Kumpania and the Standing Rock Cultural Arts present,

"Women's Art Recognition Movement's"
(W.A.R.M.) 16th Annual

Silent Art Auction.

Collection Available Sept 28th.
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 5th, 5:00 pm
Standing Rock Cultural Arts
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH  44240

Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970


W.A.R.M. Show
All Proceeds Benefit
Safer Futures, Portage County's
Battered Women's Shelter


Standing Rock Cultural Arts in partnership with
the dis[place]d: seeking refuge Project present

"The dis[place]d: seeking refuge Project" Photography Exhibit
A Photo Journal of Refugees in Crisis.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, August 17, 2019.  7-10pm. 

Exhibit runs through September 21st.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH  44240

Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970


A collaborative initiative between Columbus-based photographer and videographer, Tariq Tarey and writer and word artist Amanda Erin, this work aims to build empathy and understanding of and between two communities that have had little contact: refugees and rural people, specifically those in Appalachian Ohio. Tariq Tarey displayed dozens of his portraits of refugees, selected from his more than 10 years of experience as a visual ethnographer. These photographs tell the stories of forced migrants, both in refugee camps and those fortunate to be resettled in Columbus, Ohio. Amanda Erin weaves the story of these new migrants finding their way into the story of America, a new chapter in a long history of seeking refuge. This exhibit includes an invitation to the viewers to submit their own ancestral stories of arrival.



Richard Avedon once said:
"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." I admire Mr. Avedon, but this does not speak to my aesthetic.I am creating photographic portraits of African Refugees on three different continents. In doing so, I hope to create a specific kind of truth: their truth.

I want the lens to capture a person’s sense of who he or she is. To be clear, a refugee is a human being who has been persecuted because of the way they defines herself. She is being persecuted because of her religion, gender, race or ideology. In other words, something in the way she says, "This is me" made someone angry enough to push her out of her home country. Coming to the US through the refugee camp system may have cost 20 years of her life. This self-definition, this truth that was worth that sacrifice, I dearly want to capture in a photograph.

For this reason, I try not to pose my subjects. I do not encourage them to dress in any particular way. Some of my subjects choose to dress formally, some dress in native costumes. What is most important is for my subjects to dress and stand in a manner that suits their sense of themselves.

I do not let the camera separate us. I use a lens that allows me to get close to my subject, and interact. I have earned trust, but I cannot let that sense of trust dissipate into discomfort. Otherwise, the pose and the facial expression will become what the subject thinks I want rather than who they are. If there is a truth, it is theirs, and I will do anything I can to capture that truth.


These images and stories may feel rather far away but we all have these stories in our lineage. At some point, our ancestors arrived here, and often for the same reasons as those you see before you today: war, famine, persecution, enslavement. The story of seeking refuge is one that we all belong to.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Here, I had only 5 or 10 words, while also traveling and taking portraits in words Tariq had scrawled quickly refugee camps.

While the words are few, their impact resonates for a long time. A haunting echo happens between the words and the images, an echo I worked to capture by playing with shadow. An echo I hope the viewer takes out into the world as they share what they have seen, so that those seeking refuge are not forgotten.

I myself go back to this area (Tuscarawas County) 7 generations on my maternal line. My poem "Autumn upon us" marks the beginning of my own investigation into my story of origin. I wrote it as a way of reckoning/coping with this difficult subject matter as I was arranging quotes and writing text.

And I hope it serves as an invitation to you to join us in our process. Over the next year, Tariq and I will collaborate on a documentary process to take portraits and record stories of the people in this area (including my own),to see ourselves, and to hear and remember our own stories of arrival.

We must contend with our (hi)stories in order to make sense of our selves, each other, our communities, and to widen the circle so that all those who seek safety are included. At one time or another, whether 7 generations ago or today, we as humans need the same thing: a place where we can be safe to live our lives and grow.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts in partnership with Xtinguish Celebration,
West Creek Conservancy, The Ohio Humanities  and The Cuyahoga Valley
National Park present

"Crooked River Contrasts"
A Photo Exhibit commemorating 50 years of Cuyahoga River Clean-up!

