By Mike Caldwell, Mayfield Heights

This trip was a gem. It was one of those 'one of a kind' rare opportunities when art and aesthetics integrates with ordinary daily activities. The combination converted what might have been a simple tour into a cathartic and transcendent experience for me. The tour was designed around artist Andy Curlowe's visionary idea that Cleveland is a mountain, and it's buildings and skyscrapers are it's peaks. Instead of feeling like I was on an ordinary city tour, I felt like I was on an urban mountain climbing adventure. Visiting key points in downtown that were the 'peaks' of Cleveland became a mountain climbing expedition and our group of tourists seemed like a fearless and strong climbing team. Visiting the 'peaks' and overlooking the vistas from each rooftop would prove to be both adventurous breathtaking.

Something should also be said about the event's luck with the weather. Bad luck? Good luck? I would have to say that the fact that the weather was at its "Cleveland worst" for the Valentine's Day climb actually helped to amplify the experience for me. I wasn't surprised to see all the people show up at Burke Lakefront Airport, despite the treacherous driving conditions through the blizzard to reach base camp. There was a large, prepared group. Additionally, the blanket of white snow over top of everything seemed to abstract the cityscape in a way that helped me to envision it as a more of a mountain. The wind was whipping, in much the same way it would be if I were climbing Everest. Snow squalls blinded us, but we plodded on (actually joyfully).

So what was this all really supposed to be about? This event was designed to augment the concepts presented by the artist Andy Curlowe, who asked the question, "What if this city was a mountain?" This event took the artist's concepts and connected them with another form of perception, which in this case was a tour of the city. These types of events are rare, especially in the attempt to translate a creative idea in a meaningful way but this event did accomplish that goal. I climbed Cleveland Mountain.

And what did SPACES do for me? I also had the chance to meet interesting fellow artistically minded travelers and together we went on an adventure around Cleveland that was both historically and perceptually informative. The destinations of the tour were unique and required special access, providing me with this wonderful cultural opportunity that educated me about this city and enhanced my awareness.

The Climbers of Cleveland Mountain
The Climbers of Cleveland Mountain

Keywords: , mountain climbing, snow, tours, winter
Author: Christina Vassallo, Executive Director
Category: Events

SPACE benefit art auction - Hello Kristen Cliffel   10.11.14

Once a week, the SPACES blog will feature an artist who will be donating work to our benefit this year.

Kristen Cliffel, an internationally renowned artist, lives and works in Cleveland. Cliffel will be donating a small cupcake sculpture, featuring the winning bidder's choice of frosting message, to Optical Delusions: Last Days on the Viaduct.

Cliffel has said, "Creating artwork is the way I express my questions, concerns and hopes for the future. Being a wife and mother, I find myself wedged into roles that both trouble and delight me. The emotional concept of 'Home,' belonging to someone and someplace, seem integral to human fulfillment. The perilous and circuitous routes to these goals are what I investigate in my sculpture. Connection, safety, security, hope and fear are some of the emotional triggers that crystalize ideas for me."

Guests can preview Kristen's and other artists' work via our benefit website. Mobile bidding will begin on 10/27/14.

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

CALL for Optical Delusions: Last days on the Viaduct Volunteers   07.05.14

We need volunteers for our benefit Optical Delusions Saturday, November 01, 2014. 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 Optical Delusions Dance 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.

Check out last years benefit images

Keywords: benefit, volunteers
Author: Maya Tener,
Category: Events

Artwood Derby 2014   07.03.14

ArtWood Derby Fastest Car:
WINNER... Michael Klasa and his car Space Is The Place!
your car has a need for speed!

ArtWood Derby - Best in Show:
WINNER... Ethan Loderstedt and his car Mine Wood Derby
your car might not be the fastest or the prettiest but it blew the judges socks off!

Artwood Derby - Hottest Mess:
WINNER... Jack Reese and his car The Dirty Bicep
your car might not move but looks good going nowhere!

Artwood Derby - Corniest:
WINNER... Flux Factory for Go Flux Go

A big thank you to everyone who joined SPACES this year and participated at the ArtWood Derby SPACES Cup 2014! It was a blast!

Keywords: artwood derby, birthday party, pinewood, spaces
Author: Maya Tener,
Category: Events

Monster Drawing Rally 2014 Artists Time Slots   04.04.14

MDR is April 12th 5:00 - 10:00PM

We have our artists!
(see below)

Want to know more?!
Want to volunteer?
Check out images from last years event, photos by Ross Bochnek,

Utrecht / Blick PRIZE WHEEL –Guests can spin the wheel for prizes ranging from art supplies to tote bags to t-shirts.
Rust Belt Monster Art Collective – Members of the collective will create a large-scale work for 3 hours during MDR. The finished work will be available for sale, and the price will be based on the number of participating Rust Belt Monsters.
DJ Chris Kulcsar – Chris will keep the tunes going all night and work on his own MDR piece at the same time. OOOH the talent!
The TOUCH Food Truck will be parked outside with yummy grubs.
MDR Fan-Josh Usmani tells why he this is one his favorite events -

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Keywords: blick, chris kulcsar, daves, live drawing event, mdr, monster drawing rally, rustbelt monster collective, utrecht, vedda
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

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