Mayor's Corner

Oct 22


The original item was published from October 22, 2015 3:20 PM to September 14, 2016 8:41 AM

Peter MaxThis has been a very exciting year for our community as we celebrated our 100th birthday with a series of special events and projects. 

This weekend, we will celebrate again as legendary American Artist Peter Max returns to the Beachwood Community Center.  Mr. Max visited in 2006 for the opening of the Community Center and will celebrate another milestone with the City when he presents his commemorative Beech Tree painting and mingles with visitors during the final weekend of his art exhibition. 

The community has been gearing up for this visit for weeks. You may have noticed 100 colorful, yarn-wrapped trees that line Fairmount from City Hall to the freeway. Dozens of students worked on the cheerful installation to herald the return of the legendary artist. 

Additionally, more than 275 Max-inspired painted pennants grace the exterior of the Community Center. Hilltop Elementary Visual Arts Teacher, Ali Loeb-Munson, engaged the students in a creative project to honor Peter Max. The students studied his work, identified images and themes and painted pennants that where joined together to make an impressive, colorful display.

If you’ve not yet had a chance to visit the Community Center to see Mr. Max’s exhibition, I highly recommend you make time before Sunday. There are more than 150 paintings to explore from the talented artist, who has painted for five U.S. Presidents and whose work is on display in Museums, Presidential Libraries and in U.S. Embassies across the globe.   

He has been the Official Artist of the Grammy’s, five NFL Super Bowls, the 2006 Olympics, the World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, The Indy 500, The NYC Marathon and The Kentucky Derby.  He was also commissioned to create the program and cover and poster for the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cleveland.

Peter Max’s exquisite paintings are currently on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Beachwood Community Center through Sunday, October 25. Gallery hours are Monday– Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

He will present his Beech Tree painting to the City on October 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the Beachwood Community Center. Directly following the special ceremony on Saturday, a ‘Meet the Artist Reception’ will be held for the public from 6-9 p.m., and again on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. — the final day of the Peter Max exhibition at Beachwood Community Center. RSVP’s required to 844.832.8800 (RSVP) or

I hope to see you this weekend.