CLEVELAND, Ohio - In honor of Women's History Month, 86 galleries throughout the region will feature works by female artists this March.
It's all coordinated by Mary Urbas, who organizes a "gallery tour" directory of the shows, in conjunction with her "from WOMAN X" exhibit at The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland. There will be an opening reception for "from WOMAN" 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 26.
The idea for the annual "from WOMAN" show was inspired by New York City's famed art collaborative, Guerilla Girls, who explore gender, pop culture and politics through over-the-top visuals. Now in its tenth year, the 2017 "from WOMAN" show features a record 42 artists from Ohio, Arizona and Indiana, including 14 who are new to the roster.
"This year's exhibition is my most ambitious one to date," says Urbas.
Urbas will also be curating two additional exhibitions featuring work by women artists. "Paintings, Prints, and Poems for Meditation by Betty Skufca" at Collinwood's Article Gallery, 15316 Waterloo Rd., will feature Skufca's original oil painting on plexiglass and canvas, prints, jewelry and assemblage art. The 89-year-old artist's poetry will also be on display. There will be an opening reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, March 3.
"Women's Work" will take place at the Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, where Urbas served as assistant director and gallery curator for four years before transitioning to Lakeland. The exhibit displays eight regional artists -- Lissa Bockrath, Forlorn Dolls/Samantha Meyers, Keri Gortz, Suzan Kraus, Sandy Miller, Beth Nash, Jaymi Zents and Skufta - across various mediums. There will be an opening reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 24.
The entire gallery tour includes galleries across mediums, including Praxis Fiber Workshop, The Glass Asylum, Larchmere Fireworks, 78th Street Studios and more. See the entire schedule here.
4 Shows to see
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
March 3, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Rust, Dust and Other Four Letter Words 16008 Waterloo Rd., facebook.Com/rustdustand4letterwords
Curator Allison Lukacsy-Love grew up listening to Cyndi Lauper, so it's only appropriate to blast her venerable party anthem during her aptly-titled show, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." Collinwood's Rust, Dust and other Four Letter Words gallery will be transformed into a bright, candy-colored world filled with paintings, prints and more by Joanne Abruzzino, Allison Lukacsy Love, Erin Mazza, Julia Rainey, Jane Reynolds, Grace Wen and Linda Zolten Wood. Plus, there will be complimentary sweets. The show runs through March 31.
"Monster Girls of the Great Lakes"
Good Goat Gallery
17012 Madison Ave., Lakewood, thegoodgoatgallery.com
You may have seen these monster makers at various fairs, conventions and markets around town. This month, they all come together as the "Monster Girls of the Great Lakes." The exhibit unites local creators along with two from Michigan. And this is just the beginning - more monster mashes are planned for the future of this collective of Angela Oster, Audra Lockwood, Clara Manfredi, Jessica Sheeran, Kaitlin Juarez, PJ Halliwill and Renee Fisher. The show runs through March 31.
"Liz Maugans: The City Pool and People at Church"
March 10, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
28795 Lake Rd., Bay Village, 440-871-6543, Diane Boldman Education Gallery
What are people ever really thinking? Liz Maugans, director of Zygote Press, has always had a way of getting into people's inner monologues through her renowned printmaking work and other artistic mediums. This collection of drawings was created during rare quiet moments of relaxation. Each depicts the quirky contemplations Maugans dreams up for the people around her. Even lounging at the Bay Village City pool or finding a moment of solace at Lakewood Congregational Church, the creative mind of Maugans is constantly on the go. The show runs through April 1.
March 10, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
3910 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-309-1090, Canopy-collective.com
They say friends are the family we choose. Canopy's "Girlfriends" show celebrates our most solid allies by honoring the bond of women. Curated by owner Erika Jaenke, the show features works by Micaela Colleen Barrett, Phoebe Thomas, Erika Jaenke, Amber Esner, Casey Lynch, Jill Nosse, Jacqueline DelBrocco, Evelyn Taylor Bonner, Karry Hatch, Ali Phillips, Erin Costello, Michelle Janosky, Rachael Tweed, Brooke Figer, Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg, Sara Starrfield, Bert Self and Julie Schabel. The show runs through March 19.
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