"Kent-O-Rama" An Historic Art Exhibit
Featuring the work of Ray Packard and Ken McGregor
Watercolors, Giclee Prints, memorabilia, and more

In Conjunction with the annual Kent Heritage Festival, in Celebration of the City of Kent's Bicentennial, 1806-2006.

Opening Reception: July 1st, 8:00pm, runs through July 22nd

Images from the Opening

This exhibit features two of the area's great historical artists.

Ray Packard is a nationally recognized watercolor artist who lives in Akron and formerly ran the Packard Gallery on W. Exchange Street. The Packard Gallery provided many new and veteran artists with exhibition space in the 1960's and 70's. Ray himself has exhibited and taught art extensively in Akron and throughout the country. His paintings encompass a wide spectrum of subject matter and technical expertise. We our honored to have his work on display.

Ken McGregor is a true Kent townie. McGregor attendeded Kent schools, then Kent State University for two years. The aspiring artist then left to study at Cooper School of Art. Illustration was his major. Fate then cast Mr.McGregor as an Art Director in a large advertising agency. Today his earnings come from his work as a commercial artist, providing professional services for several local retail, corporate, and industrial businesses.

"Since moving back to Kent I have illustrated local architectures and lifestyles in my hometown, then used them in local medias that helped promote local history and the downtown business district."his show features Giclee Prints of some of that body of work.
What's a Giclee ( jhee-CLAY)? A giclee is an individually produced, highresolution, high-fidelity reproduction done on a special large format printer. Giclees are produced from digital scans of existing artwork. These prints are created from high-resolution digital images, using the finest quality ink and 100% cotton, acid-free paper stock available, resulting in color saturation and image detail capture that exceeds other types of image reproduction. The range, or "gamut" of color for giclees is far beyond that of lithography, and details are crisper, in fact, that it produces prints, which truly capture the artist's original intent. Evolving into the new darlings of the art world, giclee prints are coveted by collectors for their fidelity and quality, and desired by galleries because they don't have to be produced in huge quantities with their large layout of capital and storage. Even museums have realized the vast potential of this technology and have made giclee editions a permanent part of their collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).

Kenneth McGregor: http://www.artarmory.com/