This past Saturday evening I had the esteemed privilege of attending a wonderful concert in a fantastically intimate setting. The event was in support of one of Cleveland’s greatest non-profit treasures; The Cleveland Music Settlement. For those of you who may not be aware The Cleveland Music Settlement is, “a hidden gem of University Circle. The Music Settlement offers music therapy, early childhood education, and music instruction to people of all ages and levels of experience in Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Founded by Almeda Adams in 1912 as part of the Settlement movement and featuring a campus that includes the 1910 Burke Mansion and the Bop Stop, The Music Settlement is the most beautiful place to learn music in Cleveland.”
Devlinbleu Chambers is a 15-year-old from the Sunny Cliff Drive neighborhood. He will be competing against other Cleveland area youth reading original poetry. Four winners from her event will move on to the national Youth Poetry Slam this summer in Atlanta. The event was at Spaces Art gallery on Saturday, March 28.
The finals will be a cumulative slam. You will see all 8 poets in all 3 rounds. Their scores from each round will be added together, and that is how the team will be determined.
BNV is an international youth poetry slam convention and competition. This event features teams from all over the world, not just the United States! There are open mics, workshops, networking, fun events, town hall meetings and of course a multitude of slams!
Custom cars and bikes from all around filled the IX Center the weekend of March 20-22. Collinwood native, George Blade Jr., was one of the many to be honored and allowed to participate in this event. He brought his debut, one of kind, handcrafted bike made of all scrap metal pieces. He was a hit at the show, taking 2nd place in the garage bike contest. He made many contacts and was photographed for a upcoming issue of Thunder Roads magazine. He is also being featured at Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, which is the Midwest largest bike rally.
He is a self-taught welder who can weld and create just about anything with scrap pieces. What makes this bike unique is that unlike other custom built motorcycles and bikes, he used various scrap pieces such as tractor tires, bbq grill pieces, steel bars and various steel and metal items purchased from home depot and junkyards.
He states” This week was such a great experience. I was welcomed by everyone and I wow the crowd with my custom bike. Even though I placed 2nd, I am just honored to even been part of this event. I am going to get back to work on my next creation so stay tuned!”
Late 2015 he plan to conducts FREE class to young men who want to learn basic welding techniques.
Cleveland has a rich history not only in Rock & Roll, but also in fashion. Fashion Week Cleveland presented a true reflection of that history on March 21, 2015 at The Hyatt Regency in the atrium of the historic arcade. Alexis Nunn, a Collinwood resident and participant of the iMedia Mentoring program, was in attendance at the black tie event as an intern-in-training of Volume Magazine, a Cleveland based digital lifestyle magazine. Darvio Morrow, editor-in-chief of Volume Magazine and a Collinwood resident, was also in attendance.
Fashion Week Cleveland in its 11th year, featured Dayton's own Althea Harper, designer from Project Runway, who was a runner up from the show's 6th season, designer Indashio, from the show, Catwalks Across America, which was seen on Style Network along with 16 year old designer Victoria Cohen, designers DeAndre Crenshaw, Johnathan Dembowski, Christian and Christopher Lett, Cora Mercer, Chikondi Butao Mirlemba, and Bridgette Schriner.
North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 21st season in 2015 with the beloved musical Once On This Island, Jr. Tickets to all three performances can now be purchased online.
Auditions for UpStage Players' performance of Once on This Island will be January 3 and 4, 2015.
WHO: Children ages 7-15 can audition for the production.
WHEN: January 3 and 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 17109 Lakeshore Blvd., Collinwood/Cleveland
This is the Cleveland Public Library Nottingham-Memorial Branch (which is the former Villa Angela High School). Pull around to the left side of the building towards the back. Plenty of free parking.
WHAT TO BRING: Water bottle and a great attitude!
HOW TO PREPARE:
* Choose a song from a Broadway musical.
* Practice singing every day.
* Make eye contact when singing.
* Remember to use facial expressions!
* Everyone wants you to do your best, so relax...
* Take a deep breath and SING YOUR BEST!
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, Ginn Academy will hold its 2nd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in the library media center to directly support The Cleveland Food Bank. For a $10 donation, you can select a handmade bowl created in our art studio by a member of the Ginn Academy ceramics program—both teachers and students participate. Your bowl will then be filled with homemade soup—this year’s offerings are broccoli & cheese, steak & potato, vegetarian minestrone, chicken tortilla, and matzo ball—you can also choose turkey chili. Included will also be a spoon wrapped in linen, along with a slice of freshly baked bread—rustic Italian, multi-grain, or homemade cornbread.
Please come to the Ginn Academy from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to support this important event for those in need in Northeast Ohio throughout the winter months. Last year well over $1,000 was raised from this event for The Cleveland Food Bank. We hope to make this year’s event an even greater success.
An additional table of beautiful, handmade ceramic pieces will be hosted by Mrs. Rickel. Anyone interested in making an additional donation to The Cleveland Food Bank can choose from a range of art pieces from $5 and up.
Helping to Feed People in Need
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. http://www.emptybowls.net/
This fundraiser has been organized by Judy Rickel, ceramics teacher at the Ginn Academy.
Photos courtesy of Claire Lucas
You’ve seen his work rising up from the concrete like something from the far off reaches of your imagination. Gleaming in the sunlight, and accented with bright paint, and shiny steel. If you’ve ever wondered where all those great and wonderful “things” come from; which torch wielding genius architect gave life to them…well, let me introduce you to Jerry Schmidt.
When you first walk into Jerry’s studio, it’s as if you’ve been transported to Santa’s workshop. Only instead of Santa, there’s Jerry, and instead of toys, there is steel. Well, not just steel. There are walls covered in anything you can think of, and metal objects adorning every crevasse, waiting to take form into something beautiful. Your imagination takes you back to childhood, when anything was possible. You begin to notice the intricate ways each object is made, and the care and precision that it took to make them. Then you realize that you’re somewhere pretty special. Welcome to Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery.
Jerry’s talent was honed by his father, Fred Schmidt, a world-renowned sculptor. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Jerry would often spend hours watching his father work. It was then that he knew what he wanted to be.
“In the 60’s I really started to see it, at the age of eight. I’d come in and I’d watch him create. I remember the first time he had handed me a (welding) helmet, and I put that helmet on, and I saw the darkness. But then all of a sudden the light appeared, and it was like trying to find that light at the end of a tunnel. To me that’s what it reminded me of. Have I found that yet? I haven’t. I’m waiting for that. I think that’s when that light will ultimately be, when I meet my maker. Ya know? But all this in-between, all this other part, is the thrill of being a sculptor, and being able to do what I love to do, and that is art.”
Long before there was a “Waterloo Arts District”, there was Jerry Schmidt. He was one of the first artists to move into the area. His father passed away in 2001, which prompted a location change from a studio on E.51st & Superior. A friend of Jerry’s mentioned that there was a place on Waterloo Road available. He quickly took over the Zaller Building space, where he remained for 8 years, until finally ending up at his Waterloo 7 location. If you ask Jerry how the Waterloo Arts District got it’s start, he’ll tell you it was Miles Kennedy, and that without him none of this would be happening. He’ll speak of him with such reverence, that you know every word he’s telling you is true. He’ll tell you about all the time, money, and effort Miles spent, and that the things he accomplished in the neighborhood shouldn’t be forgotten. I agree.
“ We had no idea what was going to happen here. It wasn’t even a plan. I would have underground gorilla art shows at the gallery, with over a hundred extension cords for lighting. No heat. But people came. It was really great”
Speaking with Jerry, you get a sense of someone in tune with his work. Someone that sees things in the pieces he puts together. Taking sheets of steel, scraps of colored glass, rusty springs, old bicycles (well, you get the point), and turning them into wonderful mind-bending sculptures. You want to be around them, stand beside them. You want to hear what they are saying to you.
Jerry’s recent work can be seen at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center (November), as well as many locations throughout Collinwood and Cleveland. When Jerry isn’t sculpting, he is active in various community programs. He volunteers at the Euclid Adult Activity center, and also teaches a weekly class with PEP (Positive Education Program).
Waterloo 7 Studio & Gallery is located at 15315 Waterloo Road, in the Waterloo Arts District. Please call to set up a time for viewing or consultation.
Waterloo Artists Louis Ross and Jerry Schmidt dedicated their public sculpture "Wheels On Waterloo" to the residents of North Waterloo. The large steel sculpture was created as an Artist In Resident Grant from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture and Northeast Shores. It was partially funded by The Kresge Foundation, Ford Foundation and other NPO sources. Lou designed the monumental sculpture to depict the past, present and future of Waterloo Road. 5 Steel wheels are balanced on a large swelling Lake Erie wave. The recent Streetscape Project unearthed ancient trolly train tracks that once ran down the center of the street. A large train wheel depicts that era. Residents traveled daily across what is now I-90 to factory and foundry jobs, symbolized by an arrangement of industrial gears. A fan blade represents the new "green" windmills which can be seen on our skyline. A 45 RPM record with its iconic center adaptor celebrates our identity as a music, vinyl record and entertainment destination. Finally, a bicycle wheel complete with spokes and chain is for the residents and visitors who will enjoy our newly renovated Streetscape.
The work was created at Jerry Schmidt's Waterloo 7 studio. Local students and neighbors were enlisted to cut, shape, weld, and grind the sculpture. Many local businesses donated their services, time and materials for shaping, cutting and powder coat painting the heavy guage steel .
Jerry and Lou have also designed a created a Giant Light Switch for promotional use along the Street and a series of aluminum kinetic wind banners, soon to be installed on the new Streetscape lighting poles. Both artists have studios and galleries on Waterloo where they work, teach and help celebrate our neighborhood's unique history and future success.
A triple gold star art event curated by Collinwood artist and resident "Joan of Art" at the Doubting Thomas Art & Free Verse Space 856 Jefferson Ave. in Tremont, Ohio one of several galleries openend during second Friday Art Walk. Opening night exhibit will include work of over 25 artists with several Collinwood artists involved. Artist were challenged to interpret title theme and create a small wall hanging piece. Viewers are asked to get up close to work and converse with artists as to what the work represents. There will be a costume contest in the gold and silver theme, "Silence Is Golden" room music and refreshments served opening night only.
Gallery hours after opening, Saturdays. and Sundays 1-5pm through November 1, 2014.
Art is polarizing.
Some of us view a contemporary painting and think, “I, too, could splatter paint, paint one TINY black dot, or flood a canvas with white and only white paint”. Others find subtle, monochromatic brush strokes mesmerizing.
And while each of us can recognize the immense talent needed to sculpt, paint, draw, and construct a museum masterpiece, Degas or Serra might not be your or my favorite.
It’s easy to walk through a gallery and pass up artwork that does not strike you. It’s decidedly more difficult to live in a neighborhood brimming with art that’s not your style.
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America, recently spent time in the Waterloo Arts District and spoke highly of our creative movement during a luncheon at The City Club of Cleveland. He spoke passionately of designing public art to “creatively make a place” and identified numerous examples of such interventions in Cleveland (including the “LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo” interactive, extroverted public art fence) funded by grants. NOTE: this art project is the author’s own and if you aren’t pleased with the art you see on Waterloo, come to the fence and affect it visually by adding your own lock!
Mr. Bennett emphasized the need for urban planners to “fundamentally reposition arts and culture as a core sector of community planning”. The question of the role of art in public space is a question I raised earlier this year, also at The City Club, during a discussion on the future of Public Square. In contrast to the Cleveland project - which focuses on knitting together four squares with grassy lawns and a water feature - Millennium Park in Chicago elevates large-scale public art including an outdoor concrete pavilion, “The Bean”, and interactive digital media towers by big name artists. It is green and watery, too, but the focus is on art, thusly bringing more people into the district.
What Public Square may miss, Waterloo does not. We are a burgeoning, authentic arts district with a diverse history and bright future. Every mural, every sculpture, every gallery exhibition may not be your cup of tea but I urge you to look beyond the paint, steel, and eccentric artists and see the value the arts add to our neighborhood.
Why? Art truly does build community. Think back over the course of this year and the 50+ Collinwood Vibrancy Grant Projects funded by The Kresge Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and presided over by Northeast Shores CDC. Non-arts based merchants and artists joined arts business along Waterloo to develop free public events, permanent pieces of visual art, and more importantly relationships.
Why else? Art makes a neighborhood safer. Mr. Bennett relayed a number of scenarios and statistics demonstrating how arts-based businesses draw people to a street at all times of the day (imagine morning coffee and a poetry reading at a café, potters arriving to a mid-morning class, a craft store open from 9-6pm, a restaurant that bustles in the evening, and a concert venue that rocks out into the wee hours of the morning). It’s a fact that more eyes on the street leads to increased safety.
