Where to Buy: Cleveland Heights/ University Circle 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
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS/UNIVERSITY CIRCLE
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS 1. HeightsArts Gallery 2173 Lee Road (216) 371-3457 Wed-Sat noon - 10 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. www.heightsarts.org Small nonprofit gallery run by the community arts organization, HeightsArts represents quality emerging and established artists chosen by William Busta's trained eye. Nov. 18 to Dec. 25 is the annual "From the Heights — A Holiday Store," featuring art, crafts, CDs and books made by Cleveland Heights and University Heights artists.
2. Mirage Studio 2174 Lee Road (216) 371-4172 Tue-Fri 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat noon - 4 p.m. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this gallery represents local and international artists and American crafts in all media.
3. Paradise Gallery 2199 Lee Road (216) 554-5548 firstname.lastname@example.org Mon-Thu noon - 8 p.m., Fri noon - 5 p.m., Fri and Sat 7 - 11 p.m. www.paradisegallery.net A new contemporary gallery with fine art, glass and jewelry by mostly emerging local artists. November’s show features works under $200.
4. Pentagon Gallery 3102 Mayfield Road (216) 321-3362 Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. For 22 years, Pentagon has dedicated itself to showing Cleveland artists. Bimonthly shows, generally nontraditional, impressionistic, running the gamut of media. Framing available.
5. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church South Wing Gallery 2747 Fairmount Blvd. (216) 932-5815 Mon-Sun 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.stpaulschurch.org/files/southwinggallery.html The church has put a great deal of effort into both the construction of its handsome 1990 addition with two-story rotunda and the quality of its shows. Features contemporary paintings, charcoals, sculpture and jewelry. Artists who’ve exhibited include Catherine Butler, Carolyn Hoppes, Judy Shifrin and Trudy Wiesenberger.
6. Vixseboxse Art Galleries 12413 Cedar Road (216) 791-2727 Wed-Sat 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cleveland’s oldest art gallery, established in 1922 by William Vixseboxse and still run by a third-generation Vixseboxse. Exclusively fine paintings, watercolors, bronzes and prints from the late 19th and 20th centuries.
UNIVERSITY CIRCLE 1. Artists Archives of the Western Reserve 1834 E. 123rd St. (216) 721-9020 Tue and Thu noon - 4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.artistsarchives.org Preserves, documents and promotes work created by Ohio visual artists through research, exhibition and education. Now showing William Martin Jean and Thomas R. Roese.
2. Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Galleries 11141 East Blvd. (216) 421-7407 Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.cia.edu/galleries/reinberger A year-round schedule of shows, ranging from student and faculty shows to exhibits of major international artists, such as Viktor Schreckengost and Edgar Heap of Birds. Look for Shimon Attie’s lecture/exhibit The History of Another: Projections in Rome.
3. Mather Gallery Case Western Reserve University, Thwing Student Center 10900 Euclid Ave. (216) 721-5990 Fri and Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Established in 1973, the gallery regularly shows the work of students and faculty, as well as local and regional artists, both established and emerging.
4. The Sculpture Center 1834 E. 123rd St. (216) 229-6527 Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat noon - 4 p.m. www.sculpturecenter.org Founded by David E. Davis to foster the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors, the center also promotes the conservation of outdoor sculpture. Upcoming exhibits include Private Collections and a juried show for sculptors of all talents. Today, its Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory lists 750 pieces.