Art House at Parade the Circle

On Saturday, June 14, Art House participated in the 26th annual Parade the Circle celebration.  This exciting event brought 80,000 people to University Circle to watch and participate in the parade around Wade Oval. Community members from the Bellaire-Puritas, Kamms Corners, and West Park neighborhoods made art together in intergenerational workshops led by artist Wendy Mahon, and Bill Wade from Inlet Dance taught the group choreography to capture the movement of cape buffalo and traditional African tribesmen.

 

Sea Inspired Art at Literary Lots

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

What do these books have in common? The sea! Also, these works of literature, among others, are inspiring this summer’s Literary Lot in Ohio City. Literary Lots “brings magic and the power of imagination to urban kids by turning vacant, underutilized spaces into scenes from children’s books.” Art House will be providing 3 weeks of free art programming inspired by the ocean theme. Each class, instructed by a talented artist, will be held from 1-3 pm. Ready to hear what we’ll be working on this year?

Printmaking with artist Katie Taylor

July 22 – Fish Prints (More info to come)
July 24 – Colors of the Sea Printmaking (More info to come)
July 26 – Ocean Current Prints (More info to come)

Ceramics with artist Mark Yasenchack

July 29 – Under the Water Ceramics (Recreate your favorite sea creatures in polymer clay)
July 31 – Sunken Treasure Ceramics (Create a bounty of clay treasure to be the envy of any pirate!)

Mixed Media with artist Augusto Bordilois.

August 2 – Sailing Through 3D Art (Design and build scaled floating ships and rafts)
August 5 – Designs of the Tide (Lets paint with water! I mean, A LOT of water)
August 7 – Layers of the Lake (Explore, draw, and paint each uniquely sunlit layer of the lake)
August 9 – Deep Sea Design (Yes, let’s build a submarine!)

For even more information check out Art House’s Literary Lot page www.arthouseinc.org/classes/literary-lots or www.literarylots.org

Art House Teams Up with Literary Lots

Last summer, Literary Lots brought food-inspired children’s books to life in one of Ohio City’s underused urban spaces. For two weeks, kids were encouraged to read, write, create, and play within the transformed lot as various organizations (including Art House) led both literature and art related (free!) programming.

Literary Lots will return this July/August to transform Novak Park! The space and programming will reflect the new theme of ocean/water inspired children’s literature. Plans are in the works to construct a squid slide, a coral reef maze, and a “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” inspired submarine. The hope is to fill this submarine with audiobooks so kids can enter, relax, and listen.

Art House will team up with Literary Lots once again to organize art projects based around this year’s ocean theme. Programs, designed and led by three talented artists, will include printmaking, ceramics, and 3D mixed-media projects. Stay tuned for more details!

To learn more about last year’s successful lot and plans for this summer visit Literary Lot’s Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/literarylots/literary-lots-2014?ref=home_location.

Creative Fusion brings Dance to Cleveland

Creative Fusion brings performance artists to Cleveland! Hosted by Verb Ballets, Phuong Thanh Ngo is a ballet and contemporary dance artist from Vietnam. She graduated from Hochiminh City Dance School in Vietnam, and Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany in 2008. Phuong’s background includes performances in Vietnam and choreography for several dance productions. She has worked with numerous famed choreographers including Mark Ziekarek, Rodolpho Leoni, Stephan Brinkmann, and Ea Sola.
Her participation in the creation of experimental choreographies earned her a grant in 2012 for her creation of “Erasable”. She received the ‘Best Choreography’ award from the 2012 Korea International Modern Dance Competition. She is also a teacher of contemporary dance at the Hochiminh City Dance School.
Ngo will be working with Verb Ballets during her Creative Fusion residency to develop new work and share a 21st century view of Vietnamese culture with Cleveland community.

The Ingenuity of Creative Fusion

Born in Pakistan, Adeel uz Zafar completed his BFA from the National College of the Arts. He is a visual artist who has developed a unique photographic technique. His early works involved engraving exposed photographic sheets with a paper cutter. Today Adeel uses plastic vinyl sheets coated with emulsion and acrylic gel scratching in images derived from found objects, typically children’s toys. His dealings with subjects that are related to children have been called terrifying yet amusing and comforting.

