Saturday, December 18, 2010


Two back to back art shows
by JOHN G.

In January of 2011, local artists John G. and Jake Kelly are presenting two art shows in Cleveland Heights with back-to-back opening receptions. These two artists are well known for their rock-show posters, comics and murals that can be seen all over town. This will be the first time these artists have ever presented their work together on a shared bill and the first time either of them have opened two shows on two consecutive nights.

The first show, “10 IMAGINARY MOVIES”, will occur on Thursday, January 13th at the B-Side Liquor Lounge. (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., beneath the Grog Shop) For the last year, Jake Kelly has worked on a series of full-size movie posters designed for movies of his own creation. He has made up a world of fictional actors, directors and production companies down to the last detail (including involved synopsis and production histories for each) for 1970's style horror and exploitation films such as “DON'T GO IN THE YARD”, “HELLSHARK” and “THE LAKE ERIE MONSTER”. Kelly enlisted the help of fellow artist John G. to further add to the illusion of reality he was creating. John has used his considerable design skills to create a huge array of ephemera and movie memorabilia: VHS boxes, production stills, novelizations, action figures and many more odds and ends. The opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 pm and the artists will be on hand to discuss imaginary plot points and the merits of made-up directors. This show is proudly sponsored by Melt bar & grilled.

The very next night (Friday, January 14th), just up the road at Heights Arts Gallery (2173 Lee Road) John and Jake will be presenting the first major exhibition of their combined rock-show poster artwork, “A FEW HUNDRED POSTERS”. Best known for their striking and imaginative show posters, they have, combined, over 1,800 fliers and posters to their credit over the last 15 years. They will be showing nearly all of these. On the walls will be original artwork and prints as well as a mammoth installation and displays elucidating their mutual creative processes. This will be the first time their posters have been exhibited together and fans of their work (or Cleveland rock n' roll history for that matter) will have a chance to see their massive body of artwork together in one place. Special thanks go out to the Beachland Ballroom and the Grog Shop.

Both shows will run through February 2011, but we encourage you to join us at both opening receptions to meet the artists and take in the artwork.

*the B-Side Liquor Lounge
2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
(216) 932-1966

*Heights Arts Gallery
2173 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
(216) 371-3457

*John G.

*Jake Kelly


Abhay said...

Dang, that first show sounds awesome. Production histories...

ron said...

Wanna buy.

ron said...

Let's do some biz.

John G said...

Hey Ron, Email me: