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The World of the Real/Surreal

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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We journey to a world of eerie landscapes, odd characters, and unbelievable architecture at the Akron Art Museum… and the exhibit “Real-Surreal” that explores the collision of ideas between artists from the Realist and Surrealist movements between the 1920’s and the 1950’s.

Most artists focus on one medium: sculpting, painting, music… you get the idea. But not Clevelander Tom Balbo. He’s mastered three disciplines: print-making, ceramics and cast paper making - the art of making paper with a mold. The finished product is a sculpture or relief made from textured paper. Tom not only makes great art in his studio, he makes the paper too!

Like many, Mike Gustovich grew up reading comic books and dreaming about fighting evil and vanquishing villains. Well, for him, that dream came true. You see, Mike turned his childhood love of comic books and super heroes into a life-long career.

In our ongoing series Applause America, we bring you the story of an artist who has mastered the “recycle” riff. His name is Steve Cinnamon, and he’s creating music with an unusual instrument the guitar cigar box. It’s been around for about 150 years. He began making them at a time when he was gravely ill, depressed… and had nearly given up hope.

Guests

Carter Foster, Real/Surreal exhibit at the Akron Art Museum
Tom Balbo, The Morgan Conservatory
Mike Gustovich, comic book illustrator
Steve Cinnamon, Cigar Box Guitars

Additional Information

Carter Foster, Real/Surreal exhibit at the Akron Art Museum
Tom Balbo, The Morgan Conservatory
Mike Gustovich, comic book illustrator
Steve Cinnamon, Cigar Box Guitars

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Arts and Culture, History, Music, Painting, Sculpture

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:

CAC

By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton Corporation Charitable Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; The Nord Family Foundation; The Corrine L. Dodero Foundation for the Arts and Sciences; and The Stroud Family Exempt Trust.

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The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Applause

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Thursday 7:30 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM
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The Sound of Applause

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Monday-Thursday 2:00 PM

Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer