Exhibtions

In the spirit of celebrating Downtown Kent’s 3rd Annual Art and Wine
Festiva
l, our North Water Street Gallery will have a special “Meet the
Artist” Closing Reception
this Saturday, June 5 from 3-5pm.

CLOSING RECEPTION “FoUNd and Fresh” Painting Exhibition
-In conjunction with the Main Street Kent Art and Wine Festival. (www.mainstreetkent.org)
-MEET THE ARTIST, CARI MILLER. www.sunthingspecial.com

JUNE 5, 3-5pm
-Exhibit HELD OVER THROUGH JUNE 5!

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

"I specialize in acrylic painting, but wanted to push myself "outside the
box". I looked at my various plastic containers filled with pop can
tabs, bottle caps, beads, broken pairs of glasses and goggles, etc. and
had an idea: what if I used these “found” objects in a fresh, fun way by
combining them with an acrylic painting to create one-of-a-kind images?"

"Since then, I’ve created over a dozen works. I love the playfulness of
the pieces and the way that people view them on two levels: first they
see the overall image (i.e. dog), then they look again to see what all
has been used in its creation (puzzle pieces, wire, beads). I very much
try to “reduce, reuse, recycle” and this has been a perfect way to
incorporate that philosophy."

Images from the Opening

ABOUT THE ARTIST
BIO:

Name: Cari Miller

Media:
-Acrylic on canvas and wooden mirror frames; photography; assemblages

Education:
-A degree in communications from The University of Akron (summa cum
laude) and post-baccalaureate studies at the Mary Schiller School of Arts

Artistic Influences:
-Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse. Picasso especially
is an inspiration for all the media he mastered, his wide variety of
styles, and the incredible longevity of his career. Also, Alfred
Stieglitz, Edward Weston and Paul Strand for their outstanding black and
white photography.

Former Occupations: Reporter, Associate Editor, Communication
Specialist, Graphic Designer, Promotions Coordinator, Special Event &
Portrait Photographer, Commissioned Artist, Freelance Writer

Current Volunteer Activities: Actively involved in my children's school
and as a hospice volunteer

Last Book Read: Not counting the 24 children's books I read each day, I
am currently in various stages of Blown Sideways Through Life,
Remembering Jack, Take Big Bites and Memories of John Lennon, among others

Personal: A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, I currently live in
Akron with my husband and three children.

Greatest Joy: My family

Awards:

... Named one of the top 10 Web sites for February from JustHost.com (2009)
... Crain Communications Gertie Awards for promotions (2006 and 2007)
... American Business Media Finalist for Plastics News Media Kit (2006)
... Grand prize winner, Oscar & Associates photo contest (2002)
... Peak Performer, Plastics News (2000)
... APEX, NSPRA and NSPRA Ohio awards for newsletters, calendar,
photography and special projects (1995-1998)