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)
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
Peek-A-Boo is the next “sex”hibition at E11even 2. It highlights the best features of classic Pin-Up girls. The opening reception is on Friday March 18th from 5-9p, during the 3rd Friday events at 78th Street Studios and features 16 local artists. Curator and owner, Christina Sadowski, says, “I collect pin-up girl tattoos and have always enjoyed those types of iconic images. Often people hear erotic and think dirty, but with this show the images are beautiful and classically posed nudes.” Sadowski says she doesn’t expect any controversy over the show. There are no explicit images, but does warn guests that it maybe more suited for an adult crowd.
Guests can also expect more then just art. Guest Pin-Up Queens will be on hand to enhance the atmosphere and pose with guests. Custom Peek-A-Book koozies will be given out, and Cleveland’s own Burlesque performer, Bella Sin, will give a performance at the closing reception on April 15th.