Watson-Ewell-Currin Art Gallery

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The Watson-Ewell-Currin Community Art Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours. This
gallery represents, and is named for, four generations of artists, all from the same family. It is named for a family of artists that started in Chicago, and is continued in Hudson, Ohio. It has been endowed in hopes that it will provide a display area for Hudson artists of all ages, from the very young to those veterans in the field.

The Hudson Library & Historical Society welcomes and encourages local artists and students to display their work at the library. Please view the gallery brochure for more information about the history of the names above the door.

For more information, contact Nicole Arigo at 330-653-6658 x1046 or nicole.arigo@hudson.lib.oh.us

Now on Display

Darlene Hess

Visual Artist

Darlene Hess is a visual artist whose style has evolved over time from classical realism to abstract expressionism; she is compelled to create and share her creations with others. She attended Kent State University and went on to become a Designer and Art Director where she began to fully understand the power behind an idea communicated through a single image enabling companies to emotionally connect with their customers. Over time she began to realize she could do this from a platform of compassion, empathy, love and hope. Later, while raising her family, she taught art to elementary school children and worked in student ministry. Most recently, she served as a magazine editor and designer.

Today, Darlene has been afforded the opportunity to pursue painting fulltime. Her brush and paint are a means to making transcendent connections with people – beyond the superficial. It is this connection she hopes to make with others through the visual images and items she creates. She teaches art classes curates the art gallery at Christ Community Chapel, as well as volunteers weekly at the Door #2 Art Ministry in Hudson. She spent the last year and a half as a studio artist in the Akron Summit Artspace but recently moved to the Artist Collective on the 6th floor in the Artcraft Building in Cleveland, Ohio.


Artist’s Statement

Visual communication is the most genuine and transparent way I can express my feelings to those around me. A single image, if properly executed, is not limited by the confines of time, age, gender, race, culture or economic status.

Although my training is in classical oil painting, I am currently focused on using acrylic paint—pushing its limits and exploring more and more ways I can express myself through it.

This body of work titled “Clouded” explores our changing skies due to environmental contaminants such as pollution, cloud seeding and agricultural emissions.

Darlene may be contacted at Darlenehess.art@gmail.com or www.darlenehess.art.