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New Order: Collage Now

One of Stephen Knezovich's pieces - New Horizon No15

Three years ago I met with Stephen Knezovich and Seth Clark to toy with the idea of doing a collage show together. Some how, they suggested I curate one. I have curated small poster shows but a gallery show is completely different. I knew I couldn’t do it alone and emailed Sonja Sweterlitsch to see if she had any interest. She said yes and here we are today.

Future Tenant empty and ready for install!

Future Tenant empty and ready for install!


I park in the garage by the gallery a lot and love this view

Having the idea for the show was just a tiny part of all of this. Sonja prepared the proposal, we gathered the roster we wanted, approached a few galleries, contacted the artists for their information, did social media, press releases and much more happened in that span of time.

We are excited that the opening reception is finally here on Friday, June 3 at 6-9pm at Future Tenant. It’s open to everyone! The line up includes Seth Clark, Stephanie Armbruster, Kim Fox, Mary Dorfner Hay, Matthew Buchholz, Crystala Armagost, Ron Copeland and Stephen Knezovich. I’m not going to reveal too much in this post but wanted to show a few studio shots and works in progress. Take a look:


Crystala Armagost working on one of her pieces




Ron Copeland putting together his window installation at Future Tenant


Matthew Buchholz created an awesome collage video that will be projected on the back wall


Mary Dorfner Hay

Mary Dorfner Hay working with maps


Photos from Stephanie Armbruster’s studio




Seth Clark at Radiant Hall


Stephen Knezovich’s pieces ready to hang on the wall


Kim Fox working in the garage. Her piece in this show is the biggest she has ever created


Garage photos by Matt Dyak

There are a lot of events happening this Friday but stop by and see all the amazing collages up close and in person.

Art Cleveland Exhibit

Akron Art Museum

Love this building! In 2007 the firm Coop Himmelb(l)au integrated approximately 21,000 square feet of the 1899 building with a new 63,300 square foot building

Akron is not a far drive from Cleveland so we planned on venturing to the area to see the NEO Geo exhibit at the Akron Art Museum. The building itself is a piece of art made up of sharp angles, cement and glass. It was expanded in 2007 and designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au who integrated 21,000 square feet of the 1899 building with a new 63,300 square foot building. On the architecture firm’s site they explain “The building is broken up into 3 parts: the Crystal, the Gallery Box, and the Roof Cloud.” Pretty spectacular!


NEO Geo at the Akron Art Museum

This exhibit was my dream come true! Geometric shapes, lines and bright colors. All the pieces were created by artists working in the Northern Ohio.



Natalie Lanese installation Depthless Without You

You can walk and stand inside this installation by Natalie Lanese. This was my favorite! It was so bright it made me dizzy in a good way.

Standing inside this amazing piece

Standing inside this amazing piece

neo_wall neo_two


Kristina Paabus


Something to Believe by Kristina Paabus


24h by Kristina Paabus


#432 by Janice Lessman-Moss


Nepp by Gianna Commito


Gianna Commito


Eyeshadow Overlap Op by Michelle Marie Murphy

The museum is small but the collection is great! I went into the space just to see NEO Geo but was impressed with the pieces they have on exhibit and have acquired. I am personally more into contemporary work and they have plenty of it.

Helen Frankenthaler_wisdom 69

Helen Frankenthaler, Wisdom , 1969


Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers , 2008

Alvin Loving_untitled_71

Alvin Loving, Untitled , 1971


Chuck Close, Linda , 1975-1976


They allow you to take photos of the artwork as long as you do not use flash.


Giorgio Cavallon 75

Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled , 1974 – 1975


Yinka Shonibare, Gentleman Walking a Tightrope 2006

James Gobel

James Gobel, I’ll Be Your Friend, I’ll Be Your Love, I’ll Be Everything You Need, 2009


Robert Colescott, Bye Bye Miss American Pie, 1971


The cafe was was cozy and modern. The person working behind the counter made a delicious french press from a their local roaster Akron Coffee Roasters.

inside_museumThe building curves and bends in unusual places. I found myself just walking around studying the inside.


At the bottom of the stairs is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg, Inverted Q , 1976


Frank Stella, Diepholz , 1981

Larry Zox 66

Larry Zox, Untitled from the Scissors Jack Series, 1965-1966

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1240 Planes with broken bands of color (Akron) , 2005

This museum is definitely a place you can go for a day trip and take your time exploring all the pieces on display. I’m excited to have them nearby. The staff that we encountered were friendly and eager to answer our questions. We went on a Sunday so most of the downtown area was silent. I want to go again soon during a Saturday to try a couple of the restaurants nearby.

For more information, check out their site.


1968: The Year That Rocked America Exhibit

photos by Quelcy Kogel

Have you seen the 1968 exhibit happening at the Heinz History Center? I saw it briefly during Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer then I decided to go back so I could spend more time looking at everything.
The exhibit is really impressive and interactive. You can listen to actual audio at different stations, check out items from that era, photographs, records, fashion, historic facts and more. I was born 10 years later but I really appreciate this and through my parents, I have heard a lot about the changes that took place. I noticed while walking around people talking about their memories in that time.

Actual helicopter from the Vietnam war.
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Exhibit Furniture

Brian Ferrell: Your New Aesthetic

Brian Ferrell’s work instantly caught my eye when Society for Contemporary Craft posted a link online. I love the mix of wood, metal and wire throughout all of his pieces. Brian will have a show at the SCC’s satellite gallery on 500 Grant Street in the lobby of the Steel Plaza T-Station at BNY Mellon Center in downtown Pittsburgh, October 14th.
Brian returned in 2006 and has opened his own studio – Brian Ferrell Designs. He has exhibited work on a national level and was published in “500 Tables” by Lark Books. Here are a few of pieces:

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Design Exhibit

Colorize the Urban Landscape

If you missed this month’s Penn Ave Unblurred then you missed out on this great interactive exhibit that was held at Assemble. Leah Bevilacqua and Stephanie Brunner are the two ladies behind this project. The reason for both of them putting this together was to explore adding color to blighted neighborhoods in our area. By starting this on a small scale they are trying to encourage community members to come together and participate in a movement that will improve the aesthetic of Pittsburgh. They drew their ideas on the wall of Assemble at the beginning of this month. It looked like so much work but amazing to see how the space was converted to an indoor city.

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