“Define Me” In a 1000 words or more….

Define Me
In a 1000 words or more
Drawing is my earliest art-related memory. Scribbling, exploring the unlimited ability of
each crayon released from its box. Color, layering one value upon another.
Contemplating, this next to that looks nice but that next to that, not so much.
Consuming, tearing away the crayonsʼ protective paper, hoping not to break them,
wearing each color down to its nib – the purple shades first of course.
I relate this clear childhood memory, my personal process in visually exploring the
world in front of me, directly to that of learning how to read. At first I preferred crayons
and paper to pencil and paper. Quickly though, I learned the pleasure of the word. The
arrangement of those letters! How lines in those letters could move, twist, arch and be
as straight as I could draw them. Understanding that the mere arrangement of these
lines come to have a meaning is something I am still coming to terms with.
The power of a word. One word, two words, a grouping – enough to make a sentence,
a phrase, a poem or a story. Now that is something that keeps my interest.
The origin of inspiration for this work is the impending loss of my mother tongue. Living
in a foreign land, one is apt to lose oneʼs vocabulary while gaining another. Define Me
recalls a game my own mother had us play as girls. She would pass a dictionary
around the dinner table, and we were each to open the thick, heavy book at random
and allow our index finger to fall upon a word, the objective being to incorporate the
newly learned word into dinner conversation. The game was short lived among us but
it has remained with me as a happy childhood memory.
The act of opening a book, feeling the texture of its paper, the weight of its bind is
something I value deeply. I include with the installation of Define Me
an ever-growing collection of dictionaries. I encourage audiences to pick up and
peruse these soon-to-be archaic objects and perhaps find themselves a new
vocabulary word for the day.
Stacy Gibboni
Venice, Italy 2014

Define me will be in the Gallery at Old Stone through November.
Gibboni Chimes

Gibboni Chimes

In the Gallery Now!

Ted Wetzler

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to remember Cleveland photographer, Ted Wetzler, here at the Gallery at Old Stone. “Ted: A Forty Year Retrospective on Cleveland Advertising Photography” displays his images used in promotional materials, and advertising throughout his career. Ted was a member of the Old Stone Church, who recently passed away. His business, Wetzler Studios, continues his work, and is run by his children. The works in this exhibit are all but a sliver of the creative career and contributions Ted made to the Cleveland advertising community. Come take a look! Here through August 13th!

 

 

 

Upcoming Gallery Show

Gallery at Old Stone is awaiting the arrival of a new gallery show,
“Ted: A Forty Year Retrospective on Cleveland Advertising Photography”, a gallery remembering Ted Wetzler.Ted was a member here at Old Stone Church, who recently passed away. He was a highly recognized photographer here in Cleveland. His business, Wetzler Studio’s, is still in business today, currently being run by his children. His images in advertising, promotional materials, and greeting cards are still used today here at Old Stone Church. Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize and remember his hard work.

“CLEVELAND; a city, its waters” Upcoming Gallery Show

Gallery at Old Stone is thrilled about a new upcoming show beginning March 30, 2014. “CLEVELAND: a city, its waters”, is a photo exhibit by Marcello Mellino; A self-taught photographer, born in Italy who currently resides in Cleveland.

“A city, its waters” celebrates Cleveland, our city, in its symbiotic relation to the lake and the many rivers running throughout; water is in fact the very reason for Cleveland being Cleveland, as the earlier settlers discovered centuries ago. As I wonder around , the unusual and the often not recorded views are the ones I feel most attracted and wish to capture, a testament to the long standing industrial and urban traditions visible in this reality.
As we perhaps approach a new Renaissance, I hope we will be able to continue to appreciate and celebrate the splendor surrounding us with simple, natural renewals, truly a blessing for the mind and the soul.
Marcello Mellino

Trees & Wreaths Festival 2013

trees and wreaths 2013-1 004Gallery at Old Stone Hosts 2nd Annual Trees & Wreaths Festival

Everyone is invited to come and share in the season with the Gallery at Old Stone with its second annual “Trees and Wreaths” Festival. Beautiful trees and creatively decorated wreaths adorn the gallery for the month of December. A special “Memory Tree” will provide visitors an opportunity to write the name of a loved one who will be missed and add it to the many names on the tree. We would also like to thank all those who helped plan and decorate so beautifully.

Trees & Wreaths Festival 2013

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Gallery at Old Stone Hosts 2nd Annual Trees & Wreaths Festival

Everyone is invited to come and share in the season with the Gallery at Old Stone with its second annual “Trees and Wreaths” Festival. Beautiful trees and creatively decorated wreaths adorn the gallery for the month of December. A special “Memory Tree” will provide visitors an opportunity to write the name of a loved one who will be missed and add it to the many names on the tree. We would also like to thank all those who helped plan and decorate so beautifully.

“Look Around, Cleveland”

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Mike Bruckman, is a Clevelander currently residing on Public Square is showing his work at the Gallery at Old Stone. “Look Around, Cleveland”, is a photo exhibit highlighting our beautiful city. Bruckman is the current winner of the Scene Magazine Photo Contest and was a contributing artist at the Ingenuity Festival. Among his varied styles of artwork, he is also successful in the music industry, recently named one of the best musicians in Cleveland, by Scene Magazine. Mike’s work looks for the contemplative and reflective Cleveland.
Artist Reception for “Look Around, Cleveland” is Thurs. Oct. 17th at 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9-4pm.