‘Pipit at the Kasbah,’ collage assemblage, Russ Hench
The Creative Ohio Gallery of the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild, at 310 Fourth Street, NW in Canton, presents an exhibit of the collage assemblage art of Russ Hench, titled ‘The Gardener’s Other Passion.’ An opening reception will be held on May 3 from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and local musician Dean Hansen will provide entertainment for the evening.
The show will be on view through mid-June during regular gallery hours, Thursdays through Saturdays12-5 p.m. and also for First Fridays on May 4 and June 1 from 6-10 p.m. In addition to ‘The Gardener’s Other Passion’ exhibit, the COG will feature new artworks by OACG members Sylvia Shanahan of Stow, pastels; Irene Tobias Rodriguez of North Canton, painting and mixed media; and Canton artists, Paula Mastroianni, jewelry, artist BZ Tat (a.k.a Vick Boatright), painting; Dean Hansen, oils; and L. Grace Fife Harbert, found-object assemblage.
About the Featured Artist
A landscape designer by trade, Russ Hench, of Canton, brings his many talents to the indoors through artwork in a variety of media. Pencil, pen and ink, painting, collageassemblage and metal repoussé, a French technique dating from the mid-1800s wherein a design or drawing is inscribedin metal, are but some of his media of choice. Hench’s eye for design, color and balance is evident in all of his work, as well as a tasteful sense of eclecticism in more than a few pieces. Hench’s framed works range in size from 12 inches by 12 inches repoussé sun faces to grand mixed media canvases more than a yard in either direction which would readily become the focal point of any space.
About the Featured Musician
Canton-native Dean Hansen began perfecting his musical skills playing guitar, singing and writing lyrics at an early age in school and then in numerous Ohio bands. His musical journey lead him to L.A, Europe and Las Vegas. Family obligations recently brought him back to Canton, where he now performs at various local venues.
About the Gallery and Organization
Established in 1963, the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization representing practicing artists and crafters at all levels of achievement. Members include people of all ages, skill levels and walks of life who create, appreciate and support the arts and crafts. The Creative Ohio Gallery is the exhibit space of the OCAG, located in the heart of the Canton Arts District at 310 4th Street, NW in Canton, Ohio. The COG exhibits the work of OACG members from throughout Ohio. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 12-5 p.m., First Fridays 12-10 p.m., plus additional hours for select downtown events.