For those fine tooth comb copy editors out there you probably noticed that I used plural for Black Squirrel Galleries in my title for today’s post. But put your red pen away, it wasn’t an error it was done to make the point that for the last 3 months we’ve had 2 Black Squirrels in operation and that will likely continue for at least a little while longer as the Crain/Fairchild Avenue bridge slowly rolls closer to shovel time. Until then you can enjoy a double helping of artistic flavor on your menu for a great cultural experience in downtown Kent.
We’re really lucky to have the Black Squirrel Gallery in the heart of downtown Kent and as sad as we were to see the old building show up on the list of properties that will be impacted by the realignment of the bridge, it comes with a terrific silver lining thanks to Bob and Cass who have renovated another building downtown and turned it into first class gallery space.
But don’t sell them short, they are still running a great framing business out of the old building and if you stop by the 609 N. Mantua location you’ll still find a great selection of wall decor, jewelry, cards and other gifts — including all the Black Squirrel paraphenalia that has become Kent’s underground logo. The hours are Friday 9:30 to 6:00, Thursday from 9:30 to 8:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00 After hour appointments are also available.
If you’re in the mood for a gallery stroll to fill your art fix for the week you’ll want to visit the new Gallery at 141 E. Main St. in downtown Kent. Currently the Gallery is featuring the photography of Silver Lake artist M. Denis Hill. Denis has found his passion in digital photography which has won him national awards and recognition. Denis will be in the Gallery on Thursday evening, August 7th from 6:30 to 8 pm to talk about his images, his photographic techniques and he’ll answer photographic questions.
Regular hours at the Black Squirrel Gallery are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday noon to 6:00 and Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00.
We’ve really got big art for a little town and that’s thanks to the kind of professionals like Bob and Cass that are attracted to university cities and their eclectic mix. As more and more cities have pumped their downtown’s full of name brand retail shops they’re discovering that riding the highs and lows of retail trends can be really challenging for small cities. But cities that have built places full artistic and cultural experiences first have seen that the experience business is much more recessionary proof and can help sustain retail success even in distressed economies.
That’s just another reason to be a big fan of the Black Squirrel Gallery(ies).