The Akron location will celebrate the beginning of spring with a group show of vibrant and color-filled new paintings by established artists: Patricia Zinsmeister Parker and Wendy Chazin. Beneath the layers of paint, emerges the stories expressed by both artists embodied in the exhibition. Often autobiographical, the stories reveal much about the artist's life experiences that have shaped and influenced their art.
Zinsmeister Parker's creative life began at a young 12 years of age as she enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art's "Gifted Children's Program" on scholarship. Her educational career as an adult includes multiple degrees from Kent State University including an MFA, and later pursued independent study at the Instituto de Allende, Mexico. Prior to her career in painting, Zinsmeister Parker worked as a fashion illustrator for a large department store chain in Northeastern Ohio. This experience is prevalent in her new body of work being exhibited in this show. Her self-proclaimed style of "narrative abstract expressionism" has been recognized by The Cleveland Museum of Art as her work, The Yellow Table (1976), has recently been acquired for their permanent collection. Her work has similarly been collected by established institutions such as the Akron Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Canton Art Museum, and Smithsonian Institution of American Art.
Chazin, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of The Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts, The School of Visual Art in New York City, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. She later studied and painted in France, where she established a studio in Marseille, the heart of Provence. Her fascination with the South of France inspired her to work in a style suggestive of Matisse and the contemporary French artists who followed him. During one of her shows in France, Chazin's work was acknowledged by a visionary Japanese agent who invited her to join Editions Vision Nouvelles, a printmaking publisher of major French and Japanese artists. With them she published a set of beautiful lithographs. Her work has shown extensively in France, Japan, and New York and has been widely collected by corporations including: Goodrich Corporation, Yale-New Haven Medical Center, and University Hospitals, among others.
The exhibition will open with a wine and cheese reception Thursday, March 16, 5:30 - 8 PM. A gallery talk by the artists will take place midway through the opening. Free parking is available at the gallery's location in West Akron's Pilgrim Square.Press Release
Harris Stanton Gallery in Cleveland is pleased to present the opening of Constructions featuring new work by local artists Lynn O'Brien and Meaghan Reed.
Long time gallery artist, Lynn O'Brien, is known for her layered paintings of imaginary birds. In this exhibition she branches out of the 2D and has created a brand new series of whimsical bird constructions that use acrylic paint, collage and wood cutouts. They consist of hundreds of individual pieces of paper layered on bird shaped wood cutouts and wings that are later screwed onto the body. This labor intensive process creates a three dimensional textured base surface on which more paper shapes are added along with multiple layers of acrylic paint, hand painted collage papers, and prismacolor pencils. Lynn states that, "As with much of my work, I am interested in how the process of combining different materials into multiple layers of marks, color, and pattern creates a surface rich with the history of the piece. Much of what is layered ultimately gets buried beneath the surface, but bits and pieces are revealed in expected places and hint at what came before." Lynn studied fine art at the University of Arizona and has exhibition extensively in Northeast Ohio. She has won numerous awards and is in many public collections including the Tuscan International Airport.
Assemblage artist and Kent State MFA grad Meaghan Reed is also inspired by nature and the mixing of different materials. For this exhibition she has created two dimensional, richly layered paper assemblages as well as layered paintings. Of her work she states, "Each piece of mine focuses in on a particular molecular world that captures my imagination. The juxtaposition of new materials and found objects reflects early and contemporary ideas in science." After receiving her MFA from Kent State University she returned as part of their faculty and currently teaches at the institution.
The show opens with a reception from 5:30-8pm. A gallery talk by the artists will take place midway through the opening. The gallery is located in the historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland on West 9th Street.Press Release
The Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron will be celebrating the beginning of the New Year with New Directions, an exhibition featuring emerging young artists that have received training from local art schools in the area. This annual exhibition will feature up and coming artists: Nathan Prebonick of the University of Akron, Natalie Petrosky of Kent State University, and Rachel Shelton of the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Prebonick received his BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing from the University of Akron's Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. Growing up in Akron and its changing industrial landscape led him to explore ideas of history, repurposing, navigation, and spatial perception. His style has shifted from describing the accumulation of time with the weight of paint to experimenting with more ephemeral and translucent qualities of time, space, and visual perception
Shelton received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011 with a concentration in printmaking. She is currently working towards an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Shelton's recent work lies somewhere between diagram and abstraction. While examining our earthly relationships, her work aims to situate our experience and existence in perspective with the vast universe beyond our planet.
