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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 16:02.
Snowdrop flower banner

These snowdrops were out in bud form on the 24th of February in Cleveland,Ohio, and are now open in the 65 degree southerly breezes on March 3, 2008.

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Art of the Day: CIA’s 62nd Annual Student Independent Exhibition

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 00:54.

Michael Chattem, Semen is Thicker Than Blood. Blood, ink, marker

One of the greatest times when the Cleveland School May Show is the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Annual Student Independent Exhibition, now in its 62 year. Drawing from a huge, diverse body of work in every imaginable media and medium - this year, including semen?! - from an awesome pool of talent, connected by a world-class arts college, in a great arts community, the SIE always delivers an inspiring, mind-expanding experience of genius.

Jessica Jurca, Reliquary to the Brontosaurus. Enamel on Copper, pine.

Euclid retaining wall panels east cleveland

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 02/19/2008 - 17:36.

While there are guns firing at each other around NEO, there are also efforts to express appreciation and love.  Public murals - and I include much graffiti in that genre - don't have the ability to kill, but they are very powerful in influencing our mood and sense of hope.
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Euclid car wash graffiti near Noble Rd, East Cleveland

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 18:38.
Euclid car wash graffiti near Noble Rd, East Cleveland

This image is on the remains of a building wall behind a car wash on Euclid in East Cleveland, Ohio, just east of Noble Road.

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The Rock - Alcatraz

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 02/16/2008 - 15:23.
The Rock - Alcatraz

This is an image of "The Rock" - Alcatraz Island in San Fransisco's harbor

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Uploading REALNEO Header Images

Submitted by Jeff Schuler on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 22:45.

How to upload an image for the RealNEO header -- without using a blog post:

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Cleveland School May Show Dana Paterson, at the Inner Circle

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 02:07.
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Dana Paterson at Inner Circle

To help "Cleveland School" Neon Artist Extraordinair Dana Paterson celebrate, show-off and profit from his cover story feature in the Free Times newspaper, this week, the Inner Circle will feature an exhibit of Dana's recent and past work, with installation beginning this Friday, February 8, 2008, when you may meet the artist, from 4-7 PM... the exhibition will have a formal opening next Friday, Fenruary 15th, from 6-9 PM, and will remain on display through the end of the month.

Dana Paterson Neon Sculpture



Cleveland School May Show, at the Inner Circle
1519 Lakeview Road Star Complex (former Hough Bakeries)
Cleveland, OH
United States


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 22:27.

January Contre Jour light on the seaway makes for dramatic photo images. 

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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 01/04/2008 - 22:48.

free wall graffiti cleveland ohio

I spoke with the auto wrecker which is just under the bridge from the free wall today.  He isn't happy with the graffiti workers because when the graffiti is on the junk yard fence, the city inspectors make the junk yard paint over the graffiti. 

So, please, put the graffiti on the bridge abuttments, not on the private junk yard fence!

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2007 Cleveland Institute of Art Faculty Show

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 12/10/2007 - 13:04.

Barbara Stanczak sculptures

The Cleveland Institute of Art is extraordinarily important to Northeast Ohio and the world for the great artists and designers educated there, and for the great artists and designers who are the educators, and staff. Each year, the work of the diverse CIA faculty is showcased in an exhibition not to be missed... the reception for 2007 was last Friday, December 7, and a great event, as always... perhaps the last ever in the historic Gund Building Reinberger Gallery space, as the CIA moves in total to Euclid Avenue.

Urban dining with kids at best @ Bar Cento, Tuesdays

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 12/04/2007 - 14:03.
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Claes at Bar Centro

Chef Jonathon Sawyer's blog says "!!!Due to the Overwhelming Response!!!"... and I saw that first hand, last week...  COOK CHEFIN' w/ Kids @ Bar Cento is now a weekly occassion for families to get together at the very cool Bar Centro, being the left side of the Bier Market, 1948 W. 25th Street, from, for the kids (and adults) to make their own gourmet pizzas... Bar Cento provides a great spread of organic, fresh toppings and has fresh dough spread out to go. We took our son Claes last week and we all had such fun, and made the best pizza in town, so we're going back tonight and will be regulars... scene is today's header of the day, full size here).


Bar Centro
1948 W. 25th Street Bier Market
Cleveland, OH
United States

Rest in Shame, Forever, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 22:27.

I wanted to enjoy and capture a last glimpse of Fall 2007 so stopped by the second most important battleground in the history of the environmental movement in NEO, after Whiskey Island, being the Shaker Lakes Nature Center, above (see full size here). Were it not for 11 exceptional women from Shaker, including REALNEOan Martha Eakin's mother, a seriously crude, corrupt, foolish Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairman, former Cuyahoga County Engineer Albert Porter, would have driven freeways through this exact spot in the Shaker Lakes. The scenario is very much like we have in NEO today, with seriously crude, corrupt, foolish political bosses attempting to do seriously crude, corrupt, foolish things to our region, like demolishing the Breuer, over-bridging and retrenching I-90, and likely the "Opportunity Corridor", which is driving far more than 11 exceptional women to take on the latest generation of seriously crude, corrupt, foolish leaders... and, like the Shaker 11, we are winning.

