Cathie Bleck exhibition opens at Heights Arts on March 18
Cleveland Heights artist Cathie Bleck has received international recognition for her singular works in scratchboard and kaolin clay board. Her stylized, organic forms are carefully carved and scraped through multiple layers of inks and handmade pigments, revealing the white of the kaolin clay beneath.
Opening Friday, March 18, with an artist reception 6–9 p.m., a new Heights Arts spotlight exhibition reveals Bleck’s technique in various media, including scratchboard, clayboard, clay on papyrus, and limited-edition prints. The exhibition will be on view through April 30.
Bleck notes about her work, “I see and feel the most important part of being human as those moments when we have the courage to be reborn, rise up and overcome adversity. What I find myself drawn to in art is depicting these exploring moments of transformation. Not the condition before or after, but the state when something happens and we are moving through our lives. That is the point in time when we experience courage, love and transcendence.”
Bleck's work is included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Library of Congress, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Honeywell Corporation, UCLA, Cypress Funds, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis University, to name a few.
Heights Arts spotlight gallery is located at 2175 Lee Road.
Mary Ryan is on staff at Heights Arts, a nonprofit community arts organization.