Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection
Cleveland Museum of Art
The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection.
This new exhibition runs from September 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023. It celebrates the extraordinary gift and promised gift of art made by Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley to the Cleveland Museum of Art. In March 2020, the Keithleys gave more than 100 works of art to the museum-the most significant gift since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958.
It's not just a huge collection - it's very diverse and covers a lot of styles. The Keithleys' collection focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings.
Picasso from the Keithley Collection
You will see works by familiar names such as Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andrew Wyeth but if you are more of an amateur like me you will be exposed to some amazing works by new (to me) artists such as Maurice Denis, Georges Braque, Joan Mitchell and others. Plan on spending some time in each of the themed rooms.
Maurice Denis painting
Also included in the exhibition is a selection of European and American decorative arts. The Keithleys also collected Chinese and contemporary Japanese ceramics. In the exhibition, Asian ceramics are shown alongside Western paintings and drawings. That's how the Keithleys liked to display them.
Ancient Chinese Owl shaped jars
It wasn't all haphazard. Throughout two decades of collecting, the Keithleys selected works of art to complement and enrich the CMA's collection. At times, the Keithleys built upon a strength in the museum's collection; on other occasions, they acquired a work of art that would bring something entirely new to the collection.
Dominique Moceanu - Grand Marshal of Parade of Flags at One World Day
August 28, 2022 is the 76th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where hundreds of marchers from dozens of heritages will march down MLK Blvd. wearing the costumes of their heritage and carrying their flags. Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, the Cleveland Police and Fire Chiefs will march and there will be a special tribute from the Ukrainian Garden.
The big news is that Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu will be the Grand Marshal of the parade. At the young age of 13 she became the youngest US Senior National Champion in American gymnastics history. Then, of course, she was part of the Magnificent Seven that won the gold medal for the US for the first time in 1996. She was the youngest member of the gold-medal-winning 1996 Olympics team and, in fact, she was the last gymnast to compete legally in the Olympics at the age of 14.
She has also spoken out and even testified about the abuses in gymnastics. She runs the Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center and Carmen's Yoga Studio. Dominque is of Romanian and Greek/Macedonian heritage and is excited to be the Grand Marshal of the Parade of Flags at One World Day. She sees it as a kind of mini Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The Parade and all of One World Day are free and open to the public. Free parking too.
Watch the video interview with Dominique Moceanu below
ABCs of Saving Money for Back to School
Its estimated that families will spend a record amount on back-to-school clothing and supplies this year. Inflation will drive these costs event further. Shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies at local thrift stores like Goodwill can saved families hundreds of dollars. Americans who shop thrift stores typically save 50 to 80% off typical retail pricing.
Before kids go back to the classroom, head to your local Goodwill to brush up on ABCs of thrift shopping.
A is for Amazing finds.
Each Goodwill store is stocked with thousands of unique, on-of-a-kind items, and I restocked continually throughout the day. Jeans and uniforms are some of the most popular purchases for back to school at Goodwill stores. Also, dorm essentials can be found for a fraction of traditional stores. Other back to school finds.
Adult shirts that can be repurposed as paint smocks for a preschooler's classroom
Plastic crates, bins, and baskets that can be used to store school supplies
Wall décor, lamps, and seasonal decor for a college dorm room or new apartment
Bedding like sheets, blankets, and towels for the college student
Bicycles and helmets for riding to and from school
Backpacks and lunch boxes along with thermal and plastic drink bottles
Educational games, toys, books, globes, and maps
B is for Budget friendly.
At Goodwill stores you can find gently used, and new-with-tags, clothing, shoes, accessories and more at prices that are typically 50-80% less than large retailers. Whether you are on a budget, just love a good deal, frugal, or saving money for a special reason shopping at Goodwill stores help those money saving lessons to you children.
C is for Community strengthening.
Shopping at Goodwill helps support programs like job training, hot meal programs, parenting classes, support of families in crisis and much more. Every year, your local Goodwill supports thousands of individuals in your community with programming that gives them a hand-up in life, not just a hand-out.
