Gallery Watch

Greetings fellow art enthusiasts of Lakewood. We would like to open our first Gallery Watch column by extending our heartfelt thanks to our predecessor, Chelsea L. Waschek, for all her hard work and commitment in keeping our readers informed about the Lakewood art scene up to this point. We wish Chelsea the best of luck in all her future endeavors.

We offered to take over responsibility for this column because we are both committed to promoting the arts in our community. Our hope is to entice you to join us in experiencing the pleasure of art for art's sake and to introduce you to another level of social interaction in our lovely town. We've always found art to be a wonderful catalyst to great conversation, wonderful new friendships and inner discovery...whether you like a piece of art or not, you always have something to say about it. So join us and be a part of this exciting cultural scene!

Some Fine Art Goodies To Sample

Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Avenue
Father/Daughter Art Show
Award-winning photographer Jim Howson and his two talented artist daughters, Judy Calkin and Patt McClain, have their photography and watercolor paintings on exhibit in the Jean Bulicek Galleria at the Beck Center for the Arts. This exhibit is free and open the public. For gallery hours and more information regarding this art exhibit call 216-521-2540, or just stop by.

bela dubby
13321 Madison Avenue
Group Show
Currently works by Artists Kate Schneider, Josh Foster, Bethany Browning, Scott Hosner, Brian Jacobs, Kristie Kremer, Ryan Lambrix, Lisa Olbrysh, Dott Schneider and Joseph Close through January 31. Stop by for a cup of coffee, a beer and some eye candy.
New Openings on the first Saturday of every month. Next Opening is Saturday, February 4, from 6 p.m.-1 a.m. The title of the show is "trash and treasure" and is a collection of new works by the artists of Artifactual Creations, Christopher Sweiger and Diogenes Basileos.
bela dubby is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight, and closed on Sunday and Monday. Just to check call 216-221-4479.

Local Girl Gallery
16106 Detroit Avenue
Photography exhibit to benefit Adoption Network Cleveland
In honor of the Chinese New Year, Local Girl Gallery will host an exhibit of photographic imagery by local artist Laura Watilo Blake from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2006. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Adoption Network Cleveland.

In what has become know as the "Corruption in China" series, the imagery in the collection represents two distinct moments in history that produce a visual clash between traditional and modernity in China. Not meant as a political statement, the title of the series developed as a result of equipment malfunction in a Chinese motel room that produced a visual feast of vertical and horizontal lines, split images, and over saturated colors in the original digital photographs.

The event will also feature an auction of lion masks designed and decorated by foster and adopted children and their families. In Chinese culture, the lion dance is performed during Chinese New Year celebrations to bring good luck and good fortune in the coming year. It would be fortunate if all of Cuyahoga County's 444 kids waiting for adoption could find families in 2006.

Complimentary appetizers and tempting beverages will be served.
Phone (216)-228-1802 or check out the website at www.localgirlgallery.com

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Avenue
Free4All, Group Show
The Pop Shop Gallery and Studio will be hosting its Group Show entitled the "Free4All". This show will house 17+ area artists displaying new contemporary works. The title Free4All is relevant to the artists showing viewers what they do and how they do it in a mass of other artists. A Free4All (free for all) is just an allowance for a great group show to recognize artists' style with multiple pieces (5-10 each) vs. a show in which they may only be allowed a few pieces (1-3). This show will runs until February 18.

Gallery times are Monday and Tuesday nights 9:30-11 p.m., Thursdays 4-11 p.m., and every other Saturday and Sunday 1-6 p.m. The gallery is open other days depending on artists schedules, and by appointments. For info call 216-227-8440.

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio
1662 Mars Avenue
Contest and Call for Wildlife Artists
Contest: Go to the Wobblefoot website at www wobblefoot.com to enter to win an 11" X 14" print of Stone Horsemen by S. Lane. The contest entry deadline is February 24, 2006. Every six weeks Wobblefoot has another giveaway posted on their site. Prizes could be jewelry, watches or prints. Check out the site for details.

Call for Artists: Wobblefoot is seeking outstanding wildlife artists to show on their webpage. Artists should call for an appointment and bring their portfolio at the time of interview. For more info call 216-226-2971.

Art gallery news and event information should be forwarded to gallerywatchgals@yahoo.com. Every effort will be made to include it in the next issue.
If you have a question about art that you would like researched, please forward it to gallerywatchgals@yahoo.com and we'll do our best to answer it and include it in our next column.

Ruth Koenigsmark is a 10-year resident of Lakewood and presently works for a non-profit organization that supports adults and children with disabilities. One of her many roles is managing an art gallery associated with the non-profit company, located in Ohio City. Ruth and her husband, Jerry, have two young sons, one a budding artist/skateboarder of nine and the other, a soon to be great filmographer. Ruth and Jerry are responsible for the Madison Village Car Kulture show, an event that has run in Lakewood for the last three years.

Christine Kazimer is a five-year resident of Lakewood and presently works as an account executive for a communications company focused on Life Science publications. Christine received her B.A. in Art History from Baldwin-Wallace College. Much to her chagrin, none of her three dogs show any artistic ability.
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 09.11 AM / 24th January 2006.