On Friday night (April 21st, 2017), E11even 2 Art Gallery had one of it’s most memorable surprises yet. Singer/song writer, Brian Vander Ark (lead front man of the alternative rock band, The Verve Pipe) crashed our gallery to give our guests an unforgettable evening.
E11even 2, was housing its art exhibit called Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! A tribute to all genres of Rock and Roll music, when guests were caught off guard to a live performance by Vander Ark. He’s probably best known for his song “The Freshman”, but is a very accomplished musician/performer. He played an hours worth of tunes including: “Cup of Tea”, “Villains”, “Photograph”, and “The Freshman”. Not to mention he played an acoustic rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Death Cab for Cuties “Into the Dark” (and more!).
We at E11even 2 thank our guests for their constant support of the arts and our business and we thank Brian Vander Ark for his musical talents and generous time. It just goes to show, you never know what’s going to happen at one of our gallery receptions!
R!ch Cihlar – “I’m a huge fan of 90’s/00’s alternative rock. Brian’s performance was far from forgettable. His guitar picking, vocal range, and professionalism is unmatched. There was a moment where my love for art, music, and business collided into one surreal memory. It was a night to remember.”
Christina Sadowski – “It was great having Brian perform at E11even 2 gallery on Friday. He has such an amazing voice an it brought back a ton of memories from my high school years. My best friend, Angie, and I played “The Freshman” on repeat. I’ve probably heard that song over a thousand times, but it was really special to hear it performed live right in front of me. Brian was so humble and spent time to chat with our guests. It really made for a special evening.
E11even 2’s exhibition “Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK!”, might just have guests throwing out their devil horns and lashing their hair all while checking out art work. On Friday April 21st from 5-9pm, nearly 20 artists will participate in this rock and roll genre art event. Curator and gallery owner, R!ch Cihlar, says “This show highlights all genres of rock music, sighting a specific band, solo artist, or song. I listen to music while I make art, and it only seemed right to show the influence behind the art.”
The title Rock, Paper, Scissors is a play on words for those who remember that hand game of picking one of the those objects, but introduces a new and modern hand signal, the rock devil horns. This exhibition will have an array of styles, mediums, and rock genres to please everyone’s visual pallet.
Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! runs from April 21st – May 19th 2017, featured during the 78th Street Studios 3rd Friday events. (3rd Friday events offer 40+ Galleries/Studios and nearly 180, 000 Square feet of art!)
Yada, Yada, Yada… A Seinfeld Art Exhibition opens Friday, September 16th from 5p-9p at e11even 2. It’s a show about nothing… well not really. This art exhibition features a dozen artists highlighting their favorite Seinfeld moments in the form of artwork.
Seinfeld, who hasn’t said a quote from the iconic 90’s sitcom, says curator and gallery owner Billy Nainiger? “I wanted our guests to react with enthusiasm, especially if they are fans of the show. The TV show so engrained in popular culture and most people can connect to it in some way.”
The exhibition will feature nearly 50 works of art, a partial installation of Jerry’s apartment and many other surprises. This exhibition is free and open to the public, and is family friendly.
Chicken nuggets for everyone! Thank you everyone who voted for us on the Cleveland Hot List. And thank you everyone for continuously coming out to our events and supporting the arts. We at E11even 2 work very hard to not only create art, but to bring our community together and celebrate art and friends at our openings. We are grateful to be a part of the Cleveland art scene, and we will continue to do our part in the Cleveland art scene. THANK YOU!!! – R!ch, Christina & Billy
If Cleveland wasn’t feeling lucky already, the Lucky Charms exhibition will provide more elements of good fortune for Clevelanders.
Opening July 15th from 5p-9p at E11even 2, the works of Andy Dreamingwolf, Randy Maxin and R!ch Cihlar will be on display. The term, Lucky Charms, means so many things to so many people, but all elements of this exhibition will reflect on some of those feelings.
Dreamingwolf says “I’m genuinely fascinated by objects in which their outcome or output is based on their given users actions with said items. It’s a sort of “luck is what you make it” analogy. To me when a “Lucky Charm” is stripped of its habit and superstition, the core you’re left with is comfort. And that can come in many forms, be it confidence, memories, or tangibles.
R!ch says “When I typically think of lucky charms, I think of cliché items like horseshoes, rabbits feet, or a four leafed clover, but I also realize that there are so many other objects or thoughts that make me feel lucky. My works will reflect both of those ideas of traditional and nontraditional lucky charms.”
Maxin says “I feel lucky everyday, having the friends and family that I do. My pieces will reflect more of the sentiment behind the objects in the form of patterns and repetition. The idea that everyday is a good day… or a lucky day.”
R!ch, Christina, and Billy have been creating new exhibitions for the 2016/2017 season. Interested artists can apply to the corresponding curator on the upcoming events tab. Group & Themed Shows include:
- Yada, Yada, Yada, A Seinfeld Exhibition – September 2016 – All artwork will refer to the 90’s hit sitcom, Seinfeld.
- Skateboard Art Show – January 2017 – All artwork will be created with or on a wooden skateboard decks
- $50 Show – March 2017 – All artwork will be priced at $50 for one night only/cash and carry event.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors, ROCK! – April 2017 – All art work will reflect the music world.
- Cult Movie Poster Show – September 2017 – Artwork of new/recreated movies that have “Cult” status.
- Plus more! (TBA’s will be listed soon)
For consideration for any of the upcoming exhibitions please email the corresponding curator with 5 images of current work, a link to your website (or Facebook if a website is n/a) and any other pertinent information about your work (materials/medium, past exhibitions, etc…) Artists should live within a 50 mile radius of Cleveland. Artists should also review the contract listed on the upcoming events tab prior to applying for any exhibitions.
On May 20, 2016 e11even 2 will be hosting the opening of a new group exhibition titled 27*. The show’s theme will be based on some of the most famous musicians in history to die at the age of 27. Dozens have prematurely passed away at this age over the years. Curator of the show, Billy Nainiger has limited the number of musicians that will be included as inspiration for the contributing artists. Billy, who also co-owns e11even 2 with Christina Sadowski and R!ch Cihlar has narrowed the long list down to six, giving the show more cohesiveness.
15 artists, mostly based in Cleveland, were asked to create up to 3 pieces each based on Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, and/or Kurt Cobain. These six are widely considered to be the most famous of the “27 Club.” Pieces will range from painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media.
Come check out 27* on May’s Third Friday at e11even 2 in the 78th Street Studios. You will not be disappointed in how these talented Cleveland artists interpret this legendary and short lived group of musicians.
Collage 101 is no entry-level exhibition. This mixed media show featuring 10 artists who specialize in found objects, non-traditional collage, and fabrics. This exhibition highlights an underrated fine art medium and serves it up with an A+ grade.
Featured artists are: Diana Bjel, Nicole Edwards, Bridget Ginley, Randy Maxin, Leslie Edwards Humez, Jessica Pinsky, Billy Nainiger, R!ch Cihlar, Christina Sadowski, Mary Anne Tipple
Opening Reception January 15, 2016 5-9pm
Closing Reception February 19, 2016 5-9pm
E11even 2 is proud to feature its next exhibition by Christina Sadowski, artist and gallery owner, entitled “The Cleveland at Home Collection”. This exhibition will feature Sadowski’s signature Cleveland landmark photography on home goods. Some of the featured home goods will include, cellphone cases, duvet covers, bathroom shower curtains, clocks, bottle openers, air fresheners, pillows, and more! The opening reception will be on Friday, September 18th from 5p-9p during the third Friday events at 78th Street Studios. To see more of Christina’s work please visit christinasadowskiphotography.com
Hello Friends, a lot has happened to e11even 2 over the last few months and we’re ready to keep the excitement going. We have doubled our space and we are planning our 2016 exhibition showcase. We will no longer post general call outs for artists and exhibitions. But we will still be taking on new artists! Here’s how! Our new selection process will be by invitation or by artists who leave they’re business cards in our new artist business card fish bowl at the gallery for review. We will be seeking inventive, motivated, and reliable artists for our gallery. If you are interested in any of the upcoming or future exhibitions visit our upcoming events page and stop out and say hello. We require artists to visit the gallery to make sure our style and expectations meet the artists expectations. Artists can leave their information at the gallery for consideration or email the corresponding curator for more information. New artists will be asked to provide at least 5 examples of their works, a website, a list of the last 3 exhibitions you’ve participated in, and must live within the greater Cleveland Area.
Jan/Feb: Collage 101 – A mixed media exhibition curated by R!ch Cihlar: more info at email@example.com
Mar/April: A Pin Up Girl Exhibition (title: TBA) curated by Christina Sadowski: more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
May/June: 27 – A group Exhbition on musicians who died at age 27 curated by Billy Nainiger more info at email@example.com
Sept/Oct: Seinfeld Show (title: TBA) A group exhibition revolving around the 1990’s classic TV show Seinfeld curated by Billy Nainiger more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov/Dec: Group Exhibition (title: TBA) featuring R!ch Cihlar, Billy Nainiger, & Christina Sadowski (private show)