Petrosky received her BFA in painting from Kent State University and recently received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Tennessee. This exhibition displays fabric and paint as her choice of medium in her large scale works. The use of fabric is inspired by the domestic quality that comes from the medium and her interest in the natural wear of fabric during its lifespan.
We are excited to display the work of these rising artists as well as represent the schools who directed them to successful futures.Press Release
Courtlandt M. Swartz, born in 1993 is a Toronto based artist and recent graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design. His artwork has explored many styles and mediums including this unique process of casting sculpted forms of paint within clear prisms of hand cast acrylic glass. This technique has been refined by artist Courtlandt Swartz over the course of several years, and is unlike any other.
Courtlandt Swartz suspends sculptural forms of acrylic paint within prisms of hand cast acrylic glass. Selectively affecting the surface clarity allows internal elements to be concealed and revealed. There is no single or immediate way to experience the piece. Every angle exposes a different refraction of the brushstrokes contained in the sculpture. Having a longstanding background in realist painting has inspired Swartz to move into three-dimensional space, searching for a medium that provides multiple images simultaneously.
In a postindustrial district of Milan, where 1920s architecture holds sway and creative types have clustered, we find Lucilla Giovanninetti. She is at the door of her small workshop welcoming us with her sunny radiant smile gracious like a sunflower in full bloom, and a kind, limpid face that is the essence of refinement. Lucilla is an artist of contemporary jewelry who exudes such a passion for her craft and is so talented that she rivals the most sophisticated Italian and international connoisseurs. And she has done so for more than 20 years, and not by happenstance.
A native of the northern Italian city Bergamo, Lucilla inherited her grandmothe's (a well-known painter) love for artistic design and all sorts of materials. Her vocational calling drew her to art school, followed by tertiary studies in the Faculty of Literature in Milan where she majored in art. Her studies of art, history and jewelry-making paved the way for her to open up artistically, and to act on her dream of, as she says, "creating a line of wearable art jewels with a certain irreverence for time that just keep on giving."
As a newly minted graduate she entered the world of work dedicating her time to teaching history and jewelry-making in the most prestigious schools of design in Milan. At the same time, she also worked on capsules of clothing, accessories, belt buckles and molding costume jewelry out of textiles under her brand moniker Lucilla Gi. Her fresh looking style of pure design and contemporary feel captivated the most demanding buyers and the media world. What triumph!
While some may have been satisfied to coast along this road of success, Lucilla continued in her quest of lifelong learning when, in 2008, she enrolled in the "Accademia di Arte Orafa" in Milan (Goldsmith Academy). There she dove into crafting metal, wax, and learned how to enamel while probing other time-held metallurgical techniques including the most difficult and complex - a method called "cera persa" or "cire perdue," used by sculptors to create their prototype forms. By 2010 Lucilla was ready to launch her first designs under the name "Eandare." Yet again, she surprised many and her success continues to this day.
"Everything I do starts with inspiration. I look, and observe attentively, engraving in my heart and mind different forms and sensations." Lucilla interprets her mental etchings through an experimentation process tightly linked to learned techniques and a design aesthetic that leans toward a contemporary, precise mood; but always elegantly stated and refined. That is after all, HER style.
Her bracelets, pendant necklaces, earrings in bronze and silver and resin-treated textiles are made in few numbers. Each of these unique pieces can be found in boutiques and art galleries throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.
Harris Stanton Gallery is honored to present a handpicked small selection of Lucilla's finery - bracelets, earrings and necklace-pendants in finely polished natural bronze - that can be worn as complete sets or for a different effect, singly. The pendants, sculpted to perfection using the "cera persa" technique, come with delicate bronze-colored chains. Lucilla shares that her amorphous surreal pendants match effortlessly to leather strips; or for that classic refined and elegant look, you can attach them to any of your fine silk scarves. The beauty of Lucilla's out-of-the-ordinary adornment is that there is no hard and fast rule on how to wear it; rather it as limited as your imagination!
