Gallery Watch: Think Spring!

Local Artists from 5 to 85 participated in this Show
More than 100 partygoers flocked to the “Think Spring” benefit auction to support the Friends of the Mentally Retarded at Local Girl Gallery on Saturday, April 21. An elegant party including an art auction featuring the talents of local artists from among others, the Beck Center and Rocky River Adult Activity Center. There were over 80 pieces of Spring-Inspired art ripe for the bidding; at last tally the event raised upwards of $2,000!

Upcoming Events:

Beck Center for the Arts

17801 Detroit Avenue



8th Annual Razzle Dazzle

Dance, Dance, Dance

A Dynamic Musical Celebration

May 11-12, 2007

In cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (CCMRDD) and the Rocky River Adult Activities Center (RRAAC), the Beck Center for the Arts presents Razzle Dazzle VIII – Dance, Dance, Dance in the Music-Armory Building on the Beck Center campus.

This year’s original production is based on “dance crazes!” You’ll see it all, from the Can-Can to the Cakewalk and everything in between. The inspiration for this show is Judson Laipply’s “Evolution of Dance” video. Opening night begins with a musical performance by local actor and musician, Douglas Collier, while Saturday evening’s performance will open with an inspiring musical performance by the Rocky River & Maple Heights Adult Activities Center Choirs.

In addition to this dynamic musical celebration, guests are invited to view a “Razzle Dazzle” display of artwork created by the distinguished and dedicated artists who participate in the Beck Center’s Creative Arts Therapies program. This exhibit will be on display May 4 – June 10 in the Music-Armory Building.

Razzle Dazzle VIII is sponsored by the Oatey Company. A special opening night benefit performance will be held on Friday evening, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a reception and raffle after the show, as well as an opportunity to mix and mingle with the talented cast and crew. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the Creative Arts Therapies program at the Beck Center. To reserve tickets, call the Beck Center Box Office. Two additional performances are scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.


bela dubby

13221 Madison Avenue


Stop by for some Art, Music and Fair Trade Coffee.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight.


Cleveland Artist’s Foundation

17801 Detroit Avenue (inside the Beck Center)


Joseph B. O’Sickey, Menageries and Other Worlds: A Retrospective Exhibition 1941-2007 opened Friday, April 13 and is curated by William Busta. This significant exhibition surveys works of O’Sickey throughout seven decades – his sketches of India and Africa from his years in the Army during the 1940s; advertising and design work from the 1940s and 1950s; continuing series of landscape, still-life and garden paintings; and recent work based upon circus themes. The exhibit runs through June 9, 2007. A catalogue of the exhibition is being published.

Gallery hours are Tue-Sat, 12-5pm.

Local Girl Gallery

16106 Detroit Avenue


Saturday, May 5th, meet the Burning River Roller Girls, from 7pm-10pm.

Who are the BRRG? They are Cleveland’s first all-female, skater-owned, flat-track derby league.

Saturday, May 12th, Emerson Middle School Student Art Show, 6pm-9pm.

This exhibit will feature works of over 20 student artists from Emerson Middle School. A variety of mediums will be represented including various painting styles and hand-made jewelry. This Show is curated by Victoria Gildner.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-5pm and Friday-Saturday 12pm-6pm


Pop Shop Gallery and Studio

17020 Madison Avenue


2 Year Anniversary Show - Pop, Drop, and Roll Saturday, May 19th from 6-9pm Cleveland's most ultra-violet gallery will house the areas best local contemporary artists for its second birthday. The show will feature a vast mixture of graffiti art, mixed media, rock and roll photography, and many more unique pieces. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. An after party will be held immediately following at Mullens (located next to the gallery).

Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-6pm.

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio

1662 Mars Avenue


Wobblefoot’s featured artist this month is Jim Stracensky.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.


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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:19 PM, 04.27.2007