Heights Arts celebrates food and art with At Table exhibition

Oval Bowls by Judith Salomon, part of a creative ensemble comprising chef Bob Sferra, photographer Heather Rose Hileman, metals artist and furniture-maker Stephen Yusko, fiber artist Heather Bryson, and ceramicist Sharon Grossman.

At Table: Cleveland Culinaria, a collaborative exhibition combining elements of food and art, opens on March 4 at the Heights Arts gallery on Lee Road.

The exhibition features 27 visual artists, culinary experts, and local poets gathered into five teams, each working with a culinary theme. In addition to food, art installations feature tablescapes, custom furniture, ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, photography, drawings, paintings and prints.

“This exhibition speaks to the art of food and community through the materials we use to eat and drink,” explained Mary Ryan, marketing coordinator for Heights Arts. “What we use everyday can be thoughtfully designed. The food you eat is so influenced by the tools you use to eat.” 

During the exhibition's run, attendees can purchase tickets to any of five food and drink events in which they will partake of hearty small plates and craft cocktails designed by local chefs while listening to poetry by local poets in the intimate gallery setting.

The first food and drink event, on Sunday, March 19, features a Scandinavian brunch theme designed by Bridget Thibeault of Luna Bakery and Café and Noelle Celeste of Edible Cleveland, as well as poetry by Gail Bellamy.

On Sunday, March 20, Melissa McClelland, a local food and photo stylist, will provide spring family comfort food alongside guest poet Paul Ryland.

Help welcome spring on Thursday, March 24, with tapas crafted by Bob Sferra of Culinary Occasions and poetry by John Donoghue.

On Monday, April 4, Marc-Aurele Buholzer of Vero Pizza Napoletana will serve seasonal small plates, accompanied by guest poet Kathleen Cerveny.

The final food and drink event, on Sunday, April 10, will feature world cuisine by Douglas Katz of fire food & drink, Provenance, and Fire Spice Company, with poetry by Meredith Holmes.

Tickets for each food and drink event are $50 ($40 for Heights Arts members) for food and drink, or $35 ($25 for members) for food only.

To accompany the exhibit, and further involve the community, Heights Arts has created a mixology contest, "ARTinis & Creative Cocktails,” in which neighborhood restaurants and bars will compete for the most creative Heights Arts-inspired beverage, based on popular vote.

“Through this project, we have combined many disciplines within the art world with something we can all connect to—food. I’m excited to experience the results, both personally and within our community,” said Heights Arts executive director Rachel Bernstein.

Theexhibition will run from March 4 through April 16 in the Heights Arts Gallery, open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1:30–9:30 p.m.

Heights Arts welcomes the public to the exhibit’s opening reception on March 4, 6–9 p.m. To see the full event schedule, menus, ticket information and list of participating establishments, visit www.heightsarts.org or stop by Heights Arts.


Hailey Bickett

Hailey Bickett spent her formative years in Cleveland Heights and now attends the University of Dayton where she is studying communications and photography. She will graduate in May 2016 and plans to pursue a career in visual communications and event planning.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 10:33 AM, 02.23.2016