Notre Dame College Exhibits Local Photographer's Works Showcasing Transformation of Cleveland

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Urban Abstracts & Daily Contrasts,” a showing of works by local photographer Stuart Pearl.
An opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, in the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through October 31.
A lifelong Cleveland resident, Pearl uses his art as a way of promoting and documenting Cleveland’s growth and transformation. Drawing his inspiration from Ansel Adams, Margret Bourke-White and noted local photographer Jennie Jones, Pearl patiently and methodically looks for that certain slant of light that transforms a scene from commonplace to memorable.
Pearl said he can often be found at various construction sites, demolition projects, parks, cemeteries and monuments with camera in hand, ready to capture a transformative image that will chronicle the progress of the city. He has even been known to make multiple trips to the same site at a different time of day, or during a different season of the year, in his quest to capture a perfect moment in time.
A graduate of Miami University, where he studied photography and took photos for the student newspaper, Pearl also did post-graduate study in photojournalism at Kent State University. For more than 40 years until his retirement last year, Pearl worked in the graphic art department for AT&T. Following his passion for photography, Pearl has been a freelance photographer since 1972.
Pearl’s photography has been exhibited at the Dobama Theatre, Beachwood Library, Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Nature Center, Geauga Parks Donald W. Meyer Center, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, Rosewood Gallery in Dayton, Ohio, and the Zanesville Museum of Art.
In 2014, he received honorable mention honors at the Erie Museum’s Annual Spring Show. Pearl has exhibited frequently at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, where he won Best of Show in 2008 for “Coming Up the Cuyahoga.” In addition to these honors, Pearl was recently recruited by one of his idols, Jennie Jones, to contribute 25 of his photos to a forthcoming book The Cleveland Museum of Art: A Portrait, soon to be available in the museum’s store.
In addition to his artistic pursuits, Pearl serves on the board of the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve and helps the organization preserve and exhibit the art of prominent area artists. He also works as a volunteer event photographer with WVIZ/WCPN Ideastream, Cleveland’s public broadcast organization, and is a volunteer judge for local organizations such as the Cleveland Photographic Society and the Friends of Euclid Creek.
Pearl is a 30-year resident of Lyndhurst, Ohio, where he resides with his wife Jeanne. To view Pearl’s work, visit his blog at www.pearlphoto.blogspot.com.
The exhibit may be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1-10 p.m. For additional information, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or kzoller@ndc.edu.
 
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