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(CANCELLED) Ekphrastacy: Artists Speak + Poets Respond


Join us for a night of poetry on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 pm.

Artists from our Members Show exhibition will speak about their pieces and the creative processes behind their work. Then, Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Damien McClendon will perform his last program as Poet Laureate, along with Marion Boyer, Michelle Smith, and Amanda Stovicek D’Allesandro, reciting original poetry inspired by the pieces in the show. Free event with reception following, complimentary drinks and cash bar.

Artist of the Month: Literary

Doc Janning, Inaugural Poet Laureate of South Euclid, Ohio, is a poet, author, educator, longtime Scout Leader, and retired Podiatrist. He has created Ekphrastic Poetry for Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, OH, and for Cleveland Photo Fest. He has been a Writer-in-the-Window at Appletree Books for National Novel Writers’ Month.

He is Creator/Moderator of Second Sunday Poets, a poetry open mic sponsored by the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center at the South Euclid – Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which has published some of his work.

Doc’s favorite quote is by the late Rod McKuen: “It doesn’t matter who you love or how you love, but that you love.”

Artist of the Month: Music

Originally from Boise, Idaho, mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn DeLaney moved to Cleveland to study voice with Dr. Mary Schiller at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She’s since fallen in love with the city and intends to stay. Interested primarily in the art song repertoire, her most recent work has been as the founder and artistic director of The Offbeat Song Project. The goal of the project is to take classical vocal music into non-traditional venues in non-traditional ways. The project has put on concerts like A History of Lieder in 7 Composers and A Queer Cabaret. In the world of opera, Gwendolyn was most recently seen as Zweite Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. This summer she looks forward to singing the title role in Petunia, a touring children’s opera. Gwendolyn is also a librettist working on her first opera and a voice teacher at The Cleveland School of the Arts.

Artist of the Month: Visual

Gina DeSantis Ceramics strives to create well crafted dinnerware for your home and restaurant. She has created one of a kind products for Rising Star Coffee and Fresh Fork Market. Her dinnerware can be found at Cork Tree Restaurant and Ushabu in Tremont. In addition Gina’s work has been featured Ceramics Monthly, Better Homes & Gardens, Midwest Living, Uncommon Goods, Edible Cleveland and Cleveland Magazine.

After completing her MFA in ceramics from Kent State University in 2006, Gina went on to become a visual merchandiser in home furnishings while continuing to teach ceramics part time. In 2013 she opened her classroom space in Lakewood, Ohio and since its conception it has become the premier clay classroom in the Cleveland area.

(POSTPONED) Spotlight: Stephen Calhoun


Join us for the opening reception of our next Spotlight exhibition, self-taught photographer and digital artist Stephen Calhoun.

Stephen Calhoun is a self-trained experimental photographer and digital artist. Previously he was an avocational painter. From the moment of his one man exhibit The Grasp of Order in 2016 at the Gallery at Gray’s, his distinctive experiments using set-up photographs, algorithms, Hubble images, fractals and combinations of these approaches have gained his visionary visual art much attention. In early 2019 his artwork was featured on the cover and inside the CAN Journal. His hobbyist art practice was discovered five years earlier, when he was fifty-nine. He is now a full-time working artist.

His creative practice is deeply influenced by music. Until 2015, Stephen was a composer, instrumentalist, and sound designer. Most of his career was spent in the music industry and, later, in organizational development. He remains a theorist in the field of experiential learning and adult development. Stephen lives with his wife and cats in Cleveland Heights.

