April May Artist : George Kocar

AIV welcomes local artist GEORGE KOCAR
for the month of April - May 2008.

This exhibit will feature recent large scale
paintings by Kocar. Best known for his
humorous subject matter, colorful palette
and historical references layered within
his works, Kocar's body of work at AIV
is a strong political tone to the humor while still
captivating the viewer with his ability to paint.
Layers of characters and scenery dominate the
canvas and create a view into more than just
a cartoony painting. Rich with self imposed humor,
family members, political and art historical images
infiltrating the space along with the subject matter
provides the viewer with insight into a deeper
idea behind figurative works with a message.
The exhibit is up until May 31.

from his website - Flying Banana Studios :

Kocar is an award winnng artist who has exhibited his paintings in over 300 shows across the United States.
He has won numerous awards including a Jurors award
at the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio in 1985 and 1998, Best of Show
at the Ohio Exposition Center in Columbus, Ohio in 1998,
a Jurors Award at the Western Colorado Watercolor Society in 2000,
an award for printmaking at The Society of American Graphic Artists
in New York in 2002, and The George Stocker Award for watercolors with
The Ohio Watercolor Society in 2003, First place for painting at the Zanesville Art Center
Annual Exhibition in Zanesville, Ohio in 2007. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.
He has a B.A. from Cleveland State University (Class of 1977) Cleveland, Ohio,
and a M.F.A. from Syracuse University (Class of 1983) Syracuse, New York. George is a lifetime Cleveland
area native. He lives with his wife Kathleen. He has two daughters. Diana
is a recent Graduate of Ohio State University majoring in music and biology,and now studying
medicine at Wright State University, and Allison who is a graduate of the
School of Visual Arts in New York majoring in computer art.
She is a freelance video effects artist and an instructor at The School of Visual Arts.
She resides in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, New York.

Please join us May 16 from 5 - 7 for
an artist's reception for George !


February - March AIV Artist : Anna Arnold


Art in the Village 5700 Gallery
March - February Exhibit
of local artist

February 8 - April 1, 2008

Artist Reception / Brunch TBA


Bio from Anna Arnold's website:

Anna Arnold is a native Clevelander. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1983 and has exhibited in nearly 200 solo and group art exhibits throughout the United States and has taught hundreds of school children as a visiting artist. Anna is widely known for her vividly colorful expressive portraits, ceramics, masks, beads and painted furniture.

Highlights of Anna’s exhibitions are the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Indiana, Center for Art and Religion, Washington, DC., Progressive Corp., Cleveland, Promega Corp. Gallery, Madison, WI., Western Reserve Historical Society and Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH,.

Her works are in the permanent collections of Progressive Corp., Kaiser Permanente, Metro Health Hospital, Ursuline College, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library. Noted commissions are "Angel On My Shoulder" (see above) for the 2006 American Cancer Society's Cattle Barron's Ball Live Auction created with children from the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Service to the Field Award, 2006 portrait of Garth Fagan, choreographer of the "Lion King" presented by DanceCleveland and the stunning mixed media stained glass and mosaic tile Globe for the Historic Cleveland Public Library in downtown and GuitarMania.

Place your cursor here on Anna for more links and info.

Since 2004, Anna has been a full time art instructor with the City of Cleveland in the Division of Recreation. In 2006, she became involved with the Bureau of Cultural Arts Department's Mural My Neighborhood, an arts-based mural training program for teens fom the Cleveland Municipal School District. The team recently completed 4 dynamic murals that she helped to design and paint with Jerome White and Mural My Neighborhood students at locations in Cleveland's historic Glenville neighborhood. The second year of Mural My Neighborhood began in January 2007 and ended during the summer with the installation of "the Keys to the Future" and "The Tribute", in honor of Ted Ginn Sr., the influential Glenville High School football coach.

Check out the City of Cleveland's website for photos and info on Mural My Neighborhoodhere!


From the Curator :

AIV5700 Gallery kicks off 2008
with local girl power painter
Anna Arnold
The gallery often focuses on
expressive paintings from local
ladies and the third year is no different !

