Sisters in Art: 10th Anniversary Show
May to July 2018
Founded in 2008 by Elinore Korow and Betty Wolfe, Sisters in Art is a group of Northeast Ohio women on their own artistic journey of exploration and discovery. They hold a variety of viewpoints, so there is no single way of expression; all are valid from classical to contemporary, including objective, non-objective, and abstract. Sisters in Art’s award-winning work spans multiple media (oil, pastel, graphite, etc.) as well as different subject matter, including but not limited to landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more.
“Unstructured: Pulses of Light and Shadow”
January through April 2018
The Gallery at Stone was proud to host local photographer Barney Taxel with his show “Unstructured: Pulses of Light and Shadow”. An award-winning photographer and artist, Taxel’s work features dramatic takes on organic objects as well as vivid black-and-white studies of movement and light. His clients include Cleveland Magazine, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, the Cleveland International Film Festival, and celebrity chef Michael Symon. Taxel’s photos of Lakeview Cemetery were compiled into a book and published by the University of Akron Press in 2014.
“Shooting without Bullets”
April through July, 2017
“Shooting without Bullets is a revolutionary youth advocacy and fine arts education program that focuses on identity development in black teens in Cleveland through expressive arts healing, photography, and open-dialogue. The program assists Cleveland youth to process complex social problems experienced by them, including police encounters, and provides an expressive platform for them to inform and impact criminal and juvenile justice related reform.” –Amanda King, project coordinator.
The Cleveland of today and tomorrow, comes from the Cleveland of yesterday. Drawings by Marge Gulley.
January 10, 2016 through February 29, 2016
The show’s theme dealt with issues of “home” and was told through the reclamation of chairs, thus the title. Chairs were sold to benefit one of Old Stone’s mission partners, Front Steps Housing and Services (formally THI).
Honoring Our Old Stone “Foremothers”
May 11, 2015 through December 31, 2015
Old Stone has a rich history of female leaders in their faith community. This exhibit showed how these women helped to shape the legacy of Old Stone.
“Joy Elaine Praznik/Sweeney”
January 20, 2015 through April 22, 2015
A local artist, Joy Elaine Praznik/Sweeney is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with majors in painting and ceramics. Her work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. as well as in many other countries.
“3rd Annual Trees & Wreaths Festival”
December 2, 2014 through December 30, 2014
The Gallery hosted its third annual “Trees and Wreaths” Festival. Beautiful trees and creatively-decorated wreaths adorned the gallery. New this year were wonderful banners made by various members of the congregation. A special “Memory Tree” provided visitors an opportunity to write the name of a loved one who is missed and add it to the many names on the tree.
The Gallery at Old Stone installation consisted of 1,470 oil pastels on archival paper selected from the 5,000 images which make up the “Define Me” project. This was the second installation for Stacy Gibboni (Venice, Italy) in the Gallery at Old Stone. Her hope is that this “work will slow you down for a moment. That you will be inspired to reflect upon the colors and words on the wall. That you will allow free association to wash over you. That perhaps you will recall a lost word or be introduced to a new one. Be a reminder, dear viewer, of the power and value of the words we use.” –Stacy Gibboni in the studio – Venice, Italy – July 2014
Ted: A Retrospective on Forty Years of Cleveland Advertising Photography”
June 8, 2014 through August 13, 2014
Wetzler (b. 1935, d. 2013) was a member of Old Stone Church. He was a highly-recognized photographer here in Cleveland. His business, Wetzler Studios, is still in business today, currently being run by his children. His images in advertising, promotional materials, and greeting cards continue to be used at Old Stone.
“CLEVELAND: a city, its waters”
March 30, 2014 through June 2, 2014
A photo exhibit by Marcello Mellino, a self-taught photographer born in Italy who currently resides in Cleveland.
“A city, its waters” celebrates Cleveland, our city, in its symbiotic relation to the lake and the many rivers running throughout; water is, in fact, the very reason for Cleveland being Cleveland, as the earlier settlers discovered centuries ago. As I wander around, the unusual and the often not recorded views, are the ones I feel most attracted to and wish to capture, a testament to the long-standing industrial and urban traditions visible in this reality. As we perhaps approach a new Renaissance, I hope we will be able to continue to appreciate and celebrate the splendor surrounding us with simple, natural renewals, truly a blessing for the mind and the soul.” – Marcello Mellino
“in your own backyard … images and thoughts on human trafficking”
February 27, 2014 through March 27, 2014
The Permanent Collection consists of various styles of artwork that have been graciously donated to Old Stone Church over the years.
The Gallery hosted its second annual “Trees and Wreaths” Festival. Beautiful trees and creatively decorated wreaths adorned the gallery. A special “Memory Tree” provided visitors an opportunity to write the name of a loved one who is missed and add it to the many names on the tree.
