Over the years we’ve shared countless reasons to attend Tremont’s summer Art Walks. Last week came one compelling reason not to: Artist Jeff Chiplis was shot in the back while attempting to flee a robbery on the night of the event. Cops say the shooting took place shortly after midnight when Chiplis, 58, declined an offer from two young men to hand over all his money.
Dana Depew, proprietor of Asterisk gallery in Tremont, had seen Chiplis minutes earlier. Sitting on the patio at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants, they chatted briefly before Chiplis walked off to meet someone down the hill. A few hundred steps later, he was shot.
“I’m really angry,” Depew says. “This was one of my good friends.”
Depew talked to Chiplis on the phone last week. “He just wants to get out of the hospital and get on with his life,” Depew says.
And get on with his art. Work by Chiplis, who creates sculpture from scavenged neon tubes, is currently on display at galleries in Columbus, Youngstown, and Benton Harbor, Michigan.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.