The Day Cle Stood as 1M

Photograph by Christina Sadowski

Tucked up on the shores of Lake Erie is the city of Cleveland, Ohio. A long time manufacturing town that has seen its share of rough times. From losing jobs to losing sports teams, Cleveland is well familiar with heartache. It is a blue collar town with a strong love for sports, and a relentless loyalty to teams who have seemingly always let them down.

We waited for so long for a sports team to give us life and hope. While the losing streak had presence well before I was born, I can recall the sadness of the Tribe losing in the 1997 World Series, crying when the Browns were moving to Baltimore (then inevitably won 2 Super Bowls), and wanting to destroy all my LeBron gear after “The Decision.” Yet through thick and thin, we were there for the teams and the players that seemed to never show up for us.

In 2014, LeBron announced he was returning to Cleveland. I always compared this moment to taking an ex back. “We had such a good thing and I loved you so much but I really hated the way you broke up with me. I guess we can give this another shot.” It hurt but it was exciting. Reading the letter about him returning gave me goosebumps and an unbelievable hope he would really make it happen. This city needed it, I needed it, we all needed it.

Unfortunately, we had to feel the burn once again when the Cavs made it to the Finals in 2015 only to fall in Game 6 to the Warriors. There we were again, so close, let down, but feeling so much more proud! Next year, right? That’s the motto in Cleveland. There’s always next year!

Well, next year came and we had healthy players and some great additions to the team. The level of energy and excitement in the city was nothing I had ever experienced! The season was fun. We wanted it so bad but as fans we were cautiously optimistic. We had grown a wall around our heart from the years of disappointment. There was just something different this year that felt like it just may happen, and then it did!

I witnessed many of the games outside the Q in the Watch Parties with hundreds of others. The vibe was good. The sense of unity was great. Then we won! We actually won! 52 years of waiting for a championship and it happened! Everyone thought people would riot in the streets and burn the city, like they had done previously in San Francisco and Boston. That didn’t happen though. Fans rushed the streets celebrating, high fiving strangers, dancing on cars, but no riots or violence. We were all too happy and too united in this long-term drought of winning.

Soon after came the plans for the parade. I took to the streets to photograph the people. I had no idea I would be one in a million that day. I had no idea how epic that parade would be. One million people in the streets of Cleveland celebrating.  Young and old of all races peacefully came together to show support for our team and our city.  I captured images of the young kids who had no clue how monumental this day was to the older folks who probably were still wiping tears from their eyes. There was nothing but joy, love and happiness this day in Cleveland. People forgot about their life problems, or the racial tension, or the political divides that were happening all around us. But that day… we came together as one… one million. I have always been proud to say I was from Cleveland but especially after witnessing the community and fans in June of 2016. – Christina Sadowski

The Day Cle Stood as 1M is a photography exhibition that captured the historic 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers parade as seen by the loyal fans in downtown Cleveland, OH.  This exhibition will open and close on Friday, June 16th 2017 from 5p-9p at E11even 2. (This is a one night only photography exhibition by Christina Sadowski)

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Art for $50… and Plenty of It!

50 showWho wants affordable art?  Well it’s that time to pick up original art for a smooth $50.  This one night only extravaganza will feature over 70 pieces of art by 16+ artists. Join us on March 17th, 2017 from 5-9p for a first come first serve cash and carry event.  What’s cash and carry?  That means when you buy it, you get to take it home!  The 50 dollar show is the great way to start an art collection or add to a collection.  StART yours on March 17th.

Cleveland Artists’ Lonely Art Club Show

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Cleveland Artists’ Lonely Art Club Show, now that’s a tongue twister. E11even 2 isn’t playing around when it comes to the Fab 4. Beatles fan and gallery owner Billy Nainiger says, “we love pulling artists together to create solid art like this collaboration piece. And you can’t go wrong with the Beatles”. The focal piece of the CALACS is a 6f-8in x 9ft-4in Sargent Peppers Mural, created by 33 Cleveland artists (to be unveiled at the opening). Each artist was given a 16 inch square canvas to reproduce one section of the puzzle (provided by e11even 2) in their own unique style. Some pieces range from spray paint and collage to fabric and vinyl. “It’s really an impressive piece to see in person, the textures come to life,” says gallery owner Christina Sadowski.

In addition to the mural, the 33 artists were also assigned one of the 12 songs on the Sgt. Pepper album to interpret as fine art, which will be on display. An edition print of the mural will be on hand at the opening reception along with other surprises.

This is a must see show for any Beatles fan. This event will be held during the 3rd Friday events at the 78th Street Studios.
Opening Reception July 17th 5-9p
Closing Reception Aug. 21st 5-9p

by invitation – one night only

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This is the first group exhibition by e11even 2, curated by Christina Sadowski, and will it feature a collection of Cleveland’s finest. Each artist was selected and invited to participate based on their work and presence in the greater Cleveland area. We are excited to display a wide variety of contemporary art in mediums including, ceramics, illustration, painting and more. Please stop out on April 18th, from 5-9pm to meet the artists.