Art and Ale returns to Akron Art Museum

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Aaron Korora (left), of Akron, and Jerry Manning, of Cuyahoga Falls, enjoy some food and beer at the Akron Art Museum's Art and Ale at the museum in 2008. (Dan Brubaker/Special to the Akron Beacon Journal)

Art and Ale returns to the Akron Art Museum’s Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy expertly crafted beers from Ohio brew makers and tasty treats from regional food purveyors.

For the first time this year, the galleries will be open for the first hour of the event.

Pinging the Keg to celebrate the opening of Art of Ale will occur at 6. Throughout the evening, experts and home beer-making demonstrations will be available to discuss your brewing troubles and successes.

At the event, enter to win several great brew-making prizes. The grand prize is a day of brewing at the Thirsty Dog Brewery in Akron. Other prizes include a home brewing kit from Abruzzi, items from participant breweries and a bucket of suds.

Breweries attending include Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, House of LaRose Crafted Beers, Indigo Imp Brewery Ltd, Main Street Grille & Brewing Company, Rockmill Brewery, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Lagerheads Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Co., Elevator Brewing and Crafted Artisan Meadery.

The beers will be paired with regionally produced food including samplings from Lucky Penny Farm Creamery, Nuevo, Pure Delight Cupcakery, Mayfield Road Creamery, Frankly Franks Kettle Corn and Old Carolina Barbecue.

Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Tickets purchased at the door are $50. Nonmembers who attend will auto­matically receive a one-year “green” museum membership.

Drive for funds

Ohio Citizens for the Arts is asking its members and others interested in the arts to contact state legislators to ask that they contact their leaders and members of the Higher Education Subcommittee to offer support for a $22.4 million appropriation for arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council for fiscal year 2014-2015. The current total proposed executive budget for 2014-1015 is $19,198,408.

The group gave testimony to the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Finance Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives in February on the value of the arts in Ohio to our economy, jobs, workforce development, education and cultural heritage. Group members who wish to add their encouragement are asked to go to and send a message to their representative.


Art Talk: Reading Art — Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, presents Art Appreciation with Bill Mannion, an award-winning artist and an adjunct professor at Malone University. There will be four sessions about 90 minutes each from 2 to 4 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays beginning today. Sign up for all four sessions for $40 or $12 for an individual session. 330-928-8092


Receptions — Two free 5-8 p.m. opening receptions — Fresh Art 2013 Featuring the Letter Q; and upstairs at the BOX Gallery, Elizabeth Isley (Acrylic Paintings) and Bonnie Stipe (Skin Deep) — are being held at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. The shows will remain on view through April 13. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to and


Reception — A public reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. for The Digital Divide, on view through March 29 at the Brecksville Center for the Arts, 8997 Highland Drive. The exhibition will continue through March 29. For more information, including the schedule of classes and events, call 440-526-6232 or go to


Art Talk — Poetry of the Earth: The Golden Age of British Watercolors, a free talk by Heather Lemonedes, curator of the exhibition British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, will be given at 7 p.m. at the museum, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. Lemonedes will explore the evolution of watercolor painting. For more information, call 216-421-7340 or go to


Call to Artists — Applications for the 34th Annual Akron Arts Expo are now being accepted. The expo will be held July 27-28. Artists are asked to submit their work online at www.akronarts­ For more information, contact artist coordinator Penny Bomba at 330-375-2852 or pbomba@akron­


March 15 — To submit work to MetroHealth System, which is seeking original artwork in any medium from Northeast Ohio artists to create a “Healing Art” collection for the health system. For more information, email

April 13 — To enter the Hoyt Center for the Arts’ 40th Regional Juried Exhibition held May 7-31. Entries limited to artists living within a 100-mile radius of New Castle, Pa. Works must be hand-delivered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. deadline day. For more information, call 724-562-2882 or email

Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or

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