Category Archives: TAA Artists in the News

Just My Type Opens Tonight at Whitdel Arts, Detroit

Just My Type postcard

I will be showing 2 artworks in this group exhibition, which opens tonight at Whitdel Arts. A couple of other talented artists of my acquaintance, Gabrielle Pescador and Parisa Ghaderi, are also in the show.  I’m looking forward to seeing the other artists and their work!

I’m also pleased to be featured in the current Whitdel Arts e-newsletter.

February 12-March 26, 2016
Reception: Friday, February 12, 7:00-10:00pm
Jurors: Joel Grothaus and Lee Marchalonis of Signal Return

Whitdel Arts is proud to present Just My Type.  This exhibition features artwork that focuses on, as well as incorporates, typefaces and letterforms. The letterform is an entity we interact with every day, most often without as much as a second thought; an Adventures of IO lo resartform hiding in plain sight. The way a statement is read can be influenced by the anatomy of the letters that spell it out, from the transition of serifs and slabs, to the shape of the tittle dotting the “i.”  What began as hand-drawn symbols later became mass produced via the printing press and now text can be manipulated with software offering hundreds of options.
Exhibiting artists:

Adrian Deva
Angela Fegan
Ash Nowak
Courtney Richardson
Ed Janzen
Emmy Bright
Erin K Schmidt
Gabrielle Pescador
Gerald Flynt
Jennifer Weigel
John Wood
Jonathon Russell
KA Letts
Matthew Garin
Parisa Ghaderi
Tyler Bohm

The exhibition will run from February 12-March 26, 2016.  This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Open gallery hours are Saturdays during exhibitions, noon-3pm, or by appointment.  For more information, e-mail Jane Larson at  For a full schedule of exhibitions and events at Whitdel Arts, please visit

Julie Friedman at Harris Stanton Gallery

Julie Friedman Print

TAAE 95 artist Julie Friedman, along with fellow printmakers Charles Beneke and Joe Vanderkhove, will be showing her work from November 13-December 12 at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron, Ohio. 

“Ohio Printmakers showcases the new works of three noteworthy artists who explore themes of memory and loss through a variety of printmaking methods, including intaglio, screenprint, and plasterprint.”  

Joe Vankerkhove print
Joe Vanderkhove
Charles Beneke Print
Charles Beneke


The gallery is located at

2301 Market St.

Akron, OH 44313




Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30-5:30, Saturday 10-4

For more information:


Katie St. Clair at Cincinnati Art Underground

TAAE 95 artist Katie St. Clair’s large scale paintings will be on view this winter at Cincinnati Art Underground, a brand new contemporary art space in downtown Cincinnati. She shares the exhibition space with glass artist Jacci Delaney.  The gallery is located at 1415 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202.  The exhibit runs from November 13 through January 2, 2016.

Cincinnati Art Underground is a newly opened space, and the website does not yet list hours of operation.  For more information call 513-903-0623, or contact by email:



Julie Friedman at FAVA Gallery in Oberlin, OH

Like a Fish Out of Water

(Image: Like a Fish Out of Water, Julie Friedman)

Nature Revealed: The Paper Cuts of Julie Friedman
Opening reception with the artist on Sunday, September 27, 2015,  
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition will be held in the gallery at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, an arts advocacy and education organization located at 39 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074. Gallery hours: Tu-Sa 11-5, Su 1-5. Phone: (440) 774-7158.

Exhibition runs from September 27 – November 8, 2015

Gardening and living close to nature, since moving to Medina County 24 years ago, has slowly influenced Friedman’s artwork. She is  drawn to the relationship between the natural world and the man made environment. The themes she investigates relate to the beauty and the power or dominance of nature. Additional touches of magic realism or uncertainty and a mixed up evolutionary process (fish flying, out of scale insects, birds, pets) create a sense of surreality or dreamy make-believe.

The artist finds the  physical cutting out of the negative shapes a magical and satisfying act. The abstract shapes  fall to the ground to be swept away and reveal the silhouetted image. The shadows created by light illuminating the cutout produce another stratum to the art on walls and floor surrounding and drawing in the viewer.

About the artist:

Julie Friedman studied with book artist Walter Hamady while working on an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has a B.A. in Interior Design and B.F.A. in Printmaking from Kent State University. She works in multiple media (cut paper, drawing, printmaking, artist books). She is an adjunct professor at Kent State, John Carroll University and Cuyahoga Community College and is also director of Gallery West at Cuyahoga Community College. Friedman exhibits her artwork regionally and across the country. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant and a 3-month summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA through the generosity of the Ohio Arts Council.

Happy Birthday Detroit!


I was honored last week to participate in an exhibition and silent auction in honor of Detroit’s 314th birthday.

