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Arts booster Fred Bidwell creates museum, festival and more: My Cleveland

November 4, 2019


With his wife, Laura, retired ad man Fred Bidwell has enriched Cleveland culture through the Transformer Station, FRONT Triennial, Canvas City Mural Project and more.


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Tabitha Soren’s ‘Surface Tension’ Reflects Our Own Mark Making

October 28, 2019


Cleveland Scene: By Dott von Schneider


“My favorite painting in the whole world is at the Cleveland Museum of Art, it’s a Turner and the inspiration for this,” confesses artist Tabitha Soren as she points to the photograph behind us. Over the image floats a tsunami swish of oranges and yellows that harken back to the JMW Turner painting to which she refers — “The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1934.” Turner speaks of man’s helplessness when face to face with the awesome destructive power of nature.


Soren’s image along with three additional landscapes along the same wall confront environmental destruction caused by the fingerprint of humankind. What the viewer sees, after a seriously deep artistic process, is a wave of bacteria and sweat that exude a prismatic rainbow effect. Greenland, in case you weren’t totally aware, is the second largest island after Australia. Soren says, “There are so many people that have visited that it’s shrinking in size because of erosion and the impact on it.”


The four images are writ large in 80” x 60” format. The artist explains, “I’m using an 8×10 camera that has an 8×10 negative in it, so it’s basically the size of an iPad, and then the surface area I’m shooting is an iPad, not a phone and that’s the exponential difference, right? So it’s about four times the size, so when you look at something like that, very close up, the sweat and the bacteria become a prism, here it looks like smudge, but with the light on it, it turns it into all these rainbow bits, which is also the reason why the scale is so important. If I made them 8×10’s, even online you wouldn’t be able to see the detail.”


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WATCH: Tabitha Soren on WKYC, We the People

October 25, 2019

Artist Tabitha Soren speaks with Channel 3 about her new exhibition, Surface Tension, on view now through January 19, 2020 at Transformer Station.

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“I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form

July 15, 2019

Amber N. Ford, “Down By The River,” 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The human body is an artistic subject that never gets old, and never fails to inspire. It has been at the center of artistic tradition since the Renaissance, if not since the cave paintings of Lascaux.


As a new photography exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City demonstrates, contemporary photographers are using the body to explore everything from hot-button issues of race, gender and religion, to aspects of artistic form made possible by the digital revolution…. click to read the full article.

Popular Summer Music Series Returns July 10

June 27, 2019

The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents City Stages

Photo by: Scott Shaw Photography


Cleveland (June 11, 2019)–The Cleveland Museum of Art’s City Stages returns for a series of summer block parties in front of Transformer Station on three Wednesday evenings in July at 7:30 p.m. City Stages is the museum’s acclaimed global music series that brings international artists to this neighborhood stage. For more information visit


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