Saturday, March 27, 2010

3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefitis sekking art donations

3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefitis sekking art donations . This year, we will be holding Art & Cocktails, our primary annual fundraising event, at Asterisk Gallery on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Fundraising events are crucial to support Tremont West Programming, such as Community Organizing. Please help us uphold our mission of “improving and maintaining the living, business and cultural conditions for all Tremont” by becoming one of our Art & Cocktails sponsors. Tickets are $25

if you have questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Davis at 575-0920

Lantern Awards

The LIT (formerly The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland) is proud to announce The Lantern Awards to honor and celebrate the most talented literary artists who live and work in Northeast Ohio. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented at ALL LIT UP: An Evening of Literary Excellence on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Ohio Theatre of PlayhouseSquare.

Eight Different Genre Categories Include:

I. Poetry:

Published anthology, chapbook of poems, collection by a single poet; and publication of a single poem

II. Fiction:

Novel length publication; and short fiction: collection and single publications accepted

III. Graphic Novel:

Full-length publication

IV. Memoir:

Book length publication; and essay length publication

V. Creative Nonfiction:

Book length publication; and personal essay, collection and single publications accepted

VI. Journalism: Personal Interest Story:

Individual article and series accepted

VII. Playwriting/Performance:

Original work written then performed in a public venue (please submit printed flyers, press clipping, reviews, invitations, along with the typed manuscript. The playwright, author, or poet only are eligible for the award (not cast).

VIII. Blog, Blog, Blog:

Literary interest general interest blogs with demonstrated excellence of craft AND 50+ readership list (must be submitted with nomination).

Guidelines and Restrictions –

~ Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 1, 2010.

~ Work must have been published or performed (see publication & performance guidelines) within the past two years (January 2008-May 2010).

~ Writers must live in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne.

~ Work must be submitted in published form, or photocopied from published texts, including online publication in legitimate publications. Publication information and/or performance information (including source and date) is necessary. Actual texts are required.

~ Exclusions: self-published or vanity press works.

~ Work can be self-nominated, or nominated by an outside source (publisher, colleague, friend, agent, etc.). The author's permission to have the material considered is mandatory.

~ Attach biographical information about the author, including name, address and phone number. Reviews of the work (stating sources) are encouraged.

~ Entries should be marked "Literary Awards" on the outside of the envelope, and mailed to: 2010 LITerary Awards; c/o The LIT, 2570 Superior Avenue, Suite 203, Cleveland, OH 44114.

~ Submissions will not be returned.

Books sales and support are provided by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village. 20% of book sales proceeds will be donated to the LIT during this event. An independent, local bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers celebrates 10 years in the Cleveland community this year. For more information, visit


Since 1976, The LIT has been dedicated to the improvement, appreciation, and growth of the literary arts by fostering and promoting a thriving community of writers of all ages and across all genres. Founded as The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, The LIT works to grow and sustain an appreciation and audience for the work of literary artists and in doing so, strives to advance literacy throughout the Northeast Ohio region. For more information, please contact:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Minus Signs by Andy Netzel - Cleveland Magazine Jan 09

Minus Signs by Andy Netzel - Cleveland Magazine Jan 09

Anyone who actually hated Cleveland wouldn’t have enjoyed this.

This wasn’t an event for Pittsburghers or Cincinnatians. No, the All Things Cleveland exhibit opening at Tremont’s Asterisk art gallery was personal — a show that took the tired old Cleveland joke and turned it into a funhouse that warped, distorted, amplified and, at times, accurately reflected the state of the place we call home and our stew of feelings about it.

Even the advertising for the exhibit— a “CLE –” symbol that parodies the Cleveland Plus campaign’s pro-Northeast Ohio bumper stickers — drew a brief, authentically Cleveland moment of consternation when an attorney for the Greater Cleveland Parthership sent the gallery a cease and desist letter.

