“In Harmony” at Harris-Stanton Gallery

Playmates (Gene Pool) IV, 30x52x2", wood, paint, metal
Charlotte Lees and Mark Common – “In Harmony”
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 5:30-8:00pm

The Harris Stanton Gallery of Akron is pleased to announce the opening of “In Harmony” featuring sculpture artist, Charlotte Lees and oil painter, Mark Common.

Woodlands, wood, 25x20x2", wood, mixed mediaThe show will open on Friday, March 6th with a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-8:00pm, which is free and open to the public.  Parking is available at the gallery’s location at 2301 W. Market St. in West Akron’s Pilgrim Square plaza.  Both of the artists will attend the opening and give a brief talk during the reception and will be available to meet and answer questions from guests throughout the evening.

Charlotte Lees received her MA from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Having been trained as a painter, her approach to sculpture has a two-dimensional quality.  While her pieces are constructed of carved and assembled wood, she adds painterly elements to the surfaces.  Many of her pieces contain added elements such as embossed metals, photo transfers and paint.  This particular body of work illustrates her examination of the relationship between man and his environment.  She states, “Content is important and I strive to present a unique view of our surroundings.”  Lees has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. and extensively in Ohio.  She has been awarded multiple prizes for sculpture including the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council.  Her work is included in a multitude of private and corporate collections.

Mark Common has had a life-long curiosity about nature and its myriad forms, patterns and textures.  His oil paintings capture scenes of some of Northeast Ohio’s most prized parklands.  With his continued examination of color, Mark has the ability to make palpable the climate and light in each piece.  His interest in nature cultivates a body of work that he hopes has the viewers asking themselves, “What is down that path; Where does that river go?” just as he has since he was a boy.  Mark received his degree in art from Kent State University and exhibits widely in Northeast Ohio. On view through Friday, March 6, 2015 – Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Works from this exhibition may be viewed online at http://www.HarrisStantonGallery.com.  For more information about the artists and the exhibition, please contact Meg Harris or Christine Ries at 330-867-7600 or info@HarrisStantonGallery.com.
Harris Stanton Gallery
2301 W. Market St., Akron, OH  44313
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10:30-5:00, Sat 10:00-4:00