2019 Special Event Archive

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present
Halim El-Dabh Day!
A Celebration of Halim El-Dabh
Friday, March 6, 2020. 7:00pm

300 North Water Street Gallery in Kent, Ohio

Halim El-Dabh (March 4, 1921 – September 2, 2017)
Celebrating Halim's 4,099th Spirit Birthday

Professor Emeritus at Kent State University
and Premier Classical Music Composer
of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Videos of past performances.

Bring Instruments, Beverages, And Good Vibrations to help celebrate
the achievements of this incredibly Creative Spirit in our community!

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"22nd Annual Pie Fest"
December 7th

Pie Festival and Silent Art Auction Fundraiser

Jewelry, Ceramics, Photographs, Paintings, Prints and more. Become an SRCA Member and be entered into a drawing to win a Large Screen Digital Projector!

Saturday, December 7, 2019. 10am-6pm
North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water St. in Kent

In conjunction with the Downtown Kent Festival of Lights

Jeff @ 330-673-4970 for info, to donate art or pies.
Or to order a pie.

Now in its 22nd year, it's that time again. Pie Time at the gallery!
Come on down for a slice, or buy a whole pie. We've got apple,
blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, peach, key lime, sweet potato, organic
and vegan pies. We've got pies of all sorts to please your palette, pies
that don't even have a name yet. There will be other donated baked goods
for sale. And we have some fine art by local artists as well. Ceramics,
Photos, Paintings, Jewelry, Collage, and more. Bids starting as low as $5.


Standing Rock Cultural Arts is pleased to present
A Special Musical and Multi-media Performance by

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

300 North Water Street Gallery
in Kent, Ohio

Led by Songwriter Craig Matis

From a story by CoolCleveland.com:

Under the radar but heavily cherished by eclectic music lovers who over the decades have discovered it‘s musical prowess, UZIZI is one of Northeast Ohio‘s more creative and artistic groups.

Led by songwriter, band leader and multimedia artist Craig Matis, UZIZI comes to Kent.

"The music is original," said Matis, who is a retired art and music teacher. "I don‘t know if there are any bands in Cleveland that play like we do, that incorporate world music the way we do. I don‘t want to brag, but I think that‘s been the case the entire time we‘ve been around."

UZIZI was started shortly after Matis‘ 1980 arrival in Northeast Ohio. The shapeshifting act explores an alternative world beat musical aesthetic with percussion and melodies, from Ireland to the Middle East, that seamlessly blend in elements of rock, jazz and folk.

Expanding and contracting like a breathing organism, the group over the last decade has varied from 10 to 18 members, each incarnation providing a slightly oblique UZIZI experience.

The current iteration for the upcoming show features CRAIG MATIS (acoustic guitar, banjo, lead singer), MARK NATHANSON (drums), CHARLES KLEIN (bass guitar), KAITLIN EMMERT (violin/fiddle), JIM VAN CLEEF (lead guitar), BERT STRATTON (saxophone, clarinet, blues harp) JORDAN DAVIS (vocals), MATTIE RODGERS (vocals), DENISE WALTERS (vocals), TERRY GUTGSELL (projectionist)

The show will also feature Original Visuals that accompany the songs.

"I got tired of exhibiting in galleries, but I wanted my work to be seen, so I thought this is another way for an audience to see what I do," Matis said. "Currently it also pertains to a nine-song cycle called "Crossing the Water," which is about my personal journey with raising a child with mental disabilities." "The visuals start in childhood and go through adulthood. The songs talk about anger, having a little patience and small victories. Overall, I find exhibiting work in a gallery is fine and good, but it ‘s not the same kind of satisfaction I get when I am performing music in front of an audience." When asked if anything surprises him about UZIZI these days, Matis pointed to the recent run of longevity regarding its current lineup. "This last formation has lasted 10 years," Matis said. "Usually every six months the personnel changes, people come and go in this group, but the core has been with me for 10 years. I am very grateful and surprised that it has lasted this long." Musician/artist Craig Matis has been fronting one version or another of his shapeshifting band UZIZI since the early 80s. Back then, its blend of world music, jazz, folk and rock, augmented with visuals based on Matis' own art work, was like nothing else in Cleveland.Learn more...

Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents

"Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy"
Book Discussion and Signing

Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown
and Author William Matson discuss and sign their book
based on the family's oral history.

Friday, October 11, 2019. 7-9pm.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water St., Suite H
Kent, OH  44240 - 330-673-4970

Visit the website of the Crazy Horse Family.

Lakota Name: Tashunke Witko Tiwahe

The Crazy Horse Family website is administered by the Edward Clown family (Crazy Horse or Waglula's grandson's descendants) and a representative. Floyd Clown, Doug War Eagle, and Don Red Thunder are family members and administrators to the Crazy Horse Estate.

"We are members of the Crazy Horse Family and the Edward Clown family. ECF stands for the Edward Clown Family. We are here to tell the truth about Crazy Horse and all our grandfathers and grandmothers from the Edward Clown family. For those who seek and appreciate the truth about Crazy Horse and all our grandparents we encourage you to like our page and read all our posts. Wopila!"


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