Friday, April 30, 2010

Drawn & Quartered II Saturday, May 8th 7—10PM

The Battle Royale continues! Teams of artists will compete against each other during timed drawing sessions. This year's event will have a 2-hour long pose, and nineto 20 minute short pose events. The drawing is fast, fun, furious, and extremely competitive with every artist utilizing all of their talent and tricks!

Teams include the Murray Hill Group with artists Deb Steytler, Juan Quirarte, Adam Pate, Ken Talley, Jeff Suntala, and Jack Flotte. Team Dr. Sketchy includes Dr. Aaron (Aaron Erb) and Dr. Jason (Jason Tilk) with artists Vanessa O'Brien, Ron Kretsch, Mark Overlow, Jim Janek, and Erin Schechtman. Pretentious Artists of Tremont with Tim Herron, Jim Gerber, Larry Zuzik, and Jeff Scolaro and Utrekkers from Utrecht Art Supplies with Beth A. Bryan, Beth Yurich, Nick Gulan, Gennifer Bone, Jose Estrada, and Shannon Hope Meeks.

Live models, contests, fabulous prizes, loud audience clapping, hooting, and rooting for their favorite team and artists, and this year, there will be an applause-o-meter! Think wide world of wrestling meets art school meets cabaret. Audience decides who wins. The audience will have a chance to draw as well, supplies provided. Drinks available (for a small donation) and cool music will be played.

Michael Salinger will return as this year's Emcee! 
The event will be photographed by Alex Rivera of Alejandro Rivera Photography.
A short film of the event will be shot and edited by Dennis Yurich of Yurich Creative.

Prizes sponsored by Prizm and Utrecht Art Supplies Cleveland

Saturday, May 8, 2010
2939 Professor Street
Tremont, Cleveland, OH

The Pink Eye Book of Collage Release Party! 4.30

Pink Eye is back messing with the Cleveland art scene...and has collected over 150 works of art for this show—should be one of the most memorable art exhibitions of this year in Cleveland.

Come on out to Wall Eye Gallery (Detroit and W. 54th) and join the Pink Eyes in celebration of their move from magazines to limited edition art books. Their first book release, The Pink Eye Book of Collage, features over 50 local artists’ collages in full glossy color. The opening will exhibit the works selected for the book (plus many more) as part of a large (over 150 pieces) salon styled show. Many well known local artists will be taking part in this 'exhibition of awesomeness', a must see for any fan of collage art. So come early – art will be sold affordably on a “grab and go” basis, and leave late – there will be live psyche-rock music provided by Freedom and Umm Qasr. The fun doesn’t stop there…the after party will be moving two blocks down the street to the Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Avenue) for more live sonic debauchery supplied by Hot Cha Cha, Film Strip and Beardo Bandini.

Exhibition takes place from 6PM—11PM Friday April 30th
@ Wall Eye Gallery, 5304 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102

Pre-Order your book online at:

Kocar’s Krazy Kubed Koncept Sat. 5.1

Meet artist George Kocar this Saturday during the Kocar's Krazy Kubed Concept!!! Kocar will re-explore the world of cubism by illuminating his already corky works and squaring up the loose ends in a new exhibit at (art)ifical gallery. This solo exhibit  includes many original works on canvas as well as an interactive post-it-note wall for viewers to explore. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 1st from 6–9pm. An adult after party will be held at Mullen’s on Madison (next to the gallery). The exhibit runs from May—May 29 and is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

(art)ificial Gallery
17020 Madison Ave.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Carol & John's Free Comic Day Midnight Preview! 5.1

Join Dr. Sketchy at Carol & John's Free Comic Book Midnight Preview Party. Midnight Preview Party, May 1st, 12AM-2AM (late Friday night) The Premiere Comic Event in Cleveland. Get first pick of the free comics at the biggest comic book party of the year!

Asian Action Star Kung Fun Bob and DJ Larry Syms will DJ pop culture craziness! Libations  served up at our open bar by The Joker (He's infusing Jalepenos into Tequila as we speak in a nefarious plot to get you drunk and spend more money!)
50% off Back Issues during this 2 hour period only!
We'll have representatives from Cleveland's finest at the party:
     -Dr. Sketchy Cleveland
     -The Elyria Comic Book Initiative
     -Costumes by the Rebel Legion and The 501st
Plus, you never know what other craziness might come up or who might stop by! Come out early. The Doctors have to catch a plane to New York for Sketchy-Con 2010 Saturday morning.
More Details at

Friday, April 23, 2010

Check out Adam Pate's newly improved web site

Hey folks, check out Adam Pate's newly re-designed web site (which incorporates his old site Multi-talented, Adam, along with his wife Stacie, can now add web design to his resume. Nice job Adam!

We Are Mountains: An exhibition by Dana Oldfather 4.23—5.9

We Are Mountains, a new solo exhibit by Dana Oldfather, will be featured at the William Rupnik GalleryOpening reception is 7-10 PM, Friday, April 23, 2010. After-party at Lava Lounge 10 PM.

