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.
Who 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.
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
Well the cats out of the bag! Known for their Pop Art and contemporary vibe: E11even 2 is having an art exhibition for the beloved and timeless television series, Seinfeld. We invite guests to prepare for a hilarious exhibition for all ages. Come see your favorite catch phrase and scenes from the series interpreted by professional artists. Festivus! Shrinkage! Newman! Along with many more hilarious outtakes from the 90’s hit sitcom. Stay tuned for more information and sneak peeks. And All guests who attend will have a donation made in their name to the Human Fund!
September 16- October 21 2016
Interested artists can contact Billy Nainiger/Curator for consideration: email@example.com
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.