Exhibitions 2012

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Sundays @ One” Watercolor Painting Exhibition
-An Artist Collective coached by Henry Walker
-In Conjunction with Kent's Annual "Festival of Lights" in Downtown Kent
-3rd Annual Watercolor Exhibition
-Featuring Henry Walker, Claire Culleton, Maureen Keller, Tom Auld, Scott White, Liz Gulaian, and Vicki Bocchiccio

The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St. Kent, OH

Saturday, December 1, 7:30-9:30pm Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through December 31st.

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Images from the Opening

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

HENRY WALKER (ows)
Lead Painter & Coach

A traditional transparent watercolorist, Henry began painting seriously in the late 1980s when his career as a professor of English at Kent State ended abruptly following two cancer operations. He discovered a new enthusiasm for art, specifically painting, and to quote, “If it weren't for art, I doubt I would be here.”

Walker's work is a frequent exhibitor and prize-winner in both national and local juried competitions. In 2009, he once again had a piece accepted in the Ohio Watercolor Society show and was named a signature member. For three years running, his paintings were accepted in the Butler Midyear Show at the Butler Museum, Youngstown. He was a cash prize recipient in the 2010 Fairmont Art Show, the Artists of the Rubber City show in Akron and the Gates Mills Show, Gates Mills, Ohio. His work was included as part of at the inaugural Peninsula Plein Aire competition in Peninsula, Ohio. In addition to exhibiting in juried competitions, He has had one-man shows in Akron, Aurora, Robinson Memorial Hospital, and locations in Maryland and North Carolina.

Henry holds a Master of Arts from Kent State University and studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Art Students League in New York City.

CLAIRE CULLETON
Sundays @ One Organizer

Claire joined the English department at Kent State University in 1990 as an Assistant Professor. Her field of expertise is 20th century Irish and British literature and she currently teaches both graduate-level and undergraduate courses at KSU.

Culleton has experimented and casually explored painting as a hobby since 1985. In 2008, she convinced Henry Walker to serve as a painting mentor and invited another friend to join their weekly sessions. The group has been meeting on Sundays since that time.

Her transparent watercolor paintings feature traditional still life and landscape subjects. The quality of her work was recognized by juries for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Fairmont Art Shows and included in the annual exhibitions. She has also had work accepted in the Akron Society of Artists Kaleidoscope show for 2010.

Claire holds a Masters degree from University of Tennessee and a PhD from University of Miami. She has written and co-edited several books on Irish and British literature and literary figures for Palgrave- Macmillan.

MAUREEN KELLER
Apprentice painter and all-round good person

Maureen studied art and painting at Kent State University in the 1990s while following a different career path in her professional life. During the week, she is an Occupational Therapist assistant at the Hattie Larlham Center in Mantua, Ohio. She has worked in the field for 23 years.

With considerable encouragement from Henry Walker, Keller rediscovered her paints and brushes in 2009, became an active member of the Sundays @ One group, and successfully ended the long hiatus from art.

Preferred subjects for her watercolor studies are landscapes and intricate still life paintings. She works both from photographs and from life. Though her University artwork was almost exclusively acrylics, she admits to a perverse fascination with the characteristic challenges of transparent watercolor.

TOM AULD
Media wonk and painter

Tom joined the Sundays @ One group in 2008 in a desperate attempt to fill the vacuum that followed his retirement as an advertising executive with an in-house agency in Akron, Ohio. Although he was introduced to painting and art during his undergraduate years at Kent State University, his profession required a focus on writing and photography.

Auld has pursued transparent watercolor painting and drawing through on-going study with various locally recognized artists: Linda Hutchinson, Sally Heston, and Jane Slivka, teaching staff at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. He is currently coached by Henry Walker.

Auld has competed in local juried shows and had pieces accepted in the Kaleidoscope show in Akron, the CVAC and Peninsula's Plein Aire competition in 2009. Most recently he had work accepted in the 2011 Fairmont Art Show in Novelty, Ohio.

SCOTT WHITE
Nature enthusiast, machinist and fledgling watercolorist

Scott was born in Texas and raised in Portage County and has a strong love for Kent. A machinist by trade, he has spent the majority of the last 20 years working on bakery equipment and spent his vacation time wandering the wilderness areas of this country. Scott is fond of carousing with various miscreants & misanthropes from KSU's English and Music departments.

Scott joined Sundays @ One after an intense year of personal loss in a rather misguided attempt to staunch his personal consumption of beer. Having always had a strong interest in the arts, his personal influences stem from the visual & literary works of the romantic age, particularly Wallace Stevens, John Muir, and Winslow Homer.

Watercolors are new to Scott, but he has already fallen in love with the medium. He travels extensively in the U.S. backcountry and consequently his favorite subjects are landscapes and the Southwest.

VICKI BOCCHICCIO

A native Clevelander, Vicki Bocchicchio moved to Kent in the mid-1980s. She has worked at KSU for most of that time and has skirted around her interest in art—taking a few drawing classes,
volunteering at galleries, etc.—for most of that time. Finally, in the summer of 2011 Henry Walker dared her to put up or shut up and so she joined the Sundays @ One group that fall. Her painting focuses on still life and floral work, although she is known primarily for bringing the red wine.

LIZ GULAIAN

Liz Gulaian, the newest member of Sundays @ One, has an art degree from KSU. She also completed a decorative painting and restoration program in Asheville, NC. She currently works as a physical therapist assistant at Villa Saint Joseph at Marymount Hospital.

Liz fell upon the painting group upon returning from California this summer and looking for community and creative inspiration. Her uncle Henry invited her to join the group. She
mostly doodled until one day Tom lent her his paint set to color in one of her pictures. The rest, Liz says, is history. In addition to painting, Liz says she enjoys gardening, being outside whenever possible, and a good cup of coffee; but we’ve seen her hit the wine now and then.



Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Stone Tavern present:

10th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition.
-20th Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery
-in Cooperation with The Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main Street in Downtown Kent.
-Simultaneous Exhibitions featuring Vince Packard, Trey Berry, Becky Gorman, Gina M. Corron, Gretchen Rainey, Joanne Arnett, Jim Jewell, David Jrome Bragg, Jeffrey Puccini, Frederick John Kluth, and more!
-paintings, collage, large scale puppets, masks, photographs etc...!

Saturday, October 27, 7pm. Opening Reception
-coincides with the annual downtown Kent Halloween parade
-Drumming Parade from the Gallery to the Tavern at 11pm
-exhibit runs through November 24.

-North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent and
-The Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main Street, Downtown Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970 or 330-677-7320

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.

Images from the Opening



About The Stone Tavern and Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Louis Delbene, longtime supporter of Standing Rock Cultural Arts and co owner of The Stone Tavern, has decided to team up with SRCA in celebrating our 10th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibition. We are pleased to announce this partnership and welcome all the downtown merchants to join us in celebrating the creative spirit here in Kent, Ohio.

Dia De Los Muertos Description:

Come celebrate our 10th annual Day of the Dead show. This festive Mexican Holiday honors all those who have passed before us. But let us not be somber. There will be music, food, drinks, paintings and large puppet sculptures. Like the celebration of a birthday, this holiday reconfirms annually the love, goodwill, and generosity that the beloved can count on, no matter that they are dead.

From Wikipedia…

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, typically on November 1 (All Saints' Day) and November 2 (All Souls' Day).

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a lesser extent in other Latin American countries; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches. The holiday is also observed in the Philippines. Observance of the holiday has spread to Mexican-American communities in the United States, where in some locations, the traditions are being extended. Similarly-themed celebrations also appear in some Asian and African culture.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective of some other cultures, celebrants typically approach the Day of the Dead joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls Day, the traditional mood is much brighter with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts Program present:

"POS ABILITIES IV" Art Exhibition
-Paintings by Children and Young Adults enrolled in the Creative Arts Program of The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities

Saturday, September 29, 7-9pm. Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through October 20.

North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to be collaborating for the 4th time with The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities on this exhibition. The work exhibited covers a wide range of colors, textures, moods, and personalities. We invite the community to come view this unique exhibition that explores the creative possibilities of children with disabilities in our area.

Images from the Opening



ABOUT THE SHOW:

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts – Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ North Water Street Gallery Exhibit
Phylliss L. Steiner, Director

The exploration of ART began at Hattie Larlham in 2004 in the new Education Center at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. Here, exploring different types of painting, watercolor and textures was a weekly occurrence for children in the school program and young adults in ACHIEVE. In June 2007, Hattie Larlham expanded its’ ART services to the new Creative Art Program.

Professional Artists have joined the Hattie Larlham team to work one-on-one with individuals to create paintings on canvas. Each part of the painting is made by the choice of the individual, by a series of questions that have a yes/no answer. Assistive technology, such as laser beams, are used when necessary, so the artists and “show” where they want the paint to be placed on the canvas. Hattie has enlisted the assistance and expertise of the Matheny School and Education Center and the A.R.T. Realization project, both out of New Jersey, to begin this creative process for people with severe disabilities.

Presently, the canvas painting is the beginning of the Creative Arts program and as you will see at the Exhibit at The North Water Street Gallery, the self-expression is really coming through for all of our artists! Our professional ART staff are experimenting with new tools and techniques each day to expose more and more of our individuals to this unique outlet for creativity. Hattie Larlham explores other artistic disciplines: music, digital art, digital photography and video, pottery and weaving.

Creative Arts Philosophy

Every person who comes to Hattie Larlham has the right to express themselves. Creative Arts ensures these opportunities are offered to our artists.

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts has adopted the following four core principles from the Matheny Arts Access Program.

* Freedom of Choice
* Artists Assisting Another Artist
* Neutrality
* No Preconceptions

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts philosophy: Each day in the studio, Creative Arts ensures that all four of these principles are honored for each artist. They are artists, and are treated as artists—their choices, ideas, creations and art is the result of the devotion to these four core principles.

Once completed, all paintings, pottery and photography is for sale. When a piece is sold, 100 percent of the proceeds are given to the artist. Hattie Larlham does not receive proceeds from any piece sold, unless previously designated by the artist's parents or guardians. Visit our gallery to view current available pieces.

Creative Arts Process

Throughout history, many famous artists have used craftsmen and other artists as assistants. Similarly, Hattie Larlham artists have trackers to assist them to carry out their vision.

The first goal of the Creative Arts process is to establish a functional communication system between the artist and the tracker. This communication is the cornerstone of the program's core principles. A positive relationship between tracker and artist ensures the success of the four core principles.

Trackers strive to present choices impartially. It is imperative that they remain neutral during the creative process to avoid leaving their mark on the project. As such, the trackers become an extension of the artist's tools and supplies.

Utilizing charts and a complex series of yes/no questions, trackers respond to the artist's choices and answers by applying color, form and texture to the work in progress. Trackers, in effect, translate the artist's ideas into a tangible work of art. The resulting art is a vehicle for the artist to:

* Express themselves creatively
* Realize their goals
* Achieve their potential
* Exhibit their work
* Gain income
* Communicate to the world

Through these combined experiences and benefits, the artist's quality of life is vastly improved.

A combination of art appreciation and application, Creative Arts engages more than 70 children and adults at Hattie Larlham in a variety of artistic activities. Although the program initially focused on painting, it has expanded to include photography, sculpting, music, poetry and other forms of artistic expression.

The paintings that you see are for sale at The North Water Street Gallery and later, at the Hattie Café’ Fountain and Gifts, located in Hudson. We are proud to announce that 100% of the proceeds of the sale of each painting goes directly to the individual artist. Hattie Larlham does not require any compensation for their role in this process. Our mission is strictly to allow all people with disabilities to express themselves in any way they can. Expose and Explore is our mantra. We welcome you to come by and visit us in our studio and watch the creativity yourself!

Hattie Larlham is proud of the work done by the Creative Arts team. These professional artists and director have worked together for more than two years to bring the program to the level it is today. The team is constantly looking at new ways to reach out to artists, to help them to express themselves and to display and exhibit the work in the community.

Phylliss Steiner
Director of Creative Arts/Media Productions

Laura Burns
Studio Coordinator/Exhibition Officer

Maria Golden
Art Tracker, Painting and Photography

Tim Curran
Art Tracker, Sculpture

WEBSITE: http://www.hattielarlham.org


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“The Metamorphoses of the Image in Space” Art Exhibition
-Paintings by Janet Snell

The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St., Kent

Saturday, September 1st, 7:30-9pm, Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through September 22nd.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970

ABOUT JANET SNELL

BIO:

Janet Snell is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of The Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied painting with the late Edward Dugmre. She has been included in many group and solo shows including New York’s Drawing Center, Washington’s Strathmore Hall, Cleveland’s Spaces, and Akron’s Summit Art Space. The author of FLYTRAP (Cleveland Poetry Center 1990) – a book of drawings and poems, and an E-chapbook, HEADS (March Street Press 1998). Her collection, PRISONER’S DILEMMA, with Cheryl Snell, won the Lopside Press Chapbook Contest. Snell regularly publishes in small magazines, contributes to chapbooks for Scattered Light Library, and paints semi-realistic portraits on commission.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Miles Davis’ jazz fusion, Turner’s mature work of storms, fire and vague buildings in the background, Picasso’s Les Demoilles d’Avignon, Kandinsky’s improvisations, Gorky’s subliminal imagery combined with lyrical color, DeKooning with his women series-all used figuration and abstraction, and serve as my models. Themes of pursuing vision-trying to see what blocks understanding; entrapment, relationships between people – are all subjects for my work, and lend themselves to oil paint because it has fluidity. Since it doesn’t dry too fast, I can go from one space to another, and that allows me to show a metamorphoses from space to image, tracking my thought processes.

Science interests me, it’s controlled randomness – like the somewhat unpredictable trajectory of an electron or the element of chance in natural selection, ot a Degas where the figures (dancers) are arranged in what seems to be a randomness, but the composition is still very much controlled. There is some chance in my drawings when I put white over grey chalk and charcoal and end up in a fit of pique, slashing the white with more charcoal and finish up with a texture and a degree of dark–light that works well with the whole drawing. That moment of chance is stored as experience.

Music inspires me – Hendrix, Miles Davis, Waits, classical music. Music creates an environment that allows an image to pop up in my head. It’s not a completely formed image. I don’t want it to be. I want something spontaneous to happen when I start to draw or paint. After losing and getting back the drawing many times, I can recapture the original image. German Expressionists like Gorky, Max Ernst, Schiel, Bacon, and most especially Munch, have influenced my work greatly. I’m not completely an expressionist, though. There’s an objectivity and logic and subjectivity in the space I create, and some realism in the image, usually a head. So I’m not entirely self indulgent and personal!

-Janet Snell


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

Introduction to The Pursuit” Art Exhibition
-Paintings and Sculpture by Pap Souleye Fall

Saturday, August 4th, 7-9pm, Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through August 31st.
The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St., Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970

Images from the Opening



ABOUT PAP SOULEYE

BIO:

17 year old artist Pap Souleye Fall has been painting like wild fire for the past three years. He is fluent in French and English. His influences include Basquiat and his mother Wendi Wilson-Fall.

ART STATEMENT:

“Introduction To The Pursuit” is about coming of age in the 21st century. In short the inspiration comes from life itself and what it means to be alive!


Who’s Rockin Standing Rock?” Art Exhibition
-Work by past and present Board Members and Staff of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.
-Featuring Tina Puckett, Cheryl Townsend, Emily Parker, Fred Pierre, LuAnn Csernotta, Jeff St. Clair, Jim Vandenboom, Gary Lockwood, Jeff Ingram and more
-Paintings, Sculpture, Photographs, Jewelry

Saturday, July 7, 7-9pm. Opening Exhibition.
-In conjunction with Kent’s Heritage Festival
-Exhibit runs through July 28th

The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St., Kent

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970

Images from the Opening


ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:

It’s been 20 years since we’ve occupied our space at 257 North Water Street in downtown Kent and we thought it would be nice to feature some work by the Board and Staff of Standing Rock Cultural Arts. The exhibit highlights the creativity of Tina Puckett, (current President), Cheryl Townsend (current Vice President), LuAnn Csernotta, (current Secretary), Fred Pierre (current Treasurer), Dr. Emily Parker, (current board member), Jim Vandenboom, (current board member), Jeff St. Clair, (former Vice President), Gary Lockwood (Co Founder and Former Artistic Director), and Jeff Ingram, (current Executive Director) We hope this exhibit allows the viewer to experience the depth of our non profit art and educational organization. Our twenty years in Kent has been something very special for all of us here at SRCA. It’s not the building we inhabit, but rather, the people who have taken on the responsibility of building community through the arts. These are the folks who help support and nurture the creative spirit behind our programming. We hope you’ll come down for a visit and share in the celebration of the arts here on North Water Street!

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

SRCA
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Thank you to our current sponsors: The City of Kent, The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The Sylvia Coogan Memorial Foundation, The Kent Environmental Council, The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, The Kent Stormwater Department, The Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA), Family and Community Services of Portage County, City Bank Antiques, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Hometown Bank, Dr. Greenbee, Kent Cycles, Star of The West Milling Company, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Woodsy's Music, Kent Parks and Recreation, The Pan African Studies Department of Kent State University, Wild Goats Cafe, Taco Tantos, Rays Place, 91.3 The Summit Radio, Mr. And Mrs. Don Schjeldahl, The Hoppin Frog Brewery, Walt and Nancy Adams, The Lucky Penny Creamery, Totally Cooked Catering, The Master Gardeners of Portage County, Jim Burris of The Universe, and Edwin George, Cherokee.

We now also offer reasonably-priced memberships to assist in the cause. Membership fees, benefits, and forms are available on our website. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.

Thank you also to our current members: Daiv Whaley, Andrea and Rick Stahl and Family, Ken Robinson, Bill and Shirley Mars, Jim Vandenboom, Lisa Coffman, Maj Ragain, LuAnn Csernotta, Anne Haas, Emily Parker, Vicki and Joe Bocchicchio.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents:

Jubilation” Art Exhibition
-Paintings and Prints by Stuart C. Pruitt

Saturday, May 12, 7-9pm
-Exhibit runs through June 2
North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St.

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appontment at 330-673-4970

Images from the Opening



ABOUT THE ARTIST

Stuart C. Pruitt is an artist who currently resides in Ravenna, Ohio. He has exhibited extensively throughout his 40 year career as a painter, mainly in the Northeast Ohio area.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Women’s Art Recognition Movement (W.A.R.M.) present:
12th Annual WARM Arts Silent Auction
-Proceeds to benefit Family & Community Services of Portage County
-Highlighting the artistic achievements of women
-Photographs, Paintings, Collages, Beaded Jewelry, Sculpture, Clothing and more
-Food, beverages, beautiful art

Saturday, March 3rd, 8:00pm. Opening Reception
-Auction closes at 5pm on Saturday, March 24.
North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970 or 330-686-9800

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm.
-Or by appointment @ 330-673-4970



ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES DONATING;

Kristen Fouquet, Mary Defer, Deb Defer, Cheryl A Townsend, Annette Yoho
Feltes, Rebekah Brenner, Kathryn Mussleman, Laura Barrett Wynn, Michelle Moore, Susan Perzanowski, Shannon Workman, Crooked River Herb Farm, Standing Rock Cultural Arts and more!

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S ART RECOGNITION MOVEMENT (W.A.R.M)

W.A.R.M. is a nonprofit, grassroots organization of international women artists founded in 1999 by Dr Molly Merryman and Cheryl Townsend, with the sole intent of utilizing and promoting the artistic eclecticism of women through exhibitions, workshops, seminars, performances, publications, and whatever means necessary to ensure her voice is heard, her vision shared, her art available.

Based in the Standing Rock Cultural Arts North Water Street Gallery in Kent, OH, it has curated shows at Blue Ruin Gallery in Pittsburgh and numerous Ohio located venues.

WARM hosts an annual fundraising show at its base, the North Water Street Gallery in March. Women are always welcome to submit their work for consideration. Posting to this site (http://www.facebook.com/people/Warm-Arts/100001779861124) is one method to do so, or e-mailed jpgs can be sent to warmarts@aol.com as well as mailed on CD to 4975 Comanche Trail, Stow, OH 44224.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts in conjunction with The Wick Poetry Center and Vandenboom Sculpture Studios presents: “Fukishima Anniversary” Art Exhibition

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, March 31, 7:00-10:00pm
-SHOW RUNS THROUGH Saturday, May 5, 2011 at North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Downtown Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

Curated by Vince Packard
10th Annual Environmental Art Show In Conjunction with The 6th Annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival
-Featuring Work by Local Artists
-Vince Packard (Paintings)
-Jim Vandenboom (Sculpture)
-Kate Uhrich (Prints, Sculpture)
-Kelly Hayes (Paintings)
-Masha Vereshchenko (Paintings)
-Trey Berry (Paintings, Assemblage)
-Prints from the Online Facebook Fukusima Exhibition. (Earth Art/Fukushima 3/11)
-Music by Amy Breedon

Also Featuring “PROJECT: FROM THE TREE” CREATED AND SPONSORED BY JIM VANDENBOOM, MFA Sculpture.
-Poems written by Local Elementary School Children in collaboration with The Wick Poetry Program of Kent State University
-Sculpture by Jim Vandenboom
-A Reading of the Poems is scheduled for April 28th, 4pm in Downtown Kent during The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival Block Party at The Hometown Bank Plaza



ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Vince Packard is an artist and environmental activist who currently resides in Akron, Ohio. He has shown work regularly at The North Water Street Gallery.

Kate Uhrich and Kelly Hayes both hold BFA degrees from Kent State University. Kate is an art instructor in Kirtland, Ohio. Kelly is an RN in Mahoning County. Both have exhibited regularly at The North Water Street Gallery and around the country.

Jim Vandenboom holds a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and a MFA in Sculpture from Kent State University. He created and sponsors the annual Project: From the Tree.

MORE ABOUT PROJECT: FROM THE TREE

"From the Tree” was created to provide a venue and spotlight for the creative efforts of Kent elementary school students, local poets, and two outstanding organizations that are teaching our children the benefits of creative thinking, Standing Rock Cultural Arts and WICK Poetry Outreach Program at Kent State University: http://dept.kent.edu/wick.

The students at Walls and Holden Elementary Schools have been asked to investigate their human relationships and interdependence with trees physically, emotionally and metaphorically through displays of Sculpture and Poetry. Each featured student has a poem displayed on the wall at The North Water Street Gallery and receives a professionally mounted print of their poem in addition to a commemorative chapbook with all 20 selected poems.

There will be a Reading of the Featured Poems at The Hometown Bank Plaza on April 28th as part of The Main Street Block Party of The “Who’s Your Mama? Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.
www.whosyourmama.org


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

Nature Made” Art Exhibition
-Acrylic Paintings and Prints by Gary Phile
-Sculptural Installation by Laine Keener

Saturday, February 4th, 7:30pm. Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through February 25th.
- at the North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St.
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appontment at 330-673-4970

Images from the Opening



ABOUT THE ARTISTS

GARY PHILE

"Gary Phile was born and raised in Rootstown, Ohio. He has loved art and has drawn and painted since he was young. He has just recently began painting again after taking a long break to go to school and to pursue other ventures. After painting a picture for a family member for Christmas, he was encouraged to keep going. He still lives in Rootstown with his wife and daughter. This is his third time showing his paintings in an art exhibition." His work is often inspired by his natural surroundings and so “Nature Made” became the theme for this exhibit.

LAINE KEENER

Laine Keener is locally raised artist currently living in Kent, Ohio. Born in Akron, she always showed interest in art and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Kent State University in 2011. For this exhibit, Laine will expand on her recent study titled, Ethereal Tension”

Ethereal Tension is a body of work that consists of seven sculptures that are mounted on the wall. Each piece is made of one or multiple fabric-wrapped steel frames measuring between one and five feet in width. Within the frame is an open and airy weave that creates a web-like structure. Everything in the show is kept light in color, including whites, creams and very subtle earth tones. I began working with fabric to create woven and braided sculptures this past summer and I was drawn to the delicateness of such material and the interconnections that a weave or braid provides.

This work is an embodiment of my exploration inward. I have been on the path of discovering my own spirituality and place in this world. My investigation into the metaphysical is the driving force of my art’s formal and conceptual underpinnings.

The pieces in this body of work symbolize a metaphorical “Web of Life”. They are held together with tension and connections that rely on one another. Despite that some parts are far from others, each connection within each sculpture can be traced through a single line. The weave of thread and yarn comprising each web is dependent on the tension of every other connection within it. Without one thing, the other could not exist. Only through each connection working together are these pieces able to take form.

There is also a less physical aspect of this “Web of Life” —the metaphysical aspect. This is represented with the strong shadows cast from the objects themselves. The shadows are not manifested in any material way and they cannot be reached out and touched. Still, they are as much a part of the work as the physical webs. They are a continuation of the physical work; part of a whole.

There is an undeniable relation to traditional Native American dream catchers in this body of work. The weave used to create the pieces is a traditional Ojibwe weave that was used to make the first dream catchers long ago, yet its application within this work gives it a contemporary twist. Dreams are something that I consider to be very important in my life. My own experiences with dreams have always been powerful and have become even more intensified while working on this project. I believe dreams are a place where there is a thinning and blurring of the line between physical and metaphysical. In turn, they can bring us closer to the spiritual world.

The task of weaving each web required patience, and eventually became incredibly meditative. The materials and methods used in the creation of each sculpture are meant to give a sense of light and openness to them. Materials such as wax and soft white fabric allude to purity, giving a semi-transparent, layered effect. The softness and delicate nature of the work is meant to evoke a peaceful yet contemplative state of mind. I have also included the use of some natural materials such as leaves and feathers, which are to remind the viewer of the human connection to Earth and nature.

I have found inspiration in artists such as Maud Cotter, Petah Coyne and Kirsten Hassenfeld, all of whom share similar theories or sensibility as my own work. Petah Coyne uses wax in many of her pieces, a material I have grown to love. All three of these female artists’ work is metaphorical and communicates through its materials. These artists all exude a feeling of something other-worldly or fairy tale like. They also use the materiality of their work to comment on humanity and, as Maud Cotter puts it, “communicate the nature of existence.”


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“A Beginning” Sculpture Exhibition
-Work by Liza Enos

Sunday, January 8th, 3:30-5:30pm. Opening Reception.
-Exhibit Runs through January 28th.
The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

My work is based in abstraction. Although I used actual fungi as a reference, I am not trying to literally depict fungi. Instead, I am reshaping the world I see for expressive purpose. I chose fungi because these organisms recycle and distribute nutrients. I see this activity as a metaphor for the motion I go through as an artist. I see my creativity as a living force that must be allowed to develop and become refined. My hope is that, by allowing my creativity the freedom to build, positive results from this energy will be reflected in the world around me.
-Liza Enos, January 2, 2012

Images from the Opening




Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

SRCA
257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Thank you to our current sponsors: The Ohio Arts Council, The City of Kent, The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The Sylvia Coogan Memorial Foundation, The Kent Environmental Council, The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, The Kent Stormwater Department, The Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA), Family and Community Services of Portage County, City Bank Antiques, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Home Savings Bank, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Woodsy's Music, Kent Parks and Recreation, The Pan African Studies Department of Kent State University, Wild Goats Cafe, Taco Tantos, Rays Place, Main Street Kent, 91.3 The Summit Radio, Mr. And Mrs. Don Schjeldahl, Abruzzo’s Wine and Homebrew Supply, The Hoppin Frog Brewery, Walt and Nancy Adams, The Lucky Penny Creamery, Totally Cooked Catering, The Master Gardeners of Portage County, Jim Burris of The Universe, and Edwin George, Cherokee.

We now also offer reasonably-priced memberships to assist in the cause. Membership fees, benefits, and forms are available on our website. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.

Thank you also to our current members: Daiv Whaley, Andrea and Rick Stahl and Family, Ken Robinson, Bill and Shirley Mars, Jim Vandenboom, Maj Ragain, LuAnn Csernotta, Emily Parker, Vicki and Joe Bocchicchio.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

Contact: info@standingrock.net
Phone: 330-673-4970