Unexpected inspiration in downtown Canton happened yesterday. This place is known for The Football Hall of Fame, not public art. However, public art and a district of galleries and locally produced goods was a refreshing surprise tucked away in another industrial city of Ohio.
Upon my Canton visit with local delight, Jenny Spencer, I witnessed the art of Joseph Carl Close with this poignant metal and painted sculpture on a parking deck in the arts district alley. Executed with precision and depicting scenes of metal factory workers, political rebellion, native American traditions, and musical expression, this work speaks to the heart of rust belt residents. I was not immune to its energy of truth and beauty.
It makes perfect sense that his art collective space is labelled with the moniker, “Rust Belt”.
Another intriguing Joseph in Canton, Ohio had a marvelous vintage collection presented in school desks of days gone by. Complete with the names of each student, an awe inspiring story greets each raised desk lid. From old dolls and tea cups to Kennedy death newspaper headlines and thick green glassed 7up bottles, views of the past through a kid’s collection were presented with charming glory.
Another Joseph to speak about in Canton, Ohio is Joseph Saxton and he has a photography gallery and an exhibit named “Synergaze”. This was based on the idea of portraits made while random people were paired to sit and look at each other.
These beautiful sculptures are also on view in the heart of the Canton, Ohio Arts District.
Get more information at The Canton Arts District and be sure to visit First Fridays or The Artwalk there. xxoo Yabette