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

Susan Check
Cuyahoga River Series

I have been painting for over 30 years. My work has been included in numerous shows and is in many private and corporate collections.

I began by taking classes in watercolor with Suzanne Stevens and Anne Lott and eventually taught classes at the Contemporary Art Center (now MOCA) , workshops with various art groups, and a half semester with at Virginia Wesleyan College as a guest artist. I participated for years in various outdoor art shows and am a current member in the Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists.

I started my series of the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio two years ago with the intention of learning to use oil paints and focusing on a single theme. While I have painted in series before, this one is a much larger project and one that might be open-ended because of the great diversity in the landscape around the river and the river itself, which looks in places as a small creek and in others like a small lake. Changes of seasons and times of day have given me more variations and a way to give a greater sense of place in these paintings. Ray Hershberger, a good friend and mentor, was an inspiration with sense of place in his beautiful show of Swamps and Wetlands.

I chose this river as a subject because of everything I’ve just mentioned and because I was born and grew up five miles from its southernmost point. I crossed this river many times a week while living there but didn’t really appreciate its history and beauty until I began focusing on it as a series. In north Akron, the river changes course and turns north to Cleveland and Lake Erie, which made possible the building of the Erie Canal. I found that as the series progressed, learning about the history and geology of the area became as important as the paintings. One benefit of painting is that we are better able to know a thing. ”The more you see, the more you understand.” Accessibility was another reason for choosing the Cuyahoga. With the Erie Canal, Tow Path, and many local parks along the river, it’s possible to walk and kayak the majority of the river.