Parma Art Scene

Riverside Cemetery Gatehouse by Sean Mabin

Riverside Cemetery Calendar - The year certainly started out right for Sean Mabin, owner/operator of Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique, when he won first place in the photo contest for Riverside Cemetery. The contest ended 12/31/20 and he was notified on 1/2/21. Riverside Cemetery is located at 3607 Pearl Road in Cleveland. It was conceived in 1875 and opened in 1876. In 1876 the Riverside Cemetery Association purchased 102.5 acres of land from Titus N. Brainard. Riverside was the first garden style, large park, cemetery on the west side of Cleveland. The winning photo was of the Riverside Cemetery Gatehouse which was completed in 1897. The building is constructed of red brownstone. The Gatehouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The cemetery is park-like and very beautiful. Notable families buried there are Brainard, Lamson, Sessions, and Rhodes. For more information on Riverside Cemetery, visit their web page,, or follow them on Facebook. Both have many beautiful photos of the grounds, statues and monuments. 

Prama Artspace Gallery & Boutique is pleased to present, “Places”, a photographic exhibit, by two photographers, runs January 22, 2021 through February 22, 2021. This exhibit has a Parma connection. Anthony DeMarco is well known in Parma. He moved here in 1949, and attended Parma schools. He taught art classes at Parma High School for 31 years. Many Parma Alumni fondly remember his classes in enameling, jewelry, crafts, drawing, painting, humanities and photography. He retired in 1997, but has continued to actively pursue his artistic passions. Lena Simovic, of Lena Atomika Photography is a Parma resident who has over 25 years of photographic experience with bi-coastal exhibitions from LA to NYC, and all the way to Paris, France. Stop in at Prama to see their work. Prama is located at 5411 Pearl Road. Hours are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. 2 to 7 PM. Please wear your mask, if you forget yours, they are available to purchase on site. Social distance please while in the gallery. Private appointments are also available.

Lena Simovic, of Lena Atomika Photography is also on exhibit at the Season Pass Members' Exhibition at SPACES, located at 2900 Detroit Rd., from January 22nd through March 19th.  Additionally she has pieces available for purchase at the BAYarts store in Bay Village. 

Laura D’Alessandro, co-curator Prama Gallery, founder and Director of Cleveland Photo Fest, has been very busy. She has photos in the 31st edition of Hand Magazine. She is also on exhibit at the SPACES Seasons Pass Member Exhibit which opened January 22., 2021 and runs through March 19th. She’s also in Memory and Resistance: 40th Anniversary of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, at ArtiCLE Gallery in the Waterloo Arts District. 

Photo Submissions Wanted: Cleveland Photo Fest’s Photothon 2021 has opened entries for three exhibits. Sponsored by the Bostwick Design Art Initiative. For Women Only, Dear Diary: Show us your secrets. An opportunity to delve into your imagination and express yourself. Furtography, Another Show for Dogs. Show us your noblest, most elegant, memorable, humorous and lasting images. Deja Nude, Not another nude show! An exhibition of upbeat, enlightened and just plain fun nudity. Go to to submit or for further information. 

Cleveland Photo Fest and BAYarts presents the Cleveland – Kerala Photo Exchange opens May 26, 2021. It’s a photo exchange between 45 Cleveland Area photographers and 48 images of Kerala India. Of the 45 area photographers, several have a Parma connection. Mary Ford, Parma resident, Laura D’Alessandro, co-curator Prama Artspace Gallery, Sean Mabin, owner/operator Prama Artspace Gallery, and Jim Szudy of 440 Photography, Director & Marketing Manager of Cleveland Photo Fest and founder of Gemini Developers. BAYarts is located at 28795 Lake Avenue in Bay Village. 

It is with great sadness that I report, Christine Vodicka, M.Ed., has lost her seven year battle with cancer. She passed on December 30, 2020. Christine and her husband moved to Parma in 2015. I met Christine when she reconnected with her creative side and won Best In Show at the Parma Area Fine Arts Council's show a couple of years ago, for her charcoal and chalk drawing. Chris danced a jig in the isle when it was announced she won. In 2013 Chris was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. In 2015 she was again diagnosed with cancer which had now spread. Chris was truly an inspiration to me, through it all I was amazed by her motivation, her positive outlook on life, and her vibrancy. She had opened College Colleagues LLC., in Middleburg Heights, offering Academic Success Coaching, Life Coaching, Tutoring personal success workshops, and educational consulting for ages K through adult. A couple years ago she sad to me, “I have too much experience, passion, and knowledge of academic success to share, as well as much more to learn. My work here is not done.” Chris was loved by many and will be greatly missed. 

Cleveland Arts Events: Trying to find something to do that’s different? Log into Brought to you by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This site is easy to use for searching for entertainment events, online streaming, festivals, music, theater, dance, history and visual arts. You can narrow the search by city, family friendly or free. You can search for a specific organization, venue or artist. They even have a job posting site. Great tool for residents, or visitors alike. Thanks CAC for this great easy to use tool!

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:52 AM, 02.01.2021