Downtown Canton gallery reborn as Patina Arts Centre with exhibition

CANTON – Alaska Thompson speaks joyfully about art.

Her voice is peppy and enthusiastic. Even during a phone conversation, it’s easy to imagine the Canton artist gesturing with her hands and smiling incessantly.

But when talk shifted to the pandemic and its effects on the art scene, her voice lowered momentarily before regaining its characteristic brightness.

“It got a lot harder with the pandemic for sure,” Thompson said of curating and staging art events.

Alaska Thompson is opening Patina Arts Centre on Friday at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Patina will be in the space once occupied by Vital Arts Gallery. Art exhibitions will include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media work and light projections.

Striking another blow to the Canton art community was the recent loss of Vital Arts Gallery at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW.

A void was left in a longtime art space, where Thompson had served as gallery curator.

But with her trademark energy and spirit, she refused to let the gallery and studio space remain idle for long. Serving as gallery director, the Canton resident is reopening the site as Patina Arts Centre on Friday.

Robert G. Mull

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