How could outsiders appreciate a trio of musicians all dressed as Super Host who served as the exhibit’s opening-night entertainment? Or a painting of one of the new downtown buses navigating a shaky bridge over a valley full of orange barrels? Or a re-airing of the Tribe’s 1995 World Series loss to the Braves? Or the overwhelming smell of sauerkraut wafting from the Crock-Pots near the entrance?

That’s why curator Dana L. Depew limited his call for artists to those who grew up here. “I asked for a grittier view of Cleveland from Clevelanders,” he says. “I didn’t want pretty publicity shots. I wanted people who grew up in Cleveland to create the work to get an insider view. In the eight years I’ve curated shows, I’ve never had a bigger response from artists.”
But even though I got all the artists’ jokes — maybeespecially because I did— the pieces evoked a full range of emotions in me.

I shook my head with empathy when I saw Eileen Dorsey’s series of paintings depicting Browns fans, which asks viewers to commiserate a fictional interception with her orange-and-brown-clad faithful — one man looking disgusted, another heartbroken.

A work titled Growth in Midtown prompted a chortle with its vacant industrial building covered with ivy, but the clever “Be Leavin’ Cleveland” twist on the “Believe in Cleveland” billboards around town stung me. And my heart downright broke when I saw the photo essay of vacant homes framed by a door from one of the city’s once-grand neighborhoods.

Outside the gallery, John Friscat, a 27-year-old Cleveland Heights resident, said he didn’t know how to feel. There was some beauty and some laughs, but also something else. It wasn’t anger, he said — maybe a little melancholy.

And in an art-imitates-life/life-imitates-art moment, Toby Radloff (the self-proclaimed nerd-made-cult-figure by way of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor comics and accompanying movie) offered that maybe it’s because of our toughness that reveling in such self-deprecation is OK for our civic psyche. “Cleveland has a lot of guts and a lot of heart,” he said. “Cleveland can laugh at itself.”

I hope he’s right. But such tough love only matters if it forces us to find the fresh ideas and leadership to combat the city’s problems. And All Things Cleveland only works as humor if reveling in the psychic weight we give our city’s collective negativity and stereotypes finally provides us a way to escape it.

Dante Launches Artists Series to Support Local Art and Food

Dante Launches Artists Series to Support Local Art and Food

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2010 – Tremont, OH

Dante restaurant in Tremont, a big supporter of local artists and local food, kicks off seasonal art shows featuring changing art with a changing menu.

The first cocktail party in the series takes place Sunday, March 28 from 6 - 8pm at Dante. The party will feature large scale photographs by Dan Morgan, who plans to select the next artist to follow him with an autumn themed exhibition.

Many Clevelanders will recall Morgan owned and operated Gallery 0022 for five years above SPACES before moving to New York. There he worked for Sothebys auction house. Morgan’s love for the arts is now being rivaled by his love for, slow, local food. He and his wife Annette now operate a Farm Stay vacation rental property in Ashland County.

Soggiorno in Fattoria, Italian for Farm Stay, is the title of the inaugural exhibition on March 28. The event offers guests the first opportunity at purchasing the limited edition work, printed on canvas gallery wraps with special archival inks.

Kari Moore with Slow Food Northern Ohio will assist as Chef Dante Boccuzzi will offer various appetizers featuring meats and cheeses from area farms, as well as a selection of fine wines.

For tickets, call 216.274.1200. Dante • 2247 Professor Ave. • Tremont • Ohio • 44113


3rd Annual Tremont West Art & Cocktails Benefit . This year, we will be holding Art & Cocktails, our primary annual fundraising event, at Asterisk Gallery on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Fundraising events are crucial to support Tremont West Programming, such as Community Organizing. Please help us uphold our mission of “improving and maintaining the living, business and cultural conditions for all Tremont” by becoming one of our Art & Cocktails sponsors. Tickets are $25
you have questions, please feel free to contact Michelle Davis at 575-0920
Arts and Cocktails facebook page

“Objects to be Destroyed” CALL FOR ARTISTS

“Objects to be Destroyed”

