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Six Month in the Paris of the Midwest

After leaving Colorado and arriving in Cleveland six months ago, it’s been a bit of an eye opener of how life truly is in the United States.  Varied.  Denver is very clean, folks are fit, air is refreshing, and residents are homogenous - which of the latter I’m not a fan.  Upon our summer arrival in Cleveland, we played on the beach and I drew till sunset on the shores of Lake Erie many days, basking in the sand of which I knew would be covered with snow very soon. Life is in Cleveland is grittier than Denver and the skies are a little heavier and frequently grey. But institutions like the Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Museum of Art are great escapes and sources of inspiration in the colder months. 

1667 E 40th Cleveland Studio

1667 E 40th Cleveland Studio


We landed an amazing place just east of downtown in an unmistakably Asian community with wonderful markets and restaurants. One can find Pho or Banh Mi at any corner. We live in a live/work loft which  totals about 4000sq in a building built in 1906 which once produced electric cars.

Just a few weeks ago Cleveland’s Collective Artists Network (CAN) published an interview with me about reasons we moved Cleveland:http://canjournal.org/members/artspace-cleveland/.

In other news, since moving here, I opened my studio for the 10th Annual Trolley Tour of Artist Live/Work Studios in Cleveland’s Arts Quarter.  I also sold two paintings: One thanks to Ken at Avondale Art Works Gallery, and the other  was a painting from 2009 titled “Jars” to a CEO of a airliner in the Los Angeles area.  I hope that this momentum will continue into next year. Currently, I still have a few paintings at Avondale Art Works -so if you are in Jacksonville, Florida pop in for a visit.

My goal for the beginning of the New Year is to find a gallery to display my newest series that I’ve started since moving to Cleveland and that I’m almost done with! Below are a few pictures of my latest.  Cheers everyone and thank you so much for the support.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


by joeythate
Daily, Weekly Thoughts. Posts. Feelings.