Art departs from the real world in the AI discourse at the Valley Art Center: Valley Views
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Valley Art Center is hosting an exhibit called “Rendering: A Digital Discourse,” featuring five local digital and artificial intelligence artists.
The show opens from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 27, along with the center’s annual student and faculty show. The exhibition will be visible until Wednesday, March 8.
A special artist panel on the art of digital and artificial intelligence will take place at 7 p.m. on February 10. Featured artists include Steven Gutierrez, Greggory Hill, Matthew Pylypiv, Pam Spremulli and Jessica Wascak. They will discuss their relationship with the digital world and how technology helps them, before taking questions from the audience.
Valley Art Center is located at 155 Bell St. in Chagrin Falls. The center offers a myriad of classes and workshops for students of all ages. Contact valleyartcenter.org or 440-247-7507.
Satellite inspired quilt show: The tech also co-created an exhibit of handmade quilts that is now on display at the West Woods Nature Center through April 30.
Artist Deb Berkebile shares her collection of 10 quilts in a show called “Earth in Three Bands, R, G, B,” which explores satellite imagery and “false-color” representations of remote sensing satellite imagery from geographic information systems (GIS).
Berkebile combines her experienced hand in making textiles and quilts with her exploration of surface design and multimedia in her new creations. She used hand-dyeing and painting techniques, as well as ice-dyeing and digital manipulation of the images printed on her fabrics.
She describes herself as a naturalist and ecologist at heart. She served on the jury for the OurStory traveling civil rights exhibit, and her quilts celebrated the contributions of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Sitting Bull.
The West Woods Nature Center is located at 9465 Kinsman Road in the Township of Russell. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except February 20.
Getting ready to garden: You can sharpen your tools and your knowledge of garden and garden plants this winter.
From 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, you can attend a session with Geauga Park District Naturalist Chris Mentrek, who will lead a pre-spring maintenance session at the West Woods Nature Center.
According to Mentrek, winter is a good time to clean, sharpen and repair tools before the busy spring season. Turns out it was a standard winter chore for the children of the Mentrek household.
Know your weeds: Do you need help identifying weeds in your yard and garden? Judy Barnhart, president of the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio, is hosting a program from 1 to 2 p.m. March 26 on the topic at the West Woods Nature Center.
She will also call weed families known to be aggressive and noxious. Barnhart is a former Geauga Park District naturalist.
Register for the course at geaugaparkdistrict.org under Programs & Events.
Learn more about maple sugar: You can take your lunch break and learn about maple syrup in a short show at 1 p.m. on February 8 and 22, with a Zoom link.
Karie Wheaton of the Geauga Park District offers programs twice a month.
The show on March 8 and 22 will be themed around spring wildflowers.
Wheaton will also be responding to follow-up questions and comments from viewers via her email shared during the presentations. To attend the sessions, register at geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Who is hungry: The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to grab your first bite from 6-8 p.m. on January 30 and sample some of the dishes featured at participating restaurants during the upcoming Chagrin Valley Restaurant Week, which will run until to February 5.
The launch party will be held at Township Hall, 83 N. Main St. in Chagrin Falls. You can taste the cuisine of Batuqui, Cowboy Food and Drink, M Italia, Muvel and Sushi Junki.
Two drink tickets will be included in your $20 admission price. This year marks the ninth year of the event which introduces the public to the variety of dining options in the Valley of Sorrows. Gregory Garwood will provide musical entertainment.
One must reserve. Contact chagrinvalleyrestaurantweek.com.
Stream a good movie: The folks at Chagrin Documentary Film Festival are offering encore passes that let you stream selected films from the recent festival.
Festival favorites are queued for viewing in January. February features short films and March features award-winning documentaries.
A month of on-demand streaming is offered for $75. Contact grieffilmfest.org.
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