7th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition
-featuring Vince Packard, Martyn Flunoy, Kate Uhrich, Kelley Hayes, Ally
Carr, Jim Jewell, Cari Miller and more!
-paintings, collage, large scale puppets, photographs and more

October 31, 8pm. Opening Reception
-coincides with the annual downtown Kent Halloween parade
-exhibit runs through November 28, 2009

At the North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.

Dia de los Muertos description:

Come celebrate our 7th annual Day of the Dead show. This festive Mexican
Holiday honors all those who have passed before us. But let us not be
somber. There will be music, food, drinks, paintings and large puppet
sculptures. Like the celebration of a birthday, this holiday reconfirms
annually the love, goodwill, and generosity that the beloved can count
on, no matter that they are dead.

Images from the Opening

From Wikipedia…

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world,
typically on November 1 (All Saints' Day) and November 2 (All Souls' Day).

The Day of the Dead is also celebrated to a lesser extent in other Latin
American countries; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where
many Brazilians celebrate it by visiting cemeteries and churches. The
holiday is also observed in the Philippines. Observance of the holiday
has spread to Mexican-American communities in the United States, where
in some locations, the traditions are being extended. Similarly-themed
celebrations also appear in some Asian and African culture.

Though the subject matter may be considered morbid from the perspective
of some other cultures, celebrants typically approach the Day of the
Dead joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All
Saints' Day and All Souls Day, the traditional mood is much brighter
with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and
celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is
the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life.


About the Artists

Kate Uhrich


Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Kathryn Uhrich earned her Bachelor of Fine
Arts degree at Kent State University. Expressionist Film and
Installation Sculpture heavily influenced her work. She was invited to
teach Photography and Ceramics at Notre Dame High School, going on to
seek certification in the field. Her involvement in The Cleveland Film
Society and other outside influences heightened her interest in
Contemporary Photography. Integrating technology, film and photography
to capture nuances of modernity and the experience of being, the pang of
existence, is the essence of her creative process. Her work is
frequently exhibited in the Cleveland area, Chicago ...


Kelley Hayes


Kam Hayes graduated from Culver Academies. She then went on to obtain a
Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University. After starving for
several years, Kam obtained an Associates Degree of Nursing, and is
currently employed as a Registered Nurse. She considers caring for the
walking, and not-so-walking wounded as penance for years of
irresponsibility and decadence.


Vince Packard


When I was born my dad Raymond was teaching art deep in the Appalachian
eastern Kentucky county of Pike, my mom, Ellen, being a beautiful ballet
dancer refugee from Berlin Germany. Riddle: The year I was born is
exactly the same upside down. The whole year. As in 1001, 1691, it
doesn't happen again until the year 6009.

I grew up pretty much in Akron Ohio playing in my dad's west exchange
street art gallery. That could be really fun with shows by Peter Max and
Mark Mothersbough, and the big blow-up soft sculpture car that all the
kid's came around to jump on. But often the art could be really boring
and I came to trust my child's eye that I never wanted to go the boring,
elitist, academic route.

A couple years in Venice beach California with my brothers Raynard and
Damon and dad, and then hitching around the country wound me up at a
Native American demonstration in Washington called the Longest Walk.
With the Native culture I refined a perspective on the environment and
the tribal challenge to our destructive culture.

Teenage angst and rebellion led me into the punk music/art scene just in
time for the Reagan era. The idea that Americans elected that idiot for
a president pushed me into punk and alternative ideas as far as I could go.

I did a stint in Michigan growing veggies and milking goats at the farm
outside of Lansing. I liked that direction and before long me and Liz
found ourselves in the backwoods of Lincoln County, West Virginia,
building a solar powered cabin and riding horses every day. The outhouse
hippy redneck scene was fulfilling and my art geared more towards
environmental activism and wildlife and my son Corey was born in 1986.
the end of the decade me and Liz split and I headed over the Ohio River
to Athens Ohio.

Dave Nicholi Araca helped me explore the tattooing scene which I had
dabbled in since I was 14. This got me traveling to tattoo conventions
near and far selling my design sheets in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New
Orleans and everywhere in between. Sadly, Dave died unexpectedly,
leaving me to fake my way into tattoo shops. The 90's saw me work in
shops in Kalamazoo Michigan, Lexington and Richmond Kentucky, Athens
Georgia and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. I spent 3 fun years tattooing in San
Marcos Texas at Touch of a Feather and 3 more in the hoppin'
neighborhood of Little 5 points in Atlanta at Urban Tribe Tattoos.

Tattooing was great but I wanted to take some time off to explore other
mediums. It's been a tricky transition, when I was close to destitution
I had some horrible experiences in some crappy tattoo shops that burned
me bad. This new millennium brought me back up to Kent Ohio doing
wonderful fun projects with Jexo at Standing Rock Cultural Arts. My work
with the kid's plays, my art shows, mask workshops and puppets at the
North Water Street Gallery and the friends, family and community have
kept life good.

But not enough to keep me away from the mountains of West Virginia. So
here I reside, back home in the holler.


Cari Miller


Name: Cari Miller

Media: Acrylic on canvas and wooden mirror frames; photography; assemblages

Education: A degree in communications from The University of Akron
(summa cum laude) and post-baccalaureate studies at the Mary Schiller
School of Arts

Artistic Influences: Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse.
Picasso especially is an inspiration for all the media he mastered, his
wide variety of styles, and the incredible longevity of his career.
Also, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and Paul Strand for their
outstanding black and white photography.