Step Right UP! A carnival inspired exhibition will have guests feeling like a kid again. E11even 2 is excited to announce its next exhibit to open on July 21st from 5-9pm featuring over 40 artists. Guest curator Leslie Edwards Humez, had this to say:
“Exhibiting artists were invited to create new work for this exhibit that leaned toward the nostalgic or surreal and drew heavily on their childhood memories: that magical time when things loomed larger, brighter, and more colorful. Where the element of surprise provoked involuntary shivers, amusement parks rocked, and carnival kisses cost a buck.
In STEP RIGHT UP, there will be work with a sunlit perspective that highlights fun foods, midway wheels-of-chance, thrill rides, blue-ribbon competitions and more. Or (thanks to Cher) the work may sneak a peek at the edgy side of the traveling show with its gypsies, tramps and thieves who beckon us with crooked fingers into that unsettling neon space where flim-flam rules and fortune-tellers, floozies and freaks hide behind midnight faces.”
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!)
Pure Imagination is the next art exhibit reminiscent of the good old days at E11even 2. It opens November 18th 2016 from 5p-9p during the 3rd Friday events at 78th Street Studios. Artists and gallery owners; Christina Sadowski, Billy Nainiger, and R!ch Cihlar explore their favorite childhood memories in the form of art in their next holiday show. Guests can expect depictions of toys, movies, and other 1980’s references in this throwback exhibition. This is a fun for all ages exhibition.
WOW! We were so surprised to hear that Cleveland Magazine awarded us Editors Choice for the Cleveland Artifact Machine and E11even2. Billy, Christina and I (R!ch), work hard and play hard with our art and are so honored to be part of a great city. There are so many great winners in this issue and we can’t be more excited to be part of it. Thank you to Cleveland Magazine and everyone who has supported our efforts, visited our gallery, and participated in exhibitions. We couldn’t do it with out your support.
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
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.
Twenty Seven, an age many of us remember; but some were not so fortunate. E11even 2 will remind everyone, with art, why life is so precious in their next exhibit entitled 27. Works will feature musicians who passed away at the early age of 27 years old. The opening reception will be Friday May 20th from 5p-9p.
Participating Artists: Jason Milburn, Andrew Shondrick, Donna Fischer, Leslie Edwards Humez, Nicole Edwards, Melanie Agnich, Jessica Maron, Laura Dumm, Gary Dumm, Eileen Dorsey, Randy Maxin, Dan Nainiger, Billy Nainiger, R!ch Cihlar, Christina Sadowski
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