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Little Art Gallery Permanent Collection: Ten-Year Retrospective

The upcoming Ten-Year Retrospective exhibition show in the Little Art Gallery features artwork that has been added to the gallery’s permanent collection during Elizabeth Blakemore’s tenure as curator. The exhibit will be on display December 11, 2017 through January 21, 2018. Pieces included celebrate the development of the Little Art Gallery’s permanent collection for the past decade. Multifaceted works selected for the show the show include ceramics, blown glass, metalsmithing, mezzotint, painting, drawing and more with pieces dated 1890 to 2014 from the following artists:

 

Ferdinand A. Brader, Ken (KC) Carter, Dan Chrzanowski, Frank Dale, Ted Davis, Lynn Digby, Jerry Domokur, Bette G. Elliott, Laurie Fife Harbert, Russ Hench, Joseph Hertzi, Pam LaRocco, Ted Lawson, Joseph Martino, Nancy Stewart Matin, Jack McWhorter, Pam Neff, William Shearrow, Clyde Singer, Lowell E. Smith, Lisa Vincenzo, Annette Yoho-Feltes

 

“As curator, the first part of my mission has included addressing both the preservation and conservation needs of the permanent collection,” said Blakemore, who became curator of the gallery in 2007. In the decade she has served as curator, many gallery updates have been made including conservation of the collection after an evaluation of each piece, installation of LED lighting, and an upgraded security system. “The development of the collection, also important, continued to focus on the artists in stark county who have made an impact in the art world on the community,” added Blakemore.

 

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is home to a permanent collection of more than 200 pieces of original artwork by area artists and those whose work has had an impact on our community. The gallery is the sole art organization to have a collection with its primary focus on artists in Stark County. All pieces in the permanent collection can be viewed on the library’s website.

 

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

“Xylographic – Biographic” Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host William M. Bogdan’s art exhibit “Xylographic – Biographic” beginning June 15, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through July 15, 2017.

Xylography: the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique

Biography: an account of the series of events making up a person’s life

An opening reception, hosted by Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

 

     Artist Statement by William M. Bogdan

What kind of art do you do?” asked the lady artist whom I had just met.

“I do large black and white woodcuts.” I replied.

“No. I mean, ‘What kind of art do you do?’” she repeated in the exact same words but different emphasis and cadence.

“My art is autobiographical” I thought to say. This seemed to be the acceptable answer. But often since, I have wondered if this is true. True enough?

Upon graduation from the University of Akron with three plus years of accelerated art training, I knew for certain what course my life should take: I would be a book illustrator. While this didn’t happen as a career, it didn’t change that in art this is what I am, an illustrator – as such, one who tells the story visually in a straightforward representational manner – nothing too “artsy.”

But what story? What book? In 2013, I set about making a series of related pictures intended to capture my life as observed; past, present, and perhaps oddly, in dreams. They would be as photo snapshots kept in an album . . . keepsakes that preserve a moment in time, but with a story before and aft that is meaningful to me.

But what album? It would be gallery or museum walls. This was always the intent and the focus of the protect.

This exhibit is that album.

Disjointed scenes of a life lived half in nighttime dreams. Memory holders of what? Of whom? Wood, ink, paper – stuff of another age. Like me. Not perfect. Film noir. Cuz I never dreamed in Technicolor.  Poetry, not prose. My biography.

The Art:

My woodcut prints are not intended to look like or be made as typical woodcuts. As an illustrator, my sole focus is on the drawing. The woodcut process serves only to reproduce the drawing in a way artistically legitimate in copied form.

To reproduce the drawing as drawing I use laminate board (oak) or poplar planks with smooth surfaces mostly void of their wood origins, as though a blank sheet of paper. After carefully making the drawing, the cutting involves not much more than removing the white of the black and white drawing. This I do with but three tools: a scratch awl, one woodcarver tool with a straight blade, and a common 12 penny nail.

Although all black and white images, several different styles of drawing were employed to fit the look to the subject. This varies from pictures intended to appear as though dashed-off in a few minutes, to ones very precisely rendered. In all cases, typically one woodcut picture takes two weeks to do.

The inking is also non-typical. For one thing, I don’t use a printing press. Then too, the ink is Akua water-based soy ink intended for intaglio and etching, not woodcuts. But the ink (color: carbon black) works well for my purposes. I rework the inked board with a putty knife and paper towel to add texture and effect. I print on inexpensive smooth thin paper, thin enough that the ink bleeds through the paper’s reverse side, allowing me to see and further control the image being made, which I do with a large spoon to vary value (light and dark). Sometimes, I “double-hit” the paper on the inked board (on purpose) to produce an offset shading effect.

Consequently, every print I do in the run is different. Moreover, in a run of 10 print copies, I keep only one or two that I consider worthy of the original drawing. Hence the edition number of say, “2/10,” should be interpreted as my guarantee that only 10 will ever exist in the public realm, the “2” signifying the second print of whatever run of many is needed to produce 10 keepable copies.

So, nothing typical. (Nor, it would seem, am I.)

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 orcweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

75th Annual May Show Awards Notification

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host a private opening reception for the 75th Annual May Show Sunday, April 30, 2017. Awards in each category as well as best in show will be presented as follows.

Best In Show

Artist: Erin T. Mulligan

Title: The Feeding

Media: Graphite and Oil on Clayboard

 

Oil 

First Place

Artist: Bruce Humbert

Title: The Garden Gate

Media: Oil on Clayboard

Second Place

Artist: Frank Dale

Title: The Eye of the Beholder

Media: Oil on Panel

 

Watercolor

First Place

Artist: Nancy Young Darrah

Title: View of Vernazza

Media: Watercolor

Second Place 

Artist: Ted Lawson

Title: 30 ROCK III

Media: Watercolor

 

Acrylic

First Place               

Artist: Karen Hemsley

Title: Shell Game

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Second Place         

Artist: Tina Myers

Title: Grief

Media: Acrylic  on Wood

 

Drawings & Original Prints  

First Place               

Artist: Lee Ann Novotny

Title: A Place to Hang Her Hat

Media: Colored Pencil on Paper

Second Place          

Artist: Diane Belfiglio

Title: Going Deeper II

Media: Oil Pastel on Pencil

Honorable Mention  

Artist: Rosemary Hayne

Title: Old Blue

Media: Colored Pencil on Black Gesso

Mixed Media

First Place               

Artist: Karen S. Bogdan

Title: Deep in the Forest

Media: Fabric/Thread

Second Place         

Artist: Wanda L. Montgomery

Title: Shopping Day

Media: Acrylic/Handmade Paper/Collage

Three-Dimensional

First Place               

Artist: Robert Bratton

Title: Reliquary: ST. Dymphna’s Rib

Media: Wood/Bone/Plaster

Second Place         

Artist: Tom Migge

Title: Vase #L-105

Media: Sculpted Walnut and Oak

The Little Art Gallery invited artists to submit entries in five categories for the gallery’s annual juried show. In total, 130 pieces were submitted by 65 Stark County artists.. The show was juried by Meghan Olis and Rachel Davis.

The May Show is designed to recognize the talents and achievements of local artists. In exhibiting such works, the Little Art Gallery strives to promote awareness of the arts and to make fine art accessible to North Canton and surrounding communities.

The show invited entries from any artist 16 years of age or older, living in Stark County. All works submitted were required to be original, recent (within the past three years) and not previously exhibited in a Little Art Gallery show. All media, with the exception of photography and digital images (unless altered as mixed media fine art), were accepted for consideration.

The May Show will be on exhibit in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from May 1-31, 2017.

