From garage to gallery: Bay artist curates exhibit this month
It's hard to believe when you see his largest canvases, but John W. Carlson once had his art studio in his Bay Village garage. He shared it with the garden tools and other garage stuff and it had no heat. But he never let Mother Nature or the guilt he felt over the unused lawn mower deter him, producing some of his best known early work. In fact, one of his favorite mediums is house paint, so it all seemed to work.
That was then; today John works in a well-lit, spacious studio in the Arts and Crafts building in Cleveland, but he's never lost his loyalty to BAYarts community where he teaches adult drawing classes, attends gallery events and supports fellow artists. This month, he will bring together some of these artists when he curates an exhibit in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery.
"Eye of the Beholder" features 10 artists of different disciplines who will share their personal interpretations on what most concerns them now, at this time in their lives, in their careers or individual circumstances, what motivates and inspires them. Besides Carlson, visual artists include Douglas Max Utter, Justin Brennan, June Hurd and Dan Corrigan. Writers include Joe Psarto, Michael Heaton and Mary Owen. The show opens Aug. 8 and runs through Sept. 5.
For an opportunity to see a more in-depth view of his latest work, "It Figures" opens on Aug. 15 at Hedge Gallery in the 78th Street Studios complex and features new works by John and Joe Ayala.