Release Date: June 18,2018

Women's Art League celebrates 85th anniversary at Summit Artspace

The historic Women’s Art League of Akron celebrates 85 years of creativity with an anniversary show through June 30, 2018 at Summit Artspace on East Market.

In the early twentieth century, Akron’s skilled women artists were struggling for recognition and at a disadvantage because of their gender, said Deanna Clucas, a league member and local artist. Twenty women gathered in 1933 and agreed it was time to form an Akron society of women who liked to paint.

Gertrude Seiberling, the matriarch of the prominent Seiberling family and the mistress of Akron’s Stan Hywet mansion, was one of those founders, Clucas pointed out.

More than eight decades later, the prize-winning league is still a force to be reckoned with on the local art scene. Members create works with oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, colored pencils, graphite and mixed media as well as fibers, cameras, mixed media for collage and printing media. The art varies from realistic to abstract genres.

An original mission of the group continues with the funding and awarding of art scholarships to female high school seniors continuing their art education.
League members will participate in a panel discussion in the main gallery on June 28 at 7 p.m. Reserve a seat at Summit Artspace's panel discussions have been gaining in popularity as community members come to appreciate the forum as a place to learn more about the skill and talent of local artists.

Summit Artspace's main gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Additional hours are 5-9 p.m. June 2 for Artwalk and for 3rd THURSDAY on June 21, which runs 4-7 p.m. at Summit Artspace.

Parking is available behind the Summit Artspace building when visiting the gallery. Summit Artspace is handicap accessible and has an elevator.