Standing Rock Cultural Arts and Hattie Larlham Creative Arts Program

“Inside/Out: New Work from the Artists of Hattie’s Creative Arts” Art Exhibition

Friday December 11, 7-9pm.  Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through January 2, 2016
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent

CONTACT:  330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS:  Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to be collaborating for the 5th time with The Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities on this exhibition.  The work exhibited covers a wide range of colors, textures, moods, and personalities.  We invite the community to come view this unique exhibition that explores the creative possibilities of Hattie's Creative Arts!


In the Hattie Larlham Creative Arts Program, we believe that everyone has the right to Comfort, Joy and Achievement. We also believe every individual has the right to inclusion, neutrality, patience, understanding and open mindedness. Creative Arts affords individuals with all types of disabilities the opportunity to have a clear artistic voice, control, and ownership of their artwork.”

Hattie’s Creative Arts has traditionally been limited to residents of the Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio. Today, we bring you work completed by artists attending Hattie Larlham Constant Companion Day Programs. Participants are given the same opportunity as residents of the Center to work one-on-one with professional “trackers” to complete works of art. Focusing mainly on smaller work, their paintings are a unique blend of colorful experimentation and storytelling.
In addition, Center residents have been experimenting with photography and digital art. New work from these talented artists will also be on display.


Paintings from Constant Companion Creative Arts Day Program:
Bill C
Michael H
John S
George C
Florence A
Lynn J
Stephanie W
Karen H

Collage from Constant Companions Creative Arts Day Program:
Judith H
Photography & Digital Art by Residents of Hattie Larlham Center, Mantua OH:
Gail S
Jill H
Courtney C
Rhia A


The exploration of ART began at Hattie Larlham in 2004 in the new Education Center at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities.  Here, exploring different types of painting, watercolor and textures was a weekly occurrence for children in the school program and young adults in  ACHIEVE.  In June 2007, Hattie Larlham expanded its’ ART services to the new Creative Art Program.

Professional Artists have joined the Hattie Larlham team to work one-on-one with individuals to create paintings on canvas.  Each part of the painting is made by the choice of the individual, by a series of questions that have a yes/no answer. Assistive technology, such as laser beams, are used when necessary, so the artists and “show” where they want the paint to be placed on the canvas. Hattie has enlisted the assistance and expertise of the Matheny School and Education Center and the A.R.T. Realization project, both out of New Jersey, to begin this creative process for people with severe disabilities.

Creative Arts Philosophy

Every person who comes to Hattie Larlham has the right to express themselves. Creative Arts ensures these opportunities are offered to our artists.

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts has adopted the following four core principles from the Matheny Arts Access Program.

    * Freedom of Choice
    * Artists Assisting Another Artist
    * Neutrality
    * No Preconceptions

Hattie Larlham Creative Arts philosophy:  Each day in the studio, Creative Arts ensures that all four of these principles are honored for each artist. They are artists, and are treated as artists—their choices, ideas, creations and art is the result of the devotion to these four core principles.

Once completed, all paintings, pottery and photography is for sale. When a piece is sold, 100 percent of the proceeds are given to the artist. Hattie Larlham does not receive proceeds from any piece sold, unless previously designated by the artist's parents or guardians. Visit our gallery to view current available pieces.




Standing Rock Cultural Arts and The Stone Tavern.

13th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition.
-23rd Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery
-in Cooperation with The Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main Street in Downtown Kent.
-Featuring Vince Packard, David Jrome Bragg, Nikki Puccini, Karen Johnson, Amy Strainer, Greta Ramey, Trey Berry, Jez Ondo, Kathryn Musselman Lawson, Bradley Smith, and more!
-Music by The Mayfields!
-paintings, prints, collage,  puppets, masks, photographs

Saturday October 31, 7pm-10. Opening Reception
-North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent and
-The Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main Street, Downtown Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970 or 330-677-7320

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment.

Dia De Los Muertos Description:

Come celebrate our 13th annual Day of the Dead show. This festive Mexican Holiday honors all those who have passed before us. But let us not be somber. There will be music, food, drinks, paintings and large puppet sculptures. Like the celebration of a birthday, this holiday reconfirms annually the love, goodwill, and generosity that the beloved can count on, no matter that they are dead.

From Wikipedia…

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, typically on November 1 (All Saints' Day) and November 2 (All Souls' Day).

