Monday, December 10, 2007

A Day of Art in Cleveland

Last weekend I was able to spend the day with two of my closest friends while exploring our own fair city.

The morning began with breakfast at the triangle cafe (previously, la oui oui cafe) in Ohio city. After an egg white omelet with goat cheese and tomatoes and a skim cafe au lait, we were pleasantly full and ready to start our day of holiday shopping.

First stop Bizarre Bazaar. Walking down Huron Ave we fought the cold winds as we approached the buzz and warmth of the creativity inside the artistic festival of fun. Each booth had something whimsical and clever to offer, each artist on hand to review their work. After hours of scouring the show we scored many unique finds. From a silver razor blade necklace to hand letter pressed holiday cards, from sassy illustrated mouse pads to unique "Christmas-morning" earrings, there was something for everyone. If you didn't make it this year, don't miss out next year.

After a quick pit stop at Starbucks for a few gingerbread lattes we headed over to University Circle. Second stop, the Cleveland Institute of Art Student Show and Holiday Sale. To be honest the sale was a bit underwhelming - and that's being nice. It is always such a delight to enter the halls of an educational institution to experience "flyer-ed" walls looking for roommates or band members, but in general, the student art at the show was more like a series of mistakes and '"do-overs" (Think lots of very thick pottery pieces). In giving the school and students the benefit of the doubt we guessed that perhaps many of the student artists were participating at the Bizarre Bazaar. We hope that was the case.

From the two more quirky younger art sales we decided to cap off our day with a final stop at the Art Craft Building on Superior and East 30th. The space itself houses many working artists studios but this weekend on the third floor more than 40 artists shared with Cleveland some awe inspiring talent and impeccable craft. From exquisite glass blown wine glasses to completely museum-quality-like jewelry. If only I could devote my entire paycheck to art, it could have been fun. Although we didn't buy much there we ran into a few friends, indulged in fresh popcorn and were inspired to keep saving our pennies for that day when we were going to walk away with a large painting of sorts.

The day was about celebrating Cleveland artists while spending time with friends and picking up a few holiday treats along the way...what could be better?

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Blogger Sharon McMillan said...

Your day sounds ideal...I'm bookmarking some of your spots for future trips. We use to live in Shaker a few years ago, loved it, but jobs have taken us out of state.

Interesting comments about CIA (maybe the work was by 1st year students still searching for their muse!)...we just toured that school with our daughter who is a highschool senior and hoping to attend in the fall.

December 12, 2007 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

I miss The Oui Oui cafe. I don't know the new owners (they could be cool) - but the old ones ROCKED.

June 17, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

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