Exhibitions

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Sandbox Carvings”
-Installation by Mark Alexander


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

Saturday, November 23.. Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through December 28

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

Images from the Opening

 



ABOUT THE ARTIST

MARK ALEXANDER

Mark is an Ohio artist who lives in the Kilbuck Valley. He's been building things all his life.

“Sandbox Carvings” DESCRIPTION

The carvings were made over the winter months. I built a deep sandbox in the spring. The photographs were taken late summer and into the fall.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Stone Tavern present

11th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition.
-21st Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery
-in Cooperation with The Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main Street in Downtown Kent.
-Featuring Vince Packard, Trey Berry, Joanne Arnett, Jim Jewell, David Jrome Bragg, Jeffrey Puccini, Tina Puckett, Cheryl Green, Morpho, and more!
-paintings, prints, collage, large scale puppets, masks, photographs and more!

Saturday, October 26, 7pm. Opening Reception
-coincides with the annual downtown Kent Halloween parade
-Drumming Parade from the Gallery to the Stone Tavern at 11pm
-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 this year's event


Dia De Los Muertos Description:


Come celebrate our 11th 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 presents
“Sundays @ One” Watercolor Painting Exhibition
-An Artist Collective coached by Henry Walker
-4th Annual Watercolor Exhibition
-Featuring Henry Walker, Donna Shaughnessy-Walker, Claire Culleton, Maureen Keller, Tom Auld, Scott White, Liz Gulaian, and Vicki Bocchicchio

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

Saturday, September 21, 7:30-9:30pm Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through October 19

CONTACT: 330-673-4970



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 spent much of 2012 in Galway and in Dublin, Ireland, on an academic fellowship. While she was gone, the group met regularly at Henry's.


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.

DONNA SHAUGHNESSY-WALKER

Donna Shaughnessy–Walker is retired but works part-time as an academic counselor at Kent State University Geauga. She says she loves the drive to Burton through the countryside and loves connecting with the special light of each season. Donna’s work doesn’t focus on any particular object or feature any particular subject; in fact, she is still seeking a focus for her art, she says.  She works in pastels and watercolors and enjoys photography and collage.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Subtle Escape”
-Photography, Wood, and Oil Pastels by Amber Myers

August 10, Opening Reception. 7-9pm
-Exhibit runs through September 14.

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

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Exhibit features photography, wood, and oil pastels

Amber believes that each of us carries a whole family in our souls, and that that family is looking for a great home. She wants to show that there is freedom when finding the right home, and the right home has visual, kinesthetic, and tactile connections to the natural world.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Pieces of Broken Nations”

-Photographs of Former Soviet Union Republics by Frederic Vigne

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

Saturday, July 6, Opening Reception. 7-9pm
-Coincides with Kent's Annual Heritage Festival
-Exhibit runs through August 3rd.

Images from the Opening



ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

PIECES OF BROKEN NATIONS, ART STATEMENT:

I was barely 19 years old when, suddenly, the Berlin Wall broke down. I remember this moment, the long nights in front of my TV screen, biting my nails because I felt something, now, would be totally different.
I wanted to be a Berliner. I was a Berliner. For us, Europeans, the Iron Curtain was something concrete, real, close, and almost physically intimate. It was the horizon line. It was the ultimate limit, something we could not cross; we could even not try to get close. And beyond? A huge and scary silence. Something like if time was stopped, utterly frozen. And one day, one night, the ice melted. It was in 1990…the collapse of the Soviet Union. The invincible giant gave up and died…
One year later, the war started in the Balkans. The worst kind of war, the civil one, dividing cities and making the best friends now mortal enemies, breaking many families. Thousands of widows, thousands of orphans, millions of displaced people, refugees in their own country. But this country –Yugoslavia- didn’t exist anymore.
Like the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia faded to black.
1997…I was 26, an officer in the French Air Force. I was sent to Sarajevo as a peacekeeper. For the first time of my life, I discovered what happened in my house. Because Europe is my house, not so only France.
Time passed. Many years later I became a photographer. It was an evidence for me to try to understand what happened in my continent. I just had the feeling I needed to reconnect with my history, the history of my enlarged family, these cousins I was not allowed to see during 50 years –two generations- because they were on the other side of the Wall. Not cousins by blood, except the blood we used to shed on the battlefields during many centuries.
My continent is the World’s largest cemetery. Some people, called historians, one day, will maybe teach us why. Me, with my camera, I just pretend to tell the stories of the survivors, the orphans of these two major broken nations.
Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were built on an utopia. This utopia, now, is dead. Just remains a complex network of common interests, shared languages or ways of life, heavy memories.
People deal with a new reality, and most of them were not ready to handle this reality. No one, nothing prepared them to this dramatic and spectacular shift. Most of former Yugoslavian didn’t want the death of Yugoslavia. And in Soviet Union, only a minority of the 15 republics dreamt about independence.
The Communist legacy is present everywhere, especially in countries which were far from the heart of the Empire. And this is the reason why I focused on these countries. Unlike the Baltic republics or Ukraine, nor Kyrgyzstan, Moldova or even Republic of Georgia never asked for independence from the Soviet Union. These peripheral republics were totally dependent on what was centrally planned in, by and for Moscow. And suddenly, the matrix rejected them. The process was different in former Yugoslavia –a cruel war- but drove to the final same result: small nations with very different destinies, with two main losers: Serbia and Bosnia (a huge paradox Bosnia was crushed in the war, and Serbia banished from amongst the Nations).
My photos are not about breathtaking landscapes, beautiful monuments and touristic spots. I shot the life of rural communities and common people, sometimes focusing on minorities like Roma (gipsy) in Serbia, refugees in Bosnia. It’s a kind of balance sheet, soon 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
I don’t pretend to be exhaustive; I don’t even pretend to be objective. I like to see my work as a kind of impressionist painting. I’m not really showing the raw and full reality, but rather a reflection of the light on this reality.
And I invite you to join me to gather the pieces of these broken nations fallen into the dust of History.

Frederic Vigne.

ABOUT THE ARTISIT
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Frédéric Vigne was born in 1971 in Provence, France.

After studying law and international relations, he served in the French Air Force for 7 years as an administrative and law officer. He was awarded the NATO Medal of Honor for his service in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.
A storyteller at heart, he is now fulfilling his dream as a full-time writer and photographer. His latest work, Des empreintes et des clefs, published in 2011, is a collection of short stories based on his world travels and adventures.

When he is not on a humanitarian shoot, Frederic divides his time between his spiritual landscape of the Pyrenées Mountains of southern France and his adopted home in Ohio, USA, where he enjoys birding and exploring the nooks and crannies of the Cuyahoga Valley.

No matter where he is in the world, he combines his passion for people, the environment, animals, and the great outdoors with his love for photography.

In addition to private events and shootings, he is also an accomplished nature, travel and humanitarian photographer.

You can enjoy his work on www.fredericvignegolemphoto.com
or follow his current activity on Facebook: Frederic Vigne Photography.


“Early Years” 14th Annual Student Art Exhibition
-paintings, drawings, photographs and more....

Saturday, June 8, 3:00-5:00pm. Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through June 29.

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

Images from the opening