Artist of the Month: Music

Chris Neiner (b. 1994) is a Cleveland-based composer of contemporary classical music with
colorful harmony, diverse influences, and engaging energy. Neiner’s style derives from his
passion to foster collaborative works with instrumentalists. His recent collaborations include
Playtime, a new work for horn, violin, and piano, commissioned by a consortium of collegiate
horn professors across the United States; and Serenade for the Ghosts, a phantasmic fantasy for
clarinet and string quartet, commissioned by Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. His work
has been praised by Cleveland Classical for “incorporating the zazzy colors of the current new
music dialect,” and “pleasant shocks and melting cadences.”
The music of Chris Neiner has appeared on programs by the Grammy award-winning
Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Sinfonia,
American Modern Ensemble, Boston New Music Initiative, Cochran Chamber Commissioning
Project, Copper Street Brass Quintet, Red Hedgehog Trio, loadbang, Minnesota Symphonic
Winds, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Sewanee Summer
Music Festival, faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music, and more.
Beyond his collaborative work as a composer, Neiner is a producer and coordinator for
several music events. In 2019, he served as the associate director, composer-in-residence, and
conductor for Music in the Circle, a summer concert series facilitating collaboration between
international artists and students, faculty, and alumni of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Other projects include Leora’s Reverie, a concert to benefit the One Voice Foundation by American-
Israeli songwriter Katia Bolotin, and New Music for Horn, a multidisciplinary project that facilitated music making between hornists, composers, conductors, and recording artists
studying at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Neiner is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying
with Keith Fitch. Learn more about Chris Neiner at or listen to his
work at

Artist of the Month: Literary

Christine Howey is currently executive director of Literary Cleveland,
a nonprofit organization supporting writers and readers in Cleveland
and Northeast Ohio. in the past, she has been a performance poet,
playwright, actor, director, and theater critic. Her one-person stage
play of poetry about her transgender journey, Exact Change,
premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre, had a three-week run at
Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and was an official selection of the
2015 New York International Fringe Festival. She then adapted the
play into a film, which was an official selection of the Chagrin
Documentary Film Festival in 2018. Christine (then Richard) was an
actor and director at Dobama Theatre from 1968 to 1985. For 20
years beginning in 1998, Christine was a theater critic for Cleveland
Scene, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Free Times, and City Pages in
Minneapolis, MN. She was been named Best Critic in Ohio by both
the Press Club of Cleveland and the Society of Professional
Christine has had four books of poetry published. She was the Poet
Laureate of Cleveland Heights, Ohio for 2016-2018. She is also a
slam poet and competed in the National Poetry Slams, in 2013 and
2017, as a member of the four-person Cleveland team. Christine was
awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2014 from the
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and an Individual
Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2016, which also
granted her a 13-week residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in
Provincetown, MA.
She was honored to receive the Illumination Award as the
transgender leader of the year in northeast Ohio for 2015, and the
Torch Award for leadership on transgender issues from the Cleveland
chapter of the Human Rights Campaign in 2017. For 40 years,
Christine was an award-winning copywriter and creative director for
ad agencies in Cleveland and Minneapolis, MN.

Artist of the Month: Visual

Erica Montejo

Designed on paper, crafted by hand, and made to last, Tiny Erica Jewelry is a collection of lightweight architectural sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry that empowers self expression and creativity within the wearer. Handcrafted by Erica Montejo, the line is influenced by shapes and objects found in nature and combines organic forms with a streamlined geometric aesthetic. The lightweight nature of many of the forms found in the collection allows Erica to have fun with repetition and scale while maintaining the comfort and wearability of each piece in the line.

Artist of the Month: Music

Ariel Clayton

As an independent professional, violinist Ariel Clayton Karas manages or performs more than 200 events annually throughout northeast Ohio as director of both Classical Revolution Cleveland and OPUS 216, as well as a solo artist. She most recently concluded her residency as the first Musician In Residence for the Gordon Square Arts District. As director of Classical Revolution Cleveland, Ms. Clayton Karas curates free monthly performances in non-traditional venues. Their concert series, JOIN, brings classical music to underserved audiences, including shelters and individuals in juvenile detention.

OPUS 216, the chamber ensemble she founded in 2012, collaborates frequently with renowned organizations, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, American Greetings, the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Cleveland Ballet, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and with performers for the Tri-C Jazz Fest, among others. OPUS 216 also appears in more than 50 home concerts and private events, annually. As a longtime Musician in Residence at the Cleveland Clinic, Ms. Clayton Karas has given more than 350 performances to-date in healthcare settings. A Dallas native, Ariel Clayton Karas is proud to call northeast Ohio her home, and maintains a close-knit studio of violin students out of her home in the Gordon Square Arts District. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with Suzuki Certification from the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies.

