The Rock Show II

1 11 2014

ROCK Flyer


Artists and musicians should go together like PB&J, but don’t always seem to find each other. The idea behind “The Rock Show” at Breakneck Gallery was to bring the two worlds together in the local cleveland scene. After how well it worked out last year, we decided to to it again. For the Rock Show II a large group of local artists were assigned a local band by random lottery and asked to create an 11×14 “flyer style” poster for that band. The show hopes to serve as not just an interesting art show, but also as a mixer of sorts for local artists and bands to meet each other and possibly make connections for the future. Also Stosh from the Spitfire Saloon will be displaying and selling digital copies of his amazing Cleveland flyer collection with proceeds going to suicide prevention in Ohio. Ken Blaze will also have a display of some of his photographs from the infamous Speak in Tongues and his book of the photographs “Escaped to the Future” for sale.

The opening reception will be held Saturday November 8th from 6-10pm with food, drinks, music, and of course ART!
There will be a 21+ After party at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th

Creeps, Critters and Creaks in the Night

30 09 2014


It recently came to our attention that somehow even though this is our 4th Halloween at Breakneck Gallery(which is our favorite holiday) we haven’t had a proper spooky Halloween style show in October…till now. Join us Saturday October 11th from 6-10 pm for “Creeps, Critters, and Creaks in the Night”. The show consists of artwork based on all the spooky things that run through your mind when you hear things go bump in the night. Monsters, villains, ghosts, critters, creepy crawlies, and even just the darkness itself serves as the inspiration for our 20+ artists. Come get in the Halloween spirit with us and see what frighteningly good art they came up with! Scared that you can’t make it to the opening night? Don’t lose your head, the show runs till November 1st.

21+ after party at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W. 117th St. Cleveland

Fame Shame Blame Game

26 08 2014


Comic book artist (Gary Dumm) and Pop art painter (Laura Dumm) have spent the past year creating 9 paintings (at least 36” square). Each work is a synergetic depiction of their rather critical views of the present wacky world in which we live.

Gary says: “We’re not deconstructing Pop art, we’re ‘reconstructing’ it in the face of the Post-Modernist ethic, while adding a dash of the surreal to help spice up the visual games being played.”

Watching the news every night before dinner earlier this year, they both remarked, “That would make a great painting,” or “We could bring that issue to light in a colorful way,” until finally they said, “How about creating a whole show with this kind of vibe?!” So their current show, “The Fame Shame Blame Game” was born.

They both work on the same canvases, contributing together their individual best. Their process is to brainstorm ideas, then Gary begins sketching (followed by critical discussion), then he refines the drawings further (more discussion) and transfers those final drawings to canvas. He then hands that canvas off to Laura, who does the lion’s share of the painting. If Laura needs help tweaking something, Gary has been known to actually pick up a brush and add some color, but he quips, “If it were up to me the whole world would be done in glorious black & white!” (Ordinarily, due to his comic book duties, he works only in black & white.)

Working this way has changed the way they usually do things. “I have to count on Gary to have the next canvas ready for me when I finish a painting,” says Laura. “And if a problem crops up we both discuss it and come up with a solution. Two heads are definitely better than one.”

Utilizing current issues they also took board games from the 50’s-60’s like “Candy Land” and “Chutes & Ladders” and reworked them with more than a little black humor to be more reflective of today’s problems. Their updated “Chutes & Ladders” is a moralizing version (as was the original 16th century game from India) and “Candy Land” has morphed into “Drug Land.” Both paintings will be available as board games that can be played at the opening.

Another new painting, “More – Is Never Enough,” gave them an idea to entice viewers to come to the show: the first 100 people will get real cash at the door. The money will also have a little artistic “Clue” on it…another game???

This show of wild art done in tandem will run the month of September with an closing reception September 27th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Be there or be square!!

Laura & Gary

Toybox Cleveland

19 07 2014

toyboxcle_flyerToybox Cleveland is an art and designer toy show featuring all new original and customized toys. Made from vinyl, resin, felt, plush, clay, wood, and other media, the show is sure to have something for everyone. While the show highlights artists from Cleveland and the surrounding region, it also features work from artists all around the world. The opening reception at Breakneck Gallery on Saturday August 9th is sure to captivate and excite the avid art collector as well as kids of all ages.
Even if you cant make it to the opening the show will run through August 30th and work will be available for sale online.
For more information visit

Breakneck Gallery Presents: Cousins

21 06 2014

cousins flyer

22 05 2014

Bike show flyer

Breakneck Gallery Presents
Spokes and Strokes:
A Collection of Cleveland Bike Art
Opening & Artist Reception: June 14th From 6pm to 10pm
Show runs from June 14th through July 5th
17020 Madison Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107

As the seasons cycle from spring into summer it got us at Breakneck thinking about another type of cycling.  Spokes and Strokes: A Collection of Cleveland Bike Art is a show of artwork by cleveland area artists about, involving, or incorporating bicycles and their parts.  Whether it is beauty found in the gears and spokes or the view while riding, it is a show sure to interest even the most novice cyclist and hopefully inspire them to get out on their bikes and enjoy the art all around them.  Those who ride their bikes to the show will also receive a special freebie while supplies last.
Opening reception Saturday June 14th from 6-10pm.
Can’t make it to the opening? Show runs till July 5th.
21+ After party at the Spitfire Saloon 1539 W.117th St.

For more information about Breakneck Gallery please go to http://www. or contact Kristen Burns at or call 216-767-5610

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 4pm-7pm
Saturday 2pm-8pm
all other times by appointment or luck

“Where’s My Jetpack? 3”

26 04 2014


Breakneck Gallery Presents
“Where’s My Jetpack? 3”
An artistic exploration of science fiction themes
May 3rd

17020 Madison Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Opening & Artist Reception: May 3rd From 6pm to 10pm
Show runs from May 3rd through may 31st

We here at Breakneck Gallery love science fiction. So much so that Saturday, May 3rd we will be presenting our third Science fiction themed art show “Where’s my Jetpack? 3. In the past “Where’s My Jetpack?” has focused on nostalgia for the sci-fi of the 60’s and 70’s, This year however, we have opened it up to more contemporary and pop culture imagery including Doctor Who, The Gremlins, and Star Wars. Please join us in exploring and celebrating the work of local artist who have been inspired Sci-fi and Sci-fi culture.

Refreshments for “Where’s My Jetpack? 3” will be provided by
Cleveland ConCoction
2014 Convention:
May 30th – June 1st, 2014

An opening reception will be held Saturday  May 3rd from 6pm-10pm. There will be food, drinks, fun, and of course ART!

Can’t make it to the opening? Show runs till May 31st.

Breakneck Gallery
17020 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, Ohio

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday 4-8pm
Thursday 4-8pm
Friday: 4-9pm
Saturday 2-9pm
other times by appointment


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