In collaboration with Beck Center for the Arts, art dealer and Travel Art owner Paul Sykes has commissioned another, much larger, outdoor canvas art mural by internationally acclaimed surrealist artist, Natasha Turovsky to be installed Saturday, May 12, 2012 on the west wall of the Beck Center's Creative Arts Therapies Building at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.
The new mural, entitled "Marathon," is the third canvas mural by Turovsky to be installed at Beck Center. The installation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Media are invited to meet Mr. Sykes and be the first to see the new mural at 12:00 p.m. at the north main entrance of the Beck Center.
The new mural will replace Turovsky's "A Night at the Opera," a large mural measuring 33' x 18', which will be reinstalled adjacent to her "Beck Stage" 18'x 22' on the west façade of Beck Center's Main Building. Sykes is confident the first two murals combined were the largest outdoor public art canvases in the State of Ohio; however, he now feels Lakewood, Ohio holds the record in the entire United States. Beck Center officials have contacted the Guinness Book of Records to validate this claim. "We are thrilled to be adding to what we believe now to be the largest outdoor canvas murals in the country right here in Lakewood, Ohio." exclaimed Sykes. "This level of public art, especially since the murals are single pieces of canvas, will be a draw to the area because of their artistic beauty and unique appeal." added Sykes.
The inspiration for "Marathon" came to Turovsky when she learned about Beck Center's upcoming fundraiser, Bike for Beck, a bike tour and festival 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012. In appreciation of her contributions to Lakewood's West End, Mayor Michael P. Summers will recognize Turovsky in a brief ceremony 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at Beck Center during the Beck for Beck event. For more information about Bike for Beck, visit bikeforbeck.org.
Born in Russia and now based in Montreal, Turovsky is a surrealist artist, professional musician and filmmaker whose work has been acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Since 1996, she has held tenure with many Cleveland area exhibits and local art collectors. An award-winning movie based on her talents, "Pictures at an Exhibition," was recently accepted into the Cannes Film Festival; and Cirque du Solei hosted an art exhibit in 2006 displaying her works at their corporate headquarters.
Located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Beck Center for the Arts offers professional Theater Productions and arts education programs for patrons and students throughout Northeast Ohio. For more information other Beck Center art exhibits, shows and programs, call 216.521.2540 x10 or visit beckcenter.org.
Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional Theater Productions, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional, and International Artists.