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Issue Date: November 2004 Issue


Where to Buy: Downtown
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
Click the "Download Media" button at the end of this article to view an interactive map of the Downtown galleries.

DOWNTOWN


1. Artefino Art Gallery Café
1900 Superior Ave.
(216) 830-1400
Mon-Fri 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sat 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
www.artefinogallery.com
Owned by Hector Vega, this spanking-new cafe on the ground floor of the Tower Press Building showcases art by Vega, Michael Greenwald, David Haberman and jewelry artists Janice Anter and Lori Leavitt, among others.

2. ArtMetro
530 Euclid Ave., Suite 43
ARTcade
(216) 696-1942
Tue-Fri noon - 5 p.m., Sat noon - 4 p.m.
Fine and functional art by emerging or established artists from northern Ohio. Showcases artists such as nature artist Susie Frazier Mueller and glassblower Brian Bencheck.

3. The Bonfoey Gallery
1710 Euclid Ave.
(216) 621-0178
Mon-Thu 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
www.bonfoey.com
Established as a frame shop in 1893, Bonfoey represents many of the city's most established artists, including Laurence Channing, Douglas Lucak, Patrick Kelly, Chris Pekoc and John Pearson, as well as younger artists such as Daniel Dove, Sarah McKenzie and Eric Neff.

4. Cleveland State University
Art Gallery
2307 Chester Ave.
(216) 687-2103
Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat noon - 4 p.m.
www.csuohio.edu/art/gallery/
This beautiful exhibit space hosts shows affiliated with Cleveland State University students and faculty as well as occasional exhibitions featuring national and international artists.

5. Contessa Gallery
1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 112
Playhouse Square Center
(216) 382-7800
Open during theater events
www.contessagallery.com
Specializing in Old and Modern Masters and other top-tier, museum-quality works by the most prominent American and international artists.

6. Griffon Gallery
1370 W. Ninth St.
(216) 621-1370
Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat noon - 5 p.m.
A Warehouse District art gallery located in the Bingham Building that features whimsical accent pieces and unique gifts, along with paintings, ceramics and pottery.

7. The EDGE Art Gallery
Cleveland State University
1844 Euclid Ave.
(216) 241-7120
edge@csuohio.edu
Mon-Thu 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
www.csuohio.edu/edge
Set in the Lutheran Ministry Student Headquarters at CSU, this warm, inviting space holds monthly exhibitions for regional, emerging artists, including many artists of faith. Paintings, photos, sculpture, mixed media and prints in a relaxed environment.

8. Elevation Art
1240 Huron Road, 5th Floor
(216) 430-2751
gur@elevationart.com
Wed-Thu noon - 5 p.m.
www.elevationart.com
Cutting-edge fine art by Achille Pace, Bruno Aller, Dennis Long, Robert Jugens and other works chosen by Guy Vincent. Also provides custom artwork for commercial and residential environments. Will be a contender on the scene.

9. Gallery Ü Cleveland
530 Euclid Ave.
ARTcade
(216) 323-0085
Fri and Sat noon - 4 p.m.
www.webspawner.com/users/patsykline
Patsy Kline’s gallery features contemporary artists (emerging and midcareer) of diverse backgrounds with a Cleveland connection. Fine art is offered for purchase or rental to both private and commercial buyers.

10. Gallery M
Loftworks Building, 1667 E. 40th St., Suite 3B
(216) 773-8277
Mon, Wed and Fri 6 - 9 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cleveland’s only live-work gallery devoted to metals. Three shows annually feature mostly art jewelry and metalwork. Jewelry-making classes in the evening at Tap Studios.

11. MOCA (Museum of
Contemporary Art) Cleveland
8501 Carnegie Ave.
(216) 421-8671
Tue-Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
www.contemporaryart.org
A museum in name, MOCA also hosts local artists for The Sky Lounge exhibitions in its Mezzanine Gallery.

12. SHAHEEN
modern and contemporary art
740 W. Superior Ave., Suite 101
(216) 830-8888
shaheenmca@ameritech.net
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m., Sat noon - 4 p.m.
An important fixture for art in Cleveland, the gallery unveils quality modern and contemporary visual works. They scour for emerging Cleveland artists and attract international talent.

13. Thrive - an Artspace
The Galleria
1301 E. Ninth St., 2nd Floor
(216) 479-0303
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
www.galleriaaterieview.com/Thrive.htm
With natural light and event-driven fun, Thrive uses its space to put together worthy shows featuring Northeast Ohio artists. Interestingly, Artspace doubles as a yoga studio and features tango nights and poetry readings. Certainly a place to watch.

14. Zygote Press Gallery
7209 St. Clair Ave.
(216) 881-4000
Thu 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat and Sun noon - 4 p.m.
www.zygotepress.com
A nonprofit, artist-run printmaking organization of many hats, the gallery displays fine art, print-related works, including works on paper, etchings, woodcuts and photo arts. Bimonthly, open-studio exhibit openings. Third Wednesday lecture series. Now showing Foreign Affairs, results from its German exchange program.

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