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Art and Soul to Fill Vacant Cell Shop

Kai Wick Studios and The Rialto Theatre are partnering to bring top-notch art to Kenmore Boulevard, and they’re starting by featuring the work of talented residents in the Akron Soul Train program.

Project Three Gallery, a project of Kenmore Better Block veteran Kai Wick, is a new gallery space at 998 Kenmore Blvd. that will feature local, regional and national artists to create and display original works. The space will operate as a work area, gallery, small store front and teaching space, Wick said. It will also provide an accessible, affordable space for Kent State University, University of Akron Students and Kenmore-Garfield art students to feature their work.

“The goal is to create an education exchange between the community, art world and students,”

said Wick said. “We will hold demo classes, artist talks, and, possibly a pop-up shop so artists

can sell their wares.”

The gallery will make its debut Dec. 1 during the 20th Annual Kenmore Holiday Celebration and

will feature the work of Akron Soul Train September and October residents Joshua Eiskamp of

Seven HIlls and Charisse Mae Harris, a Columbus resident and daughter of So Fresh Used Auto Sales owner Jacqueline Harris. Joshua specializes in abstract painting and Charisse in mixed media. Their work will be on view through Dec. 20. Then, on January 10 an opening reception will be held for Christi Birchfield, a print and sculpture artist from Cleveland who was Akron Soul Train’s November artist in residence. It will be on display throughout the month.

Akron Soul Train is an artist residency village connecting and empowering the community and

artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines, thereby

fostering a more vibrant Akron. Since its inception in 2016, Akron Soul Train has supported

seven local artists with fellowships. Most recently, out of 70 applicants for 2018-2019

residencies, the committee selected 13 local and regional artists for residency. For more

information visit

Learn more bout the Dec. 1 opening event

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