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a lesser extent in other Latin American countries; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches. The holiday is also observed in the Philippines. Observance of the holiday has spread to Mexican-American communities in the United States, where in some locations, the traditions are being extended. Similarly-themed celebrations also appear in some Asian and African culture.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective of some other cultures, celebrants typically approach the Day of the Dead joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls Day, the traditional mood is much brighter with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Sundays @ One” Watercolor Painting Exhibition
-An Artist Collective coached by Henry Walker  (Ohio Watercolor Society)
-5th Annual Watercolor Exhibition
-Featuring Henry Walker,  Claire Culleton, Maureen Keller, Tom Auld, Scott White, Liz Gulaian, and Vicki Bocchicchio

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH

Saturday, October 3, 7:00-9:00pm Opening Reception

-Exhibit runs through October 24

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.


Images from the Opening


Lead Painter & Coach

A traditional transparent watercolorist, Henry began painting seriously in the late 1980s when his career as a professor of English at Kent State ended abruptly following two cancer operations.  He discovered a new enthusiasm for art, specifically painting, and to quote, “If it weren't for art, I doubt I would be here.”

Walker's work is a frequent exhibitor and prize-winner in both national and local juried competitions.  In 2009, he once again had a piece accepted in the Ohio Watercolor Society show and was named a signature member.  For three years running, his paintings were accepted in the Butler Midyear Show at the Butler Museum, Youngstown.  He was a cash prize recipient in the 2010 Fairmont Art Show, the Artists of the Rubber City show in Akron and the Gates Mills Show, Gates Mills, Ohio. His work was included as part of at the inaugural Peninsula Plein Aire competition in Peninsula, Ohio. In addition to exhibiting in juried competitions, He has had one-man shows in Akron, Aurora, Robinson Memorial Hospital, and locations in Maryland and North Carolina.

Henry holds a Master of Arts from Kent State University and studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Art Students League in New York City.

Sundays @ One Organizer

Claire joined the English department at Kent State University in 1990 as an Assistant Professor.  Her field of expertise is 20th century Irish and British literature and she currently teaches both graduate-level and undergraduate courses at KSU.

Culleton has experimented and casually explored painting as a hobby since 1985.  In 2008, she convinced Henry Walker to serve as a painting mentor and invited another friend to join their weekly sessions.  The group has been meeting on Sundays since that time.

Her transparent watercolor paintings feature traditional still life and landscape subjects.  The quality of her work was recognized by juries for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Fairmont Art Shows and included in the annual exhibitions. She has also had work accepted in the Akron Society of Artists Kaleidoscope show for 2010.

Claire spent much of 2012 in Galway and in Dublin, Ireland, on an academic fellowship. While she was gone, the group met regularly at Henry's.

Apprentice painter and all-round good person

Maureen studied art and painting at Kent State University in the 1990s while following a different career path in her professional life.  During the week, she is an Occupational Therapist assistant at the Hattie Larlham Center in Mantua, Ohio.  She has worked in the field for 23 years.

With considerable encouragement from Henry Walker, Keller rediscovered her paints and brushes in 2009, became an active member of the Sundays @ One group, and successfully ended the long hiatus from art.

Preferred subjects for her watercolor studies are landscapes and intricate still life paintings.  She works both from photographs and from life.  Though her University artwork was almost exclusively acrylics, she admits to a perverse fascination with the characteristic challenges of transparent watercolor.

Media wonk and painter

Tom joined the Sundays @ One group in 2008 in a desperate attempt to fill the vacuum that followed his retirement as an advertising executive with an in-house agency in Akron, Ohio.  Although he was introduced to painting and art during his undergraduate years at Kent State University, his profession required a focus on writing and photography.

Auld has pursued transparent watercolor painting and drawing through on-going study with various locally recognized artists: Linda Hutchinson, Sally Heston, and Jane Slivka, teaching staff at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center.  He is currently coached by Henry Walker.

Auld has competed in local juried shows and had pieces accepted in the Kaleidoscope show in Akron, the CVAC and Peninsula's Plein Aire competition in 2009.  Most recently he had work accepted in the 2011 Fairmont Art Show in Novelty, Ohio.

Nature enthusiast, machinist and fledgling watercolorist

Scott was born in Texas and raised in Portage County and has a strong love for Kent.  A machinist by trade, he has spent the majority of the last 20 years working on bakery equipment and spent his vacation time wandering the wilderness areas of this country. Scott is fond of carousing with various miscreants & misanthropes from KSU's English and Music departments.

