Topic - Hazel Tree History

Karen Starr

If This Wallpaper Could Talk - A new book project by Karen Starr and Shane Wynn

Posted October 31, 2016

The 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winners were just announced! Karen Starr and her project partner, Shane Wynn, were among 19 winners to receive a grant this year for their new book, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk".

The Knight Arts Challenge Akron is a $3 million, three-year initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to engage and enrich the community through the arts. The arts challenge weighs ideas and picks projects that follow three basic rules:
1. The idea is about the arts.
2. The project takes place in or benefits Akron.
3. The group or individual submitting must find other funding to match the Knight Foundation's grant.

This round, Karen and Shane submitted a proposal for a project called, "If This Wallpaper Could Talk." Part arts-and-culture book, part local history book, it will be rich with alluring portraits and lively stories providing a unique glimpse into Akron’s most interesting wallpaper from the past and the present, as well as the people who cherish it.

The duo will begin work soon on matching the funding and they are already receiving ideas for wallpaper stories to cover! 

To find out more information about the project or to tell us about a cool wallpaper story, check out the website:

Twitter: @ifthiswallpaper

Instagram: @ifthiswallpaper

Facebook: @ifthiswallpaper

To read about the other Knight Arts Challenge winners, click here.

(L to R) Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation; Shane Wynn, Karen Starr; Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation

Karen Starr

Akron Tree Project by Michael W Marras

Posted June 30, 2016

 The Akron Tree Project sculpture under sunny Akron skies...

A tree grows in Akron!

Last weekend, Michael W Marras, the artist behind the Kickstarter-funded 'Akron Tree Project', installed the remainder of his very first public art sculpture.
We are so honored to have been asked to be the location to hold space for this amazing giant metal sculpture (made with a remarkable 80% recycled content!) and we are happy for him for the success of it. It has been so nice to hear the community's appreciation for it, both on social media and in person, as they share what a truly unique and beautiful new piece of art he's created for Akron's landscape. Check it out!

 Getting the lift all set to begin. Note the mock-up he worked off on the lawn there...

 All hands on deck (and on roof!) Hey...I see a Hazel Tree buddy in the hard hat there. That's Paul Mann, one of the contractors that works on our design projects, lending his hand and expertise to the installation. We learned that he is an old family friend of the Marras bunch. :)

 Branches and leaves going up!