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  • Thanks for the Memory

    Constant Background, prints by Bruce Edwards opens May 9th runs through June 14th, this will be the final art exhibit at Brandt Gallery at 1028 Kenilworth.

    I certainly did not think in the fall of 1990 when Terry Durst and I opened the first exhibit in the storefront I rent for my law office, Olde Stuff a Ten Year Retrospective by Terry Durst – that 24 years would go by so quickly.

    I cannot possibly in any manageable space begin to thank the countless people who contributed with their artwork, talent, skill, purchases, donations, time, and/or just being there at the events because you are a part of the Northeast Ohio arts community and that’s just what we do, but allow me to say here if you are reading this THANK YOU.

    These years have been an incredible experience for me.

    The demands of my law practice and commitment to those clients is but one of the reasons at this time it is not practical to continue the on-going art exhibits at the space.

    As is often said, as one door closes another opens, I certainly have not ruled out the possibility of working in the operation of an art gallery again.   At this juncture for myself and the artists who may have exhibited in the future it makes sense to bring this chapter to a close so that other opportunities might be pursued.

    Thank you
    Jean Brandt

    * Thanks for the Memory, a nod to Cleveland’s own Bob Hope

  • Constant Background new prints by Bruce Edwards closing reception Tremont ArtWalk Friday June 13, 2014 - music by Dutch Babies

    Bruce Edwards received a BFA from Kent State University in 1991. He has shown extensively in Cleveland, most notably at SPACES, Zygote Press, The Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland), and Brandt Gallery. Edwards has been featured in the Performance art festival, and is held in several collections including the Progressive Collection. Edwards maintains a studio practice that includes photography, sculpture, and printmaking, in the treemont district of Cleveland. Edwards has been a faculty member of CIA, CCC, and UA, and currently serves on the Board of Zygote Press, a fine art print cooperative serving local, national, and international artists.

    About the Work

    There are thousands of hours that go into the set up and filming of just one short shot of a movie. The art director, the lighting designer, hair and makeup, costume, director of photography, all have an integral part to play in the movie product. It is with great admiration for the craft of film-making that I choose to use motion pictures as a source for my images. When watching a film the artistry can get lost in the blur of the narrative action as we get caught up in the characters and plot. Taking still images not only allows one to see and pay attention to the aspects of the shot, but also begin to see the relative similarities of all motion picture filming: the long shot, the pan, a love scene, the close up, etc. This is the language of film, but also the language of image. Images allow us to explore our own conceptual narratives. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words; this is because in our human quest to order our world we are prone to seeking explanations for all the things we see. We endeavor to categorize and correlate what we see against our already understood memories and conventions. In this way we extrapolate from our internal knowledge to assign meaning and order. These prints are meant to initiate an understanding and discovery of personal memory and narrative. They are also intended to expose the nature of screen-printing which employs a value scale with limited pallet. Each of these images is produced with only four colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, a technique developed in the mid 20th century for mass production of the printed media, and still used today in desktop printers across the world. Whereas the printed image once ruled the mass media world, TV took over which is now being eclipsed by the small screen, computer and hand held devices.

    This work is nostalgic in many ways, the images come from a mid century movie shot on film, a disappearing media. The still is captured by camera directly from the television not through sampling of a video. The digital photo is translated with a computer into a form that can be printed by hand.

  • Phoebe Marie Nelson, “The Long Ease: Post-Cancer Works” April 11 - May 3, 2014

    April 11 – May 3, 2014
    Phoebe Marie Nelson, “The Long Ease: Post-Cancer Works”

    During the year of illness and literal bloodshed that led up to my diagnosis with inoperable Stage 2B Cervical Cancer on November 2, 2011, something was happening that I did not even realize. Or NOT happening, as it were. I stopped making art. It wasn’t a conscious decision, it just happened. I felt terrible and uninspired, stressed and filled with anxiety and panic. The artwork just ended. Shortly after the diagnosis and subsequent months of chemotherapy, radiation and brachytherapy, something else happened that I didn’t realize either. I started making art again. Quietly at first. Just a few pieces. And then a few more. And very slowly, over the past two years, I began to “ease” back into the life of a so-called artist again. It was a big deal for me.

    Cancer not only changed me physically – I was left infertile and menopausal at 36, not to mention a host of other late side effects and a permanent fear of recurrence – but it changed my artwork as well. I’ve done collage for over 20 years, and everyone who is familiar with my work has noticed the change. I don’t think this new series of work is “better” than what I used to do, but it is different. Lighter, yet more meaningful. More mature maybe? More hopeful? Maybe it’s just what happens to the things you make when you’ve been through something as life-altering as cancer in your 30s.

    Artwork still available – This show has sold fast and only a few pieces remain.

