This Saturday: An East Cleveland Walking Tour of Industry, Art, and Architecture   05.25.12

This Saturday, May 26, SPACES will be embarking on a tour of East Cleveland from 12 noon until 2 p.m.

The tour will be led by Christopher Busta-Peck, the founding editor of Cleveland Area History. He also is author of the book "The Hidden History of Cleveland," published last November by History Press. The tour will include a visit to the stone tannery on Nine Mile Creek, sandstone grave markers, and a selection of houses along Euclid Avenue (one might be the oldest in the county!).

Our excursion is in conjunction with our current exhibition, the Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau. There are several other outings planned in the near future, which you can learn about here:

We will begin our East Cleveland tour at New Life Cathedral (16200 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, Ohio) at noon on Saturday, May 26. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to explore our local history! This tour is not to be missed!

Map of meeting location: 16200 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, Ohio
Map of meeting location: 16200 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, Ohio

Keywords: christopher busta-peck, cleveland area history, cleveland convention and visitors bureau, east cleveland, event, hidden history of cleveland, spaces, tour, walk, walking tour
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Weeds in the City   05.24.12

I wanted to share this blog post by Kristen Baumlier. Kristen joined us for SPACES' Walking Tour of Historical, Useful and Tasty Weeds on May 19 lead by Leslie Williams, Herbalist and Herbal Educator.

Posted by: Kbaumlier/tinySPLASH bigVIEW
Posted on: May 21 2012
Images from the tour:

Historical, Useful and Tasty Weeds - Weeds Walking Tour @ SPACES

Yesterday I went on part of the Walking Tour of Historical, Useful and Tasty Weeds which was led by Leslie Williams, Herbalist and Herbal Educator.

The tour started at SPACES gallery, and we walked around the block for the tour.

As we would walk, Williams would point out weeds, bushes, and trees that could be used as food, medicine, and for other uses. We did not get very far – because surprisingly almost every weed along the way was something that was edible or useful.

Williams would share historical stories, and I learned a lot about some of the weeds that I see everywhere in Cleveland.

Some of the things that we found on the walk were:

Mugwort – which can be used to help with sleep. It is put in dream pillows, and you can also make a tea.

Lamb's Quarter – a weed I see everywhere and is tasty. You can eat it like spinach.

Dock – which is a "bitters." You can use the root and boil it to make a bitters which is good for the stomach

Wild Grapes – you can eat the leaves and cook with them. Also the fresh tendrils growing are good to eat and are a tasty snack when hiking

Burdock – they are a good tonic and the seeds are good to eat. Many years ago these were considered a "secret ingredient" for salves that people made to feel like they could "fly."

Garlic mustard – a known weed in the Midwest – you can eat the small leaves or the seeds.

Aster – you can eat the flowers. They are said to improve your vision, but Williams said she has not experienced this.

Primrose – you can make primrose oil from the root which is rich in Omega -3 vitamins and really good for you.

Japanese barberry bush –the root is a good substitute for goldenseal. It makes a slightly bitter yellow tea and is good for allergies. This bush was first planted ornamentally – and now is invasive and spreading.

Catnip – good for stomach cramps, also good to induce sleep.

Milkweed – the fibers were used to make parachute cords in WWII. Some say you can boil the milk weed and then eat – others say you can just eat.

Blackberries – you can eat the leaves, they are a good tea. Similar to raspberries they are good for the muscles. You can crush them, dry them, then the ferment a little like black tea.

During the walking tour, Williams urged us to always try a little bit of a plant – and see how you react. She advised to not eat a whole bunch of something until you know it is safe to eat.

I was surprised to learn that so many weeds are edible or useful. It makes me see weeds in a new light. I still plan to pull them out of my flower beds at my house, but maybe will consider to use them for something before putting them in the compost.

Want to learn more about weeds?
Williams belongs to the American Herbalist Guild, and will be doing historical artisan work in the Cuyahoga National Valley Park near Cleveland this summer on herbal medicine, ethnobotany and native herbs for dying fabric.

You also can look up on various wild food sites, which list different plants and their uses.

Leslie Williams Website:
Forager Harvest Site:
SPACES Walking Tour Information:
UPCOMING SPACES Walking Tour Information:

 Historical, Useful, and Tasty Weeds – Weeds Walking Tour @ SPACES   photo by Kristen Baumlier
Historical, Useful, and Tasty Weeds – Weeds Walking Tour @ SPACES photo by Kristen Baumlier

Keywords: , edible and useful weeds, kristen baumliér, leslie williams, spaces, tinysplash bigview, walking tour, weeds
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Wish You Were Here!   05.09.12

SPACES is gearing up to be Cleveland's unofficial tourism bureau, starting this Friday with the opening of The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau-- an exhibition dedicated to our bittersweet love of all things Cleveland.

Find out more about the show in this Cool Cleveland interview with Christopher Lynn:

Some of you may have run across the Essence Unique Shrine and Showroom billboard that sprouted up at West 25 and Franklin this week. Part of a carefully-crafted "synchronized awareness campaign" by artists-in-residence Cleveland SGS, the billboard is begging you, pleading you, not to miss SGS's installation at SPACES-- a no-holds-barred shrine to the vagaries of chance, faith, and gambling.

It opens, like the rest of the Tourism show, this Friday from 6-9 pm at SPACES. Don't miss it!

For more on Cleveland SGS, visit:

Essence Unique billboard, West 25th and Franklin, Cleveland SGS, 2012
Essence Unique billboard, West 25th and Franklin, Cleveland SGS, 2012

Keywords: spaces; the cleveland convention and visitors bureau; cleveland sgs; essence unique shrine and showr
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Exhibitions

SPACES: An Audio Slideshow from EmcArts   05.07.12

The Cleveland Foundation has partnered with EmcArts through the Engaging the Future program to work with 12 Cleveland cultural institutions as they generate innovative approaches for engaging younger and more diverse audiences. This partnership provides a unique opportunity to share with you fresh thinking and courageous experimentation these 12 organizations are working on in order to address the challenge of change.

EmcArts recently visited SPACES to speak to Christopher Lynn (Executive Director) and John Farina (President, Board of Directors) about SPACES' plans and programming.

Keywords: cleveland foundation, emcarts, engaging the future, video
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director

30-Second Anthems: Vote For Your Favorite   04.13.12

Now is your chance to vote for your favorite 30-second anthem from our competition! To vote, just complete the form below. You may vote once in the adult category and once in the kids category. The deadline to vote is Monday, May 14th, 2012.

All work will be included in the upcoming SPACES exhibition The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau (May 11 – July 13, 2012).

30-Second Anthems: Adults

Artist: Greg Crowe
Title: Cleveland Waits

Artist: Troy Blum
Title: Cleveland Anthem

Artist: K-Von the Great

Artist: Wolfy Part II
Title: Polka Gauntlet

Artist: Wolfy Part II

Artist: John Arlis
Title: This Place Called Cleveland

Artist: Paul Sydorenko
Title: CPP

30-Second Anthems: Kids

Artist: Brittany J.H.

Artist: Claudia J.Z.

Artist: Olivia W.

Keywords: anthem, cle, cleveland, competition, music, sound
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Exhibitions

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