Illuminating Heights Arts exhibition opens Jan. 16

Glass work by Scott Goss.

After a pretty nice fall—but one with not quite enough sunshine to hold us over until next spring—Heights Arts is taking back the light from Jan. 16 to Feb. 28 with the aptly named Light Show, a new exhibition in its gallery at 2175 Lee Road.

Organized by Cleveland Heights artist and founding Heights Arts board member Sharon Grossman, Light Show presents nine contemporary Northeast Ohio artists who work with materials, processes and visual languages that speak to the theme of light. Works include neon sculpture, photography, glass, furniture and jewelry, as well as the more functional translation: lamps.

“As we hunker down in January, surrounded by grey skies and dirty snow, this exhibition helps us find solace in light,” said Grossman. “Although all artists work with light, these pieces are about light—luminance, reflection, radiance and glow. I am grateful to these nine inspiring artists for helping Heights Arts brighten your winter!”

Artists featured in the exhibition are Claudia Berlinski, photography; Kevin Busta, furniture; Jeffry Chiplis, neon; Dana Depew, sculpture; Scott Goss, glass; Nancy Luken, lamps; Ben Parsons, stained glass; Geoff Riggle, jewelry and sculpture; and Andrew Simmons, ceramics.

Light Show opens Friday, Jan. 16 with a public reception 6–9 p.m. A curator’s talk and reading by regional poets—featuring original poems created in response to works in the exhibition—will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan is on staff at Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization. Heights Arts board members contributed to this article.

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