Studio M: Whimsical Worlds of Wonder by Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss, So Many Dreams to Unlock, Digital Illustration, 2014
Whimsical Worlds of Wonder by Michael Weiss is a Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum that opens Saturday, February 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.
The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception, which will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017.
“This body of work is like a storybook,” says the artist. “Each piece is like a page from a book, only neither the beginning of the story nor the ending is always clear. Some of the stories are obvious; some are hidden a little deeper. Like a good adventure story, we wait with bated breath as we turn the page and continue reading.”
Inspiration comes to Weiss from book titles and quotes, song lyrics, and movie taglines. Once the seeds of a few words are planted in his mind, his imagination takes over. Many of his titles appear to viewers as wordplay.
Michael Weiss is a Canton-based artist who brings a whimsical, yet mysterious, flair to his work. Through a combination of drawings photography, paintings, and digital artistry, his works create a world where words tumble off pages, children transform into angels, and boats soar through the sky on journeys into the unknown.
The artist’s work has been published in Stark Anthology, Somerset Magazine, and Incite: Dreams Realized. He won numerous design and illustration awards as the associate graphics editor at The Repository.Currently, he is the creative services manager with Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron. To see more of his work, visit michaelweiss.carbonmade.com.
A veteran of Desert Storm, Weiss was selected as NCO of the Year, 1990. He holds a bachelor of fine arts with a drawing major and an illustration minor from the University of Akron. Among his recent artistic awards are the 2013 Associated Press of Ohio Best Graphic Artist award, the 2010 GateHouse Media Best Multimedia Project award and Special Recognition for Design, and a 2010 ADDY award for a magazine cover.
The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Guests at the Studio M exhibition opening can also take a first look at the Blind Spot:A Matter of Perception exhibition in the main gallery. From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection, Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and The Immel Circus can be seen in the second-floor galleries.
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon. Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.