Archive of Exhibitions

Kevin D. Carmont: Listen to these Pictures

May 1  – June 28th, 2015

Kevin D. Carmont shares a very personal collection of Cleveland-related photographic images, documenting musicians from the late ‘70’s music scene to 2005. Included in this survey are strangers, comrades and collaborators such as Styrenes, Pere Ubu, Foreign Bodies, Jim Jones, Dave E. with the Cool Marriage Counselors, Golden Palominos, The Wild Giraffes, Wally Bryson, along with some performance images of national acts.


In 1973, Kevin Dan Carmont joined a band with Anton Fier (Golden Palominos) and Mike Terrell (Wild Giraffes) named the “The Punks.” They were influenced by the Stooges, Pink Fairies and the NY Dolls. He met the late Jim Jones at the old Record Rendezvous on Prospect thru Anton and recorded a 45 rpm with him and Mike T. and others as Monte Carmont and What 4. That led to a chain reaction of opportunities of taking images for Styrenes, Pere Ubu, Wild Giraffes and others. His first “published” image was of Dave E. (best known as a member of the Electric Eels) in an issue of Jim Ellis’s CLE magazine.

This show includes glimpses of the legendary July 4 beach party at the Hanna mansion in Bratenahl where The Cramps and Pere Ubu played for about 100 guests that included Jane Scott. There is Talking Heads at Finney Chapel, Bernie and the Invisibles at the old Coach House, and promo shots for his friend Fier’s Golden Palominos.

He’s Back!: The Photography of Walter Novak

January 9, 2015 through April 25, 2015

Award-winning photographer and Czech native Walter Novak came to Cleveland in his 30s. His skill with a Nikon landed him the job of staff photographer for Scene Magazine and he became a fixture in the region’s concert scene. With access to the front of the stage for some of the biggest music events to pass through Cleveland in the ‘90s and early 2000s, Novak captured some breathtaking images. In 2009, Novak returned to the Czech Republic for five years and only recently came back to his beloved adopted home of Cleveland. To celebrate, we are presenting this gallery show which samples some of Novak’s finest music photography.

George Shuba, Legendary Cleveland Rock & Roll Photographer

Beatles in Cleveland