Artist of the Month: Literary

Jazzmine Hardges
Razzi.J formerly known as Jazzmine Zabriel Hardges-Garner is a freelance creative from Cleveland, Ohio. Her poetry forms like puzzle pieces, taking words she wrote on a napkin at the bar and combining it with something she wrote from her childhood notebooks, memos on her phone and finally editing in the present moment. Outside of writing, she is a full time 4th grade reading teacher and graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.

Enter for a chance to win a poetry book written by the artist herself! No purchase necessary, stop in our store for more details.

Artist of the Month: Visual

Genevieve Schwartz

Genevieve Schwartz graduated from Kent State University in 2000 with a BFA in Metals and Jewelry.

She now lives in Cleveland Heights and is in a constant search for bright or shiny new materials to combine to make jewelry.

Enter for a chance to win a necklace handmade by the artist herself! No purchase necessary. Stop in our store for more details.

No Exit and Zeitgeist at Heights Arts

Please join No Exit and their special guests Zeitgeist (from St. Paul, MN.) as they return to Heights Arts for an extraordinary evening of avant-garde music. For many years, these two ensembles have been collaborating to present bold and captivating concert programs for the adventurous listener. The program will feature works which are representative of composers from both Northeast Ohio and The Twin Cities, including all-new world premiere compositions by Michael Renee Torres and Jonathan Posthuma. Also on the program will be music by Daniel Nass, Tiffany Skidmore, Pat O’Keefe, Doug Opel, Buck McDaniel, Pauline Oliveros and Giacinto Scelsi. Don’t miss this phenomenal musical experience! Free and open to the public.

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Gallery Concert: Classical Revolution Cleveland

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7 pm

Heights Arts

Free Admission

Classical Revolution Cleveland performs dozens of free, public events each year, with a core mission of taking classical music off of the “high art” pedestal and presenting dynamic performances in non-traditional spaces. Comprised of a multi-faceted roster of some of northeast Ohio’s top independent professionals, Classical Revolution Cleveland has given free monthly performances at The Happy Dog for nearly a decade, along with countless pop-up shows and special events. The ensemble has also been featured in programming on Ideastream, Cleveland’s PBS/NPR affiliate, and onstage in Mixon Hall at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Their concert series, JOIN, provides monthly concerts to audiences without access to the arts, including correctional facilities, crisis shelters, low-income community centers, and the VA hospital. Learn more about their work on Facebook, Instagram, and at!


Program Description:

As we usher in a new decade and the 1920’s hit their centennial mark, join Classical Revolution Cleveland for a night of music at Heights Arts, paying homage to the Jazz Age! A mix of classical, jazz, and classically-inspired jazz will round out this eclectic program featuring piano, strings, and a few surprises. Composers to include Scott Joplin, Django Reinhardt, Amy Beach, and more.


Victor Beyens, violin
Ariel Clayton Karas, violin
Henry Samuels, bass
Chris Neiner, piano


Ekphrastacy: Artists Speak + Poets Respond

Join us for a night of poetry inspired by the artwork in our Point-Line-Pattern-Plane exhibition on Thursday, February 13 at 7PM.

Artists from the exhibition introduce their pieces and discuss the creative processes of their work. Then Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Damien McClendon and invited poets Ray McNiece, John Burroughs, and Carson Evans recite original poems inspired about the artists’ work.


FREE and open to the public, with reception and refreshments following

Gallery Concert: Shibagaki-Shung Piano Duo

Natsumi Shibagaki

Irwin Shun

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7 pm

Heights Arts

Free Admission

Natsumi Shibagaki, a native of Japan, serves as staff pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Shibagaki has performed with numerous artists in the greater Cleveland area, including members of the Canton Symphony, the Akron Symphony, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Shibagaki has participated in a number of international music festivals since arriving in the States, including the Music Academy of West, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Mendocino Music Festival – Emerging Artists Program, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. Ms. Shibagaki received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music degrees in solo piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of Mack McCray. She moved to Cleveland in 2011 to pursue a Professional Studies diploma in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Anita Pontremoli, where she received the Rosa Lobe Collaborative Piano Award. Besides fulfilling her responsibilities as an in-demand collaborative pianist, Ms. Shibagaki also devotes herself to the education of younger students. In addition to maintaining a private studio in Cleveland, Shibagaki also worked as an educator for the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Advanced Suzuki Institute of Stanford, and currently serves as adjunct piano faculty at the John Carroll University.

Dr. Irwin Shung, whose playing has been praised by State Magazine for its “ease, technique, and musicianship,” has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Shung served as theory faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2015 to 2018, and also directs the Resonance Masters’ Series at the new performance hall, Resonance at SOMA, situated in Bellevue, Washington, which has featured internationally acclaimed artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Jinjoo Cho (Oberlin Conservatory, McGill Conservatory), Daniel Shapiro (Cleveland Institute), Craig Sheppard (University of Washington, Guildhall School), and Adam Pearl (Peabody Institute).

Shung received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in January 2015, where he studied with Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He has also received instruction on piano from various distinguished teachers including Marian Hahn (Peabody Conservatory), Leon Fleisher (Peabody Conservatory), Herbert Stessin (Julliard School), and Gabriel Chodos (New England Conservatory). Awards received include the Pauline Favin Memorial Award from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a win in the 2012 Darius Milhaud Competition.

Shung has been newly appointed piano faculty at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. His performances have been featured by KING FM in Seattle, as well as WCLV in Cleveland, and his complete recording of the first book of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is available on the internet.

Concert Three: Heights Arts and Beethoven Birthday Bonn-anza

Mar 1, 2020, 3 pm  Eaton Mansion

All-Beethoven Program:

Early: Sonata for Horn and Piano in F Major, op. 17

Middle: Ghost Trio in D-Major, 0p. 70,1

Late: Cello Sonata in C-major op. 102,1

What better way to thank you, our loyal Heights Arts community, as we celebrate our 20th year, than with a program of a beloved artist celebrating his 250th ? Three works by Beethoven fill this program: one each from his early, middle, and late periods, allowing you to trace his development from the adoring young student of Papa Haydn to a rebellious avant-garde composer with bristling contempt for his contemporaries. “My music is for a later age,” he snapped at the critics of his late works. At 20 years old, Heights Arts is the perfect age to present this thrilling program!


Patti Wolf (University of Texas, Austin), piano, Isabel Trautwein (the Cleveland Orchestra), violin, Dane Johansen (the Cleveland Orchestra), cello, and Richard King (the Cleveland Orchestra), french horn

Read about Close Encounters Season 14: 2019-20

Order early for guaranteed seats!

Concert tickets are available for purchase at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online. We are pleased to offer reduced-price tickets for students ages 8-23, thanks to generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who also qualifies for the student ticket price).

All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Directions for concerts at private residences are mailed a week in advance. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as seating is limited, and Close Encounters concerts have a tradition of selling out.

Season ticket purchases for Close Encounters Season 14 are no longer available.

Individual Concerts $55 | $45 Heights Arts members | $15 Student (additional $15 parent)

This concert is wait list only. Don’t despair! – we have placed many people off of our wait list due to cancellations as the event draws near. Please   CLICK HERE  to submit a request for tickets and we will contact you if some become available.

(POSTPONED) Gallery Concert: Red Campion


Heights Arts

Free Admission

Established in 2009, Red Campion is an energetic ensemble of four singers and one pianist. Based in the Cleveland-Akron area, Red Campion presents performances and educational programs that showcase the glories of the voice and vocal literature. Performances cause audience members to tap their toes, discreetly hum along and smile. Red Campion’s performances include thrilling renditions of beloved opera and concert melodies alongside delightful introductions to lesser known pieces from the concert hall and theatre stage. Red Campion artists include Lara Troyer, soprano, Denise Milner-Howell, mezzo-soprano, Timothy Culver, tenor, Brian Keith Johnson, baritone and Judith Ryder, pianist.

Artist of the Month: Visual

Claire Marks

Claire Marks stumbled into the process of hand-marbling paper while pursuing decorative end-sheets for her handmade books. As an art student, she made full-size sheets of the paper by floating thinned oil paint on water and dipping the paper into a large tray. Since those early experiments, she has explored the traditional techniques of this obscure trade, using an Irish moss powder to thicken the water and make the floating paints easy to manipulate into an endless array of mesmerizing patterns. Peaceable Kingdom Books, which Marks started in 2017, is named after a series of paintings by the 19th-century American Quaker Edward Hicks. The paintings depict a passage from the Book of Isaiah which prophetically describe a time when all creatures harmoniously live together in a “peaceable kingdom.” Marks has exhibited her prints, books, and marblings at venues including the Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking (Cleveland), Heights Arts (Cleveland Heights), Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center (Canton), Summit Artspace (Akron), and the John F. Seiberling Gallery (Peninsula).