The visual arts, including murals, define our geography as an arts district and allow us to articulate the change we want to see - literally and figuratively as is the case with the “I want Waterloo…” chalk board wall. Art gives those who live, work, and play here a voice, an opportunity to contribute and participate.
Art gives us identity and that’s something to celebrate.
Listen to The City Club of Cleveland lecture at www.cityclub.org/events/creative-placemaking-across-the-united-states
Waterloo Arts is gearing up for an amazing year. Opening on September 5, 2014, 6 pm to 10 pm will be the exhibition “De Materia”, curated by local artist and Cleveland Institute of Art Painting faculty, Lane Cooper (yes that’s me). As an exhibition “De Materia” is meant to reference Alberti’s historic work on painting De Pictura and like Alberti’s seminal work, it sets forth a treatise on art, advocating for work that offers something “more than” the thin and instant, readily consumable experiences that dominate much of current culture. Its focus is on the real material of art, an unnamable something that marries together the external and internal experience of the viewer. The works ground the viewer in a more expansive experience that requires that one linger. Included in the show will be works by: Bruce Checefsky, Gianna Commito, Sarah Kabot, Paul O’keeffe, Katy Richards, Charles Tucker, Barry Underwood and Nikki Woods.
At the corner of Waterloo Road and E.156th Street lies Azure Stained Glass Studio. You’ve probably driven by them without even knowing it. There is a great story behind their business, as with most of the creative businesses here in the Waterloo Arts District. I first noticed Azure while living in Tremont in 2004. They popped up on Professor Avenue after being chosen for an incubator program, which gave them rent for an entire year for just one dollar. After 4 years in Tremont, it became apparent that they needed a larger space. With a little help from Northeast Shores Development Corporation, they were able to procure the space they are in now. They have been nestled here on Waterloo Road for the past 6 years, with no signs of slowing down.
Azure Stained Glass Studio is the brainchild of Mary Zodnick and Ben Parsons. Both have been working with stained glass since the 1980’s. They honed their craft while working for two different established studios in Cleveland, giving them both experience working on large-scale projects. Mary and Ben later formed their own home studios and, eventually in 2004, formed a collaborative business partnership as Azure Studio.
Azure is an immense space, filled with bright colorful glass, whose colors spill forth from the natural window light. It is a fitting building for the work they do; almost as if they chose one another. Some studio spaces feel like an extension of the people inside who are doing the work. This is one of those spaces. I had the chance to speak with Mary and Ben, and ask them a few question about Azure, and the work they do there.
The chamber concert series founded at Waterloo Arts in memory of Waterloo enthusiast Miles Kennedy are now in their fourth season, thanks to a very fruitful partnership with the Cleveland Federation of Musicians and the support of the Friends of Waterloo Arts.
As always, the Sunday afternoon series presents a variety of music against a background of the current Waterloo Arts gallery show, further enhanced by the attractions of the neighboring Callaloo Café. And all the concerts are free.
Concerts begin at 4 pm and last about 80 minutes, with a brief intermission, during which many audience members like to visit the café. This is chamber music in a real chamber, intimate and informal. Come for the whole concert, or for only part, if you’re pressed for time. Bring your children, provided they’re quiet. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea. Stay after for a West Indian Sunday lunch in the Callaloo.
Introducing Phone Gallery - annexed to the front of Russ' Auto Care - in the Waterloo Arts District.
Originally conceived in 2013 by artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and freelance designer Ali Lukacsy, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise vacant and underutilized "space" - in this case, an abandoned phone booth - into an inventive place for art display.
Until Phone Gallery was transformed in summer 2013 by Ivana, Ali, and local handyman Doug Holmes, it was utility-less and phone-less. Now, Phone Gallery is always open thanks to an electrical source (light!) and its inherently public and highly visible location just west of E.156th Street on Waterloo Road.
On September 20th from noon-2pm join artists and neighbors to celebrate Phone Gallery’s one year anniversary. This FREE event is made possible by a Collinwood Rising Vibrancy Grant sponsored by Northeast Shores DC, The Kresge Foundation, and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, collaboratively earned by long time Waterloo business Russ’ Auto Care and neighborhood resident and artist Ali Lukacsy.
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Thirteen contemporary North American artists inspired by centuries-old Eastern papermaking traditions display their cutting-edge work in an inaugural exhibition celebrating the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation’s new Eastern Paper Studio.
Revive and Renew: Contemporary Artists & Eastern Papers will be presented from August 1 through September 20 in the arts organization’s remarkable facility in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 4pm, and the opening reception for the exhibition will take place Friday August 1 from 7-9pm.
Revive and Renew brings together visionary artists from thousands of miles away and right here in Northeast Ohio, each one with a unique approach to incorporating ancient Eastern papermaking techniques into their art.
“When I researched Korean papermaking on a Fulbright grant six years ago, it transformed my studio work. Now, I am excited to see a growing number of artists who integrate Asian paper, techniques, and materials in their art—friends, colleagues, and former students alike,” says EPS Artist-in-Residence Aimee Lee.
Lee is among the artists featured in Revive and Renew. Others include Velma Bolyard, Melissa Jay Craig, Bill Lorton, Emma Nishimura, and Tom Balbo, a 35-year veteran paper artist and Morgan Conservatory’s Artistic Director.
As a project of its new Eastern Paper Studio, this exhibition marks a major expansion of Morgan Conservatory’s vision.
Revive and Renew and Morgan Conservatory’s new Eastern Paper Studio are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The George Gund Foundation, The Eaton Corporation, and by numerous individual donors.
Collinwood and Cleveland Museum of Art team up to increase programming for citizens of all ages.
A fledgling partnership of Collinwood and the Cleveland Museum of Art is already starting to show some results for Collinwood residents of all ages.
Under the leadership of Caroline Peak, Manager, Cleveland Public Library Collinwood Branch, who organized a work team made up of representatives from Cleveland Public Library, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Waterloo Arts and Collinwood High School, a number of solid results are already in progress. These include museum-library collaboration on a number of activities at the Memorial-Nottingham and Collinwood libraries. The activities incorporate art literacy into the existing library summer reading program with the goal to increase reading skills and comprehension by making a connection between works of art and books.
Peak is continuing to convene representatives from Collinwood groups to explore additional opportunities to bring art-related programs into our neighborhoods and also to welcome people to the museum. Ideas include art-related programming with local artists, art murals with high school students and group tours and activities that bring families together and support teachers to engage with parents. A “Collinwood Day” at the museum is also being planned for late 2014.
More than a year ago, the museum launched what it calls “Community Engagement 360⁰, a leadership group that has facilitated conversations with residents within the Collinwood, Glenville and Hough neighborhoods. The focus of these community conversations was to explore neighborhood-identified priority areas in which the museum could partner with residents and organizations.
Through these community conversations, groups have learned more about existing programs already offered by the museum, as well as identified new opportunities to create and design programming specifically addressing the needs of our communities.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is free and open to the public and offers an abundance of programs and activities for groups, families, children, seniors and adults of all ages. Visit www.clevelandart.org or call (216) 421.7350 for more information.
Silhouette Productions and Shore Cultural Centre Announces Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof a musical theatre tradition! Winner of 10 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1965, the show is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and bookwriter Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon.
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Musical direction by Dave Coxe
Choreographed by Tara Mirabile
Auditions will be held at Shore Cultural Center
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, Ohio Room 241
July 28th and 29th from 7-9:30 PM. No appointment necessary!
Callbacks July 30th 7-930 PM
Please prepare a short selection in the style of the show. Bring Sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
Dress for movement.
FOR CASTING DESCRIPTIONS VISIT http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000036
Grants Available for 501c3 Nonprofits Presenting Arts and Cultural Programming in Cuyahoga County
CLEVELAND (May 20, 2014) – Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages 501c3 nonprofit organizations offering arts and cultural programming in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding in 2015 through its General Operating Support or Project Support grant programs.
CAC is now accepting applications to the following grant programs:
- General Operating Support provides two years of unrestricted, core support for Cuyahoga County-based 501c3 nonprofit organizations that have a primary mission of arts or culture. Grant size is determined by formula.
- Project Support I offers grants of up to $50,000 for 501c3 nonprofit organizations presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2015.
- Project Support II offers grants of up to $5,000 for 501c3 nonprofit organizations presenting arts or cultural projects in Cuyahoga County in 2015.
The Eligibility Check, the first step in the application process, is due Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by 4:30 pm. If eligible, an organization may submit an application, which is due Thursday, August 28, 2014 by 4:30 pm. Organizations may only apply to one grant program.
“Since 2007, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested $112 million through nearly 1,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County, and we welcome organizations offering arts and culture programs to apply now for CAC grants in 2015,” said Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills. “Our county is fortunate to have this source of public funding for arts and culture, which strengthens our community by making it a better place to live, work and play.”
A new ART Gallery is slated To open in Collinwood. Satellite Gallery an east side art installation space, owned by Loren Naji, will host it's inaugural exhibit on Friday June 6th from 6:00 until 10:00 pm. Invited artists have selected rooms in which they will build their “installations”. The gallery is located at 442 East 156th Street. One of the guest artists, Diane Collins, is constructing her piece on the back porch. She has entitled it "Tranquility Amidst Urban Geometry". Collins has invited Euclid artist, Laureen Deveney, to collaborate and integrate work into the finished composition. Collins' daughter, Amelia, age 18, will also contribute, making this her debut into the Cleveland art scene.
It’s a Family Affair. Come One, Come All. Many roles for all ages.
Auditions at the Shore Cultural Center
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, Ohio
July 28th & 29th 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Call backs July 30th 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Bring sheet music, accompanist provided. Be prepared for choreography.
Directed by Douglas F. Bailey II
Music by David Coxe
Choreography by Tara Marie Mirabile
Show dates: October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26
Questions, please call Charlotte at 216-219-3630
And another one bites the dust.
Since 1895 the Euclid Beach Pier has withstood the wrath of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood, but this Fall the wrath of the wrecking ball it shall meet.
Cleveland Metroparks has great plans for the lakefront property, including a new and improved fishing pier, but for those who lived and loved on this historic pier - especially in the heyday of the amusement park - this is a major loss.
Bid farewell to the century old Euclid Beach Pier on Friday, July 25th from 6-9pm during Cleveland’s first large-scale yarn storm and free sunset yoga and meditation session on the beach led by Blissful Cleveland.
YARN n YOGA is a community-made, community-installed, and community-supported public art project organized by North Shore Collinwood resident, Ali Lukacsy. For those not familiar, yarn bombing is a fun, bright, beautiful way to celebrate public space. Unlike graffiti, yarn bombing is done without any damage to historic structures or the natural landscape, is temporary, and easily removable.
A few weekends ago Phone Gallery - Cleveland's Smallest Gallery – opened it’s first curated show, #ThisisWaterloo, a revolving set of crowd-sourced photographs taken by visitors, residents, and merchants in the Waterloo Arts District.
In the shadows of Russ’ Auto, I stood in front of the once vacant, phoneless box and tinkered with the format of the first 16 photographs now on view through mid-May when a new batch of photographs will replace the initial selections. I drew the attention of curious on-lookers and happily chatted about the project’s aspirations to engage any and everyone who finds themselves on Waterloo. Not once but twice I was offered the use of a stranger’s cell phone or directed down the street to an operable pay phone. I can only imagine how bizarre I looked, reaching through the wormhole for a phone receiver that is long gone.
Originally conceived in 2013 through collaboration between artist Ivana Medukic of 'Project Pop-Up Galleries' and myself and executed by neighborhood handyman Doug Holmes, Phone Gallery demonstrates the transformation of an otherwise underutilized "space" into an inventive place for art display.
It’s mission is to exhibit neighborhood-centric work by local artists, promoting Collinwood and its people to Cleveland and beyond. For the first exhibition, the goal is to engage people who otherwise might not describe themselves as artists or might not otherwise find time to visit Waterloo.
All press is good press. If you’ve been paying attention to the local news abuzz over the happenings in the Waterloo Arts District, you’d know that 2014 is a year of great press.
On March 7th, 2014 LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo launched with a free public event held in Mac’s Lock Shop on Waterloo Road. This event was made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
A large crowd flooded Mac’s from 5-9pm on an unusually warm late winter’s evening to hand stamp their initials, name, or other short message into the body of an outmoded, non-TSA approved luggage lock. These locks were then affixed to an expanded mesh and plaster sculpture, currently on display in Mac’s alongside an upcycled key mobile titled “Keys to the Street”.