Fall 2010 @ Asterisk Gallery

Curated by Dana L. Depew

This is an open call for artists to participate in an performance/exhibition of artwork and installations that is created to be destroyed during the opening. Works that are audience interactive are encouraged. For example a painting of a dartboard in which participants can throw darts at it during the opening etc.

please email submissions or working concepts, ideas to -
or call 330-304-8528

The Original Readymade

The original Object to Be Destroyed was created as a readymade in 1923. According to Man Ray, the piece was originally intended as a silent witness in his studio to watch him paint. In 1932 a second version, called Object of Destruction, was published in the avant-garde journal This Quarter, edited by André Breton. This version featured an ink drawing of the Object To Be Destroyed with the following instructions;

Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more. Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired. Keep going to the limit of endurance. With a hammer well-aimed, try to destroy the whole at a single blow.

1932 was the year Man Ray's lover, Lee Miller, left him to return to New York. To make the connection to Miller more explicit, the object's original eye was replaced with a photo of hers.[1] This metronome was exhibited for the first time at Galerie Pierre Colle, Paris, as Eye-Metronome in 1933.

Subsequent exhibitions called the piece Lost Object, 1945, Last Object, 1966 and Perpetual Motif, 1972.[2] Man Ray stated that he had always intended to destroy it one day, but as a public performance.

Fortune of the day

This was from a fortune cookie I keep in my wallet from July, 2009
A fortune cookie is a crisp Asian American cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a "fortune" wrapped inside. A "fortune" is a piece of paper with words of faux wisdom or a vague prophecy. In the United States and Canada (although also available in other parts of the Western world), it is usually served with Chinese food in Chinese restaurants as a dessert. The message inside may also include a list of lucky numbers (used by some as lottery numbers) and a Chinese phrase with translation. The exact provenance of fortune cookies is unclear, but various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century, basing their recipe on a traditional Japanese cracker.  The cookies are mostly unknown in mainland China or Taiwan.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

“Illuminated Installation”

“Illuminated Installation” – as part of Asterisk@Ingenuity, fiberglass, faux fur, lighting, and found objects, dimensions variable, 2009.

“Suessian Stoplight”

“Suessian Stoplight” – (work in progress), fiberglass, steel, and lighting, 15’ 2”, this is a proposed image of an outdoor public art piece that will be installed at Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan June 2010

“Galloping Gertie” - video installation, as part of the Bridge Project

“Galloping Gertie” - video installation, as part of the Bridge Project, dimensions variable, 2009. A site- specific installation that consisted of multiple images and video projections of historical bridge collapses including the Tahoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 and most recently the I-35W located in Minnesota. These images were projected against the existing white subway tile and also were also broadcast on multiple televisions that were scattered on the floor amongst concrete rubble and debris. The intent of this piece was to create an environment that forces the viewer to concentrate on their immediate surroundings. The ultimate effect was to raise awareness and concern of the potential hazard that the adjacent Main Avenue Bridge holds. The Main Avenue Bridge has the same design as the I-35W and has become the target of much public scrutiny because of its current state of disrepair

“Testing the Integrity of the Building”

“Testing the Integrity of the Building”- Dana L. Depew – pencils, 12’ x 1’, I drilled hundreds of holes into the main load bearing support post of my gallery/studio each day for five straight days. I then placed pencils into each of the holes. One the six day my landlord left a note demanding that I “immediately stop this nonsense because I was ruining the integrity of the building”, 2009.

“Rubberneck Composition – (Chain Gang)”

“Rubberneck Composition – (Chain Gang)” Dana L. Depew– I obtained original jailhouse drawings made by Richard Ramirez and John Wayne Gacy. These drawings were enclosed in frames and mounted behind bars. I then painted the images they drew large scale on reclaimed doors and shutters. The pieces were then uniformly joined together with a heavy chain, 14' x 7', 2009.

