Cleveland Kids Create
I opened up my Facebook last Monday morning, quickly scanning through a sea of status updates and suddenly stopped on this, a refreshing, meaningful photo:
I immediately emailed Loren Naji, contemporary artist and fellow Clevelander, for the full scoop. We sat down a few days later, and I was treated both to the details, and the inspiration, behind this amazing event.
Meet Loren and Brielle
Brielle, 10 year old daughter of Naji, was granted her first art studio at the age of two. Housed in her dad’s gallery, the Loren Naji Studio Gallery, Brielle’s space was a place of play, a blank canvas on which she could create. Brielle’s love for art has continued; she’s particularly fond of painting and clay, techniques she has learned from her father.
Brielle who has had exposure to the monthly gallery shows Naji curates, just recently suggested the concept behind what is now Cleveland Kids Create. She remembers, “I said, Dad, we should have a kids art show!”
Naji was struck by the idea, noting, “I thought this would be a really meaningful show because it gives kids the opportunity to show in a professional gallery. Then, I thought there could be an even deeper meaning to this if these kids were able to both contribute to great cause and sell their work, giving them a great deal of pride as a result.”
The two then decided that proceeds from the show would go to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, an organization that helps kids with cancer.
So far, the pair are expecting to see over a hundred pieces of art submitted.
What does Brielle hope to see as her excellent idea comes to fruition? She smiles, her desire is simple: “for a lot of money to go to the kids at the Cancer Foundation.”
To Take Part:
Children between the ages of 5 and 13 years are encouraged to submit art, of any kind, to the Loren Naji Studio Gallery at 2138 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, on either Monday, December 2nd between noon and 7:00 p.m. or Tuesday, December 3rd, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Mailed art will not be accepted.
“Anything goes,” the Naji’s share. “We invite kids to think out of the box. Art could be on the floor, on a pedestal, on the wall, hung from the ceiling, etc.”
All art will be for sale and priced at $20.00. Some proceeds will go to the artists and some to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
The Cleveland Kids Create‘s opening reception will take place at Naji’s gallery on Friday, December 6th from 6 p.m. to Midnight. Kids hors d’oeuvres will be served and music will add to make the event into a big party!
For more information, call Loren at 216.621.6444.
A little about Loren: Loren Naji is an American conceptual painter and sculptor from Brooklyn, New York, now based out of Cleveland. He attended Kent State University to study graphic design and graduated with a B.F.A. in painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art. He has shown his work in The Cleveland Museum of Art and is the owner of the Loren Naji Studios in Ohio City.