Shop local this holiday, from artwork to art classes

Shop local – Shop small. Following this mantra as much as possible helps keep our communities strong. Family businesses need us as much as we need them, maybe more.

Locally made products have a lower carbon footprint and make sense.

Artists do more than create pretty things to see. Functional art makes everyday life a little more joyful. Ceramic pieces include pottery, mugs, trays and more; fabric art includes personalized denim jackets, pillows, hats, scarves and wraps to keep us warm or those painted in silk to let us show our personality. Greeting cards can be mailed or framed – I do both.

What I mean is that it’s easier than you think to surround yourself with beauty. It may be an idea in your head that you want to realize. Take a class or workshop. With so many wonderful artists in our communities, the chances of finding someone to teach the skills you need are high. More pop-up shows are coming. Talk to artists, discover galleries, art and senior centers, libraries and nature centers. Gift cards for a class, maybe even a shared class with a friend, are a real memory maker.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! This is my last column… of the year. I will return to kick off 2022 in January. If you’re a regular Gallery Glances reader, you might have learned of the release schedule – the first and third Fridays of TGIF – earlier in the week if you follow online. It’s not as random as you might think.

By a show of hands, how many of you picked up your phone to check the calendar? Good for you fact checkers. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for reading, here’s what you need to know.

Cleveland Museum of Art

If you’re looking for something to do while on vacation, consider visiting one – or more – of northeast Ohio’s world-class museums. Choose a subject, nature, music, history, health, motorcycles and cars, contemporary or classic art, and much more. Most museums are open late on Wednesdays.

The Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, is free and always interesting. The current special exhibit “Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain” recreates the experience and location of Cleveland’s discovery of Krishna. The exhibit includes a life-size holographic experience of the original cave temple on Phom Da, where visitors can walk around an artist’s recreation of how the sculpture was originally presented. This exhibition is open until January 30.

For more information, call 216-421-7350 or visit

Gallery at Lakeland

Check out the courses at Lakeland. I love their art department and learned so much there. There is a great opportunity at hand to verify the teaching staff. The Lakeland Faculty of Visual Arts exhibit at the Lakeland Gallery, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, runs through February 4.

For more information about showing your work or visiting galleries, contact gallery coordinator Mary Urbas at 440-525-7094 or [email protected]

Head space

Yes, the Great Lakes Mall at Mentor has more to offer than just a place to walk around. By the way, there is an official group of Mall Walkers. Full loop distance is one mile.

But I digress, Headspace, located near the south end of the mall, is a creative co-op studio for artists of all types and mediums, including live art, music, and teaching classes as well than an art gallery.

The third pop-up art market, featuring unique gifts created by local artists, will be held from 4-8 p.m. on December 20 at Headspace.

For more information, email [email protected]

78th Street Galleries

It’s time for Third Friday at 78th Street Galleries, 1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the spacious three-story store and studio space will be open and showcasing resident artists, from food and music to performance, fine art and artisans.

As a holiday treat for you, the December Art Walk is free and open to the public. However, they suggest registering in advance to help them monitor building capacity. Face masks are not required, but strongly suggested in crowded areas of the building.

Entertainment will be hosting a disco party in the Pinball Lounge ($10 for entry, all proceeds going to Charity Water).

For all the details, visit or email [email protected]

Stella’s Art Gallery

Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave., Willoughby, opened the 2021 Designer Market last weekend. Oh, did you miss it? I did not do it. Sorry, but I warned you.

Fortunately, the market will be open until December 30. Stella’s holiday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Free entry. Can’t make up your mind? Gift cards are also available and can be used for classes or artwork.

The first show of 2022 is the “5th Annual Black and White Show”. All entries should be in various shades from black to white, including frames. Any touch of color will result in disqualification. Categories include 2D, 3D, and mixed media. Registrations will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on January 6 and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on January 8.

For more information, visit or call 440-266-9111.

Valley Art Center

Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, has a gift shop featuring local artists and you can check it out before you go by visiting Check the class schedule or call 440-247-7507 for more information.

If you are already a student, you can participate in the annual VAC Student/Faculty Expo. Works will be accepted on January 14 and 15. I’ll call back next month. The show opens with a reception on January 28 and will be on display until March 9.

The 38th annual Art by the Falls is scheduled for June 11-12. Applications must be received by February 22.

Ashtabula Arts Center

the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 West 13th St., invites earth-loving artists to submit works that inform and inspire us to overcome the perils facing Mother Earth. Show your concerns from climate change to deforestation and the pollution of our oceans, or whatever else you fear in its name.

Submissions for “Artists for the Earth” will be accepted on January 3 and 4. The show opens January 7 and a reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on January 21. For more information, call 440-964-3396.

Christopher S. Washington