NEW GALLERY DESIGNED TO HARVEST LOCAL TALENT

NEWS CHANNEL 5 BY JOHN RUDDER

CLEVELAND - A new art gallery opened Sunday in Cleveland, giving local artists a new outlet to showcase their work.

La Cosecha Galeria, which means the Harvest Gallery, opened on Pearl Road in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Owner Will Sanchez says he hopes the new gallery will encourage artists to express themselves in ways they never thought of previously. READ MORE....

KENNY CELEBRATES NATIONAL HISPANIC HERTIAGE MONTH WITH LOCAL ARTIST WILL SANCHEZ

FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8 BY KENNY CRUMPTON

CLEVELAND - Throughout the month of September, FOX 8 News has been celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The celebration continued Wednesday morning as FOX 8’s Kenny Crumpton spent a morning with local artist Will Sanchez. He is the founder of La Cosecha Galeria, which means the Harvest Gallery. Sanchez says it’s the first gallery owned and operated by Hispanics in the city of Cleveland. READ MORE....

LACHA WILL BRING TWO NEW MURALS AND A COMMUNITY ART GARDEN TO LA VILLA HISPANA

FRESHWATER BY KARIN CONNELLY RICE

CLEVELAND - Artist Will Sanchez grew up in the La Villa Hispana neighborhood. But it wasn’t until he was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2003 for trying to rob a convenience store at 5404 Storer Ave. that he discovered his love and talent for art—and re-embraced his childhood community.

In 2018, he opened La Cosecha Gallery (the Harvest Gallery) in the exact same location he tried to rob 15 years earlier.

“My heart is in La Villa. I grew up there, caused problems there, evolved there,” he says. “So, I always had the goal in the back of my mind to reopen La Cosecha Galeria in our neighborhood somewhere. I chose the location as a thief in 2003 by trying to rob the store owners at gunpoint. The location chose me in 2018, after 15 years of preparing me, and it's been a crazy ride since.” READ MORE....

A CONVENING IN CLEVELAND DISCUSSES ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS AS CIVIC LEADERS

GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS BY  CARMEN GRACIELA DIAZ

CLEVELAND - "The Artist as Problem Solver II: Building the Capacity of Artists & Cultural Workers as Civic Leaders" is the theme of the Joyce Foundation’s Creative Placekeeping & Placemaking Summit in Cleveland from March 21 to 22.

This convening -hosted by the Joyce Foundation's Culture Program and co-sponsored by the Gund Foundation- is free and open to those actively working or deeply interested in the role of the arts in fostering and preserving equitable communities, neighborhood health and resilience, economic mobility, spatial justice, memory and heritage, and collective civic imagination, the foundation details. READ MORE....

MORE THAN MURALS: CLEVELAND ARTISTS USE SKILLS FOR CIVIC CHANGE

IDEASTREAM BY DAVID C. BARNETT

CLEVELAND - City governments and community organizations often turn to local artists to brighten-up abandoned neighborhood walls. Eyesores are beautified and artists get a chance to earn some money.  But, arts advocates argue that artists offer much more than decoration to area neighborhoods.

A couple of years ago, Cleveland artist Will Sanchez bought an abandoned convenience store at West 54th Street and Storer Avenue, in the heart of the city’s Latino community.  He's transforming it into an art gallery.  Sanchez is part of a growing movement of artists who are using their skills to promote civic change.  That's the topic of a national conference coming to town this week, The Artist as Problem Solver II: Building the Capacity of Artists & Cultural Workers as Civic Leaders, sponsored by the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. READ MORE....

MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE 2019: WILL SANCHEZ

CLEVELAND MAGAZINE BY BECKY MEISER

CLEVELAND - The 46-year-old artist bought the former space that he once tried to rob and turned it into La Cosecha Galeria.

Why he’s interesting: Sanchez opened La Cosecha Galeria this summer in the Stockyard neighborhood. But the origins of the gallery began in 2004 when Sanchez walked into the small convenience store that previously occupied the space, ready to rob its husband-and-wife owners. But once inside, he couldn’t go through with it. After getting out of jail, he worked on his art, made a name for himself and opened Gallery 1299 on West Ninth Street. When he saw the convenience store space available in 2016, he knew he just had to buy it. READ MORE....

CLEVELAND ARTIST OPENS ART GALLERY IN BUILDING HE TRIED TO ROB 14 YEARS AGO
NEWS CHANNEL 5 CLEVELAND BY HOMA BASH
CLEVELAND - On Saturday, artist Will Sanchez will open his new art gallery on the west side of Cleveland.

It is in the same building he tried to rob at gunpoint 14 years ago.

“I sort of just kept pushing, kept believing,” Sanchez said, as he put the final touches on his gallery and paintings Friday morning.

The building sat vacant on the corner of West 54th Street and Storer Avenue in Cleveland for years. It used to be home to a mom-and-pop corner store, one that Sanchez used to frequent for cigarettes.

Then, one day in 2004, he came in for much more. READ MORE....

CLEVELAND ARTIST BUYS STORE HE ONCE TRIED TO ROB AND TRANSFORMS IT INTO AN ART GALLERY

CLEVELAND.COM BY NIKKI DELAMOTTE

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Will Sanchez chose the name La Cosecha Galeria - "The Harvest Gallery" - as a tribute to his roots. Entwined in his new art gallery in the Stockyards neighborhood, which opens this weekend, is a devotion to the place he grew up, a friendship that shaped him and a past that's come, like harvest season, full circle. READ MORE....