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.
One more awesome project happening in Cleveland: The Can Journal, a compendium of 27 art organizations in Cleveland, launched by Zygote Press. Download the PDF for free.
1) November 18th is our annual fundraiser, One Night. It’s at the Ohioana Library in a room as big as an airplane hangar. Art for sale (including altered books), cocktails, good music, a live auction…and only $25.
2) We are in the middle of our membership drive. New members (and members lapsed 1 yr +) will receive a free badass t-shirt. Reasons to join: 1) You are an artist or student looking for access to exhibition opportunities, workshops, networking. 2) You are an art enthusiast building your collection and looking for ways to connect with local artists. 3) Because it’s fun.
3) Artist members have the opportunity to exhibit in our gallery in the South Campus Gateway. This month we are featuring artists Jeremy Stone and Scott Neal. It’s difficult to describe their work. Jeremy creates prints; Scott has made sculptures that are carved out of the wall. Both deal with the brain’s ability to process the visual by ‘filling in the blanks’ with information from the past. Go see for yourself.