Lovin’ Spoonful

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Raffle tickets will be given in the order they are purchased. Artwork will be raffled off in alphabetical order by the artist’s name.
All raffle tickets will be put in one pool and 4 tickets will be drawn from that. You do not have to be present to win.

Reverand AlbertThe Reverend Albert Wagner (b. 1924) was born to sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, where he remembers loving to draw imaginary cars and airplanes (he had never been in either). His mother told him that if she had the money to send him to art school he might become a great artist. He left school after the third grade and eventually moved north to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother and brothers. After many years in the furniture moving business, Albert’s childhood dream of becoming an artist came true. While cleaning up his house for his fiftieth birthday party, he was inspired by drips and splatters of paint that had stained an old board. From that moment he devoted himself to his art. His former East Cleveland house was home to both his People Love People House of God Ministry (basement) and the Rev. Albert Wagner museum and studio. Literally thousands of his drawings, paintings, sculptures and constructions were on display in every room of this unmistakable three story home. The Reverend’s work is often religious, illustrating lessons from the Bible, but he also expressed his feelings on social matters and illustrates scenes from his childhood in the rural south. He has been widely exhibited around the country, including shows at the Akron Museum of Art and the American Visionary Museum of Art in Baltimore. Reverend Wagner was the subject of a expose “Faith in Paint” in LIFE MAGAZINE, May 25, 1998 and a feature film called One Bad Cat. The Reverend Albert died on Sept 1, 2006. Reverend Albert was Zygote’s first artist who worked at Zygote Press where Liz Maugans and Joe Sroka pulled an edition of his prints in 1998 that was funded through an Ohio Arts Council Project Grant.

Reverand Albert’s print Goodby to All is a softground intaglio printed in 1998 in an edition of 20.

FullSizeRender-4aAudra Skuodas was born in Lithuania during the Second World War. She was nearly four years old when she fled with her parents to a displaced-persons camp in Germany; she was 10 before they left the camp and immigrated to America, settling in the Midwest. Skuodas received Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. She has exhibited her work widely, frequently at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art now MOCA Cleveland.

Audra was Artist–in-Residence at Zygote Press in 2009 where she created Cosmic Vibrations, a silkscreen on vellum. She was assisted by our beloved AIR Coordinator Anthony Bartholomew who passed away in 2011.

Laurence Channing

A graphic artist and designer, Laurence Channing received a BFA and MFA from Yale University. Solo exhibitions of his drawings were held regularly at the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland from 1990 to 1998, and they have been exhibited at the Akron Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, MOCA Cleveland, and Reeves Contemporary in New York City. He received Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in 1990, 1998, and 2003, the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2000, and in 2009 a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. He is represented in Cleveland by the Bonfoey Gallery.

War in Heaven and intaglio print 3/15 was printed in 2003 by Kelly Novak.


Christi BirchfieldCBirchfield_Donation_BenefitDinner_ZygotePress-2 was born in 1983 in Cleveland Ohio, where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art, her MFA from Columbia University, both with concentrations in printmaking. Christi attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. Her work is part of the permanent print and drawing collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Westin Hotel in downtown Cleveland. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, New Orleans, and Qijiang, China. Notable recent exhibitions include Women to Watch Ohio as well as How to Remain Human at MOCA Cleveland. Christi Birchfield is the Ink House Production Director for Zygote Press.

Peter’s Plants is a softground and spitbite in an edition of 3 and was printed by the artist during her Ohio Arts Council Dresden Residency in 2015 and is called Peter’s Plants.


Local arts organization Zygote Press invites the community to join them for LOVIN’ SPOONFUL Dinner + preview of ReUnite curated by co-founders Liz Maugans and Bellamy Printz . This year’s event will be held at Tastebuds Restaurant located (in same building as Zygote Press) at 1400 East 30th Street, in Cleveland, on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 from 6-9pm. The $75 per ticket entry includes a wonderful dinner prepared by chef Bridget McGinty and her Tastebuds team and two drink tickets. The atmosphere is open and geared towards meeting and greeting. No assigned seats, just plenty of mixing and mingling. Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman will be our honorable BIG SPOON emcee who will be getting the crowd going with a special SPOON RAISER to raise FUNds for Zygote Press. Great live music by Richard Szekelyi & Amanda Walsh.

The party starts at Tastebuds at 6pm with dinner and toast-imonials–special toasts by selected sponsors and homecoming co-founders Kelly Novak and Joe Sroka. Attendees have plenty of time to ReUNITE with some amazing artist’s prints from the past including artworks by Christi Birchfield, Reverend Albert Wagner, Laurence Channing and Audra Skoudas which will be raffled off. Raffle tickets for these items are $20 each at, and will be selected at 7:45pm. Kristen Cliffel serves up some amazing Lovin Spoonful limited edition pasta bowls (which comes with a pound of Squid Ink pasta from Ohio City Pasta for only $50).

DJ Ape Bleakney mixes the beats back at Zygote Press for dessert and the ReUnite Preview at 8pm. If you can’t make it to the dinner, a suggested donation of $20 will get you into the dessert preview party.

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase some amazing prints that are only available from Zygote’s fundraising archive. *Zygote supports artists and no longer ask them to donate work! Zygote takes a lead in advocating for artists, so come and purchase these editioned beauties and support our mission to support artists. Attendees will be able to print their own works of art from the 20 Impressions series on Morgan Conservatory paper. 20 Zygote artists have created linoblocks that attendees can ink up, spoon-rub and take home with them. (interactive word)

Zygote’s ‘Iron Printmaker’ and Bada Bingo benefits are still being talked about!

Our 20th year celebration is sure to be remembered. We are also incredibly grateful to our long list of sponsors which includes, Fred + Laura Ruth Bidwell, Bill Busta & Joan Tomkins, Dr. Thomas P. Cliffel & Martha Cliffel, Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, John & Janice Driesbach, , Process Creative Studios, 4Walls, Richard Ortemeyer & Morena Carter, Bellamy Printz & Ben Lewis, The Telos Alliance, Dr. Marie A. Simon + John Michael Zayac, Ohio City Pasta, Kristen Cliffel, MUM Industries, The Equity Engineering Group, e2b teknologies, Taste Buds, DARKO, Redmond Waltz, M Gentile Studios Inc, HINKLET Lighting, and the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Education Foundation.

Tickets are $75.If you are interested in purchasing tickets, contact Stephanie Kluk by email: stephaniezygotepress (at) gmail (dot) com.

All proceeds go to Zygote Press, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving artists and the community for 20 years.