So have fun and live creatively with Lucilla's Eandare.
Harris Stanton Gallery's International Exhibition showcases exciting new artists and works from around the world. This season the show will feature new acquisitions from Paris, Barcelona, Germany and Italy. The International Exhibition represents the gallery's historical ties to Europe. The Harris·Stanton Gallery made its debut as the Evelyne Shaffer Gallery in 1987, owned by Evelyne Shaffer herself. Evelyne brought to Akron many European artists, with an emphasis in French art. In 1994, Meg Harris purchased the Evelyne Shaffer Gallery and shortly thereafter changed the name to the Harris·Stanton. The gallery continues to bring a global art presence to Northeast Ohio through Meg's frequent buying trips to Europe, and this exhibition.
Featured artist Miguel Olivares (Barcelona) is inspired by the mixing of cultures and collages recycled materials and paint to create his vibrant, crowded street and cafe scenes. He is interested in portraying the authenticity of people and places as opposed to tourist stereotypes. His use of found materials provides a map of what is of interest in pop culture of the city he is portraying. Lynn Shaler, an American artist based in Paris is known for her meticulous etching-aquatint scenes of France. Her new work, "Le Vieux Paris" will be featured in the exhibition. Frenchman Pierre Boncompain, whose illustrious career has been filled with solo and museum shows worldwide, has been represented by the gallery for nearly thirty years. His joyful colors and dramatic compositions enliven his still lifes of intricate tablecloths, French pottery and expressive flowers. Other artists to be featured include Charles Dwyer, Mikio Watanabe, Kurt Mair and Aldo Bertolini.
The show opens with a reception from 6-8:30pm. A gallery talk by the Meg Harris will take place midway through the opening. The gallery is located in the historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland on West 9th Street.
Beginning in November, the Akron location will display an exhibition featuring artists Abbey Blake and Linda Fischer working in the encaustic medium. Also known as hot wax painting, the encaustic process involves using heated wax to which colored pigments are added. In addition to working in the same medium, both artists also focus on structural forms to create their work.
Blake's work shows influence of her degree in printmaking with an emphasis in biological structures. She received her BFA in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014 and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Iowa. Much of her inspiration from nature is apparent in her work and is connected to her upbringing in the rural and wooded areas of her hometown. Blake's desire is to recreate her natural explorations as a child by creating a similar experience for the viewer within the gallery setting.
Fischer's abstract style focuses on large scale subject matters gravitating towards cityscapes, mountain sides, and the view from a plane of the landscape below. She too attributes her early childhood fascinations to her work today. As a child, Fischer was captivated with windows and doors and the stories she created about the people who lived behind them. Fischer's attraction was reaffirmed while in college as she studied interior architecture at the University of Cincinnati where she received a BS in design with a minor in fine art.
The Harris · Stanton Gallery is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual ART-tini Auction. Our ART-tini Auction (formerly known as the Absolute Art Auction) is a silent auction benefiting a local arts non-profit. We are delighted to announce that this year will benefit Summit Artspace, a community art center that brings together the public, local artists, art education, and arts organizations of the Greater Akron area in one shared space.
The auction showcases over 80 pieces by international and regional artists represented by Harris · Stanton Gallery, all starting at a discounted price. Bidding will open on September 16th and close with a vodka themed party on September 23rd from 5:30-8PM. Bidding will start to close at 7PM. The general public is invited to enjoy the fun, festivities and bidding for a $15 admission charge, which is fully donated to Summit Artspace.
Harris Stanton Gallery in Cleveland is pleased to present the two person exhibition Concepts, Toys and Collage: New Works by Mindy Tousley and Lisa Kenion. Long time Cleveland area artists, both woman have been artistic peers and friends for years. The exhibition will feature new collage works and rarely seen "toys" by Mindy Tousley as well as new works by Lisa Kenion in bronze as well as a brand new body of two dimensional works.
