'Salute to Summer' Caps Enticing Walk All Over Waterloo on Friday

It seems as if there’s never a dull moment on Waterloo Road in Collinwood anymore, and this month’s Walk All Over Waterloo event is a perfect example. All of Waterloo’s galleries, nonprofits and small businesses will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday (some individual hours may vary).

In its gallery, Waterloo Arts hosts an in-process viewing of Bottled Water: An Evolving Art Installation. The show features work by local artists Abbey Blake, Ash Fiasco, Jordan Fine, June Hund, Jonah Jacobs and Rachel Yurkovich.

Drawing inspiration from both water and the bottle itself, these four artists will be working together to simultaneously develop their own concepts while collaborating on the overall installation. The results will be unveiled during a reception during next month’s Walk All Over Waterloo event (Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.).

Bottled Water is an experimental installation which will evolve during the next couple of months,” explains Waterloo Arts Executive Director Amy Callahan. “I'm excited to see how the space changes and the artists respond to each other's work. We are a host organization for the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion artist-in-residence program and our artist, Kuen Lin Tsai, from Taipei will also contribute to the work in the gallery.”

Meanwhile, the galleries, nonprofits and small businesses of Waterloo are partnering for a special Salute to Summer. Waterloo Road will be closed between E. 156th St and E. 157th St. for a neighborhood block party featuring live music and entertainment, local food vendors, ice cream and interactive art making.

“When I moved to Cleveland 14 years ago, I didn't know what a ‘Block Party’ was, so two weeks later, when our street closed down for this 30 year tradition, my children were thrilled to learn they had reign of the road and we all enjoyed meeting the neighbors on that beautiful summer evening,” says Callahan. “In that same Cleveland block party tradition, the Waterloo Arts District invites families to kick off Labor Day weekend in a ‘farewell to summer’ party during the district's monthly Walk All Over Waterloo. So, in addition to the many gallery openings and events that are usually part of WAOW, there will be live music, family activities, food vendors and bike riding in the street. We hope to make Salute to Summer an annual event for the Collinwood community to enjoy.”

Kids are invited to ride and decorate their bikes, skateboards and roller skates/blades. Dreamers perform outside at 6 p.m., followed by Maura Rogers and the Bellows at 7 p.m.

Zygote Press’ Ink House invites visitors to participate in a collaborative stryrofoam printing event in the backyard. Take off your shoes and help Praxis Fiber Workshop felt a large, community work of art. Afterwards, check out Praxis’ Close Connections: A CIA Fiber Alumni Exhibition.

At 9 p.m., bring a blanket for an outdoor movie and s’mores after dark.

A number of Waterloo’s art galleries will host opening receptions for new exhibitions; including Scott Goss’ Incoherent Spaces at Maria Neil Art Project (5 to 10 p.m.), Jake Kelly at Gallery One Sixty (6 p.m. to midnight) and From the Dust at Article (6 to 10 p.m.).

(Waterloo Arts) 15605 Waterloo Rd., 216-692-9500, waterlooarts.org.
(Maria Neil Art Project) 15813 Waterloo Rd., 216-481-7722, marianeilartproject.com.
(Gallery One Sixty) 16008 Waterloo Rd., 440-715-0603, galleryonesixty.org
(Article) 15316 Waterloo Rd., 440-655-6954, http://artincleveland.com/

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