Release Date: September 21,2022

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on Oct. 7

Akron, OHIO (Sept. 21, 2022) — Five fall exhibitions open at Summit Artspace on Oct. 7 from 5-7 p.m. Fall exhibitions will be on view Fridays noon-7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Dec. 17. 

This season, Summit Artspace is debuting new names for three of its galleries. “The Intersections Gallery, Forum Gallery, and Horizon Gallery reflect both their physical locations within our building and our recent gallery alignment plan, designed so that artists of diverse abilities and at specific milestones in their career have a place to show their work,” noted Director of Artist Resources Natalie Grieshammer Patrick. 

Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery 

20th Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition 

Kaleidoscope is an annual holiday show presented by the Alliance for the Visual Arts (AVA). This show is open to all members of AVA organizations: Akron Society of ArtistsArtists of Rubber CityCuyahoga Valley Art Center, and Women’s Art League of Akron. This year’s juror is Francisca Ugalde Zapico, Curator at The University of Akron’s Institute for Human Science and Culture at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology

Visitors are encouraged to cast their votes for the Kaleidoscope People’s Choice Award in person at Summit Artspace. 

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be presented with a handcrafted kaleidoscope created by artist Bob Pozarski at the end of the exhibition season. 

Welcome Gallery 

In Bloom | Sarah Nolan 

Sarah Nolan's creations of mono-printed, screen-printed, and found papers depicting flora represent what a utopian society might consist of: the beauty of plants and natural environments that have been respected and encouraged to roam freely, thriving as they once did. Colors dance from place to place powered by chaotic energy, offering a breath of life to the viewer. 

Intersections Gallery 

Working Through Time | Artists of Group Ten Member Exhibition 

The Artists of Group Ten is a consortium of experienced visual artists who are at the apex of their careers. Individually, their work has appeared in hundreds of regional, national, and international exhibitions. The group represents a wide range of visual expressions and much of their work is inspired by themes and subject matter within the northeast Ohio region. 

Forum Gallery 

Caught Up in The Branches | Avery Mags Duff and Matt Kurtz 

Two Akron-based artists come together to explore city trees and the surrounding detritus and debris that they live in. Avery Mags Duff’s paintings and Matt Kurtz’s sculptures and videos are tied together through their interest in robust and overgrown plant life in Akron, and natural hideouts and holdouts throughout the city. 

Horizon Gallery 

little by little and was by was | Mike Alejandro 

Mike Alejandro creates large-scale portraits and sceneries of intimate details and historical narratives from memory. Threading connections between small, immediate personal stories and large, political/fabled narratives, Alejandro contextualizes them together, flattening the distance between the stories that consume our lives and what we can see and touch. 

Wall to Wall 

Wall to Wall is a program that showcases the work of Summit Artspace resident artists throughout the building’s hallways. 

Life Along the Portage Path | Tina Elkins, Diane Pribojan, Meaghan Reed, Sylvia Sykes 

Summit Artspace resident organization Stewards of Historical Preservation (SHiP) presents Life Along the Portage Path, an exhibition featuring Tina Elkins, Diane Pribojan, Meaghan Reed, and Sylvia Sykes. These local artists examine the Portage Path, an important historical landmark, and its place within the collective memory of Akronites. 

Solo exhibition by resident artist Joan Colbert 

Joan Colbert, a graduate of The University of Akron, works in mixed-media painting, printmaking, and collage. Her works are typically based on literature with thematic elements and motifs including blackbirds and trees. Her mixed-media pieces differ from her prints, of which are grayscale, and instead are colorful, textured, and sometimes abstract. 

Solo exhibition by resident artist Shannon Welsh 

Shannon Welsh is a painter and graduate of Kent State University. Her work explores the tension between transparency and opacity; loss and presence; organic and manmade. 

The BOX Gallery 

A solo exhibition by Charles Felzen Johnson, M.D., presented by AoRC, opens on Oct. 7 in the BOX Gallery. Johnson drew cartoons at UCLA Medical School under his middle name, FELZEN, to avoid detection by the faculty. As an academician, he illustrated his lectures and articles. His artistic language is three-dimensional, abstract, and cubistic, with a goal to engage the viewer. He works with paper, acrylics, wood, metal, plastic, glass, India ink, and circuit boards on Masonite covered with poster board. The exhibition will be open through Oct. 29. 

AoRC will present the Holiday Show & Sale in the BOX Gallery, opening Nov. 18 and closing Dec. 17. This is a cash & carry show, allowing visitors to take their purchases with them. 

Please visit artistsofrubbercity.org for more information on the exhibition schedule.