A re-opening of LOCKS will take place during the next “Walk All Over Waterloo”, the monthly first Friday art crawl. Join neighbors and fellow artists at the new and final location: a chainlink fence down the street from Mac’s, in front of the Zaller Building and the Waterloo Sculpture Garden.
With warmer weather finally approaching, we are excited to invite you out of the house for a night of fun and surprises on Waterloo, Friday, May 2nd! There is a lot happening at the SS&W Boardwalk that evening. The bar has been making several improvements during the construction time, and this includes a new draft system! Gone are the days of not being able to get a nice cold draft! They will be putting the new system to work for the first time and will be serving cold ones all night to the tunes of The Madison Crawl, their favorite barrel house boogie band! Another component for the event includes an "Open House" of the second floor of the building- a massive upstairs that is divided up into twelve rooms, 2 newly remodeled bathrooms, and a common area- that once served as doctors' offices and even a place for railroaders to rest for the night. Today, they are offering several of these rooms for rent as artists studios at an affordable rate on a monthly basis. If that is not enough for you, The Boardwalk has sponsored a local artist to create a public art scavenger hunt. Life size tape replicas of Clevelanders will light up the street and various businesses- something unexpected and fun that you'll truly have to see to appreciate! Find them all and receive a special treat from the Boardwalk! If you are interested in seeing how these sculptures are made, she will be out and about on the weekends in April creating them- keep an eye out! Specifically, Saturday April 12th, 3 scultpures will be made at the Boardwalk starting at 7 pm, pizza provided if you come to watch or get involved. SO- Get excited for May people! Make sure you get out of the house and Walk All Over Waterloo on Friday, May 2nd!
Public Art & Studio Open House- 6-10 pm
Madison Crawl 8-12 pm
The SS&W Boardwalk 16011 Waterloo Road
This event was made possible by the Collinwood Vibrancy Program through Northeast Shores Development Corporation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the Kresge Foundation.
Creative Painting with artists and teachers, William Denihan and Doug Rothschild.
Saturdays 10:00am - 1:30 pm
APRIL 12th & 26th
MAY 10th & 24th
JUNE 14th & 28th
No art experience necessary!
Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministry
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Cleveland, Ohio 44110
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North Collinwood’s UpStage Players, one of Northeast Ohio’s hardest working children’s theatre companies, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the beloved musical Godspell Jr. Tickets are now on sale!
We are celebrating our 10th year of business in 2014, and are planning a slew of special events and surprises in order to celebrate! We hope you will join us for as many of these as you can!
On Saturday, January 18th, Lego man Ben Shuber completed the building of a Lego replica of MUSIC SAVES, right here in the store! Folks hung out and watched it come together while Mike Uva played a couple live sets for us!
The Lego MUSIC SAVES is permanently housed in a clear box, and displayed in the store, for all to see!
Cleveland-based painter Mike Meier’s paintings and drawings explore a mysteriously potent visual realm, balanced between depiction and abstraction. Following in the footsteps of contemporary European painters such as Michael Borremans, Luc Tuymans, and Gerhardt Richter, Meier combines a propaganda-haunted realism with a sense of the abstract, dehumanizing force of repetition. His paintings seem in search of the vibrating, ghost-like space of the individual, all but dematerialized, haunting the machine of recent history.
Meier was born in Cleveland and teaches Foundation Drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he earned his BFA.
Waterloo Arts Gallery (FKA Arts Collinwood), 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sun 4-10pm or by appointment. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/523548087742501/ Contact Information: Amy Callahan, 216-692-9500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mirrors reprised their fantastic show at the WRUW Studio A Rama in September with an equally outstanding show at the Beachland Ballroom on the very snowy night of January 25. The line-up for the show was Jamie Klimek on guitar and lead vocals, Craig Bell on bass, Jim Crook on guitar, Tom Fallon on guitar, Dave Franduto on guitar, and Tom Madej on drums. Four guitars, creating a wall of sound, each very different guitar player finding his own space in a power guitar quartet--in this line-up's second performance together.
Mirrors opened each of their two sets with a Velvet Underground cover, first with "There She Goes Again" and second with "Venus In Furs." They also did some songs they didn't get to play at Studio A Rama, such as "How Could I," "I'm The One," "Here We Are Again," "Penthouse Legend," "Another Nail In The Coffin," and "I Saw You" (not to be confused with "I Saw You And," which they also played, or "And I Saw You" which they did not.) The performance proved why they are frequently referred to as legendary as they moved easily from punk to pop to jamming with the Lord, with a Gospel-like appeal to Jesus followed by "God Says" (F*** You.) They were funny, relaxed with the crowd and obviously had a great time themselves. Opening band St. Jayne did an excellent job of warming up the crowd, doing several Easter Monkeys songs.
2014 has brought new and exciting opportunities to the digital media class that meets at the Collinwood Recreation Center on Wednesdays at 4:30pm.
First, we have a new name, our program is now known as iMedia. This program allows our youth, ages 13-18, to explore career opportunities associated with radio, media and the arts.
Devon Merritt, a rising R&B singer, who was discovered at the iMedia class by music executive and radio personality Darvio "Kingpin" Morrow of The Avenue Radio Show, on WHK 1420am performed at the Cavaliers vs. the Chicago Bulls game during Primetime on January 22nd.
Rakim Huff, aspiring actor and director, is up for an audition at a local Westside theater. One of our new opportunities is an online magazine called Volume Magazine, which is a Cleveland-centric entertainment & pop culture online magazine, with the following subjects: music, fashion, film/tv/radio, sports, arts and culture. We need inspiring writers, if you are interested contact us at email@example.com. Volume Magazine was co-funded by Neighborhood Connections and the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Moon3 (cubed) is an invitational, guerilla-like, public art installation featuring 38 emerging and established, local and regional artists – curated by local artist and gallery owner, Loren Naji. Moon3 is the latest public art project by Naji, whose Satellite gallery will soon open in Collinwood with exhibition space on its interior and exterior.
