One of the neon sculptures by Tremont artist Jeffry Chiplis, who was in critical
condition after being shot early Saturday morning after the Tremont ArtWalk.
The Tremont community is outraged after local artist Jeff Chiplis was shot early Saturday morning after attending the popular Tremont ArtWalk.
Chiplis was still in critical condition Saturday night in the intensive care unit of MetroHealth Medical Center. His wife, Cynthia, said witnesses told police that Chiplis was walking up the West Third Street hill near Literary Road around 12:30 a.m. when he was approached by at least two men who tried to rob him.
“We’re still not sure of the complete circumstances, but witnesses said he ran and the men shot him,” she said.
Police said Chiplis, 58, was shot in the small of the back.
Chiplis is an internationally known artist who creates exotic sculptures with multi-colored neon tubes. He has been a powerful force in the rejuvenation of the Tremont neighborhood and was on the board of directors of the SPACES nonprofit art galley and other organizations.
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