Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

“Janet Snell By Herself” Art Exhibition
-Paintings by Janet Snell

Saturday, August 4th, 7:00-9pm, Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through August 25th
The North Water Street Gallery.  300 N. Water St., Kent
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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



Janet Snell is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of The Maryland Institute, College of Art, where she studied painting with the late Edward Dugmre.  She has been included in many group and solo shows including New York’s Drawing Center, Washington’s Strathmore Hall, Cleveland’s Spaces, and Akron’s Summit Art Space.  The author of FLYTRAP (Cleveland Poetry Center 1990) – a book of drawings and poems, and an E-chapbook, HEADS (March Street Press 1998).  Her collection, PRISONER’S DILEMMA, with Cheryl Snell, won the Lopside Press Chapbook Contest.  Snell regularly publishes in small magazines, contributes to chapbooks for Scattered Light Library, and paints semi-realistic portraits on commission.


Miles Davis’ jazz fusion, Turner’s mature work of storms, fire and vague buildings in the background, Picasso’s Les Demoilles d’Avignon, Kandinsky’s improvisations, Gorky’s subliminal imagery combined with lyrical color, DeKooning with his women series-all used figuration and abstraction, and serve as my models.  Themes of pursuing vision-trying to see what blocks understanding; entrapment, relationships between people – are all subjects for my work, and lend themselves to oil paint because it has fluidity. Since it doesn’t dry too fast, I can go from one space to another, and that allows me to show a metamorphoses from space to image, tracking my thought processes.

Science interests me, it’s controlled randomness – like the somewhat unpredictable trajectory of an electron or the element of chance in natural selection, ot a Degas where the figures (dancers) are arranged in what seems to be a randomness, but the composition is still very much controlled.  There is some chance in my drawings when I put white over grey chalk and charcoal and end up in a fit of pique, slashing the white with more charcoal and finish up with a texture and a degree of dark–light that works well with the whole drawing.  That moment of chance is stored as experience.

Music inspires me – Hendrix, Miles Davis, Waits, classical music. Music creates an environment that allows an image to pop up in my head.  It’s not a completely formed image.  I don’t want it to be.  I want something spontaneous to happen when I start to draw or paint.  After losing and getting back the drawing many times, I can recapture the original image.  German Expressionists like Gorky, Max Ernst, Schiel, Bacon, and most especially Munch, have influenced my work greatly.  I’m not completely an expressionist, though.   There’s an objectivity and logic and subjectivity in the space I create, and some realism in the image, usually a head.  So I’m not entirely self indulgent and personal!

-Janet Snell

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"Decks for Days”
-painted Longboard Skateboards by Audrey Henry

June 1, 2018.  Opening Reception 6pm
-Exhibit part of Main Street Kent's First Friday Art Walk
-Exhibit Runs Through July 28.

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.


Audrey Henry is an artist from Kent Ohio. Her exhibit "Decks For Days" was inspired by a commission she received, after finishing a hand painted longboard for Matt B. she decided to do a whole series. The boards range in styles and include pieces that are hand wood burned and painted. They are all clear coated with a hard protectant and can be displayed or ridden.

You can see more of her work on Instagram & Facebook at the links below.



Here’s a link to the podcast:


Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the cooperation of The FJ Kluth Gallery and The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee presents

2nd Annual Robert E. Wood Legacy Project Art Exhibition
-Drawings, Paintings, Prints by Robert E. Wood.  (July 20, 1943-February 4,2012)
-Work will be for sale with proceeds going into a Robert E. Wood Legacy Fund.  The purpose will be to construct a cultural art center, in Kent, that houses a Robert E. Wood Gallery in the future.

Thursday, February 8, 2018. 7-10pm. Opening Reception

-Food, Beverages, Music!
-Exhibit Runs through March 30, 2018
-North Water Street Gallery & FJ Kluth Gallery. 300 N. Water St. Kent

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

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

“The advantage of being a folk hero is that you get to speak from the grave” -FJ Kluth.

Record Courier article -


The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee is proud to present a wide array of artistic works by the late Robert E. (Bob) Wood. The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee was formed to commemorate the uniqueness which was Robert E. Wood. Not only was Robert deeply entrenched in Kent culture, but his art and philosophies struck a chord with many of the city's residents. On the evening of February 8, 2018, we invite you to join us at 300 North Water Street, Kent to share in the "Struggle and Risk" that Robert experienced.

Come prepared to share your stories of Robert and perhaps take home a piece of his history.


Excerpted from an article written by Elaine Hullihen - September 1, 2011

The show is a retrospective of works by Kent artist Robert Wood.

Wood lived in Kent since the 1960s and had been active in the art scene since he stepped foot on this black squirrel soil.

If you ever went to an art event, lecture or performance, while he was alive, it's likely saw him examining the work or asking in-depth questions of his fellow practitioners.

