By Dorothy Shinn
Beacon Journal art and architecture critic
The Akron Art Museum opens Real/Surreal with a 6-8 p.m. party Friday.
This exhibit, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, features more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs dating from 1930 to 1955. It examines how American artists used a variety of approaches and techniques, from naturalistic details to images inspired by dreams to create works, introducing disconcerting undertones into compositions that featured seemingly ordinary scenes.
Real/Surreal features works by well-known artists such as Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and Grant Wood alongside lesser-known talents such as Francis Criss, Louis Gugliemi and Katherine Schmidt.
A dialogue with Real/Surreal’s curator, Carter Foster of the Whitney, begins at 6:15 p.m. with Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Janice Driesbach, discussing the line between dreams and reality explored in the works in this show.
The event also features refreshments, a cash bar and music. Members are free, nonmembers $15. Register online at http://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/.
Brader Day returns
The Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, holds a second “Bring Your Brader to the Museum Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Owners of drawings potentially created by 19th-century folk artist Ferdinand Brader, whose intricate work featured family farms and businesses in western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, may bring their drawings to the museum to be professionally identified, cataloged and photographed.
Speak with specialists about conservation, look for farms on old township maps and talk about family genealogy. Drawing owners will also receive an 8 x 10-inch print and a CD with a digital image of their artwork.
On Brader Day 2012, 26 families brought in drawings and shared historical details. For more information, call 330-453-7666.
The Quirk Cultural Center, 2310 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls, holds pottery classes for adults from 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for six weeks beginning next week through the week of Aug. 26.
Beginners start with handbuilding and work up to wheel work. Registration is $70 residents, $90 nonresidents, which includes firing and glazes, with clay an additional purchase.
Advanced class with more instructor time is offered on Wednesday for $120 residents, $140 nonresidents. Preregistration is required for all classes. Call the Quirk Cultural Center at 330-971-8425, the Parks and Recreation Office at 330-971-8225, or see www.cityofcf.com/parksandrec.
New VAC director
Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, welcomes new Gallery Director/Communication Manager Carolyn Birchenall. She comes from the Peninsula Art Academy, where she was director for eight years.
Valley Art Center offers more than 400 visual arts classes every year to students from children to seniors. Call 440-247-7507 or see www.valleyartcenter.org.
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 email@example.com.