Friday, February 1, 2013
Supporters of Robert E. Wood's art look to archive thousands of pieces of original work
It's been a year since iconic Kent artist Robert Wood died, yet friends and supporters still struggle to find the value of his work to the Kent community. That doesn't mean Wood's closest friends don't think there's value in his portfolio, which includes thousands of individual pieces of art. Instead, they're trying to determine how best to catalogue, archive and display his works in a way that most benefits fellow artists and patrons alike in the Kent area. "When he died, a lot of people came to me and said that the work should be catalogued and archived," said John Kluth, a long-time friend of Wood. "And of course the reason for cataloguing and archiving his collection is because it has some meaning to future generations. "So that was …
Archivist Mara DeMattia will speak about Robert Wood's collection of works Sunday, Feb. 3
Almost one year to the date of the death of iconic Kent artist Robert Wood his life's work will be the topic of a presentation by Kent archivist Mara DeMattia. DeMattia will speak about Wood's collection of art work and his life as an artist during a presentation Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. The archivist has spent the past 11 months since Wood's unexpected death Feb. 5, 2012, studying his art by examining his works and talking with friends and fellow artists. Her goal is to give value to his collection by creating an archive of the work, which estimates put at more than 11,000 individual pieces. "And if you have a good archive of his work, then you can choose to make displays based upon that …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Kent Patch is counting down the top 10 most read stories of 2012 with the story that had the most readers to be announced on New Year's Eve
Editor's note: In our second year reporting on Kent, Kent Patch produced 2,000 news articles — excluding events and announcements — about everything from lost pets to the city budget. But only 10 of those stories were the most read on our site after having received thousands of individual readers each. Counting down to New Year's Eve, Kent Patch will announce the top ten most-read stories of the year with the story that received the most readers announced on Dec. 31. Today we're revealing story No. 1, which originally appeared Feb. 5, 2012, and received 659 Facebook recommendations and 38 tweets. Click on the link above to read the original story. RELATED COVERAGE:
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Public memorial service for artist Robert Wood attracts nearly 200 people.
Nearly 200 people – from the very young to the very old, from hippies to the clean-cut – gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of Robert Wood, a man referred to as a scholarly artist and philosopher whose appearance and unusual public behaviors led strangers to label him as crazy. The public memorial service was hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in conjunction with the Haymaker Farmers’ Market “community” – both of which were important to Wood, 68, who died Feb. 5. Among the attendees were Wood’s brother, Dr. Gary Wood, and his wife, Carolyn, of Maryland. The couple said after the service they were glad they stayed in Ohio an extra day to see how much the community cared for Wood. The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer led the…
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The man known to thousands of Kent residents and Kent State students for his unkempt appearance and eccentric behavior was known to a smaller circle of friends and acquaintances as a talented artist and stimulating conversationalist.
When the community gathers at 10 a.m. today for a service in memory of Robert Wood, it will remember him not as the shabby-looking man who wandered around Kent muttering to himself and occasionally shouting obscenties, but as a man with hidden and often unsuspected virtues. In this video by Nick Rock, some of those who knew Wood best shared with Kent Patch what it was they valued so much in a man others generally shunned.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Kent Artists' Union co-founder will blog about 'a little bit of everything.'
Today we get to welcome another new blogger to the Kent Patch family: David Flexer. Since moving back to Kent from Israel, Flexer and his wife, artist Hilary Flexer, have been slowly building up a home-based business, Soliloquy, “with generous support from friends and family so we are both always close to the kids and incorporate them into our work.” Flexer’s first blog post is about the couple’s desire to transition the Kent Artists’ Union from dream to reality. He was in the process of involving Kent artist Robert Wood in the movement when Wood died last Sunday. Flexer said his blog “will hopefully be a little bit of everything: artists’ union related things, urban planning brainstorming (I love to envision how spaces can be creatively …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Visitation begins one hour prior to 11 a.m. service at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Streetsboro Chapel.
In addition to the public memorial service for Robert Wood to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, his family has planned a visitation and service Friday at a Streetsboro funeral chapel. The following obituary was provided by Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home Streetsboro Chapel: Robert E. Wood, 68, of Kent, died Sunday, February 5, 2012. He was born July 20, 1943, in Youngstown, OH, to the late Robert J. and Margaret H. (Kopscai) Wood. A Kent resident since 1964, he was an artist who received his master's degree from Kent State University. He attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. Survivors include his brother, Gary (Carolyn) Wood of Towson, MD; niece, Margaret (Michael) Abruzzo of Stuart…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will hold service at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9. A memorial service celebrating the life of Kent artist and cultural icon Robert Wood, 68, who died Sunday, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer said the service will incorporate memorial plans that were being made by members of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, where Wood regularly displayed and sold his artwork. Carvill-Ziemer said it’s early in the planning process, so few details are firmed up. Fritz Seefeldt will speak on behalf of the farmers’ market “community,” Katrina Pervanowski-Kohout, owner of Salt of the Earth Farm, will speak on behalf of the Kent Winter Market, and John Kluth, owner of FJ Kluth …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Art gallery owner believes community needs to determine what will become of Wood's life work.
John Kluth, owner of FJ Kluth Art Gallery, was surprised Sunday morning to receive a call from Robinson Memorial Hospital informing him that iconic Kent resident Robert Wood had died. Unbeknownst to Kluth, Wood had listed him as his emergency contact. “They said it was a cardiac event and that he died pretty quickly, which is kind of a relief to me because as he has gotten older he’s been more of a concern for how he took care of himself. I guess that’s over now,” Kluth said. Lt. Patrick Edwards of the Kent Fire Department confirmed that a squad responded to a 5:04 a.m. call to Woods’ 401 Summit Gardens home and transported him to Robinson. What happens next – in terms of a memorial service or what will become of Wood's decades of artwork…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Local artist Robert Wood shows his works at the Stone Tavern
Louis DelBene, owner of the Stone Tavern, titled the art show now on view in his Main Street bar as "Meaning is something that need not be shared." The show is a retrospective of works by Kent artist Robert Wood. "Our close circle consider(s) Mr. Wood to be one of our community's premier living artists ... he is deserving, and we are honored to present a retrospective show to start the fall school semester," DelBene said. Wood has lived in Kent since the 1960s and has been active in the art scene since he stepped foot on this black squirrel soil. If you have ever gone to an art event, lecture or performance, it's likely you've seen him examining the work or asking in-depth questions of his fellow practitioners. He can be found on most …