2014 Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air Workshops for Artists

The Akron Area Arts Alliance is pleased to announce workshops for local artists that will accompany this year’s this year’s 2014 Streetscapes: AKRON in Plein Air.  The exhibition dates are July 5th – August 16th at Summit Artspace Galleries.  Gallery hours are Thursdays from noon – 9:00 pm; Friday from noon – 5:00 pm; Saturdays from noon – 5:00 pm.  The exhibition will also be open for the monthly ARTWALK on Saturday, August 2nd from 5 – 9:00 pm.

The sponsor of this year’s exhibition is the Greater Akron Chamber.  The exhibition will be held at Summit Artspace until August 16th and then travel to the downtown offices of the Greater Akron Chamber.  Dan Colantone, President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber stated, “The Chamber is pleased to partner with the Akron Area Arts Alliance to promote the exhibition project and the arts which are so important to the quality of life in our community, and we are looking forward to having the show extended in our offices through the fall.

Having the exhibition travel launches Summit Artspace OFFSITEwhere the Akron Area Arts Alliance will partner with businesses, schools and community organizations to bring arts experiences and artists into the community, engaging the public on the streets, in classrooms, offices and other unexpected places.

FREE Workshops and Artist Demos will be offered during the exhibition to help area artists get started with working en plein air.  Brian Shellito, the Coordinator of this paint-out competition will offer the workshop, Getting Equipped for a Mobile Studio on Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 pm at Summit Artspace.  Nationally-recognized plein air artist, Carolyn E. Lewis will follow the workshop with an Artist Demo on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00 pm with Getting a Successful Start on a Plein Air Painting.  Registration is not necessary and experience with plein air painting is not needed to attend these workshops.  We encourage all with an interest in painting on location to attend.

Photo of Carolyn Lewis painting.

Summit Artspace is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in partnership with Summit County government.  It is located in the historic Akron Beacon building at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum.  The gallery receives support from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, John A. McAlonan Fund, Ohio Arts Council, the Corbin Foundation, GAR Foundation and the SUMMA Foundation.

“Streetscapes 2014: Akron in Plein Air” Open July 5 – August 16

2014 Streetscapes: AKRON in Plein Air Artists Recognized at Awards Reception

The Akron Area Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the awards for local artists who participated in this year’s this year’s 2014 Streetscapes: AKRON in Plein Air.  There were a total of 23 regional artists who participated in the urban plein air paint-out who submitted a total of 48 works for the show.  Local painter and designer Brian Shellito has coordinated this competition for four years and each year it has grown in scope.  The exhibition opens on July 5th and continues through August 16th at Summit Artspace Gallery.  Gallery hours are Thursdays from noon – 9:00 pm; Fridays from noon – 5:00 pm; Saturdays from noon – 5:00 pm.  The exhibition will be open for the monthly ARTWALK on Saturday, August 2nd from 5 – 9:00 pm.

The sponsor of this year’s exhibition is the Greater Akron Chamber.  The exhibition will be held at Summit Artspace Gallery until August 16th and then travel to the downtown offices of the Greater Akron Chamber.  Dan Colantone, President & CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber stated, “The Chamber is pleased to partner with the Akron Area Arts Alliance to promote the exhibition project and the arts which are so important to the quality of life in our community, and we are looking forward to having the show extended in our offices through the fall.”

Having the exhibition travel launches Summit Artspace OFFSITEwhere the Akron Area Arts Alliance will partner with businesses, schools and community organizations to bring arts experiences and artists into the community, engaging the public on the streets, in classrooms, offices and other unexpected places.  Reaching out to the business community is an important priority of the Alliance since the Arts & Cultural Assessment results showed that better collaboration and understanding is needed between the culture and business sectors.

The awards juror for this year’s competition was Cleveland artist and designer, Laurence Channing represented by The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. He has received Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in 1990, 1998, and 2003 and the prestigious Cleveland Arts Prize in 2000.  His juror statement, included the following, “Born of a technical revolution in art in the 19th century, plein air painting has become a durable tradition largely immune from Modernism’s creative destruction. It seems likely to remain fresh forever for those indifferent to the Art Basel Miami sweepstakes, interested primarily in self-expression and a personal response to nature. Spirits have more resilience than rubber, and the works in this exhibition express a vibrant urbanity. “

En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”). It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment.

Plein air painting is experiencing a revival around the country and the world.  The challenge of capturing the landscape and city streets in a specified time and competitive format for prizes is becoming popular with artists in Ohio and beyond.   Plein air painting has traditionally taken place in naturalistic landscapes, but more and more competitions are being held in urban environments.

The winners of this year’s competition include: DropBox link for all images for reproduction: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b5qc5f3kxw3ital/AAByaeMAYvL6i44latMBEUiKa (photo credit: Brian Shellito)

First place
Thomas Bagiackas (Kent) for Three Days in June

Thomas Bagiackas, Three Days in June

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second place
Ann Emmitt (Tallmadge) for Akron Art Museum I

Ann Emmitt, Akron Art Museum I

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third place
Julie Holman (Akron) for City Birds

Julie Holman, City Birds

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions
Larry Churski (Medina) for Self-Portrait
Michele Knapper (Stow) for Electric Tattoo
Susan Cone Porges (Solon) for Industrial Revolution
Tiffany Southall (Bedford) for Day’s Knight

"Self-Portrait" by Larry Churski

“Self-Portrait” by Larry Churski

"Electric Tattoo" by Michele Knapper

“Electric Tattoo” by Michele Knapper

"Industrial Revolution" by Susan Cone Porges

“Industrial Revolution” by Susan Cone Porges

"Day's Knight" by Tiffany Southhall

“Day’s Knight” by Tiffany Southhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Workshops and Artist Demos will be offered during the exhibition to help area artists get started with working en plein air.  Brian Shellito, the Coordinator of this paint-out competition will offer the workshop, Getting Equipped for a Mobile Studio on Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 pm at Summit Artspace.  Nationally-recognized plein air artist, Carolyn E. Lewis will follow the workshop with an Artist Demo on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00 pm with Getting a Successful Start on a Plein Air Painting.  The workshops are free and registration is not necessary and experience with plein air painting is not needed to attend these workshops.  We encourage all with an interest in painting on location to attend.

Summit Artspace is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in partnership with Summit County government.  It is located in the historic Akron Beacon building at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum.  The gallery receives support from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, John A. McAlonan Fund, Ohio Arts Council, the Corbin Foundation, GAR Foundation and the SUMMA Foundation.

 

DAP Announces A Community Inspired Art Project

Downtown Akron PartnershipIn the true spirit of community collaboration, the John S. Knight Center, Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron Summit County Public Library and Summit Artspace have teamed up to bring a new work of art to downtown Akron and they need your help to make it happen. Local painter and tattoo artist Jesse Strother, who recently completed a public art project in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood, will incorporate community sketches into a large mural in the John S. Knight Center.

Community members can contribute to the mural by attending events at the museum, the Knight Center, the Akron Summit County Library and Summit Artspace during May and June. Events include the May 9 art opening at Summit Artspace, Oddmall at the John S. Knight Center on May 10, at the museum’s May 24 Family Drop-In day, and every Thursday in May during the museum’s Free Thursdays.

The reveal of the finished mural will occur on Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 pm during the Downtown Akron Artwalk.

Artists of Rubber City Call to Artists

The Artists of Rubber City seeks submissions of recent, quality, contemporary artworks from Ohio artists for a juried in-print-only exhibition, titled Present Tense, to be published November of 2014.

This state-wide exhibit, presented in book form only, will be available to artists and libraries throughout Ohio. The show “opening” will be a book launch party at the BOX Gallery in Akron, OH on November 1, 2014.

• All selected artworks will be represented in the book by a single photograph.
• Any subject matter is acceptable.
• Entries will be judged from the submitted photos so the quality of the entry photographs is as important as the quality of the art. The submitted photographs are what will appear in the printed book.

The entry deadline is July 26, 2014. For more information contact Artists of Rubber City at 330-310-3982 or visit www.artistsofrubbercity.org.

 

Summit County Proclaiming August 2014 “Kids Month”

This August 2014 Russ Pry, Summit County Executive, will be proclaiming “Kids Month” in Summit County. Activities, programs and events are already being planned throughout the month. Each week in August will have a theme and the highlight of the month will be the Summit For Kids Symposium, Luncheon and Expo August 1st and 2nd. The general themes for the month of August are:

Week 1                 Kindergarten Readiness Week           August 3rd-9th

Week 2                 Child Wellness Week                           August 10th-16th

Week 3                  Family Week                                        August 17th-23rd

Week 4                  Child Safety Week                               August 24th-30th

Please keep in mind Kids Month and consider incorporating your child oriented events and programs into your August plans. Summit County is happy to include these events, programs, activities and informational sessions on the Kids Month Calendar.

If you have an addition to the calendar or would like to get involved in one of the planning committees, please contact Tina Merlitti at 330-643-8626.

 

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Site of New Concours d’Elegnace in 2014

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens announces the 2014 Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, slated for September 19-21, 2014. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.

The expansive 70-acre estate, America’s 6th largest historic home open to the public, provides a strikingly beautiful and historic backdrop for this re-imagined Northeast Ohio Concours show.

“There are few settings to equal the elegance of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,” says David Schultz, the Concours executive director who is a nationally-known auto enthusiast, author and Concours judge. Schultz previously served as executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, which was a precursor to this new event.

Given Stan Hywet’s patriarchal connection to the automotive industry — Seiberling also participated in the establishment of the Lincoln Highway — automobile events are not new to the Estate. Every June for more than 50 years, Stan Hywet has hosted an annual Father’s Day Car Show in collaboration with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, which attracts thousands of casual car enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors.

“The two shows have very distinctive characters and qualities, and they occur in different seasons, allowing the Father’s Day edition to continue, and making the introduction of the Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a lovely enhancement to our annual events line-up,” notes Linda Conrad, president and executive director. “The Father’s Day Car Show has been a tradition for three generations of northeast Ohioans,” says Conrad, “with a typical display of more than 400 vintage automobiles. By contrast, the Concours is one of the nation’s most iconic celebrations of rare and unique automobiles, featuring approximately 175 of the invitation-only ‘rolling sculptures’ from throughout the United States.”

“We are in the process of selecting our feature classes for 2014,” says Schultz, “but one of our cornerstones will certainly be the great American and European automobiles of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

The motorcars will be the centerpiece of a weekend of time-honored events that are also open to the public. Exhibitors, sponsors and guests will be treated to a variety of cultural experiences that truly represent the art of fine living, including uniquely designed insider’s tours of the garden, grounds and Manor House; the elegance of high tea, special wine tastings and fashion events; gourmet food selections; and a symphony of musical entertainment set against the historic backdrop. Also on the roster is a countryside automobile tour for exhibitors.

According to Schultz, several key members of the former Glenmoor Gathering team will be involved with the Stan Hywet Concours. Schultz notes that Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has a strong and creative events team with a proven track record. “Simply stated,” he says, “this is something they do very, very well. They are experts at events!”

Stan Hywet offers not only a spectacular venue, but a wonderful history and a legacy dating back nearly 100 years. The name is Old English for stone quarry. Three English country homes —Compton Wynyates, Ockwells, and Haddon Hall —served as the inspiration for Stan Hywet’s 65-room Manor House.

For more information visit www.stanhywet.org or call Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens at 330-836-2626.