“Pearls of Cleveland” at AAWR Gallery

moses-pearl-hpgOPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30pm

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents the Pearls of Cleveland, memorial show for Archived Artist, Moses Pearl and featuring works from his two artist children, Stuart Pearl and Sharlene Pearl Green. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. The Pearls of Cleveland will run in the AAWR gallery until Saturday, February 28, 2015.

This exhibition will revolve around the drawings, water colors, and oil paintings Moses made throughout his life and career as an artist and teacher. While the exhibition will center around Moses’s work it will also focus on the influence and legacy he has left his two children Stuart and Sharlene. Stuart, a photographer, remembers his father’s influence as he grew as an artist:

“It wasn’t until the early 1970’s that I began to seriously explore the city with my camera.  Steel mills, docks and warehouses fascinated me with their contrasting geometric shapes and patterns.  My goal was to capture subjects in a way that would set my work apart from other photographers.  I believe dad’s canvases subconsciously helped teach me how to look for unique compositions.  I learned to see interesting shapes in the environment that others would pass.  I began to explore the early morning and late afternoon light as it would spill across a city’s features.  Because I had been exposed to dad’s abstract and interpretive style for years, I had come to understand a viewpoint that helped my “eye” to mature in its own way.  This continues today.”

Sharlene, who followed her father around while he worked on his art is now teacher and figurative painter. She recalls the lasting impact her father has had on her, “It is a challenge for me to verbally describe the depth of my father’s influence on me as both an artist and as a teacher.  It is so broad ranged.  But I will always be grateful for two things that he taught me:  make sure to follow your “inner voice”, and continually pursue those things in life for which you are passionate.  His voice still guides me today.”

Gallery Hours

10 am – 4 pm
12 pm – 4 pm

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44106-1910