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The Suburbanite
  • Private collections: A glimpse of what’s on patron’s walls

  • Craig Joseph, the curator at Translations Art Gallery, drew inspiration for his new exhibition from visiting friends’ houses and viewing their art collections. “One of the first things I notice about a person’s home is what they have on the walls,” he said.

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  • Craig Joseph, the curator at Translations Art Gallery, drew inspiration for his new exhibition from visiting friends’ houses and viewing their art collections.
    “One of the first things I notice about a person’s home is what they have on the walls,” he said.
    Joseph observed that “very few of them collected because there was a ton of money in it. Rather, they spent money on art because beauty was important to them, or because a piece reminded them of something special in their lives, or the art was a gift from a cherished friend.”
    He envisioned an exhibition about avid local art collectors, and  “specifically, the reasons, motives and stories that lie behind why art is valuable and purposeful.”
    “From the Collection Of: A Celebration of Art Patrons” opens from noon to 10 p.m. today at Translations, at 332 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Gallery visitors will see artwork drawn from the personal collections of 10 Stark Countians, including Joseph himself.
    Each collector has submitted written statements about their selected pieces, and their inspirations for collecting art.
    “Collecting has been a way of life for me as long as I remember,” said Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, a celebrated local painter. “Living close to the Hartville flea market was a boon to my collecting habit which became a bit obsessive over time.”
    “The moment when I became not only a curator, but a collector of art, was a very meaningful turning point in my life,” said Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum.
     “My main goal is to find work that amazes or surprises me,” said Robb Hankins, president and CEO of ArtsinStark.
     Other collectors represented are Tim Belden, Christian and Ashley Harwell, Clare Murray Adams, Scott Trenton and Dan Kane.
     The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 1. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.