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Studio M: Artwork of Sandra Rose Thouvenin

The next exhibition in the Massillon Museum’s Studio M will include drawings, paintings, and mixed media images of found objects by Sandra Rose Thouvenin.  The exhibition, Found Objects, will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., when the public is invited to meet the artist, view her work, and enjoy refreshments in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  The party is free and open to all; no reservations are necessary.  

Thouvenin graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in art, focusing her attention on drawing and printmaking.  Formerly the Massillon Museum’s volunteer coordinator, she now works at Kent State University and is simultaneously finishing a master’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in public administration. “It is my hope that all avenues will join at the end of the road in order for me to fill the role of an art enthusiast and representative for professional artists,” she said. A Massillon native, Thouvenin currently lives in Akron.  

The research Thouvenin has gathered for her master’s thesis about contemporary artist Richard Serra has greatly influenced her concentration on the artistic qualities of raw, natural materials and found objects. She especially appreciates Serra’s philosophy: Work comes out of work. “That leads me to believe that inspiration is limitless,” Thouvenin said. “I am constantly walking and looking at my surroundings.”

During her initial exploration for this series, the artist noticed she was continually drawn to objects found in various environments. These are objects that may have been overlooked, but when they are removed from their original location for display, attention shifts to details that may have been missed. “For example,” she said, “Found Object is a piece of wood that was abandoned in Detroit. It blended into the surrounding decayed buildings; most viewers would not have had a second thought. Placing it in a gallery setting prompts viewers to reassess the object and perhaps question its history.”  She hopes viewers will be prompted to question their actions and how those actions affect their future environment.  

The Found Objects exhibition opens concurrently with the opening of Stark County Artists Exhibition; Politics, Pantaloons, and Protest Marches; The 175th Anniversary of St. Mary Church; Charles Vernon Brown: World War I Letters and Artifacts; and a new segment of Massillon and the War of the Rebellion. It’s Been Awhile and The Immel Circus can also be seen on the second floor. 

The Studio M show may be seen through November 16 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., except when the Silk Room has been reserved for private functions.  A call to the Museum can confirm that the exhibit is available for viewing—330-833-4061.

Anderson’s in the City is now open in the lobby café space Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., offering cookies and cupcakes baked daily on site, an array of sandwiches and paninis, homemade soup, salads, and specialty coffees.  

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 approximately five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists.  Brochures containing guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets, in nearby city lots, and in the city parking deck on South Erie Street.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Image above is Found Object by Sandra Rose Thouvenin.

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