CH artists mount 'April Fools' exhibition

“Attempting Escape”, Catherine Butler, collage/monoprint (10 1/2" x 10 1/2")

Two Cleveland Heights artists, Catherine Butler and Julie Edberg, are part of a three-artist April Fools-themed exhibition on view at the Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., April 3–28. The opening reception is April 3, 2–4 p.m.

Edberg was looking for an exhibit venue and, thinking her text-covered sculptures would be perfect for a library, she asked Bill Rubin, who manages a county library. He forwarded her query on, and Margaret Reardon from the Beachwood Library replied. Edberg went to see the space and realized it could hold several peoples’ work. So she asked her friends Catherine Butler and Nancy Currier to join her.

Edberg and Currier, who lives in Louisville, Ky., met at the Cleveland Institute of Art and have been inspiring each other ever since. (They call each other “genius,” and are not kidding.)

Edberg, a Cleveland Heights resident, has been a graphic designer for 35 years. Her whimsical, one-of-a-kind blank books can be found at Heights Arts.

Butler, another CH resident, and an art teacher at Laurel School, is known as “the fun jewelry genius.” In this exhibition—April Fools!—she is showing a series of monoprints and collages.

Edberg and Butler were mutual fans until they both participated in Eat at Arts, SPACES Gallery’s first benefit/installation/performance art dinner, in 1982. Recently, they have collaborated on smaller works, some of which will be shown in this exhibition.

The exhibition will also feature collage and drawing by Edberg, and sculpture and painting by Currier, and is designed to delight, inspire and confound all who view it.

The Beachwood Library is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

Edith Antl

Edith Antl is a Cleveland Heights resident and the owner of Art Etc. Picture Framing in Little Italy. A "daily infusion in the arts" makes her happy, and she gets to meet "many creative geniuses."

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