Drumm Gallery Gets Spooky With ‘Creative Spirits’ October Show and Events

Artist Leandra Drumm loves all things Halloween and fall, due to her October 14th birthday celebrations which have always revolved around Halloween, as well as her daughter Andra Benninghoff’s early October birthday.

“I love the costumes and the decor, and I love the fall,” said Drumm, who created the mysterious and eerie fall show “Creative Spirits” which runs until October 29 at Don Drumm Studios and Gallery in Akron.

“Creative Spirits” is the natural idea of ​​Drumm, who is a fan of Goosebumps. She also loves folk art and collects vintage Halloween decorations. But the artist said she doesn’t often see Halloween-themed handmade works.

“I just felt like there was an area to explore there. I don’t see it very often,” Drumm said.

“Creative Spirits” features 18 artists whose handmade work enters the spirit of fall, some of whose existing works fit the show’s theme and others who have been asked to create works for the theme.

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For example, Drumm asked local artist Halle McHenry, who makes clay resin animal heads, to make her pieces a little more spooky-friendly. The Firestone High School and University of Akron art graduate teaches art for Akron Public Schools.

Resin clay animal heads by artist Randolph Halle McHenry are in the

In this show, Drumm has his own series of Halloween-themed and sugar skull-themed tin and stained glass nightlights, the latter rooted in Day of the Dead-themed Mexican folk art. They are an extension of the skeleton lightboxes she made in 2009 for “Haunted Artspace” at Summit Artspace, a walk-through art experience that is part of the inspiration for “Creative Spirits.”

The show is also an offshoot of the Light UP October Lantern Festival which Drumm ran from 2009 to 2012, a “crazy”, costumed, multi-arts event that took place across the street – on Crouse Street in front of Don Drumm Studios and Gallery as well as on Kirn Street.

Now, “Creative Spirits” brings Drumm’s creative Halloween inspiration mostly indoors, to the gallery, where 10 artists born in Ohio or Ohio as well as eight from out of state are presented.

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Drumm said his mother, Lisa Drumm, had taken a step back from running the gallery since the onset of COVID-19.

“This is one of the first shows I’ve been to,” said Leandra Drumm, who works with pewter, glass and paper.

Art outside the Don Drumm Gallery for the fall show Saturday

Some of the fun will also take place outside from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with ceramic artist Jack Valentine leading a raku class with an outdoor kiln.

Classes are full, but people can still watch the raku process, including Valentine taking the glazed pottery pieces and putting them in the kiln. Customers can also enjoy beer samples from HiHo Brewing Co. as well as participate in walk-in oracle readings from Healing Brew from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which cost $25 for 20 minutes.

Also outside in the yard on Saturday, Posch & Gulyas Silversmiths of Cleveland Heights will have a trunk show from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Inside, the four artists featured are illustrator Brian R. Williams of Columbus, printmaker Joan Colbert of Akron, sculptor McHenry of Randolph, and scrimshaw artists Kim and Katherine McClelland of Tree of Life in Columbus.

Other local artists are Don Drumm with new designs, Elliott Carter from Akron, Grace Worley from Akron and Valentine from Ravenna. Boston artist Elisa Drumm, Don’s daughter and Leandra’s sister, also has her work in the show.

Designs by Elisa Drumm of Boston (on the wall) and a ouija bowl by Kiko Handmade of Chicago are featured in the exhibit

Beware the Spooky: Kiku Handmade of Chicago has created a ouija bowl, a large salad-sized bowl with iconic ouija emblems inside, plus coasters printed with ouija boards and other symbols Halloween themed.

Young Akron Artist and Firestone Graduate Works in Don Drumm Gallery Exhibit

Firestone grad Carter’s multimedia work, also in “Creative Spirits,” makes spooky things more palatable with bright colors and cute accents. The artist, also known for her vocals in Akron pop-punk band Detention, is a freshman art major at Kent State University.

“Her work was kind of fun and funky and kind of explored the dark side,” said Drumm, who saw Carter’s work at her senior show at Firestone and coached her on how to sell her work in a gallery. “It’s great to see what new talent there is in the area.”

Other gallery works inspired by the spooky spirit of Halloween are Brass and Steel Wire Door Cobwebs with a Glass Beaded Spider by Columbus stained glass artist John Matz and large steel hanging bats made by Henry’s Studio of Arizona.

Drawing by Brian Williams

Art and restoration writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]


Spectacle: “Creative Minds”

Where: Don Drumm Studios and Gallery437 Crouse Street, Akron

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Special Events: Attend a raku pottery class and sample beers from HiHo Brewing Co. on Saturdays, Healing Brew oracle readings from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays

Information: dondrummstudios.com or 330-253-6268

Art and restoration writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected]

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