On display August 22-October 29, 2023
FAMILY ALBUM: OUR STORIES
Amy Pleasant is a Seattle figurative painter, born and raised in Ohio. Her work examines the most common of experiences; family, life transitions and generational change. Amy's early figurative paintings integrated shape and pattern and were rooted in vintage photographic images. More recent work incorporates less structured figures in the tradition of abstract expressionism, allowing the viewer freedom of interpretation. Her paintings provide a visual language, hinting at the complex navigation of human relationships. Embedded deeply in her practice and work as a visual artist is a belief that art in its most fundamental form is a personal expression and ultimately finds its rightful place through the engagement of the viewer.
HUMAN/NATURE: THE TROMPE L'OEIL CONSTRUCTIONS OF RON ISAACS
The masterful trompe l'oeil work of Ron Isaacs is as charming as it is technically brilliant. Using birch plywood, select cutouts, and beautifully painted details which fool the eye, Isaacs creates compositions that pique your curiosity. A sense of surprise and appreciation is experienced when discovering his talent.
LEGACY: GETTING TO GIVE, GIVING TO GET
Susan Mentrak is a ceramic artist and illustrator born and raised in Ohio. Susan graduated with a degree in Illustration from The Columbus College of Art and Design. After adopting in 2003 she chose to devote the majority of her time to being a Mom. Her creative spirit never ceased though.
She is a member of the Canton Ceramic Artists Guild and the Ceramic Studio Manager at the Massillon Museum of Art. She has sold her ceramic pieces in Guild shows, online, and at the Massillon Museum store. Her show Legacy: Getting to Give, Giving to Get. is her first solo exhibition.
AN AMERICAN JOURNEY: WATERCOLOR ACHIEVEMENTS FROM THE CMA COLLECTION
Over the last several decades, the Canton Museum of Art has built a thorough and extensive collection of works by some of the most celebrated watercolor artists in hopes of sharing this rich history with the community. Comprised of works from the Permanent Collection that trace the dynamic history of watercolor painting since the nineteenth century, An American Journey will highlight major American artists, including those from Ohio, who took the watercolor medium by storm and produced some of the finest works seen in the medium. You will see examples including Winslow Homer, who was significant in the revitalization of watercolor in America, John Singer Sargent, Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper, among others.
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