The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free gallery admission and art activities for the whole family. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, with soap carving and other art activities for all ages.
“The Museum is pleased to participate in the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by opening on Monday, Jan. 15,” said Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art. “In addition to the ‘Elijah Pierce: An American Journey’ exhibit, CMA offers its visitors an opportunity to view African-American masterpieces from our permanent collection. These works have the power to inspire us by providing an opportunity for us to learn from black history and art.”
Exhibits on view during Martin Luther King Jr. Day include:
Elijah Pierce: An American Journey
An American Journey explores the work of self-taught, American folk artists of the 20th century, Elijah Pierce (1892 – 1984). Pierce was a prolific African-American wood carver known for his brightly painted sculptural panels illustrating biblical stories, moral lessons, historical events, and images from popular culture. This exhibit focuses on 40 major works.
African American Masterpieces: Permanent Collection Highlights
African-American art is a comprehensive term describing the visual arts of the American black community. In the past, African-American art was expressed through basket weaving, small drums, quilting, pottery, painting and woodcarving. After the Civil War, African-American works were slowly accepted in American culture – however, their art was better received in Europe than in America. Today, most major cities have developed museums devoted to African-American artists.
Engraved Fields: Jack McWhorter
Jack McWhorter refers to his most recent set of paintings collectively as ‘engraved fields.’ The reference is an apt one in the sense that his paintings are fields of a kind, articulated with a painterly calligraphy describing poetic marks. Looking at his paintings is to encounter places where the mysterious, the metaphorical, and the mundane come together for the viewer through expressive brush strokes. Jack conjoins various series of procedures to develop visual relationships, including space/scale, and figure/ground.
Fire and Water: Ceramics and Watercolors
Do Fire and Water mix? They do at the Canton Museum of Art. An art museum is much more than a building. It isn’t built simply with bricks, mortar, and concrete. It is built with a love of art, a commitment from a community, and the hope that the works of art inside can inspire future generations. Through the Canton Museum of Art’s focus on American watercolors and ceramics, CMA has selected a unique identity among museums in Northeast Ohio. Building a strong, vital collection is central to living up to our commitment to the community, and building a lasting legacy for the future. And so, through the fires that built our ceramics, and the water that mixed with color on a palette, we build our collection, and we share these amazing artists and works to inspire visitors, both in the galleries and online.
The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave., in North Canton. Free onsite parking is available around the museum. Call (330) 453-7666 or visit www.cantonart.org for info.