Lee Road Art Gallery fills its schedule
Located in the west building of the Lee Road Library, the Lee Road Art Gallery is identifiable by its glass walls, track lighting and smooth cement floors. But that’s not what customers notice when they walk in; they notice the art. The gallery has featured a new artist or group showevery month for the past year and a half, and already has exhibitions planned through November of this year.
Kate Atherton’s hand-drawn and digitally colored portraits showed whimsical vignettes of recognizable historical, literary and artistic figures. Reaching Heights had its first Exceptional Arts Exhibition here, featuring student artists with disabilities and learning differences. Kelly Tooman shared her photographic journey through France in a show called From Normandy to Paris.
“One of our goals is to provide resources for our communities to share their stories and guide community conversation. The art gallery offers a unique way for this to happen,” said Kim Denero-Ackroyd, the library system's deputy director.
This summer and fall, in addition to exhibitions by local artists and students, the library plans to try something different in the gallery. A group of library staff has taken inspiration from the Oak Park (Illinois) Public Library’s Idea Box, a glass-walled room where they create a new dynamic, participatory environment every month.
“We’re planning an interactive, immersive installation for the month of July around the summer reading theme of Superheroes,” explained Sheryl Banks, marketing manager. “The goal is to create an environment where visitors can come, interact, and leave their own mark, maybe through a post-it wall or image log of some sort.”
Another interactive installation is planned for October, to be inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which will be the theme of a series of programs this fall.
For more information about the Lee Road Art Gallery, including how to apply to exhibit in the gallery, visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-932-3600 ext. 1250.
Julia Murphy is the marketing assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.