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Treat Mom to a “String of Hearts” at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: April 2012

Treat Mom to a “String of Hearts” at the Akron Art Museum
Special Salute on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Akron Art Museum. In honor of her special day Sunday, May 13, the museum will salute Mom with complimentary admission and cup of coffee when another adult admission is purchased.
In addition to the ever changing collection galleries, visitors will enjoy several exhibitions including String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles, Ray Turner: Population and Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster.
The photographs of Bea Nettles often depict the artist's intimate family life, yet they also speak to the broad ideas of what it means to be a mother, teacher and artist, which she describes as her greatest roles. Her innovative use of photographic imagery and processes have influenced generations of photographers.
Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster reveals this folk art icon’s extraordinary creative force as a visionary, musician, poet, preacher and artist. From the building of his “Paradise Garden” to his prolific “sermons in paint,” and his artistic alliance with R.E.M and Talking Heads, Finster both embraced and denied artistic and cultural genres. 
Population is an expanding series of portraits that invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. Portraits of Akronites are intermixed with Turner’s ongoing series, and as the exhibition evolves with the addition of new portraits from different communities, the body of work will increasingly reflect the nation’s cultural makeup.

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