Sarah Harbottle is CWAL's longest sitting board member and one of the original
founders. She received her BA in Political Science from the College of Wooster.
After working for Dodd Camera for several years, Sarah began a career as a
photographic artist. She currently works as an Executive Assistant for Skylight
Financial Group and has worked for a variety of arts organizations including
Stephanie Kluk is an artist and arts administrator
with over 15 years of experience. After receiving her BFA in Photography from
the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, Stephanie moved to
Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, Ms. Kluk exhibited her artwork throughout the
city and worked as the Program Director for the Chicago Artists? Coalition.
There she coordinated exhibitions, expanded membership benefits and managed
professional development workshops for artists. In 2008, Ms. Kluk moved to
Cleveland and accepted a position with Art House, Inc. as the Program and
Community Enrichment Manager. For over seven years she managed a variety of
programs that included free art education classes for children and families.
Also during that time, Stephanie helped develop the Program Coordinator
position at Shore Cultural Center, and joined the Board of Directors for the
Cleveland West Art League (CWAL). In January 2014 Ms. Kluk was elected Board
President of CWAL and helped lead the organization through its first strategic
plan. In the summer of 2015 Stephanie was awarded a scholarship from The
Cleveland Foundation to attend the National Guilds? nine month Community Arts
Education Leadership Institute. Ms. Kluk is currently the Director of
Operations for Zygote Press.
Daniel Neforos has been an active member of the Cleveland arts landscape for the past ten years. He has worked as an independent curator and been involved with the creation and execution of dozens of exhibitions during that time. He has served as Gallery Director and Programming Committee Chairman for Cleveland West Art League from January of 2014 ? December 2015. In 2016, Dan was voted in as Board President. Daniel, a proud supporter and collector of artists in the primary market, has served on Cleveland West Art League's Board of Directors since the beginning of 2013.
Nicole Schneider is a CWAL Board Member and new Gallery Director. Nicole received her BFA and MFA in Printmaking from Kent State University. While in graduate school, she was awarded an assistantship with the School of Art Galleries and worked as the Assistant to the Director of the School of Art Galleries for two years. She has a wealth of experience in exhibition management and installation. She has worked for American Greetings, the Transformer Station, MOCA, and the Akron Art Museum to name a few.
Deborah Silver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her love of weaving while
attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Fiber and minoring in
Drawing. After a weaving internship, Deborah learned the craft of antique furniture
upholstery. She then combined her skills to open her own fiber art business.
She worked closely with interior designers, creating site-specific Fiber
commissions for private residences, businesses and religious institutions. Her
works are in the collections of Montefiore Home and B?nai Jeshuran Congregation
in Cleveland, Ohio. Deborah's weavings have been shown in juried exhibits in Chicago, NYC and
northeast Ohio. Her weavings can presently be seen at the Harris Stanton Gallery in
Akron, Ohio and the Cleveland Foundation. In 2015, she exhibited in "Facades", a
two person show at the Cleveland West Art League Gallery. That same year, she
received a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship award. Deborah
occasionally teaches workshops on weaving techniques. She is an active member
of The Cuyahoga Weavers Guild.
Deborah has been a long time member, volunteer and advocate for CWAL.
CWAL Board Member and Programming Committee Chair, is the Shop Manager at
Zygote Press. She completed her MFA at the University of Delaware and her BFA
from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She spent a year teaching and
developing her studio practice in Philadelphia and moved back to Cleveland in
2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Morgan
Paper Conservatory, 3rd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition in Cleveland Ohio as
well as the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia as part of the Rate of Return
show in conjunction with the Philagraphika 2010 conference. She has exhibited
solo, in New York City, at Salt Gallery. Rebekah is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga
Community College and is Project Manager for Zygote Operation Green (ZOG!), our
non-toxic printshop, greening initiative.
Jan Zorman received a B.A. in anthropology from the Ohio State University and a BFA in painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She works primarily as an installation artist frequently using fiber as a line in space. Over the past several years Jan has been working as a printmaker. After receiving her BA. in anthropology she went into the Peace Corps where she taught secondary school in Chikwawa, Malawi, Africa. In addition to teaching geography, biology, physics and chemistry, she initiated an art class at the school. After returning to the States she studied painting with Paul Missal at Karamu House in Cleveland. Jan then moved to the Pacific Northwest where she graduated from the Museum School now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She relocated to Boston and was a member of W.E.B. (Women Exhibiting in Boson), a feminist art organization. She has had group and solo shows in Portland, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., Flint, Michigan, Cleveland and Maribor, Slovenia. In 1999 she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for Experimental Art. In 2000 she was selected to attend an artists colony in Maribor, Slovenia.
The mission of the Cleveland West Art League is to foster an inclusive artist community in Greater Cleveland by providing exhibition and collaborative opportunities, resources, and education.
CWAL was founded in September 2010 by Mona Gazala. At that time, Ms. Gazala gathered twenty artists to create an installation at Ingenuity Fest. These artists became the first members of CWAL, launching a series of exhibits and artist-led activities. In January 2011, a Board of Directors was set up and established their first permanent studio gallery at West 78th Street. Non-profit status was achieved in November 2011, and the following year CWAL expanded operations with a new series of education programs.
After three years of leading the organization, Ms. Gazala officially resigned in October of 2013. Through a thoughtful and coordinated transition the Board of Directors fully took over the many responsibilities associated with a new organization. The current board is highly dedicated and works collaboratively to maintain and expand CWAL's activities. The organization is run by a group of passionate individuals dedicated to CWAL and its mission.