“Introversion” Painting Exhibition
-Art by Elizabeth Ann Lax
-Music by The Bewarewolves at 8:30pm (Opening Reception)

-In Conjunction with The 1st Friday Art Walk.

The North Water Street Gallery.  300 N. Water St., Kent

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7-10pm..  Opening Reception
-Exhibit runs through January 2nd

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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


The show you have obviously been waiting your entire life for.

While getting a BA in Studio Arts (Painting) I have created a body of
work that exemplifies my effort/struggle to maintain focus and identity.
I have fallen to distractions and let myself be absorbed by the pain of
existing with depression. As I emerge from the worries of the past, I
find that I don't quite know who I am outside of toxicity.

This year has been a year of growth for many of us. With winter
approaching, we turn our already introverted personalities further
inward. This body of work highlights the experience of self-reflection,
solitude, being vulnerable yet comfortable in one's own environment, and
feeling separated from the general populous. Each painting includes an
ambiguous figure in their environment. Their faces are obstructed in
order to allow you, the viewer, to insert yourself into the piece. To
further place you in the environment, elements of the painting scatter
around the room. While you question the identity of the figures, you
will be asked to question your own by looking into the various mirrors
placed around the room.

There will be all sorts of refreshments for your mouth pleasure. For
your ear pleasure there will be music by Bewarewolves beginning at 8:30.
This event is for all ages but please be advised that the paintings do
include some nudity.

- Elizabeth Ann Lax

Invite yo friends

Elizabeth Lax Art
Artist · Hiram, Ohio
Kent Area Local Artist Specifying in Anatomy Painting, Figure, and
Humor. Other Experience: Face Painting, Real Estate Photography,
Furniture/Instrument Painting, and Private Lessons.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts, Around Kent Magazine, and Studio Swank present

"Sketch" - An Art Show Fundraiser by Chuck Slonaker

Saturday, January 5, 2019.  7-10pm.

Chuck Slonaker Art Statement:

"All the paintings are priced to sell.  Proceeds will be equally divided between Standing Rock Cultural Arts, a non profit, community centered, art and education organization, and Summa Health Cancer Institute which supports individuals who are fighting cancer like Patricia Slonaker, my mom.

Most of the paintings will be $50 and are scenes from Chuck's many visits to The Cuyahoga Valley Beaver Marsh this summer.  The remainder will be open for bids starting at $50 and represent scenes from Akron, Cleveland, and Kent.

Music will be provided by provided by the musical geniuses, Jen Maurer and Anthony Papalelo.  Food by Vegan Iron Chef, Hannah Knapp.  Home brewed libations by brewer, Jeff Ingram.

This will be a night of music, food, fun, and art.  Just think of it as a charity ball where you get to take home an original painting.

To view the paintings available, visit

Cash & Carry after 9pm.”



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

16th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition

-26th Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery!
-Featuring Vince Packard, David Jrome Bragg, Nikki Pucinni Jeffrey
Puccini, Elizabeth Lax, Jeremy Ondo, Joshua Bentley, Greta Ramey, Chris
Meek, Dresden Parker, Amy Strainer, Scott Allen Evans, Kathryn Musselman
and more!
-paintings, prints, collage,  puppets, masks, photographs
-Special Appearance by Mariachi Santa Cecilia! ($10 suggested donation)
as part of The Around The World Music Series

Saturday October 27, 7pm-10. Opening Reception
-Parade to Gazebo.  Drummers welcome!
-Exhibit runs through December 1st
-North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Suite H, Kent, OH

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

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

This year's celebration marks the 25th Anniversary of the North Water
Street Gallery
.  We are excited to have Mariachi Santa Cecilia perform
for the occasion!  This wonderful mariachi band appears as part of The
Around The World Music Series, curated by ethnomusicologist David
Badagnani, with the support of The Ohio Arts Council and Terry and Sarah

Dia De Los Muertos Description:

Come celebrate our 16th 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, Kumpania, and The Women's Art Recognition Movement(W.A.R.M.) present

Silent Art Auction Benefit
- Paintings, Sculpture,  Photography, Multi-Media by various artists!
-proceeds benefit Safer Futures

Saturday, September 29,  5-10pm.  Opening Reception and Masquerade Ball
The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
-Exhibit runs through October 20

This charity exhibition opens at The North Water Street Gallery on September 29 with live entertainment, drinks, and light Hors d'oeuvres.   The opening is free and begins 5pm.  The auction features original pieces created by artists from across the United States and representative of a variety of mediums and genres. Patrons may bid at the gallery until the auction closes on Saturday, October 20, 5pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Portage County battered women's shelter.

W.A.R.M, Kumpania, and Standing Rock Cultural Arts bring you the annual silent art auction to benefit Safer Futures Battered Women’s Shelter.

Join us for a night of art, music, masks and more!

If you can’t join us for the opening reception, the auction will be open until October 20th, final sales and contact will be made after that date.

But we’d love to see your faces on opening night!

Featuring work by:
Lauren Baker, Danielle Brown, Deci Belfrey, Emily Clarke Bussinger, Gabz Ciofanni, Liza Enos, Helena Esparsa, Casie Fanning, Daysha Furtney, Olivia Hartman, Sharee Hutch, Emily Douglass Labbe, Caroline Liebman, Leah Mattingly, Zoey Reynolds Penix, Suzanne Savickas, Melinda Stephan

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



PuNk RoCk Flea Market and Art Show and Kent State Text Book Co-op
-in cooperation with Books for Prisoners
-Curated by Scotty McMaster

Saturday, September 15th, 2 to 7pm
-Exhibit runs through September 26th.
The North Water Street Gallery, Kent, OH
CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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

ABOUT The Event

-Art show featuring local and regional artists of punk rock illustrations and zine material.

-This is the second joint benefit event for Kent Books to Prisoners and the USAS Kent State Textbook Co-Op!

Kent Books to Prisoners is always down to take donations of quality books. The biggest needs for our library right now are sci-fi/fantasy novels, legal self-help materials, political literature, art books, and psychology texts. However, what we really need is some help for our postage fund. Shipping packages of books isn't cheap, and postage costs all too often come out of our core members' pockets. Cash donations are greatly appreciated! In case reciprocity is really your thing, we'll have plenty of free pins, zines, and other swag up for grabs.

United Students Against Sweatshops Local #27 has been working to establish a reliable textbook co-op for Kent State students. We've got a space on campus and two bookshelves full of textbooks spanning a variety of subjects - but could always use more! Keep in mind that textbook companies love to pump out new editions with minimal additions, so newer books are a must! We could also use some helping hands for cataloging the library and putting it up for easy access for students. If that's the kinda thing you'd like to do, just talk to a USASer!


Local zinesters, artists, and craftspeople will be running tables and giving out/selling their goods. If you'd like to run a table, just post a comment on the event!

We've all got beloved novels that we're clinging onto knowing damn well that we'll never re-read them. Wouldn't you rather share them with someone else? If you bring at least one novel for this, you get to choose one to take home. All the leftovers go into the library for Kent Books to Prisoners - who will be throwing plenty of duplicate copies of classic/popular fiction into the pot.

There will be readings of work coming out of the ID13 Prison Literacy Project, who run a writing group at Lake Erie Correctional in Conneaut, OH. Get a taste of some of this work at

We now also offer reasonably-priced memberships to assist in the cause. Membership fees, benefits, and forms are available on our website. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.


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.



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