Beginning her career as a figurative realist painter, Dana has since loosened her hand and expanded into the realm of abstraction. In 2008, she was granted 2nd place in the 9th Annual National Young Painters Competition by renowned New York painter and art critic, Peter Plagens. Dana is currently represented at The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland, EO Art Lab in Chester, Connecticut, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City, New York.

William Rupnik Gallery
1667 East 40 St., Unit 1-A
Cleveland, Ohio 44103


Visit for directions and details.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Opera Cleveland @Joseph-Beth Booksellers 4.28

by Gaetano Donizetti

Ruthless family politics deny Lucia her true love, breaking both her heart and her mind. But from the depths of madness and tragedy comes some of opera's most riveting bel canto singing. Tomer Zvulun (La boheme, 2008) returns to Cleveland to direct a thrilling new production, with striking sets adapted specifically for Opera Cleveland.

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2 pm

Get to know the singers of Lucia di Lammermoor at this fun Q&A, hosted by Dean Williamson. FREE.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
24519 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst, OH

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eliza Gilkyson @Beachland Ballroom 4.29

Eliza Gilkyson will be performing at the Beachland Ballroom Thursday, April 29th, 2010 8PM. (7PM Doors) Always a great show, I recommend it highly.

Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Purchase Tickets

Friday, April 16, 2010

78th Street Studios Experience THIRD FRIDAYS 4.16

A quarterly event showcasing west-side Cleveland’s largest art center, home to world class art galleries, artist studios, and creative businesses
Friday, April 16th 5—9PM
Saturday, April 17th 3—7PM

78th Street Studios is an eclectic mix of world class art galleries, studios & creative businesses anchoring the west end of the Gordon Square Arts District.

1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St
Cleveland OH 44102
(One block north of Lake Ave)
Free parking in lots North & South of building

Mixed Media Drawing at Art House: deadline 4.16

Expand your definition of drawing! Using pencils, pens, charcoal, pastels, acrylics and collage, students will explore a variety of techniques on a wide range of surfaces. Take this opportunity to experiment and try something new. Which material works best to express yourself?
with Melinda Placko
Wednesdays 6:30—8:30pm
April 21—May 19
Class fee: $85
Class fee includes: Supplies for first class only
Registration deadline: April 16
Art House, Inc.
3119 Denison Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefit 4.17

The 3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefit, their primary annual fundraising event, will be held at Asterisk Gallery on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Fundraising events are crucial to support Tremont West Programming. Please help them uphold ther mission of “improving and maintaining the living, business and cultural conditions for all Tremont” by becoming an Art & Cocktails sponsor. Tickets are $25 Feel free to contact Michelle Davis at 575.0920 with any questions.

Start Time:
Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 12:00pm
Asterisk Gallery

Saturday, April 10, 2010

MorrisonDance at DanceWorks 4.15—4.18

MorrisonDance will take you through several mysterious worlds: real, interpreted, imagined, ancient and modern. Mysterious will feature dances celebrating the vibrancy of the Etruscans, the heart and soul of Roma dancing, the quirky possibilities of imagined cone creatures, and the uninhibited passion of communicating through movement.

Mysterious will include a new collaboration between Artistic Director Sarah Morrison and husband and internationally collected artist, Scott Radke. Featuring cone-headed characters adorning tutus this dance will unfold in a fashion that only Radke's world can provoke. Additionally, there will be an expansion of Morrison's Mi Larthia, originally presented in Castiglioncello, Italy and inspired by travels through Etruria following the descriptions of D.H. Lawrence. A presentation of the solo work Uninhibited will be presented by guest artist Jennifer Sandoval who recently returned to the area from Chicago. Finally, the concert will include energetic dances featuring the Roma culture shared by Turkish guest artist Sevi Bayraktar whose appearance has been supported through a residency with Young Audiences and funded by the Cleveland Foundation Fusion Project.

MorrisonDance presents MYSTERIOUS
April 15—18
Cleveland Public Theatre
DanceWorks 10

Thursday—Saturday at 7PM
Sunday at 3PM ( Sunday includes post-show "meet the artists" featuring Turkish guest Sevi Bayraktar)
TIX: Thurs $10, Fri—Sun $19—$21, order by calling 216.631.2727 or online at

Friday, April 09, 2010

Save-the-Date: "Drawn and Quartered II" 5.8

It's back!! May 8th. The second Drawn and Quartered drawing competition between four (five?) of Cleveland's art instituitions. Hope you can participate or come cheer us on!

Drawn and Quartered II
Spectator Drawing Competition
Saturday, May 8, 7PM til 10PM
Asterisk Gallery Professor Street Tremont

Special west-side Dr. Sketchy PHD event 4.11 6PM

Join the Dr. Sketchy crew in Lakewood at a special West Side venue, Pride of Cleveland Scooters, for their second PHD drawing class. The PHD events feature the ever popular longer poses. Doors open at 6PM.