Saturday, July 6, 2019.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through August 17.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH  44240

Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970


Crooked River Contrasts
A Multimedia Exhibit Celebrating the Cuyahoga

Presented by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Ohio Humanities

The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire has become a powerful cultural symbol as
well as a rallying cry for better water protection. Discover a story of
extraordinary resilience and recovery, captured by photographers from
Northeast Ohio.

Fifty years ago, the Cuyahoga River was so polluted by industrial waste
that it caught fire. The event generated worldwide attention and
notoriety that took Cleveland years to live down. That final fire served
as a catalyst for the Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection
Agency. Today, the Cuyahoga is a symbol of efforts to clean up America’s
waterways. Wildlife and people are returning to a much healthier river.
Conservation and committed stewardship have enhanced the value of the
Cuyahoga as a resource for economic development, recreation and tourism.

The river and its watershed define much of Northeast Ohio. The Mohawk
and Seneca people named it after its crooked, jawbone shape.  For 100
miles it snakes south from its headwaters in Geauga County, cuts across
a corner of Portage County, tumbles across Cuyahoga Falls, and then
U-turns in Akron, heading north through Cuyahoga Valley National Park to
Cleveland and Lake Erie. It is part of the Great Lakes basin, home to
21% of the planet’s surface fresh water.

Crooked River Contrasts brings together historical images leading up to
the 1969 fire with contemporary photographs by artists responding to the
positive results of the clean-up and conservation strategies which that
event inspired. Fish and other wildlife now live in and around
industrial waterways. Freighters and leisure boats share the shipping
channel. Housing, dining and entertainment come together along the
banks. Parks and a network of trails attract people for hiking,
bicycling, kayaking, rowing and fishing.

The resilience of the watershed has been extraordinary. And the Cuyahoga
River continues to spur civic and environmental progress.

Artists: Ian Adams, Jennie Jones, Jim Roetzel, Bill Rieter, Christina
Sadowski, Jeffrey Gibson, Rick McMeechan, D.J. Reiser

Crooked River Contrasts
A Regional Exhibit Celebrating the Cuyahoga

Presented by Xtinguish Celebration, West Creek Conservancy, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Ohio Humanities


Ian Adams is a renowned environmental photographer, writer and educator
specializing in Ohio’s natural and historical areas, especially the
Cuyahoga Valley. He has published 21 books, including Our First Family’s
Home: The Ohio Governor’s Residence & Heritage Garden, Backroads of
Ohio, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. His 2017 book, Ohio in Photographs:
A Portrait of the Buckeye State was requested by Governor John
Kasich. Ian has conducted 200+ workshops on storytelling through imagery
throughout North America. He is an adjunct professor at The Ohio State
University in Wooster and carries out assignments for Country Gardens,
Organic Gardening and other magazines, as well as numerous landscape
design firms.

Jeffrey Gibson is a retired biology teacher from Revere High School who
uses the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as his main photography focus. He
has contributed 30 images to the Park’s calendar since 2009. Further
abroad, Jeffrey took First Place in the Ansel Adams International Photo
Contest. His images have been commissioned by National Geographic, Summa
Health: Akron Hospital System, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland
Institute of Music, University Hospitals and more. His work graces some
of the CVNP trail heads signage and reaches the public through Boston
Mills Art Fest, Ohio Mart, Medina's Art in the Park and many more.

Jennie Jones is renowned for her architectural and urban landscape work.
She is an author, museum educator and Adjunct Professor at Case Western
Reserve University. Jennie moved to Cleveland in 1978, using her
photography for educational purposes teaching art history, but in 1983
established her own studio. In 1986 she published Cleveland: A
Celebration In Color, which sold out two editions. Her second book,
Celebration II: Cleveland In Color was published in 1991. Her
photography has appeared in World Architecture, Forbes and Fortune
Magazine, among others. Preservation Magazine says “Her work is a
priceless record of Cleveland’s heritage.”

