Archive - August 2014

Jon Haidet

Opening Reception for "Cartography of the Soul" - September 5 from 5-9pm

Posted August 29, 2014

 (L to R: Jessica Lofthus, Chuck Ayers, Karen Starr, Michael Marras)

Hello, Hazel Tree friends! We are very excited about the next art show in the gallery, which opens next Friday, September 5.

The four local artists being featured in the show, “Cartography of the Soul”, are Chuck Ayers, local cartoonist legend; Michael Marras, metal sculptor; Jessica Lofthus, painter; and our very own, Karen Starr.

The artists began this collaboration as a result of the friendships they established by taking yoga from the same studio in Akron. Karen has collaborated with Michael Marras and Jessica Lofthus on art projects in the past, with Jessica as a muralist for interior design projects and Michael creating custom wall art for projects. This marks the first show Karen will have participated in at her gallery from the perspective of artist, versus gallery owner.

This art show marks the first time Chuck Ayers has created art for a show solely for personal expression. “When I agreed to participate I quickly realized this trip was taking me completely out of my comfort zone." says Ayers. "I've done a number of shows before, but they all consisted of work already completed and published. All of that work was created from a perspective of looking outside myself at the subject. This time I had to create new pieces, and the perspective is that of looking within myself.”

Please join us for the opening reception of “Cartography of the Soul” next Friday, September 5, 2014, from 5-9pm. The show will run until October 25, 2014.

We hope to see you,

Jon, Karen, and Rachael

Karen Starr

Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron Historic Home Tour - Part 3

Posted August 16, 2014

On Saturday, July 19, two city trolleys loaded with people passionate about preservation, architecture and Akron history were able to tour four beautiful homes in West Akron on the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron's Historic Home Tour....and the homeowners said I could take pictures to share with all of you!

To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here.

The third house we toured that day was the home of E.J. Thomas. The Colonial Revival-style home was built in 1929 for he and his wife, Mildred.

Mr. Thomas, now associated most with the beautiful performing arts hall at the University of Akron, E.J. Thomas worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., where he was elected President in 1940 and became Chief Executive Officer in 1956.

I really enjoyed touring this home. We heard tidbits of interesting info from the current homeowners and family throughout the tour. For example, while touring the library where E.J. Thomas studied and worked, we learned that the small box on the wall was a direct phone line to the Akron Police Department.

The current homeowners have done a beautiful job keeping the interiors updated, while still honoring the original decor. The grounds were just as beautiful as the inside of the home.

Enjoy the imagery! Soon I'll post about the last home on tour..."The Anchorage."

In the meantime, if you would like to connect with Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, you can find them on their facebook page by clicking here.