Kent’s got it’s straight lines, crooked lines and curved lines but my favorite parts are at the edges — that’s where things get interesting. Whether we’re talking about the cast of characters that call Kent home or all the haircuts and clothing styles prominently displayed by students of the fashion design school or even the tatoo parlors and muscle cars that are favorites of Kent’s biker crowd. Any way you twist it, Kent is a lifestyle choice.
Sure, Kent is a City but that misses the point — it’s a lifestyle first and a City by default as a lifestyle gathering hole. People choose to live in Kent because it’s got room for everybody. If you like living a outside the lines then Kent is your kind of place. Where some communities seek depth within a narrow range of life styles, Kent goes wide, celebrating the edges of convention.
Unabashedly honest, unapologenic, unmistably Kent. That’s the heart and soul of the Kent brand. That’s our point of origin; where Kent is a verb and a subculture. If Kent had an anthem it would have to begin with the line from Blinded by the Light — “Momma always told me not to look into the sun. But momma, that’s where the fun is…”
Fulfilling that lifestyle promise isn’t easy because you have to keep it real, you can’t be a poseur, and you have tolerate things that may be disagreeable to you because that’s Kent. In a world full of choreographed, spoon fed look alikes, Kent’s a breed apart and *&#! proud of it. Kent’s the undiscovered moments that sneak up on you and last a lifetime.
One of the great aspects of living life on the edge of the envelope is the artistic qualities that pervade the community in spirit and in form. Kent and Kent State University have a rich art legacy and fantastic galleries that while located on Main Street are anything but main stream. What started me down this Kent path less traveled today was the announcement I heard on NPR today that reported the 10th annual national ceramic cup juried art exhibition that will be on display at the Kent State Downtown Gallery from March 5th through March 27th. I had one of those, seriously? ceramic cup juried art exhibition? national? only in Kent moments.
Annual Juried Cup Show to Open at Kent State’s School of Art Downtown Gallery
The 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show will be on display March 5-27 at the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio. The juror, Dean Adams, is currently an Adjunct Faculty in Ceramics/Foundations at Montana State University. Mr. Adams exhibits nationally and internationally and has participated in many artists/ residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, The Banff Center and the Watershed Center for Ceramics. He is also a founding board member for the LH project on Oregon.
The National Juried Cup Show, now an annual event, has been promoted nationally for eight years. It was originally sponsored in part by the Kent State University, School of Art, Ceramics Department. The department, which has been an internationally-recognized program for many years has been and continues to be an integral part of the cup show and helps to maintain its integrity.
“At six weeks prior to the opening we had already gotten well over 100 entries with more expected,” said Anderson Turner, director of galleries. “We’ve received submissions from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii – it really is amazing!”
A list of winners will be released the week of March 1, 2010.The Downtown Gallery, located at 141 East Main Street in downtown Kent, Ohio, is open Wednesday through Friday 12-5 PM and Saturday 10-4 PM.For more information contact:
Anderson Turner, Director of Galleries
And before I forget, I also wanted to mention that the Haymaker Farmer’s Market is pitching their own funky-art-only-in-Kent idea that they’d like to incorporate into their downtown (Franklin Avenue) market site — they want to get a grant through the Ohio Arts Council to pay an artist to put a mural on the underside of the SR 59 bridge. I know, you’re having a what moment? Seriously though, it’s just crazy enough to be perfectly Kent. Here’s a rough concept rendering that they put together, and if you like it, or at least think it’s a cool idea, let Fritz know at the Haymaker Farmer’s Market: