Salon walls become art gallery
Cuttn’ It Loose provides space for artists to display works
Cuttn’ It Loose Salon celebrated its 10th anniversary and, at the same time, made the walls of the downtown Englewood business an art gallery.
The Feb. 28 anniversary celebration and gallery unveiling drew a sizable crowd to the salon.
“This is really cool that the salon lets artists display their works here,” Pamila Yoder said as she checked out the art display. “I have been coming to the salon for about a year for haircuts and came today to help them celebrate their anniversary. I am a sort of closet artist and wanted to check out the new gallery. It’s great and I know the artists appreciate having another place to display their works.”
Rosemarie Cabral, co-owner of the salon, said the first business she and her daughter opened was a tanning salon between Santa Fe and Federal on Belleview Avenue.
“The hair salon next door was closing so we decided to buy it, expand our shop and make it a hair salon,” Cabral said. “I think we did it because we got fed up with hairstylists who wouldn’t take walk-ins.”
Her daughter, Sabrina LeMay, had completed college but then took a two-year apprenticeship so she could get her license as a hairstylist.
“There haven’t been a lot of styling changes in the 10 years we have been in the business,” LeMay said. “I guess the one difference is the trend to use more than one color for a hairstyle. Customers are braver and choosing more different colors for their hair than they used to.”
The anniversary celebration also was the first time the walls of the salon were used to display the art works of Kyle Bannister, Lea Wells, Jennifer Mosquera and Eric Matelski.
“The works I have here are one aspect of my art,” Bannister said. “My art is an expression of my inner voice. I guess that is why I do so many different types of art such as chalk art and the works here. But my favorite is sports art, particularly basketball.”
He said he has always done art, and that included operating a sign company for a number of years.
“I decided to pursue my skills and now I am a full-time artist,” the former Englewood resident said. “I do work for a number of organizations, and one of my works for Root Sports won an Emmy last year.”
Lea Wells said art has always been a part of her life.
“I guess I started doing art as finger painting,” she said. “I am self-taught and my works include acrylics like those on display here and watercolor illustrations for children’s books.”
Wells said her favorite subjects to paint are women and children, and she recently did work for Amnesty International’s campaign to stop violence against children.