We miss seeing you all so much! So, we put together a Quarantine Challenge for you! Take a photo of yourself with your favorite piece of artwork you purchased (or were gifted) from @e11even2gallery and post it to IG or publicly on FB, tag us and let us know why it’s your favorite! We will randomly pick a winner for a special e11even 2 Mystery Grab Bag! Contest will end 5/6! Get to posting!! #bestdamngallery #cle #cleveland #quarantinechallenge #artistsoninstagram #supportsmallbusiness @ e11even 2
“We’re Cleveland Tough and we’re all necessary,” state the owners of e11even 2. We all have jobs to do, some are small and some grand but that’s what makes the world work. “When you come to 78th Street Studios for a Third Friday event, e11even 2 is on your list of “absolutely necessary” places to visit,” says Christina Sadowski. We work hard to make sure our guests and friends enjoy themselves after a rigid week of life. Life is tough enough and along with the art we share, we want to divert our guests rough week into a few hours of fun. We offer quirky themed exhibitions, a lively atmosphere, and top it off with a friendly welcome. We all want to have a good time and not seeing our friends in-person is starting to put a damper on what we do. We are adjusting like everyone else, but it’s not the same behind a computer.
“Although separation from the gallery is distressing I have to be an optimist” says R!ch Cihlar. “The best thing I can do right now is what I’ve been doing all along. I make art, I plan art, and I think art. It’s what I do, so I’m not going to stop because I can’t hang out with my friends or go to the store. I’m still creating, just under different circustances. I still see my friends, on social media or via video chat, and I know that I will see them in person in time.”
“On my days home, I have focused on building robots” says Billy Nainiger. “It has been a good way to distract myself from the current situation. I am looking forward to when we can get back to holding the Third Friday events, seeing our friends and sharing our artwork. Until then, keep washing your hands!
Did you Know? The owners of e11even 2 are all deemed essential employees. We are working hard each day to stay safe and do a vital job.
Billy Nainiger is a Cleveland Fireman. As a first responder, he is on the front lines every day. He constantly answers the call to help. Each and every time he responds to a call or tends to a sick or injured person, he is putting himself at risk.
Christina Sadowski is a Safety Officer for Cleveland Public Power. She ensures the electrical crews are working safely and have the necessary PPE to do their job. She is out in the field regularly helping reduce the number of workplace injuries and keeping the essential workers at work! Without CPP, many of us would be in the dark! Shop her Etsy store at: www.etsy.com/shop/christinasadowski
R!ch Cihlar is an Art Department Office Manager. While schools are closed, he ensures studio supplies are available to students along with overseeing a direct line of communication to all resource’s. Education and communication are vital to the culture. Richardcihlar.com
When you need a distraction, stay connected with e11even 2. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and on our website. We are working to add new art, videos and making the online shopping experience easier! We can’t wait to see you all soon!
We all seem to have junk drawers in our home, and what’s an artist to do with all of that junk? They build Junk-bots of course. E11even 2’s next exhibition explores the endless possibilities of building these quirky junk robots. E11even 2 invites you to opening reception on March 20th, 2020 from 5p-9p. This exhibition is free and family friendly.
1. Daniel Kearsey
2. R!ch Cihlar
3. Mark Overlow
4. Bill Fiest
5. Clare Kolat
6. Christina Sadowski
7. Bob Peck
8. Felicia Crane & Jon Lee
9. Josh Haplea
10. Tim Switalski
11. Rick Sans
12. Thomas Conger
13. Nicole Edwards
14. Joseph Shaw
15. Billy Nainiger
16. George Kocar
Nightfall: Cleveland After Dark is a photography exhibition offering a new perspective of the city. Artist and gallery owner Christina Sadowski says “I wanted to go back to my roots and photograph the city I love. However, I wanted to capture the city after dark which is something I had not done before.”
Sadowski went out downtown after sunset and shot several long exposure images. The buildings were lit up, streaks of cars passing by and people wandering on foot. Sadowski says, “I opted to edit all the images to black and white. Early on in my career, this was the way I worked. I moved away and focused on colorful imagery. When working in a monochromatic palette, you have to consider the subject matter and composition in a different manner than if you were using full color palette. Contrast, shadows, tones and textures all guide the emotion behind the images. I hope this collection presents Cleveland as a thriving underdog.”
These photos will be on display January 17 – February 21, 2020. The opening reception for Nightfall: Cleveland After Dark will be on January 17th from 5-9pm at e11even 2 Gallery.
September 20 – November 15, 2019
Dangerous is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening September 20th from 5p-9p Artist and gallery owners, Billy Nainiger, Christina Sadowski, and R!ch Cihlar share their support for the upcoming Cleveland Browns Season by creating an array of original art works.
Nainiger, known for his pop art influence and mixed media approach to his work, says “I wanted to host a Browns exhibition because I have been a huge fan since the days of Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, Ernst Byner and the rest of the Dawg pound. Cleveland is a football town and everybody seems to love the Browns, win or lose. E11even 2 wanted to put on a show to help celebrate the love we have for our boys in orange and brown.”
Works featured in this exhibition will be a variety of mixed media and painted pieces from all 3 owners. Guests will also have an opportunity to collect the limited edition Dangerous can Koozie (while supplies last). This is a family friendly event.