Look Around, Cleveland
October 14, 2013 through November 21, 2013
Mike Bruckman is a Clevelander currently residing on Public Square. “Look Around, Cleveland,” was a photo exhibit highlighting our beautiful city. Bruckman is the current winner of the Scene Magazine Photo Contest and was a contributing artist at the Ingenuity Festival. In addition to his varied styles of artwork, he is also successful in the music industry, recently named one of the best musicians in Cleveland, by Scene Magazine. Mike’s work looks for the contemplative and reflective Cleveland.
Many Ways of Seeing
September 22, 2013 through October 9, 2013
Cleveland-born artist, Pamela Dills teamed up with accomplished Cleveland author, Ruth Fawcett in the show “Many Ways of Seeing.” Fawcett, besides being an Old Stone member, is the aunt of Dills. Pamela Hardy Dills is a graduate of Kent State University. She pursues art full time, but has also had a long career in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. as a graphic designer, ad agency director, and fashion illustrator. Dills’ art is known for her vivacious painting technique and graphically layering brilliant color upon color. Her work hangs in private collections and galleries in the Unites States and Europe.
Ruth Fawcett is a retired elementary school teacher, principal, and instructor of undergraduate education classes. She studied in Northern England, earning a Ph.D. While there she visited many schools in the process. Fawcett writes about her favorite place to be, a school. She has always been fascinated with the mix of personalities. Fawcett often discusses social issues such as bullying, divorce, poverty and internet predators. She creates fictional characters based on her experiences. Some of her books include Honor in the Heart and Honor Me Honor You.
Wilder roads through nature: Father/Daughter/Daughter Art Show and Book Signing
May 19, 2013 through June 24, 2013
Watercolor art, photography, and a brand new novel were the features of this unique art show. The art and photography show featured framed original watercolors painted by retired Lakewood physician, William T. Wilder, M.D., and framed photographic art created by his daughter, Carolyn Wilder Rose, from Avon Lake. Daughter Jennifer Wilder Morgan, from Houston, Texas is a newly-published author of the inspirational novel “Come to the Garden.”
A Partial Retrospective of Artist Tom Denny
February 4, 2013 through May 15, 2013
Tom Denny began his career in 1966 as an illustrator for Manning Studios, eventually becoming an art director for General Electric until 1983. Currently, he teaches drawing and painting at the Orange Art Center in Pepper Pike. Formerly he taught at Center Gallery in Parma and Cuyahoga Community College. Mr. Denny has always found time to work on his own projects. His jazz pieces have been displayed during the Tri-C Jazz Fest and in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
“Portraits of Homelessness” – A Collection of Photographs and Stories
January 11, 2013 through January, 31 , 2013
“Honoring strength and frailty, brokenness and resilience, hope and sorrow, and indeed potential.”
Trees & Wreaths Festival
December 3, 2012 through January 8, 2013
Beautiful trees and creatively decorated wreaths adorned the gallery for the month of December. A special “Memory Tree” provided visitors an opportunity to write the name of a loved one on an ornament and add it to the many names on the tree.
Judi Krew Show
September 15, 2012 through November 24, 2012
An exhibit which featured Canton artist Judi Krew and her two series “Fascinating Faces from Interesting Places” — oversized soft pastel drawings, as well as her sculptural dress line “Hoard Couture.” Judi’s work always tells a story guiding the viewer to perhaps see life a bit differently. Playful and energetic, thoughtful and provocative.
The Left Handed Line of Mike Guyot – Architectural Impressionist
June 1, 2012 through August 28, 2012
Mr. Guyot’s work is fresh and lively, visually translating a city and its buildings through freehand pen and ink. Each work has its own voice, telling a tale of the city in which it resides.
March 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012
A photography exhibit which focused on the transformation of lives through the Transitional Housing Inc. (THI) program right here in Cleveland. The exhibit showed the before and after of eight women’s lives represented through photography and short descriptions of their positive metamorphosis.
What’s in Our Attic?
January 9, 2012 through February 28, 2012
An exhibit highlighting archival holdings of the Old Stone Church. Explore the rich and varied history of the church on Public Square.
October 13, 2011 through January 3, 2012
International artist Stacy Gibboni brought her “Junkyard Essays” exhibit to the Gallery at Old Stone. Straight from Venice, Italy with its inception in the salvage yards of New Jersey, the “Junkyard Essays” were born from three things: an admiration for the art of the working man, the nature of storytelling in all its forms, and simple curiosity. This project documents a moment, a fleeting shock. The essays are elaborated true stories, once told, often still.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance Annual Photo Challenge
September 8, 2011 through October 11, 2011
Amateur photographers celebrate the people, places and things that are truly Cleveland.
Cleveland: A Personal Photographic Journey
May 8, 2011 through August 31, 2011
Renowned Bratenahl photographer Jennie Jones brought her collection of Historic Cleveland Architecture to the gallery. Jennie Jones is a Cleveland treasure, a true icon of vision, an artist not to miss. She is a widely-published photographer, locally and internationally, and highly lauded for her artistic documentary work of the city, its architecture and its ever-changing environment.