Art notes: Story time aims to engage readers with picture books

By Dorothy Shinn
Beacon Journal art 
and architecture critic

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(Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)

In connection with its new exhibit, The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, the Akron Art Museum is bringing in educator Megan Dowd Lambert at 1:30 p.m. Monday for a special story time in the gallery reading room.

Lambert, a Simmons College instructor, developed the Whole Book Approach at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to engage children and adults with the picture book as art. Lambert’s interactive story time will include opportunities to discuss how pictures, design and production elements interact with the text.

At 4 p.m. Lambert will give a free workshop for educators on the Whole Book Approach to help teachers learn how to use the technique in their classrooms to get students inspired by the design, illustrations and words of picture books.

Also, the “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” Family Drop-In event is at 2 p.m. April 11 at the Akron Art Museum. An incorrect date was published in Sunday’s Art Review.

Call the museum, 1 S. High St., Akron, at 330-376-9185 or go to

Founders honored

The Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture at the University of Akron opens The Gallery’s Journey with a free 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception on Friday and will honor its founding members.

The exhibit features the work of sculptor and painter Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), who was part of the School of the Harlem Renaissance. Lawrence created the works when he lived in Harlem during the 1930s, bringing the African-American experience to life and developing his style of modernism. He was awarded the U.S. National Medal of the Arts in 1990.

Founding members of the McClain Gallery will be honored during a reception: Thelma Allen, Aria Campbell, Leona Farris, John Miller, Stephen Paschen and Grace Richardson. Dr. Shirla R. McClain and Janet Purnell will be honored posthumously.

After the reception, attendees will receive half-price admission to the Jazz Festival concert at E.J. Thomas Stage Door.

The Gallery’s Journey remains on view through August at the gallery, in the Buckingham Center for Continuing Education, 220 Wolf Ledges Parkway, on the UA campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Admission is free. Call 330-972-7030 or email

The gallery organizes exhibits and related programs on the history and culture of Akron’s African-American community and is a community repository and teaching vehicle of the African-American experience in the area.



Drawing Workshop — A free workshop, “Black-and-White Portrait Drawing Using Charcoal,” with Dino Massaroni, is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Registration required at or For information, call 330-376-8480 or go to

Opening — Warm & Hot in Peninsula: Handmade Glass by Regional Artists opens with a free 4 to 6 p.m. reception at the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St., Peninsula. 330-657-2248 or

Art in Bloom — An opening reception for the Canton Artists League Spring Show, Art in Bloom, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton. On view through April 14. 330-453-7666 or

Reception — A 7 p.m. reception will be held for Rogue’s Alley Installation: The Art of Karen Pierson at Heritage Studio & Gallery, 2381 Locust St., Canal Fulton. 330-854-9209.

Art Talk — Artist Allan McCollum gives a 2 p.m. talk on his 40-year career in the Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland. His iconic cast plaster work, The Dog, is part of the museum’s exhibit The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection, on view through July 7. $15/$10 members. 216-421-7350.



Avant Garde — Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, featuring nearly 100 handmade juried works. $3 adults, free for children under 12. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cleveland nonprofit Project Night Night. Concession stand by the Arc of Summit and Portage Counties. Contact Becki Cooper at 440-227-8794 or


Worth noting

Wildlife Photography — A new John F. Seiberling Gallery exhibit, Wildlife Images of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by James Neil Brown, is on view through May 12. Reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. May 5. Seiberling Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends, in Hines Hill House, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Peninsula. 330-657-2909 or

30th Anniversary Show — The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson, presents Collage & Assemblage, featuring work by 11 members of the National Collage Society, through May 27. Receptions are planned for 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 and 3 to 6 p.m. May 22. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. most weekdays, additional hours as announced. 330-655-1366 or email


Call for exhibitors

Ohio Mart — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, is looking for exhibitors for its 47th annual Ohio Mart, Oct. 3-6. Juried artisan craft fair is produced by the Women’s Auxiliary Board at Stan Hywet. Proceeds are used for the continuing restoration of the estate. Exhibitors’ guidelines and application available at For information, call 330-315-3255 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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