Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, July 16, 2017 – In partnership with the Hoover Historical Center, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company, beginning Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This exhibition of artwork by well-respected local artist, Ellsworth Smith, will offer visitors a snapshot of his paintings featuring historic depictions of North Canton, including; a Hoover family residence, views of Main Street, The Hoover Company headquarters, North Canton Community Building, and much more.

Rare original cartoon strips drawn by Ellsworth Smith will also be featured in the exhibition along with archival objects from the collection of the Hoover Historical Center that feature the work of Ellsworth Smith in his role as Art Director of The Hoover Company, a position he held from 1922 through 1960, when he retired after 40 years with the company.

The exhibit will be on display in the Little Art Gallery Tuesday, August 8 through Saturday, September 30, 2017. A public reception and discussion will be hosted by the Little Art Gallery Tuesday August 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Additional artwork by Smith can be viewed at the Hoover Historical Center, which provides free guided tours each Thursday through Saturday afternoon at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. from March through October. The Hoover Historical Center is located at 1875 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

“This partnership between the gallery and the Hoover Historical Center emerged as a result of the opportunity to showcase Hoover Company history through art,” explained Elizabeth Blakemore, curator
for the Little Art Gallery. “The gallery has three original Ellsworth Smith watercolor pieces and three limited edition prints in our permanent collection; we’re really excited to showcase these as part of a more thorough collection of North Canton history through this exhibit,” she added.

Smith’s memoire, My Story, is available for viewing at the North Canton Public Library and can be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at the Hoover Historical Center for $10.

The Little Art Gallery was established in 1930 in a second floor room of the North Canton Public Library, then located in a frame house on Main Street where the North Canton YMCA currently stands. The Hoover Company and two Hoover Company employees, one of whom was Ellsworth Smith and the other, Esta Stoner, were instrumental in the conception of the gallery. The North Canton Public Library, located at 185. N. Main Street, continues to house the gallery, which is open regular library hours. Currently, the gallery’s permanent collection includes more than 200 pieces.