With a degree in design and concentration in ceramics, Mindy Tousley works in different mediums reflective of her design background and often inspired by forms found in nature. Tousley's collage work presented in Concepts, Toys and Collage is inspired the trajectories of planets, and musings on space, time and matter. Tousley begins her artistic process by using acrylic paint on colored papers. "Based on sketches I try to take a simple and direct approach to the materials and I find this process is actually very much akin to the way I used to approach glazing and incising pottery process" says Tousley. The monoprints are subsequently cut apart and reassembled into formal abstractions, which suggest a narrative without specifically forcing the viewer to see them as such. Tousley's "toys" which will also be featured in the exhibition are also process oriented. She's interested in the way seemingly random found objects fit together and the process of collecting strange objects for their intrinsic ugliness, or beauty. She states "I like the idea of reusing and recycling things other people consider trash. This seems to tie in with the same premise of using found images in unexpected ways in my collage work."
Lisa Kenion, a MFA graduate from Kent State, also draws inspiration from the natural world. New for this exhibition will be Kenion's two dimensional drawings and paintings which show her continued interest of ancient cultures and their subject matters of nature and open attitudes towards the divine feminine. Kenion states, "This body of work is inspired by the night sky, and night creatures, as a metaphor for several concepts related to space, both astronomical and infinitesimal. It is about cycles of space and time, and the feminine principle that has ruled these concepts in several cultures that have served as cradles of culture and philosophy." The two dimensional work, as well as her more well-known bronze sculptures are also influenced by various religion's female goddesses. Some images directly depict these feminine deities. Other images allude to the power of empty space to create. Some images draw a relationship from the Goddesses and their conceptual frameworks to modern theories in physics, specifically quantum gravity, which also describes time and space emerging from the latent power of the vacuum, or void.
The show opens with a reception from 6-8:30pm. A gallery talk by the artists will take place midway through the opening. The gallery is located in the historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland on West 9th Street.
The Harris · Stanton Gallery in Akron will be honoring the late Catherine Gray Jackson with a special tribute exhibition including portraiture, landscapes, and whimsical subject matters. Born in 1922, Catherine lived a long and adventurous life as an artist and world traveler. She is the aunt of Akron Beacon Journal art and architecture critic, Dorothy Shinn.
Catherine was born in Gastonia, N.C. After high school, she moved to enroll at the Art Students League of New York. While there, Catherine developed a dynamic style influenced by her teachers: Robert Brackman and Hans Hoffman. She received formal training in portraiture from Robert Brackman who was known for his celebrity portraits, including that of actress Jennifer Jones for use as a prop in the 1948 film Portrait of Jennie. Hans Hoffman was one of the most important figures of postwar American art known for his exuberant, color-filled canvases. He was heavily influenced by Henri Matisse in his later years, and Matisse, according to Catherine's aunt, was one of her favorite artists, together with Renoir. One can see their influence in her vibrant, lush palette.
While living in New York City, Catherine volunteered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she met her future husband, Henry Chapin Jackson. After their marriage in 1950, Catherine and Chapin traveled widely, especially to Portugal and South America. Many of these trips were by ocean liner, where they met and made friends with many celebrities, whose portraits Catherine would often sketch and frequently be commissioned to paint.
While still living in New York City Catherine and Chapin had two children. The family eventually moved to Wilson Point, CT where Catherine continued to paint - focusing on portraits, still lifes, landscapes and equestrian paintings. After the passing of her husband, Catherine made her way to Linville, NC, where she built her own cottage on land bequeathed to her. She continued to live there until age 90, continuing to paint and exhibit, turning her focus to the lush North Carolina mountain landscapes and wildlife. In 2014, Catherine moved to live with her daughter in Maui, Hawaii, where she passed in January 2016.
The Harris Stanton Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition at our gallery of German artist Alexander Befelein. World Tour with Alexander Befelein, opens July 8 and runs through August 6.
As one of our most sought after international artists, we have represented Befelein's detailed etchings of city scenes from all over the world for many years. He draws his inspiration from his travels and the architecture he has seen along the way. His incredibly detailed etchings of cityscapes are infused with vibrancy from depictions of the traces that each generation leaves on a place and the individuality those remnants give a city. His work is not completely representational, but recognizable. He uses artistic license with details in the architecture, the placement of the buildings themselves, a tilted vantage point and the inclusion of small words. We are excited to not only show his etchings, but for the first time also exhibit his original watercolors for the occasion. Cities to be featured in the exhibition are; Athens, Boston, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Paris, London, and Washington DC just to name a few.
