Friday, October 06, 2017

Jewelry Trunk Show with Catherine Davies Paetz

Uncommon Art is delighted to host a trunk show for jewelry artist Catherine Davies Paetz!

Join us on Friday, October 6, from 5-8pm for an evening of exquisite jewelry, art, and refreshments.

Catherine loves to create wearable art that brings people joy. Her original silver jewelry designs explore playful line work and/or unique surface texture and are often accented with enamel, gold, stones, or pearls.

This same evening is the Annual “In the Pink” art show to benefit The Gathering Place in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hudson Fine Art and The Red Twig will be raffling off small paintings to benefit The Gathering Place. Uncommon art will also have an interactive project honoring cancer patients and survivors.

Uncommon Art is located at 178 1/2 N. Main Street, in Hudson Ohio 44236.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

“Delivering Stories” is a two-person exhibit of artwork by me and Amber McElreath.

The show runs July 14 – August 19 at the BOX Gallery in Akron.

Come join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 14, 5-8pm.

For this exhibit, I have made lots of new artwork that is more textured and dimensional than I've done in the past. The pieces have been exciting and challenging to make..

The piece pictured here is one of the new ones, titled “From a Fond Heart Faithful and True”.

Amber makes assemblages from found objects. She and I have different styles, but they play off each other very well. This show should be really interesting.

The BOX Gallery is open Friday and Saturdays from noon-5pm. It is also open till 9 during the Akron Artwalk on August 5th.

The BOX Gallery
140 E. Market St. Akron, Ohio
3rd Floor of Summit Artspace
Fri – Sat, 12-5pm

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Once Upon A Time

This collage titled “Once Upon A Time” is another of the pieces I made for our “Threads of the Past” show at Uncommon Art.

The photo is of my parents drinking a toast on their wedding day. Behind them is sheet music for “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, which has the lyrics:

There are loved ones in the glory
Whose dear forms you often miss.
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the sky?

For more about this piece, visit:

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Art Hops, Painting Parties, and Other Artsy Goodness

Creativity in Bloom!

Spring has sprung, and creativity is blooming right along with it! I'm seeing more and more people wanting to freshen up their decor and add a little color to their homes.

Here are some ideas how you can brighten your home and flex your creative muscles:

2nd Friday Art Hops Begin May 12

The 4th season of Art Hops begin Friday, May 12 from 5-8pm. The guest artists this month will be a mix of talented professional artists and selected Hudson art students.

Our studios at Uncommon Art will host students from Seton Catholic School. We hosted them last year, and they're the most delightful kids: so nice and wonderfully enthusiastic about art.

Hope you can stop by and meet them!

Other Art Hops this year will be:
  • June 9 
  • July 14
  • August 11, “Living Art”
  • December 8, “Holiday Hop”
Get info about locations and other guest artists at:

Painting Parties

If we've done painting parties together, you know how much fun they are.

If you haven't, well what are you waiting for?! They're tons of fun, and so simple. I walk you through it, step-by-step, show you how to do each brushstroke, and help you along the way. Anyone can do it - YOU can do it!

Two parties are open for registration. Grab a friend and a bottle of wine and let's get painting!

May 5 at 7pm – Eiffel Tower
May 19 at 7pm – Monet's Waterlilies

Cost is $35 per person. Register here:

If these dates don't work for you, give me a call at 216-789-2751 and let's set up something just for you.

Friday Morning Sketching

If you want to brush up on your drawing skills, come join us on Friday mornings. These are free sessions, so pop in whenever you can.

Bring your own drawing materials (sketchbook, paper, pencil, pen). We usually begin with a few quick sketches as a group to get us warmed up, then work independently on views that interest us.

When the weather is nice, we'll sketch outside, so throw a folding chair in your car.

Here's where we're meeting for the next few weeks. Check the Events Calendar for more locations.
  • May 5: Quaker Square, Akron
  • May 12: Stow City Center (park by the playground), 3760 Darrow Road
  • May 19: Seiberling Nature Realm

Thank You!

As always, I appreciate your interest in my art. I look forward to sharing some creative time with you soon.

Many thanks,
Karen Koch

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Northeast Ohio Gallery Tour, March 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, our friends at Lakeland Community College have organized a studio and gallery tour throughout Northeast Ohio. The tour highlights female art and artists at 86 area locations.

A directory of all the events can be downloaded at this link:

On Friday, March 10, 5-8 p.m three galleries in Hudson are having Artist Receptions for new shows. Come check out our new work!

Uncommon Art
Threads of the Past: artwork with an eye to history, with work by Shannon Casey, Dana Giel-Ray and Karen Koch.
Through April 30, 2017.
178½ N. Main St., Hudson, Ohio 44236

Hudson Fine Art and Framing Co.
All Different But Just Like Me: Linda Hutchinson.
Through March 31, 2017.
160 N. Main St., Hudson, Ohio 44236

The Red Twig
Featured Artists: Deborah French, Mo Gartland, Debra-Lynn Hook, Cynde Hujarski, Cari Miller, Judy Takacs and Jennifer Worden.
Through April 7, 2017.
5245 Darrow Rd., Hudson, Ohio 44236

For more information about the gallery tour and the arts at Lakeland Community College, visit .

Monday, February 27, 2017

Evolving Landscapes at Summit Artspace

I am delighted that my “Roots and Roads #1” has been selected to be part of the “Evolving Landscapes” exhibit at Summit Artspace!

The exhibition runs March 3 – April 8, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, March 3 from 5-8pm.

The 50 works chosen for the exhibition by juror Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum, explore landscapes from traditional and contemporary perspectives.

For more information, visit

Summit Artspace is located at 140 East Market Street in Akron, Ohio.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

from WOMAN X: art created by women, of women, about women

I am honored to have been invited to participate in an exhibit at Lakeland Community College called “from WOMAN X … Created by women, of women and about women”.

To see my entries in the show, visit

The exhibit includes artwork in a variety of media from 44 women artists from Northeast and Central Ohio, Arizona and Indiana. Part of a celebration of Women’s History Month, the exhibit has been curated by Mary Urbas, along with a month-long series of other exhibits and events.

The exhibit at Lakeland runs February 26 – March 31, 2017. The closing reception is Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3:30-5 pm along with the Women of Achievement Awards that begin at 2pm.

Lakeland Community College is located at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio 44094. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.
For details about the gallery tour, visit or