Scott joined Sundays @ One after an intense year of personal loss in a rather misguided attempt to staunch his personal consumption of beer.  Having always had a strong interest in the arts, his personal influences stem from the visual & literary works of the romantic age, particularly Wallace Stevens, John Muir, and Winslow Homer.

Watercolors are new to Scott, but he has already fallen in love with the medium.  He travels extensively in the U.S. backcountry and consequently his favorite subjects are landscapes and the Southwest.


A native Clevelander, Vicki Bocchicchio moved to Kent in the mid-1980s.  She has worked at KSU for most of that time and has skirted around her interest in art—taking a few drawing classes,
volunteering at galleries, etc.—for most of that time.  Finally, in the summer of 2011 Henry Walker dared her to put up or shut up and so she joined the Sundays @ One group that fall.  Her painting focuses on still life and floral work, although she is known primarily for bringing the red wine.


Liz Gulaian, the newest member of Sundays @ One, has an art degree from KSU. She also completed a decorative painting and restoration program in Asheville, NC. She currently works as a physical therapist assistant at Villa Saint Joseph at Marymount Hospital.

Liz fell upon the painting group upon returning from California this summer and looking for community and creative inspiration. Her uncle Henry invited her to join the group. She
mostly doodled until one day Tom lent her his paint set to color in one of her pictures. The rest, Liz says, is history.  In addition to painting, Liz says she enjoys gardening, being outside whenever possible, and a good cup of coffee; but we’ve seen her hit the wine now and then.




Standing Rock Cultural Arts is proud to present

"Gina" An Art Exhibition
-Work by Gina Corron
-Work inspired by Gina Corron

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H

Saturday, July 11, 7-10pm Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through August 28.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm

A great article by Vince Packard about Gina can be found by CLICKING here. Page 40 and 41.









“Matador at the Third Bar” Group Art Exhibit

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH

Saturday, June-6, 7-10pm 2015,  Opening Reception
-in conjunction with Main Street Kent's Art and Wine Festival
-Exhibit runs through July 4

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Art show with music, food, and wine!

Ilenia Pizzaniti
Anisa Zafer
Andrea Kohut
Isabella Abner
Brittany Mendoza
Kady Mazur
Music by Bobby Comparda and possibly others!
Drum circle!

Standing Rock Cultural Arts across the street from Bent Tree!



-Multi Media Work. Relativity Boxes.


-In addition to the opening Mark will be at the gallery SUNDAY MAY 3 from NOON to 4 for a meet and greet . Come on by and visit!
-Exhibit up through May 30, 2015.

Images from the Opening



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Ripples” 15th Annual Group Environmental Art Exhibition
- Paintings, Sculpture, Multi-Media by Vince Packard, Jim Vandenboom,  FJ Kluth, Danielle Flowers, 3rd Graders in Kent Elementary Schools, and more!!!
-In conjunction with The 9th Annual "Who's Your Mama" Earth Day Festival
-Featuring 20 Poems from the Tree, by Kent 3rd grade students,
-Featuring New Work by Jim Vandenboom
-Music by members of Celtic Clan at the Opening Reception

April 4-26 , 2015
Saturday, April 4.  7-9pm.  Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through April 26
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.







Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Little Elk Speaks”
-Work by Frank “Little Elk” Running
--Dreamcatchers, Elk Hide Vests, Shields, Beadwork, Moccasins, Walking Sticks, and Paintings

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St, Suite H. Kent, OH

Saturday, February 21,  7-9pm.  2015.  Opening Reception.
-Live Native Flute Music by Cliff Snyder
-Exhibit runs through March 28

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

Artist Bio:
Raised on the Lakota Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. Shares lineage with Henry Crow Dog, Spotted Tail, Crazy Horse, and Hollow Horn Bear of The Lakota Sioux Nation.  Moved to Beechwood, Ohio in 1992.  First exhibition of work was at The North Water Street Gallery in 1999.  He currently lives in Kent and holds regular sweat lodge meetings.  Anyone interested in participating in a sweat lodge, please contact Little Elk at 330-554-2536.

Artist Statement:
This work represents traditional Lakota Sioux art as taught by my grandfather Henry Crow Dog.  He told me I could use this work as a lifeline on my journey on Turtle Island.  It's important for me to exhibit this work so as to carry on my people's traditions now and for future generations.  There is a spiritual quality in the colors, variations, animal hides, and bead work that I feel connects this world to the world beyond.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm
-or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Images from the Opening




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