Loftworks Gallery is a an ideal place for both established and upcoming artists to Be Shown. 

In the St. Clair - Superior neighborhood of Cleveland, Loftworks Gallery is attractive to students, craftspeople, and established professional artists to showcase their work as well as to serve as a venue for short term retail events. We are located in a walkable neighborhood with ample parking, and our large street-front windows provide excellent visibility and natural lighting.

 

Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends

October 6 through October 28

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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.

 

Rock & Roll Perspectives

Cleveland concert Photography for sale

by Anastasia Pantsios and Joe Kleon

 

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Wildlife In Wax 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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THE 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.

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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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IN THE NEWS

 

The Circus Show by Mike Wilkes featured in CoolCleveland

Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends in CoolCleveland

 

Wildlife In Wax by Derek Brennan featured in Cleveland Scene Magazine

Sketchbook Heroes: Caricatures of Rock Legends in Cleveland Scene Magazine

 

Wildlife In Wax by Derek Brennan featured in the Collective Arts Networks Journal