Monday, April 22, 2013
New gallery opens at 1388 Cranford Avenue, just off of Detroit Avenue.
Ken Tomaro doesn’t expect to make his fortune by running a small art gallery. It’s more like he’s following his dream, and fulfilling his passion for art. Tomaro recently opened the Good Day Moon Gallery at 1388 Cranford Avenue. The gallery opened last Monday with little fanfare, but a grand opening event is in the works. Good Day Moon offers a variety of art — think acrylic paintings, pottery and photography. “It’s a different concept than most galleries,” Tomaro said. “The artists will keep 100 percent of the sales.” Artists displaying their work will pay a membership fee, rather than the gallery taking a cut from the sales. “It’s an art gallery — it’s not like Walmart where people are coming in and spending a lot of money,” he added. “…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Valerie Konopka was attracted to Lakewood and inspired to open the Cleveland Art Market at 16806 Madison Avenue.
Valerie Konopka never intended to own an art gallery. When the 26-year-old Berea native finished up her MBA program at Baldwin-Wallace a couple years ago, she began working as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. After she was laid off a couple times, she decided to set out on her own. Last month, Konopka opened the Cleveland Art Market at 16806 Madison Avenue. “There are other galleries around here, so I assumed they were doing well,” said Konopka. “It’s a great area. And this community appreciates art.” Madison Avenue Turning Into an Art District? Cleveland Art Market features the work of about local 35 artists, with mediums ranging from paintings, to pillows, to jewelry. Konopka said the idea is to offer “affordable” art…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The new gallery recently opened its doors at 17012 Madison Avenue.
Just several weeks into her new art store, the owner of The Good Goat Gallery is already eyeing an expansion into the storefront next door on Madison Avenue. It's the natural next step. The brightly colored store is one part welcoming and another part whimsical. The new gallery at 17012 Madison Avenue currently features the work of nine artists — in a variety of mediums. Think painting, pottery, jewelry, photography and “upcycling.” Good Goat Gallery owner Nancy Cintron, a Lakewood native, said she wanted to create a welcoming and positive environment. “Everything in here is happy, whimsical and humorous,” she said. Before opening the store, Cintron was teaching art at Beck Center for the Arts, but she also spent time painting and …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The goal of the event, scheduled for Sept. 22, is to raise money to keep the doors from closing at the popular art gallery on Detroit Avenue.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A group of citizens are getting together with the goal to keep the Local Girl Gallery from closing. Artists, friends and customers will assemble to shop at the Detroit Avenue gallery for a planned “flash mob" on Sept. 22. “Fans of the gallery were alarmed when owner Linda Goik announced earlier this month that the gallery would be closing by end of September,” said co-organizer Jeanine Gergel in an email. “Many of us asked what could be done to save it. The answer: The gallery simply needs more business. If you love Local Girl, this is your chance to help keep it alive.” Goik told Lakewood Patch last week that customers aren’t spending as much as they used to — meaning artists, also hit by the recession, are also struggling to make ends …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The community institution will host its final show on Sept. 15. “Everything must go.”
Local Girl Gallery, a community staple on Detroit Avenue, is closing its doors at the end of the month. Friends, customers and artists stopped by the gallery on Wednesday, saddened to hear the news. Owner Linda Goik confirmed that the business would shutter at the end of the month. With tears welling in her eyes, she said the recession has been tough on the business. Customers aren’t spending as much as they used to — meaning artists, also hit by the recession, are also struggling to make ends meet. “I believe that art is therapeutic, but we’ve got bills that need to get paid,” said Goik, who opened Local Girl Gallery eight years ago. “Outside of being a really nice art gallery, this was really a nice part of the community. “We were …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Breakneck Gallery opened its doors in August at 17020 Madison Avenue, in the space most-recently occupied by the Pop Shop Gallery.
Breakneck Gallery opened its doors this month, in the space most-recently occupied by the Pop Shop Gallery. But on Saturday, the new gallery officially kicked off the party with a showing at its two large storefronts on Madison Avenue. Breakneck was packed with people as the gallery featured a reception the show “Cinematic Redux II, curated by Chad Kimes — also known as CHOD. The show featured the work of at least 50 local artists. The artwork has an edge. Breakneck co-owner Kristen Burns, who runs the business with her husband, Sean Burns, said the gallery will host its grand opening on Oct. 8 — just in time for Halloween. "I'd call this a success," she said."We haven't sold any of our big pieces yet. I say 'yet' because with the prices …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Lakewood's newest artist hotspot to host its grand opening in October.
There's a new fine art gallery in town. Breakneck Gallery opened its doors this month at 17020 Madison Avenue in the space most-recently occupied by the Pop Shop Gallery. The space is split into two parts: The storefront on the corner of Madison and Cordova avenues, houses all kinds of art for sale. Classic mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, photography and sculptures are sold there. In fact, the Breakneck Gallery features the work of nearly two dozen local artists — which includes music, movies and books. Then, in the attached neighboring storefront there is a featured gallery exhibit. This month, it's the work of Josh Usmani. That work will be sold at the end of the exhibit. Breakneck co-owner Kristen Burns, who runs the …