Where to Buy: Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio Your guide to Greater Cleveland’s art districts and more than 75 galleries When canvassing for art, knowing where to go is half the challenge. To aid in your quest, we visited galleries, talked to collectors, gallery owners and artists, and compiled listings of Greater Cleveland’s best galleries with an emphasis on fine art. W Emily Rueb
BAY VILLAGE Baycrafters Gallery 28795 Lake Road (440) 871-6543 Daily noon - 5 p.m. Part of a 55-year-old nonprofit visual-arts organization that inhabits three buildings, one of which is an imaginative shop set in a vintage railroad depot. Baycrafters features pottery, multimedia paintings and photography. It holds art classes taught by high-caliber artists, juried shows and a Renaissance festival in Huntington Park.
BEACHWOOD Chelsea Gallery 28120 Chagrin Blvd. (216) 591-1066 Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 6p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Never the same gallery twice, this traditional gallery space continually rotates artists — about a dozen at any one time. It's worth a visit just to hear owner Avery Wieder’s opinions on Cleveland’s arts and gallery scene.
BEREA A’Bella Gallery 44 Front St. (440) 239-7815 Tue-Fri 10a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.abellagallery.net A full-service art, gift and custom-framing stop. Features unusual and original photography, illustrations, watercolors and acrylic paintings. Second-floor gallery. Don’t miss summertime movies in the parking lot. Anniversary party the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Alan Gallery 36 Park St. (440) 243-7794 Tue-Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Classic gallery space featuring more than 50 Northeast Ohio artists, arts consulting, corporate art, custom framing and handmade gifts.
Fawick Gallery at Baldwin-Wallace College 95 E. Bagley Road (440) 826-2152 Mon-Fri 2 - 5 p.m. www.bw.edu/academics/art/gallery/ Six exhibitions per year. Two annual springtime shows are dedicated to students. The remainder, organized by faculty, range from contemporary paintings to sculpture or ceramics by Ohio artists.
BRECKSVILLE Duda Gallery 8912 Brecksville Road (440) 526-3210 Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.pauldudagallery.com Features Paul Duda’s acrylic landscapes and florals, oils by Robert Hartshorn and acrylics by Michael Schmidt.
CHAGRIN FALLS Artist Loft Galleries 89 N. Main St. (440) 247-3541 Tue-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Representing Chagrin and Greater Cleveland artists. Specializing in a larger-than-life selection of custom framing, plus watercolors, original and prints, pencil paintings and sculpture.
La Cachette Gallery 20 E. Orange St. (216) 401-8920 Mon-Wed, Fri and Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. www.boartists.com A charming hidden gem, specializing in contemporary impressionistic painting and sculpture, the gallery behind Cuffs represents Maria Bertran, Lisa Hannaford, Gisela Raffalli and is showing, through Nov. 28: Walter Sauermann, New Paintings.
Piccadilly’s Fine Art Galleries 91 N. Main St. (216) 241-1209 Thu-Sat noon - 5 p.m. www.piccadillys.com The Chagrin Falls anchor is moving to trendy Tremont at the end of November. The new digs will offer a wine bar and fireplaces along with its staple of national and international artists, including Sam Park and Victor Ostrovsky. Plus, for the first time, it will add local artists to the mix.
Valley Art Center 155 Bell St. (440) 247-7507 email@example.com Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 4 pm., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.valleyartcenter.org Nonprofit community arts center offering more than 500 visual art classes and rotating exhibits with community outreach. One of the largest gallery spaces in Cleveland. Presents the annual fine-arts and crafts festival in Riverside Park.
CLEVELAND (WEST) 1300 Gallery 1300 W. 78th St. (216) 939-1300 Tue-Sat noon - 7 p.m. www.13hundred.com Visit Derek Hess’s brainchild and it will give you a totally different view on artwork. 1300 draws its energy from the vibrant mix of members that occupy the space, including a custom-framing studio, an apparel and printing firm, a Web/media company and other artists.
Rachel Davis Fine Arts 1301 W. 79th St. (216) 939-1190 Tue-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.racheldavisfinearts.com Mostly an auction house dealing American and European 19th- and 20th-century fine art, decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. Bimonthly live auctions.
MOSAIC The Gallery 16860 Lorain Ave. (216) 252-2099 Tue-Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat noon - 5 p.m. www.mosaicthegallery.com Interesting mixed-media group exhibits with area artists open the first Friday every month. Proprietor and artist Rebecca Star Carey also presents in the friendly gallery. November’s show: Fashion Victim.
