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Monday, December 10, 2012

Primordial, oil on canvas, 15"x30"
I just found out that this painting will be included in the 2013 edition of "52 weeks 52 works," published anualy by Academy Graphic Communications. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SPARX open studio tour

My studio in the Tower Press Building will be open for the SPARX City Hop.

1900 Superior, #113.
I'll be here from 10-6pm.

Come explore the city, visit a whole bunch of artist studios and ride Lolly the Trolley!

There's also a free parking lot behind the building on E.21st (& Superior).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon public art project, sponsored by the St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation. He'll be dropped off tomorrow to be clear coated, unveiled at Convivium Gallery on May 17th. and later installed at Asia Plaza (east 30th & Payne).

Friday, April 20, 2012

3rd Friday Art Walk

The gallery will be open this evening (Friday 4/20) from 5-9pm.
78th Street Studios Building, first floor #106.Cleveland’s largest fine arts complex Over 40 galleries, studios and creative businesses. 
Located between w.78th and w.80th Streets (north of Lake Ave.) at the west end of the Gordon Square Arts District.

Monday, April 16, 2012


I recently created a facebook page for my art work. With seemingly 1/2 the world on facebook I thought I might be a great way to get a bit more feedback and exposure. I'll use my page to post openings, new works, etc.
Please check it out, and "like" it if so inclined.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Untitled, oil on canvas, 36"x48"

Untitled, oil on canvas, 36"x48"
These two paintings are on temporary loan to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).

1301 E. 9th. St. Cleveland, Ohio. They are located on the 2nd. floor (open to the public).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pam's Hoodoos ,oil on canvas with gold leaf, 32"x62"

Untitled, oil on canvas, 32"x62"

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Untitled, oil on wood, 16"x20"

This painting has been selected to be in Academy Graphic Communications 10th annual edition of "52 Works, 52 Weeks."

"52 Works, 52 Weeks" is a glossy spiral bound desk calendar featuring works from selected artists of Northeast Ohio. It is a nice survey of some of the art being produced in the region.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Reflect, oil on canvas, 20"x20"
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts have selected my painting "Reflect" to receive the VLA's 
Annual Commission Award. 

The VLA provides oversight and direction to a pro bono program providing legal services to income-eligible artists and arts organizations in all disciplines, as well as develops public law-related education programs for artists and arts organizations.

Thanks VLA!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Artist Archives of the Western Reserve Members Show

Two Pears, oil on linnen, 23"x30"
This painting will be shown at the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve annual Members Show.

"The 2011 Holiday Members Show and Sale continues a tradition of showcasing the works of the area's best known and most highly regarded artists", AAWR Executive Director, Kenneth Goerg. 

The public is invited to attend the free opening reception - Friday, November 18, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is located at 1834 E. 123rd Street in University Circle. The show runs through Friday, December 16, 2011. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm.

 The AAWR has attracted several of Ohio’s most distinguished artists. As a result, the AAWR's Annual Holiday Members Show and Sale is fast becoming known as one of Cleveland’s best high-profile exhibitions.
The show features the artworks of Lawrence Baker, Ruth Bercaw, David Bergholz, Debra Sims Bream, Louis Burroughs, Sarah Clague, Elaine Albers Cohen, Dian Disantis, Bonnie Dolin, Boni Suzanne Gelfand, Michael Greenwald, Linda Hutchinson, Tricia Kaman, Wally Kaplan, George Kocar, Suzan Kraus, Tiffany Laufer, Michelangelo Lovelace, Nancy Martin, Charles Mintz, Hilton P. Murray, Elise Newman, Stephen Paternite, George Roby, John Sargent, David Shafron, Rita Schuenemann, Phyllis Seltzer, Mary Stone, Zoya Trofimova, and Nancy Underhill. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I just received in the mail several copies of  American Art Collector 2012.
My painting Carova is included on page 103.
The book is an annually published, juried competition of contemporary American artists.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cleveland Artists Foundation

                                                  Mandala, oil on canvas, 48"x48"
I'll be showing this op. piece in The Cleveland Artists Foundation inaugural member's show, Cleveland Creates.

Cleveland has a strong history in  op-art and I suppose some of that has rubbed off on me. I've created several large paintings in this vein but have rarely shown them. I have several more in mind that I hope to get started on soon.

The Cleveland Artists Foundation is located in the Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

Cleveland Creates opening reception November 11, 6-8pm, through December 3, 2011.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oct. 21, 3rd Friday at w.78th

Oil and gold leaf on wood.
Here's a new one I'll be showing at my w.78th street gallery space this Friday. Hope some of you can make it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cow on Mecca Road

Cow on Mecca Road, oil on wood
Here's a just completed little painting of  cow. I painted him from a photo I snapped with my phone  a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gallery at 78th Street opening this Friday

Mecca Road, oil on canvas
This Friday is the third Friday of the month...that means it's another "3rd Friday at 78th Street!"
The gallery will be open from 5pm until 9pm (or there abouts).

The 78th Street Studios complex is over 2 city blocks of gallery and studio openings all under one roof. There is always a lot to see.

“At 170,000 square feet, 78th Street Studios is five times the size of the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, now under construction in University Circle. It’s a sprawling labyrinth, with meandering corridors that lead to surprising discoveries.”
  1. -Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

    I'll be showing several new paintings. Hope you can make it.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sparx - Open Studio Saturday

                                       Untitled, oil on wood 16"x20"

As part of the Sparx City Hop my studio will be open to the public Saturday September 10, 2011 from 11am to about 6pm. 
Explore the visual, culinary and performing arts of Cleveland's historic neighborhoods.
Now in its ninth year, CITY HOP celebrates the strength and diversity of our community. This renowned one-day event draws 25,000 patrons annually to explore what makes our city so special…connecting them to more than 70 galleries and artist studios, 100 restaurants, several markets and dozens of retail shops.
Free trolley tours transport patrons to core Cleveland districts including Downtown, the Historic Warehouse District, the Historic Gateway Neighborhood, Ohio City, Tremont, the Campus District, MidTown, AsiaTown and the St. Clair/Superior District. While in each district, patrons can explore historic buildings, view works by our city's talented artists, dining at one of many restaurants, shop at unique retail stores and take in the sights and sounds of street-side entertainment. http://www.downtowncleveland.com/events/sparx-city-hop.aspx

Friday, September 2, 2011


Here are two skull paintings from a few years back. Both are oil on canvas. The top one I recently sold and the lower one will be in a show entitled The Skull and Skeleton in Art: Folk Art to Pop Culture at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

Show details: 
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - Thursday, November 3, 2011 
Email: murbas@lakelandcc.edu
Location: The Gallery at Lakeland, Building "D", first floor.
September 15 - November 3, 2011
Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, 7-9 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: M-F 9-9, S-S 9-5
Gallery CLOSED Wed., Sept. 28, 2011 8 am - 5 pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gallery tours available.
Please call Mary Urbas
Gallery Director/Exhibition Curator/ Installation Designer at 440-525-7029 or email murbas@lakelandcc.edu for details