Fellowship Found at Doubting Thomas
by Ruthie Koenigsmark
(Plain Press, June 2006) Charismatic noise, vibrant colors, and engaged attendees animated the Tremont Art Walk on Friday evening, May 12, as the city hosted yet another illuminating adventure.
The spring showers were no match for the artists and attendees who still appeared in droves to experience art culture at the opening of the Fellowship Show at Doubting Thomas Gallery that evening.
The Fellowship is a mutually supportive group of artists working together to promote and support each other’s work and vision. The Fellowship started as a small group of employees from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Founding members Marty Blade and Dexter Davis would get together every other month with other artists to share their works in progress. Over the years the gatherings became dinners and parties as more artists were invited.
The Fellowship Show, consisting of roughly 50 pieces, was the group’s first show, co-curated by Dan Neforos and Joe Ayala. Opening night featured music by DJPlasticeFX. Co-Curator Ayala said, “the group did their best in putting together a ‘museum’- inspired show at the most avant-garde gallery in Cleveland, and it worked.”
The Show, offering dynamic contrast and variety of style and technique, included works by artists Joe Ayala, Linda Ayala, Marty Blade, Carlos Cahuas, Clint Clore, Natalia Dale, Candice Dangerfield, Dexter Davis, Brian Field, Leonard Gipson, James Jordan, Jim McNamara, George Meluch, Dante Rodriguez, Jason Rudolph and Stephanie Teel.
One attendee told me "Being involved in the arts is an investment in the future of our community.” I would have to agree.
Next, Doubting Thomas Gallery will host the “Double Solo” exhibition for Stephanie Teel and Joe Ayala opening Friday, August 11. This will be Stephanie’s first solo show.
The Tremont ArtWalk provides art lovers the opportunity to purchase original art and meet the artists behind the work the second Friday of every month.
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