78th Street Studios is not under the radar in Cleveland by any means. But I would like to highlight two spaces and the creative people behind them. Visit the spaces during the Third Friday event 78th Street has monthly.
Survival Kit Gallery is “an Art Gallery and Alternative Event Space for Emerging Local and National Artists, Performers, and Craftspeople.” The space is run by Brian Straw (who has deep roots in the Cleveland art & music scene) and Alex Tapié. The space is intimate and the shows, top quality.
Mona Gazala runs the two-year old organization Cleveland West Art League who also have a space at 78th St Studios. This ambitious organization offers exhibition and programming opportunities to Clevelanders and beyond (membership is open to anyone). Membership is only $25. Ohio Art League and CWAL will partner in the future on exhibitions and programming, hopefully closing the gap between the Columbus & Cleveland art worlds.