Rick McMeechan is an avid nature and wildlife photography enthusiast. He
has been documenting wildlife in the Cuyahoga Valley for more than 10
years.  His photos have appeared in numerous Cuyahoga Valley National
Park publications and calendars, as well as local news and television
reports. The return of his favorite subjects, the Bald Eagles and River
Otters, to the Cuyahoga River Valley is proof positive of the river’s
recovery! Rick also photographs in Bath Nature Preserve, Sandy Ridge
Reservation, North Chagrin Reservation and more.

Denny Reiser holds an MA in Environmental Sciences and a Master of
Education degree from Kent State University. He retired after 30 years
of teaching math and science. A Master Gardener, his images for
iNaturalist are used in research programs such as Ohio Bee Atlas and
Ohio Dragonfly Survey. Denny’s photos have been published in Cuyahoga
Valley National Park materials and several books. He has contributed
more than 1,000 photos to the Ohio Historical Society for their
Remarkable Ohio website. Denny is an active volunteer with Summit Metro
Parks, Cascade Lock Park Association, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where he is volunteer photographer.

William Rieter is a well-known commercial photographer and Chief
Photographer for the City of Cleveland. He was Senior Photographer at
Cleveland State University for over 20 years. His vast collection
documenting Ohio nature, sporting events, music, celebrity portraits and
more form a rich gallery of regional history. Frequently seen at arenas
and public events, a partial client list includes Gallagher Sharp law
firm, Diocese of Cleveland, Duke University, The McGregor Foundation,
Cleveland Central Catholic High School, St. Edward High School, The
Wolstein Center and Whelan Communications.

Jim Roetzel grew up near Cuyahoga Valley National Park and has
photographed all over the U.S. and Canada, following nature’s rhythms,
migrations, and seasons. His work regularly appears in many national and
local publications. A partial list includes Audubon, Sierra, Nature
Conservancy, National Wildlife, Birder’s World, Ducks Unlimited,
National Parks and Smithsonian. His books include Cuyahoga Valley,
National Park: A Photographic Portrait (2005) with Ian Adams. In
2007, Birds of North America was produced with 250 of Jim’s avian
images. His work includes landscapes, mammals, insects, plants, flowers
and more.

Christina Sadowski works for the City of Cleveland as a Safety Officer
and began photographing landscapes around her in 2008, then from a kayak
three years ago. Her 2018 solo exhibition, Reflections of Cleveland,
reflects industry and nature in the lake and river and received a great
deal of coverage. Christina is co-owner of E11even 2 Gallery, part of
the popular 78th Street Studios, the largest fine arts complex in NE
Ohio with over 60 galleries and studios. She is proud to have mastered
her fear of water and balance a camera from a kayak.

Major Support:

These programs are made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state
affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Any views,
findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these programs and
exhibits do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment
for the Humanities.


Arrye Rosser, Interpretive and Education Specialist, Cuyahoga Valley
national Park
Joe Valencic, International Curator and President, Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame and Museum          javalencic@yahoo.com
Mary Grodek, XTINGUISH Celebration Committee member, and Principal, Can
Do So True Nonprofit Consulting maryjan1mg@gmail.com, 216-370-1474

Additional Expertise: Peter Bode, Central Lake Erie Project Manager,
XTINGUISH Events Chair
peter@westcreek.org, 440-227-9906

*Image(s) in exhibit



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

19th Annual Group Environmental Art Exhibition
- Paintings, Sculpture, Multi-Media by Vince Packard, Joshua Bentley, Arianna Parry, Fred Pierrem,
Wally Unsold, Eleanore Zurawski, Chuck Slonaker, Trey Berry, NIkki Puccini, Kathy Musselman,
David Jrome Bragg, Megan Shane Jim Vandenboom, FJ Kluth, 3rd Graders in Local Elementary
Schools, and more!!!

