Negative Space Gallery hosted another wonderful event on Saturday night. And as is almost always the case at this wonderful gallery, it was not just an art opening. In fact, it was an art opening, but it also featured fabulous music, great food and a lot to drink.
The new exhibit is called Art of the People: The Very Best of Local Cleveland. The exhibit is tied to the opening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and the work on display was selected based on strength of design and quality of execution with no ideological bias. “We encourage and support creators of all disciplines to share and express their individual voices through the language of their craft,” the gallery stated in the program to the exhibit.
The exhibit features 16 artists, all of whom were selected by Gadi Zamir, the artist who founded Negative Space, and Ari Michael Warner, the gallery’s creative director. The art is all politically themed, and, in the program, each artist wrote a description and explanation of their artwork.
The actual event on Saturday night kicked off at 7 p.m. with a musical performance by the Athena String Trio. The trio features Donna Jelen on violin, Leah Goor Burtnett on violin and Nick Deodore on cello. The trio plays beautiful classical music, and they performed for more than an hour. After their set, Warner came up to the stage and explained the event and thanked all of those who took part. Then Sean Seibert, who is the head of the gallery’s performance arts committee, read a piece called “Bicentennial Blues,” by Gil Scott Heron.
After that, Taylor Lamborn took the stage. Lamborn is amazingly talented and has a beautiful voice. When she first took the stage, she played keyboards. Then, after the first song, she switched to guitar. Her set, which lasted about an hour, was beautiful.
After Lamborn’s performance, a local poet, Peggy Walsh, took the stage. She read some selections from “Love and Politics.” Then Kate Hart, another musician who has been at Negative Space in the past, came out and performed, accompanying herself on ukulele.
In addition to all of the terrific music and poetry, there was also a lot of great food. And the food itself was also presented as a kind of art exhibit. The bowls and plates that the food was on were all designed and created by Susan Gallagher, a local artist, and the recipes and table layout were designed by Melissa McClelland, a photo stylist at Edible Cleveland.
All in all, it was another wonderful night of beautiful art, great music, and terrific food. Negative Space is a very special place!