OmidTavakoliThe current “Birds of Paradise” exhibit in the Mandel School Art Gallery is a series of photographs depicting free-floating female figures, clothed in alluring evening ware. The figures are centered in the middle of a black background, surrounded by brightly colored chakra streaks of energy that transform the figures into a mystically ghost-like images. Sections of the photos are manually manipulated or digitally reconstructed using Photoshop.

Omid is a local Cleveland artist who is extremely involved in the fine arts in the Greater Cleveland area. He has received an Artist in Residence Grant Neighborhood Connection Grant and a Collinwood Rising Grant to re-open, design, and maintain the Waterloo Sculpture Garden. He is currently attending Cleveland Institute of Art, thanks to Cleveland State University and a Scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art for one year of Post-Baccalaureate studies.

This exhibit is on display on the second and third floors of the main Mandel School building. The work will be on display until February 27, 2015. The gallery is open and free to the public. Artwork is available for purchase. For further information about the artist or to arrange a purchase, please contact gallery curator June Hund ( or 216-368-0722).

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