Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents…

“Sound, Color, and Vision” The Musical and Visual Art of Halim El-Dabh.
-Music composition based on the colors, sizes, and shapes of Halim’s Paintings
-Closing Reception
-Light Refreshments

Sunday, September 25, 7:30pm-9pm. Closing Reception.
-Exhibition up through October 1st.

The North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Downtown Kent

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Images from the Opening - Photos by Tina Puckett


Halim El-Dabh’s
Color Music Paintings

The color of music in my paintings of sound are based upon a sensitivity I acquired since childhood of hearing colors and seeing sounds.

The art works I am presenting using acrylic paint on canvas are simply visual realities, simply ten works of art. However, the particulars about this exhibit is that I am using these works of art as music scores from which a musician can read the colors as music notes, guiding him or her to perform their particular instrument.

As a matter of fact, I shall perform some of the paintings during the exhibit.

The origin of my inspiration to paint these canvases happened in 1952 when I came across a picture of an ancient Egyptian parchment from the 7th century CE. The parchment was showing a music notation utilizing color circles. The colors within the circles indicate pitch while the size of the circles indicate rhythm and duration. On the left side of the parchment twelve small different colors indicate the availability of a twelve tone chromatic scale.

My intention and philosophy as a music composer is to open the door to a very old yet very new reality - the ability to hear color as well as the ability to see sound. This is a way to experience new feelings and new sensitivity to a world full of creativity.

Color and sound moving towards a state of oneness capable of penetrating the hidden creases of the universe.

Each painting is given a name as well as identified by a piece of music relating to that name. One of the pieces is named "The Deluge of 2012". Another is named "Cassandra and The Oracles". One of the pieces "Canine Wisdom" was presented as an installation on view in The Project Room For New Media at The Chelsea Art Museum on October 4th through November 1st in 2008. The same work was earlier presented with The Barking Dog Sextet at the Suoni Per Il Popolo in Montreal in 2007. The same work was also published in "Notations 21 - Breaking The Boundaries" in 2008 by Mark Batty Publishers in New York City.

In the presentation taking place at Standing Rock Cultural Arts in Kent Ohio on Sept. 3, 2011, a procession and unveiling will take place for each art work.


CLICK HERE for Halim's Biography

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents…

Double Take” Art Exhibition. The art of Rebecca and Justin Steele
-Acrylic Paintings and Multi-Media Work
-Live Music
-Light Refreshments

Saturday, August 6, 7:30pm. Opening Reception.
-Exhibition up through August 27th.

The North Water Street Gallery, 257 N Water St, Downtown Kent

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Or by appointment at 330-673-4970.

Images from the Opening

About the Artwork:

Justin and Rebecca Steele met in a local art gallery in the fall of 2008. Through

several art collaborations, the concept of “Double Take” was formed. The idea that two

individuals could approach identical subject matter with completely different results is

not a new one, but Justin and Rebecca felt it was worth exploring as cohabitating artists.

Justin’s approach to each subject was focused on detail, while Rebecca’s approach was to

stand back and translate the bigger picture.

Some of the pieces in “Double Take” are an artist’s response to their mate’s

existing works of art, exploring another interesting aspect of artists that live and work

together. Having access to and seeing each other’s work on a daily basis, one might be

drawn into a particular piece and wonder if there was more to the story. This show

allowed each to express those possibilities.

About The Artists:

Justin Steele lives, works and creates in the Akron area. His art is heavily influenced

by childhood memories and experiences. He continually experiments with new materials

and methods for creating both 2 and 3 dimensional works. He has been selling and

showing his art locally for almost 10 years, and has been a member of Artists of Rubber

City and artists collective, Apollonova.

Rebecca Steele, formerly Rebecca Urbanski, has been showing her work locally since

2007. She has participated in several group exhibitions in the Akron and Cleveland areas

and recently had her first solo show. Her medium of choice is acrylic on canvas. Her

subject matter ranges from figurative to slightly architectural. You can see more of her

work at rebeccaurbanski.com.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts would like to congratulate the winners of our 1st Amateur Photography “PHOTOGS” Public Choice winners. 43 Photographs were entered and 177 ballots were cast. These are the results:

1. Dick Beery: 1st for “Overlook Point”
2. Cynthia List: 2nd for “Feather”
3. John Gwinn: 3rd for “Turtles on a Log”.
4. Dick Beery also won Honorable Mention for "Hands."

