapes and strange figures out of these discarded treasures.”
Each gallery will sample different selections from Portside Brewery’s year-round brews, as well as their seasonal selections. Sterle’s food truck will be parked outside the galleries when you get hungry. Be sure to explore the new businesses of Waterloo – including Waterloo Brew, which hosts its grand opening the previous day. Looking for more art? Stop by Waterloo Arts (15605 Waterloo Rd.) for Oleander, featuring paintings by another local artist, Martha Ferrazza.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but proceeds from beer samples and art sales will benefit ARTneo (formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation). ARTneo is currently in the process of moving from the Beck Center to 78th Street Studios.