He could be found on most Saturdays at the Haymaker Farmers Market manning a table covered with binders upon binders of his own art for sale — at a reasonable price.

If, instead, you were a late-night bar enthusiast, perhaps you saw him working, bent over a darkened table in the corner of your favorite watering hole, glancing up periodically to memorize another part of the scene before bending down to record his findings.

What most people don't know, however, is the full breadth of his lifetime of diligent study in the theory and production of art.

Wood moved to Kent from his hometown of Struthers, OH, and earned his bachelor's degree in studio art in 1968. That was followed by a master's degree in painting in 1973 from KSU.

Over the years, he won numerous awards in juried regional exhibitions in Akron and Youngstown. In 2003 he received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. He was also recognized in The 2nd Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition for a digital print.

Recognition aside, Wood was more interested in the cultural critique and philosophical ideas in his art than anything else. After a brief stint in the 1970s working "menial" jobs, he firmly decided to be a full-time artist and dedicate his life to these endlessly interesting topics.

When asked about this decision in 2011, 6 months before his passing, he said "It's such a major concern it's hard to answer. Art is all I really wanted to do. I never wanted a real job anyway — and still don't."

The human figure has been central to Wood's artwork for many years. From paint to watercolor to marker, Wood was always interested in drawing from the model and has, it seems, thousands upon thousands of 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch drawings in his collection. They are "more than just studies to me," Wood said.

In one work, done in the 1980s, Wood used markers to boldly hash out two figures that are both glaring and keen. The figure on the left peers at you over a full hand of cards while the figure on the right is cutting off his own head with a handsaw.

In the 1990s, Wood found a new art-making medium — the Xerox machine. In the old days of the 1990s, Xerox machines printed in black and one other color. That color varied depending on the machine. The Riddle, the sole piece in the show that was made using this method, was printed on up to 15 times.

With the Xerox machine Wood used the same process an artist would use to make a traditional print. "The artwork is built up one layer, one image, one color at a time," he said.

Since each machine had only one color, Wood traveled from machine to machine searching for new colors to print over his work. Oftentimes he found himself meandering back and forth between Kinko's (now ) and to slowly build these pieces.

Wood was also interested in how these machines could corrupt his images. Sometimes a machine would be "out of order" and Wood just took the sign off to see what kind of partial, striated or faint image he would get.

The prints made this way are now limited edition because that type of machine is no longer carried by either copy place.

Wood then began to use computer files to experiment with image corruption. These large computer prints are sometimes striated and look like some sort of file error. The original image is still visible, but through a type of screwed-up technological lens.

Other times the computer prints are a collage of symbols and images that are layered upon each other, transparent, fleeting and seemingly chaotic.

Not wanting to give away all of his secrets, Wood divulged that the way he creates these works is dependent upon the file extension. Exactly what he did or which programs he used, however, will remain a mystery.

Wood approached technology, which many see as a pinnacle of our modern life, like a child with fingerpaints: smearing codes, disorganizing visual order, and compressing data to discover new ways to communicate.

The exhibit will be up through March 30, 2018.




Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

18th Annual Group Environmental Art Exhibition
- Paintings, Sculpture, Multi-Media by Vince Packard, Josh Bently, Megan Shane, Jeffrey Puccini, Nikki Puccini, Scott Alan Evans, Elizabeth Ann Lax,   FJ Kluth, 3rd Graders in Local Elementary Schools, and more!!!
-In conjunction with The 12th Annual "Who's Your Mama" Earth Day Festival
-Featuring 20 Poems from the Tree, by Kent 3rd grade students,
-Featuring Work by Jim Vandenboom

Saturday, April 7.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through May 5
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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

 Here's the schedule for this year's 11th Annual "Who's Your Mama?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. Hope you can make it! <:>)


I. 18th Annual Environmental Art Exhibit. Saturday, April 7, 7-10pm
300 N. Water St., Suite H. Downtown Kent. (Still room for Artists to Exhibit)

II. ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL. Sunday, April 15. 6-9pm. KIVA Auditorium.  Kent State University Student Center. $5 General. $3 Students/Seniors

III. MAIN STREET BLOCK PARTY. Saturday, April 21. 11am-4pm. Downtown Kent's Main Street will be closed off for Environmental Vendors, a Parade of Eco Heroes, Music, Children's Poetry, and Alternative Energy Displays. FREE! for updates

IV. 10th ANNUAL VEGAN IRON CHEF COMPETITION. Thursday, May 10 6-9pm. Canal Park Stadium, 300 S.  Main St., Downtown Kent, OH

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH 44240

Thank you to our  Earth Day sponsors!

     Sponsored by The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council, The City of Kent, The Kent Parks and Recreation Department, The Hometown Bank, Woodsy’s Music, City Bank Antiques, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Taco Tontos, Ray’s Place, Family and Community Services of Portage County,
    Franklin School of Dance, Off the Wagon,  Glanville, Hussing and Fath Optometry,  Tree City Coffee and Pastry, 91.3 The Summit Radio, Star of the West Milling Company, Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA), Kent Natural Foods Cooperative, Kent Environmental Council, Christopher J. Mallin Attorney at Law,
    Bonny's Bread, Master Gardeners of Portage County, Label Peelers Home Brew Supply, University Chiropractic and Wellness, Little City Grille.

Thank you for supporting the Arts and Mama Earth!


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents


"Lost & Found"
Entry Deadline: 4/2/18

Juried by artist, Marie Bukowski, Director & Professor, School of Art, Kent State University, and organized by Standing Rock Cultural Arts, Kent, OH.

Concept: This exhibition will explore the ways that culture, religion, and politics affect current day society. Understanding that differences in religion and politics have evolved over time and vary between cultures, this exhibition invites artists to consider cultural constructions and asks “How do we receive messages about our contemporary global society and how are we affected within our local communities?”

Entry Requirements: Artists 18+ years of age

Image Requirements: Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee: $10 per image payable by check to Standing Rock Cultural Arts, 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH 44240. Entry fee must be received on 4/2/18, not postmarked.

Accepted Media: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metals, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Artwork Requirements:
• Artwork must be created within last 2 years.
• 2D work must be wall-hanging ready.
• Maximum 3D dimension must be able to fit through a standard doorway. (Special installation must be coordinated with artist.)
• Each piece must be labeled with the name of the artist and title of the work, year, medium, and dimensions.
• Email submissions to: with the subject “Lost & Found”
IMAGES: JPEG or JPG, under 5MB and 1200 pixels or larger on the longest side.
Label images: LASTNAME_TITLE.jpg and submit an inventory sheet with full name, title of work, media, dimensions, and year created.

Exhibit Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2018 (Opening Reception Saturday, July 7, 2018, 6 – 8pm)
Key Scheduled Dates:
• Notification of Acceptance – May 1, 2018
• Delivery of Artworks to Standing Rock Cultural Arts, June 25-29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Or call Jeff Ingram @ 330-673- 4970 to arrange a time.
• Shipment of Artworks between June 25-29, 2018. For return, you must include a pre-paid return shipping label. Please, no crates or Styrofoam peanuts. Ship your work in reusable packaging to:
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
300 N Water Street,
Kent, OH 44240

• Art Pick up from Standing Rock Cultural Arts’ Gallery, Monday-Friday, August 20-August 24, 1-3pm, or make arrangments to pick up the week of August 20 by calling Jeff @ 330-673- 4970.

Juror: Marie Bukowski is an internationally recognized printmaker, included in public collections and museums in countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. Throughout her career, she has had over 130 exhibitions on the national and international level. Bukowski has received eight artist-in- residence positions and has received over a dozen grants to support her work. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and her Master of Fine Arts
from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Bukowski is represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana and Stowarzyszenie Miedzynarodowe Triennale Grafiki in Krakow, Poland.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents
“Dialogue of Civilizations" The Art of Moroccan artist, Rachid Mortaki"
-Traditional Moroccan Dance Performance
-Hors d'Oeuvres and Desserts
-And More!!!!

Due to weather conditions, the Friday, January 12th Opening Reception has been CANCELLED. Instead, we will hold a Closing Reception on Friday, Feb.2, 7-10pm
-Exhibit runs January 12 - February 3

-North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H Kent
CONTACT: 330-673- 4970 or 330-677- 7320
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment.

Rachid Mortaki
Morrocan artist of hope
Moroccan artist born in 23 january 1974 ,professor in college of fine art plastic. He has several solo and groups art exhibition since 1992 in Europe and Africa and America and Asia. art show and biennales ,active in many artistic associations in his country and internationals. He's the director of Sidi Rahall fine art biennale and Marrakech biennale.


He is revolutionary artist, considered his art work infuses many colors and techniques on white backgrounds; a form of realism as he use the most basic elements of visual vocabulary. He is an active member in Peace wings of fine art movement in the world since 2015. He believes it's a great way of connecting with qualified and Exceptional artists. The primary qualities of hope in Rachid Mortaki art works are strength, resilience, and optimism. Strength enables you to call upon your own personal power just by looking in his colourful art work. Resilience means that you can
bounce back from disruptions and setbacks just by working on his ideas and using his power inspiration . Optimism radiates hope for the future by looking in the old Moroccan history and using his signs to open news model in his art works. As you can see, these qualities are the opposite of worry, complaint, and pessimism. Instead of being self-defeating, they enhance one’s self-esteem. If you are strong, resilient, and optimistic enough, you can be happy in your life just by art.....the international critical art writer khira jalil in her critical art book .


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