CUYAHOGA FALLS Almond Tea Gallery 2250 Front St. (330) 929-1575 Tue 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m., Wed-Fri 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Division studio of Jack Richard. Six shows per year in all media. Art classes, restoration and framing.
PEPPER PIKE The Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery Ursuline College 2550 Lander Road (440) 646-8122 Tue-Fri noon - 5 p.m., Sat and Sun 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. www.ursuline.edu/wasmer/ Rotating exhibits feature several media, serving students and the community. Will showcase clay and metal by Sara Brooks Clark, Barbara Bergsten, Catherine Butler and Margaret Fischer, among others, in late 2004 and early 2005.
HUDSON The Duncan Gallery 130 W. Streetsboro St. (330) 650-6199 Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Paintings, glass works, acrylics and woodturnings by novice and seasoned hands. Custom, professional archival framing.
KENT Gallery 138 138 E. Main St. (330) 672.9772 firstname.lastname@example.org Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. http://dept.kent.edu/art/gallery138/ An exhibition space affiliated with the School of Art at Kent State University. It features student, alumni, faculty and regional artists. Exhibits change monthly.
LAKE COUNTY Art Essence Gallery 184 Main St. Painesville (440) 639-1993 Tue-Fri 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cooperative of about 20 local artists started 10 years ago. Six shows a year. Original watercolors, acrylic, ink drawings, sculpted wood pieces, sculpted wood, jewelry and pottery.
Gallery One 7003 Center St. (Route 615) Mentor (440) 255-1200 or 1-800-621-1141 Mon-Thu and Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. www.galleryone.com Original paintings, limited-edition prints on paper and canvas in an 18,000-square-foot space. Includes artists Robert Bateman, Kinkade, Morrissey, Daly and others.
Lakeland Community College Fine Arts Gallery 7700 Clocktower Drive Kirtland (440) 525-7215 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat and Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.lakeland.cc.oh.us/UPCOMEVE/Gallery.htm Christopher Berry and Paul Frazer direct exhibits. Installation by Daniel Burke coming in December and January.
Main Gallery of the Fine Arts Association 38660 Mentor Ave. Willoughby (440) 951-7500 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.finerartsassociation.org Highlights a variety of media and styles from local and nationally known artists in five exhibits per year. Hosts Coffeehouse Concerts and the Artful Jazz Series.
LAKEWOOD/ROCKY RIVER Cleveland Artists Foundation Beck Center for the Arts’ Virginia Foley Gallery 17801 Detroit Ave. Lakewood (216) 227-9507 Tue-Fri 1 - 5 p.m. A nonprofit, regional art historical organization that collects the work of Northeast Ohio artists. The permanent gallery in the Beck Center opened in 1998.
Dead Horse Gallery 14900 Detroit Ave. Lakewood (216) 228-7214 By appt. only www.deadhorsegallery.com Represents and exhibits work by local, emerging artists. Not interested in framing a pretty picture for over the fireplace, it cares about cutting-edge intellectual pieces or those making a social statement.
River Gallery 19056 Old Detroit Road Rocky River (440) 331-8406 Mon-Thu 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri noon - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Art and fine crafts, ceramic, glass and original prints since 1970. Features area as well as nationally and internationally known artists.
LYNDHURST Contessa Gallery Legacy Village 24667 Cedar Road (216) 382-7800 Mon-Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun noon - 7 p.m. www.contessagallery.com Specializing in Old and Modern Masters and other top-tier, museum-quality works by the most prominent American and international artists.
OBERLIN FAVA (Firelands Association for the Arts) New Union Center for the Arts 39 S. Main St. (440) 774-7158 Tue-Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. www.favagallery.org Set in a historic brick and sandstone building with antique pressed-tin ceilings, FAVA is doing good things for Oberlin, taking in regional contemporary artists, often prominent Cleveland-based artists.
PARMA Gallery West Tri-C Western Campus 11000 Pleasant Valley Road (216) 987-5322 Mon-Thu 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.tri-c.cc.oh.us/art/docs/exhibitions.htm Offers five to seven exhibitions per year in an expansive, contemplative environment. Contemporary work by professional local artists across diverse media as well as examining the relationship between artist and community. Hosts an annual juried student show.
SOUTH EUCLID Clara Fritzsche Library Gallery Notre Dame College 4545 College Road (216) 373-5267 Mon-Thu 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri and Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. www.notredamecollege.edu/library/new The gallery in the library often features faculty, local artists and religiously inclined shows. Now exhibiting Diane Felisch-Hughes’ figurative charcoal and oil works in Drawing the Line. Offers four to five shows annually.