Popeye Presents the Rust Belt Monster Collective
Survival Kit, Suite 303
78th Street Studios
1305 W. 80th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Opening Reception, Book Release 5 - 9 pm May 20
LIVE Painting and Reception 5 - 9 pm June 17
Closing Reception 5 - 9 pm July 15th
In May and June, Popeye Gallery hosts a special exhibition by the Rust Belt Monster Collective (RBMC) at Survival Kit as part of Third Friday at 78th Street Studios. The show features dozens of large-scale murals created by the group over the past several years.
May’s opening reception will also serve as the official launch party for the release of the RBMC’s first book, which documents the group’s four year history with high quality images of (nearly) all of their 40+ murals. At June’s closing reception, the group will create one of their signature live murals... throughout the evening. Following each Third Friday reception, Survival Kit co-founder Brian Straw will present live music at 9 p.m.
Each mural was created live in front of an audience at various art events throughout Northeast Ohio over the past several years; including the Cleveland Museum of Art, IngenuityFest, Brite Winter, Carol & John's Free Comic Book Day, Great Lakes Brewing Company, BAYarts and many more.
The RBMC includes Erin Caruso, Randy Crider, James Giar, Ben Hale, Tim Switalski and Craig Worrell. The origins of both Popeye Gallery and the Rust Belt Monster Collective are tied to Collinwood’s Waterloo Arts District. The group initially met through Dr. Sketchy's live drawing events at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – just steps from the site of Popeye’s first exhibition.
For more information about Popeye Gallery, or to submit artwork for future consideration, please contact Omid at Omid.Tavakoli@popeyegallery.com or Josh at Josh.Usmani@popeyegallery.com.