Kent State Stark Students Make Splash at Louisville’s Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Summer Splash” on Thursday, May 18 from 5-8pm.  “Summer Splash” features work by eleven Kent State University at Stark Fine Arts students of Professor Jack McWhorter.  It will also display oil paintings by Sharon Burson and pencil drawings by Jon Wilson.  The May 18 opening includes live music by Brian Henke, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Emily Orsich, Sarah Thompson and Kimberly Blankenship are all students in Professor McWhorter’s Painting One course.  “Clarity and expression in painting require an understanding of the painter’s tools and concepts,” says Professor McWhorter.  “In this course students go through a series of projects intended to explore key painting concepts by using direct observation and invention.”  The other Kent State Stark students displaying their work are Austin D’Avello, Zachary Matheny, Madison Miller, Ashley Palmer, Megan Peters, Chardae Slater, Emily Walencik and Kaley Weaver.

As part of the show, the Ahh Gallery will also present the work of the Louisville Middle School students under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss. Kat Fullmer.   And there will be crochet art by sisters Beth Gross and Elaine Griffith along, pencil drawings by James Bennett, as well as many artists from previous shows: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Abi Yeagley, Mark Brunner, John Hoffman, Susan Nolt Banks, Marie Nelson, Russ Hench, Amy Lindenberger, and Vivian Geaghan.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery, which features both art and history exhibits, is open weekly.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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