Artists

P.R. Miller

Outdoor Gallery Exhibit 9.7.13 – 3.7.13 – Featured Artist

P.R. Miller is one of the highly notable and recognized 3D sculpture artists in Akron Ohio. Also known as the “junk artist”, PR was born in Mars, Pennsylvania where he grew up in his father’s salvage yard. At a very young and impressionable age he was keenly aware of the value of recycling materials. Since then, P.R. has firmly established himself as an industrial artist devoted to the concept of “waste not.”

His passion for recycling and caring for the environment inspire him to create works of art from what others might consider trash, including cast-off plastic purgings, machine turnings, polymer pieces and other materials. Miller displays his work in and around Akron, Ohio.

Referring to himself as “the Grizzled Wizard,’ Mr. Miller has a degree in art education from University of Akron and regularly teaches art classes to children, instructing on the benefits of recycling. For many years, P.R. served as the artist-in-residence at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Website: http://prmiller.org/

 

Mike Hovancsek

Dream Show Exhibit 9.7.13 – 11.2.13 – Curator & Featured Artist

Mike is a writer, filmmaker, musician, and multimedia artist. He is also a mental health therapist. He has shown his work in many galleries and has published his images in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He is especially interested in images that challenge and confuse our expectations about ourselves and the world around us. He works with manipulated digital photographs, creating images that twist reality in playful and mysterious ways.

Website: http://mikeh.8m.com/

 

Debra-Lynn Hook

Dream Show Exhibit 9.7.13 – 11.2.13 – Featured Artist

Louisiana State University journalism graduate Debra-Lynn Hook is a nationally syndicated family-life columnist and a former newspaper reporter who learned photography by watching some of the best photojournalists in the business. Her passion for excellence in communication has taken her to Kent State University, where she has taught journalism, and to the bedside of the dying throughout Portage County, where she has written and photographed hospice patients as a lasting tribute for their families. Her relentless attention to detail, to complete reporting and to the authenticity of her work has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Institute of Southern Studies. A portrait, event and travel photographer, Debra-Lynn’s work has been shown throughout Kent, most recently at McKay-Bricker Gallery in her popular show, “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans: A Journalist’s Perspective.” Debra-Lynn lives in Kent with her husband, KSU political scientist Dr. Steven W. Hook, and a variety of their three children, Chris, Emily and Benjie. In addition to writing and taking photographs, Debra- Lynn spends her time traveling, gardening and pursuing meditation, yoga and a macrobiotic way of life.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
I believe the soul of a good photograph has to do with passion, the desire for connection, and a deep, but patient, determination to authentically experience the human spirit.
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I am ever looking for connection to that spirit.
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Whether that connection is with the eternal essence of a sunrise that bespeaks our longing for immortality, or with the sweet grace of a young girl wrapped around the boughs of a peach tree thousands of miles from home, I am ultimately seeking a shared humanity — the subject’s, the viewers and mine.

Website: http://www.debralynnhook.com/

 

Michael W. Marras

Outdoor Gallery Exhibit 9.7.13 – 3.7.13 – Featured Artist
Sand & Steel Exhibit 3.2.13 – 4.6.13 – Featured Artist

Statement Excerpt
My art process is to create intuitively. The ideas for my work come from a deep intrigue for the many possibilities of life outside of our own existence. For me the unknown is more important than the answer. My ideas are born alongside whatever materials I come across. The materials question what I can create with them and become intertwined with my image of other life existing in unknown places. The art creates intrigue for the viewer as they experience my imagination brought to life. My work has no agenda; I only have ideas and an addiction to bringing those ideas to reality.

Website: http://mwmarras.com

 

Lisa Demagall

Sand & Steel Exhibit 3.2.13 – 4.6.13 – Featured Artist

Statement Excerpt
I am interested in the intersection that can occur between objects and their human counterparts. These silent and mutable objects become laced with the complications that life mercilessly brings. The dust lace drawings came about as I struggled to realize a sculpture that is aware of its own vulnerability, aware of its own impending demise. I do not believe that just because something is fragile by nature, that it is meant to be abused, but once the dust drawings are in the world they are on their own. I hope that by utilizing dust as a medium I am able to give the viewer a physical encounter with the work that can provoke an immediate understanding of its vulnerable and fragile nature.

Website: http://www.lisademagall.com

 

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