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.