Space is a Doubt

Space is a Doubt

Loftworks Gallery presents a collection of artwork from Mille Guldbeck, entitled "Space is a Doubt". Featuring textures and soft colors from works created while in Iceland and Finland she transforms space into something quiet and beckoning. Consider space, surface, and texture with us during the last of the winter months. We welcome you to meet Guldbeck and see her pieces during the opening on March 3rd from 5:30-9:00 pm. Loftworks Gallery will continue to display "Space is a Doubt" from March 3- March 18, 2018 during gallery hours or by appointment. 

Currently a full professor of painting at Bowling Green State University, Guldbeck completed her MFA at the University of Iowa in 1995. Prior to that time she lived and worked in both Denmark and the former Yugoslavia developing sensibilities that continue to inform her work. As a painter and printmaker, Guldbeck’s work seeks to exploit conditions of visual and psychological indeterminacy. The work explores the complicated relationships of ordering and our need to make sense out of very complex, non-hierarchical systems.

Recent exhibitions include Artemisia Gallery and Melanee Cooper Gallery in Chicago, University of Northern Iowa, Samuel Morse Museum and Historic Site in New York and Toyahashi Museum in Japan.



Holiday Market at Loftworks Gallery

Announcing Loftworks Gallery's Holiday Market beginning November 25. Selling selected artwork from our previous shows along with local, eclectic and artisan goods. This is the perfect one stop shop to purchase unique gifts from William & James Leather Co., VNTG Home, Zygote Press, Inc., Derek Brennan, Robert Shingler, Cleveland Rock Photos - The Photography Of Joe Kleon, The Glass Pedestal, and many more!

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Holiday Market Hours:

Saturday: November 25, December 2 & 9: 2pm-8pm

Sunday: November 26, December 3 & 10: 1pm-4pm

Friday: December 1 & 8: 4pm-8pm

Rock & Roll Perspectives

Cleveland Concert Photography for sale

by Anastasia Pantsios and Joe Kleon

November 10, 11, and 12


From the mid 70’s through the late 80’s, Anastasia Pantsios shot almost every major act of that classic era, including David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, and hundreds more.


For the last decade, Joe Kleon has been Cleveland’s most prolific concert photographer. He has photographed over 1,000 concerts in the last fifteen years and currently shoots 100-120 shows a year.

Loftworks Gallery brings together the perspectives of these two photographers to showcase Rock & Roll and its evolution through the decades.

Show Hours

Friday November 10: 5pm-9pm
Opening Reception
Saturday November 11: 2pm-8pm
Live music by the Classic Rock Duo, Jim and Eroc, from 3pm-6pm
Sunday November 12: 12pm-5pm


Sponsored by

Sketchbook Hereos: Caricatues of Rock Legends

October 6 through October 22, 2017


Loftworks Gallery has partnered with the International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) to present, Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends.

A collection of caricatures from internationally known artists who have created work for Time Magazine, Coca Cola, Go Magazine, and MAD Magazine, this show is truly a unique unveiling of the vast world of caricature art while speaking to Cleveland’s roots.

Loftworks Gallery will showcase various Rock & Roll artists and bands across many eras in this show. The many mediums and genres in this show will bring a smile to a wide range of Rock & Roll fans. This show intends to cast a light on a form of art that is often overlooked in the gallery scene. Original work as well as prints will be for sale during the shows open hours.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 6 5pm-8pm

Show Hours: October 6 through October 22

Thursdays: 2pm-8pm

Fridays: 5pm-8pm

Saturdays: 2pm-8pm

Sunday: 11am-3pm

or by appointment

Closing Reception featuring Artist Talk & Demonstration:

Saturday October 28 at 2pm

Three of the participating artists (Tom Faraci, Derek Brennan, and Robert Shingler) will explain likeness, process, and their personal journey as an artist, while drawing live at Loftworks Gallery.

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Call For Art

Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends

Exhibition Dates: October 6, 2017 (opening reception) through October 22, 2017

Submission Deadline: September 12, 2017, Midnight

Submission Fee: $25

Loftworks Gallery is partnering with the International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) to present Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends. We are calling for submissions to represent the theme, rock & roll caricatures. We are looking for a wide variety of rock & roll bands and artists from all eras to be depicted in this show. You are welcome to create new work or enter previously completed pieces. All mediums will be considered. Additionally, accepted prints of works and prints of digital works may be displayed and sold for the duration of the show along with any published books. Artists are welcome to submit as many pieces as they’d like, under the theme, for one flat fee of $25.

For each piece of artwork please submit a 1MB jpeg titled Artist_Lastname.jpg of each piece along with the provided PDF form including the following information:

  • Title and year
  • Artwork size & dimensions
  • Medium
  • Price (if applicable)
  • Specific installation requirements

Short Artist Bio & CV: Brief statement and bio including websites, blogs, artistic achievements, and other relevant information.

Please send properly formatted images, as well as the completed submission form and signed waiver as a PDF titled LASTNAME.pdf to by midnight, September 12, 2017

Submissions will not be considered complete without all of the above information, signed waiver, and application fee received via mailed check or PayPal payment to Loftworks Gallery.

Prints of accepted artwork or digital works must be matted or cardboard backed. All must come in a clear plastic sleeve appropriate for sale. Sizes of prints should be between 5”x7” and 12”x16”. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

Artists will be notified of selected pieces via email by September 15, 2017 and must have work delivered to Loftworks Gallery, LLC by September 25, 2017


Wildlife In Wax: Encaustic Paintings by Derek Brennan

Wildlife in Wax, a solo exhibition by Derek Brennan, opens Friday, July 7 at Loftworks Gallery. Derek Brennan, a Cleveland-based artist, has mastered the unique process of encaustic as a method to express the delicate balance between the abstract and the realistic. Encaustic is the use of hot wax and oil paints applied in layers to a piece of wood, thus creating a textured, vibrant piece of art. Along with encaustic, Brennan’s work uses the technique of collage, integrating magazine clippings, paper, and other various materials to create a sense of depth to each piece of art. This depth allows the viewer to appreciate the many layers involved in the encaustic process. Viewing a piece of Brennan’s art up close versus looking at it from a distance, the work changes entirely; the small details come together to make up a larger composition.

On Saturday, July 8th Loftworks Gallery will host Brennan for an artist talk and demonstration during which Brennan will open up about his theme, his journey, and his process. Additionally, Brennan will move his studio to Loftworks Gallery during weekday hours to give visitors a first hand look at the process of encaustic.

Brennan also works as a caricature artist and muralist. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Bowling Green State University where he served as President of the Two-Dimensional Art Association and was awarded the Ringholz Art Supply Award along with other first-place awards. He has presented his work at the Toledo Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery, Bay Arts and the International Society of Caricature Artist’s annual convention. See more of Brennan’s work on his website


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Abjectified by Morgan Mansfield

Cleveland Institute of Art student and emerging multimedia artist, Morgan Mansfield, will debut her first solo exhibition as a part of CIA’s Creativity Works Internship Made possible by Cleveland Foundation’s Fenn Educational Fund on May 26th at Loftworks Gallery. Each student selected as a Creativity Works intern engages in research, preparation, budget development, project execution, and reflection. As Morgan’s self-led internship, she chose to present a solo exhibition at Loftworks Gallery.

Her show, titled Abjectified, focuses on the relationship between the abject and the objectified. Her figurative imagery references facets of popular culture and gender roles presented in both dated and contemporary visual media. Utilizing multimedia approaches, she explores ideas found in classic horror films. The paintings emphasize the corporeal fragility we experience by means of implementing paint and collage through an abject lens. Her show will be open at Loftworks Gallery from May 26 through June 11.

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Circus Show

Loftworks Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of“The Circus Show,” an exhibition of photographs by Mike Wilkes, on May 12, 2017 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

In January, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, best known as the Greatest Show On Earth, informed the world that the circus would come to a close in May. In honor of this 146-year-old tradition, Loftworks Gallery presents, “The Circus Show” beginning May 12th and will be open until their final performance, on Sunday, May 21.

The Circus Show features photographs by Cleveland-based photographer, Mike Wilkes. Wilkes traveled with the circus along with his beat up Nikon F2 and 30 rolls of film in the early 1980’s. He joined the team as a roustabout to experience and document the backstage circus life through photographs. What resulted was a rare retrospective glimpse of life behind the scenes of the circus and its people. “They’re mostly the square pegs that don’t fit in the round holes anywhere else” said Wilkes about his fellow roustabouts.

In May of 1983, Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine featured Wilkes’ stories from the circus in an article titled “The Roustabouts” by Brian E. Albrecht. In the article, Wilkes said “It’s a neat way to travel. You don’t see America by freeway. You see the real America by riding a train though it’s backyards.”

Come celebrate this American institution at the crux of their final show at Loftworks Gallery for an exhibition of these unique photographs. In true circus fashion, there will be something for everyone. Wilkes will share his perspective and memories of time on the road with the circus at the opening reception on Friday, May 12th.


Pop Up Sale: The Attic Collection

A Cleveland art collector has moved her private collection from the attic to Loftworks Gallery for a pop-up sale of favorite pieces. A selection of eclectic paintings, drawings, and posters mixed with valuable historic pieces will be on sale from March 31st through April 9th at Loftworks Gallery. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 31st from 5pm-8pm.

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Rituals by Zeinab Saab

Chicago artist, Zeinab Saab, creates intricate pieces as a prayer-like ritual. “I approach a blank piece of paper with the same reverence as a prayer mat, and prepare my ideas for the first mark. The prayer is unsaid, but speaks aloud on paper,” Saab explains.

Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, she received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2015 with a focus in printmaking and drawing. Saab is currently working towards her MFA at Northern Illinois University. Her work explores concepts from the Arabic language to create patterns and designs.

Please join Zeinab Saab at Loftworks Gallery for an OPENING RECEPTION on February 11, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

A selection of Saab’s recent drawings and prints will be on display at Loftworks Gallery from February 11, 2017 through February 20, 2017.

Image: From left to right: From the Dirt I, 2015, charcoal on paper 22in. x 30in. Roots, 2015, screen print on paper, 8ft. x 8ft. From the Dirt II, 2015, charcoal on paper 22in. x 30in.

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