Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pre-holiday 78th Street Studios Art Walk 12.18

This Friday is the 78th Street Studios monthly art walk, with over 50 art studios, galleries, and businesses opening their doors for a free event for the public, featuring local restaurants and food trucks. Many of the tenants are offering special holiday items found only at the studios. Make sure to stop by with friends, family and even the dog for this family, and pet friendly holiday event. The event is from 5–9PM.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Big Fun Pop-up in Lakewood/Depew Show 12.10

Steve Presser and crew are back in Lakewood just for the holidays. The former Big Fun location has been transformed into a special pop-up holiday store.

“Big Fun will have the usual great holiday gifts that the award-wining store is known for,” Presser promises. “Ghoulardi and Cleveland souvenirs, including mugs, t- shirts, books, etc. are the perfect gift for the local fan. An amazing selection of books, most of which are more than half off, will be offered. Christmas stocking stuffers for people of all ages. It is nice to be in the old neighborhood again.”

The former location is filled with an eclectic selection of unique holiday gifts. Items include holiday goods, Cleveland-themed items, art books, adult coloring books, vintage t-shirts, hundreds of LEGO items, a collection of more than 6,000 miniature VW Beetles and Minibuses, and items from City Buddha and Blaze Gourmet.

The pop-up shop is highlighted by two new and very special collections that Presser is displaying for the very first time.

“I got a call from a friend who wanted to know if I could help a close friend of hers liquidate a toy collection of her friend's father, who sadly passed away,” Presser reveals. “Well, it was actually two collections that the father had a passion for. One was over 100 complete Lego buildings and a ton of accessories. The other was his real love—Volkswagen Beetle Bugs. The collection is over 6,000 individual VW bugs, beetles, vans, campers, etc. These two wonderful collections will be featured at the Clifton store and will be for sale.”

Additionally, the walls above the retail shelves are filled with a special retrospective of acclaimed local artist Dana Depew’s artwork. Looking Up to Dana Depew opens with a special reception this Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 9PM.  Most of Depew’s work in the shop is priced at $100 or less, and is available for sale in the shop before Thursday’s reception.

The pop-up Big Fun holiday shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 8PM. and 11AM to 1PM on Sunday. Thursday evening’s reception is free and open to the public.

(Big Fun Pop-Up Holiday Shop) 
11512 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

JUNTOS Art Exhibition at LCCC Opening 12.12

"Flor de Maga: Rita Moreno" by Joe Ayala
JUNTOS is Spanish for together. In this spirit of collaboration with the Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery at the Lorain County Community College and the Museum of Hispanic and Latino Cultures. JUNTOS brings together over 50 talented and unique artists in our region for the museum's first art exhibition benefit. A portion of each sale will go towards the museum to help establish a permanent home.

Join us at 
1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035 for the Opening Reception on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

If you miss the opening reception there will be additional hours on:
Sunday, December 13, Noon–3PM
Monday–Friday, December 14-18, 10:30AM–2:30PM
Friday, December 18, 5:30–8:30PM
Saturday and Sunday, December 19–20, Noon–4PM

Cleveland Bazaar @78th Street Studios 12.12–13

The Cleveland Bazaar will host 135 talented vendors on all three floors of the 78th Street Studios on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13.

The juried show will feature a variety of work including jewelry, paper goods, pottery, wearable art, candles, wall art, clothing, accessories and more. You'll find delightful things over 170,000 square feet of artist's studios, art galleries and design spaces.

Show hours are 10AM to 9PM on Saturday and 10AM to 6PM on Sunday. Admission is free.
Look for The Proper Pig food truck outside and Spice Kitchen inside the building as well as coffee by Rising Star and nitrogen-frozen ice cream by Piccadilly Artisan Creamery.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Kata Kata Show & Demonstration 12.5, 12.6

The Verne Collection and the Morgan Conservatory invites you to a once in a lifetime chance to meet the young "treasures" of Japan.

61 years ago, the Verne Gallery introduced the hand stencil dyed prints on handmade paper of Keisuke Serizawa to the United States. In 1956, the Japanese were afraid the crafts of the past would disappear. They designated 33 people as Living National Treasures. Serizawa (1895-1984) was the master of stencil dyeing, a process called kataezome,and was given a small stipend to train apprentices before he passed away.

Nobuyuki Takai was the last pupil directly connected to Serizawa and his students. Chie Takai ( Kata Kata) is the daughter of Nobuyuki Takai. She and her husband Takeshi Matsunaga are the last couple continuing on this great tradition.

Saturday, December 5th, 6-9pm at the Verne Collection: The Verne Collection invites you to celebrate the holidays with the first major show ever of Kata Kata in the United States. Please bring your family for a night of whimsy and fun. Come and meet Kata Kata and also see the works of Chie's father Nobuyuki Takai.

2207 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106 (Free Parking in Parking Lot 47 just down the street.) 216-231-8866

Kata Kata Stencil Dye Demonstration
Sunday, December 6th, 2pm at the Morgan Conservatory: You and your family are invited to watch the process of this great Japanese craft and art form as Chie Takai and Takeshi Matsunaga demonstrate hand stencil dyeing for the first time in the U.S.

1754 East 47th St., Cleveland, OH 44103 (Secure Parking E 45th garden entrance (one-way running south between Payne & Commerce). 216-361-9255

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Big Lebowski @Cedar Lee Sat., 12.5 9:30PM & MID

Big Lebowski night at The Cedar Lee Theatre is Saturday, December 5th, 9:30 PM & midnight. C'mon, be a little achiever!

Little Italy Winter Wonderland Art Walk 12.4–12.6

Art by Tara Murphy Seibel
While on the December Little Italy Winter Wonderland Art Walk Friday thru Sunday don't forget to stop by the Tricia Kaman Studio, room 202 in The Schoolhouse for custom silhouettes, original paintings and giclee prints. Silhouette hours are Sat. 1-9PM, Sun. 1–5PM. Walk-ins accepted, or call ahead for an appointment (216.559.6478).