Juror Information:

Meghan Olis

Meghan Olis graduated from Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies in 2005. Originally from Alabama, she received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her career in the arts began in 2005 when she worked for Cleveland artist and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost, organizing exhibitions and events in celebration of his 100th birthday. In the years since, she managed both the move and re-installation of the Akron Art Museum’s collection into their newly renovated museum space (2006-2007) and taught Art History at Kent State University (2009-2011). Meghan is currently an exhibition specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she has worked since 2007.

Juror Statement: It was an honor to judge these works made by Stark County artists. Jurying is not an easy task because art can be so subjective. When looking closely at each piece, I focused primarily on the artist’s use of medium, technical skill, creativity, and overall composition. I do not allow the subject matter to sway me, otherwise I would end up with a show of cute animals and not one that represents the skill level and hard work of the artists. Thank you to the Little Art Gallery for this opportunity and for your commitment to local art.

 

Rachel Davis:

Rachel Davis has owned and operated Rachel Davis Fine Arts Auctioneers and Appraisers since 1987. Her gallery specializes in the sale of American and European 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and sculpture. Some of the highlights her gallery has sold are the Baldwin Wallace University art collection and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company art collection. She has been a juror for several shows over the past 20 years in northern Ohio, the most recent being Cleveland Creates 2017-ArtNEO-Cleveland, OH.  She has been a co-curator for the following shows held at the Canton Museum of Art: Avatars-Relics From the Future-The Art of Gary Spinosa- April – July 2017; Three Voices-Conversations on Life & Conflict-September 1 – October 30, 2016 and The Cleveland School-Watercolor and Clay-December 1, 2012 – March 10, 2013.  Rachel has given several presentations regarding assessing art including Less than Perfect: How to Assess Condition Issues When Valuing Works On Paper-International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference, Dallas TX  2016 and Beyond the Obvious: Re-defining ‘Regional’ from Local to Global-Guest panelist, American Society of Appraisers, New York, NY, November 8, 2014. Rachel received degrees in Art History and Chemistry with a minor in painting from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Juror Statement: First, I want to thank Elizabeth for asking me to be a juror; it is an honor and something that I find very enjoyable. When I approach a body of work, I like to first walk through and see which pieces catch my eye. This is one of the most important criteria for me:  Am I drawn into the work? Does it hold my eye? Next step is to understand why. First, does it convey an original idea, thought or emotion that goes beyond the handling of the materials? Does the artist convey a sense of feeling and care about his/her work? How well does his/her composition and design translate. Secondly, I view the technical skill and how well the artist has mastered his/her chosen medium with its inherent limitations and strength. The medium should not be an end to itself, but does the artist take this medium into new directions and test its limits? Lastly, I like to present a show that shows diversity in both ideas and techniques. It is hard to eliminate works and some fine works were rejected because I felt they failed in one of the above aspects. It is nice to see such a thriving art community and the large number of entrants speaks volumes of how highly regarded this annual show is.

 

For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 or gallery@northcantonlibrary.org.

75th Annual May Show Call for Entries Now Available

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library has released the call for entries for the 74th Annual May Show.

The call is open to any artist at least 16 years of age residing in Stark County. All works submitted must be original, recent and not previously exhibited at the Little Art Gallery. All media, with the exception of photography (unless altered as mixed media fine art), will be accepted for consideration. Official submission categories are acrylic, watercolor, oil, drawing and original prints, mixed media and three-dimensional.

Entry forms are available at http://ncantonlibrary.com/74th-annual-may-show-call-for-entries/

The 2017 May Show opens May 1 and will be on display in the gallery through May 31. Awards are given for best of show and first and second place in each of the six categories. In 2016, 85 artists submitted pieces for the show, and 50 pieces were selected.

“The May Show provides a unique opportunity for artists to have their works juried in person rather than through a digital eye. We choose two new jurors each year, and they are able to pay careful attention to the details of each entry. The outcome, including pieces from both emerging and seasoned artists, is always a reflection of art within our community. The May Show provides a look at who we are as a community today – our likes, dislikes, stories, environment and culture,” explained gallery curator, Elizabeth Blakemore.

