Translations “Really Big Art Sale” Saturday

By Craig Joseph

My house is overrun with art. Ever since leaving Translations’ physical location downtown, my home has become the storage place for all the pieces that accumulated over the six years the gallery has been in business. Pieces that artists never picked up after exhibits came off the wall. Items that patrons paid for but left behind, even after several calls and e-mails. Random gifts, unclaimed portfolios, estate sales, throw-offs from my own collection, and much more.

This fall, I started compiling it all in my basement – pulling pieces out of closets, grabbing things from under beds, unpacking boxes in the garage and basement, taking things off the wall to make room for recent purchases. My first thought was, “Wow, I need to get rid of some of this stuff. I should just have a sale and offer things at greatly discounted rates right before the holidays.”

So we’re doing that. As Translations ends its existence this December, we’re holding a one-day REALLY BIG ART SALE on Saturday, December 5th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Cyrus Custom Framing (2645 Cleveland Avenue, Canton, OH 44709). We’ll be offering pieces at 30-60% off what they cost when they were first on the walls, getting our patrons some really great deals on beautiful stuff, while still paying the artists or recouping some of the gallery’s cost. We hope you’ll join us.

But my second, more lasting thought – and a better reason for stopping by on Saturday – was “How fortunate!” How fortunate to have had the opportunity to do this for six years. How fortunate to have rubbed shoulders with, worked alongside, and fostered the creativity of over 400 artists and writers. How fortunate to live in a community that encourages the arts. And how fortunate to have a group of patrons who’ve supported us financially and with good will all of this time.

More than just a great sale, Saturday’s display is for me – and I hope for many of you – a walk down memory lane, highlighting all the ways in which we – patrons and artists alike – accomplished what Translations set out to do from day one: “to create, cultivate and host innovative exhibits that catalyze fellow artists and expand the audience for art in Stark County.” Our name came from the idea that art could help foster dialogues between varied groups of people. When I look at this artwork, I don’t just see oil paints, photos, encaustic, sculpture; I see the faces of people who’ve engaged, discussed, challenged, thought, provoked and more. And I’m nothing but grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to be part of it.

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