May 22, 2024


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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — A new art show set to be unveiled this weekend highlights what’s probable even when existence discounts you a undesirable hand.

At Chagrin Arts, situated on Primary Avenue in Chagrin Falls, Eugene Sopher works with Rocky Encalada to established up his cartoons, which will be on show for many months commencing on Sunday.

“The only matter I know how to do to get to the planet is my drawings,” Sopher saod. “My cartoons are a reflection on lifestyle. You may well appear at you and see you in that cartoon.

Information 5 Photojournalist gets a superior-angle shot though Eugene attracts at the Better Cleveland Foods Bank in 2019

Information 5 profiled Sopher back again in 2019 when he was homeless and making an attempt to publish his cartoons which packed a punch, warning both equally moms and dads and their children about conference strangers on the internet, being away from abandoned buildings, and warning versus the hazards of gang life.

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“I keep my cartoons in black and white so you can get a likelihood to place colour to it,” he claimed at the time.

Because then, Sopher informed Information 5 that his desperation turned to inspiration following a connect with with Chagrin Arts finally led to his initial-ever exhibition.

“I’ve been drawing my complete lifetime from in the penitentiary to on the avenue, to the classroom, birthday get-togethers, whichever,” he stated.

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“The Bear That Cares” highlights a teddy bear positioned on a fence after an internal town kid is killed, which Sopher mentioned will come to daily life and tries to ship the appropriate message to the community to avoid more violence.

“He’s never carried out the gallery, he’s under no circumstances accomplished a reception and for us to have his body of work on our partitions in Chagrin Falls for the to start with time is pretty interesting,” govt director Karen Prasser said.

A 47-year-aged whose struggles go through like a present day tragedy, now tackling difficulties these kinds of as gun violence, slavery, and rising old via cartoons with a concept.

“I want people to see someone that does not look like them, and give them a likelihood,” Sopher said.

The exhibit at Chagrin Arts will be formally unveiled this Sunday, Juneteenth, at 2 p.m. and is slated to be on display screen through July 8.