Loren Naji Launches the Satellite Gallery in Waterloo This Weekend

Despite ongoing legal trouble in regard to his Ohio City gallery’s distribution of alcohol at opening receptoins and its (lack of an) occupancy permit, Cleveland’s most “infamous” gallery owner of the last year, Loren Naji, is finally ready to unveil his latest project, the Satellite Gallery, which he's been working on since before those troubles began. The project is “co-piloted” by Grace Wen, who has been working with Naji for the past year. She’s been essential to the process since the beginning.

This Friday (Nov. 7), the Satellite Gallery debuts its first installations with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 442 E. 156th St. in Collinwood’s historic Waterloo Arts District as part of November’s Walk All Over Waterloo.

Satellite Gallery is a converted home – originally residential, but completely dilapidated before Naji bought it. It was acquired from Northeast Shores Development Corporation as part of their artist housing program, through which artists may purchase a foreclosed home (in need of major repairs) for about half the price of a modest new car. The idea is to keep artists invested in the community long after prosperity drives rent prices toward Tremont-esque levels.

Naji isn’t the only artist taking advantage of the opportunity to invest in Collinwood — Zygote Press bought a house directly across the street from Naji’s Satellite Gallery. Their Ink House will serve as a printing studio for the local community. Bands playing at the Beachland will soon have a place to print their own DIY merchandise. These are just a few of the examples of the new, creative residents helping energize the area around Waterloo Rd. in Collinwood.

Satellite Gallery is the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio; a gallery dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of installation work. The space is designed to exhibit installations of artwork on both the interior and exterior. For now, all the art will be contained on the inside, but you shouldn’t have any problem finding the building thanks to its unconventional remodeling. If you are struggling to find it, just look for the sandwich board sign and the little green alien on the lawn.

Nancy Frazier has created an installation in what was the garage, and the rest of the artists will be exhibiting on the first floor. Other participating artists include Dianne Collins, Joan Deveney (Joan of Art), June Hund, Dawn King, Scott Pickering and Rebekah Wilhelm.

The opening reception will include the third incarnation of Scott Alan Evan’s Impossible Gardens show. This group installation, curated by Evans, debuted at Canton’s Translations Art Gallery in April of 2013, before being exhibited at Amy Mothersbaugh’s Studio 2091 in Downtown Cuyahoga Falls the following July. Impossible Gardens features work by Kevin Anderson, John Boyett, John E. Crymes, Steve Ehret Scott Alan Evans, Annette Yoho Feltes, Jonah Jacobs, Bili Kribbs, Joe Martino, David McDowell, Amy M Mothersbaugh, Erin Mulligan, Linda Alexander-Radak, and Emily Speelman.

The event is free and open to the public.
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