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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Third Friday at 78th Street Studios Features Range of New Exhibitions

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 8:20 AM

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As always, March's Third Friday includes several new exhibitions during 78th Street Studios' open house from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, March 18 (individual hours may vary). There's plenty more to see as you explore 78th Street Studios' 170,000 sq. ft. of galleries, studios, performance venues, recording studios and more.

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E11even 2 debuts Peek-A-Boo: A Pin Up Girl Exhibition (first floor, suite 112).

Described as their first “sex”hibition, Peek-A-Boo is a group show of artwork featuring and inspired by classic Pin-Up girls. While the imagery isn’t explicit, the gallery does suggest some parental discretion. Curator and E11even 2 co-founder Christina Sadowski promises beautiful and classically posed nudes. Adding to the excitement of the opening, the gallery will host special guest Pin-Up Queens, and guests will receive custom Peek-A-Boo drink koozies. For the closing reception on April 15, Cleveland’s own Bella Sin will perform in the gallery.

CWAL presents its annual Six in Studio (first floor, suite 110).

Each spring, Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) transforms its exhibition space into a collaborative studio space for six local artists. This year’s Six in Studio is curated by Dott von Schneider. She has selected Jeanetta Ho, Diane Fleisch Hughes, Erin Jesson, Heather McClellan, Donald R. Miller and Morgan Mzik. For the next month, these artists will work individually and collaboratively. For April’s Third Friday, CWAL will host a Reveal and Closing Reception showcasing the work created during the month long residency. For now, stop by to see the artists at work, and learn more about their projects.

Buzz Szilagyi's Old Dirty Masters at FORUM Artspace (separate entrance, suite 103).

Buzz Szilagyi’s latest work is a series of meticulously detailed, surreal portraits inspired by Baroque and Dutch Golden Age portraits. With the portrait as the base, he utilizes a combination of figurative, abstract and botanical shapes rendered in different colored inks on Bristol board. These dynamic and captivating works are unlike anything else in town. These drawings are methodically controlled and intricate, simultaneously honoring and poking fun at the masters. Szilagyi’s work remains on view for next month’s Third Friday, April 15.

Mike Lombardy's print-based installation, Kairos, at Zaina Gallery (first floor, suite 108).

Leila Khoury’s ZAINA Gallery hosts Kairos, a print based installation by Mike Lombardy, a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s printmaking program. Kairos is just the latest project by Lombardy, who has been busy with a recent pop-up retail shop and installation on Waterloo, as well as being featured in group shows in recent months at 78th Street Studios (Cleveland West Arts League and Popeye Gallery at Survival Kit). Kairos remains on view for next month’s Third Friday, April 15.

John R. Nativio’s Ionic Convergence at Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery (second floor, suite 212).

On the second floor, Kenneth Paul Lesko presents Ionic Convergence, a new solo exhibition by John R. Nativio. Nativio’s carefully rendered paintings explore the influence of technology on human evolution and perception. As technology continues to advance at an exponential rate, it continues to impact society and individuals in new and unexpected ways. Nativio’s ambiguous compositions and carefully selected color palette create surreal imagery that borders between still life and landscape; subatomic and colossal. These structures seem to evolve in an organic way as the viewer explores them. The exhibition remains on view through May 14.

Popeye Gallery presents Eternal Return: New Works by Mike Meier and Christian Mickovic at Survival Kit (third floor, suite 303).

Both Mike Meier and Christian Mickovic received their BFAs from the Cleveland Institute of Art; with Meier studying in drawing with a minor in painting in 2010 and Mickovic studying painting with an emphasis on drawing in 2012. Following graduation, Meier received his MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012, and Mickovic studied Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI; earning his MFA last year. Survival Kit co-founder Brian Straw will present live music from Arms & Armour, Goldmines, Xmas Pets and Idle Bloom at 9 p.m. Eternal Return closes with a Third Friday reception next month, April 15.

Additionally, some exhibitions remain on view throughout the building.

Mark Giangaspero’s Face the Facts at Tregoning & Company (separate entrance, suite 101).

Tregoning & Company present Face the Facts: Portraits by Mark Giangaspero. These large-scale, hyper-realistic graphite and pastel portraits depict Giangaspero’s friends and family. Last year, he had a successful solo show at the Butler Institute of American Art. In 2013, his work was included in the prestigious BP Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Clayton Center Maryville College, Schumann Corporation, Quirk Cultural Center, Pilcher Realty and more. Giangaspero was taught by William Beckman, Robert Brackman and legendary portrait painter Jack Richards, whose patrons included U.S. Presidents. Giangaspero continues Richards’ efforts, painting and teaching art classes at Jack Richard Studios in Cuyahoga Falls.

Threaded at HEDGE Gallery (second floor, suite 200).

HEDGE Gallery presents Threaded, featuring recent textile-based work by Libby Chaney, Rebecca Cross and Jessica Pinsky. HEDGE’s walls are filled with prints, large-scale weavings and collages showcasing the relationship between the artists and their fabric mediums. These works also highlight the artists’ proficiency in their craft through their use of a variety of techniques, including weaving, hand dying, bonding and screen printing. Not simply “fabric art,” these artists see their work as using an ancient medium to manifest thoughts into physical form. Threaded remains on view through Apr. 16.

(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280,

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