"Chasing Lawler" real time video installation - Dana L. Depew

Dana L. Depew

“Chasing Lawler”

real time video installation


The piece produced for this exhibition is a reference of a reference. The original work I based my piece on is a photograph by Louise Lawler entitled “In and Out of Place”.
     Lawler is an artist and photographer. From the late 1970s onwards, Lawler's work has focused on the presentation and marketing of artwork. Much of this work consists of photographs of other peoples' artwork and the context in which it is viewed. Examples of Lawler's photographs include images of paintings hanging on the walls of a museum, paintings on the walls of an art collector's opulent home, artwork in the process of being installed in a gallery, and sculpture in a gallery being viewed by spectators. “In and Out of Place” consists of a photograph of Andy Warol’s “Brillo Box” resting on the floor of the collector’s home, near rug with a similar color schemeand a black leather chair
     My intention was not to prerecord a video but have the video create itself unscripted during the opening of the exhibition. I wanted the viewers to without their knowledge become active participants in the work. A color reproduction of the Lawler piece is hung low on the upstairs gallery wall. A video camera is placed unassumingly near the piece and records viewers walking past the piece through the duration of the opening. The recorded image is projected in real time as a live feed in the lower gallery. When the viewers witness the projected image they soon realize they were unknowingly a participant in the production of the final piece.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


New Prints by Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew


Exhibition runs through April 3rd

When does a former student realize an art career high? When he is given the opportunity to exhibit his work with his professor. Zygote Press is pleased to present Noel Reifel and Anthony Bartholomew, who are now colleagues at Kent State University.

Associate Professor of Art Noel Reifel has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Kent State University since 1976. Reifel’s work concentrates primarily on the media of relief and intaglio printmaking.His approach has ranged from traditional to experimental. Since 1980, his work has concerned itself largely with combined media prints resulting in varied editions, often comprised of unique prints. Since the mid-1970s Reifel’s work has been exhibited in China, Great Britain, Germany, India, Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Venezuela, Egypt and Mexico as well as the United States. His work is in numerous public and private collections including The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery, The Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown. Reifel describes his new prints as "unique variations of four etchings/engravings. They are extremely spare,rectilinear drawings that occupy 18”x24” horizontal spaces and divide the picture plane into two parts. The variations are impressions that take the viewer through an experience of the act of printing, made transparent."

Anthony Bartholomew received his bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from Youngstown State in 2004 and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from Kent State in 2008. In addition to teaching at Kent he is a shop coordinator at Zygote Press and a screenprinter at Jak Prints, a commercial print shop. "Learning is important, and teaching is important", says Bartholomew, "I strive to continue both. Life has given me art and I am grateful for it."
*quote from Lewis Hyde

Zygote Press is a non-profit, artist-run fine art print cooperative in Cleveland dedicated to creating active communications among artist-printmakers and increasing public awareness in contemporary printmaking. Zygote is supported by its resident artists, generous members and individual donors, the Ohio Arts Council, The George Gund Foundation, and special project grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Zygote Press is located on the first floor at 1410 E. 30th Street (between Superior & St. Clair) Gallery Hours: Wednesday 11 - 3 Saturday 12 – 4 and by appointment

Monday, March 1, 2010

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day - March1, 2010




Meaning: the character * used in printing or writing as a reference mark, as an indication of the omission of letters or words, to denote a hypothetical or unattested linguistic form, or for various arbitrary meanings

Example Sentence

Words in the text that are defined in the glossary are marked with an asterisk for quick reference.

Did you know?

If someone asked you to associate the word "asterisk" with a heavenly body, you would probably have no problem relating it to a star — even if you didn't know that the word "asterisk" derives from "asteriskos," a Greek word meaning "little star." "Asterisk" has been a part of the constellation of English since at least the late 1300s, but it is far from the only shining star in our language. The Greek forms "astēr," "astro," and "astrum" (all of which mean "star") still cast their light in English by way of such words as "asteroid," "astral," and "disaster" (which originally meant "an unfavorable aspect of a planet or star"). Even "star" itself is a distant relative of "asterisk."