November Field Guide Here Digitally NOW   11.11.12

Hurricane Sandy brought power outages, internet outages, and a blown router. Election season brought a crap storm of leaflets, mailers, postcards, and booklets to Ohio (since we decide the election, apparently). all these things combined to be a perfect storm to delay the printing of our November Field Guide. Get it digitally now, and read the hard copy at your leisure when it arrives in the mail soon.

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Keywords: field guide
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Polkapocalypse: Silent Auction Items   10.29.12

Below you can find samples of work appearing in Polkapocalypse: SPACES' Annual Benefit and Art Auction on November 23, 2012. Save your money and measure the blank spots on your walls.

Keywords: art, benefit, polkapocalypse, silent auction
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Events

Silk Screening with Shirley T and Rose Louise at Arts Collinwood   10.25.12

Join the fun and make your own silkscreened t-shirt!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Arts Collinwood, 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
Cost: FREE

SPACES former artist-in-residence, Jef Scharf, has devised a process that can take a drawing to film, then to a screen and finally to print, on paper, a shirt, a table—whatever. The process depends on a silk-screen box named Shirley T and an exposure box for screens named Rose Louise (no, I don't know why. If you take the class, you can ask). In the class he will teach at Arts Collinwood, students begin by making drawings which are collected, scanned and cobbled into a single film for screen burning, which takes about two hours for exposing and washing out the screen (probably tedious for children, says Jef, but "adults and scientists" would enjoy it." Then the image is printed, on whatever the chosen medium is, and hung to dry until... everyone goes home.

A bundle of t-shirts have been generously donated by Gallery Wolfy Part II for the workshop. A limited number of shirts will be available for class participants to keep. Shirley T and Rose Louise will take up permanent residence at Arts Collinwood, to be used whenever someone is inspired to do another workshop. This one is funded by an Artists in Residence grant, thanks to the Kresge and Ford foundations, and supported by Arts Collinwood, CPAC, NSDC, LINC, Zygote Press, Bruce Edwards, Pat Deering and J.C. Shirley T in action (!

People are encouraged to bring ideas for the shirts that we could execute and expose on some screens. think light ink on black shirts.

The workshop will begin at 10am and go until 4pm with a 30 minute break around 12:30 or so. Free!

Note: This is not a SPACES-sponsored event, just Scharf-tested and SPACES-approved

Keywords: arts collinwood, jef scharf, silkscreen, swap, workshop
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Artists

Calling Polkapocalyptic Volunteers   10.03.12

The Polkapocalypse is fast approaching and our survivalist militia needs volunteers to help us prepare and host the undead horde that will occupy SPACES on Saturday, November 3rd.

All metaphor aside, we need volunteers for our benefit. Prior to the benefit we'll be working on decorations, cataloging and hanging artwork, and soliciting donations of food and money. During the benefit we'll need people to help staff check-in, check-out, coat check, the auctions, food tables, and other various areas.

If you volunteer up to 4 hours, you will receive one free ticket to the Polka Party (8 p.m.).

Please complete the form below and pitch in to help out SPACES! Once you submit the form, we'll be in touch as soon as we are able.

Keywords: auction, benefit, polkapocalypse, volunteers
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Events

Polka Zombie Contest   09.13.12

With the impending Polkapocalypse (, SPACES' Annual Benefit and Art Auction, we announce a call for polka zombies. Channel your Czech-Polish supernatural powers into depicting a polka-dotted ghoul, a zombie barmaid, or even an undead James K. Polk. Entries may be drawings, paintings, digital manipulations, or photographs of your awe-inspiring make-up skills—any medium that can translate into a 2-dimensional jpg.

A panel of local bloggers and luminaries will jury all entries and announce a new semi-final winner each week in October starting October 10th. Keep in mind, that your entry is only considered for the week it comes in. Avoid being part of a massive Oct 24th pile-up and enter early and often! Weekly winners will receive one free general admission ticket to the benefit (8 p.m. – 1 a.m.) where one final winner will crowned Zombie King or Queen and claim the grand prize of a package of original art (of his/her choice), a gift card to a local merchant, and spooky surprises from beyond.

The (un)deadlines are:
Week 1: October 3rd | Winner announced: October 10th
Week 2: October 10th | Winner announced: October 17th
Week 3: October 17th | Winner announced: October 24th
Week 4: October 24th | Winner announced: October 31st

All entries must be emailed in JPG format to by the (un)deadlines listed above. All submissions must include the following information:

Mailing Address (street, apt. number, city, state, zip):

By submitting the attached Material(s) and information, you acknowledge that you are at least 18 years of age and are the creator and copyright holder of Material(s), and grant SPACES unlimited, non-exclusive rights to publicly exhibit/perform and make publicly available digitally the Material(s).


Q: How old do I have to be to enter?
A: At least 18 years of age at the time of submission.

Q: How many times may I enter?
A: As many times as you like, but don't kill yourself over this (even if you think you'll rise from the dead).

Q: Does it have to be just one zombie?
A: You can depict a murder (herd? clutch? coven? pod?) of zombies if you like, but there must be at least one. Heck, it doesn't even have to be formerly human. Bring on the undead raccoons and cats!

Q: Must I include a polka theme?
A: Yes! It is the Polkapocalypse after all. But we use the term "polka" very loosely and welcome puns, wordplay and creative rule bending.

Q: Do you have to enter every weekly contest?
A: No -- for example, if you miss the first week, enter the second, or third. Just be sure to enter by the final deadline on October 24 to be considered for both the general admission ticket and the grand prize package.

Q: If I apply in time for a deadline and don't win, is that same work considered for all future deadlines?
A: Nope. Sorry. You may resubmit the same work, but it won't carry-over. These aren't your unused mobile minutes.

Keywords: benefit, contest, polkapocalypse, zombies
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Events

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