What does CAN Triennial Have to Do With Art, Plastic, and Lake Erie?

CAN Triennial is a gathering of exemplary contemporary art from Northeast Ohio, featuring new discoveries, rising stars, and the region's most accomplished artists. An exhibit filling three floors of 78th Street Studios with painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber art, music, film, and site-specific installations. A Gallery Pavilion bringing together 20 of the most selective dealers from Northeast Ohio and surrounding cities. A deep dive into the creative minds of Cleveland.

Several of the artists have pieces or installations directly or tangentially related to Lake Erie (special thanks to Christy Gray for the heads-up!). Listen to five of the artists talk about their work and then go SEE their art in person! In the meantime, check out Michael Gill and Hilary Gent's overview to get a better sense of the scale and scope of CAN Triennial. CAN Triennial runs from Jul7 7 - 29. Exhibit hours are Noon to 7 pm Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 6 pm Sunday and Monday. Details on special events are at https://www.cantriennial.org/

  • Cleveland artists Lori Kella and Michael Loderstedt talk about their piece "Signal".
  • Cleveland artist Christine Mauersberger talks about her algae bloom inspired piece "Poisonous Beauty".
  • Vermillion artist Sherry Bradshaw talks about her Installation "Castaways" (and her process!).
  • Oberlin artist Rebecca Cross talks about her Lake Erie inspired piece "Gyre".
  • Lakewood artist Ron Shelton talks about the inspiration and process behind his installation "our plastic world".

Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Happy 60th Anniversary Goodtime III

Last night's cruise on the Goodtime III reminded us of the old line about a busman's holiday: A holiday in which you spend most of your time doing the same or something very similar to your normal work. Ostensibly we were guests of the Goodtime III's 60th Anniversary Cruise along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

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Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Don't Be Like These Cuyahoga River boaters...

Here's a look at the scrum that happens on the Cuyahoga River when the Norfolk Southern Bridge has a lift on a busy day. The Goodtime III Captain's view from the wheelhouse is much different (further back and lower) than the security cam's view (it's mounted higher and looks down).

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It Took the Hapless Cleveland Browns to Provide A Much Needed Perspective on Lake Erie

We have to hand it to the hapless Cleveland Browns: Not only have they recently fumbled a great opportunity to bond with their long suffering fans, but they've managed to elevate Lake Erie's brand to a point where that Great Lake now eclipses the Cuyahoga River as shorthand for national media to kick Cleveland in the shins.

In case you missed last week's announcement via Twitter, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced he'd be jumping in Lake Erie on June 1. Last year coach Jackson had vowed to jump in Lake Erie if his team failed to improve on its 1-15 record in 2016. As long-suffering Browns fans know, the team managed to go winless in 2017, putting coach on the clock for delivering on his promise.

Last week's announcement gave some cause to wonder how coach Jackson's June dip in a Great Lake was a sufficient enough nod to loyal fans who have endured the Browns' 1-31 record over two seasons. Many thought a dip in winter (before the NFL draft) would have been a more deserving and appropriate "cleansing of the Cleveland Browns"

And we have to admit a certain wonderment at how Browns brass are turning a wonderful opportunity to bond with their devoted fans (@Reflog_18's Cleveland Browns Perfect Season Parade anyone?) into an overly managed, private photo-op that loses any sense of connection with the Browns' fan base. Shutting loyal fans out of the opportunity to personally witness coach Hue making good on his word is a half-hearted way to erase the sins of the past. Does anyone doubt a public event would be both more appropriate AND effective? C'mon Browns, there's still time to call an audible and make coach Hue's dip a public celebration!

But the Browns HAVE done something that bears noting. After the Browns' announcement of coach Jacksons dive into the lake, we couldn't help but notice how national media described Lake Erie as "pretty gross" and "stinky".

Years of repeated algae blooms in Lake Erie's western basin have managed to taint the national brand of that Great Lake. And out-of-towners don't discern the problem as a localized one. They think ALL of Lake Erie is covered in pea-green soup. Heck, even Ohio's Governor John Kasich has trouble communicating Lake Erie's impaired status effectively. And yeah, we're even guilty of having a little fun at Lake Erie's expense with a "Creature" riff we made back in 2014 during the Toledo water crisis. 

 PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER ESSICK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER ESSICK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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But the Lake Erie PR pulse from last week's Browns announcement made us realize Lake Erie's ongoing challenges with algae blooms has tainted the public mindset to a point where a spoiled Lake Erie has finally eclipsed the Cuyahoga River as shorthand for out-of-towners to kick Cleveland in the shins. After 49 years, the memories of the 1969 fire (under the image of the 66-year-old photo from the 1952 fire) have finally receded. Good for the river, bad for the lake. To recognize that changed status, you're invited to the 2nd annual Share the River Ramble, our June 22 walk, run, beer and music celebration how far the Cuyahoga River has come since the 1969 fire.

Of course some national media still have trouble keeping Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River history straight. Check out yesterday morning's First & Last on ESPN Radio. And yeah we know Golic Jr. didn't grow up in Cleveland but his dad did!

When Santa and the Coast Guard Rescue the Santa Paddle's Rescue Boat

When Santa and the Coast Guard Rescue the Santa Paddle's Rescue Boat

Usually we prefer to stay in the background when we're covering one of Cleveland's waterfront stories but during Sunday's third annual Santa Paddle, we found ourselves right in the middle of a Cleveland version of "The Old Man and the Sea"

 

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Things We're Thankful For

Things We're Thankful For

Thanksgiving provides a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and celebrate a modern "harvest" together. It's also a time that allows people the opportunity to consider the many things we have to be thankful for. In that spirit, we wanted to reflect on the many things (in no particular order) we're thankful for with regards to Cleveland's waterfront.

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Traci Lynn Martin's Great Lakes Circumnavigation Adventure

Traci Lynn Martin's Great Lakes Circumnavigation Adventure

Imagine taking a year off from your job, cashing in a large chunk of your 401K, saying goodbye to your family, and setting off on a journey to achieve one goal but also to show people with chronic illness how to triumph over adversity. Traci Lynn Martin is doing just that in her quest to become the first person to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes

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All Hands on Deck's Embrace of the Great Lakes

All Hands on Deck's Embrace of the Great Lakes

The day before the 4th of July we were treated to the sight of 45 engaged citizens at Cleveland Metroparks Wendy Park participating in All Hands on Deck, a first-time, pop-up event where over 2,000 people from 70 communities in 6 states and Ontario linked hands and boats along the Great Lakes shores to raise awareness of the need to protect the Lakes

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Today is River Day!

Today is River Day!

Today is Cuyahoga River Restoration's River Day, where 29 different events and activities give you an opportunity to spend some time along the Cuyahoga River and its system of wetlands, tributaries and, of course, Lake Erie, where the river flows into

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Burning River Fest at the Corner of Lake Erie & the Cuyahoga River

Burning River Fest at the Corner of Lake Erie & the Cuyahoga River

Last night's opener of the 15th Annual Burning River Fest sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Burning River Foundation saw big crowds enjoying a beautiful evening on the edge of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie

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Cleveland's Tomorrow is Here Today

Cleveland's Tomorrow is Here Today

Having had 36 hours to reflect on Sunday night's historic NBA Finals Championship win by the Cleveland Cavaliers, several things struck us.  First, we went slightly off Cleveland waterfront format when we rode the Cavs wave but we did our best to graft some Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie DNA onto our Twitter posts

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