Multimedia artist Brian Bress will describe his processes in a free talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St.
He'll discuss character development, costuming, performance and film production for his hybrid painting-videos in which humorous characters, all played by the artist, struggle with relationships, the pursuit of goals and the struggle to communicate. He manipulates 2-D and 3-D conventions through handcrafted sets and costumes that combine drawing, painting, and collage.
Bress lives and works in Los Angeles. His work was included in the comprehensive survey exhibit “California Video: Artists and Histories” presented at the Getty Museum in 2008. "Brian Bress: Pictures Become You" is on view at the Akron Art Museum through April 14.
Art gifts — The Myers School of Art Holiday Shop is being held from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday in the Emily Davis Gallery, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron. The event features jewelry, ceramics, prints, paintings, stationery, journals, cards, ornaments and many more handmade gifts by students, faculty and staff. Admission is free; park in the Folk Hall lots off East Exchange and Wheeler streets.
Artspace opening — The 16th annual Kaleidoscope Juried Holiday Show opens with a 5-8 p.m. reception and awards at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. It's on view through Dec. 29. Demos will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday during Artwalk. They will include bird carving with Tom Baldwin, creating a mini-shadow box with Kim Porter and art beading with Gail Marshall Taber. Workshops for children and adults will be held from 5-7 p.m. during 3rd Thursday on Dec. 20. Registration for all events is online at: https://bit.ly/2PufVcu or call 330-376-8480 during office hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kaleidoscope artists will gather for a free panel discussion from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 13 led by juror David Rankin in the main gallery.
Art Events — Artist Penny Smith’s show “Nature in Motion” is on view in Summit Artspace on Tusc, 571 W. Tuscarawas Ave, Barberton, through Jan. 19. Smith will paint in the gallery 5-8 p.m. Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, and will give free painting lessons from 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays during the exhibit. No reservations are required. https://summitartspace.org, 330-376-8480.
Art Talk — Luoying Sheng gives a free 2 p.m. Object Talk about a Chinese scroll by Xie Schichen at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 N. Main St., Oberlin.
Female artists' database — As early as the fall of 2019, “A Space of Their Own,” an illustrated online database of over 600 female artists working in the U.S. and Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries, will be launched, thanks to Jane Fortune, founder of Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Over the last decade, the foundation has restored over 50 works by women artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and has documented the artists’ lives through extensive art historical research.
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.