"It may not be foremost in your mind, but you're helping the people in your community when you shop at Goodwill," explained President and CEO Anne Richards. "In the current economic times, we understand that family budgets are already stretched thin, so shopping at Goodwill is more attractive and practical than ever. We are asking 'Why pay more?' when you can stretch your dollar at Goodwill - while simultaneously supporting programs in your community that helped more than 14,000 individuals and families last year."
We stopped at the Feisty Mead booth at the 2022 Ohio Celtic Festival in Painesville just east of Cleveland. Mead is a drink more similar to beer and wine than hard liquors. Variations can resemble cider or beer or, as in the case of Feisty Mead, more like wine. The alcohol content is a little over 13% and they have a variety of flavorings and spices. Brian from Feisty Mead told us that mead is the oldest alcohol known primarily because it's so easy to make.
Seen at the Ohio Celtic Fest
Dunham Tavern Musem Tour with Cleveland Rotary - July 8, 2022
The Rotary Club of Cleveland had a special meeting at the Dunham Tavern Museum on Thursday July 28, 2022. Once a stagecoach stop on Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation World on Stage series presented a night of music and the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, a highly acclaimed folk dance group. This included a fashion show of dresses from different regions of Mexico. It was presented in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Garden.
Cleveland Tall Ships Festival - Port of Cleveland - July 7 - 10, 2022
The Cleveland Tall Ships Festival returned to Lake Erie for a 4-day maritime celebration. Serving as the second host port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2022 race series, Cleveland was honored to welcome a fleet of historic tall ships from harbors through the United States, Canada and Spain.
4 Cleveland Women inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.
Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony along with the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.
2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame Seated (l-r) Anda Cook, Taras Szmagala Standing - Victor Ruiz, Carl Robson MD
2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame Seated (l-r) Margaret Lynch, May Chen, Valarie McCall
Standing Berj Shakarian, Joe Valencic, Ramesh Shah
Sure, air fryers achieve a satisfyingly crisp finish with just a fraction of the fat, putting a healthier spin on fried foods. But there’s another reason to love your air fryer: the mind-blowing array of exciting new dishes you can add to your everyday repertory.
The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a ceremony at the Polish American Cultural Center in Cleveland's historic Slavic Village neighborhood and this parade down Ridge Road in Parma.
The Polish American Congress - Ohio Division, in collaboration with Polish Village Parma, hosted Polish Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of Europe's first democratic constitution. Bruce Kalinowski served as MC of the Parade with the help of Rev. Eric Orzech, Pastor of both St. Stanislaus and St. Casimir churches.
Rev. Eric Orzech and Bruce Kalinowski
The Parade marched down Ridge Road in Parma's Polish Village. As you might expect there was a lot of support for Ukraine and many from the nearby Ukrainian Village in Parma attended.
Fan Expo (formerly Wizard World) was back in Cleveland the weekend of April 30, 2022. Billed as "the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming. Three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities including William Shatner, Katee Sackhoff and many more.
William Shatner at Cleveland Fan Expo
The huge show floor had lots of vendors selling collectibles, original art, comic books, toys, games, clothes, gear, etc. There were also educational and entertainment sessions off the main show floor. As always the costumes of the vendors and attendees were the best part of the event.
Cleveland Guardians new Food at Progressive Field 2022
The Cleveland Guardians are offering some new foods at Progressive Field for the 2022 baseball season. This includes items such as a Chicken and Waffle sandwich, Plant-based Nachos, Pork Mac and Cheese in a waffle cone, Wisconsin brat burger on a pretzel bun and more.
You can go to the stands to get your food when you are at a game or order it on your phone for mobile delivery.
I really liked the Chicken and Waffle and the Footlong Chili Dog which has a spicy chili and onion. I tried the plant-based nachos and with the cheese and salsa and jalapenos did not even notice that the "beef" was plant-based. Hungry yet?
Mary Murray McCann Memorial tribute
John McCann told some stories about his beloved late mother Mary Murray McCann who came to America alone on a ship in 1952 from Ireland. John says his mother would often state she was "Irish by birth, American by choice and Catholic by grace". That is a good framework in which to remember her life.