Additionally, to celebrate all that is going on about town for the Republican National Convention we commissioned Befelein to create an etching of Cleveland! It is a small edition of 100 prints and focuses on some of the most recognizable buildings in the skyline. Befelein also completed two exquisite watercolors of Cleveland, also to be included in the exhibition.
We will celebrate with an opening reception, free to the public, on Friday, July 8 from 6:00-8:30pm. The owner of the gallery, Meg Harris Stanton, will give a brief talk about the artist midway through the evening.
We couldn't be more thrilled to premier our Cleveland etching by world renowned artist Alexander Befelein! We commissioned him to immortalize our fair city just in time for all the exciting events happening around town this summer. Save the date for Befelein's solo show "World Tour with Alexander Befelein", opening July 8 at the Cleveland Gallery!
It is a small edition of 100 etchings so be sure to reserve yours now!
$390 unframed *Discounted framing options available*
Please contact Cleveland gallery director, Ellie Kaiser, at 216-471-8882 or infoCLE@HarrisStantonGallery.com
The Harris · Stanton Gallery in Akron is pleased to present its Annual exhibition of famed international artists for the 29th year. Traditionally the International Exhibition showcases exciting new artists and works from around the world. This year we will feature artists such as Pierre Boncompain, Paul-Henri Bourguignon, Michel Guyon, Kurt Mair, Lynn Shaler, among many more.
Boncompain, a painter, lithographer, ceramicist and tapestry designer was born in 1938 in France. He derives inspiration from the South of France seaside and surrounding farmlands, and objects which surround him in his studio and in his home. He is widely shown in France and Japan and was given a retrospective in 2002 by the Shanghai Art Museum in China.
Belgian-born painter, Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906-1988) drew inspiration from his travels and the people he met along the way, particularly those of Haiti and Peru. Bourguignon uses his exploration of color and light to bring to his compositions a sense of optimism as he recreates social interactions and memories of his experiences from his travels abroad.
We will also be featuring paintings by Michel Guyon who worked for many years as a professional set designer for different opera companies. He has exhibited his works at the Opera in Angers, and in his home town of Nantes, as well as in galleries around the world. His paintings reflect scenes from his favorite operas, dancers and cabaret performers, which are known for their marriage of poetic colors with vigorous brush strokes.
German artist, Mair, was born in 1954 and earned his degree in etching and lithography from Ecole des Arts Decoratifts in Strasbourg. He is a full time printmaker with a long history of solo and group exhibitions in Europe, USA, and Asia. He is known for his skilled mastery of traditional printmaking techniques, and his prints often combine beautiful, classically drawn nudes with other traditional still life objects in striking juxtapositions.
Lynn Shaler, an American artist based in Paris draws inspiration from the surrounding architecture. Living in France since 1984, she is often inspired by 17th and 18th century French interiors and Parisian streets. Her work can be found in national and international collections alike: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Mainichi Newspapers, New York Public Library, International Bankers France, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Cleveland gallery is thrilled to exhibit Terry Klausman's first solo exhibition opening May 20th. The show will solely feature Klausman's highly detailed abstract drawings.
Klausman is largely a self-taught artist. He began his career as an artist by making abstract welded and machined steel sculpture. An accident at work which almost severed a finger on his dominant hand forced him into a different medium. While his hand healed, he began drawing with his opposite hand, making simple repetitive marks which were influenced by the minimalist artists that he admires. The marks formed lines reminiscent of barbed wire or stitches which can be seen as a reflection of his healing process.
This show is about his growth as an artist and the exploration of the type of line. This body of work, with a few nods to the past work, examines what effect is created by enlarging the line, combining the large line with his typical smaller line, and by layering the small line over a design in the background. Of this new body of work Klausman states, "I discovered that once I enlarged my line it took on the look of a type of language or font. I am a design based, formal artist whose works are physical manifestations of my mind. I suppose I am communicating the vision I have of my work with the audience."