For 75 years, this show has featured emerging talents in this community, and the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is honored to showcase these local artists. May Show entry forms are available at area art organizations, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library and online at ncantonlibrary.org. The 2017 entry fee is $25 per artist. With each entry, an artist may submit two works. Questions about entries should be directed to Gallery Curator, Elizabeth Blakemore, at 330.499.4712 x312.

The Little Art Gallery announces its exhibit featuring the work of artists Kat Francis and Steve Ehret

Beginning July 14, 2016, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host “Rummage” featuring the artwork of Kat Francis and Steve Ehret. The exhibit will be on display through August 14, 2016. The Friends of the Little Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the show Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome to attend this public reception with the artists. For additional information regarding this show, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org or Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 x312 or gallery@northcantonlibrary.org.

Tina Myers brings “Vibrant Intuitions” to the Little Art Gallery

Beginning June 8, 2016, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host “Vibrant Intuitions” featuring the artwork of North Canton resident, Tina Myers. The exhibit will be on display through July 9, 2016.

The Friends of the Little Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the show Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome to attend this public reception with the artist.

Tina Myers is a North Canton resident and busy mother of three daughters. She is a self-taught artist who works mainly in acrylics and some mixed media to create her abstract, expressionist and somewhat cubist works. Tina has shared artwork with her local community through First Row Center for the Arts in Greentown, Jupiter Studios in Alliance, Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls, and Nine Muses in Barberton. She has participated in The Little Art Gallery’s May show, Art at the Airport, Illuminated Windows in Canton, Canton Museum’s “gARTen of Good and Evil” rooftop event, the Akron Art Prize, and the Stark County Artists Exhibition at the Massillon Museum. Her most recent solo show took her to Lynden Gallery in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Artist Statement:
My artwork is a therapeutic process in which I allow myself the freedom to simply begin with applying colors, shapes and textures of acrylic paint that are pleasing to my senses. I pause and step back many times to observe and determine what direction the piece is taking. Sometimes I will find that a city, a face, or a figure, appear. I allow the work to evolve and take its own form until I am satisfied with the results. There are usually several layers of changes involved in this process. I am often inspired by human figures, facial features and architectural structures. These forms evoke a desire to imitate out of admiration, in my own experimental style of color and expression.

For additional information regarding this show, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org or Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 x312 or gallery@northcantonlibrary.org.

74th Annual May Show Call for Entries

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library has released the call for entries for the 74th Annual May Show. The call is open to any artist at least 16 years of age residing in Stark County. All works submitted must be original, recent and not previously exhibited at the Little Art Gallery. All media, with the exception of photography (unless altered as mixed media fine art), will be accepted for consideration. Official submission categories are acrylic, watercolor, oil, drawing and original prints, mixed media and three-dimensional.

The 2016 May Show opens the first week of May and will be on display in the gallery through May 31. Awards are given for best of show and first and second place in each of the six categories. Last year 76 artists submitted 96 total works, and 47 of those artists were featured in the show.

“The May Show provides a unique opportunity for artists to have their works juried in person rather than through a digital eye. We choose two new jurors each year, and they are able to pay careful attention to the details of each entry. The outcome, including pieces from both emerging and seasoned artists, is always a reflection of art within our community. The May Show provides a look at who we are as a community today – our likes, dislikes, stories, environment and culture,” explained gallery curator, Elizabeth Blakemore.

For 74 years, this show has featured emerging talents in this community, and the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is honored to showcase these local artists.

May Show entry forms are available at area art organizations, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library and online at ncantonlibrary.org. The 2016 entry fee is $25 per artist. Questions about entries should be directed to Gallery Curator, Elizabeth Blakemore, at 330.499.4712 x312. Entries are accepted Monday, April 4 from 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.