SPACES has several exciting events around the corner, as part of The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Opening of Alison Pebworth's Beautiful Possibility
Friday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
At the Loren Naji Studio Gallery (2138 West 25th Street)
San Francisco artist Alison Pebworth is spending the month of June in Cleveland as part of Beautiful Possibility, her traveling cross-country exhibition. Beautiful Possibility uses the 19th century American Traveling Show as inspiration for engaging people across the country about what it means to be American. At every tour stop, Pebworth sets up a display of hand-painted posters that use the elaborate graphics of Wild West show posters to re-tell American history.
Beautiful Possibility will open at the Loren Naji Studio Gallery this Friday, from 5:30 pm to midnight. There, Pebworth will be surveying people on their thoughts about "Americanitis," a curious 19th century nervous condition resulting from rapid modernization. While in Cleveland, Pebworth is partnering with urban farmers to make special "Cleveland Elixirs" for Americanitis, which you can sample all day at the West Side Market on Saturday, June 23.
Ohio City Bike Co-op Social Ride to Cleveland-area Historical Crime Scenes
Saturday, June 02, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
With Historian Katie Schanz
Meet at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op (1840 Columbus Road)
SPACES partners with the Ohio City Bike Co-op for its June Social Ride, which will visit the scenes of some lesser-known Cleveland crimes. Held on the first Saturday of every month, the Social Ride is a short, easy, sight-seeing bicycle ride in Cleveland's Flats and Downtown neighborhoods. Loaner bikes are available, and more info can be found at: www.ohiocitycycles.org
Cleveland SGS Anonymous Artist Talk
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
At SPACES (2220 Superior Viaduct)
Have a chat with this elusive Cleveland-grown group of street artists and archivists, whose installation, Essence Unique Shrine and Showroom, is now on view at SPACES.
An East Cleveland Walking Tour of Industry, Art, and Architecture: Take Two
With Christopher Busta-Peck, Founding Editor of Cleveland Area History
Saturday, June 9, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
At New Life Cathedral (16200 Euclid Avenue)
Attendees loved last weekend's walking tour to some spectacular (and forgotten) places along Euclid Avenue. So much so that we're doing it again on June 9! Come see the remnants of Cleveland's early industry, in the massive stone tannery (c. 1850) on Nine Mile Creek – the nucleus of this neighborhood's settlement, and some of the oldest homes in the county. Christopher Busta-Peck is the founding editor of Cleveland Area History. His first book, "Hidden History of Cleveland", was published by History Press last November.
America: Beautiful Possibility. Alison Pebworth, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.
Thanks to the State of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission and Harbor Roofing Company, SPACES finally has a new roof after decades. Goodbye leaks, hello safe art and many more years without that headache!
I bet you always wondered how our rooftop sign was attached as well. Now you get a behind the scenes peek.
We'd also like to thank the Ohio Governors since this entire process initiated years ago: The Hon. John R. Kasich, The Hon. Ted Strickland and The Hon. Bob Taft.
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: http://www.spacesgallery.org/events/current.
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
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.
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.
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!
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