The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) announces the start of its week-long event, Color Me Cleveland, on Friday, June 19, 2009.
The family event features thirty of the areaâ€™s best known artists who will spread out across the Cleveland area. While an appreciative public watches, the artists will produce their art at outdoor landmark locations and draw upon the inspiration that the venue provides.Â Artists will be creating their works on Friday and Saturday, June 19th and 20th from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Families are encouraged to bring their children as they will be able to learn about Cleveland and what it means to be an artist by enjoying special â€œColor Me Clevelandâ€ coloring books.
Artist locations include Strawbridge Plaza (Mall C), the West Side Market, Whiskey Island , Lincoln Park in Tremont, Lake View Cemetery , Idea Center at Playhouse Square , downtown Chagrin Falls , Public Square , and Edgewater Park. Transportation to various artist locations during the weekend of June 21-23 will be provided by Lolly the Trolley. To reserve a trolley pass, call 216.771.4484. Times vary by location, so interested persons should call the Archives at 216-721-9020 for location specifics or visit its website at www.artistsarchives.org.
The artistsâ€™ creations will be brought back â€œwetâ€ to the AAWRâ€™s gallery in University Circle where they will be displayed during a free public exhibition from Monday, June 22, 2009 through Friday, June 26, 2009. Exhibition hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Interested persons may take part in a silent auction of the works during this time. Proceeds from the art auction advance the Archivesâ€™ mission of conserving the work of our regionâ€™s artists as well preserving Ohio â€™s art history.
Color Me Cleveland concludes with the Gala Celebration on Friday, June 27 beginning at 7 pm. Rachael Davis of Rachel Davis Fine Arts will lead a live art auction. The eventâ€™s emcee will be WMJI radio personality Jimmy Malone.Â Fine Cuisine and live music will complement the event.Â The Gala Celebration is open to the public. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by calling the Archives at 216-721-9020 or visiting its website www.artistsarchives.org.
The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is located at 1834 East 123rd Street in Cleveland â€™s University Circle district, across from Lakeview Cemetery .