  • Work by Sarah Biscuso, March 14 - April 5, 2014

    “I am coming back to painting after a decade-long hiatus. When I paint, I am interested in memory, emotion, and spontaneity. I approach the canvas without primary sketches or concrete plans in an attempt to record ideas from below the conscious level. The work is a document of my experiences, interests, and state of mind at the point in my life when I created it. I have always been drawn to the Expressionist movement, and this influence is reflected in my work.”

  • Sarah Biscuso March 14 – April 5, 2014, opens Tremont ArtWalk Friday 6 – 10 p.m. DJ set by C Randolph C

    “I am coming back to painting after a decade-long hiatus. When I paint, I am interested in memory, emotion, and spontaneity. I approach the canvas without primary sketches or concrete plans in an attempt to record ideas from below the conscious level. The work is a document of my experiences, interests, and state of mind at the point in my life when I created it. I have always been drawn to the Expressionist movement, and this influence is reflected in my work.”

  • TWO YODY’S YODY/Examples/ YODY/Study in Nature: Rebecca Yody and Tom Yody, music by Librarian February 14th Tremont ArtWalk

    With over two decades of experience in performance and creative arts, Rebecca Yody is continuously striving to find new ways of expression. She has recently exhibited her work at SmartSpace and Two Girls from Cleveland / The FOUNDRY Store. Tom Yody taught at the Cooper School of Art in the 1970s and returned to Cleveland in 2012, invigorated by the thriving art scene and inspired by what he refers to as “the work-a-day, blue shirt commitment and dedication of the artists here.” In Fall 2013, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery exhibited Yody’s abstract drawing and sculptures evoking the non-representational surrealism of Yves Tanguy and the organic structures of Antonio Gaudi.

  • TWO YODYS - YODY/Examples/ YODY/Study in Nature: Rebecca Yody and Tom Yody February 8 – March 8, 2014


    With over two decades of experience in performance and creative arts, Rebecca Yody is continuously striving to find new ways of expression. She has recently exhibited her work at SmartSpace and Two Girls from Cleveland / The FOUNDRY Store. Tom Yody taught at the Cooper School of Art in the 1970s and returned to Cleveland in 2012, invigorated by the thriving art scene and inspired by what he refers to as “the work-a-day, blue shirt commitment and dedication of the artists here.” In Fall 2013, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery exhibited Yody’s abstract drawing and sculptures evoking the non-representational surrealism of Yves Tanguy and the organic structures of Antonio Gaudi.

  • New Work by K. Stewart and Jeanette Thomas closing reception Saturday February 1, 7 - 10 p.m. music by Iron Oxide

    Work by Kat Stewart

    K. Stewart, "Pchyolka," latex on canvas, 2010

    Fundamentals of Engineering work by K. Stewart

    Since moving to Cleveland over 10 years ago, Stewart has played in several local bands (Black Cabbage, Iron Oxide, Mohammad Cartoon, Budapest Dojo). She works with paint, photography, fabric, and linotype, having last exhibited at the December 2012 Decay in Response: Pink Noise edition. A graduate of Cleveland State’s Electrical Engineering program, Stewart has a polymathic range of interests, from linguistics and graphic design to robotics and video games.

    Work by Jeanette Daphne Thomas

    Extended Family work by Jeanette Daphne Thomas

    Thomas studied at CSU for two years, followed by a brief stint at CIA. “Since then,” she writes, “I’ve made event fliers for my previous bands, made cover art for friends bands albums, including a 7-inch record for Herzog, released on the UK’s Transparent Records, and [for] my current band, The Very Knees. . . . Comic books got me into making art, and sustained me while keeping my form progressing. As far as portraiture, there is nothing more interesting or telling than the human face; it contains a world, as well as life’s secrets and mysteries, the universe in miniature.”

  • Dana Depew small works -Tremont ArtWalk Friday December 13th & Saturday December 14th

    Tremont ArtWalk Friday the 13th and 14th

    Small work: new amongst some old, $100 and under.

    Saturday December 7, 6 – 10 p..m
    Tremont ArtWalk Friday December 13, 6 – 10 p.m.
    Saturday December 14, Noon – 6 p.m.

  • The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe November 2 – 30

    The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe

    Opening Reception Sat. November 2, 6 – 10 p.m.
    runs through November 30

  • Latitudes and Longitudes new work by DOTT SCHNEIDER w/ DJ Librarian Tremont ArtWalk Friday October 11th

    DOTT SCHNEIDER

    LATITUDES AND LONGITUDES

    runs through October 19th, gallery open Saturday Noon – 6 p.m.

    Of late my work has been about manipulating non-traditional materials as commentary on the physical place I am at any given time. Latitudes and Longitudes is is based on my two week transcontinental drive to study the living erosion of the United States.