Each artist was provided with a 2ft x 4ft piece of plywood to do with whatever they please. On Saturday, January 18th, the public and the media was invited to witness history as all 38 artists will bring their own hammers and install their boards in a barn raising-like fashion on a room-size skeleton constructed by Naji. Brooklyn-based artist Julie Schenkelberg will create an installation for the interior of the “Moon Cube”. As of January 16th, her work will also be installed at the Sculpture Center.
Participating artists include Alenka Banco, Justin Brennan, John Carlson, Dan Corrigan, Jen Craun, Dana Depew, Andy Dreamingwolf, Steve Ehret, Ali Forbes, Punk Fargo, Hilary Gent, Michael Gill, Erin Guido, Ron Johnston, George Kocar, Joe Lanzilotta, James March, Steven Mastroianni, Liz Maugans, Jim Morano, Betsi Morris, Loren Naji, Rick Novario, Angela Oster, Bob Peck, Angelica Pozo, Melinda Placko, Ed Raffel, Thom Rossino, Julie Schenkelberg, Mike Sobeck, Grace Summanen, Omid Tavakoli, Robert Thurmer, Josh Usmani, Daive Whaley, Grace Wen and Gadi Zamir.
Independent Pictures, the parent organization of the Ohio Independent Film Festival, announces the screening of rare exploitation films from the 1930s at Waterloo Arts 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110 (216) 692-9500. “This is the perfect film festival for the Waterloo Arts entertainment district”, states Todd Kwait, Board Member of Independent Pictures.
Kwait states “The popularity of our December 2013 screening of Maniac (1934) has prompted us to dig deep into our vaults and unearth more exploitation classics. The so-called "educational" aspects of these films allowed the depiction of taboo subjects that were prohibited by The Motion Picture Code. Watching these films today is a real hoot! They are best enjoyed as a group activity, primed by liquor, etc. Come on down and have a blast!” Admission is free!!!!
All Films Will Start at 8:00 PM. Enter at the Café located on the corner of East 156th Street and Waterloo. Hosted by Todd Kwait and Robert Banks of Independent Pictures.
Friday, March 7, 2014: "Marihuana" (1936) 60 Minutes. Directed by Dwain Esper.
A young teenage girl ends up at a pot smoking party, goes skinny dipping and ends up pregnant. Her drug smuggling boyfriend is killed, she ends up a heroin addict and ends up kidnapping her own child that she had previously put up for adoption. You think that you have problems!
Friday, April 4, 2014: "The Cocaine Fiends" (1936) 60 Minutes. Directed by William A. O'Conner.
A small town girl is offered "headache powder" which turns out to be cocaine. The moral of the story, do not sniff white powder.
There’s a new stop on next month’s “Walk All Over Waterloo” first Friday’s art crawl.
Join your neighbors at Mac’s Lock Shop - the oldest business on the street - at 15702 Waterloo Road for “LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo.” The FREE event will be held from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, March 7th, 2014 and is open to all.
Why would you go to a locksmith on a Friday evening? Assuming you’re not locked out of your house, the answer may not be obvious.
Thanks to generous support from the Collinwood Rising Vibrancy Grant made possible by North East Shores Development Corporation and the Kresge Foundation, Mac’s will be hosting one of many FREE grant-funded events popping up along Waterloo during the massive streetscape renovation.
Myself and one of Mac’s employees, Perry Prine, have been brainstorming this event since I needed to make use of Mac’s wonderful locksmith service back in December. Perry and I got to talking over a can of WD-40 and the partnership was born.
The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum presents the 50th annual Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend at the Cleveland Marriott Hotel and the 25th Awards Show spectacular, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 28, 29 and 30, 2013.
Celebrate fifty years of polka fun at one of the country’s biggest polka festivals, a three-day polka marathon featuring the finest Cleveland-Style Polka and Slovenian performers from the U. S. and Canada. The Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show celebrates annual and lifetime achievers with a gala stage production at Euclid Auditorium on Saturday, November 30.
Sixteen dance bands are featured in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. This year’s featured performers include Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (2012 Band of the Year), the George Staiduhar Orchestra (2012 Album of the Year) and RFD-TV’s popular Squeezebox with Mollie B. Darling Mollie and the boys pack them in across the Polka Belt with their up-tempo takes on old-time polkas and waltzes.
The Marriott Grand Ballroom is the main music venue with non-stop entertainment from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the traditional Polka Mass begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight. The hotel’s catering department prepares a menu of favorite nationality dishes for sale. You can order sausages made by Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, the winner of the Slovenian Sausage Festival.
Wouldn’t a photo of your favorite musician or that concert you still remember fondly look great on your wall? Music photography gallery Space ROCK (15721 Waterloo Road) will offer you the chance to snag that photo while picking up some additional prints for holiday gift-giving.
The gallery will host two holiday photo sales in December, featuring work by some of the area’s top music photographers, including Joe Kleon, Janet Macoska, Karen Novak, Anastasia Pantsios, and George Shuba.
They’ll take place from 6-10 pm Friday December 6 during Walk All Over Waterloo, and noon-4:30 pm Saturday December 14, to coincide with the annual Beachland Ballroom Holiday Flea Market, giving music-lovers a reason to spend the afternoon on Waterloo.
Visitors will be able to buy prints directly from the photographer of both major superstar acts and popular local bands. They’ll include Shuba’s photos of ’60s acts like the Beatles, the Who, Sonny & Cher and the many hit artists who appeared on Cleveland’s nationally syndicated Upbeat Show for which Shuba was the house photographer. But they’ll also include the photos that Kleon has shot recently of artists like Taylor Swift, Alice Cooper, and Michael Stanley.
If you stop in to browse and chat with the photographers, you’ll also be able to see Space: ROCK’s current show, A Sound Baseline: Making Music Work, devoted to the behind-the-scenes that keep the area music scene humming. That show runs through the end of December.
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A Sound Baseline: Making Music Work opens October 19
Music fans understandably focus their attention on the performers and the excitement on the stage. But it takes a village to get that show happening — a village of support businesses and personnel who provide what is needed to get the music to the fans.
Waterloo Road gallery Space: ROCK’s next show, A Sound Baseline: Making Music Work, focuses on these unsung heroes. It features the people and businesses in northeast Ohio who provide such support services — recording studios, equipment manufacturers, music stores, sound/production companies, mastering suites, duplication companies, and others.
The show opens Saturday October 19 with a reception from 6-10 pm. It will also be open from 6-10 pm Friday November 1 for Walk All Over Waterloo, as well as the gallery’s regular hours, 1-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. It will run through the end of November.
