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Norman Rockwell is one of the more recognizable and popular artists of the past 100 years. Known for his paintings on Saturday Evening Post covers for over four decades, Rockwell, whose work was inspired by American life, struck a chord with people from all corners of society.
Art is an interesting career choice. Not for the stupid Tom Wolfe-inspired idea of what being an artist is, i.e. broke and waiting to be discovered, among other things. It’s a life of real work you are choosing, one you can almost never retire from. In fact, you are expected to commit yourself to create art right up until you can’t anymore.
It’s hard to imagine a world where images of people were hard to come by. However, it was not until the 1830s and the invention of photography that anyone except a wealthy person was able to have a portrait done.
The Artists of Rubber City (AoRC) operates the BOX, a nonprofit gallery, as part of its mission to promote local artists. It’s often one of my favorite places to see a show because it can be an interesting mix of established and emerging artists in an intimate and extremely approachable setting.
Depending on which professional artist you ask, juried exhibitions can be either a place for emerging talent to get noticed, or a venue for artists to support some cause or organization, like an arts prize, the environment or a national park.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra will present “Home for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at E.J. Thomas Hall, including a selection of holiday favorites, inspirational songs and traditional carols. The concert also will feature The Akron Symphony Chorus, Gospel Meets Symphony choir, Akron Youth Symphony, dancers, vocalists, guest artists and a visitor from the North Pole.
If you spend any time meditating while outdoors, you will realize that there is not only a rhythm unique to the location that you’re in, but a unique smell, sound and sense of placement in the universe.
Summit Choral Society will kick off its holiday season with the children’s choir program A Concert for the Holidays at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St. The children’s Performance Choir, Advanced Choir, Intermediate Choir and Beginning Singing Choir will perform.
The featured dances in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker are breathtaking and the sets, costumes and live orchestra are magnificent. But some static staging in the first act gets things off to a slow start at the State Theatre in Cleveland.
“There’s a place for us,” Maria and Tony sang to each other in West Side Story. They just weren’t sure what that time and place that would be. The same could be said for much of the work in Dream Worlds: The Art of Imaginative Realism at the Canton Museum of Art.
The folks at Weathervane Playhouse are happy to announce that the perennial favorite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is returning this week after a one-year absence in the holiday time slot.
Tuesday Musical audiences will get to hear a unique concert, combining world-class artists they wouldn’t see performing together anywhere else, with the “We Knew Them When” concert Tuesday, celebrating the arts organization’s scholarship program.
The world premiere of the Rev. Charles Myricks Jr. and Jesse Ayers’ There’s A Stirrin’ in the Water will be the focal point of the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s concert “From the New World: Legacy of the Spirituals” at 8 p.m. Friday at E.J. Thomas Hall.
I’ve never seen a painting created live on stage during a theatrical production. When two actors take brush and paint to canvas during the drama Red at Weathervane Playhouse, this fascinating moment clearly represents a religious experience for the characters.
Singer/songwriter Angie Haze leaned intently into a group of students sitting in an arc around her last week at the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts auditorium, strumming her guitar and singing her award-winning Fireflies, as six girls jammed with her.
Audiences have one more weekend to see Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s inaugural show at Greystone Hall, Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music. The production features spectacular stage combat that’s the most intense I’ve seen yet for OSF, which has produced for 15 years at Stan Hywet.
From 2016-2018, the University of Akron’s Synapse Art and Science Series presents a group of lectures and workshops by artists that work at the intersection of art and science, bringing in nationally recognized speakers that explore the relationships between biomimicry and the environment.
The Knight Foundation asked artists in the Akron community to dream big for the second year of the Akron Knight Arts Challenge, culminating in the awarding of another $1 million to 19 new grass roots projects.
Last Friday, swords were hung neatly in a row in a dressing room, actress Kelsey Tomlinson continued sorting through hundreds of costume pieces in a backstage workroom, and actors Joe Pine and Ryan Zarecki labored away at constructing a two-story Elizabethan playhouse-style set at Greystone Hall downtown, the new indoor venue for Ohio Shakespeare Festival.
Interfacing with the visual arts can be daunting for some people. We often have aesthetic walls we put up. Usually this is done unconsciously, so sometimes we just need a little something to push our walls down and let in some new light.
After more than a year as an ensemble member and understudy in the smash hit Hamilton on Broadway, Kent native Seth Stewart has realized his ultimate goal of taking over the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette full time on the Great White Way.
The University of Akron’s Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture An Unlovely Damsel, John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Elsie Palmer will be given Oct. 13 in the Akron Art Museum auditorium, 1 S. High St., by Susan Sidlauskas, professor of history and theory of modern art at Rutgers University.
The Akron Society of Artists celebrates 85 years of making and exhibiting art with an anniversary members show Friday with a free 5 to 8 p.m. reception to meet the artists at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron.
I am often approached by artists and asked about the future. They’re not asking about my future, but rather theirs. It’s a wonderful position to be in. I love being asked questions about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Famed choreographer Bill T. Jones, known for his great intellectualism and intensity, has turned to the family history of his own loved ones to create a dance theater piece about perseverance and survival with Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, which his Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will perform at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall.
NEW ORLEANS: Musician Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.
Tuesday Musical of Akron’s new season will include some groundbreaking firsts, including the establishment of its inaugural quartet in residence, Escher String Quartet; the opening concert Tuesday featuring the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud, performed by the Emerson String Quartet in its 40th anniversary year; and the first appearance in the classical music series by the venerable St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
When the Emerson String Quartet performs Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud Tuesday night at E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron audiences will be the first in the world to hear the piece, before crowds in New York and London.
Swashbuckling adventure and romance will take the stage as Ohio Shakespeare Festival mounts Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music Oct. 21-30, its first show in its new performance space at Greystone Hall. The Family Theatre production is part of a season that includes traditional Shakespeare performances as well as contemporary plays, classics from other playwrights and even a musical.
Kent State musical theater students, the Musical Theater Project and Beck Center for the Arts are tackling a weighty project during this contentious presidential election — the seldom-performed political fable The Cradle Will Rock.
NEW YORK: Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, who challenged theatrical convention in masterworks such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance, died Friday at 88.
Ever read too much meaning into something? It could have been the look your significant other just gave you, or a poem you read at school. You just took it too far and let your imagination run away with you.
Tennessee Williams’ sister Rose was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young woman, but she may have actually had autism, according to scholars. Those clues to autism are inherent in the script of Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, a biographical memory play based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother and his painfully shy sister, the co-founders of the Center for Applied Drama and Autism say.
The Akron Art Museum will hold A Cultural Revival, a free music performance at 6 p.m. Wednesday by artist Theaster Gates along with two members of the Black Monks of Mississippi in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden of the museum.