Heights Arts annual holiday store opens Nov. 6
Heights Arts is again shining a spotlight on the many accomplished artists who call Northeast Ohio home with its 14th annual Holiday Store, opening Nov. 6 and running through Dec. 30. A curated show of works by more than 80 artists and artisans, the holiday store fills the entire Heights Arts gallery on Lee Road with fine art prints, paintings, and photographs plus functional art in ceramics, glass, wood and fiber, as well as jewelry, clothing, music, handmade artist cards, books and distinctive holiday items.
“The Holiday Store offers a wonderful opportunity to shop a wider selection than we usually feature, with works by new, upcoming artists as well as new creations from Cleveland’s favorite artisans,” noted gallery manager Courtney Young. “There’s always something special and unique coming in, and because the Holiday Store is open every day—not just one weekend—it’s easy and convenient for shoppers to find the perfect gift for everyone.”
This year’s windows will feature the bounty of Cleveland’s art glass scene, with works by award-winning glass artists Mark Sudduth, Michael Mikula and Robert Coby. Other blown-glass items include colorful vases, paperweights and ornaments by Cleveland Heights artist Shayna Roth Pentecost, and glassware, birds and hearts by Sue Berry of Superior Hot Glass.
Ceramics also have a prominent presence at the gallery, with pieces by well-known artists William Brouillard, Kristen Cliffel, Gina DeSantis, Megan Dull, Susan Gallagher, Bonnie Gordon, Yumiko Goto, Sharon Grossman, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, Elaine Lamb, Andrea LeBlond, Lynne Norwood Lofton, Stephanie Miller-Davis, Brian Sarama and Mark Yasenchack.
For jewelry lovers, the holiday store carries all-handcrafted works in silver, semiprecious stones, polymer clay, glass and recycled materials by Blooming Enamels, Catherine Butler, Grace Chin, Sandra Curry, Emily R Studio, Patti Fields, John Gulyas and Marianne Posch, Catherine Davies Paetz, Pamela Pastoric, Michael Romanik, Faye Soleil, Valerie Tyler and Zenia Lis.
The gallery continues to present musical CDs by local favorites Les Delices, Blue Lunch, Quire, and individual musicians, as well as chapbooks by regional poets. Rounding out the selection are hand-painted, hand-woven, knit and felted scarves, baby apparel, pillows, purses, artist T-shirts; and sculptural works in paper and mixed media. Gift certificates are always available.
All of the artists volunteer their time to work in the gallery for the duration of the show, so shoppers have an opportunity to meet them, and talk about the works on view.
The Heights Arts Holiday Store opens with a members’ preview on Friday, Nov. 6, 6–7 p.m., followed by a public reception 7–9 p.m. The store will be open for expanded evening and Sunday hours, through Dec. 30.
For a complete list of artists participating in the Heights Arts Holiday Store, seasonal music programs and store hours, visit www.heightsarts.org or call 216-371-3457.
Mary Ryan is on staff at Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization.