Thursday, March 27, 2014
Artist Judy Carducci
How a person carries themselves says a lot about them - are they bored, confident, comfortable or perhaps tense? Those non-verbal cues are something artist Judy Carducci has spent a life-time observing in her quest to create the perfect portrait. We take a look at the art of body language.
Artist Moe Brooker
Even as a little boy, it was obvious that Moe Brooker was a talented artist. He improved on his natural talent with advanced degrees in art, but it wasn’t until Moe began to explore some real-world experiences - like traveling, getting turned on by jazz, and learning to admire graffiti artists - that he found his own artistic voice. That voice was turned up to full volume during his tenure as the first African-American day-class instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art; his first prize wins at the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show, and his 1985 Cleveland Arts Prize. It’s been 19 years since Philadelphia native Moe Brooker has exhibited in Cleveland, but now, a collection of his work is on view at the Tregoning and Company Gallery on West 78th Street.
Artist Derek Hess
Plans to re-open The Euclid Tavern, a one-time Cleveland hot-spot, come as good news for hot dog and music lovers. The new owners - the folks who operate the Happy Dog - are known for tater tots, hot dogs and sauces. They are also committed to maintaining the character of their new asset on Euclid Avenue, but with a much different vibe from when people were “Rockin” at the Euc” in the early 1990s. At that time, a hard-core Monday night music scene developed thanks to an artist named Derek Hess. Derek worked in the Euclid Tavern’s food service, chopping chicken wings in the basement. But once Derek began booking rock bands at the Euc, he used his artistic talent to attract an audience. Derek created his own black and white flyers which he plastered all across the city at coffeehouses and on telephone poles. Today, Derek Hess is one of the most sought-after poster artists in the world, and in fact, his work is in the permanent collection at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Let’s look back on Derek Hess’s early career, when Monday nights were rockin’ at the Euc.
Artist Bruce Munro
Most artists want to shine the spotlight on their work, but not Bruce Munro. He goes to great lengths to keep his work in the dark, where his large-scale light installations are more vivid and pronounced. Right now, the exhibit Bruce Munro: Light is on view at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. This is only the third time the British based artist has exhibited in the U.S. A look at his work comes to us from our PBS affiliate WOSU for this edition of Applause America.
Artist Judy Carducci
Artist Moe Brooker
Illustrator Derek Hess
Light Sculptor Bruce Munro
Arts and Culture, Painting
Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.
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