Peter Max Continues To Impress!

November 20, 2015

By Janet Dodrill

Peter Max exhibit announcement.

Peter Max exhibit announcement.

During our sunny, warm autumn in greater Cleveland, we were host to a renowned pop artist’s exhibit which warmed the soul! Peter Max had a retrospective of over 125 works of art at the Beachwood Community Center, in Beachwood, Ohio from October 16-25, 2015. Peter Max was available in person for the last two days of the show, to meet the public and to personally sign purchased artwork. I was able to attend the event, and converse with him. On two other occasions I also met him, once at his art exhibit in Little Italy, Cleveland, Ohio, and once at the Rock Hall. On one of those occasions I received a personalized autograph in exchange for a 1971 Peter Max Paper Airplane book that I had brought with me with intentions to have him sign. And, I recall an exhibit of his at Tower City one year that I attended with my late mother, which we both enjoyed.

Personalized autograph from Peter Max.

Personalized autograph from Peter Max.

I am continually impressed with his work, the use of color, and the energy the work transmits. I love the use of broad multi-color brush strokes, and ever-changing subject matter and evolving style.

If his work comes to town again, I will surely go to see it, to be once again inspired.

Resources:

www.petermax.com

(Text and photos copyright Janet Dodrill. Not to be used without prior permission.)

 

Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio. Nearby trees were decorated in anticipation of the exhibit.

Peter Max exhibit at Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio. Nearby trees were decorated in anticipation of the exhibit.

 

Art by Peter Max.

Art by Peter Max.

 

Art by Peter Max.

Art by Peter Max.

 

Art by Peter Max.

Art by Peter Max.

 

Art by Peter Max.

Art by Peter Max.

 

Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio. Nearby trees were decorated in anticipation of the exhibit.

Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio. Nearby trees were decorated in anticipation of the exhibit.

 

Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio.

Peter Max exhibit at Beachwood Community Center, Beachwood, Ohio.

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Two Art Exhibits, Janet Dodrill

August 24, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

 

Cleveland Bridges & Buildings; Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Series; Cat Studies
Digital iPad Photo Art by Janet Dodrill, on display August 22 through October 16, 2014. Reception October 11, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

South Euclid/Lyndhurst Library
4645 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, OH 44121

Janet Dodrill art on exhibit at South Euclid/Lyndhurst Library, August 22 - October 31, 2014.

Janet Dodrill art on exhibit at South Euclid/Lyndhurst Library, August 22 – October 31, 2014.

Art of View – ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’
Eugenia Vainberg, Janet Dodrill, and members of The Western Reserve Calligraphers Club, artists each who use a ‘lost art,’ exhibit in this group show with work inspired by nature. Exhibit on view August 22 through November 7, 2014.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 South Park Boulevard,
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Janet Dodrill art on exhibit at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, August 22 - November 7, 2014.

Janet Dodrill art on exhibit at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, August 22 – November 7, 2014.


Digital Finger Painting, Artist Nancy Aikins

March 8, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Nancy Aikins displays her iPad art in South Euclid, Ohio through March 2014.

Nancy Aikins displays her iPad art in South Euclid, Ohio through March 2014.

Nancy Dinger Aikins paints and draws with her finger…using an iPad! Her style is very unique and she is explorative in her approach to her art. Using principles in color theory, design, use of theme and pattern, she creates visually-appealing energetic compositions. She uses art Apps such as ArtRage, ArtStudio, Paper53, Repix, Percolator and DistressedFX to make her artistic art work. With confidence and integrity, she pushes and manipulates the tools and her images to extremes, in her personal journey which she shares with us in her work.

Nancy currently has some of her work on display in a group exhibit at Coffee Phix, 4441 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121 through March 2014.

You can find Nancy’s iPad art on her web site, Doodling in the Dark, at www.nancy-aikins.squarespace.com and selected pieces for sale on her ETSY site, Every Crayon in the Box, at www.etsy.com/shop/everycrayoninthebox.

(Photo: Janet Dodrill)


Alchemy, Seed, Silk, Stem, Leaf – Art of Aimee Lee

February 9, 2014

By Janet Dodrill

Artist Aimee Lee shows the inside layer of the branch she uses in her papermaking.

Artist Aimee Lee shows the inside layer of the branch she uses in her papermaking.

Artist Aimee Lee uses invasive natural plants, herbs, seeds, stems and leaves to create and color handmade paper pieces, in the current exhibit at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Each piece was unique, simplistically hung, some on wall panels and other from the ceiling – some from milkweed silks, in a well-attended artist’s reception on February 7, 2014. The use of different berries, vegetables and fruits added earthen color to the paper art, and processed plant life and roots made up the pulp. Some of the art was stitched or embellished with gold wire fasteners. The Korean hanji papermaking process was demonstrated by the artist, and several instructional films ran continuously in another part of the gallery, explaining the ancient craft. Many hours go into creating each sheet of paper.

Aimee had samples of different papers with what they were comprised of throughout the gallery on shelves and side walls. Students she teaches from Oberlin College attended, and we were all lessoned on her specific technique.

The show runs through April 30th. This one I found very interesting, and the web site said that some of the plants used were from the Nature Center property.

(Photos: Janet Dodrill)

Aimee Lee, artist, demonstrates papermaking using the ancient Korean hanji method.

Aimee Lee, artist, demonstrates papermaking using the ancient Korean hanji method.

Artist Aimee Lee's exhibit at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Feb. 1 - April 30, 2014.

Artist Aimee Lee’s exhibit at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Feb. 1 – April 30, 2014.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Paper art by artist Aimee Lee.

Samples of the natural elements Aimee Lee uses in her paper art and their results.

Samples of the natural elements Aimee Lee uses in her paper art and their results.

Aimee Lee's hand-made paper detail using natural plants, seeds, and leaves.

Aimee Lee’s hand-made paper detail using natural plants, seeds, and leaves.


Gallery One Offers Art & Technology Interactivity at Cleveland Museum of Art

February 22, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

Gallery One Image Touch Screen Wall

Gallery One’s Image Touch Screen Wall, at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Like art and technology? The recently opened Gallery One at Cleveland Museum of Art offers something for the whole family.

A room with a giant wall touch screen allows you to hand-pan through over 3,500

gallery one make a face kiosk

Gallery One’s Make a Face kiosk, matches art up to your facial expression.

images from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. The experience is enriching, and categories and themes of art are visually presented and refreshed often. I was informed by a tour guide that each touch tile cost $8,000 and it is the only one of its kind in the country. One of the tiles was pulled off the wall for us to see the light source and electronics behind it. We were ensured that the wall screen is wiped down twice daily for cleanliness!

gallery oneapplication matches your gesture to art

Gallery One’s application matches your gesture to art.

Draw any shape in the Studio Play exploring room on a kiosk called ‘Line and Shape’, and it visually pairs-up and displays a museum object using that shape, whether it’s an edge of a ceramic vase, or a design in a tapestry.

‘Make a Face’ lets you make a face in front of a kiosk which is shot by a web cam, and

gallery one clay vessel creation simulation

Gallery One’s clay vessel creation simulation.

is matched to a face in the museum’s collection and displays them side by side. The same idea is used in making a body gesture by standing in front of the screen. A sculpture with a similar pose appears next to your image.

On the same kiosk, use the touch screen and take a slab of clay and roll it, cut it and create a vessel.

gallery one touch technology

Gallery One’s image touch technology wall.

Bring your iPad or rent one there for $5 (the rentals use a great iPad case called GripCase, available at the museum gift shop or online), and run the ArtLens free app (iOS only). You can download it at the app store prior to your visit, and enjoy information and videos about the Gallery One collection even if off-site. Utilize it there and get assigned a special plastic disc with a micro-chip to pair your tablet up with the touch wall. Scroll through images with your hand on the wall and find your favorites. Press a heart shape under that image and it will save it to your iPad in a favorites list. Then your iPad allows you to share those images by email or social media, or create a custom tour which can be saved and viewed later, which includes detailed information about those particular works of art.

gallery one near you now app feature

Gallery One’s near you now app feature.

gallery one artlens app gives information on art

Gallery One’s ArtLens app gives information on art.

Travel around the room in the Gallery One exhibit (I was told photo-taking works on your iPad is allowed here), use ArtLens to let your device show you where you are in the exhibit using the ‘Near You Now’ feature. Hold up your tablet lens to a work of art, and your app will bring up a detailed description of that work of art which may include audio or video. Don’t want to use an iPad? There is a floor kiosk in each area of the Gallery One exhibit floor to allow you to call-up more information on the art you are standing near, or interact by taking polls. Works in this exhibit include works by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Viktor Schreckengost, Giovanni Panini, and Chuck Close.

a gallery one interactive kiosk

A Gallery One interactive kiosk.

See all this and even more attractions at this wonderful art and technology-based interactive gallery. Also on your trip there, enjoy the space in the new atrium, visit the restaurant, and explore the fabulous new museum store.

Related Links:

The Cleveland Museum of Art/ learn/in the galleries

ArtLens | Cleveland Museum of Art

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