Four area photographers — Joe Kleon, Anastasia Pantsios, Mara Robinson, and North Collinwood resident Michael Spear — have photographed nearly three dozen local businesses, which support the music scene, provide jobs for area residents, and bolster the local economy.
They include Gotta Groove Records, which started to press vinyl records near downtown Cleveland just as vinyl was becoming popular again and now makes records for bands and musicians from all over; Suma Recording in Painesville, which has recorded internationally celebrated luminaries like Pere Ubu, as well as many local artists; and Earthquaker Pedals, which started as one man’s hobby and now employs 18 people in Akron, making guitar sound-processing pedals now sold in more than 150 music stores around the world.
In early 2013, when Collinwood resident Darvio “The Kingpin” Morrow and Brittany Williams had a downtown meeting with executives from Salem Communications-owned WHK-AM, they had no idea that this would lead them down the path of potentially changing talk radio in Cleveland – and the nation.
“I was originally supposed to be working with someone else,” said Darvio. “I had known Brittany a little bit from some mutual friends we had, but we weren't really close at all at the time. So the two of us were in this meeting, and I was thinking that I was going to be working with someone else and that Britt was just the conduit, and all of a sudden, plans change, we have a time slot, and now we have to figure out what to do with it.”
What came out of constant conversations between Darvio and Brittany afterward, along with the addition of Doug Magill and “THE” Andre Cato to the fold, was a show that could revolutionize the talk radio industry. “I knew I wanted to do something different. I knew I didn't want to do the standard AM radio talk show,” said Darvio. “Brittany had introduced me to Doug, who is a talk radio veteran and he kinda just encouraged me to be fearless with what I wanted to do and to follow my vision.”
That vision became “The Avenue.”
The Avenue is a new concept in talk radio. It combines the comedy and pop culture elements of the Hot Talk genre, which is typically heard on FM stations (Elvis Duran, Tom Joyner, Russ Paar, etc.) with the traditionally more news and issues-oriented shows often heard on AM radio.
“The Avenue is culture and entertainment news with a fresh perspective and new, local voices,” said Brittany.
“We have some outrageous conversations but then at a moment's notice, we can flip it,” Darvio added. “Whether it's an interview or serious discussion about something news-related or political, we can show our consciousness and give our perspective.”
Daryl Stuermer, guitar and bass player for Genesis and lead guitar for Phil Collins on most of his solo albums and tours, played to a crowded house at the Beachland Ballroom on Friday evening, August 09, 2013. The benefit for the Hospice of the Western Reserve rocked the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110).
Mr. Stuermer played the fundraiser for the Hospice of the Western Reserve as an acknowledgment and thank you for the services the non-profit agency provided to Mr. Stuermer’s mother-in-law. The crowd enjoyed an evening filled with new material as well as classic rock bits which illustrated the depth and breadth of Mr. Stuermer’s career.
Mr. Stuermer is a masterful guitar player. His ability to wow the crowd with riffs and licks was amazing (and most appreciated by the audience). The show opened with “Duke’s Intro - Just a Job to Do” and mellowed into “Throwing it All Away,” “No Son of Mine” and “Heavy Heart.”
Sax player and vocalist Woody Mankowski got the crowd out of their chairs with a smokin’ version of “I Can’t Dance.” As well as being a masterful sax player, Mr. Mankowski has a great voice well suited to the style of music popularized by Phil Collins and Genesis.
Keyboardist Kostia Efimov is a classical piano and keyboard marvel. Hailing from the former USSR, Mr. Efimov presents skills and style rarely seen in popular music groups. Hearing him play was a rare treat.
Bassist Eric Hervey has been with the "Daryl Stuermer Band" since 1995. He laid down a bass line that grounded the presentation. Drummer Alan Arber’s work was solid. He never missed a beat. The show was a mix of Genesis material and original tunes.
The sound man did a great job. The audio was balanced with just the right emphasis on each instrument. The smooth, polished and professional show finished with huge renditions of “Masala Mantra” and “Land of Confusion” (a very well-known Genesis recording).
Mr. Stuermer performed a great service for an organization whose value cannot be overstated. Proceeds from the concert will support programs Hospice of the Western Reserve offers that are not covered by Medicare and private insurance. Examples include art, music, massage and pet therapy, pediatric hospice care and fulfilling special wishes for patients. Those wishing to support the agency’s work can make tax deductible donations online or by contacting call Laura Lee Martin, Senior Development Officer, at 216.383.3716, or email@example.com.
Jim Juknialis is one of the founders and organizers of the East Shore Park Club Summer Concert series. A former club owner, with an appreciation for music that ranges from Kid Rock to classical, Jim is an enthusiastic supporter of the local music scene. He has lived in North Collinwood for more than 20 years.
Well-known and regarded artist, Michelangelo Lovelace, will have his work featured in the inaugural exhibition of Waterloo’s newest art gallery, the Maria Neil Project. The opening will take place on Friday, September 6 at 6 pm as a part of the growing neighborhood’s ‘Walk All Over Waterloo’ first Friday event.
1- What was your first live concert? It was Babes in Toyland, The Melvins and White Zombie
2- How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before? Electro Funk, an organic fusion of Techno and Soul.
3- When did you start making music? And what instruments did you start with? I started playing piano at about 9 or 10, and I played drums all through High School. 4- What is different about this tour? I have a live drummer & live guitar and I'm playing all the songs on my brand new album "Watch the Shadows"
5- Of everywhere you've lived, where do you consider home? And where is your favorite home away from home? Brooklyn definitely feels like home to me after being there for 8 years now. Miami is my fav home away from home though I know a handful of really good people there and every time I go I say I'm gonna move there.
6- Have you ever been to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? No. I should finally make a trip there when we get to Cleveland.
7- Of all of your collaborations, who were you the most excited to work with? I'm in the middle of one with Z-Trip right now. When he hit me up out of the blue about it I was pretty excited.
8- What is your Favourite Colour? Any shade between Turquoise & Chartreuse, preferably a neon or a day-glo version of it.
9- Thrift shop or designer clothes? 90% thrift 10% designer
10- Cats or Dogs? Cats
11- What is your favorite scent? There is a certain perfume that rich european ladies wear, don't know what brand it is or anything.
12- What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla.
