The Beck Center for the Arts presents Side by Side: The Art of Ryan and Keira Finley, an exhibition of visual artists who bring a special style and a father-daughter bond to this event. Ryan Finley is a Cleveland-based freelance hand-drawn sketch artist, as well as a visual arts professor at the Beck Center.
Ryan’s work can be found on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and looking for his ID from @ArtByRyanFinley. Ryan and his daughter Keira will showcase their work in the Bulicek Gallery at the Beck Center from January 2022.
Ryan Finley says, “The Beck Center is an amazing place to be a part! It’s great to help guide the young artists of tomorrow. In addition to teaching at the Beck Center, I have had the privilege of working for Topps and Upper Deck on some of my favorites like Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), Aliens, Predator, Stranger Things, and Marvel. I am delighted that my work is on display at the Beck Center, especially alongside my talented daughter. Ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil, she has been by my side drawing. Over the years we have had an amazing time drawing all of our favorites. She is way beyond my skills at her age and is still so eager to learn, absorbing any artistic knowledge I have to share. Most importantly, the time we spend creating art together is priceless. “
Daughter Keira said: “I really love to draw and hang out with my dad! I also like being my father’s student and taking his lessons. I am very excited about my first art exhibition!
This exhibit is free and open to the public during opening hours, performances, and classes, just outside the Senney Theater in the main campus building at 17801 Detroit Ave. All are welcome to attend the free opening reception on January 15, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lobby. The campus will be teeming with classes and performances from the professional theater production of LIZZIE the Musical, a collaboration with the Musical Theater Program at Baldwin Wallace University, from February 4-27, 2022.
Prints of the items on display are available for purchase from customer service at the Beck Center for the Arts located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free on-site parking is available. For more information, visit beckcenter.org or call Beck Center Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10.
Visitors to Side by Side: The Art of Ryan and Keira Finley in January are invited to add their ideas and dreams to a community exhibit project titled “I Have A Dream Vision Board by Martin Luther King Jr”. These shared comments will be used for an exhibit celebrating MLK Day at the Beck Center for the Arts in January 2022. Materials to participate will be available in the Daniels Lounge in the main building. Your comments can be posted in the Beck Center lobby and can also be shared on the Beck Center social media pages.
Programming at the Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. The Beck Center would like to thank the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.