Opening Reception for "Cartography of the Soul" - September 5 from 5-9pm

 (L to R: Jessica Lofthus, Chuck Ayers, Karen Starr, Michael Marras)

 (L to R: Jessica Lofthus, Chuck Ayers, Karen Starr, Michael Marras)

Hello, Hazel Tree friends! We are very excited about the next art show in the gallery, which opens next Friday, September 5.

The four local artists being featured in the show, “Cartography of the Soul”, are Chuck Ayers, local cartoonist legend; Michael Marras, metal sculptor; Jessica Lofthus, painter; and our very own, Karen Starr.

The artists began this collaboration as a result of the friendships they established by taking yoga from the same studio in Akron. Karen has collaborated with Michael Marras and Jessica Lofthus on art projects in the past, with Jessica as a muralist for interior design projects and Michael creating custom wall art for projects. This marks the first show Karen will have participated in at her gallery from the perspective of artist, versus gallery owner.

This art show marks the first time Chuck Ayers has created art for a show solely for personal expression. “When I agreed to participate I quickly realized this trip was taking me completely out of my comfort zone." says Ayers. "I've done a number of shows before, but they all consisted of work already completed and published. All of that work was created from a perspective of looking outside myself at the subject. This time I had to create new pieces, and the perspective is that of looking within myself.”

Please join us for the opening reception of “Cartography of the Soul” next Friday, September 5, 2014, from 5-9pm. The show will run until October 25, 2014.

We hope to see you,

Jon, Karen, and Rachael