EXHIBITION: Does It Speak To You?

March 21 - July 20, 2014


The Canton Museum of art once again creates an original exhibition to showcase "The Treasures of Our Museum … the critically acclaimed Permanent Collection.

During each exhibition change, we assemble a selection of watercolors, oils and ceramics that highlight the beauty of the Museum’s rich collection and complements one of the other major exhibitions on view. The Museum's Permanent Collection features brilliant works from artists such as Winslow Homer, Clyde Singer, Viktor Schreckengost, John Singer Sargent, Toshiko Takaezu and many more.

The selection for this spring asks you, the viewer, to go inside the art and discover feelings. “Does It Speak To You?” (Reflections from The Permanent Collection) features pieces not seen on exhibit for many years.

Works in "Does It Speak To You?" include an etching by Salvador Dali, a lithograph from Russian painter Marc Chagall, an earthenware sculpture from Tom Bartel … and many more.

Select images from the exhibit — detailed above, clockwise, from left:

Toe Tag, Juliellen Bryne, 2009, Ceramic, 45 x 14 x 9

Head I, Friedrich von Bömches, India ink drawing, 17 x 11 ¼

Untitled (High Explosives), Clyde Singer, 1950, Oil on Masonite, 23 x 41, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. John Duerr

In the Dining Room, Richard Treaster, 1969, Watercolor/tempera/graphite on paper, 17 x 27 x ½, Gift of Ralph L. Wilson

Blue Table with Plate of Cherries, Lowell Tolstedt, 2011, Colored pencil on paper, 29 x 39, Purchased in Memory of Edward A. & Rosa J. Langenbach  

So, take some time to reflect on what you see in this exhibit. Perhaps you will make a connection in your observances of the artwork. 

  • Does it engage you in a personal way?
  • Ignite your feelings? 
  • Bring forth a personal memory or story? 
  • Does it stimulate you with color or movement? 
  • What object is drawing your eye? 
  • Does the mood of the art work affect you? 
  • Can you imagine yourself in the art work? 
  • Which works speak loudly or softly to you? 
  • Does it capture your heart? 
  • Does it engage you enough to remember it? 

If a work of art is any good, it will talk to you.  Art will talk quicker if you happen to be able to recognize all sorts of influences – but essentially a great work will reach your own heart and do it on its own. 

From “So, does it speak to you?” June 13, 2005
Thomas Hoving
Former Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In conjunction with the High School Art Exhibition (March 21 - April 13, 2014), admission to this exhibition is FREE to the public between March 21 and April 30.

Beginning May 1, regular admission to all new exhibits will be $6 Adults; $4, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Contact the Museum at 330.453.7666, or visit www.cantonart.org for complete exhibit and event details.

Museum Hours:  Mon, Closed; Tues - Thurs, 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5 pm.