Artist of the Month: Visual

Sarah Sampsell

Sweet Dish & Darling is a small, handcrafted candle business based out of our home studio in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland. I started making candles as a way to express myself creatively in a medium I was unfamiliar with and I continue to enjoy the challenges and freedoms that come along with this form of art. I craft soy candles inspired by moments, travel and memories that I want to share with our fans. I hope to make something special, with my hands from my narrative, that others want to bring into their home to be a part of their story.

Artist of the Month: Visual



Stephanie Miller-Davis

Stephanie Miller-Davis pursues her passion for clay both as studio artist and as teacher. She enjoyed a long career as an art educator for the East Cleveland City schools, retiring in 2007. Throughout her teaching years, she sought to continue working with clay by participating in workshops all around the country, studying with many exceptional artists including Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, Lana Wilson, Margaret Bowls, Suze Lindsay, McKenzie Smith, Randy Broadnax and Kristin Kieffer. Each of these artists has had a significant impact on her style and technique. Through the years Stephanie has maintained studio space at home, in a co-operative community studio,and in a downtown warehouse, but in 2014 she finally found her perfect workspace. She and her husband, graphic designer Don Davis moved from Cleveland Heights to a larger property in Orange Village. Here they built a brand new pottery studio where she currently enjoys creating her own work and teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Stephanie’s current work focuses on thrown and altered and hand built functional pieces with stamped and textured surfaces. The interaction of the person who eventually possesses and uses her work completes the cycle, which begins with a humble ball of soft clay and through a laborious and often risky process, eventually emerges as a finished piece, lovely to look at, to hold and to use.

Spotlight: Sean Jason Kelley

January 31 – March 15, 2020

Join us for the opening reception of the first spotlight exhibition of new year, featuring Sean Jason Kelly, on Friday, January 31 from 6–9PM. Complimentary refreshments and cash bar.

Sean Jason Kelly is a self taught artist who believes art is a necessity that should be offered and available to all. He creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and site-specific installations from a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and found objects. Sean has also been working as a tattoo artist for over 15 years in Ohio and California.

Sean has participated in many exhibitions, community projects, and installations in the Cleveland area. He has created 5 public art sculptures for Melt Bar and Grilled headquarters, designed furniture for Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, and collaborated on community projects with development corporations in Slavic Village, Collinwood, and St. Clair Superior neighborhoods. He works out of his studio barn built in the 1890’s, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Point – Line – Pattern – Plane

January 17–March 1, 2020

Join us for the opening of the first group exhibition show of 2020, Point-Line-Pattern-Plane, on Friday, January 17 from 6–9PM. Complimentary refreshments and cash bar.

An exhibition of textile art curated by Janice Lessman-Moss, this exhibition highlights a range of work being done by artists in NE Ohio using the distinctive materiality and processes associated with the medium of Fibers.  Although building on a foundation of traditional techniques, all the artists use the language of textiles to create objects of beauty and meaning, reflecting the sensibilities of our time.  Processes such as weaving, stitching and dyeing are used to develop form and surface, while repetition, accumulation, color and pattern are mined for content and character.

Artists featured: Laurie Addis, Elena Brebenel, Si-Yun Chang, Rebecca Cross, Hildur Asgeirsdottir Jonsson, Andrea Myers, Jessica Pinsky, Katlin Shae


Artist of the Month: Literary

Andrew Valdez

Andrew Aaron Valdez (he/him/his) is an
actor, director, playwright, poet and educator. He is a C.A.R.E. Teaching Artist at Cleveland Playhouse, Steering Committee Member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a 2019-2020 Americans for the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellow, and a 2019-2020 Cleveland Public Theatre Premiere Fellow.

