The Fairmount serves up art alongside cocktails

The Fairmount's main bar, with a photo by Steve Vacariello overhead. [photo by Jayne Sestak]

Along with its selection of craft and draft beers, extensive wine list, cocktails and small plates menu, The Fairmount Cocktail Bar also offers an alternate venue in which emerging and established local artists display their work. Every few months, The Fairmount presents new visual experiences that make use of its indoor and outdoor spaces. “It’s all about creative community building,” said co-owner Jake Orosz.

The current exhibit, the Factory Window series by Megan Frankenfield, runs through June 15, with an artist’s reception scheduled for Saturday June 3, 6–9 p.m. Frankenfield’s series is inspired by the beauty of the Rust Belt, as nature reclaims old factory buildings and bridges throughout the region. Photographic images in intensely saturated tones hover gracefully behind layered windows and rusty framework—remnants of once-thriving industry. Her work has been exhibited in local galleries including the Screw Factory, and in a corporate installation at the Cleveland Hilton Convention Center Hotel.

Mid-June through mid-September, Cleveland native and internationally sought-after photographer Steve Vaccariello returns to The Fairmount after a three-year absence. He began his professional photographic career the 1980s, shooting pictures for Cleveland Scene magazine. He works primarily in New York now, and travels extensively, photographing ballet companies, couture fashion, jewelry, celebrities and exotic destinations. Vaccariello’s color and black-and-white images are crisp and precise, yet he perfects his compositions in the viewfinder and using bold but minimal lighting before he ever clicks the shutter. His exhibit will feature a selection of dance, fashion and travel photography.

Orosz described the motivation behind the art exhibits as being “simply to provide the coolest possible experience to our customers, including an opportunity to add an original piece of art to their collections.” The artists receive 100 percent of the sales of their work.

Orosz added that there are “no worries” about parking during the Cedar Fairmount Streetscape construction. Parking is available in the lot behind the building, and there is optional valet service Wednesdays through Fridays, and free weekend on-street metered parking.

The Fairmount is located at 2448 Fairmount Blvd., and is open Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 216-229-9463 or visit www.thefairmount.net.

Jayne Sestak

Jayne Sestak is co-owner with Jake Orosz of The Fairmount Cocktail Bar.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 6:58 PM, 06.02.2017