Lakewood Gallery Watch

Gallery Watch
By Ruth A. Koenigsmark and Christine A. Kazimer

After grabbing a hazelnut steamer and a seat, we were ready to fully experience the "Cleveland Comic Book Artists Original Comic Book Art Show" at bela dubby on April Fool's Day evening. As we sipped our steamers, we made some observations and came up with these that we feel capture the vibe of the art and the evening- high energy, edgy, exciting, entertaining, provocative, playful, satirical, political, imaginative, mirthful and amusing. That is a long list of words, but there was also a long list of artists and works to savor in one evening.

Fifty to sixty people were there to enjoy original art from Cleveland area comic books and the energy at this gathering emanated from the viewers just as it did from the artwork. This eclectic group consisted of young and old, families and friends, all spending an evening drinking coffee or beer and enjoying each other's company along with the art they had come to see. Artists exhibiting at this show included John Greiner, Matt Clement, Ken Picklesimer, Chris Yambar, Derf, Brian Bendis, Becky Veverka, Laura Dumm and Gary Dumm. Gary Dumm is the comic artist who is known for illustrating the comics of Harvey Pekar, and who's comics have graced the pages of our own Lakewood Observer .

The subject matter of the various artists covered the gamut of comic book topics - satirical, political, celebrity caricature, local history and superhero stories. There was truly something there for every taste.

The show will run throughout April and the art is available for sale along with the corresponding comic books.

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."
-Andy Warhol

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bela dubby
13221 Madion Avenue
Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am- 10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12pm.

Local Girl Gallery
16106 Detroit Avenue
Hours: Tues-Thurs 12-5pm, Fri- Sat 12-6pm.

Pop Shop Gallery and Studio
17020 Madison Avenue
Hours: Mon-Tues 9:30-11pm, Thurs 4pm-11pm, every other Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm

Wobblefoot Gallery and Frame Studio
1662 Mars Avenue
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 PM, 04.06.06