Friday, May 11, 2012

SPACES Opens Mock City Visitors Bureau Tonight

Wearing your city on your chest has become the motto of every local clothing company lately. They're selling shirts decorated with everything from area codes to state outlines to local rappers' lyrics. The experimental contemporary art gallery SPACES joins the trend tonight with on-site silk screen-printing at their mock Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“People don’t often think of Cleveland as a tourist location," says SPACES Executive Director, Christopher Lynn. "People don’t know what we have to offer. What causes people to linger and look at Cleveland in a different way?” Tonight’s mock convention of all things Cleveland offers one answer.

The night is designed for guests to see the “creative, funky side” of the city through a visitor’s view. SPACES' front gallery will host a tearoom with postcards and brochures from local Cleveland hot spots. Artwork from Cleveland SGS, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Temporary Travel Office and The Think Tank That Has Yet to Be Named will take guests deeper into the exhibition

Local screeners and artists will be fashioning T-shirts with two different screens, including the SPACES event theme “Rust is the New Black.” Bring your own T-shirt and screen it for $8, or buy a pre-printed for $12 and rep your Cleveland pride.

SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, a block from the corner of Detroit Avenue and West 25th St. The free event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight.

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