Recent Gallery Shows

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November 22, 2014

November 22 - December 31

The Dianne Boldman Education Gallery is transformed into a holiday wonderland of handmade gifts, holiday cards, ornaments, home decor and tons of local art.

Holiday Shop Open House: November 22 from 10 am - 4 pm

Holiday Shop Holiday Hours:
mon thru sat 9 - 5
sun 12 - 5
tue & thurs til 8

Holiday Trunk Show: December 11 from 7 - 9 pm
Join us for a night of holiday, fun & friends
Featuring: Images in Bloom, Lori Paximadis Jewelry, Freckle Face Jewelry, Local Goat Lotions, Vintage Novella, Girls Give Back/Lake Girl, Eva Sherman & Beth Martin

ARTISTS: Contact Karen to inquire about selling in the Holiday Shop

November 14, 2014

November 14 - December 24
Curated by Michael Abarca 
In the Sullivan Family Gallery

There is no time like the present. The Insistent Now is an exhibition featuring the work of eight Cleveland area artists whose selected works are commanding attention to the here and now. Whether it's through tackling current issues, interpreting elusive experiences, or constructing idealized, perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of an ever-expanding present.

Lane Cooper's paintings of fractured imagery inspired by cinematic stills are an attempt to capture the elusive experience of complete understanding. Vibrant fragments produce a heightened sense of time and motion to resemble an ever-shifting reality.

Michael T. Meier explores the idea of the painting as object- the result of our psychogenic response to the piece whereas the image itself is the abstraction. His work strives to break down time, space and the appearance of truth to better understand our own identity and relationship to history.

Nikki Woods paintings of highly decorative centerpieces focus on the tension between depiction and abstraction while dealing with contemporary desire and false romanticism. Utilizing traditional representational painting techniques, Royden Watson portrays everyday objects and materials that often go overlooked, like plywood and tape, to address contemporary issues of knowing, seeing, and the value of direct experiences.

Andy Curlowe describes his paintings as “exploring the blurred boundaries of natural forms and planes encountering the sharp geometry of human calculation.” Compelled by childhood memories of exploring nature, his past experiences are a key formative element in shaping his present and his work.

Sarah Kabot intricately cuts out images of people from the front pages of the Sunday New York Times.


October 10, 2014

October 10-November 6

Pictured: 2013 Best of Show Winner, Timothy P. O'Connor "Black and White."

Click HERE to download an entry form.

Opening Reception Friday, October 10 from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

October 10, 2014

October 10-30

Pictured: "Make No Little Plans"

Urban sprawl in Cleveland has changed course and Migration examines the gritty feel of a weathered city full of vitality and a resurgance of life.  While many cities succumb to the test of time, only great cities endure.

Opening Reception Friday, October 10 from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

August 08, 2014


Curated by Ross Lesko of Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
In the early morning hours of July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard was brutally murdered in her Bay Village home.  Twenty six days later, her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard was arrested on the porch of his parents house and charged with her murder.  The house where Sam Sheppard was arrested is now part of the BAYarts campus, known as the Fuller House.  It is also home to the Sullivan Gallery which will host this exhibition.  Sam Sheppard denied any involvement in his wife's murder, describing his own struggle with a bushy-haired assailant.  The sensationalized trial became international news, with ramifications that still reverberate in the media, pop culture and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Image:  "The Doctors" by Troy Gua

***Were you around when the Sam Sheppard case went down?  Were you there when they moved the Fuller house?  Share your memories:

Opening Reception Friday, August 8th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

Live on Stage: Brittany Reilly Band


August 08, 2014


Curated by: John W. Carlson
Ten Cleveland area artists, in four different disciplines share their personal interpretations on what most concerns them, now. this time in their lives, careers and individual circumstances, we get a look into what motivates and inspires them.

PAINTING & DRAWING: Doug Utter, Justin Brennan, June Hund, Dan Corrigan and John W. Carlson.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Charles Mintz

WRITING: Joe Psarto, Micheal Heaton and Mary Owen

Opening Reception Friday, August 8th from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

Live on stage: Brittany Reilly Band

July 11, 2014


O'Connor's paintings are notable for their consummate finish and tactile nature.  This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship.  By focusing on techniques and materials, he considers making are a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.  Through a radically sigular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate.  O'Connor uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you've seen them.

Opening Reception Friday July 11th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

Live on Stage: He-Chaw Frunk


July 11, 2014


Curated by Erin Schechtman
As children, our first exposure to art comes to us in the picture books read to us by our parents.  Immersed in the lush worlds and characters created by the artists and authors, we come back to revisit these dog-eared pages again and again.  These books are always cherished, but for some, they are just the beginning of a life-long obsession.  In this group exhibit, 20 working illustrators pay homage to the artists and books that inspired them to embark on their unique career paths.  Join us to spend time celebrating a few old friends.

ARTISTS:  Jim Giar, Ben Hale, Erin Schechtman, Tim Switalski, Robin Krantz, Dee Piotrowski, Craig Worrell, Randy Crider, Rebecca Zomchek, Angela Oster, Clare Kolat, Steve Ellis, Gary Dumm, Laura Dumm, Steve Defino, Rachelle Boyd, Ashley Ribblett, Emily Meluch, Mark Laubenthal and more.

Opening Reception Friday, July 11th from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

Live on Stage: He-Chaw Frunk

June 06, 2014

JUNE 6-30

Curated by Preston Buchtel
The power of noticing is central to this exhibition of photography by the Ithaca.  New York based photographer and printmaker, Craig Mains.  In the common places and daily life situations familiar to us all, Mains finds associations and messages - intended, unintended and misread - that typically go unnoticed.  He caputures these observations, revealing moments of meaning, humor and beauty.

Opening Reception Friday, June 6th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

Live on Stage: Colin Dussault Blues Project

June 06, 2014

JUNE 6-30

Curated by Karen Petkovic
Friends and neighbors share their appreciation for art and the personal stories behind them by showcasing pieces in their own collections.  Work will not be for sale.  We hope you join us for a gallery talk featuring those participating in the show.  They will be able to share the stories of their work and collections and we will also have some expert advice from gallery owners on how to start a collection and incorporate original artwork into your life and environment.

Opening Reception Friday, June 6th from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

Live on Stage: Colin Dussault Blues Project

May 16, 2014

MAY 16-30

During the 2013/2014 school year, students ages 10 and older have been working in 3 separate focus areas: ceramics, cartooning and drawing & painting with our dynamic BAYarts instructors.  Each child was a part of the selection of work and implementation of this show.  Hope you will join us for a celebration of our "older children" and the body of work they have created this year.

Opening Reception Friday, May 16th from 6-8 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

May 02, 2014

MAY 2-22

BAYarts Annual Advanced Ceramics Student Exhibition

Sales benefit the ceramic studio sustainability fund. 

Image: "Tubular Sponges" by Mark Lapczenski

Opening Reception Friday, May 2nd from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

April 04, 2014

APRIL 4-25

"Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited" explores the medical superstitions and practices of centuries past with a touch of magic, realism, accompanying biographies, highlight the fascinating and misguided aspects of old medicine.

Opening Reception Friday, April 4th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

GALLERY TALK Wednesday, April 9th from 7-9 pm

April 04, 2014


The show “The Sky Is Falling” featuring photographers Chad Cochran and Jeff Swensen, presents images of people and places that force us to examine how we interpret the world around us.  Are we afraid as we look at these images? Are we intrigued by the unknown? How we experience the world has very much to do with these personal interpretations.  When we assume there is eminent danger it informs everything we do.  The sky may or may not be falling.  We can courageously experience the world or hide from it based on our fear that the worst may happen. 
Opening Reception Friday, April 4th from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

Chad Cochran was born and raised in the small town of Fredericktown.  His fascination with decaying barns, homes, and vintage signs provides him with the connection to the small town he grew up in. Chad currently resides in Cleveland (Bay Village), Ohio.  Chad’s photographs have appeared in Midwest Living magazine and his photograph “Dead and Gone” will appear in the upcoming film “Jenny’s Wedding.”

Jeff Swensen has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. Jeff Swensen lives and works as a photographer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He mostly photographs people doing stuff.  Upon this reading, he is older than he has ever been, yet never more-amazed by the varieties of the human condition.  Jeff and his wife, Beth, have 3 children.  He also has over 1900 friends on Facebook, but only really knows about 300 of them.


March 07, 2014

MARCH 7-29

Oil Paintings
Paintings done under a blazing sun or freezing rain add a touch of wind and relentless mosquitoes.  The plein air painter wouldn't have it any other way.

Opening Reception March 7th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

March 01, 2014

March 1-15

GUIDELINES: One entry per student.  Artwork may be submitted by an individual or teachers may submit for their students.  Teachers can only submit 2 entries per classroom project.  All entries must be in black, white & gray tones; no color.  All medium accepted: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, photography, jewelry.


Drop-off dates: Feb 21 & 22 from 9 am-5 pm  Judging is Feb 23
Judges: Karen Menyhart
& Loren Naji
Opening Reception March 1st from 1-3 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

February 07, 2014

February 7-22

A shadow is the projected image of a blocked light source. In a more abstract sense, a shadow is the darkness that results from the absence of light.   Traditionally, darkness represents sadness, ignorance, and fear, while light represents happiness, knowledge, and courage. In order for a shadow to exist, light and darkness must both be present.
Marcello Mellino, Karen Petkovic, Maryann Sedivy, Mary Breiner & Eliza Wing
Opening Reception February 7th from 7-9 pm
in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery

February 06, 2014

February 7-28

"FORWARD: An Optimist's View on Nature & Maturation"
Emerging artist, Jessica Ramage is part of BAYarts Advanced Ceramics Program and Teaching Faculty.
Opening Reception February 7th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

January 09, 2014

January 10-31

Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture
This exhibition focuses on the interpretation of the human figure.  The emphasis is on subjective abstraction and reinterpretation—the dissembling and reintegration of the figure, through the mind of the artist.

In the late 1970s through early 1980s, John Nativio traveled and studied in Europe, during which time he was given access for further study in the private library archives of Old Master drawings at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

A short time after returning from Europe, Nativio taught life drawing at Cooper School of Art, and has since exhibited his work in more than seventy museum and gallery exhibitions, including over 70 juried exhibitions. Nativio has received national and international awards for painting and drawing. His most recent juried shows include the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio and the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, Maryland; recent solo shows include the Washington Art Association in Washington Depot, Connecticut and at the Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Opening Reception January 10th from 7-9 pm
in the Sullivan Family Gallery

Gallery Talk with John Nativio
Wednesday, January 15th from 6:30-7:30 pm
free with light refreshments

Figure Drawing Workshop with John Nativio
Saturday, January 18th from 10:00 am-4:30 pm
see our CLASSES page for complete details