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

SWAP Artists Take Cleveland By Storm!   09.12.12

If you, like us, cannot get enough of the shining stars we call our SWAP artists, you will have not one, not two, but THREE CHANCES next week to bump elbows with ones past, present and future.

** Cleveland SGS opens their show, Ontario Gold at the William Rupnik Gallery on Saturday, September 15, from 8-11 p.m.

** This weekend at Ingenuity Fest, find out more about William Pope.L's ambitious project Pull! through our roving info booth. You can also meet the artist himself at a community meeting on Pull! Wednesday the 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Church.

** And then next Thursday, the 20th, at 7:00 p.m., the long-awaited screening of Jef Scharf's Euclid Square Mall Project documentary will grace the walls of SPACES.

Hope to see you there!

Ontario Gold.  Cleveland SGS. 2012.
Ontario Gold. Cleveland SGS. 2012.

Keywords: swap; jef scharf; cleveland sgs; ontario gold; pull!; william pope.l; euclid square mall; ingenuity
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

Polkapocalypse, 12x12 Art Sale   08.28.12

This is a Call to all artists!!!
SPACES' 12x12 will take place during our annual benefit costume party Polkapocalypse, Saturday, November 03, 2012, 8:00PM - 1:00AM.

To donate artwork to the 12x12 please fill out the form below.
Artwork does not need to fit within the theme of the party. But your pants do.

NOW...Then get your costumes ready…polka dots, polka dresses, accordions, survival gear, zombies, bibles, all things Polkapocalypse

For more details or if you have questions on anything contact Marilyn at or check out this link for FAQ

Keywords: 12x12, apocalypse, apocalyse, benefit, donate, john c. williams, polka, polkapocalypse, spaces
Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Events

Little Miss Cleveland's Party Bus: It Came, It Saw, It Conquered   07.18.12

Leave it up to Little Miss Cleveland to take an adventurous group of Cleveland's finest on a whirlwind tour of some of the city's most rusty panoramas and dive bars. We toasted the smokestacks and bridges of the Industrial Valley, visited Pat at Pat's in the Flats, sang a mean karaoke version of 'Material Girl', 'Last Dance' and Cheap Trick's 'Surrender' at Tina's Nite Club, and wrapped up the night at Now That's Class's Wonderful Fest. Nothing like a night of steady camaraderie on a party bus to make strangers into fast friends. Thank you, Lil Miss, for giving the perfect nightcap to the The Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau show at SPACES! We'll eagerly await a reunion tour!

Little Miss Cleveland Does... Everything!
Little Miss Cleveland Does... Everything!

Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

Beautiful + Possibility + Elixir + Social = A Really Great Day   06.26.12

If you have a taste for freshly-grown tonics that nourish the body, mind and heart, last Saturday's Beautiful Possibility Elixir Social at the West Side Market was a day-long adventure! Pictures can be found here:

Inspired by visiting artist Alison Pebworth's research into the 19th century nervous condition, Americanitis, a group of farmers in Cleveland offered their own homegrown elixirs.

We started the day at 8 a.m. with Erie's Edge Farm's Sunrise Elixir, a roasted root coffee substitute made from beet and dandelion roots, and spelt, with some squash and fennel seeds. We accompanied it with some morning stretches, a gentle way to start the day!

Gather 'Round Farm offered an elixir for the "Inner Elder", a tonic starting with elderberry flowers. Passers-by drew pictures of their inner elders, using plants as drawing tools.

The Possibilitarian Puppet Troupe gave market-goers a Full Sensory Elixir Experience, starting with a taste of rose petals, nasturtiums and a very tasty kombucha-based elixir, which you took into a tunnel full of the smells of soil and herbs, where you could take a look at a series of illustrated doors and windows while a music box slowly played you the Beatles' love song "Michelle".

Then an energetic group of kids from City Rising Farm's summer camp came and served up their incredibly tasty sun teas. One was thyme tea, the other was mint, but I thought they were at their best when mixed together and topped with mulberries from the farm.

We capped off the day with a whole array of elixirs from Let It Bee Gardens, laid out in a gorgeous landscape of art from Let It Bee's Julie Patton. The elixirs were a feast for the eyes and the belly: made from currants, service berries and a whole variety of herbs from the garden.

The whole day was framed by Alison Pebworth's Beautiful Possibility banners hanging at the West Side Market, which generated a lot of fascinating conversation about the figures from American myths and history she depicts.

In all, a day to remember!

The Beautiful Possibility Elixir Social, June 23, 2012 at the West Side Market
The Beautiful Possibility Elixir Social, June 23, 2012 at the West Side Market

Keywords: alison pebwoth, americanitis, beautiful possibility, city rising, elixir, erie's edge, gather 'round, let it bee, possibilitarian
Author: Kate Sopko, Residency Champion
Category: Events

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