New Directions, at Harris Stanton Gallery
New Year, New Directions! The Akron gallery will be celebrating the beginning of the New Year with New Directions, an exhibition featuring emerging young artists that have received training from local art schools. This yearly exhibition will feature up and coming artists including Nathan Prebonick of the University of Akron, Natalie Petrosky of Kent State University, and Rachel Shelton of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Prebonick focuses his work on artificial spaces that fluctuate between depictive imagery and simple marks to provide an ambiguous viewing experience. Shelton, currently working towards an MFA, bases her abstract work on methods and theories used in the fields of archaeology and anthropology to gain an overhead perspective of the evolution and organizational structures of human populations. Petrosky, who recently received her MFA, finds inspiration from everyday reality and the domestic quality that comes from found fabrics.
Opening at our Cleveland location on February 3 is a two person show featuring local artists Lynn O’Brien and Meaghan Reed. Lynn, known for her layered bird paintings, will exhibit a new body of whimsical bird constructions using acrylic paint, collage and wood cutouts. Each piece consists of hundreds of individual pieces of paper layered on a bird-shaped wood structure. Assemblage artist and Kent State MFA grad Meaghan Reed is also inspired by nature and the mixing of different materials. She states, “Each piece of my work focuses in on a particular molecular world that captures my imagination. The juxtaposition of new materials and found objects reflects early and contemporary ideas in science.” She currently teaches at Kent State University.
The Akron location will conclude the winter season with a vibrant and expressionistic group show featuring established artists: Patricia Zinsmeister Parker and Wendy Chazin. Parker holds multiple degrees including an MFA from Kent State University and worked as a distinguished educator at the University of Akron’s School of Art for nearly two decades. Her narrative abstract expressionist style has been recognized by The Cleveland Museum of Art as her work has been acquired by their permanent collection. New York based Chazin, who similarly works in an expressionist style, graduated from The Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts and The School of Visual Art in New York, and later studied and painted in Provence. Her fascination with the South of France inspired her to work in a style suggestive of Matisse and the contemporary French artists who followed him.
Harris Stanton Gallery
2301 W Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
Harris Stanton Gallery Cleveland
1370 West 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
3rd Annual International Exhibition, November 18- December 17, Cleveland
New Directions, January 13-February 11, Akron
Lynn O’Brien and Meaghan Reed, February 3- March 4, Cleveland
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