    Mixed media artist, Dott von Schneider received her CEAP from the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Rouen in 1996. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Kölnisch Rundshau, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Jane Magazine, Las Vegas City Life, Cleveland Scene, and Northern Ohio Live. Schneider holds her studio in Lakewood and lives there with her husband and their attack cats.

  • Relic by Katelynn Altgilbers opens Tremont ArtWalk Friday August 9th

    Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Altgilbers earned BFAs from Cleveland Institute of Art and Ursuline College before relocating to the East Coast, earning her MFA from Montclair State University (NJ) and currently teaching at SUNY Old Westbury College on Long Island. “Relic” can be seen reworking the post-industrial ruin exhibiting widely in rustbelt galleries these days (see Anne Trubek’s review-essay in the last issue of CAN Journal). Yet, rather than thematizing human waste against a resilient natural backdrop, Altigebers’ work offers photo tableaus of small survivors of nature’s own vast havoc. She writes, “Some of the pieces are from the beach after hurricane Sandy,” for example, “a sea sponge covered in small coral” against “a damaged home after hurricane Sandy. . . . This work is a celebration of objects that survive time and trauma.”

  • Peter Seward • Seen/Unseen closing reception ArtWalk Friday July 12, 6 - 10 p.m. with music by Dutch Babies at 8 p.m.

    For the past five years, “Stealth Towers,” has been the subject of this inquiry, as real and imagined cell-phone towers are camouflaged as pine trees, church steeples, flag poles, barn silos, and totem poles. Depicted with traditional techniques, and with a nod to the Hudson River School style of painting, these works place communications infrastructure in a Romantic, sometimes religious, context.

    “My attempt is to seduce the viewer with a beautifully painted image, but then discover a betrayal with a narrative contrary to the original emotion. I’m as conflicted about living in the post-modern world as anyone else, and present these works as open-ended questions.”

    This new body of work looks at another current technological wonder framed against the sky: drone aircraft. The on-going quest to control the sphere geo-politically - black operations since the Cold War – continues as stealth drones dominate the skies over domestic and foreign lands. As unwitting ambassadors of American policy, drone planes demonstrate our reliance on technological solutions while, literally, being personally removed from the equation.

    “I’m hoping that the viewer considers this surveillance tool from another angle, by juxtaposing the invasiveness of remote technologies with pristine landscape and, sometimes, to explore stylization of the piece from a non-Western tradition.”

    peterseward.com

  • Peter Seward • Seen/Unseen, June 14, 6 – 10 p.m. opening and reception w/musical performance by Ryann Anderson

    For the past five years, “Stealth Towers,” has been the subject of this inquiry, as real and imagined cell-phone towers are camouflaged as pine trees, church steeples, flag poles, barn silos, and totem poles. Depicted with traditional techniques, and with a nod to the Hudson River School style of painting, these works place communications infrastructure in a Romantic, sometimes religious, context.

    “My attempt is to seduce the viewer with a beautifully painted image, but then discover a betrayal with a narrative contrary to the original emotion. I’m as conflicted about living in the post-modern world as anyone else, and present these works as open-ended questions.”

    This new body of work looks at another current technological wonder framed against the sky: drone aircraft. The on-going quest to control the sphere geo-politically - black operations since the Cold War – continues as stealth drones dominate the skies over domestic and foreign lands. As unwitting ambassadors of American policy, drone planes demonstrate our reliance on technological solutions while, literally, being personally removed from the equation.

    “I’m hoping that the viewer considers this surveillance tool from another angle, by juxtaposing the invasiveness of remote technologies with pristine landscape and, sometimes, to explore stylization of the piece from a non-Western tradition.”

    peterseward.com

  • Dott von Schneider – Latitudes and Longitudes September 13 – October 19

    A longtime Cleveland mixed media artist, Dott von Schneider received her CEAP from the Ecole des Beaux-arts de Rouen in 1996. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Kölnisch Rundshau, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Jane Magazine, Cleveland Scene, and Northern Ohio Live. She also functions as Cultural Maraca and owner of Miller Schneider Gallery. She writes, “Of late my work has been about manipulating non-traditional materials as commentary on the physical place I am at any given time. Latitudes and Longitudes is based on my two week transcontinental drive to study the living erosion of the United States.”

  • Peter Seward • Seen/Unseen, June 14 - July 13, 2013

    In a series of landscape paintings, Seward explores our collective use of technology, set against our desire to preserve the natural environment.

    For the past five years, “Stealth Towers,” has been the subject of this inquiry, as real and imagined cell-phone towers are camouflaged as pine trees, church steeples, flag poles, barn silos, and totem poles. Depicted with traditional techniques, and with a nod to the Hudson River School style of painting, these works place communications infrastructure in a Romantic, sometimes religious, context.

    “My attempt is to seduce the viewer with a beautifully painted image, but then discover a betrayal with a narrative contrary to the original emotion. I’m as conflicted about living in the post-modern world as anyone else, and present these works as open-ended questions.”

    This new body of work looks at another current technological wonder framed against the sky: drone aircraft. The on-going quest to control the sphere geo-politically – black operations since the Cold War – continues as stealth drones dominate the skies over domestic and foreign lands. As unwitting ambassadors of American policy, drone planes demonstrate our reliance on technological solutions while, literally, being personally removed from the equation.

    “I’m hoping that the viewer considers this surveillance tool from another angle, by juxtaposing the invasiveness of remote technologies with pristine landscape and, sometimes, to explore stylization of the piece from a non-Western tradition.”

    peterseward.com

  • Closing Reception Tremont ArtWalk Friday May 10, music by Dutch Babies at 8:30 p.m.

    Closing Reception Tremont ArtWalk Friday May 10 6 – 10 p.m.

    Broken and picked over .. left as only a whisper in the wind … where fragments of the past lay, new life sprouts through reminding us that eventually mother earth will reclaim what was once hers. Sometimes we must go back to go forward.

    Location: Randali Park Mall, North Randall OH

    Bio: Bradley Miller. Bradley was born to a single mother’ in the summer of 1984 and has been an artist for as long as he can remember. After graduating high schooL his run-ins with the law and struggles with addiction landed him in the “clink’” ‘for several years providing an intense period of intellectual stimulation and some serious soul searching. After his release he attended Youngstown State University and later Cleveland State University studying fine art and photography. Today he is a proud father, an almost husband and has a promising future in both the culinary and photography fields.

  • Broken, and picked over . . . opens ArtWalk Friday April 12th

    Broken, and picked over . . . photography by Bradley Miller

    Opening Reception Tremont ArtWalk Friday April 12 6 – 10 p.m.

    Broken and picked over .. left as only a whisper in the wind … where fragments of the past lay, new life sprouts through reminding us that eventually mother earth will reclaim what was once hers. Sometimes we must go back to go forward.

    Location: Randali Park Mall, North Randall OH

    Bio: Bradley Miller. Bradley was born to a single mother’ in the summer of 1984 and has been an artist for as long as he can remember. After graduating high schooL his run-ins with the law and struggles with addiction landed him in the “clink’” ‘for several years providing an intense period of intellectual stimulation and some serious soul searching. After his release he attended Youngstown State University and later Cleveland State University studying fine art and photography. Today he is a proud father, an almost husband and has a promising future in both the culinary and photography fields.

  • Autism: A Mexican Adventure by Craig Matis opens ArtWalk Friday March 8 runs through April 4, 2013

    Autism: A Mexican Adventure by Craig Matis opens ArtWalk Friday March 8 runs through April 4, 2013

    This book installation exhibition at the Brandt Gallery, “Autism: A Mexican Adventure” is a series of panels which relate the story of an American father and his autistic son traveling through Mexico to help cope with his wife’s death. Using music, narration, and a mixed media technique of folded paper and 3-D pencil drawings, the story describes a surreal journey that invites the viewer to learn a little about the difficulties in raising a special needs child, all set in a Mexican landscape.

  • Shadows: Photography by David Novak and Celebrate 20 Years of Tremont ArtWalk, Fri. Feb. 8 – Councilman Joe Cimperman presentation at 6 p.m.


    David Novak began photography in the 9th grade when he found an old Brownie camera in the family’s basement complete with film.  He took pictures of his sister (then twelve) and her new kitten, had the film developed, and found there were pictures on that same roll of film from when his sister was six. Like a Twilight Zone episode, he had stepped back in time and was instantly hooked.

    Following up on the Euclid Park Beach photographs he took with the 201 Minolta he got in college and exhibited at Brandt Gallery in 2010, Novak’s new exhibit explores shadows in the digital age. Noting that “digital color is so honest, it can be unforgiving,” Novak explores how the shadows so integral to the black-and-white medium of 50 years ago return to impact the digital print.

  • Nancy Prudic, “Exchange: Visibility/Invisibility” (November 9 – December 22)

    Nancy Prudic, “Exchange: Visibility/Invisibility” (November 9 – December 22)

    Nancy Prudic is associate professor of visual arts at Lake Erie College and has worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Department of Education and Public Programming for eighteen years.
    Prudic believes that art is informed by the questions one asks oneself. Throughout her career a recurring theme has been personal image and “How is it formed?” As a woman she naturally questions the issues of the female body image and perception, both personal and social that affect one’s sense of self.
    This installation is intended as work in progress, as society’s perceptions as well as one’s self-image change over time.

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