Thank You for Being a Friend   01.23.18

If you've been to SPACES in the last 26 years there is no doubt that you have met Marilyn Simmons. Her time with SPACES spanned 3 Executive Directors (Susan Channing, Christopher Lynn, and Christina Vassallo) and countless openings, benefit parties, and everything in between. In the office she is referred to as the Gallery Oracle, which we think is a fitting title for someone who knows just what needs to get done, through intuition alone. She is friend to artist, aspiring student, and art enthusiast alike. She's overseen and mentored countless interns, many of whom have moved on to successful careers in the arts.

When I first started at SPACES back in 2013 I was told by several co-workers that if I needed anything I should talk to Marilyn, because "she knows everyone." And it's true. Every time I meet someone new and tell them "I work at SPACES", they ask, "how is Marilyn"? Her name is synonymous with SPACES. While she will be concluding her tenure at SPACES at the end of this month, we know that the incredible work she has done at SPACES, and for the Cleveland art scene, will continue to have an impact on our programming.

Marilyn's last day is January 31st, but we ask that you celebrate her and her work at our January 26th opening reception.

Marilyn at SPACES in Wonderland, photo by Jerry Mann
Marilyn at SPACES in Wonderland, photo by Jerry Mann

Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: General

Kid Art Review #10   01.05.18

For this edition of "Kid Art Review" our guest reviewer is 9 1/2 year old Sean who loves the musical "Wicked" and drawing. Sean reviewed our current artist projects one afternoon before holiday break from school.

Kid Art Review #10

(SPACES) What is your favorite piece in the show and why is it your favorite?

(Sean) I really liked Sonic Planetarium because it was a mix of art and science fiction, and she put this whole dome up. I like art that you can really experience. You actually got to walk inside it and learn about science and art. It was a beautiful piece. She realized how beautiful space is and it is important to teach the world about the wonders of the world.

(SP) If this artwork were a movie what kind of movie would it be? A love story, science fiction, comedy, documentary, action, horror, etc.

(SN) 7000 Marks would be a science fiction film because it is about real things; a dead diseased oak tree and immigration, about going around the world to different places. I would watch this movie about this journey that the tree went through. I chose science fiction because it is science and it is amazing. It's about real things that are happening.

(SP) What do you think a caveman would think of this artwork?

(SN) I think they would think GoGOES Radiotelescope was so fascinating, but they would be a little scared of this new object. They might pick it up {mimics a caveman grunting and picking up something to smash it} and they would be fascinated by this object they've never seen before. It's like when I saw a phone for the first time and I was like "what is this amazing thing?" They would try it out, but they would probably break it.

(SP) How would you explain this art to an alien?

(SN) That's kind of a hard. I think that since they are in space they would have an idea already of what the Sonic Planetarium is. If I had to explain it, I would say "you know there is a world outside your sky, and there are things in the sky you have probably seen, and it tells you about your land, your world, and your planets-you probably call it "Bee Doh," but we call it Mars. And it helps us learn about your world."{emphatically} Space!!!

(SP) If you could sum the show up in one word what would that word be?

(SN) "Creative." Because it really was creative. Who could think of making a dome? Who could think of turning a satellite into an artwork? Who could think of turning a thousand drawings into an animation? It's so creative. The minds that people have to explore the arts is just amazing.

(SP) If there was one thing you could say to the artist what would that be?

(SN) It's fascinating, because it really is. Because you walk into this dome and you hear these sounds from a world beyond us. It is fascinating walking into a room and learning about science, but at the same time you are experiencing a beautiful piece of artwork. I love how she made this piece out of everyday materials. I couldn't do that.

(SP) If there was one question you could ask the artist what would that be?

(SN) "How did you get the idea?" I think when most people think of art they think of painting and drawing, but sculpture is kind of the third wheel. So I think of how she thought to make the dome and how she had the patience to make it.

(SP) Out of 5 Trumans how many Trumans would you give this show?

(SN) Five, because, and I'm going to repeat all my words, it was fascinating, creative, and was all so cool. I'm walking through it and it was amazing. It wasn't what I expected. I thought it was going to be a hallway of never ending paintings like in Harry Potter. I give it five Trumans, because it is nothing you'd expect and it's beautiful. I think that the public would be fascinated by the story of satellites and pencils.

Keywords: , art review, cleveland, cleveland art, ecology, ground station cleveland, immigration, kid art review, kids, pencils, satellites, science, space, technology
Author: Michelle Epps, Community Engagement Manager
Category: Kid Art Review

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