When we think about the Underground Railroad the first name that comes to most of us is Harriet Tubman. While Tubman was exceptionally heroic, many other women played keys rolls in the efforts to help freedom seekers reach safety. In NE Ohio we have learned the names of men who were property owners, businessmen, judges, lawyers and were activists in the abolitionist movement.
Most of them had wives and daughters, sisters and mothers all of whom must have been involved in UGRR efforts.
In what is now University Circle and East Cleveland families named Cozad, Ford and McIlrath owned and farmed great swaths of land, operated a gristmill, owned a brickyard and ran a tavern. We know that many freedom seekers sought food and shelter in what was then rural sparsely populated farmland, as they headed to freedom across Lake Erie.
In the 19th century women could not own land or vote. They lived in the legal shadow of their husbands and their lives were played out in private. But the role women played in each household was essential not only for the survival of each family but also for the secret activities of the UGRR.
Restore Cleveland Hope’s historian and Board member, Wrean Fiebig, in her tireless research has recovered the names of the women in these families who most certainly played a vital role in the UGRR. Volunteers from Restore Cleveland Hope will guide you through time and answer your questions. It is open to the public every Saturday from Noon-4 PM. No Charge, No tickets. Just come and learn about this important time in Cleveland’s history. Come in through the back door and be sure to explore the historic markers in the newly landscaped grounds around the house. More information.
Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure - Cleveland Museum of Art
The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure.
The exhibition Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure gathers an ensemble of masterpieces focusing on the artist's major achievements of the postwar years (1945-66). Combining all media-sculpture, painting, and drawing-the show of 60 works draws upon the deep resources of the artist's personal collection and examines a central, animating aspect of his oeuvre: his extraordinary, singular concern for the human figure. Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will also be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. So we are very fortunate to have it here in Cleveland and first.
If you are expecting typical sculptures of people that look just like them, you will be surprised. Giacometti is best known for the bronze sculptures of tall, thin human figures that often look emaciated. Giacometti once said that he was sculpting not the human figure but "the shadow that is cast".
Local nuns help raise awareness about kidney transplant exchange program
When it comes to organ transplants, the greatest number of people are on the waiting list for a human kidney. Unfortunately, the demand for kidneys far exceeds the supply. As part of the celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, two nuns who are members of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland are doing their part to raise awareness about an innovative program that helps address the kidney shortage.
In 2019, Sister Jacinta, the youngest member of the PCPA monastery in Cleveland, began experiencing shortness of breath and other symptoms. Eventually, she was diagnosed with kidney failure stemming from an autoimmune disease. Learning that a kidney transplant was the best option, a fellow member of her order, Sister Mary Joseph, volunteered to be a living donor.
“She's in my religious community, an extension of my family,” said Sister Mary Joseph. “I just felt that love for her, so that I would want to help her any way I could.”
Unfortunately, Sister Mary Joseph was not a match to donate her kidney directly to Sister Jacinta. However, the two sisters became part of what is called “kidney paired donation” run by the National Kidney Registry. The program allowed Sister Mary Joseph to donate a kidney to another patient in the program who was a suitable match to her. Sister Mary Joseph chose to remain anonymous to her recipient.
Thanks to Sister Mary Joseph’s gift, Sister Jacinta, in turn, got a voucher to receive a kidney from another patient in the program who was a match for her. Sister Mary Joseph’s surgery to remove her kidney took place at UH Cleveland Medical Center in April 2021 and Sister Jacinta had her transplant at UH seven weeks later.
“It is a great act of love she did,” Sister Jacinta said about her fellow sister’s sacrifice. “I feel that God has given her great grace and she is sharing with me and our community.”
Sister Mary Joseph said sharing their story publically was something she never imagined doing. The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration is a cloistered order and members lead a humble, prayerful life. However, given the importance of helping people understand the benefits of living donor transplants, their mother superior granted them special permission and allowed producers from the Diocese of Cleveland to videotape the sisters outside of the grated-screen parlor where they usually receive visitors.
