BERLIN— Holmes Art Center will host an imaginative themed art exhibit featuring an art installation by local professional artist Mark Alexander and artwork by other local and student artists.
The show will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 at the new Holmes Center for the Arts building located at 5200 State Route 39. Admission is by donation only. Guests will be guided through the center by student artists.
This art exhibition, and more particularly the sculpture of Alexander, is made possible thanks to a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Alexander’s work is a semi-permanent installation, according to HCA Executive Director Holley Johnson.
“More artwork will be on display over the next few weeks, so if you miss the show, you can always stop by and see the artwork,” she said.
Alexander is an artist and wood collector living in the Killbuck Valley. His undergraduate work was in sculpture. He received his Master of Art in Experimental Film from Kent State University. His films have been presented at the Sinking Creek (Tennessee) and Ann Arbor (Michigan) film festivals. He was also part of the performance art collective Knectiv
Knectiv has performed at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art, and CAGE (Cinncinnati). Mark’s work in sculpture includes both objects and installations with completed installations at Virginia Intermont College, Millworks (Akron), Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center (Kent) and Cuyahoga River. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Canton Museum of Art, Spaces (Cleveland), the B. Carroll Reece Museum (Tenneesee), the William King Regional Art Center (Virginia) and the College of Wooster Art Museum.
Alexander has worked with elementary school students as a guest artist and in enrichment classes. He worked with students to complete a sculpture that is installed at Winesburg Elementary School. He also designed and built original sets for the Holmes Center for the Arts production of “The Nutcracker”.
The art table will be a permanent feature at the Holmes Center for the Arts
A permanent piece that will also be on display is the second art table that students from West Holmes High School’s Building & Trades program made and donated to HCA.
Cathie Lynch, HCA’s Director of Community Outreach, praised the wonderful artwork created by B&T students that will serve the center’s art students for a lifetime.
“Dave McMillen and his construction and trades class delivered another beautifully crafted table for the HCA Art Room,” said Lynch. “I am so grateful to these young people who, under McMillen’s tutelage, created these incredible works for our center. The paintings will serve as a legacy of these students’ talent and work ethic for years to come.”
Community connection on the table:The West Holmes Building and Trades program builds a strong community connection with the tables
The two paintings the students made this year will be on display at the community art exhibit on June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m.