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OPENING RECEPTION: Contrast Contoured: Portraits of Drag and Burlesque Performers

August 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Contrast Contoured

Maria Neil Art Project (MNAP) and Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future are proud to present this monumental exhibition with photographer Bridget Caswell, featuring 60+ performers of burlesque and drag. Contrast Contoured will be exhibited across three venues (MNAP, Space: ROCK gallery, and neighboring Music SAVES space), and include personal portraits and never-before-seen photos of burlesque and drag performers in and out of their stage personas. These images highlight the past several years’ worth of work by Cleveland photographer Caswell.

Bridget Caswell uses her keen eye to capture what many in the LGBTQIA+ community – and the community in general – never get to see: who our favorite performers are without the makeup and feathers. A bonus: the performers add their own words to accompany Bridget’s captivating images. They lay bare why they do what they do and provide details that call you back to look at the ‘before & after’ effect the show presents. Caswell has culminated all these images and words into a book of the same name, which will be available for purchase through the duration of the exhibition.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 2022 AT 5 PM – 9 PM

Exhibition Dates: Friday, August 5th through Friday, October 7th
Special Ohio Burlesque Festival hours: Thursday, August 11th, Friday August 12th and Saturday, August 13th from 5-7p.m. at MNAP (other locations will be open)

Other hours by appointment
Maria Neil Art Project 15517 Waterloo Road
Space: ROCK gallery 15721 Waterloo Road


August 5, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future
Maria Neil Art Project
Bridget Caswell


Space: ROCK Gallery
15721 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110 United States
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