What makes National Catholic Sisters Week even more special for the Poor Clares is that 2022 is the celebration of their arrival in Cleveland 100 years ago. The centennial actually as in 2021, but last year’s celebration was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delayed celebration will include a fundraising gala on April 24 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Kevin Stefanski, the Browns’ head coach and a devout Catholic, will be the keynote speaker.
Italian Heritage in Cleveland
Italian immigrants and Italian Americans have played an important part in the history and growth of Cleveland. This is on display at the Italian Museum of Cleveland located in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland.
In this video, Pamela Dorazio Dean, Director of the museum, led Dan Hanson on a quick tour of some of the Museum's displays and told the story of the Italians coming to Cleveland and helping build it and make it grow. The first wave of immigrants settled in what was called Big Italy but later moved to several neighborhoods in both the west and east sides including, of course, Little Italy.
Pamela told how many of the immigrants were skilled stone carvers and how they played an important role in the creation of the huge Guardians statues which became the inspiration for the Cleveland baseball team's name change from Indians to Guardians. The Feast of the Assumption and Columbus Day Parade were discussed and Pamela shared the history of how Columbus Day came to be celebrated. It resulted from the largest lynching in US history when 11 Italian immigrants were lynched in New Orleans in 1891. Pamela stressed that Columbus Day is mostly a celebration of Italian heritage.
The museum is free to visit and details can be found at www.iamcle.org.
MagniPros Lighted Magnifiers - Review and Special Offers
Let's face it. Our vision is probably not what is was when we were younger. Even with "cheaters" it can be a struggle to read fine print in documents, prescription bottles, thread a needle and so on. And when the lighting is not as bright as we would like it can be a real problem.
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Rebuilders Xchange (RBX) buys and sells construction material from ordinary to extraordinary. RBX is in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in an organized, 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse. It may not be the first business you think of for a woman entrepreneur but it was a dream of founder Jessica Davis and she made it happen.
In this video, Jessica tells the vision behind the project - reusing and repurposing construction materials, bringing wealth to the people of the neighborhood, keeping things out of the landfills and so on. She tells what it's like being a woman in a non-traditional industry. Ron tells of the jump from pipe fitter and welder to starting 16 IT and tech companies and now back to making custom pieces and design in the Fab Lab metal and wood shop in the Rebuilder's Xchange.
Victims of human trafficking find themselves forced or coerced into engaging in specific types of labor or commercial sex acts without their consent. Often, human trafficking remains a hidden crime. Victims fear their abusers as well as law enforcement and suffer such significant trauma that they struggle to reach out for help.
Human trafficking impacts people across genders, races, and ages. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, and all too often, that victimization occurs in the shadows. Human trafficking traps an estimated 24.9 million people–64% are exploited for labor, while sexual exploitation accounts for an estimated 19% of human trafficking.
Cleveland TV viewers are undoubtedly familiar with Paul Orlousky - known as Orlo to most. After all he worked in broadcasting for over 50 years, landing in Cleveland on WEWS TV (Channel 5) in 1981. For the next 38 years he was a fixture on nightly Cleveland TV newscasts on Channels 5, 3 and 19.
As an "aggressive" reporter, Orlousky was involved in many of the major stories that happened in Cleveland during the past 4 decades. This book gives an insider's look at many of them. Cleveland viewers will recognize the names such as Dorothy Fuldheim, Dick Feagler, Albert Belle, John Demjanjuk, Jim Trafficant, Dennis Kucinich and others.
Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help:
Hold hand up with palm facing other person.
Tuck thumb into palm.
Fold fingers down over thumb.
A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver. The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on November 4th. A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home - I need help - domestic violence," the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on 6 November.
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn’t seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, “There’s been a murder in the Cultural Gardens.”
That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.
The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.
ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train
The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson
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Domestic violence is a pattern of repeated physical, sexual and emotional violence and behaviors that one person in a relationship uses to exercise power and control over the other. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have many resources for victims of domestic violence.
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