The Akron Art Museum’s fifth annual Holiday mART will be held today in the museum’s lobby and store, where one-of-a-kind gifts can be found for the important people in your life while enjoying music, food and the museum.
Hand-crafted items include jewelry, clothing, accessories and original artwork from students from the University of Akron Myers School of Art, as well as local artists Renee Flynn, Lise Anderson, former Beacon Journal writer Connie Bloom, Barbe Beaty, Diane Harmon, Dana Hervey, Brian Graham, John Puglia and the Kent State University Jewelry/Metals Co-Op. Together, they will represent the museum’s mission of “enriching lives through modern art.”
Augmenting this year’s event will be Nectar of the Vine, which specializes in refined refreshments, as well as Buckeye Chocolate Company, Ohio’s gourmet chocolatiers.
Menu items from Urban Eats and a cash bar will be available during the music of the Joe Leaman Jazz Trio from 5-8:30 p.m.
Shoppers can make purchases using major credit cards as well as cash or check.
This event is free, but gallery admission is required to see the collection and special exhibitions.
Art Talk — Anna Calluori Holcombe, professor of art at the University of Florida, Gainesville, will give a noon talk about her ceramics at the Kent State University School of Art Building, Room 202. For more information, call the school of art at 330-672-2192.
Bebop and Shop — Bebop and Shop is being held in the Canton Arts District, from 6 to 10 p.m. as part of First Friday. Santa will stop by Saxton from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for holiday pictures, alongside samples and sales of Chocolates by Erin. Freddie Le Fever will assist with old-fashioned holiday ornament making at Carpe Diem. The art of Joe Martino will be at Julz; touchable 3-D art from Daniel Craven will be at Gassers; and Sharon Charmley’s show, Pursuit, will delight at Translations. It’s a Wonderful Life, will be screened at 7 and 8 p.m. at the new Parallax Theatre, 534 Cleveland Ave. NW. Download the First Friday map and any additional details you need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is sponsored by Stark Community Foundation and presented by the downtown Canton Special improvement District and ArtsinStark.
Art Proposals Sought — The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital is looking for proposals from local artists. This is a paid project. In order to become a part of this project, a proposal must be submitted. For questions and information about the project contact Brian Murphy via email at email@example.com or by phone at 330-329-3625.
Art Teachers Needed — Gary Peters, microenterprise adviser for Summit DD-Cuyahoga Falls Center, assists about 30 disabled artists and has been nominated for the 2013 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts. Several of his clients are looking for some paid art instruction. They want to learn techniques in air brushing, portraits and children’s illustration skills, while others just want basic painting lessons. In addition, their Dream Out Loud Art Studio, which works with 16 artists during the day, is looking for artists-in-residence. This would involve teaching a particular art skill in any medium a few hours a week. For more information, contact Gary Peters at 330-634-8186 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sold Out — A word to the wise: If you’ve waited until now to sign up for the art museum’s Island of Misfit Toys Workshop, its Glass Ornament Workshop or its Ring Making Workshop, you’ve waited too long — they’re all sold out. Keep track of the popular museum events at http://akronartmuseum.org/calendar.
Jan. 6 — Through the W2S Series, begun in 1991, the Sculpture Center, 12206 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, fosters and promotes the careers of sculptors during the first 10 years of their profession. Sculptors and installation and expanded media artists are chosen annually for one-person exhibitions in either the Main or Euclid Avenue Gallery. The five-week-long exhibitions are held January through May or June. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 6. For guidelines and to apply, go to www.sculpturecenter.org. For more information, call 216-229-6527 or send an email to 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.