Collinwood kicks off new year with free January event series


Collinwood, OH – The new year is almost here and with that Collinwood has announced their free and festive winter events for the month of January in, the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District .

The Collinwood Rising Vibrancy Grants program that started this past September funds the series of events. Through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, artists have the opportunity to create transformative change in the Collinwood neighborhood. The goal of the grant is to create dozens of new community art projects that brighten up the District during their $5.5 million streetscape improvement.

The first January event will take place on Jan. 3, and will be a public exhibit of new work by Collinwood based photographer Eric Rippert at the Maria Neil Art Project Gallery. Rippert is a well-known Cleveland artist. Much of his work has been featured in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art and Progressive Art Collection, and in numerous private and institutional collections. This will be Rippert’s first solo show in Cleveland in about 15 years. The opening reception to his collection of new work will be held on the 3rd. A free gallery visit with a gallery talk will be open to the public on January 25th, and a closing reception on February 15th.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting Eric’s first solo show in almost a decade. With his new work, we believe that this exhibit will be a great catalyst for bringing new people into the area,” said John Faria, owner of the Maria Neil Art Project.

Also coming up in early January is the Rock and Roll Reflections event, which is sponsored by Cleveland Rocks and the Beachland Ballroom. This exhibit will feature photographer John Kirk’s pictures of the Beachland Ballroom from the past year, blown up and hung in the Space’s Rock Gallery window. These photographs will be up during the Walk All Over Waterloo district-wide event on Jan. 3. There will also be a gallery talk with Kirk on Jan. 4, at 2 pm at the Space: Rock Gallery.

Later in the month, the Satellite Gallery will be hosting an event titled Moon3 on Jan. 18 at 11 am. A partially constructed 8x8x8 cube in the form of panels will be placed on the triangle grass area near the art tower on Waterloo and E 156th Street. The cube will then be covered in canvases, and painted by 32 local Cleveland artists! Those artists who are participating will construct the cube like a barn raising that day. Once the paintings are complete, they will then attach their art done on plywood panels to this facade, forming the exterior surface of Moon3. The interior will house the work of one installation artist. In addition, the public is invited enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, hot dogs and burgers on site as they watch the paintings being placed onto the cube. Artists will also be available to chat with and various pieces of their art will be for sale.

“What’s neat about this, is that all of the artists are asked to bring their own hammers to create the installation piece together, It’s going to be quite the sight” said Loren Naji of Satellite Studios. “We’re very excited to bring local artists together to work on a single installation. This really helps demonstrate how strong the art community in Cleveland truly is.”

Another music inspired project, Music Saves Lego Record Store Construction and Party will be held on January 18th from 7 to 9 pm at Music Saves record store. Ben Shuber will construct a Lego replica of the store inside Music Saves, and visitors will be able to watch it come together. This party will be open to the public, and will feature music by Mike Uva and free appetizers and refreshments.

“This event will draw visitors to the district, and after the Lego replica is complete, it will be encased in a clear, Plexiglas box, and put on display permanently in the store” said Melanie, of Music Saves.

The final January event takes place on Jan. 31 and is The Creation of a Shoe project. The project will coincide with the re-grand opening of D.N.D Fashions. To celebrate the opening, Mark Cantie, a resident of the Collinwood area, will create a large shoe sculpture.

“The goal with this sculpture is for it to be built with a lot of detail and character,” says owner of D.N.D Fashions Dorothy Cante. “It will combine a variety of assorted colors in a fashionable style that is funky and fun!”

This event will take place at 6 pm in front of the D.N.D Fashions store on Waterloo Road. During the re-grand opening (ribbon cutting ceremony) of D.N.D. Fashions refreshments will be served and the store will be running a sale on all items in stock.

For more information on the upcoming events, hi-res photos or interviews with the business owners, please contact Becki Cooper at 440-227-8794 or via email at

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