By Dorothy Shinn
Beacon Journal art and architecture writer
The Canton Museum of Art will open three exhibits this Labor Day weekend that ask us to consider the environment.
The exhibits — Environmental Impact; Restoration, Recycling and Remembering: The Art of Barbara Krupp plus And That’s the Way It Was: Voices From the Permanent Collection — open on Sunday at 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton.
The first two will remain on view through Oct. 31, while And That’s the Way It Was can be seen until March 2.
Organized by Dr. David J. Wagner, author of the reference book, American Wildlife Art, Environmental Impact is a touring exhibit that confronts environmental issues facing human, plant and wildlife species in our time, from land development to natural resource depletion and seeks to heighten public awareness through art.
Restoration, Recycling and Remembering: The Art of Barbara Krupp reflects on the “old” and the “new” in our world and the excess that’s come to characterize our daily landscape. Krupp asks what would happen if we could take the rejects of the material world and make beauty out of the old steel mills and hurricane-damaged structures and rearrange them.
The exhibit of acrylic and oil stick paintings, featuring six works from a series of 15, tells a story about the intersection of old versus new and environmental and industrial concerns that change our daily perspective.
The works from the permanent collection show us our world as seen through the eyes of earlier generations and the lives led in the country or the city, here and in faraway places.
The Canton museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6; $4 seniors and students with college I.D., free for members and children 12 and under.
Stage and screen star Ruby Dee is now a permanent feature at Cleveland’s historic Karamu House theater, thanks to Sankofa Fine Art Plus, muralist Kent Twitchell and his nine local artist apprentices.
The much-anticipated 40-by-36-foot mural by the Los Angeles-based mural artist was officially unveiled on the west-facing wall of the theater late last month to much fanfare — with some of the actress’s Cleveland relatives taking part in the festivities.
As part of Sankofa’s mural project titled Artovation, the nonprofit arts organization commissioned Twitchell, a faculty member at the Fresco School in Los Angeles, to lead the artist apprentices in the creation and installation of the mural honoring Dee, a Cleveland native, at the place that shaped her early career in the performing arts.
Twitchell’s unique mural-painting method has been used to create lifelike monuments to other such American cultural heroes as Michael Jackson, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and the late screen legend Steve McQueen.
For information about Sankofa Fine Art Plus, call 216-200-6737 or go to www.sankofafineartplus.org.
Oct. 15 — This is the early entry deadline for the second annual Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Photography Competition. This year’s theme is Landscapes. The entry fee for early entries by adults is $35 for three images, $10 for every image above three; by students $10, $5 for every image above three. The final entry deadline is Nov. 14, the eve of O’Keeffe’s birthday. Entry fees will then rise to $45 for adults; others will remain the same. Entries should be electronic in the form of JPG files. For more information on the contest, go to www.okeeffemuseum.org/photo-competition.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.