Local Artist Exhibits “humanity?” at NDC

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “humanity?” - an exhibition of works by local artist Boni Suzanne Gelfand - from Nov. 8 to Dec. 15. The artist will give talks 2-3 p.m. on the afternoons of Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the library. The free exhibit depicts humanity’s mistreatment of its fellow man and Planet Earth. It will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

A resident of Shaker Heights, Gelfand has also lived in Toronto, Canada, and Long Beach, New York. She attended Cuyahoga Community College, where she received an Associate of Arts degree and studied under Blake Cook. Gelfand also holds an Associate of Applied Business degree with a major in interior design from Tri-C.

One of the paintings in Gelfand's "humanity?" series.

Gelfand has been a certified travel consultant for over 25 years. She specializes in travel to India, which she has visited three times. These trips served to foster Gelfand’s spiritual side, which heavily informs her work. She is experienced in marketing, display, promotion and public relations, and utilizes her artistic and creative talents at her day job. For over 10 years Gelfand has designed, edited and produced a quarterly travel newsletter distributed to her client base.

Gelfand is skilled in various media and has been in over 17 competitions and exhibitions to date. She has won several awards for her paintings and installations, and her work has been featured in various publications such as the Cleveland Jewish News and the Sun Newspapers.

In 2008, she received a Certificate of Mention award for “humanity?” The installation of 11 abstract paintings at the Tri-C Gallery East Student Art exhibition was juried by Cleveland art dealer William Busta.

In 2010, her installation entitled “Jewels of the Pacific” won Best Sculpture at the Tri-C Student Art Exhibition. That same year it also won first prize at the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve’s “Seeing Green: Creating Art in an Era of Sustainability” exhibition, which was juried by retired architect Berj Shakarian and Robert Thurner, director of the Cleveland State University Art Gallery.

Called “zenlike” and “original” by the judges, the piece consisted of a series of plastic tubes filled with miscellaneous recycled plastic objects in hues of blues and greens. The tubes were then filled with tap water and, when viewed in their totality, created an image of tranquil beauty from what is normally thrown in the trash. Both installations will be featured in the current show along with more recent works.

Gelfand is a proud member and serves on the board of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, a unique archival facility created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. She also assists in fundraising for Ursuline College’s and Cuyahoga Community College’s art therapy and counseling programs, and volunteers at the Maltz Museum, the Shaker Heights Public Library annual book sale and the annual Armenian Church Bazaar.

Gelfand’s exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.