Standing Rock Cultural Arts, Kumpania, and The Women's Art Recognition Movement(W.A.R.M.) present

Silent Art Auction Benefit
- Paintings, Sculpture,  Photography, Multi-Media by various artists!
-proceeds benefit Safer Futures

Saturday, September 29,  5-10pm.  Opening Reception and Masquerade Ball
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
-Exhibit runs through October 20

This charity exhibition opens at The North Water Street Gallery on September 29 with live entertainment, drinks, and light Hors d'oeuvres.   The opening is free and begins 5pm.  The auction features original pieces created by artists from across the United States and representative of a variety of mediums and genres. Patrons may bid at the gallery until the auction closes on Saturday, October 20, 5pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Portage County battered women's shelter.

W.A.R.M, Kumpania, and Standing Rock Cultural Arts bring you the annual silent art auction to benefit Safer Futures Battered Women’s Shelter.

Join us for a night of art, music, masks and more!

If you can’t join us for the opening reception, the auction will be open until October 20th, final sales and contact will be made after that date.

But we’d love to see your faces on opening night!

Featuring work by:
Lauren Baker, Danielle Brown, Deci Belfrey, Emily Clarke Bussinger, Gabz Ciofanni, Liza Enos, Helena Esparsa, Casie Fanning, Daysha Furtney, Olivia Hartman, Sharee Hutch, Emily Douglass Labbe, Caroline Liebman, Leah Mattingly, Zoey Reynolds Penix, Suzanne Savickas, Melinda Stephan

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



PuNk RoCk Flea Market and Art Show and Kent State Text Book Co-op
-in cooperation with Books for Prisoners
-Curated by Scotty McMaster

Saturday, September 15th, 2 to 7pm
-Exhibit runs through September 26th.
The North Water Street Gallery, Kent, OH
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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

ABOUT The Event

-Art show featuring local and regional artists of punk rock illustrations and zine material.

-This is the second joint benefit event for Kent Books to Prisoners and the USAS Kent State Textbook Co-Op!

Kent Books to Prisoners is always down to take donations of quality books. The biggest needs for our library right now are sci-fi/fantasy novels, legal self-help materials, political literature, art books, and psychology texts. However, what we really need is some help for our postage fund. Shipping packages of books isn't cheap, and postage costs all too often come out of our core members' pockets. Cash donations are greatly appreciated! In case reciprocity is really your thing, we'll have plenty of free pins, zines, and other swag up for grabs.

United Students Against Sweatshops Local #27 has been working to establish a reliable textbook co-op for Kent State students. We've got a space on campus and two bookshelves full of textbooks spanning a variety of subjects - but could always use more! Keep in mind that textbook companies love to pump out new editions with minimal additions, so newer books are a must! We could also use some helping hands for cataloging the library and putting it up for easy access for students. If that's the kinda thing you'd like to do, just talk to a USASer!


Local zinesters, artists, and craftspeople will be running tables and giving out/selling their goods. If you'd like to run a table, just post a comment on the event!

We've all got beloved novels that we're clinging onto knowing damn well that we'll never re-read them. Wouldn't you rather share them with someone else? If you bring at least one novel for this, you get to choose one to take home. All the leftovers go into the library for Kent Books to Prisoners - who will be throwing plenty of duplicate copies of classic/popular fiction into the pot.

There will be readings of work coming out of the ID13 Prison Literacy Project, who run a writing group at Lake Erie Correctional in Conneaut, OH. Get a taste of some of this work at

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.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Janet Snell By Herself” Art Exhibition
-Paintings by Janet Snell

Saturday, August 4th, 7:00-9pm, Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through August 25th
The North Water Street Gallery.  300 N. Water St., Kent
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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



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.


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

"Decks for Days”
-painted Longboard Skateboards by Audrey Henry

June 1, 2018.  Opening Reception 6pm
-Exhibit part of Main Street Kent's First Friday Art Walk
-Exhibit Runs Through July 28.

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.


Audrey Henry is an artist from Kent Ohio. Her exhibit "Decks For Days" was inspired by a commission she received, after finishing a hand painted longboard for Matt B. she decided to do a whole series. The boards range in styles and include pieces that are hand wood burned and painted. They are all clear coated with a hard protectant and can be displayed or ridden.

You can see more of her work on Instagram & Facebook at the links below.



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