Clevelanders will soon get to see the work of local artists while also celebrating the characters and stories from comic books and other forms of pop culture.
Hetzel Art Studio & Gallery is partnering with Dicehead Games & Comics to host Cleveland’s first Comic Book/Pop Culture Art Show.
The free event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 10 p.m. at The Cleveland Hotel, located at 110 Interstate Drive N.W.
“Families will get to enjoy all the comic and pop culture, while also meeting local artists and learning about their processes,” said Becky Fowler, co-owner of Hetzel Art Studio & Gallery. “It’s going to be a fun time.”
Local artists of all ages have been invited to submit artwork depicting various scenes from comic book and pop culture.
So far, the submissions include everything from oil paintings of “Star Wars” characters to digital drawings with original characters.
“There is something about comic book and pop art everyone seems to love,” said Beth "M.B." Hetzel, co-owner of Hetzel Art Studio & Gallery. “It can also encompass so many different types of art.”
Artwork, which will be shown from 2 to 10 p.m., will be separated into two rooms — one for children’s art and one for artists who are 12 and older.
Though Hetzel Art Studio & Gallery is accustomed to organizing shows for adult artists, Hetzel said the organizers wanted to “encourage the next generation” by giving them the chance to show their work.
At 4 p.m., there will be a Q&A discussion with artists experienced in creating art related to comic and pop culture.
Panelists will include M.B. Hetzel of Hetzel Art Studio & Gallery, Rik Hermann of Wanderlinger Gallery, Tony Mraz of Frequency Arts, Carie Varner of Reel Fun Studios, Shane Grubb of Dicehead Games & Comics, Chris Goins of Black Sheep Studios and E.B. Tolbert of Nemesis Comix.
Hetzel said she expects the event will be “a truly great learning experience” for everyone involved.
In addition to showing their work, many of the artists will have their work for sale. Dicehead Games & Comics will also be running a free painting station, where attendees will get to paint character figurines.
This is the first time Dicehead Games & Comics has played a role in hosting an art show. However, owner Shane Grubb said he is happy to be a part of it.
Store manager Chad Taylor noted comics and the art, movies and TV shows which are based on comic book characters remain very popular.
“We all like to sit down, enjoy a good story and, I guess, enjoy a form of escapism,” Taylor said. “That is something people have enjoyed for generations and something people of all ages can enjoy.”
Artists of all ages are still being invited to submit work for the show. The deadline for art submissions is Tuesday, Feb, 18. Artists can register online at www.hetzelstudios.com