Welcome Renae (P.O.C Shop Manager) to the Dr. Sketchy PhD stage, which she will share with the lovely Danielle.

6:00PM, Sunday, April 11th
18636 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107

Tremont Artwalk/ Martini Five-O @Prosperity Fri 4.9

The Tremont Art Walk is TONIGHT Friday April 9th. A few things to check out this month:

Mastroianni Photography and Arts — 2688 W. 14th
Succession 2005—2010. Photography by Jonathan Wayne.

Asterisk* – 2393 Professor Ave. 
Group show.

Bac Asian American Bistro — 2661 West 14th Street.
Work by Claire Sullivan  and Phyllis Fanin.

Eye Candy Gallery – 2173 Professor Ave., #1
Sculpture by Thomas Ott.

Brandt Gallery — 1028 Kenilworth 
Collage by Phoebe Marie.

Stop by the Literary Cafe after 9PM and visit with Tim Herron and crew.

Prosperity Social Club — 1109 Starkweather Ave
Martini 5-0 Lounge/Surf/Exotica

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Spaces ArtMart "Big Bash Party!" 4.9 6—9PM

Looking to add to your art collection without breaking the bank? By attending one of the coolest annual parties in town, you can take home fresh art on the spot while supporting your favorite artist and art space. Profits from this event benefit the participating artists and SPACES. Can you think of a better way to support a cause while having fun shopping?

Over one hundred regional artists (all members supporting SPACES’ mission) will exhibit and sell paintings, photography, drawings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, videos, and more. Meet and mingle with over 500 of your closest friends on opening night as you enjoy art for all different tastes, music, and food from your favorite neighborhood restaurants.

* $5 for guests at the door
* Free for members!
* Free with the purchase of a new membership

Friday, April 9, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tri-C JazzFest 4.15 to 4.25

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland celebrates its 31st year with a mix of jazz in all of its forms, and a tribute to Cleveland native Henry Mancini on the 86th anniversary of his birth. From April 15 to April 25, JazzFest presents Cleveland with the best talents in jazz, including Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin, The Roots, Charlie Haden and The Orchestre National de Jazz.

From "Women in Jazz" to the always popular "Debut Series," featuring the best new artists in the country, to "Jazz for Kids," JazzFest appeals to all ages and style preferences. One of the largest educational music festivals in the country, JazzFest provides workshops and clinics for young musicians, this year featuring the Metta Quintet, and the Downbeat Invitational, featuring the Tri-C JazzFest High School All-Stars and the Tri-C Jazz Studies performance combo, among others.

Monday, April 05, 2010

April Azhar performance and upcoming classes

April Azhar will be performing this week at Mercury Lounge (club Roma) Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 11:30PM
Mercury Lounge
1392 West Sixth Street

(Warehouse District)

Belly Dance Class
Fridays starting April 9, 2010 7:30pm—8:30pm
Jasmine Dragons located in Chardon, Ohio
8 week session, $96/registration for 8 week session OR $15/walk-in
Contact April to register and hold your spot at

Pilates Classes
Beginning the week of April 12, 2010
Thursdays 10:30am-11:30am and 4:30pm-5:30pm
Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm
Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm
Lifetime Fitness, Beachwood, Ohio
Contact Lifetime Fitness to become a member.

April Azhar
Middle Eastern Dance Artist

Eliza Gilkyson @Beachland Ballroom 4.29

Eliza Gilkyson will be performing at the Beachland Ballroom Thursday, April 29th, 2010 8PM. (7PM Doors) Always a great show, I recommend it highly.

Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Purchase Tickets

Friday, April 02, 2010

Chuck Runs Boston Marathon for a Cause 4.19

Hi all, Jack St. John's brother-in-law, Chuck is running the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010 raising funds for Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ohio.

"I will be running in the upcoming 114th Boston Marathon, and have decided to take advantage of this opportunity to raise funds for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ohio. Prader-Willi Syndrome occurs in 1 ot of every 15,000 births, and is the most commonly known genetic cause for obesity in children. The main characteristic of the syndrome is hyperphagia, or an extreme, constant feeling of hunger that is never satisfied. To date there are no medications, appetite suppressants, or surgeries that have been safe or successful in 'treating' hyperphagia in children with PWS.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Ohio began in 1986, and in February of 1987 the organization became the 21st chapter under PWSA(USA). The Ohio organization is managed by a board of volunteers, and is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Research in this area continues, and is supported by the fundraising such as this, and by those who donate their efforts!

This secure website makes it very efficient and easy to support PWSA of Ohio through on-line donations. If, however, you would rather send a check, that works too (PWSA of Ohio, 4075 W. 226th, Fairwiew Park, OH 44126.) Any amount sent in that way will be added to this page. Please make checks out to "PWSA of Ohio".

I am excited to be able to run Boston for such a great cause. Thanks for your support in helping me reach this goal!"


Pictured: Chuck running next to a picture of his biggest fan and PWS sufferer Sophie Bolander. Let's all support Chuck and Sophie any way we can.