(POSTPONED) Gallery Concert: Cavani String Quartet with Guest Poet Mwatabu Okantah

Photo credit: Robert Muller


Heights Arts

Free Admission

Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing powerful and elegant” The Cavani Quartet has dedicated its artistic life to  communicating the joy of discovery in the service of some of the most powerful music ever written. “Their artistic excellence, their generous spirit, and their fervent ambassadorship for great music make them unique among America’s greatest string quartets.” The Cavani Quartet continues its unique journey maintaining an energetic balance between performing masterpieces by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bartok; collaborating with living composers; and creating new programming that joins music, poetry, and dance. The quartet continues to inspire and shape the musical lives of the next generation through their acclaimed Art of Collaboration Seminar which emphasizes a “team -work” approach. The quartet’s thirty year legacy has garnered impressive recognition including the Ohio Governors Award for the Arts, Musical America Magazine’s Young Artists of the Year, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Cleveland Quartet Award at Eastman and the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The Quartet has been featured on NPR Performance Today and St Paul Sunday Morning, and “Says You”. In addition the quartet has commissioned, premiered the music of more than thirty living composers, and collaborated with some of the greatest artists of our time including Alisa Weilerstein, Itzhak Perlman, Sergei Babayan, Jaime Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robinson, Kim Kashkashian as well as members of the Cleveland,Takacs, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ying, Emerson, Cleveland, Amadeus and Guarneri Quartets. For more than 30 years, the Cavani String Quartet served as faculty and Artists- in -Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.where they developed and curated nationally acclaimed programs for student ensembles devoted to the serious study of chamber music.

The Cavani Quartet frequently performs their electrifying multi discipline program COLLAGE: Music & Poetry, with Poet and Professor of Pan African Studies, Mwatabu Okantah at universities and communities through the country. Other innovative programs include CONFLUENCE: New Music by Female Composers, The Art of Listening: Music and Color, as well as inspiring K-12 school workshop, MAP : Music, Art and Poetry, and for igniting instrumental music programs for elementary school children, TEAM UP WITH MUSIC.©

A ravishing tapestry of audible human expression … By simply bringing together these connections in such an evocative way, “COLLAGE” taught me to introspective how I experience and direct emotions, leading me towards possibilities for empathy and human connect in ways I couldn’t  have envisioned. “ ~ The Hudson Review 


(POSTPONED) Evolution: Heights Arts 20th Anniversary


Long story short: twenty years ago, a handful of Cleveland Heights residents got together and observed that many working artists and musicians, arts professionals, and avid patrons of the arts lived in the Heights area, yet there wasn’t a great community arts organization to celebrate that creative richness and make it more central to daily life here. Between January 2000 and that spring, the idea crystalized into the Heights Arts Collaborative, and by that summer the new nonprofit organization was programming outdoor music events in commercial districts, commissioning public art, and organizing pop-up exhibitions.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the Heights Arts exhibition community team (a group of volunteer artists and educators who plan and install the exhibitions) came up with the idea of an exhibition that would both reminisce the past and look forward to the future. Artists who had previously been included in Heights Arts exhibitions would show one work from the period during which they first exhibited, and one from right now.

Artists participating: Pam Argentieri (jewelry, metals); Kevin Busta (furniture/lamps); Tim Callaghan (painting gouache watercolor); Stephanie Craig (ceramics); Sarah Curry (painting printmaking); Matthew Gallagher (various media, painting); Sarah Kabot (cut paper assemblages); Lori Kella (color photography of artificial setups); Yuko Kimura (paper, fiber); David King (painting); Matthew Kolodziej (painting/collage and works on paper); Lynn Lofton (ceramics); Doug Meyer (furniture, metal); Brent Kee Young (glass); and Garie Waltzer (b&w photography).

Pictured: Lori Kella, Saturn Resurrected

Artist of the Month- Visual

Susan Skove

Susan Skove has been painting on silk since 1991. Working from her studios in Cleveland and Oberlin, Ohio, her Skov Silk line of painted by hand, one of a kind scarves are carried by museum stores and galleries throughout the U.S., including the Cleveland Museum of Art, New York Museum of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Westmoreland Museum of Art, Olana House, and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to museum stores, her work can also be found on Amazon, select galleries, and

Enter to win an original scarf from the artist, no purchase necessary! Raffle forms inside store.

