Cuyahoga Valley Art Center exhibit a tribute to longtime area artists

by April Helms Special Products Editor Published:

Fans of the local art scene have a chance to glance at a bit of history through the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center's most recent exhibit, where 26 items from its permanent collection are displayed.

"Everybody in the show here has had some connection with the art center," said Linda Nye, CVAC director. "They've taught here, shown their work here, have been members here. There is good art to come and visit in Cuyahoga Falls. I look around and I am pleased that I have met these artists. This is a revisit of these friends, a homecoming. The display is a tribute to the artists who have had an impact on the art center."

Nye said that the works were rediscovered on the third floor of the CVAC building.

"We have done extensive cleaning, restoring and research on the identity of most of the artists," she said. "This collection spans over 80 years of CVAC's exhibitions and styles of art by historically significant as well as contemporary international, national and local artists."

Etchings on display

As well as pieces from the permanent collection, the CVAC also has a display of etchings from artist Mary Alice Mathias. Nye said that Mathias, a professional printmaker, helped the gallery set up its print room.

"The art center is offering some of these beautiful etchings for sale through a silent auction to benefit the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center," Nye said. "The auction will continue through the end of February. This is an opportunity to purchase a beautiful etching, a medium rarely practiced now."

There will be a special wine reception Feb. 22 in connection with this exhibit, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Free performance

The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center will once again be the site for a free performance, staged by the Great Lakes Theatre, on Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The show, "Seven Ages," is seven tales by seven Northeast Ohio playwrights.

Art center information

The Cuyahoga Valley Art Center is at 2131 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls. For details, call 330-928-8092 or visit www.cvartcenter.org.

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