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The Sunsational Storyteller Series concludes this weekend, August 14, 15 and 16 with Cleveland’s own powerful poet, Mary Weems.  With a variety of times, you won’t miss out on this wonderful event.Mary Weems

  • Friday, August 14 at 5 and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 16 at 1 and 3:30 p.m.

Not only is Weems known for her poetry, but she is an accomplished playwright, author, motivational speaker, and imagination-intellect theorist. She will take audiences on a journey in the newly installed contemporary galleries of the East Wing, examining art from the 1960s looking forward.

Don’t miss this FREE event and ice cream that follows. You’re going to want a seat for this, especially since the previous Sunsational Storyteller events have sold out! Call 1-888-CMA-0033 for reservations and beat this weekend’s heat!

See you there!


Romie is hitting the road in a big way today–driving across country all the way to Denver with her idol and look-alike, Sara H.  We hear Baby T-Rex isn’t allowed to leave Cleveland without his mommy’s permission.  Too bad.  Guess he’ll have to settle for Bob Evans.

Now if you are out there lurking on Twitter, our Summer of CMA blog or on Facebook, and you happen to see her while you are out on the trail, please let us know.  Better yet, snap a vaca pic of Romie and send it to us at haveyouseenit@clevelandart org. We’ll post it, credit you and say lots of nice things about you and your photo 🙂

She’ll be back home this coming Monday, so it isn’t a grand holiday by any means, just a chance to get out and see the countryside before it’s time for back-to-school.

There are special prizes reserved for sightings along the way.  So if you see her, snap her and send her to us at and you’ll be entered to win something  fabulous.

Sorry folks, this week’s sightings did not yield a winner! Eat some carrots, pump up that vitamin A, and keep your eyes peeled!  She’s still out there! 

We’ll be offering the gift certificate to Melt to another lucky winner Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, did you catch Romie at the zoo?  She was out with her buds this past week  checking out the wildest of wildlife in Cleveland at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.   She had a great time, but missed all of you!  As you can see, she spent her day getting a little prehistoric with the dinosaurs.

She’ll be out on the town again this weekend, too.  If you do see her, please send us a comment or a pic!  We’ll be entering your submissions this weekend into the grand prize drawing when she wraps up her travels in September.  No clues here, just email us at or post your comment to this blog and you’re good to go.  The grand prize will be just as gooey, too!

Have a great weekend, let us know if you see Romie out and about in your neighborhood, and be sure to drop into the blog on Monday for your Tuesday contest clue!


The Summer of CMA crew

Time for a little road trip for Romie.  Today she’s taking in some sun and surf near downtown Cleveland around lunch time. 

See her, post your comments here, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Melt in Lakewood, where you can enjoy some of the best grilled cheese specialty sandwiches anywhere.

It’s all part of the Summer of CMA, and we hope you’ll play!

Good luck!

Summer of CMA continues, with Romie stepping out again tomorrow.  This time, she’s returning to downtown Cleveland

Where will she be? Here’s the clue:  If you like birds, mythology and comebacks, then this is the place for you.

If you see Romie, please snap a pic on your cam phone and submit it as a comment to this blog, or you can email us directly at  If you’re out, see Romie, but are “cam-free,” you can still post your comment/entry here.  You’ll have until midnight Friday (tomorrow) to submit your response either way.

Tomorrow’s winner gets two free tickets to Cedar Point.  Remember, you have to play to win, and the winner will be drawn from all entries.

Have fun and good luck!

Have You Seen It?

Little “Romie” has been out and about the city, enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  She normally is a homebody, and calls the new East Wing of the Cleveland Museum of Art home.  But she knows all about the Summer of CMA, and has big plans to see everything the city has to offer.

She’s been keeping it on the “down-low,” but tomorrow she’s going to be lunching at a busy location in downtown Cleveland, so be on the lookout!  If you spot her, snap her and submit to this blog, you’ll be eligible to win a pair of tickets to see the Lake Erie Crushers.

Make your submissions by noon Thursday, June 25.  We’ll draw two winners after noon and let you know if you’re one of the lucky winners!

Good luck!

Today’s image:


Where is this work of Cleveland art? Everyone who guesses a location via a blog comment by noon tomorrow will be entered to win two free tickets to the Summer Solstice Party June 20. At the end of the contest on June 20, one person will be randomly selected to win a free CMA membership for 12 months.

Take a guess! Good luck!

Saturday’s Noodle Vision Location:

Asterisk* Art Gallery

Leading up to the Summer Solstice party June 20, and Cleveland’s ultimate “opening day”–when the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA)opens its spectacular new East Wing–the museum is hosting a daily Noodle Vision contest. We’ll post a new photo each day until June 20 of a piece of Cleveland art using a noodle “lens.” Share your guess of the location via blog comments, and we’ll randomly select one commenter (right answer or not) to win tickets to the Summer Solstice Party on June 20, where you can get a first-hand look at the inspiration for this contest, Mark Reigelman’s Wood-Pile.

Yesterday’s location:

Asterisk* is one of 27 art galleries that participated in Tremont’s art walk on Friday night. Over the past 14 years, more than 100 Tremont businesses have participated in the monthly art walks and have shown more than 1,000 different artists’ work.

Yesterday’s winner:

Robert Rose 

Each day of the contest, we’ll feature a different artists’ work and ask you to post your comments with what you think is the correct answer.

Yesterday’s blog commenter, Robert Rose, was randomly selected to win two free tickets to the 10 p.m. Summer Solstice Party on June 20. Please comment below with your full name, and we’ll leave a pair of tickets for you at will-call at the museum for pick-up during the party.

Today’s image is posted.  Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win free tickets to the Summer Solstice party, and the grand prize of a membership to the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Have fun!

Need another great reason why the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Summer Solstice Party is the place to be to welcome in summer and preview the museums’s new East Wing?

Well, we can give you three–the Balloon Bass Trio.  What is a balloon bass, you ask?  Well, it costs about .15 to make, and is built using one round and two skinny balloons, twisted up in a way that creates a three-and-one-half octave instrument. You’ve got to see it to believe it, but trust us, it’s really cool, and it really resonates.

Balloon Bass Trio takes the stage at 8:15 p.m. June 20 as part of the Summer Solstice celebration line-up on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art. You can check them out here to learn more about lead balloon twister Addi Somekh and his fun and funky creations. 

More fun, performance, food and partying to come…

It’s all building up to a GREAT summer of fun at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Stay tuned…

Image: Courtesy Balloon Bass Trio


In case you haven’t heard :-), the Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting a Summer Solstice Celebration , Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. to mark the opening of the museum’s new East Wing.  The party, which is open to the public, will surround the outside and fill the inside of the new 139,000-square-feet wing throughout the evening. The event marks the unveiling of the museum’s new galleries of modern, contemporary, Impressionism and photography collections.

Start off the evening at 7 p.m. with Hot Club of Detroit. The Detroit-based group, led by guitarist Evan Perri, has a Django-style gypsy jazz in the great Parisian “hot club” tradition. An accordionist, saxophonist, bassist and rhythm guitarist round out the ensemble.  You can watch and listen to them perform here, and send your comments back here to this blog.  We’d love to hear what you think!


Sounds like a great way to kick off a very memorable evening at the museum.