2020-2022 Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate

Please review the attached document containing application information for the 2020 – 2022 Poet Laureateship. Information listed includes terms of service, roles and responsibilities, application requirements, and the final selection process. This appointment includes a stipend of $1000 per year. Deadline for applying for the Poet Laureateship is December 31, 2019.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 – 2022 Poet Laureateship.

2020 – 2022 Poet Laureateship Application Information

Concert Four: The Forgotten Builders of Musical Cleveland and their Teacher Antonin Dvorak

May 3, 2020, 3 pm  Hermit Club, Playhouse Square


Selections from string quartets by three Cleveland composers:

Edward Kresja

Charles Rychlik

Johann Heinrich Beck


Antonin Dvorak Quartet – The “American” Quartet, Op. 96

In the late 1800s, something special was happening in Cleveland: some of our local kids were so musically gifted that they were sent (by steamship!) to Europe to study at the top schools with famous teachers such as Antonin Dvorak and Johannes Brahms. In time, they returned home to become notable composers and teachers, creating the fertile ground for institutions we still enjoy—among them, the Cleveland Orchestra.


Johann Heinrich Beck, Edward Kresja, and Charles Rychlik were three of these Cleveland kids. Exactly 100 years ago, they were famous here for their playing, teaching, and also orchestral and chamber music writing. Their compositions have been stored unpublished in boxes at our Cleveland Public Library since then. Be among the first to hear their refreshing chamber works again alongside a masterpiece by their beloved teacher: Dvorak’s fabulous “American” Quartet.

If you have never seen the Hermit Club in Playhouse Square, you are in for a glorious surprise.


Miho Hashizume (the Cleveland Orchestra) and Isabel Trautwein (the Cleveland Orchestra), violins, YuJin (Indianapolis Symphony), viola, Paul Kushious (the Cleveland Orchestra), cello

Special Event: Post-Concert Mix’n’Mingle with Musicians in Hermit Club Tavern:

The Musicians and Hermits invite you to join us after the concert for beer or wine, German appetizers, and juicy stories about musical life in Cleveland between 1840 and 1920. The historic and secretive tavern directly below the Hermit Club performance hall has limited seating but unlimited Gemütlichkeit. Reserve early to mix and mingle with the musicians and guests and learn more about Cleveland’s rich and unusual musical history in a presentation given by Isabel Trautwein, Artistic Director of Heights Arts ‘Close Encounters’ concerts.

Tickets for Post-concert Mix’n’Mingle sold separately from concert tickets!


Read about Close Encounters Season 14: 2019-20


Order early for guaranteed seats!

Concert tickets are available for purchase at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, via phone at 216-371-3457, or online. We are pleased to offer reduced-price tickets for students ages 8-23, thanks to generous funding from the Paul M. Angell Foundation. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (who also qualifies for the student ticket price).

All concert venues are wheelchair accessible. Directions for concerts at private residences are mailed a week in advance. Advance ticket purchase is necessary as seating is limited, and Close Encounters concerts have a tradition of selling out.

Season ticket purchases for Close Encounters Season 14 are no longer available.

Individual Concerts $55 | $45 Heights Arts members | $15 Student (additional $15 parent)


Artist of the Month – Literary

Cindy Washabaugh

Cindy Washabaugh is a poet, community artist and organizational consultant whose passion is supporting others in their growth and self-development. She designs and facilitates outreach programs for diverse populations and has taught creative writing and writing for healing at Cleveland State University.

Cindy’s poetry has appeared in national and local publications, and she has read at MOCA, CPT, the Cleveland Playhouse, Beck Center for the Arts, and other venues.

Enter to win Cindy’s book “Sings the Body” free, no purchase necessary! Raffle forms in store.

Artist of the Month – Musical

Joy Ex

Joy Ex, simply defined as joyful expressions, is a 25 year-old new aged neo-soul/ hip hop artist. My music is inspired by great artist such as Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, and today’s Jhene Aiko. Her work is inspired from those around me, my life experiences as a Black Woman.
Joy Ex released very first EP titled, “Happy without the H.” in August 2019. “I believe that music is life. My music is an expression of myself for the unheard voice. I would like to create a safe place of escape, a judgement free zone. With my music I want to cause a rebellion. I want to urge the people to stand up and voice your thoughts, be heard.”