We are proud and very excited to present the work of two of Cleveland’s most popular and beloved artists – Cathie Bleck and Amy Casey. Bleck and Casey will create several new, never before seen works for this rare Cleveland exhibition. Neither artist has had a solo exhibition in Cleveland since at least 2009 (Bleck) or 2006 (Casey), despite both artists being a fixture on the local arts scene and their works included in many auctions, group shows and collections.
This exhibition also celebrates the first anniversary of the Maria Neil Art Project’s opening in the Waterloo Arts District.
Cathie Bleck is creating works that are little windows into the emotions that occur from the pleasures of leaving “home”. Not always the physical home but rather the “place” we feel most at ease. “When I think of physical travel away from my house I also think about the dual curse of what is left in the trail – someone is always excited that you are visiting and someone else is always sad that you are gone.” Bleck spends about 6 months a year traveling, gathering research for her artwork, often bringing smaller works on the road to work on. Three to four months a year she works prolifically in her Cleveland Heights studio, inspired by the visual vocabulary and experiences she has taken in from her travels, including hundreds of journals, some of which will be on view in this show.
Amy’s work centers around the grimy, crowded, intricate places that are our cities. Her fascination with cities is evident from her meticulous recreations of each building – many of which should be familiar to most Clevelanders. She captures the work and organization involved in a city’s creation and evolution, and the constant shifting and adaptation. Her cities continue to evolve and are shaped by everyday observations, cause and effect, composition, movement and color. Nature has found it’s way back into her work, as she continues to discover the role it plays. “I am curious about the resilience of life and our ability to keep going in the face of ever shifting circumstances.” The paintings in this exhibition celebrate that ability and her love of the urban landscape.
The exhibition will be on view from September 5 through October 19 at the Maria Neil Art Project at 15813 Waterloo Road in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland. A special event, ‘Art & Craft: A Celebration of Art & Beer’ will be held on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in partnership with Gallery 160 and Edible Cleveland. Gallery hours are every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 pm with other hours by appointment.