Friday July 31st 2015 Donny Taylor along with other members of the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) will be a part of the annual “Tall Walls” Event, at the  Bruno Casiano Gallery 5304 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102.

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About Tall Walls

“Tall Walls” was started in collaboration with Cleveland West Art League’s Board members and former executive director Mona Gazala. CWAL worked with gallery owner Loren Naji to come up with the concept.

For the first years, it was held at Loren Naji’s Studio Gallery in Ohio City. The shows theme was “Uncensored and Unjuried.” CWAL was looking for the most outrageous and controversial art from their members. As the years went on, and CWAL grew, the location changed and members seemed to want to show their best work verses their most “controversial.”

This year, CWAL is proud to hold the annual “Tall Walls” show at the Bruno Casiano Gallery which is a gem on Detroit Ave. in Cleveland’s west side  Gordon Square Art District. Bruno is a community leader and a wonderful light within the Cleveland art scene. His space is beautiful and accessible.

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CWAL History and Mission:

CWAL was founded in September 2010 by Mona Gazala. At that time, Ms. Gazala gathered twenty artists to create an installation at Ingenuity Fest. These artists became the first members of CWAL, launching a series of exhibits and artist-led activities. In January 2011, a Board of Directors was set up and established their first permanent studio gallery at West 78th Street. Non-profit status was achieved in November 2011, and the following year CWAL expanded operations with a new series of education programs.

Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) is a volunteer-driven, regional visual arts organization. CWAL looks to promote artist exhibitions, opportunities, and creative exchange that will culturally enrich our community. CWAL is a gateway organization, where artists have opportunities to show their work, and at the same time receive support with navigating the art world.

The mission of the Cleveland West Art League is to foster an inclusive artist community in Greater Cleveland by providing exhibition and collaborative opportunities, resources and education.

After three years of leading the organization, Ms. Gazala officially resigned in October of 2013. Through a thoughtful and coordinated transition the Board of Directors fully took over the many responsibilities associated with a new organization. The current board is highly dedicated and works collaboratively to maintain and expand CWAL’s activities. The organization is run by a group of passionate individuals dedicated to CWAL and its mission.

CWAL’s 2015 Board of Directors

Sarah Harbottle
Chris Kaspar – Secretary
Stephanie Kluk – President
Jonathan McGory– Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair
Daniel Neforos – Gallery Director/Programming Committee Chair
Jeannie Oakar– Vice President
Melinda Placko

Thank you Jeannie Oakar for your help with this blog!