We would also like to congratulate our Juried Choice winners.

1. Best of Show: April Bleakney for “Grandma and Her Dragons”
2. Runner-Up: Todd S. Hawley for “Kudzu Graffiti”

1. Student Best of Show: Garrett Byerly for “The COD”

Juried Honorable Mentions go to Becky Grasser, Cheryl Green, John Gwinn, and Dick Beery.

All Photograph Entries will be on Exhibit at The North Water Street Gallery until July 30th. Some are for sale by the artist. Please come visit us at:

257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment at 330-673-4970

A heartfelt thanks to all who participated!

Images from the Opening

GOAL: To showcase and support talented amateur photographers both locally and nationwide in a photography exhibit (and potentially in an exhibition calendar), as well as to potentially raise money for SRCA arts programming

SPECIFICS: Photography can be offered for sale (must be picked up at end of exhibition/s or at least after contest runs or adequate packaging/postage must be supplied; otherwise, piece may be donated or placed for sale in benefit auctions due to lack of indefinite storage space); Gallery requests commission on any sales so photographer should price accordingly. Photography can also be listed as NFS (Not For Sale). Whether item is for sale or not will have no bearing on the competition outcomes.

Initial entries will be judged for top 25 entries for Juried Exhibition. Those 25 will enter People’s Choice portion of competition and top 3 will be voted via poll form available upon entrance at the gallery during Heritage Fest (July 2, 2011). Standing Rock Cultural Arts reserves the right to place photos into categories (ex: Landscapes, Portraits, Nature, Artistic/Digital Art, Animals, etc.) if numerous submissions are received and categorization is needed to determine winners.

PRIZES: $25 minimum for 1st place, $10 minimum for 2nd place, $5 minimum for 3rd place (in the case of ties, prize will be split); A calendar for top 12 juried and people’s choice may be published and given as an award if enough entries are received to defray the expenses.


DEBRA-LYNN HOOK, a graduate of Louisiana University’s School of Journalism, is a journalist and syndicated family-life columnist, whose writing has been recognized by a number of organizations including the Institute of Southern Studies. Debra-Lynn is also a mostly self-taught photographer who began her career at age 19, shooting Shriners for their annual yearbooks. She honed her craft with a scattering of photojournalism classes and then by working for more than a decade alongside seasoned photojournalists. Debra-Lynn, who applies her skills to wedding, family, and senior portraiture, as well as landscapes and stills, appreciates photos that capture the moment, that evoke emotional response and that point to a direct relationship between photographer and subject. Her work has been exhibited in various Kent venues, most recently Taco Tonto’s. Debra-Lynn's web site is www.debralynnhook.com.

BOB AND CASS MAYFIELD are the owners of McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gallery & Gifts in downtown Kent. They offer quality custom matting and framing and regularly exhibit work from the local area. They are both Certified Picture Framers (CPF) & Members of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA). Cass has been framing for over 27 years and Bob for 34 years. They also offer an array of Kent and Black Squirrel art and items in a beautiful gallery setting that adjoins the Kent State University School of Art Downtown Gallery. Their most recent project is the Art Bus Benefit, a benefit to take Kent’s fifth graders to the art museum, taking place April 15, 2011 at the gallery. The McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gallery & Gifts can be found at www.McKayBricker.com.

TINA PUCKETT is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry, who also enjoys amateur photography ranging from nature, landscape, and abstract to event photography and portraits. She won a People's Choice award with The Wilderness Center's 2010 Fotofest Nature Photography Contest and appeared in the art anthology "Stark Arthology" as a juried choice that same year. Her photography has been exhibited in The Canton Museum of Art's "Stark Arthology" Launch Exhibition (2010), at McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gallery for the 2010 River Day Photography Exhibition, and during benefit exhibitions at the North Water Street Gallery.

CHERYL A. TOWNSEND has been exhibiting her works for over 10 years with numerous solo and group exhibits as well as book, CD and magazine covers and is often featured in both print and web-based journals. Her work has most recently been on display at Summit ArtSpace in Akron and Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls. Her photography leans to the metaphorical side. Minimalistic and secretive, she seeks overlooked angles and textured forms, vibrant displays of discarded beauty and grains. Looking for the tree in the forest, she focuses further on the patterns in the bark. She has always sought the secrets in life, preferring to view it though her camera's lens. Her work can be viewed at http://aroundkent.net/Cheryl_Townsend.php.

