Akron Art Prize winners will be announced tonight at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St.
More than 120 artists are competing for $10,000 in cash prizes with the public casting votes (up to 10 votes are available per person) via text messaging and tablet kiosks in four downtown art galleries and studios through 9 tonight. The event began Sept. 7.
This is the second year for the public art exhibition/competition inspired by an event held in Grand Rapids, Mich., and created by a partnership between the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson and the Downtown Akron Partnership.
Register to vote and learn more details at www.downtownakron.com/enjoy/akron-art-prize-2013.
Ohio Mart — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, continues the 47th annual Ohio Mart today-Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. An Akron tradition, the centerpiece of Ohio Mart is an artisan crafts showcase featuring artists with talents in sculpture, garden art, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and hand-crafted furniture. Tickets are $9, $2 for youth, ages 6-17. Children 5 and under are free with an adult. Combo tickets for Ohio Mart include a self-guided tour of the Manor House, Inspiration in Bloom and Fallscape and are $15, $5 youth. Ohio Mart tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance by calling 330-315-3287 or by visiting www.stanhywet.org. For more information, call 330-836-5533.
New Gallery Opens — The Gallery of Framing at Merchants Square, 131 Ghent Road, Fairlawn, will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. More information, call 330-835-3046 or go to www.galleryofframing.com/index.html.
Free First Saturday — MOCA Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave., will hold its first Free First Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to www.mocacleveland.org.
Akron School Design Wins — American School & University magazine has selected Robert G. Hyre Community Learning Center as an Outstanding Design winner in the 2013 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design. Judges selected 145 projects to be featured in the November issue. The list of 2013 projects selected for publication can be viewed at http://schooldesigns.com/Architectural-Portfolio.aspx. TC Architects in Akron designed the new school. To see Hyre CLC, go to www.akronschools.com/schools/home/?schId=10718.
A Mourning Exhibit — Victorian Mourning Customs, an in-depth look at the important social customs and accessories related to death and mourning during the Victorian age, are being exhibited through Oct. 30 at the University of Akron Victorian mansion, 60 Fir Hill. Hours are noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. For more information, call 330-972-6909.
Monday — To make a reservation for the monthly luncheon program at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., on the Art of Watercolor Painting. The first program is noon to 2 p.m. Monday in the museum’s Wilkof Courtyard. Award-winning artist Nancy Stewart Matin will discuss perspective, color, brush technique and more as applied to a wide range of subject matter for creating a watercolor. Attendees will also participate in a hands-on watercolor painting demonstration. $11 per person. Call Carol Paris, fine arts assistant, at 330-453-7666, ext. 105, for reservations. Space is limited.
Oct. 16-18 — Artists living within a 250-mile radius of Chagrin Falls may submit up to two pieces in any art medium for consideration in the 42nd Annual Juried Art Exhibit of the Valley Art Center. Awards presentation and reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Nov. 1. The show will run through Dec. 13. Artwork and entry form delivery dates: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16-18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19 to Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls. For more information, call 440-247-7507 or go to http://valleyartcenter.weebly.com.
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.