The Point-of-View from a Volunteer   04.22.11

As this is my first blog entry, I should introduce myself. My name is Brenton Pahl and I have been a Volunteer at SPACES since August 2010. I graduated from Cleveland State with a Bachelor's in Art History in the Fall of 2009. This coming Fall I will be attending grad school for Art History. After being an Intern at the Cleveland Museum of Art for a year before this, this is by far my favorite gig yet. Since there is such a small staff, everything I do has a sense of necessity and there is a great feeling of belonging and camaraderie amongst us. What I enjoy the most is all of the hands-on work that I get to do.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done during shows and even more so in between them. I have had the opportunity to do the lighting for the past few shows, helped Machine Project artist Nate Page find the couches for his couchbleachers as well as build the platform for them, and also assisted in hanging South African SWAP artist Nandipha Mntambo's paintings that were up from Nov. 2010 – Jan. 2011. I don't know of another place that is as accessible as SPACES-where I get the chance to work with world artists and other experimental artists and still lend a very helping hand.

Hope the good times just keep on a rollin'.

Keywords: brenton pahl, machine project, nate page, spaces, swap, volunteer
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Monster Drawing Rally on Cool Cleveland   04.20.11

Cool Cleveland came to check out the Monster Drawing Rally ( on April 9, 2011. They captured a lot of the action. We can't wait until next year's rally!

Keywords: cool cleveland, monster drawing rally
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Events

How to Work in a Creative Field and Get Paid   04.14.11

OK, so this isn't exactly a how-to guide, nor will it solve your employment woes. I know many artists who have full-time or part-time gigs working as designers, consultants, or free-lance creatives. The worst part of this is that many of them never really received business training, so they are feeling their way around in the dark, and stumbling occasionally.

Creative Mornings ( "is a monthly breakfast lecture series of creative types." These 20 minute talks are often geared directly toward designers, but there are some broader applications as well. They cover aesthetics, industry trends, nuts and bolts, and the business side of things. If you'll pardon the cursing and anatomy jokes in the presentation below, there are some helpful tips for any of you contract laborers out there.

Keywords: design
Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: General

Stuff We Need, Stuff You Got   04.07.11

It never fails: for every exhibition at SPACES there is an artist who needs stuff—good stuff, new stuff, old stuff, borrowed stuff, tech stuff, free stuff, cheap stuff, expensive stuff, your stuff, our stuff.

So, to make things easy we've listed all the things artists have requested we locate. Can you help? Most likely yes.

How you can help:

  • If you locate items on the list send us an email at, Attn: Stuff List
  • let us know what you have located, which artist it is for, how many there are, price, where it is, or if the item(s) be dropped off at SPACES.

So let's begin...
Rainbow Lightning (SPACELab, Akron, OH):
Here is a list of items they need for their SPACELab installation:
  • fake flowers
  • wax
  • fabrics
  • embroidery threads and backing
  • fiber fill and other stuffing
  • house paint
  • clothes, sheets
  • kids tents
  • bleach, rope
  • dyes
  • balls the size of basketballs or soccer
  • clear plastic bottles
  • clear beads
  • shiny objects or beads
  • mirror beads or gems
  • x-mas ornaments
  • fluorescent lighting and fixtures
  • small mirrors

Tamar Harpaz (SWAP artist from Israel):
  • slide projectors (all types)
  • reflecta slide projector 2500 AF-IR with 2.8/90mm
  • slide projector bulbs
  • glass slides

Amy Youngs (SWAP artist from Columbus, OH):
  • claw foot bathtub
  • shower curtain hoop
  • hydroponic herbs and lettuces

photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning
photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning

Keywords: amy youngs, chelsea blackerby, erica hoosic, r&d, rainbow lightning, spacelab, swap, tamar harpaz
Category: General

Pink Milk Mild by Rainbow Lightning   04.01.11


May 13, 2011
Pink Milk Remember
by Rainbow Lightning

Let me tell you a story a story of two artists Chelsea Blackerby and Erica Hoosic, together they are RAINBOW LIGHTNING!!! Rainbow Lightning will be our next SPACELab artists their opening is May 13, 2011.

Check out their project on kickstarter!

If you don't know about Kickstarter yet, you should. Start by checking out our project on Kickstarter:, but don't stop there. Look at all the projects and see what other creatives are doing and how they are engaging their audiences. Get inspired and start flexing your creative muscles!

Got Materials?

As their show in May approaches Rainbow Lightning will need LOTS O STUFF, from materials to "memories" posted on Facebook. Visit their BLOG: for a list of all the materials. We are happy to accept your donations, they will go towards the upcoming installation at SpaceLab and will be received with a warm thank you (and a link) on the Rainbow Lightning blog and Facebook page.

photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning
photo courtesy of Rainbow Lightning

Author: Marilyn Ladd-Simmons, Gallery Manager
Category: Exhibitions

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