As soon as we lose the moral basis, we cease to be religious

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 00:40.

Rockefeller / MLK Drive is as beautiful a place to enjoy nature - these days, fall colors - as any place on Earth that has been touched by man.  As I've been thinking about the Native Americans of this land, and Indians of India and America, and the current hostility in this county of past invaders against all others who want to live here too, I was drawn to the Indian Cultural Garden, today, and it was spectacular (full size image here).

I stood there alone, in one of the world's most beautiful places, as commuting suburbanites whizzzed by, and I thought of the last photos I took near here, of the demolition of historic apartment buildings on East Boulevard, that were part of this park's historic fabric and culture, quietly demolished for parking lots, for the whizzzzzing commuters (Full size images: above and below).

To solve many of our social ills, NEO simply needs to give back what we have abandoned

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 22:35.

It is interesting to reflect on "Cleveland" as a "shrinking city", with 100,000s in declining population, 10,000s of abandoned residential, commercial and industrial lots and buildings covering 1,000s of acres of land, and a failing tax base. Simply put, much of Cleveland is free to the taking, and taxpayers will even pay to get taken by their leaders - the land that is being freed up in this latest Savings and Loan "crisis" is worth $ billions and is being given to the friends of politicians for long term speculation and short term enrichment... what is bad for the poor is very good for the rich, who can buy low (can't beat free, with public subsidy). I'd say all this foreclosure hoopla is as fraudulent as was the housing bubble itself, being pure voodoo economic bullshit media spin to steal from the poor and give to the rich - the "Developed Nations" way and a NEO leadership specialty. I'd like to propose a completely different spin on dealing with our shrinking city crises, which is to give back to the Native Americans what we stole from them in the first place, since we destroyed it and supposedly it is now a burden to we settlers in our cowardly New World.

Euclid Corridor Taking Shape, of Concrete

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 23:44.

Driving back and forth between Ohio City and East Cleveland, I often take Euclid... partly to watch the progress of the "Silver Line" and Clinic Complex development. I increasingly find the "Silver Line" and Mid-Town aspects of all this disappointing, but I am fascinated by what I see coming together with the Cleveland Clinic.

University Circle Cancer Moving Down East Boulevard... Is there an Urban Planner in the House?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/05/2007 - 23:59.

The last two realneo headers are pans of a site I pass often, on my way between the East and West sides, which is bounded by East 105, Wade Park and East Boulevard, in one of the most important historic and cultural neighborhoods in America, where I was shocked to find a group of significant apartment buildings being demolished.


Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 07/14/2007 - 18:38.

This is a shot taken over the breakwater last Wednesday, July 11, 2007.  I thought it would be fun to see it up against Norm's Realneo Header.  I'm not sure where Norm's photo was taken - are there any of the same spinnakers in the two photos?

07.05.27 Header of the Day: Edwin at the Inner Circle

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 01:53.

Edwin at Inner Circle Restaurant

Located in the heart of the historic Hough Bakeries Complex is the Inner Circle, a weekend club and reception facility operated for the past 7 years by the Hot Sauce Williams family. Starting shortly, operation of the Inner Circle will expand to extended hours every day, featuring a cybercafe, meeting space, computer terminals, free wifi, independent film, the Linux Cafe, art, culture, and great food, coffee, and even wine tastings, via a broader partnership of friends. This pan is from the deck and patio area, and features Guyanese chef and reggae performer and DJ Edwin, who will help operate the Inner Circle, shown with Hot Sauce Williams founder LeMaud Williams, as well.

07.05.25 Header of the Day: Steelyard Outlot Pan

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/25/2007 - 01:52.

Steelyard Commons

As a contrast to yesterday's Header of the Day, of Beechwood Place Mall, here's a new pan from a shoot at new Cleveland Big Box Mall Steelyard Commons, still in development, on April 20, 2007.

07.05.23 Header of the Day: Worse than WiFi-less

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 00:23.

I had the annoyance of going to Beechwod Place Mall today for a meeting. What an astounding celebration of sweatshop labor and wasted resources. This pan is the first floor corner by some silly place called Nordstom, where not only does the coffee shop not provide wifi but the barista doesn't know what wifi means.

07.05.18 Header of the Day: "Merging" by Athena Tacha

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/18/2007 - 17:59.

Tacha Merging panorama

One of my favorite works of public art in NEO is "Merging", by Athena Tacha, which is a large scale stone and water installation on the campus of Case University, nicely positioned near the Gehry designed Peter B. Lewis Building. The sculpture is part of the Putnam Sculpture Collection, and additional information and other images of this work are found here. This panorama was taken on a beautiful, brisk, sunny spring day, May 18, 2007, from the top of the sculpture.

Art for all time: Masumi Hayashi, rest in peace

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 08/18/2006 - 14:34.


Manzanar Relocation Camp, Monument, 1995, panoramic photo collage, 48"x 80"


I am saddened and horrified to now recognize Masumi Hayashi as the finest photographer and one of the greatest artists Northeast Ohio has ever know, as she was murdered last night in her studio. All local arts lovers and artists certainly knew Masumi and her remarkable work, and of the great value she brought to CSU as a professor there. Her loss to Northeast Ohio as an arts community cannot be overstated.