Release Date: June 22,2021
Summer Exhibitions Shine at Summit Artspace
Akron, OHIO (June 22, 2021) — Summit Artspace is thrilled to present its summer exhibition lineup, which runs from July 10 — September 25. The public may visit the galleries on Fridays from 12 p.m. — 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. The summer season will feature solo exhibitions by P.R. Miller, Helen Wilson, and Chris Hoot, and a group exhibition of emerging artists. Exhibiting artists reimagine materials to alter the observer’s reality and help us view objects with fresh eyes.
Present and Retro, a retrospective of P.R. Miller’s work, chronicles his extensive career and explores his three principal identities as a junk man, artist, and wizard. “The Grizzled Wizard” works with recycled scraps, reimagining them as large-scale, whimsical sculptures. His work has manifested in public sculptures around the city of Akron, where he spent many years creating out of his studio. This exhibition includes works made from metal, glass, clay, and more, chronicling the artist’s journey over the course of his decades-long career.
In Helen Wilson’s Botanical Voices, mixed media come together in highly textured collage landscapes inspired by local flora. Wilson is influenced by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is near her current home. She also references the avocado trees in her grandmother’s Southern California garden. This exhibition gives a voice to the botanical world as the artist believes that plants and trees have much to teach us.
Chris Hoot’s Sim[plex]cities: Digital Constructs, Visual Music, Liquid Landscapes showcases the artist’s explorations in layering digital photography, graphics, and marbling techniques to produce abstract landscapes, cityscapes, and soundscapes. The works in the exhibition rely on the process of multiplying techniques using searching, researching, analyzing, finding, fragmenting, combining, discovering, and synthesizing. Hoot’s experimental compositions take place on a variety of materials, including paper and canvas.
Emerging artists from Kent, Ohio participate in Included But Not Limited To, which celebrates the diversity of ceramics and plays with expectations of craft within the fine arts. Functional and decorative works challenge the limitations of surface and form in traditional and contemporary ways. Practices including painting, weaving, embroidery, woodworking, metal fabrication, and technology in conjunction with ceramics complicate the language of craft in fine arts through functional objects, sculpture, and installation.
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About Summit Artspace: Summit Artspace is a non-profit 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 E Market St in Akron, Ohio. Public hours are Fridays from 12-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Summit Artspace website or call 330-376-8480.
Questions regarding exhibitions may be directed to Natalie Grieshammer, Director of Galleries & Exhibitions (firstname.lastname@example.org).