Terry Klausman New Drawings will be the first solo show for the artist as well as the fist all drawings exhibition. Klausman has exhibited extensively throughout Northeast Ohio in many group and two person exhibitions. He is also widely collected privately and publicly including institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic.
The show opens with a reception from 6-8:30pm. A gallery talk, given by Meg Harris and the artist will take place midway through the opening. The gallery is located in the Historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland on West 9th Street.
The Akron Gallery will pay tribute to the late local artist, Miller Horns, in a special exhibition. Part of the gallery's proceeds will be donated to The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve to help Miller become an archived artist and secure his legacy in Northeast Ohio. Akron resident and Cleveland Institute of Art trained, Miller specialized in experimental prints using photographs and electrostatic collage, often introducing autobiographical elements.
Miller's highest educational achievement took place in 1990 when he served as Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. The Academy awarded Miller with the highly coveted Rome Prize; a prestigious award made annually through a national competition. His professional experience included a residency at the National Medal of Arts awarded MacDowell Colony. Miller's works belong in numerous collections owned by institutions such as Advanced Elastomer Systems, Children's Hospital in Akron, and Kaiser Permanente facilities in Akron and Cleveland.
The prolific artist made major contributions to the Northeast Ohio region by participating in various community art projects. Miller was selected to join in GuitarMania, a project that displayed large scale guitars creatively transformed into works of art on the streets of Cleveland. His local contributions included being unanimously selected to design the logo for the city of Akron's First Night in 2000 by a committee chaired by the then Director of Akron Art Museum, Mitchell Kahan. Perhaps his proudest achievement is his design of the Hotel Matthews project in Downtown Akron. The monument marks the former African-American business and entertainment district on North Howard Street.
The show will open on Friday, May 6th with a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public with free parking available at the gallery location in West Akron's Pilgrim Square. Meg Harris will provide a brief talk mid-way through the reception.
The Harris · Stanton Gallery is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Art-tini Auction. In April the Cleveland gallery will continue the philanthropic tradition we have held at the Akron gallery for nearly thirty years. Our Art-tini Art Auction (formerly known as the Absolute Art Auction) is a silent auction benefitting the Akron Art Museum at our Akron location. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Museum to use as they see fit. In Cleveland, we select a visual arts oriented non-profit each year as the recipient of a portion of the Auction's proceeds. Last year we chose the Cleveland Arts Prize to be the beneficiary. This year we decided to create a Harris Stanton Scholarship Fund for the Cleveland Institute of Art. It will be awarded to a rising senior in the visual arts.
Over 80 outstanding works by international and regional fine artists and craftspeople represented by the Harris · Stanton Gallery will be available for bidding. The work will be on display at the gallery starting Friday, April 8. Silent bidding will continue for a week and culminate with a martini tasting party on Friday April 15, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. The general public is invited to enjoy the fun, festivities and bidding for a $15.00 admission charge. This admission charge is fully donated to the Harris Stanton Gallery Scholarship Fund.
The Harris-Stanton Gallery in Akron is celebrating spring with the opening of "Aweiward." The exhibition will display the landscape paintings and pastels of Peninsula artist, Jim Rehmus and nature inspired ceramics of Toledo artist, Kristin Kowalski. The title of the exhibition, "Aweiward," is a Middle English word that means "to go away from" or when applied to a person translates to "on a different path".
The word perfectly describes Rehmus' transformation into his current profession. Jim came to art later in life as he began his career as a physician. After many years of trying to balance the role of practicing medicine and teaching himself to paint, Jim fully embraced his artistic inner soul. In 2008, Jim published a book of his pastel drawings entitled, "The Valley in Pastel". The book is a celebration of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is a great inspiration for Rehmus' work. His aesthetic is to interpret the beauty of the landscape not in a realistic way but one which captures and communicates his emotional response to the landscape. As a result, the works move away from strict representation and begin to border on abstraction.
