Harris Stanton: Common and Lees in Akron, while Art-tini Auction benefits Cleveland Arts Prize

This March the Akron Harris Stanton Gallery will present new oils and three dimensional works by Cleveland artists, Mark Common and Charlotte Lees. These pieces, all inspired by the natural world, reflect two very different approaches: while Common’s paintings display a traditional, quasi photographic technique, Lee’s are more interpretive and suggestive, using traditional materials in very imaginative ways. Common’s subjects primarily depict our regional parks and Lake Erie. Lees, on the other hand, are less specific and more reflective of people engaging with their surroundings.

Approaching storm, Sunset, by Mark Common

Approaching storm, Sunset, by Mark Common

In April the new Cleveland gallery will inaugurate a tradition we have held at the Akron gallery for over two decades. Our Art-tini Auction (formerly known as the Absolute Art Auction) is a silent auction benefiting the Akron Art Museum at our Akron location. In Cleveland, we will select a visual arts oriented non-profit each year as the recipient of a portion of the Auction’s proceeds. This year, we have chosen Cleveland Arts Prize to be the beneficiary. The mission of the Cleveland Arts Prize is to support and encourage artists and to promote public awareness of artistic creativity in Northeast Ohio through the work of the Arts Prize recipients. The Auction will open for bidding April 10th and close with a vodka themed party on April 17. It’s a great opportunity for novice collectors and more seasoned ones to start or expand their collection. Bidding on the art starts at a discounted price, 20% below retail, and will feature the gallery’s vast array of local and international fine art. The event gives back to a great cause while supporting our area’s local talent.

This May, we are looking forward to participating once again in the NOADA (“Northern Ohio Art Dealer’s Association”) ArtExpo at the Transformer Station, where we will feature new works by our exclusive artists, both regional and international., including Yuji Hiratsuka and Terry Klausman.

Playmates IV, by Charlotte Lees

Playmates IV, by Charlotte Lees

In January of last year, Harris Stanton Gallery lost one of our most beloved and talented artists, Phyllis J. (“PJ”) Rogers. This May we will honor and celebrate her strong artistic legacy with a Tribute Exhibition at our Cleveland location. The show will feature an array of work from all of her artistic periods, including her early etchings and woodblocks, her velvety May Show award winning aquatints, complex and striking digital prints and whimsical sculptural work. In addition to presenting the body of work, the gallery will publish a book detailing Rogers’ significant career.

Harris Stanton Gallery

2301 W Market Street

Akron, OH 44313


Harris Stanton Gallery Cleveland

1370 West 9th St.

Cleveland, OH 44113



Harris Stanton Gallery Spring 2015 Openings


March 6-April 4 Charlotte Lees and Mark Common

May 1-May 30 28th International Exhibition

May 8, 9, & 10 NOADA Art Expo


April 10-17 Art-tini Auction Benefitting the Cleveland Arts Prize

May 8, 9, & 10 NOADA Art Expo

May 22- June 20 PJ Rogers Tribute Exhibition