All the works in the exhibit related to the city’s early history as a French colony; participating artists were asked to create artworks relating to legends of old Detroit.  The legend of the Nain Rouge and the tale of the Loup Garou were two favorites among many others that the artists chose for their commissioned works.  My own picture “At Askin Point” relates to the tale of La Chasse Gallerie  (The Wild Aerial Hunt).

Like many other arts-related events in Detroit, this was a one-night affair held at the Jam Handy, a former historic movie studio turned events venue.  In addition to the art exhibit and auction,  the “Fest d’Anniversare”  featured a lecture by Amy Elliot Bragg, author of Hidden History of Detroit, on the early history of the city, beer by Brew Detroit and cash bar,  a strolling dinner of French-inspired cuisine created by Upriver Local and music by DJ Erno.

The event was a collaboration of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society and Corktown Studios. To see pictures of the event:

Timothy Gaewsky in Painting Now at Ann Arbor Art Center

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Tim Gaewsky

I went to the Painting Now exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center last week mostly to see work by Toledo area artist Tim Gaewsky, whose paintings I like. But I got way, way more than I bargained for.  The show, in the second floor gallery at 117 W. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor is a knockout— a rich, kaleidoscopic cornucopia of wildly divergent painting styles, subjects and approaches that makes it a feast for the eye and mind.

Notes on the exhibit state that  “Painting in 2015 is characterized by its inclusiveness of genres, styles, aesthetics, concepts, materials, and processes. There is no single direction, but multiple vectors of highly energetic artistic expression. The result is a continuing flowering of independent, eclectic, and significant art works that characterize the American art scene.”

Martin Hubbard

The exhibit lives up to this description in every way imaginable.  Juried by Peter Williams (, no painterly stone is left un-turned by  these accomplished artists, chosen from over 400 entries.  Figurative work appeared to be slightly favored, probably reflecting the available pool of Midwestern talent.

I’ve included a few of the paintings I like below, but these selections are very far from exhausting the pleasures, both intellectual and visual, of this exhibit.

Kari Friestad
Kari Friestad

This is the last week of Painting Now 2015, but if you make the time to see it you will be richly rewarded for your effort.  For a review by Sally Wright Day in the Ann Arbor Observer go to:

For gallery schedule:

Adam Beeman
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Sarah Innes
Anders Johnson

Chet Geiselman at Gordy Fine Art in Muncie, Indiana

chet geiselman 1Drawing and paintings, step aside. Sculpture will take over the gallery at Gordy Fine Art & Framing, 224 E. Main Street, Muncie Indiana, thanks to Toledo area artist Chet Geiselman. The exhibit will run  May 7-30.  The artist describes himself as, “a creative problem solver, a collector and arranger of objects and information, a fabricator of visual forms, and a lifelong student of spiritual and human nature.” Bauhaus design has served as a beacon for his personal creations made of wood, steel and “re-contextualized found objects.” Each of Geiselman’s pieces suggests a formal relationship to the space it inhabits and alludes to the potential functionality of the objects that compose it. The full title of this exhibit,  is, “Minding the Gaps in the Foundation of the Sensual.”

The gallery hours are: Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-3.

Margi Weir Promoted at Wayne State University

 TA artist Margi Weir has been promoted to Associate Professor of Art at Wayne State University in Detroit as of April 20, 2015:

“The Dean informed me today  that I was awarded promotion and tenure! Hurray! 6 long year’s of work paid off. I didn’t have an appropriate outfit to celebrate this special occasion, so Will put rabbit ears on me. Maybe that suits the title, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR!”

This is a well deserved honor for Weir, as tenure is awarded less and less at universities nationwide.

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Chuck Mintz Lustron Houses in KY


Mr. Kahle, Defiance OH

Chuck Mintz will be showing 20 of his photographs of Lustron Houses at @PUBLIC, 131 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 (Whiskey Row Lofts, Second St. & W. Main St.) from February 27-March 28, 2015.  Opening is February 27, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Talk March 14, 12:00p.m.T he project is featured currently on Lenscratch:

Chuck Mintz  will be talking about the Lustron project on ArtxFM radio at noon on Friday, Feb. 27:

For a video of the Lustrong House Project go to:


Margi Weir’s Drawings Now Showing in North Carolina, Texas, Maryland and Ohio

Margi Weir’s drawings are now showing in several exhibits around the U.S.:

  1. The 6th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC (juror: Val Britton, MFA from California College of the Arts ;1109 entries from 379 artists, 47 pieces selected)
  2.  49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (juror; Kurt Dyrhaug is an Associate Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX) Weir received the Del Mar College Permanent Collection $1000 purchase award (shown above)
  3. 26th National Drawing and Print Exhibition, Notre Dame of Maryland University,Baltimore, MD
  4. Home, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH