Eartha Vision is located at 20 Maiden Lane with owner and operator, Eartha L. Goodwin at the wheel. Her studio offers dark room rentals, workshops, custom printing and photography services for products and portraits. She has more than 20 years of experience in photography and custom printing and has made her mark across the US in places like San Francisco, Atlanta and Cleveland.
“I was excited about opening a studio in downtown Akron because it wasn't happening in my basement,” she said. “Just because prints are old school, doesn't mean it’s not interesting."
In regard to being in the unique Historic Arts District, she says, "This part of Akron pulls me in; this is where my people are,”
Her studio offers several different types of workshops and classes including the current Photography Immersion for Teens that teaches students how to get the most out of a digital camera, composition, using natural and artificial light. Also an on-the-go Press Express offering 15-minute professional photo sessions for business, musicians, artists, actors and more for just $20 every Tuesday night.
Eartha also plans to host special events like the upcoming Ascension on July 28. This art and music festival will "illuminate the apex of Akron’s Historic Arts District." Ascension features more than 15 fine artists and 12 hours of several genres of electronic music from 2 p.m to 2 a.m. She is partnering with her Historic Arts neighbors, Urban Eats, Musica and Chill Artisan Ice Cream to host Ascension activities during the event. Admission is $15 with tickets available on Eventbrite.
Eartha Vision is the first business to open through phase 4 of the Downtown Akron Partnership pop-up retail program. The program began in 2015 with the goal of filling vacant property space with local clients by offering a six-month rent subsidy in order build the vibrancy of downtown Akron. Since its inception, a total of 32 new businesses have opened ranging from store front locations (like Sweet Mary's Bakery and Levels Barber Studio) to vendors in the Northside Marketplace. Phase four is supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
What Eartha most looks forward to about being downtown is seeing the products yielded from artists and students.
“It’s fun to put pictures on the wall of my studio,” she said. “It’s my wall to be spontaneous with. I’m not on any gallery map, but the local artists I have in my studio are really in touch with their work.”
Eartha Vision is open Monday-Thursday 12 to 5 p.m., Friday 12 to 7 p.m., Saturday 12:30 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. The studio is open additional hours for various events and workshops, including yoga. Find Eartha Vision online at www.earthavision.com and Facebook at @earthavision or @earthalgoodwin.
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