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Issue Date: November 2004 Issue


Where to Buy: Little Italy
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 Now" button at the end of this article to view an interactive map of the Little Italy galleries.

LITTLE ITALY


1. Bockrath Gallery
Murray Hill School House
2026 Murray Hill Road
(216) 721-5990
Wed-Sat noon - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.
www.bockrathgallery.com
Lissa Bockrath shows aesthetically pleasing and conceptually powerful art, mostly two-dimensional works, by local artists. Her well-laid-out, sleek and modern gallery hosts six to eight shows a year.

2. Brian Jones FESTIVO Gallery
2021 Murray Hill Road
(216) 229-5110
info@brianjonesart.com
Fri 6 - 10 p.m., Sat noon - 10:30 p.m.
www.brianjonesart.com
The artist, who formerly showed at Cultura, has a newly opened space just down the road. His spiritual and meditative works capture his early morning thoughts.

3. Dick Kleinman Fine Art
12210 Mayfield Road
(216) 421-8484
Tue-Sat noon - 6 p.m., Fri and Sat 8 - 10 p.m., Sun 2 - 5 p.m.
www.dkfineart.com
Whimsical 3D pop fantasyland. The collection abounds with the likes of Dr. Seuss, Charles Fazzino, Jim Buckels, Tony Bennett and Michelle Delacroix.

4. E. Gordon Gallery
Murray Hill School House
2026 Murray Hill Road
(216) 795-0971
Tue-Thu 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri and Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Elizabeth Gordon represents emerging Cleveland contemporary artists. Her first show opened in August. Expect good things to come.

5. Scaravilli Design & Studio Gallery
12414 Mayfield Road
(216) 791-9919
www.scaravillidesign.com
Tue-Sat noon - 7 p.m.
Contemporary art gallery and digital design studio with a living-room feel. Original works from about 20 artists with an emphasis on Anthony Scaravilli's photography.

6. Sofia Art & Photography
11917 Mayfield Road
(216) 721-1507
Thu-Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sun noon - 5 p.m.
www.sofiaphotography.com
Raw, no-frills, come-as-you-are space for edgy local artists. Bimonthly local shows by artists such as oil painter Gerrie Gerrard. Sofia also displays her own photos. Hipsters call it "The Boot."

7. The Turkaly Art Gallery
Murray Hill School House
2026 Murray Hill Road
(216) 721-1233
tbt99@sbcglobal.net
Tue-Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.turkalyart.com
Fine contemporary sculpture and paintings by nationally and internationally known artists. Tom Turkaly also displays his father Joseph’s sculptures and his brother Peter’s oils.

8. Thomas R. Riley Galleries
Murray Hill School House
2026 Murray Hill Road
(216) 421-1445
Tue-Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.rileygalleries.com
One of the few places in town where you can buy works by artists who are also showing in the most prestigious museums, such as Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni. Prices from $40 to $85,000. Eight shows per year kick off with a meet-the-artist lecture and Q&A.

9. Verne Collection of Japanese Art
2207 Murray Hill Road
(216) 231-8866
Tue-Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
www.vernegallery.com
Established in 1953, the gallery specializes in "quiet elegance" by antique and contemporary Japanese printmakers and painters, as well as prints and paintings by American artists who are living in Japan or have studied there.

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