Student art will be popping up all over when the 2nd Friday Art Hop returns May 12. Hudson's own art walk, this spring/summer series highlights art studios and galleries in town as well as local businesses that host guest artists and activities. The monthly Hops are from 5 to 8 p.m. on second Fridays, May to August, with a Holiday Hop in December.

"It's our fourth year and we're looking forward to another creative series," said Dana Giel-Ray, Bellabor Art Jewelry.

Featured will be hand-painted photographs by Patricia Harthcock of Stow at Russell Real Estate Services.

Patricia Harthcock began taking pictures in the early 1980s when she purchased her first camera, a Canon AE1, which she still uses. Although always having a love of artistic ventures like sewing, crafting, and other art fields, she fell in love with black and white film photos after taking a beginning B/W class at a local college where she lived in Michigan in the mid '80s. After being a stay-at-home mom for 23 years, she enrolled at a community college where she took many art and photography classes. She enjoyed learning of and practicing many forms of photo developing that are slowly disappearing such as tintype, cyanotype and daguerreotype, along with using different kinds of lenses.

While taking an advanced photography class she developed her own process of enlarging her negatives and hand painting them with watercolors. The results were very brilliantly colored photos that look fluid and somewhat dream-like.

Other artists to display

At Uncommon Art Gallery & Studios, work by Seton Catholic School students will be on display. Hudson Fine Art & Framing and Open Door Coffee will feature student art from the Hudson High School Graphics Department. Photographs by student Boston Meeker will be on display at Fair Trade on Main and Suburban Sit will showcase artists from the Kent State University School of Art.

MOD at First & Main will have a variety of local and national artists to see and the Learned Owl will also have activities to enjoy. In South Hudson, Eva Volf of Aurora will have her seascape and landscape paintings on display at The Red Twig. Olive My Heart will also feature a guest artist.

Art Hops are designed to promote the arts in Hudson. Visitors can tour working studios and galleries and enjoy art in a variety of mediums. During the events, visitors may also find demos or hands-on activities. To do the "Hop," visitors simply download a map at or pick one up at any of the participating locations.

To learn more about 2nd Friday Art Hops, visit or