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Susan Danko @ Seiberling Gallery: Beautiful Intruders

July 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am - August 30, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

About the exhibition Beautiful Intruders: 

One quarter of the plant species in Ohio are non-native, coming from other parts of our continent. Most of these plants create few problems in natural areas and grow together with the native plants to form diverse plant communities. In turn, these communities support wildlife by providing food, shelter, and breeding habitats.

Invasive species are aggressive non-natives that overtake the native plants and create monocultures, severely damaging the biological diversity of a natural area. Many of the problematic invasive plants were originally introduced for use in agriculture or as ornamental garden plants, prized for their hearty growth habit and beauty. Their eventual escape from the garden bounds unleashed a complex environmental challenge that is an ongoing struggle to manage.

The artwork shown here, features some of the most common invasives found in the park and surrounding area. Often hidden in plain sight, these “Beautiful Intruders” point to a need for our responsible stewardship as nature’s caretakers.

This exhibit opens on Sunday, July 28 and closes on Friday, August 30. Our gallery reception for this show is scheduled for Sunday, July 28 from 2 – 4 pm in Seiberling Gallery, 1403 W. Hines Hill Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264.

Artist Bio:

Susan Danko is a painter based in Parma, Ohio. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998 and has built a successful career as an artist and educator. Honors include a 2013 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, an OAC collaborative residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and two Ohio Percent for Art commission awards. Susan has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, The Butler Museum of American Art, The Riffe Gallery, and the Cleveland Foundation. Her work is held in prominent art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, and First Energy Corp. Her work is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.More of her work may be viewed on her website: susandanko.com .

Image: Detail from Grass Patch by Susan Danko

About the Seiberling Gallery:

Named in honor of Congressman, photographer and CVNP advocate John F. Seiberling, the gallery features exhibits by local artists. Free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Cuyahoga Valley Institute is a series of adult education programs that provide meaningful immersive opportunities to engage with the valley’s natural surroundings while promoting a deeper understanding of the history, wildlife, and geography of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome.

What can I bring into the event?

We ask that patrons do not bring food or beverages to this event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Printed tickets are not necessary; there is no admission fee for the gallery reception.

Seiberling Gallery is a physical/mobility accessible venue.


July 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am
August 30, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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Seiberling Gallery
1403 West Hines Hill Road
Peninsula, OH 44264


Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park