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Featured Artists: Frequent Flyers Productions, Jason Wolff, Ann Williamson and Pompeii at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Dancers fly past an ethereal backdrops at Frequent Flyer Productions, Roman ruins come to life at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Jason Wolff shares his clay throwing technique, and designer Ann Williamson makes one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art.

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Frequent Flyers Productions

Frequent Flyers Productions is a non-profit founded in 1988, pioneering the art form of aerial dance through teaching and performance for over 25 years. Their performers venture indoors and out, blending aerial work seamlessly with dance. Vampires, a period Swing piece, comic book heroes, hanging from buildings, and even holiday travel take place on all manner of flying apparatus, ensuring Frequent Flyers Productions’ a vibrant place in your memory. Education encompasses aerial classes for the community 11-months each year, a professional training program, their international Aerial Dance Festival, private lessons, team building, and outreach for schools and youth-at-risk. FFP is one of fewer than 30 professional aerial dance companies in the US. The company produces the only Aerial Dance Festival of its kind in the world.

Ann Williamson

Ann Williamson designs one-of-a-kind clothing for the creative individual. Her background in art history introduced her to fabric as an art medium. Today, she creates jackets, coats and separates as expressions of this medium, emphasizing stunning design and impeccable workmanship. Ann’s clothing incorporates a diversity of hand-sewing techniques: beading, appliqué, piecing and embroidery. Her garments exemplify her love of exquisite natural fabrics and the palette of colors and textures they offer. Ann collects vintage Japanese kimono silks, rich in subtle weaves, fine-stenciled prints and artisan paintings. She combines pieces from different bolts and re-sews them into new designs and motifs: the radiating patterns of a city map… the bold stripes of a rugby shirt… the swirling spirals of atomic particles. Her finished designs look striking from a distance; up close, their impeccable attention to detail distinguishes them.

“I measure the success of my clothing by how it looks and feels on the woman who wears it. I want each piece to flatter and enhance the body it adorns. Every coat, jacket or blouse should make its wearer feel fabulous. I stay attuned to fashion trends, yet I think of my work as ‘outside’ of fashion. My pieces are classic shapes embellished with patterns and designs as unique as the women who wear them.”

Ann Williamson

  • Ann Williamson designs

Jason Wolff

Jason Wolff has been working with clay for over 25 years and established Jason Wolff Pottery in 1998. Wolfee currently work from his home studio in Blacklick, Ohio, with the assistance of his wife, Sara. Jason and Sara’s pottery is hand crafted and meant to be functional. All items are food safe, oven and microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and uses lead free glazes. The Wolff’s goal is to create unique hand made pieces that will be cherished for years to come. Jason and Sara Wolff sells their pottery online, in art shows throughout the Midwest, and from their studio by appointment.

The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection

Pompeii and the other ancient cities destroyed and paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad79 are usually considered the places where one can best and most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than presenting these sites as windows to the past, this exhibition explores them as a modern obsession. Over the 300 years since their discovery in the early 1700s, the Vesuvian sites have functioned as mirrors of the present, inspiring artists—from Piranesi, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Rothko, and Warhol—to engage with contemporary concerns in diverse media. This international loan exhibition is co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

  • Pompeii at Cleveland Museum of Art

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