Chrysalis”. 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition
-selected works by the students in the area including Kent Roosevelt and St. Vincent St. Mary High School
-charcoal, photography, watercolor paintings

Saturday, June 11, 7:00-9:00pm. Opening Reception.
-Exhibit runs through June 25.

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

CONTACT: 330-673-4970

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

This is the 5th year SRCA has collaborated with St. V-M.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts believes in the importance of supporting the creativity of the youth in our area. We feel that nurturing the talent and offering a venue outside the classroom for these young minds helps further our mission of building community through the arts.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents:
Inherent Inspirations” A Mother Daughter Art Exhibition

Saturday, May 14, 8pm. Opening Reception
-Exhibit Runs through June 4, 2011
The North Water Street Gallery. 257 N. Water St., Kent OH

Images from the opening


Kathryn Musselman Tobasko (Mother) is a fiber artist and designer who has been designing custom clothing, accessories, costumes, masks and puppets for theatres, films and entertainers for more than 30 yrs. She is also a dealer and collector of vintage fashions, specializing in antique textile restoration and redesigning once loved garments into something new. She uses vintage and recycled materials in her creations and likes to add a touch of feminine whimsy and individuality to her work. Her hand bags and aprons often feature fabric prints of paintings by artist Vince Packard.

Aleata Illusion has been interested in photography since she was a child. The interest has grown and combined with her love of writing she chose to major in Photo Journalism at Kent State University. She leans towards surrealism and macabre and enjoys creating art that appears to be something beyond reality. She also paints, does altered art, writes screen plays and makes films with her own production company. She is an award winning horror movie blogger, writing online movie reviews and interviewing directors and actors on Gore Gore Dancer Movie Reviews. Aleata has also spent time at the other end of the camera as a model and has been featured on several web pages and in magazines.

Raven Schaffter believes in creating spiritual art and always starts with a clean canvas and a clear mind. She lets her imagination guide her through the painting to the finished product. She is inspired by Native American art and likes to create dream catchers in addition to altered art using furniture, lamp shades and clothing. Raven's main interest is in special effects make up artistry. She will be attending college in Texas this year and plans to have a career in FX make up.

Tiara Schaffter has loved drawing and painting her entire life. She won her first art award in first grade and continued showing her work and winning awards throughout her school years. She likes to paint with bright happy colors and puts excessively playful expression and imagination into her work. She also enjoys fashion design and tattooing and is an aspiring hair and make up artist. Tiara plans to create her own line of hair and make up products once she has completed cosmetology school.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Thank you to our current sponsors: The Ohio Arts Council, The City of Kent, The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, The Sylvia Coogan Memorial Foundation, The Kent Environmental Council, The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, The Kent Stormwater Department, The Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA), Family and Community Services of Portage County, City Bank Antiques, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Home Savings Bank, The Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Woodsy's Music, Kent Parks and Recreation, The Pan African Studies Department of Kent State University, Wild Goats Cafe, Taco Tantos, Rays Place, Main Street Kent, 91.3 The Summit Radio, Mr. And Mrs. Don Schjeldahl, Abruzzo’s Wine and Homebrew Supply, The Hoppin Frog Brewery, Walt and Nancy Adams, The Lucky Penny Creamery, The Master Gardeners of Portage County, Jim Burris of The Universe, and Edwin George, Cherokee.

We now also offer reasonably-priced memberships to assist in the cause. Membership fees, benefits, and forms are available on our website. Donations and memberships are tax deductible.

Thank you also to our current members: Daiv Whaley, Andrea and Rick Stahl and Family, Ken Robinson, Bill and Shirley Mars, Vicki and Joe Bocchicchio.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are always
looking for sponsors to help cover expenses for our art and educational
activities. Donations are tax deductible.

Checks payable to:

257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Thank you to our current sponsors: The Ohio Arts Council, The City of
Kent, The Christenson Foundation, The Home Savings Bank, The Hall-Green
Insurance Agency, Woodsy's Music, Kent Parks and Recreation, City Bank
Antiques, and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!