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Release Date: September 12,2023

Fall Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on October 6

Akron, OHIO (Tuesday, September 12) — Five exhibitions open at Summit Artspace on Friday, Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m. Fall Exhibitions will be on view Fridays 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through December 16.  

Summit Artspace’s Fall Exhibitions Opening Night will showcase a diverse group of local artists across all five galleries throughout the building. The event will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, hear their stories, and engage with the community. The Kaleidoscope Juried Awards will be announced in the Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery at 6 p.m. 

Director of Artist Resources at Summit Artspace, Natalie Grieshammer Patrick describes the season by saying, "This exhibition season emphasizes the interconnectedness of our arts community, and community at large, in Summit County. Themes of belonging, place, and healing run throughout the shows. The strong presence of local arts groups and community organizations this season help to remind us to uplift each other, especially leveraging the power of art as a tool for empathy, transformation, and self-reflection.” 

Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery 

21st 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 Artists, Artists of Rubber City, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, and Women’s Art League of Akron. This year's exhibition will be juried by Anderson Turner, Director of Exhibitions & Collections at Kent State University School of Art. Winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a hand-made kaleidoscope by a local artist and their artwork will be featured on next year’s exhibition promotions. 

  Welcome Gallery  

Too Dark | Group Exhibition 

The purpose of this exhibition is to advocate for mental health by exposing the parts society often doesn't want to see, which have been considered "too dark." Artworks are by participants of Community Support Services’ art therapy program, all of whom experience mental illness. Community Support Services is committed to providing hope and healthcare for those of Summit County struggling with persistent mental illnesses, along with building a community where mental health and physical health are treated equally.  

Intersections Gallery  

Imagine Infinite: Where Wonder Meets Transcendence | Group Exhibition  

Featuring artists from Door 2 Art Studio in Hudson— Adriana Caso, Amanda Du Plooy, Darlene Hess, Daniel Hughes, Sara Hughes, Ben McRae, Michele Moncrief, Meaghan Reed, and Mike Seng— this interactive exhibition will engage all the senses to awaken the possibilities of living in a world of transcendence through beauty and wonder. The outcome of such an awakening can be the restoration of communication and relationships, more empathy for each other, and overall awareness. 

Forum Gallery  

Blurred Lines | Group Exhibition  

Since Abstract Expressionism became popular in the mid-20th century, men have largely received recognition for the movement even though women have always, and continue to, play an important part in shaping the style. Blurred Lines surveys a grouping of intergenerational women artists in Northeast Ohio who create abstract paintings in their own unique styles. Participating artists include Megan Dardis, Care Hanson, Dara Harper, Mary Ann Flynn-Fouse, and Diana Rice. 

Horizon Gallery  

Anywhere | Lizzi Aronhalt 

This solo exhibition is a collection of documented memories and memory processes through architectural and cityscape-based paintings. The series serves as a personal reflection and response to the concept of time, along with the common human processes of forgetting and remembering, and the way those human experiences connect to the places in our lives. Lizzi Aronhalt has been a resident of Summit Artspace for over five years, located in studio 308. 

Wall to Wall 

Bradley Hart | Nick Lee | Shannon Welsh | Janean Ray 

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

BOX Gallery 

Resident Organization Artists of Rubber City (AoRC) is presenting a solo exhibition by Shirley Ende-Saxe, Water Intervals. It will be on view October 7 - 28 on the third floor of Summit Artspace. AoRC will then hold their 3rd Annual Small(ish) Show and Sale in The BOX Gallery November 17 – December 16. 

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About Summit Artspace: Summit Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization connecting artists and artist-serving organizations to the resources they need to thrive professionally, creatively, and financially. It provides artist studios, exhibitions, and programs in Summit County and serves as a vital place for the public to engage with the creative community. Summit Artspace is located at 140 East Market Street in Akron, Ohio. Public hours are Fridays from noon - 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Summit Artspace is supported by The County of Summit, Ohio Arts Council, GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Lehner Family Foundation and The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Corbin Foundation. For more information, visit the Summit Artspace website or call (330) 376-8480.