Chicago-based artist and Akron native Danny Volk will bring his popular YouTube interview series, Made-Up with Danny Volk, here in September. Volks is a winner of the Knight Arts Challenge. (The project is funded in part by a matching grant of $12,500 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.)
Made-Up with Danny Volk (MUwDV) is a unique video/live series in which Volk interviews other artists about their work. As Danny asks questions, the artists do his makeup, resulting in an intimate, in-depth conversation about art and life.
To kick off the project, a fundraising event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. During the fundraiser, attendees will learn more about the project and experience an exclusive preview of what is to come in September. Volk will interview Victoria Rogers, vice president of the Arts Program at the Knight Foundation, as she does his makeup in front of a live audience.
Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com, or can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Admission includes a performance by the local band Comfort Clouds, light refreshments, and a cash bar. An after-party will follow where attendees will be able to talk to Volk, and curator Roza Maille, at Uncorked Wine Bar. For updates and more information: www.youtube.com/user/MUwDV.
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The Akron Art Museum wants its visitors to be advocates for the arts and humanities. The budget package recently proposed for fiscal year 2018 by President Trump calls for billions in cuts, including the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Please join these organizations in standing up for the crucial role the arts and humanities play in our communities. For more information: americansforthearts.org.
Local Artists at NYC Fair — Harris Stanton Gallery returns to the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC Thursday through Sunday for the 2017 spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair. This is the gallery’s third time participating and bringing local artists to new audiences by exhibiting outside Northeast Ohio.
A Talk with Mary Miss — First Thursday Evening Hours at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum (87 N. Main St., Oberlin), will feature a conversation with artist Mary Miss. Her free talk is set for 5:30 p.m. in classroom 1 of the Allen Art Building (behind the museum), along with Oberlin College assistant professor Sarah Hamill, and Heather Galloway of Galloway Art Conservation. Mary Miss installed an example of her sculpture on the grounds of the Allen during the 1970s. A reception will be held at the museum following the program. Galleries are open until 8 p.m. 440-775-8670.
Fridge Art — Photo entries in The Refrigerator Show will be accepted from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday (as well as from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday) at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. CVAC seeks entries for this unique exhibit of collections of treasures that adorn fridges throughout the community. Awards such as Most Cluttered, Most Original and Best Transformation will be presented at an evening reception on April 14 at CVAC. For more information: www.cvartcenter.org/exhibits/.
LGBTQ Talk Back — Immediately following the regional premier of A Great Wilderness, at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theater of the Beck Center for the Arts (17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood), the center will present a special Talk–Back on LGBTQ issues and ongoing challenges. Panelists include Ryan Clopton–Zymler of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and Gwen Stembridge, Northeast Ohio coordinator for Equality Ohio. www.beckcenter.org
Opening — Warm and Hot Glass opens with a 6-9 p.m. reception at the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 Mill St. W., Peninsula. On view through May 14. 330-657-2248.
Firestone H.S. Exhibit — Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron, winds up the Firestone High School Spring Exhibit in the Transition Gallery. Doors open at noon, and the exhibit will be on view during the 5-8 p.m. Artwalk as well. Artspace artists will be on hand for demonstrations and to talk art. For information, go to summitartspace.org or call 330-376-8480.
Free Art Activities— The Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin, offers free art activities for all ages from noon to 4 p.m. All materials are provided. 440-775-8670.
Frank Lloyd Wright House Reopens — The Weltzheimer/Johnson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, reopens for the season from noon to 5 p.m. Tours are offered on the hour at 534 Morgan St., Oberlin. Parking is available on the south (golf course) side of the street. $5. 440-775-8670.
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.