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Imagination- Go! with Joseph Polevoi

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Title of Program: Imagination- Go! with Joseph Polevoi

Date/Time of Program: Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location of Program: Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR). 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland OH 44106

As part of ART BITES series of Professional Practices programs, we are proud to present Imagination- Go! with Joseph Polevoi on Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.


Join Joseph Polevoi as he explores the realms of imagination with a dazzling, 45-minute presentation of his signature kaleidoscopic photography. Rich with audience participation and joyous discovery, this program encourages attendees to “see the world through a different lens” and to appreciate the unexpected beauty in everyday life.


Polevoi is known for his innovative “kaledio/computer” images, created through a combination of digital manipulation and in-camera effects achieved with kaleidoscopic lenses. In a recent article, Popular Photography described Joe’s work as “a world of vibrant color, swirling shapes and pulsing patterns” with a photographic style that “harks back to the kaleidoscope sixties and forward to a digital future.” Since his retirement 30 years ago, Joe has done more than 300 presentations of his work across the country including Disney World, where he addressed an international group of designers, retailers and collectors of kaleidoscopes.


Imagination- Go is not just a means to share vibrant art, but an experience intended to enliven your mind and combat the pitfalls of rigid thinking. Polevoi describes “My message can be summed up with a simple icon, probably one of the most familiar symbols in our lives…a traffic light. I like to think the red light represents those who no longer wish to learn, who think they know it all, or feel that they have been there- done that. The yellow light represents a cautious approach to new ideas and new experiences. The green light signifies a willingness to explore in many directions which could include furthering education, making new friends, helping in the community, traveling and enlightening one’s world.”


“In our lifetime, more has been created by those whose imaginations led them to experiment and develop their ideas. We have seen the results of this in the arts, medical advances, education and in the many changes that make our lives more complete.”

Join us Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 – 8:00pm for a unique experience and let your Imagination- Go!

Imagination, Go! is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), however, please register here on Eventbrite or call 216.721.9020 to make reservations.

AAWR is fully wheel-chair accessible and has ample free parking both in its adjacent lot as well as on East 123rd Street. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

A Brief Biography: Joe Polevoi received his BFA from the Akron Art Institute Professional School. After serving in the U.S. Army as an illustrator during the Korean War, he moved to Cleveland and worked as an artist at the Cleveland Press, newspaper. He later designed corporate publications and served as public relations art director at Ohio Bell/Ameritech until his retirement in 1986. His wife Marcia owned the popular Coventry gift shop, High Tide Bock Bottom.

About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work created by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programming the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio Art Dealers Association, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.


Featured Image: Joseph Polevoi, Clowning in Red (Detail), 2010, Kaleidoscopic digital print, Winner of AAWR's PHOTONOW 2017 "Best Color" Award.

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