Collaborative works by R!ch Cihlar and Bob Peck
May 17 – June 21, 2019
Don’t Panic! Tread lightly is the next exhibition at E11even 2 gallery to open on Friday, May 17th from 5p-9p. The name, ‘Don’t Panic!’, that’s used by R!ch Cihlar and Bob Peck for their art collaborations started out as a title to bring on a sense of excitement for their initial showing together. As R!ch and Bob ensured more live-painting events together, they realized the name could also be tied to the audience’s reaction to their process as they layer their work. Onlookers have had shocked reactions as they watch various sections of each painting being sprayed over repeatedly by the artists, often appearing as the image is being defaced by the other before the final product is unmasked. This dynamic duo continues to leave their imprint on the city with murals, scavenger hunts, fine art and more. And this time, they’re back with a word of advice. “Tread Lightly”.
Works featured in the upcoming exhibition pay reverence to the little things in life. Those that may be neglected as posing a threat or to think twice about. R!ch says, “ When Bob and I were planning this exhibition, I was thinking about things that could really ruin your day, something like getting stung by a bee or being bit by a snake. It may or may not kill you, but you should never underestimate the little guy. So the collaborative works in this exhibition, are just that. Bob came up with the secondary title “Tread Lightly”, as a means of explaining these things could be found right under our feet, literally and figuratively. That’s the concept of the exhibition, a mere warning to be aware of your surroundings.”
Bob Peck says “The idea of treading lightly ranges from sidestepping a poisonous creature, to removing toxic people from your life. Keep your head on a swivel and always be aware of your surroundings. At the same time, we wanted to juxtaposition them with artistic flair and dynamic imagery. Just because something is dangerous, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful as well. ”
Bees, snakes, and more are all fair game for R!ch and Bob as they pair up on the new series of paintings. R!ch creates highly detailed stenciled images and Bob works over, under, around and through them with his abstract style, using color and line work to help set the tone. In the end, each collaborative piece ends with a harmonious mix of spray paint and acrylic paint that ensures excitement with its kinetic energy and unassuming dialog.
Also being released during the exhibition is the official “Don’t Panic!” affiliation pin. An enamel pin featuring the Duo’s namesake for those who want to join the cause.
Opening Reception Friday May 17th 5p-9p
Closing Reception Friday June 21th 5p-9p
Great Walls of Vinyl, Part Deux is the next exhibition at E11even 2. GWV will open on Friday, March 15th from 5-9p. This exhibit will be an optical mash up classic vinyl records with layered collage and graffiti elements. Artist Garrett Weider presents the idea of covering the gallery with vinyl records (floor to ceiling) as his canvas. Garrett says, “I want the show to be sensory overload, a lot to see, and make it a memorable experience.”
Why is this Part Deux? Weider states, “I had a show a few years ago where I covered a two story wall with records, and the event and outcome was very successful. I wanted to replicate that idea, but fill an entire room.” Each piece will be a cool $25, and this will be a cash and carry event. That means guests will be able to take the work immediately off the wall and a new record will replace it, making the show a revolving and transforming experience.
Opening Reception Friday March 15th 5-9p 2019
Closing Reception Friday April 19th, 5-9p 2019
Wanderlust is the next featured exhibition at E11even 2 gallery opening on Friday, January 18th, 2019. Photographer and gallery owner, Christina Sadowski sets out to capture the world around us in her travels near and far with a new body of photographs.
Sadowski says “Wanderlust’s definition is the strong desire to travel. And after this year I can safely say that term embodies what I am.” The exhibition will feature over twenty architectural and landscape photos from Sadowski’s 2018 journeys. These journeys include but are not limited to Oregon, Kentucky, Switzerland, Germany, The Czech Republic, France and more.
Sadowski states, “2018 has taken me on quite an adventure, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I anticipate my photos offer some insight to my past excursions, and perpetuate guests to take their own adventures and voyages.
Opening Reception Friday January 18, 2019
Closing Reception Friday February 15, 2019
Stop out for our Holiday Showcase, Dec 8th (10a-9p) & 9th (10a-6p) and Dec. 21st (5p-9p) featuring great holiday gifts by Clevelands own, Serg and Destroy, Rick Sans, George Kocar, Greg Renkas, Jenny Goe, Jared Gepperth, Sam Gorczyca, Celeste Stauber, & Nicole Fraley.
E11even 2 will also be featuring its newest Koozie for the holidays. “Step Aside Coffee! Holidays are a job for Alcohol!” Available while supplies last.
Time Warp, a new exhibition opening at E11even 2 will commemorates the 5 year anniversary of the Cleveland based contemporary gallery. Time flies when you’re selling art in this exhibition. The opening reception is Friday, November 16th from 5-9p during the 3rd Friday events at 78th St. Studios.
Owners- Christina Sadowski, Billy Nainiger, and R!ch Cihlar set out to make a new body of work for their special occasion. Each artist/owner created a series of work following their own interpretation of words “Time Warp”.
R!ch set out to build bottle openers inspired by vintage pop crates, a reflection into the past. His works cater to the aesthetic of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s logos and symbols. He says, “It’s the feeling or memory of what we all call ‘Retro’. My pieces will remind guests of years past.”
Billy focused directly on time, using clocks as focal point and building around them with mixed media and found objects. Nainiger, states he’s always been interested in clocks, mechanically, and found the exhibition ideal for his style of work. He also states, “Plus, they’re functional and decorative works”.
Christina, a photographer, shot landscapes with a Lensbaby circular fisheye lens to warp her images into complete circles. Sadowski says, “The process was fun and tricky. Trying to capture the essence of Cleveland in a new manner was exciting and challenging. With this lens, I am able to explore new perspectives of iconic Cleveland structures.”
November 2nd 6p-8p (e11even 2 day/5 yr anniversary party)
November 16th 5p-9p (third friday’s @ 78th st. studios)