Adeel has participated in both national & international artists’ residencies, now including the Cleveland Foundations’ Creative Fusion program. His appearances on Pakistani television led to his inclusion in an exhibition of prominent Pakistani artists from 1990-2010. Recently his work has been shown in New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Karachi. Adeel is being hosted this year by the Ingenuity Cleveland.

To learn more about Creative Fusion please visit http://www.arthouseinc.org/creative-fusion/

Creative Fusion Artists take on Cleveland

CREATIVE FUSION ARTISTS: OLIVIA MIHALTIANU

2014 Creative Fusion offers a variety of different artists from across the globe. One of which is Olivia Mihaltianu. A visual artist focusing on cross-media and process oriented projects involving: video, film, photography, object-making, installation and performance.  Olivia was born Romania, where she lives and works. She completed her studies at the University of Fine Arts, Bucharest with a Bachelor in Photo-Video-Computer Processing and a Masters in Visual Art.  She usually constructs her works as daily journals and experiences in relation to the events and situations surrounding her.

Her work plays with the notion of identity and minor details that are not usually observed by other people.  Her work shows fluidity in her feelings as they change and develop, leaving space for parallel realities – from comfortable areas like her grandmother’s kitchen, she finds herself behind the counter of an American supermarket, and from there to a room of prestige.  Her work has been showcased across Europe including Germany, Moldavia, Romania and Austria.

Olivia is being hosted this year by Zygote Press. 

To learn more about Creative Fusion and Art House’s participation, visit our Creative Fusion page http://www.arthouseinc.org/creative-fusion/

 

Art House Welcomes Huda Lutfi

Welcome Huda Lutfi! For our third year, Art House will be hosting artist Huda Lutfi from Egypt. She is a visual artist and cultural historian living and working in Cairo. She has been teaching Arab Muslim cultural history as well as mixed media art at the American University in Cairo.

Her visit has been made possible through the Creative Fusion residency program that offers Cleveland communities opportunities to work with, and learn from, international artists. Each visiting artist is nominated by a panel of international arts experts, then selected and hosted by local cultural institutions, which provide studio space and materials for the artist’s work.

Her training as a cultural historian has influenced her work as a visual artist, mixing historical past and present, as well as traversing and fusing cultural boundaries. Huda Lutfi has emerged as one of Egypt’s most notable contemporary image makers. In her works she references Egypt’s cultural and popular artistic traditions, integrating these into contemporary art practices.

In her most recent exhibition “Cut and Paste,” Lutfi presents a psycho-geographic archive of emotions, gestures, figures of speech and images that circulated in public space during Egypt’s transitional period.

Huda will be putting together a gallery show here in Cleveland to be produced in May.

Cairo meets Cleveland

This March Art House welcomes, Huda Lutfi, a visual artist from Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Lutfi will be joining us through the Cleveland Foundation ’s, Creative Fusion program! Creative Fusion is a residency program that offers Cleveland communities opportunities to work with, and learn from, international artists. Each visiting artist is nominated by a panel of international arts experts, then selected and hosted by local cultural institutions, which provide studio space and materials for the artist’s work. In addition, host institutions collaborate with other community partners to provide opportunities for creative exchange. We are excited to be participating in this program for the third time!

Huda Lutfi is a visual artist and cultural historian living and working in Cairo. She has been teaching Arab Muslim cultural history as well as mixed media art at the American University in Cairo. Lutfi also held several art workshops for street and Sudanese refugee children and curated several exhibitions of their works.
Her training as a cultural historian has influenced her work as a visual artist, juxtaposing historical past and present, as well as traversing and fusing cultural boundaries. In her works she references Egypt’s cultural and popular artistic traditions, trying to integrate these into contemporary art practices. In her attempts to do so, she works with mixed media, using painting, text, collage, recycled photographs, found objects, assemblage, and installation. In one of her earlier projects, Lutfi used the medium of the found object to depict images of the city in which she lives. In another project, she worked with the medium of the doll, referencing the popular and rich popular tradition of doll making in Egypt and elsewhere, evoking issues of cultural politics and gender identity. In her latest projects in 2008 and 2009 Lutfi focused on body politics, attempting to show how prescribed gender roles impose restrictions on the human body.