Kristin, who received her MA from the University of Illinois Champaign, also derives inspiration from the natural environment. Kristin utilizes the malleable quality of clay to create her blossoming surrealistic sculptures. The floral elements in her work have been inspired by her garden; in particular the process and transformation that occur in nature. She is drawn to the way in which growth and cultivation in the natural world echoes life's experiences. Kristin desires viewers of her work to respond in an emotional way; through either the relationships of the forms, the representation of colors, or just the formal elements and aesthetics of the pieces.
The show will open on Friday, March 18th with a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-8:00pm. The event is free and open to the public with free parking available at the gallery location in West Akron's Pilgrim Square. Meet the artists at the opening reception where they will give a brief talk at 6:30 and answer questions from guests throughout the evening.
Harris Stanton Gallery in Cleveland is pleased to present the group show New Directions opening February 12. This exhibition will feature four talented emerging artists that have been locally trained at Northeast Ohio art schools, Charity Thomas (Kent), Phil Soucy (CIA), Grace Summanen (Kent) and Eric Ford (Akron) all working in vastly different media.
Mixed media artist, and CIA graduate, Phil Soucy, creates the most unusual, intricate works on canvas and paper, challenging the concept of painting and drawing. Instead of the traditional ways of applying pigment onto the surface, he blows the brightly hued ink around the paper, dispersing the color organically. After, he hand colors to accentuate the line and form. Of his work he states, "The work serves as a record of each breath, each moment, during its own creation, illustrating the process of thought, with later outlines and layers highlighting and sharpening the inherent twists and turns. If the work is the documentation of a moment--a thought being formed--it is therefore also a record of neurons and synapses firing in the brain."
Kent State MFA graduate, Grace Summanen also challenges the traditional concept of painting with the purpose of exploring the connection between sculpture and painting. Rather than using canvas, she paints on found objects and debris. For this exhibition she is focused on creating painted fabric that she also molds to small hanging sculptures. She explains, "Currently, I have been exploring folded fabric as a means to explore line and movement. In the tradition of painting, fabric is a common still life subject. Instead of painting the illusion of fabric, I am painting the fabric itself. This abstracts the subject matter for inspection, exploration, and transformation."
Process oriented Charity Thomas is working towards her MFA from Kent State University as well. She is interested in creating quiet works that are repetitious. She uses mainly organic materials such as handmade paper and unbleached wool. The intended result of her work is meant to be therapeutic and meditative. Of this body of work she states, "I intend for the pieces to draw the viewer in with their perceived plainness, giving way to minute detail, and to convey the mood of quiet concentration and calm I feel when I am making them."
The fourth artist, Eric Ford, just recently graduated from the University of Akron with a BFA concentration in sculpture. Mostly an installation artist he works from latex tubing made at a local manufacturing company. He is attracted to the physical ambiguity the material can have, and the lack of narrative the finished product has a result. The process of taking a pedestrian material and coupling it with the physical space of the gallery or a pedestal is what inspires his art. He explains, "Given a lack of narrative, the work I produce is very much focused on material and process. These two key components are crucial to the existence of my work and are attributes that compel me to make the work I make."
The show opens with a reception from 6-8:30pm. A gallery talk by the artists will take place midway through the opening. The gallery is located in the historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland on West 9th Street.
The Harris-Stanton Gallery in Akron is celebrating one of our most beloved artists with a career retrospective. Barbara Gillette has been a force in the Ohio art scene for more than 25 years and has been represented by the Harris-Stanton Gallery since 1993. She was the 2011 recipient of the Akron Area Arts Alliance award for Outstanding Visual Artist. She is a member of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve and her work has been included in shows at The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Museum, Canton Art Institute, The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Spaces, and The Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth.
Barbara works primarily in pastel and derives her drawings directly from the rural landscape of Medina County and her travels across the Midwest. She is extremely concerned with the damage and loss that urban sprawl has brought to her cherished farmlands, and much of her work in the past two decades dealt with this tension between suburban and rural areas. In her newest body of work, she is continuing her exploration of line and color with a focus on flowers from her garden and an emphasis on calla lilies.
The show will open on Friday, January 15th with a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-8:00pm, which is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the gallery location at 2301 W. Market St. in West Akron's Pilgrim Square. Meet the artist at the opening reception as she provides a brief talk and answers questions from guests throughout the evening.