Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Paint and Photos: New work by Mary Platz Hughes and Arnold Tunstall

WHO: Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents
WHAT: Paint and Photos: New work by Mary Platz Hughes and Arnold Tunstall
WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Downtown Kent
WHEN: May 9. 8-11pm. Opening Reception-Exhibit runs through May 30
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm.
CONTACT: 330-673-4970 for updates

About the Artist MARY PLATZ Primarily a painter and printmaker, I also work with other media that each have their own unique qualities. Encaustic paint is vivid, luminous, and of rich color and texture and relief prints are organic and rough. These vehicles are only one of many components that convey my ideas graphically. When working on something abstract for instance, the ideas and concerns related to color, composition, and mood help communicate or evoke a certain response with graphic concerns. When working with more realistic imagery, it may still be abstracted or taken out of context. While the shape or subject matter is of interest, real objects may be transformed and reduced. And then there are times when it is just plain fun to play with color and design. There is no deliberate plan and I just go with whatever moves me at the time. Whether pastels, painting, printmaking, or photography technical qualities and my life are both relevant in my art.
EXHIBITIONS: Ultra Frame, custom picture frame and gallery; 2006–2008; exhibited/sold original art; Akron Ohio Art From The Heart Benefit Auction; 1996-1998, 2000, 2003, 2004 ; Grand Prize (or whatever it’s called, if it has a name) 2004; Akron, Ohio Group Show; 2002; Butler Museum; Salem, Ohio Women Artists Annual Benefit Exhibition; 1999; YMCA; Youngstown, Ohio Women's Voices Exhibit; 1997 YMCA Summit County and Artists of Rubber City, Akron, Ohio 5 and Dime; 1996 In Collaboration Akron, Ohio Group Show; 1996 Studio 425; Kent Ohio Art You Can Afford; 1996 Studio 425; Kent Ohio Press Your Hand; 1996 North Water Street Gallery; Kent Ohio Harris School Auction; 1995, 1996; Akron Ohio. Printmaker's; 1986 Kent State University, Curator and Exhibited; Kent Ohio Blossom Art Program;; 1984 - 1986 Eells Gallery 1984; Kent State University, Kent Ohio and Blossom Music Center, Akron Ohio Senior Show; 1986 Kent State University; Kent, Ohio Independant Student Exhibition; 1984, 1985 Kent State University; Kent Ohio Portage County Art Show, Best Portfolio Award 1980 Kent Roosevelt Gallery; Kent Ohio Received BFA from Kent State University in 1986Resides in Kent Ohio -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Arnie Tunstall is a photographer from Akron who has been a part of many exhibitions in the area. He’s worked for the Akron Art Museum and participated in The Summit Art Space program.