By Dorothy Shinn
ArtCetera will hold its summer general membership meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Office on North High Street in Akron. Learn about ArtCetera and Akron Area Arts Alliance, brainstorm event ideas for the coming year, ask questions, share ideas and hear about being involved on the ArtCetera planning committee. RSVP to Jacquie Tinnemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Allyson Ford at email@example.com by Monday.
ArtCetera, a project of Akron Area Arts Alliance, is a membership organization that offers young professionals and arts enthusiasts a great way to get involved with the arts. The project’s mission is to develop and enhance an appreciation, understanding and continued support of the arts.
More information is available at facebook.com/artceteraakron or akronareaarts.org.
The Cleveland Museum of Art will present its first Friday happy hour event, MIX: Americana, 5-9 p.m. Friday.
Held on the museum’s South Terrace, it’s styled as a beer garden featuring Ohio breweries, with samples available for purchase.
Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in celebration of Independence Day, while sipping on a brew and listening to Akron’s six-piece indie rock band, Bethesda.
The evening’s programming centers on the museum’s celebrated American art collection, with tours of the galleries inspired by seminal works of American fiction such as The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird and Little House on the Prairie. In addition, the Print Club of Cleveland, a museum affiliate group, is sponsoring the “Print Pony” that allows visitors to climb on a rocking horse and create their own prints.
Touchable objects from the museum’s early-American collection will be available for visitors to interact with at the Art Cart, and themed games and hunts will also take place throughout the evening.
MIX: Americana is part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s MIX at CMA series. On the first Friday of each month, MIX highlights an aspect of the museum and its collection.
Advance tickets: $8; $10 day of event. Free for museum members. Reservations recommended. Call 216-421-7350 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org/MIX for additional information.
Season Opener — The Eells Gallery on the grounds of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls is exhibiting work by Dana Depew through July 28. The gallery is open two hours prior to and through the intermission of Cleveland Orchestra performances. Depew, a Cleveland-based artist, works in a variety of media, including found-object sculpture and painting. Depew studied sculpture at Kent State University. More information at http://danadepew.com. To learn more about the gallery, contact the Kent State University School of Art Gallery at 330-672-7853 or visit www.kent.edu/arts/galleries.
Boston Mills Artfest — The 42nd Boston Mills Artfest will be held at Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $8; $6 seniors and students; free for children under 12. Parking free. For more information call 800-875-4241 or go to www.BostonMillsArtfest.com.
Tuesday Ceramics — Get Fired Up Ceramics Classes for ages 5-16 are available at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Classes for ages 5-7 will meet 9:30–10:30 a.m. Tuesdays July 9, 16 and 23. Ages 8 and up will meet from 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Class fees: ages 5-7, $20, $15 residents; ages 8 and up, $30, $25 residents. Supplies are included in the fee. To register, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 330-971-8225 or the Quirk Cultural Center at 330-971-8425.
Winners — This year’s winners of the Chagrin Falls juried art show, Art by the Falls: Joseph Graham, Lenox Workshops, Jefferson, best of show; 2-D category — Christine Weigand, Little Grey Cat Studio, Peninsula, first place; C.W.Banfield, the Wilderness Gallery, Columbus, second place; Paul Jira, Paul G. Jira Gallery LLC, Chippewa Lake; third place. In the 3-D category — Yumiko Goto, Lakewood, first place; Tim Niewiadomski, Studio by Ski, Akron, second place; Claudia Zeber and Michael Martell, Zeber-Martell Studio, Akron, third place.
July 5 — Downtown Akron Partnership is accepting applications for the second annual Akron Art Prize sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday. The competition kicks off Sept. 7 and winds down to the finale on Oct. 5 in the grand lobby of the Akron Art Museum. Winners will be announced at the finale; the first-place winner will receive $5,000 and the honor of displaying their winning piece in the museum for the week following the competition. Five $1,000 runners-up prizes also will be awarded. Information: 330-374-7676, firstname.lastname@example.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.