13- What are you looking forward to doing while you're here in Cleveland? Catching up with my ppl out there is always a good time.
For more info check out: http://eliotlipp.com/
The 2013 Lottery League draft at the Beachland Ballroom February 1 kicked off two and a half months of rehearsals that culminated with the Big Show MMXIII at the Agora April 13.
Four photographers — Ken Blaze, Shel Greenberg, Frank Lanza, and Lou Muenz — captured the color, the excitement, the grit, the humor and the camaraderie of the process.
Their photos comprise From The Draft to The Big Show: The 2013 Cleveland Lottery League in Photos, opening at Space: ROCK, the music photographer gallery at 15721 Waterloo Road, on Friday August 2 from 6-10 pm. That’s also the night of the monthly Walk All Over Waterloo.
This year’s Cleveland Lottery League — the third time it’s taken place — was the largest and most spectacular yet. 169 Cleveland area musicians put their names into consideration to be drawn at random to form 42 completely new bands at the Draft.
The photographers captured it all — the suspense of finding out who your new bandmates were, the getting-to-know-you process of rehearsals, Slot Selection night aka the Bowling Party at the Madison Lanes when bands drew for their time slots, and of course, the 12-hour Big Show MMXIII.
From The Draft to The Big Show will feature nearly 100 photos so that those who were there can relieve the fun, and those who weren’t can kick themselves that they missed it.
The show will run through the end of September. Space: ROCK is open from 1-5 pm Saturday and Sunday and the from 6-10 pm the first Friday of each month.
For more information, please contact Anastasia Pantsios at 216-932-4835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anastasia Pantsios is a Cleveland writer and photographer with an emphasis on music and the arts. She is the director of the Space: ROCK Gallery on Waterloo.
A blend of the urban landscape and fine art, that is what Baltimore based street artist Gaia displays in his new Waterloo mural. A young artist, who has already gained critical acclaim around the world, Gaia got his start making posters in New York and moved to wall murals as a way to do his art in a larger and more provocative way.
Bright colors, free flowing lines and in some cases reminiscent of cubism. These are what a viewer might expect to find in the work of one of Waterloo’s most recent visiting street artists RAE. A Brooklyn native, RAE’s interest in street art was sparked from his interactions with hip-hop and graffiti in his neighborhood growing up. Always interested in drawing, he wanted to paint outside so that his work could be shared. He explained that art was something that should be out in the open and viewed by all. When talking about his Collinwood piece, RAE explains that, like all of his work, he likes to use the features of the wall and play off it. Many of the lines were done without ever picking up the brush or spray can, like drawing without ever lifting the pencil.
If Waterloo is going to be an Arts district, it should probably look like one. At least that was the thinking of Amy Callahan, Executive Director of Arts Collinwood.
Amy has been largely responsible for the new murals that have been popping up all over the Waterloo Arts District. It’s called the Zoetic Walls Project and it is showcasing the work of local, national, and international street artists. Walls are being transformed from bland and underutilized spaces into colorful, thought-provoking works of art. The project was created as a way to help improve the aesthetic of the neighborhood but also as a means of placemaking, showcasing Waterloo as a community where the arts are meant to thrive and be appreciated by all, a collision of fine art and urban living.
The murals have done more than just beautify the urban landscape but also serve as a forum for community engagement. Amy shared how she was pleasantly surprised about the amount of discussion there has been about the work and is happy to see that community members are excited to join in a conversation to talk about our neighborhood spaces.
It is the vision of street artists that have helped bring new murals to the Waterloo Arts District but it is the generosity of local companies that have helped to turn that vision into a reality.
The golden paint used in the creation of the mural by the Detroit based art group the Hygienic Dress League was made possible with the help of Sheffield Bronze Paint Corporation located at 17814 South Waterloo Road and the Cleveland Paint Company at 855 East 222nd St. in Euclid.
Sheffield manufactured and then sold the paint much below cost to the Cleveland Paint Company who donated their markup. As owner of Sheffield Paint, Mel Hart explained, “We try to help the city whenever we can…our company has a history of helping with projects and we like to stay true to that. We do the best we can for our neighborhood.”
It seems that every few days there is a new mural being painted by street artists from around the world in the Waterloo Arts District. This is in large part due to the efforts of Chicago based street art curators and facilitators Nick Marzullo and Seth Mooney who co-founded the group Pawn Works. The pair is helping find and bring the artists who paint the murals of the Zoetic Walls Project to the neighborhood.
Marzullo and Mooney, who are reaching out to all branches of the street art world, actually stem from local roots. Marzullo was born in Collinwood but grew up in Bainbridge Township. The partnership started with a gallery space and evolved overtime into the full time curation of outdoor street art. Pawn Works now works with street artists to find walls, build hype for their shows, and help promote the art. They chose specific artist for specific spaces and are very conscious of what and whose at goes where. Street art has been incredibly popular in Europe in recent years and that popularity is now coming to the United States. Pawn Works is playing a big role in making American street art happen. The group came to Collinwood when they were contacted by Amy Callahan at Arts Collinwood with her idea for the Zoetic Walls Project. Nick explained that he was “excited to be back working in Cleveland.” He also talked about how “this project is all about bringing beauty to a neighborhood, letting people know this is an artistic and creative place.” Pawn Works has been the irreplaceable middle man in this project bringing urban artists from around the world to paint within the Waterloo Arts District. In the weeks to come, they will bring even more artists to the neighborhood and growing its creative vibrancy.
A Communist metaphor, a Rust Belt reimagining or just some guy, Argentinian street artist Ever’s mural has a commanding presence as it watches over the intersection of Waterloo and E. 156th street.
Ever is the first artist to paint as part of the Zoetic Arts Project. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Ever has painted murals around the world. He got his start (like many street artists) painting letters in his neighborhood back in the 1990’s. As he evolved as an artist, he began to do more portraiture, often of people he does not even know.
His Collinwood mural is characteristic of his style as he juxtaposes the realistic with the totally abstract. His work is atypical of many street artists as such portraiture is not typically seen in the medium. Ever attempts to make his work relevant to North Collinwood residence as his images of tools and workers celebrate the rich industrial heritage and blue collar unity of the neighborhood.
There is no question that this has been one of the more controversial pieces of work to be done in the neighborhood but it has, through that controversy, brought about discussion and debate about art in the neighborhood and what is means for the Waterloo Arts District as a whole.