Art notes: Akron Art Museum is popping with activity today

By Dorothy Shinn
Beacon Journal art 
and architecture writer

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Anne E. DeChant arrives at the LA premiere of "The Hot Flashes" at the ArcLight Hollywood on June 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

Today at the Akron Art Museum:

Story Time in the Galleries, 11:15 a.m. Grown-ups and children will see beautiful picture books, hear fantastic stories, sing silly songs and play wacky games — all while surrounded by amazing artwork. Today’s books are Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow and Marshmallow Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan.

Pint-sized fairies, children and bugs alike enjoy the many treasures summer brings. This is a free event. No registration required.

Downtown@Dusk, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy live American, pop and country music from Anne E. DeChant at Downtown@Dusk. This year, the goal is to keep it cool by moving the concerts into the shade of the Northeast Ohio Golf Charities Terrace. Grab an icy cold beer and delicious food from the museum’s iQcafe. It’s on Free Thursday so you can take a “fee-less” stroll around the galleries.

Akron Film+Pixel: The Dance of Reality, 6:45 p.m. The Dance of Reality marks the triumphant return of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain who was recently featured in the popular documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. In this, the director’s first film in 23 years, Jodorowsky catalogs the incidents and characters leading to his surreal consciousness. Through metaphor, mythology and poetry, he lays out the groundwork for the idea that reality is not real, rather a dance created by our own imagination.

Nominees sought

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation seeks nominations for the Morgan Impact Awards honoring individuals and organizations serving as examples of the highest standards of excellence in mental health, education and the arts in Northeast Ohio.

Completed nomination packets must be submitted electronically to before 3 p.m. June 27.

For more information, call Victoria Romanda at 330-655-1366 or go to



Opening — The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, 1834 E. 123rd St., Cleveland, opens Textures & Patterns, with a 5-8 p.m. free reception in the AAWR gallery through Aug. 1. For more information, call 216-721-9020, email or go to



Reception — A free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. will be held for A Feminine Touch Works by Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson at Kent State University Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St. For more information, go to or call the gallery at 330-676-1549.


Worth Noting

Art Class — Art teacher Diane Gibson teaches an introduction to drawing outdoor landscapes and water class from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday [21 june] in the Massillon Museum’s Nature Drawing Workshop at Sippo. Participants will meet at Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake,Perry Township, rain or shine. Class size is limited to 10. Children ages 12 and older may sign up with an adult also taking the class. Tuition is $18 ($15 for Massillon Museum members). Museum classes are open to the public, but registration is required. Students can register in person (exact change, credit card, or check), by mail (credit card or check), or by phone (credit card). A discount for active military personnel and their families is also offered. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the museum’s Fragile Waters exhibition, black-and-white photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. For a detailed class schedule, which includes classes and workshops for children and adults, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or go to

Sponsored Show — ASM International, the world’s largest association of metals-focused materials professionals, is sponsoring an art show that exclusively showcases work from undergraduate and graduate students from Kent State University. Selected works from 20 students are being shown at ASM’s world headquarters, 9639 Kinsman Road, Novelty, Geauga County. The selection includes modern sculptures, paintings and fabric tapestries. They will be displayed until Jan. 20, 2015. Kathryn Shinko, a Kent State graduate student, was chosen to be the curator. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Akron in 2011 and is working toward her master of fine arts in textiles at Kent State. More information on the show can be found at

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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