Thursday, October 31, 2013

Panels are going up!

I have spent the day putting up the panels for A Secret Gift.  It's a huge job, mostly because the panels are actually physically bigger than I am!

In total, I made 32 panels.  Here is an example of what they look like:

You might recall this story from a post a few weeks ago about our Archivist Mark Holland's great uncle Lester Rice -- it's an exhibition exclusive!

All of the panels include either a page of a letter, thank you note, or check.  I included photos of the letter writer and his or her family, wherever possible.  When we didn't have a photo of any of the people, then I used a photo from our collection that related to the story.  For example, after losing their own restaurant, Louise Margo's husband was working as a meat cutter at Bender's.  So that panel features a picture of Bender's.

If the crowd at the Kathleen Howland Theatre at 2nd April Galerie the other night was any indication, this exhibit is going to be very popular!  The dramitization of A Secret Gift, written by Frank Motz, was wonderful.  The actors were gracious enough to agree to do a second performance when the theater rapidly ran out of space for the crowd.  They performed back to back shows at 7:00 and 8:00 PM.

Our exhibit opens on November 15.  The Soup at Six preview on November 14 is already at 60 people!  If you'd like to come, please call 330-455-7043 to make reservations.  The cost is $15 per person, and includes a soup supper, a program by Eric Benjamin who composed a piece for the Canton Symphony Orchestra based on A Secret Gift, and a preview of the exhibit.  The opening reception on November 15 is free and open to all.  It will be from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

What has struck me most about the community collaboration around A Secret Gift is the different ways we've all seen the book.  I read it and saw it as an exhibition.  Frank Motz read it and saw it as a dramitization.  Eric Benjamin read it and heard music.  It's AWESOME how many ways there are for us to view this story, through the lens of our respective careers or interests.

What did you think of the book?  Leave a comment!

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