20 years of Tremont Artwalk–Artwalk Veterans

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in exhibitions | 3 Comments
20 years of Tremont Artwalk–Artwalk Veterans

As we observe the 20th anniversary of the Tremont Artwalk this year, we are working on a series of portraits of some of the people who were involved with the Artwalk at it’s beginning, with the help of Jean Brandt and Rich Weiss. These portraits will be on display for the February and March Artwalks on 2/8/13 and 3/8/13 at Mastroianni Photography and Arts in the Tremont neighborhood.

Since the late 1980s, artists have been moving into the historic Tremont neighborhood.  In September 1990, Tremont resident Jean Brandt exhibited the art installation, “Olde Stuff” by Terry Durst, in her storefront law office on Kenilworth Avenue. Two years later Ron Naso, owner of Studio Gallery on Professor Avenue and artist Robert Ritchie teamed up with Sandy Rotokowski of Edison’s Pub and The Literary Cafe’s Andy Timithy and Linda Baldizzi for a multi-venue Halloween art celebration. The seeds a “Tremont ArtWalk” were being sown.
Two months later, in December 1992, marked the opening of Wildflower, an exhibit and performance space in Lemko Hall, with another neighborhood “ArtWalk”. To celebrate, The Lit exhibited paintings by Tim Herron, another Tremont resident and proprietor of The Manly Pad. Herron customarily left his sketchpad at the end of the bar at The Lit, to be reviewed and even added to by others; echoes of this custom continue today in the monthly drawing club that meets on Friday nights in the back room of The Lit.
The first official Tremont ArtWalk occurred on February 12, 1993–the second Friday of the month. Seven businesses pooled their resources to promote the event, with a card designed by Mikel Mahoney that included the ArtWalk logo and a neighborhood map. These seven businesses included not only two exhibitional galleries but also Bookworm and Bugjuice (a bookstore on Kenilworth Avenue) and The Guerilla Theater.
From these humble beginnings 20 years ago, Tremont ArtWalk has blossomed, now boasting monthly participation from almost 30 restaurants, pubs, galleries, museums, churches, social clubs, boutiques and specialty merchants. Much of this activity would be hard to imagine without the tireless energy and creativity of local artists and residents who have made Tremont ArtWalk the premier monthly event in Cleveland’s original arts neighborhood.

See the full gallery (along with alternate takes) and purchase prints here.

Here are some of the portraits we’ve done so far:

Literary cafe Mastroianni

Linda Baldizzi and Andy Timithy, owners of the Literary Cafe, one of the earliest sites for artists’ exhibitions in the neighborhood

Mikel Mahoney Mastroianni

Mikel Mahoney, artist featured on the first Tremont Artwalk card

Dana Depew

Dana Depew, owner of the the former (*) gallery in Tremont

Tim Herron Mastroianni

Tim Herron, owner of The Manly Pad and host of the Pretentious Tremont Artist drawing group which meets at the Literary Cafe on Fridays

Jeffry Chiplis, artist and longtime resident of Tremont

Rich Weiss

Rich Weiss, founder of the former Guerrilla Theater in Tremont

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (1)

Terri P. Tufts, exhibited at Edison’s during the first official Artwalk

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (2)

Angie Balbo, artist and early exhibitor

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (3)

Charlotte Mann and Russell Vidrick

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (4)

Jim Votava, Fruit Ave Gallery

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (5)

Barbara Merritt, Barbara Merritt Photography

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (6)

Rebecca Yody


Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (7)

Scott Rosenstein, TWDC and Tremont Art Festival organizer

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (8)

Michelle Davis, TWDC

Cleveland Portraits Mastroianni (9)

Jean Brandt, owner of Brandt Gallery, longest running gallery in Tremont


If you think you or someone you know should be included in this exhibition, please contact me to set up a time for your photograph.


  1. Angie Balbo
    January 14, 2013

    I mostly hung photos, but some lino-prints and scrylics. Edison’s first show was mine, and 2 more. I had 2 shows at The Literary, A show at Heart of the Southside with Tony Gray. 2 shows at The Hi and Dry. I also participated in the group show at Doubting Thomas of all female photographers and black and white photographs of artists with a piece of their work.

  2. admin
    January 15, 2013

    Angie, shoot me an email or FB message if you want to be included in this rogues’ gallery!

  3. Angie Balbo, on 20 Years of ArtWalk | Tremont Cleveland Ohio Art Business Drink Food Health News
    February 9, 2013

    […] Angie Balbo, who appears in Steven Mastroianni’s portrait, below, from his current exhibit, 20 Years of Tremont Artwalk-ArtWalk Veterans.  Angie’s ArtWalk dedication was cut short in the print edition of The Tremonster, but here […]

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