Arnold's vibrant, colorfully expressive
works speak to a more emotive, positive
style of painting. The body of work on display
at the gallery reflects her range in mediums
through different portraits of people and relationships
in watercolor, tightly controlled color applied to
well known faces on canvas and many personal
self portraits /personalities on paper. The portrait
Anna's style speaks to the personality of the
subject and their emotive state rather than how
perfect the anatomy of the figure is painted.
She is an expressive generation x artist who
was born and raised in Cleveland, attended CIA
and is currently trying to make a living as an
artist in Cleveland, Ohio. Anna is the first artist of 2008 !
We are proud to feature her works on the walls
of AIV 5700


Contact the Artist !


Connect & get LinkedIn with Anna Arnold


AIV 5700 Gallery - October/November Art Exhibit =SELECTED WORKS from THE MIX

For the months of October - November, 5700 Gallery
will be exhibiting the works from two sessions of Patsy Kline's

This summer and fall, local curator Patsy Kline assembled
several artists to meet and make work while together at
the Tremont Art Walk or the Oberlin Art Museum for several
hours ( Tremont was a 48 hour event ) outside of her mobile
art gallery, Gallery U-HAUL. As a participant, I created works
along with Tim Russo, Chris Foldi and Matt Nisius.

Many of the works created at the event were performance,
installation or spoken word/ poetry. Very few items could
be hung on a gallery wall but with the help of some framing
and co-laboration, the exhibit up at 5700 demonstrates the
ability to create anyway, anywhere with anyone !

The show is on exhibit until November 30th, 2007




Our next exhibit @ 5700 Gallery will host a holiday show
from the members of local collective Cleveland Artspace

The exhibit will be on display from December 2007 - January 2008
with an opening reception to be determined....

Founded in 1998, ArtSpace-Cleveland is dedicated to developing and sustaining affordable living and workspace in a community setting. The members are local artists who are working to create a presence in the downtown Cleveland community with creative involvement and exposure.

If you are a member and would like to participate, please email me

If you would like to be included in the show, please go to the
website and become a member - what organization in Cleveland
works to get you wall space to show where the public can see your art ?

Artspace Cleveland

Members only show !


AIV 5700 GALLERY - August/September Artist CHERYL TOWNSEND


5700 Gallery is currently featuring the photography work of local Akron artist/poet Cheryl Townsend. Her subject matter often encompasses seductive nudes, stark landscapes and vivid colors in nature. Townsend is an avid gardener and preserves her labor in her artwork. All works featured in the exhibit at 5700 were locally grown, printed, matted and framed by the artist.

The exhibit is on view until September.

"Late Snow"

CHERYL TOWNSEND "in her own words"~>

"I am a poet, avid photographer and the onetime publisher/editor of Impetus Magazine, which I published through Implosion Press. Implosion Press now proudly publishes epitome magazine, a regional magazine that celebrates the arts. minds and ambitions of women in NE Ohio. I am the cofounder of the Womens Art Recognition Movement (W.A.R.M.), based in the North Water Street Gallery in Kent, OH and used to be the owner of Cat's Impetuous Books, also in Kent, where I specialized in small press books and held regular poetry readings, art exhibits and live musical performances. I don't like living in the past, but.. Hell, that's where the fun was.
In 2004, I played Jesus in the indie film Jesus & Her Gospel of Yes, produced & directed with Alfred Eaker which should soon be available on DVD."


Townsend on her work~>

" In my photography, I seek overlooked angles and textured forms, vibrant displays of discarded beauty and grains. Looking for the tree in the forest, I focus further on the patterns in the bark. My vision is everyday objects abstracted via detailed selection. I seek blatant colors juxtaposed with decay to project the beauty in its passing. In the human form, I try to show the sensuality in non sexual captures, to play on shadows and the bends of flesh. I always shoot with a zoom lens, leaving the picture to find me, rather than I to find the picture. I hope to prove that art can be found anywhere if one would just take a moment to look."

More of Cheryl's Work on Art Majeur (click here)


MATT DIBBLE - " PLASTIQUE INFORMALE " ~ AIV5700 June/July Exhibition

Currently on view at Art In The Village 5700 Gallery through July 27th
Local Artist Matt Dibble ~ “Plastique Informale,”
a collection of abstracts and energetic mixed media works.

Cleveland native Matt Dibble is better known for his large, abstract expressionist canvases, but the intimate nature of the smaller creations draws viewers into a more personal realm. These seldom seen abstracts include richly detailed work, sensual shapes, and a keen use of color.

Dibble’s work will also be on view at the 50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art through July 11th at the Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts. The show, curated by Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk of The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, will open on June 24th with a gallery talk by the jurors and an opening reception.

Dibble has exhibited at venues such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Spaces, and the Butler Institute of American Art. His work can currently be found in art collections at the Federal Reserve Bank, National City Bank, and other Cleveland-area firms. For more information, go to www.dibblepaintings.com.

" Matt's work is a zen practice in fleshing out the nature of process and materials within the canvas," from AIV Curator B. Ginley; " at first you are visually enticed by his use of simple construction materials. However, when you really grasp the image created, it is then you plunge into an abstract realm created on the surface that challenges your notion of how art is created and with what. How to convey an idea or an emotion while still rendering such a delicate handling of everyday materials forces you to also question your own traditional methods of expression. Dibble remains one of Cleveland's true underground artists, working without academic appointment or tenure while still exhibiting his vibrant work locally. AIV@5700 Gallery is an outstanding opportunity to see Dibble's paintings this summer and be visually inspired by his energetic, colorful works. "


AIV@5700 Gallery
Matt Dibble~ Artist Reception / Closing
FRIDAY , JULY 27 from 6 ~ 8pm
Neighborhood Housing Services of Great Cleveland
Art in the Village @ 5700
5700 Broadway
Located in Historic Slavic Village
Cleveland, Ohio 44127



Spring Art Exhibition @ Art in the Village
5700 Gallery

Paintings by local artist

William Gould

Works on Exhibit
April 1 - May 31, 2007

ARTist's Reception:
FRIDAY, MAY 18 from 6 - 8 pm
please join us for an opportunity
to meet the artist, see the works
and snack on some great eats

Where :
AIV ( Art in the Village )
5700 Gallery @
Neighborhood Housing Services
of Greater Cleveland
5700 Broadway, Slavic Village
Cleveland, Ohio 44127

free and open to the public
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00pm

William Gould is nationally recognized professional in architecture, urban design and land use planning. Mr. Gould has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and Master degree in Urban Planning from Cranbrook Academy. He is currently principal-in-charge of Urban Renewal Planning; including Slum & Blight Evaluations for the city of Lorain, Ohio. He founded Artspace, an organization making downtown spaces affordable studios for artists to live/work. His studios are located within the 1400 Boxtop Building in Midtown where he lives with his wife Harriet Gould. This unique studio location is home to Tastebuds Restaurant, Terra Vista Ceramic Studios, Zygote Press and many other individual visual artists.
The series of works on display at AIV 5700 Gallery are reflections of the region's cityscapes. An artist working in the city, Gould captures familiar scenes and sites while injecting color and vibrancy into his pieces. Many of the works reflect neighborhoods, churches and unique viewpoints rich in community from within sections of Cleveland. He paints on canvas and watercolors of urban and natural places that depict beauty and balance. His goal is to observe these places and record them for further study and evaluation.

"For many years, I have used watercolors to record my impressions of places in Cleveland," explained Gould. "I believe each region has a unique character that needs to be depicted. What is unique to our region is my quest. I often wander throughout Cleveland, accompanied by paper, camera and watercolors, to paint important or exciting aesthetic experiences of visual beauty. My eyes, hands and mind convey that certain spirit of a place on each painting."

Please join us Friday May 18th to meet the artist
from 6 - 8 pm with snacks and drinks

CLICK to Link to William Gould Studios Here





new works on canvas
via aiv curator

Bridget Ginley


This new exhibit features seventeen new works on canvas. Each of the works are created by drawing gestural sketches into wet canvas gesso and rich oil color on the surface. Each piece is then sanded down, repainted with several layers to reveal each surviving "ghost" image left behind and repainted. The remaining image retains the original gesture while revealing the different forms, colors and spatial relationships the artwork morphs into within the process.

Some NEW Changes at the GALLERY ~>

AIV will be featuring each artist for two month / eight week period to better ensure exposure during different times of the year. The 2007 calendar will feature many local artists such as Kate Ward Terry, Shari Jamison, Todd V and many more - stay tuned

The Gallery is open : 9 - 5pm every Monday and Friday

Free for people and families of all ages and parking is also FREE

this exhibit will run until March 30, 2007