-In conjunction with The 13th Annual "Who's Your Mama" Earth Day Festival
-Featuring a display of Poetry and Sculpture "From The River"
-Featuring Work by Jim Vandenboom


April 13 to May 25 , 2019
Saturday, April 13. 7-10pm. Opening Reception

The North Water Street Gallery. 300 N. Water St., Suite H., Kent, OH
-Exhibit runs through May 25


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


Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"10 Circles and Lunch"

Paintings by Xyl Lasersohn

Saturday, June 1, 2019.  7-10pm.  Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through June 29th.

North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH  44240

Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm, or by appointment at 330-673-4970

Artist Statement:

      This is a ten painting series where painting 1 has 1 circle,
painting 2, has 2 circles and so on. The entire series comprises of 55
circles in total and are about impossible problems. The paintings pair
incredibly linear things against the proposed infiniteness of circles.
Within the paintings there are step gradients, stop lights, ripples and
other supposedly linear objects. These elements are meant to feel
arbitrary, leading the viewer to question the framework which generated
the series in the first place. This framework is very much informed by
games and puzzles. With the game being reduced to a series of problems
and solutions, manifesting in the paintings as grids, a flat frieze like
perspective, and far off landscapes in the background. These elements
are attempts to create an equivocal space which forms a dichotomy
between problems, solutions, and the infinite and linear.

Then it’s time for a lunch break.

Xyl Lasersohn Biography:

      Xyl Lasersohn is a studio artist based in Hiram. He received his
BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2017. Xyl is primarily a
painter but also works in a variety of mediums. His work has been
exhibited in venues such as Hedge Gallery, Spaces Gallery, and The
Shaker Heights Nature Center. Xyl received a Creativity Works grant,
funded by the Cleveland Foundation in 2016. His work has recently been
shown at Popeye Gallery and the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art, and Forum
Artspace. Images of his work appear in the sixth volume of the Ocean
State Review.



Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"Portraits of Tranquility"

An Art Show of works by Avery Galloway
-Paintings, Drawings, and Photos

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 30, 2019.  7-10pm.
Exhibit is up through April 8th, 2019.


Avery Galloway Bio:

Avery has been drawing since the age of 6.  Vincent Van Gogh has been a major influence on her development.  She attributes her high school art teacher at Kent Roosevelt High School, Miss Simmons, as the major force in fueling her desire to create works of art.  She believes it is important for people to express themselves through creativity.  The process of making art brings out strength in people.  She hopes that the work resonates in the hearts and minds of the audience and reflects the idea of tranquility.



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

3rd 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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019. 7-10pm. Opening Reception
-Food, Beverages, Music!
-Exhibit Runs through March 27, 2019
-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.


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 23, 2019, 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 27, 2019.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"17th Annual Dia De Los Muertos"

Saturday, October 26th, 2019. Begins at 7:00 pm

300 North Water Street Gallery
in Kent, Ohio

27th Birthday of The North Water Street Gallery! Featuring Vince Packard, Elizabeth Lax, Trey Berry, Joshua Bentley, Amy Strainer and more! Featuring
Paintings, prints, collage, puppets, masks, and photographs

Special Appearance by Mariachi Santa Cecilia!
($10 suggested donation)
as part of The Around The World Music Series

We will be taking a collection for the family of Vicente Hernandez who is
currently being held in detention by ICE in Cleveland. Vicente performed
last year at the gallery with Mariachi Santa Cecelia and has been a
beloved member of the community for over 20 years.
Learn more...
WHEN: Saturday October 26, 2019. 7pm-10. Opening Reception
-Parade to Gazebo. Drummers welcome!
-Exhibit runs through November 30