Still Point gallery relocates to Cedar Fairmount
After opening Still Point in Little Italy’s Old Schoolhouse nine years ago, Kate and Geoff Baker have now relocated their gallery to Cedar Fairmount.
Over its first nine years, the gallery continually outgrew its space, and three times moved to larger suites in the schoolhouse. The owners attribute their decision to move Still Point to Cedar Fairmount as one that addressed more than just the physical requirements of their expanding business.
“The Cedar Fairmount Business District has been on our radar for several years," said Kate, “and provides not only more gallery area and parking, but also gives us proximity to our existing customers and a larger market. We see it as a vibrant area that’s being invigorated with upscale shops, restaurants and arts venues.”
One of the Bakers' goals has been to create a space that is its own work of art—one that generates interest and energy, contributes to an overall aesthetic, and reflects their commitment to the continued growth of Cleveland’s arts community.
Kate explained that they set out to "create an experience," where patrons could escape and rejuvenate in a world of art, classical music and aromatic candles. They’ve worked to create a gallery that presents an array of artists—painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, carvers, glassmakers and ceramicists—through original works.
The original inspiration for the gallery came from Kate’s determination to showcase Geoff’s fine-art landscape photography. His work has been featured in solo shows at the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Trinity Commons and other arts venues including the Holden Arboretum, where he was the organization’s annual artist in 2014. He often photographs locally in Northeast Ohio but is also inspired by the landscapes of northwestern Michigan, another frequent subject.
Kate, whose career has been in retail and retail management, curates and manages all aspects of the gallery. In addition to Geoff's work, the gallery shows the work of 40 to 50 local, national and international artists.
In 2017 they increased the lines of clothing they offer at the gallery, and this spring it will be among the select boutiques bringing the fashion of Lurdes Bergada (of Barcelona) to the states. Kate describes the line as having a unique European flair and an asymmetrical look at a reasonable price point.
Still Point is located at 12427 Cedar Road in the Heights Center Building. It is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday. For additional information, visit www.stillpoint-gallery.com or call 216-721-4992.
Kaye Lowe is the executive director of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.