"Bright Sparkle" – A sunny day in a twisted Universe
The selected piece is a colorful expression of how the artist often experiences the world – even though it is a twisted universe, it is full of color and hope. This design was commissioned through the Painting the Town utility design box competition.
Tamar Jensen has had the pleasure of being a Shaker Heights resident for the past year. It has been quite an experience – Shaker Heights is unlike other cities she lived in – lots of green space, diversity, families walking around, kids riding their bikes… a true sense of community.
Jensen's main medium of choice is chalk and oil pastels. She also enjoys using markers and has found that by using the markers to draw over water colors, she been able to create a more robust expression of her feelings.
Jensen's work rich in color is full of twists and turns and allows the viewers to find their own interpretation. "What I feel when I create is not necessarily what the viewer sees and feels. I am very grateful for this, as in my opinion this flexibility makes my art accessible to all.
"Starry Meow in Cle" depicts three cats meowing with a silhouette of Cleveland in the background and a starry night landscape. Cats from Cleveland are visiting their friends in Shaker Heights.
Higo (Hilda Gabarron Ordorica) is a professional mixed-media artist, graphic designer, gallery owner/operator, college art professor, and award-winning editorial designer. Higo received her BS in Graphic Arts and Design at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Her graduate studies were in art restoration at Puebla's Universidad Iberoamericana.
Higo has been in more than 20 collective and individual exhibitions in Mexico and the USA including shows at MOCA, E11even2 and Gallery Plus at 78th St. Studios in Cleveland, Beachwood Community Center, Lakeland Community College, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Higo has lived and worked in Shaker Heights since 2012 and loves being part of the community. Website
"Lamp Signs" is a series of metal banners affixed to lamp posts along Lee Road and Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Towne Center. The colorful banners depict scenes of daily life in Shaker Heights from sports and recreation to home, family and shopping.
Gauri Torgalkar is a native of India who received her Masters in Architecture from Kent State University. She is an Urban Designer and was an Adjunct Professor at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative at Kent State University. Torgalkar is a recent emigrant to Australia where she maintains an active career in urban design. To see Torgalkar's works click here.
"Reeds of Light" is comprised of five structures, one at the intersections of Avalon Court and Van Aken Boulevard and four at the intersection of Avalon Court and Chagrin.
Stephen Manka is a modern metalworker located in the St. Clair Superior area. He is considered part of the new vanguard of an age-old tradition of highly skilled metalworking craftsmen of Northeast Ohio. He graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors in Environmental Design and went on to earn his Masters in Architecture and Ornamental Design from Kent State University.
The next three sculptures, "Reeds of Light," "Grist Mill," and "Blowing Grasses," are the work of artist and Cleveland native Stephen Manka. The first, "Reeds of Light", showcases Manka's use of steel as a medium. "Steel and metal are great materials because they speak to Cleveland's heritage," says Manka.
"Grist Mill" speculates on the machinery of the now lost Shaker grist mills. The sculpture is comprised of six enormous stone blocks showing the striated quarry cuts with one face deeply carved with the graphic toolings of a grinding wheel. The blocks are elevated by steel machine tables and appear to float above the grist-like tips of maiden grasses while the carvings seem to resemble flowers in full bloom.
The artist Stephen Manka designs large scale public art including the provocative "Chorus Line" sculptures that are 30 feet in the air at Euclid Avenue and E. 14th Street.
Building community through the arts. Building the arts through the community.
Building community through the arts
Building the arts through the community
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