June Art Hop Is All About Local Art

Think arty, think local! We asked local merchants, galleries and studios to showcase their favorite local artists at the 2nd Friday Art Hop on June 10. The result? A broad range of talent in a wide range of mediums — everything from chocolate pretzels and pineapple paintings to books that take on a new life … and paintings that bring masterpieces to life, with a twist.

The art may be found at about 20 stops throughout town – in the downtown area, Evaporator Works and further south on Rt. 91 at Hudson Park Center. Olive My Heart and the Hudson Sampler round out the venues at the furthest point south. Near the gazebo, the newly opened Fire Museum and Visitor Center will feature work by the Hudson Society of Artists.

“Local Legends” – the name (Sub)urban sit gives their featured local artists – will be Sean Dunn and Leslie Hackney of the Handmade House Co. featuring Ohio String Art and other artwork. At Hudson Fine Art and Framing, art hoppers can express their creativity by making a print ($5) with Rubber City Prints. At Uncommon Art, artist Karen Koch will feature a series that’s a creative twist on the familiar with “Clocktowers, Revisited.”

See the progress participants are making on their “100 Day Projects” at The Red Twig. Artists choose a subject – needlework, painting, planting – and pursue that for 100 days. Check out Salli Swindell’s pineapple series along with projects by Stephanie Stanziano, Katie Coulton and Ann Hanna. Next door at Live.Dream.Create, photographs by 14-year-old Akron area artist Paige Ray of Stand Still and Watch will be on display.

That’s just a sampling of what visitors will find at next Friday’s Art Hop. For a full listing of artists and locations, check out the Art Hop map. Then take a walk on the arty side … with all this creative inspiration, who knows where you’ll end up?