In her most recent exhibition “Cut and Paste,” Lutfi presents a psycho-geographic archive of emotions, gestures, figures of speech and images that circulated in public space during Egypt’s transitional period. All new work produced over the past two years, these collages, found objects and sculptures combine to create one impressionistic story of the recent past.

In her works Lutfi addresses issues of cultural and gender representations, as well as issues of violence and globalization. She has exhibited both locally and internationally: in Cairo, Alexandria, Paris, London, Liege, Thessalonica, Marseille, Frankfurt, Bonn, Bamako, Virginia (USA), Bahrain, as well as Dubai.

 

Short and Sweet Holiday Shop Is Back!

By Gloria Ferris

The Short and Sweet planning committee began meeting in September to plan the 2013 event.  We had decided to have another one at our after action dinner meeting in the spring. We held our first planning meeting at Art House in September. At that meeting, Art House Executive Director Amy Craft suggested we take advantage of AH’s newly renovated studio by expanding “The Shop”.

After about 30 seconds of silence, a few logistics questions, and another few seconds of silence, the decision was made-let’s do it.  Between returning artists, suggestions by thecommittee, and new artists inquiring about Short and Sweet, will have approximately 30 artists joining us for the first two weekends of December when the Short and Sweet Holiday Shop will again touch down in the heart of Brooklyn Centre.

We will again be selling the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists cookbook “A Taste of All Seasons”, many book selections by local publisher Gray and Company, and Brooklyn Centre Historical Society’s “Reflections From Brooklyn Centre”.

Art House will be selling clay tiles and Urban Bright Denison School students will be selling ornaments to raise money for an “art themed” field trip.

Several food vendors, ceramic artists, jewelers, knitters, and crocheters, have joined our artists and artisans from last year to create a variety of unique and handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

This year Short and Sweet Kid’s Corner is a place for children to shop for Mom, Dad, grandmas and grandpas or create a holiday.

Share the Short and Sweet Holiday Shop’s Dates and Time with friends and family:

Fridays: December 6th and 13th, 4:00 pm to 8 pm.

Saturdays: December 7th and 14th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sundays:  December 8th and 15th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Urban Bright is back!

This fall, Art House begins its 12th year of Urban Bright arts-in-education programming. We’ll begin with a residency at the Art House studio, working with our neighbor, Denison School, with a digital stopmotion video and claymation program. Media artist Cindy Penter will lead the residency with teachers Molly Gus, Chuck Erbs, and art teacher Christian Osterland’s sixth grade students. Through this program, the students will write narratives about characters they create from polymer clay. The colorful figures will serve as the actors in short collaborative films made by students with guidance from the teaching artist.

In addition to the fall digital media program, Denison’s eighth grade students will enjoy a ceramics residency with teaching artist Kristen Cliffel during the second semester. Art House is also pleased to bring artists-in-residence to multiple other partner schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) including William Cullen Bryant School, Watterson Lake School, and high schools John Marshall, James Ford Rhodes, and Lincoln-West. Urban Bright will also travel to schools outside of CMSD. Mosaic School of Fine and Performing Arts at Cleveland Heights High School will once again work with an Art House artist to engage in thoughtful visual artmaking. Finally, Kindergarten students at our newest partner location will partake in a pilot program at Old Brooklyn Community Elementary School. This unique residency will infuse the students’ curriculum with three short-term residencies that will enable students to learn the elements of art through hands-on projects in silk painting, ceramics, and mixed media art.

We are so thrilled to continue to grow this award-winning program that empowers students to communicate visually through the arts. To stay current on what’s happening with our Urban Bright residencies, stop by Facebook every now and then for pictures and student quotes. We can be found here, https://www.facebook.com/art.house.568, or as always, in the studio.