From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, as part of its regular monthly Third Thursday programming, the Akron Art Museum will celebrate International Museum Day with free admission to the collection galleries as well as the exhibitions The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and its companion show Draw Me a Story; Line, Color, Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak; and Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders.
There will also be a gallery talk given by docents focusing on works from the museum’s collection and the points of view they represent.
“International Museum Day, celebrated throughout the world on or near May 18, emphasizes the essential role that museums play in their communities,” said Janice Driesbach, the museum’s interim director. “It provides opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs offered by member museums and their community partners.”
Adding to the museum experience, Summit ArtSpace and the Akron-Summit County Main Library will also offer entertainment.
At Summit ArtSpace, just beyond the museum at 140 E. Market St., the Women’s Art League of Akron will present its 80th Anniversary Exhibition, Brushstrokes: Then & Now, from noon to 9 p.m. Some of the artist studios on the third floor may also be open for viewing and purchases. More information at www.SummitArtspace.org or 330-376-8480.
Also, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the library will present Movies@Main in the High Street auditorium, featuring the four-time Oscar winner Life of Pi. Information at www.akronlibrary.org or 330-643-9000.
Art antiquities in the black market and a Steinway piano serenade in a garden setting are featured in this spring’s Arts-in-Residence Series offered by the University of Akron’s Fine Arts Division.
At 7:30 tonight, UA art historian Elisha Ann Dumser will discuss the antiquities market in Loot! Antiquities Collecting and the Black Market at the West Akron home of Rick and Alita Rogers. Dumsher will reveal how nearly all antiquities entering American collections over the past 40 years have emerged from illegal excavations, clandestine smuggling operations, and a thriving black market. She’ll also discuss objects in Northeast Ohio art collections. The evening will include desserts and an opportunity to explore the Rogers’ contemporary art collection.
“Steinway in Bloom,” co-hosted by Cynthia Knight and Fran Buchholzer, will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 7. The evening will begin with Lolly the Trolley transporting guests from the Akron General Medical Center Wellness Center in Bath Township to Cynthia Knight’s guesthouse in Bath. Guests will be served wine and other beverages while strolling the gardens. Following a full dinner catered by Splendid Fare, UA jazz pianist Joe Augustine will perform on a Steinway grand piano.
Tickets are $35 for tonight’s event, $60 for June 7 or $85 for both.
Proceeds will support programs for students in the visual and performing arts at UA and all registration fees are fully tax deductible.
Advance registration is required. Contact Cyndee Snider at 330-972-5196 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Canton art walk
ArtsinStark in association with the Special Improvement District will launch the Canton Art Walk Series from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Similar to a First Friday, guests will be able to visit downtown art spots, restaurants, dance clubs and music-makers open for business.
Don’t like crowds? The VIP Art Encounter is your ticket to a personalized evening including dinner at Tozzi’s Restaurant in downtown Canton, an artists’ talk-back experience at Translations Gallery, dessert at a downtown bakery and a “savor the date” professional photo taken by J. Albert Studios.
Only 20 tickets will be sold at $60 each, which includes dinner, tip and all the extras.
To make a reservation, go to www.cantonartsdistrict.com. Future Canton Art Walks and VIP Art Encounters are planned for July 20 and Sept. 21.
Free Art Talk — Happy Days Lodge, 500 W. Streetsboro Road, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, will present landscape photographer Stuart Pearl: Seeing Light, Patterns & Composition from 7 to 9 p.m. 330-657-2909 or www.cvps.org.
Art Extravaganza — Firestone High School, 333 Rampart Ave., Akron, will hold Art Extravaganza at 6 p.m. in the commons. More information at 330-873-3315 or www.akronschools.com.
Showcase — The Akron Woman’s City Club, 732 W. Exchange St., will hold its 90th Anniversary Artisan Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 330-762-6261 or www.akronwomanscityclub.com.
Trolley Tour — The Summit County Historical Society will offer a 9 a.m. to noon Trolley Tour of 2012 Architectural Heritage Award Winners today. The tour is a collaborative program with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron. Meet at 9 a.m. at Akrona Gallery, 1765 W. Market St., for doughnuts and coffee. Seating is limited to 30 people; cost is $10 per person. Call 330-535-1120 to make a reservation.
Art Demo — Diane Talmadge will give a 1 to 3 p.m. free oil paint demo at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. The event is being given by the Women’s Art League of Akron. 330-467-7972 or go to www.womensartleague.org.
Opening — A 5 to 7 p.m. free opening reception for Ebb & Flow will be held at the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. 330-657-2248 or www.peninsulaartacademy.com.
Digital Demos — The Medina County Arts Council, in cooperation with the Medina County Park District, will present a 10 a.m. to noon class in digital photography for youth in grades 4 and up at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center. Contact the Medina County Arts Council at 330-725-6443 to have a registration form sent to you, or download one from www.medinaartbuzz.blogspot.com. Class size is limited to 16 students. Class fee is $20. 330-725-6443.
Landmark Homes Tour — From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the Cleveland Artist’s Foundation, 17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, will sponsor a series of guided tours through 12 of Northeast Ohio’s landmark homes. The oldest home on the tour was built in 1894 and the newest in 2012. Each is expressive of its era, the family who commissioned it, and the visionary architect who designed it. Tours are $35; $30 for members. Purchase the full series of tours for $150, $130 for members. There are still a few spots left on the tour. 216-227-9507.
Trolley Tour — Summit County Historical Society will hold a 7 p.m. Trolley Tour of Glendale Cemetery. The Summit County Historical Society and Metro Parks are collaborating for the free history hikes. Reservations are required. All hikes leave from the Akron History Exhibit at Lock 3. For more information, call 330-535-1120.
Opening Reception — Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., will present Capture: Photographs by Drew Smith Wednesday through June 15. The gallery will hold a 5 to 7 p.m. free opening reception May 23. For more information, call 330-676-1549 or email email@example.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.