Notre Dame College to Host The Storyteller: An Exhibit of Jewelry, Masks and Mor

Notre Dame College to Host The Storyteller: An Exhibit of Jewelry, Masks and More

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “The Storyteller,” a showing of paintings, portraits, masks and jewelry by Cleveland artist Anna Arnold from February 14 through March 22. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. February 14 in the library.

The exhibit and opening reception are free to the public.

Arnold, whose work has been featured in nearly 200 exhibits across the U.S., including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, is a dynamic, independent artist, educator and entrepreneur known for emotionally stirring storytelling through lushly colorful and highly detailed portraits and masks. A childhood fascination with relatives’ and friends’ life stories fostered a curiosity and sense of compassion reflected in her works.

Arnold, who explores many moods, styles and materials in her pieces, also finds inspiration in journeys of self-discovery through reading, writing and walking in nature. For Arnold, “everything we encounter has a story to tell—a beginning, middle and ending.”

The founder and manager of Anna Arnold ART Studio─which produces vibrant community murals, public art works, private commissions and art educational services in Northeast Ohio─Arnold has created large-scale public murals for the Cleveland Museum of Art Community Murals Project, Verizon Wireless, the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and Karamu House.

Arnold’s art has been shown in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and she has completed commissions for Severance Hall, the Buckeye Area Development Corporation and the Cleveland International Film Festival. Her works are in the collections of Progressive Insurance, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Public Library, Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Art and Religion in Washington, D.C.

In 2012, Arnold was featured in “Celebrate Your Life” a short, promotional film for the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, and nominated for Who’s Who in Black Cleveland. She also has been named director of Ursuline College’s award-winning Wasmer Gallery.

Arnold holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a master’s degree in art education from Case Western Reserve University.

 “The Storyteller” exhibit may be viewed during Notre Dame library hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1-10 p.m. For more information about the show, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.


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