Pride in the Moment On-Line Exhibit August 10th – 16th

Pride in the Moment on-line exhibition has been launched! The exhibition evolves in real-time and grows each day capturing the faces of the people involved in GG9. Visit prideinthemomentgg9cle.org to get a glimpse of the games shown through the eyes of photographers Shane Wynn, David Alan Foster, Peter Larson and Bill Delfs.

Below are just a few of the images. Check out Pride in the Moment

Photo by Shane Wynn

Photo by Shane Wynn

Photo by Peter Larson

Photo by Peter Larson

Photo by David Alan Foster

Photo by David Alan Foster

Photo by Bill Delfs

Photo by Bill Delfs

 

Pride in the Moment On-Line Exhibit Curated by Summit Artspace

Summit Artspace will be launching Pride in the Moment, an on-line exhibition in conjunction with the Gay Games from August 9th  –  16th.  The project has been funded by the Gay Community Endowment of the Akron Community Foundation to capture the beauty of the faces of the people involved in GG9.  The exhibition will evolve in real-time and grow each day representing this unique event in northeast Ohio.  The website(s), prideinthemomentgg9cle.com  will go live with its first portrait images on August 10th and be linked to www.akronareaarts.org; www.gg9cle.com website & Facebook pages and several other LGBTQ web sites and Facebook pages involved with the Gay Games.

 

This artist-community engagement project was developed to document the joy of the gay community, the participating athletes in the games and the allies in support of this once in a lifetime event in our region.  The four photographers were chosen by the Gallery Committee of Summit Artspace and rose to the top after an application and extensive review process.  The chosen photographers are:

Shane Wynn – Akron

Shane Wynn is the staff photographer for Akron Life magazine. A proud Akron resident, she is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at the University of Akron and small business owner of Shane Wynn Studio.

Shane Wynn

Shane Wynn

Photo by Shane Wynn

Photo by Shane Wynn

 

 

Peter Larson – Cleveland

Peter Larson is a 26-year-old photographer born and raised in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in 2010 and now works from his studio at 78th Street Studios.  Peter’s early career has been focused on taking portraits of musicians. He currently shoots for VICE, iHeartRadio, The New York Times, Mom + Pop Music and takes on many special projects.

Peter Larson

Peter Larson

Photo by Peter Larson

Photo by Peter Larson

 

 

Billy Delfs – Cleveland
Billy Delfs has earned an Associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and a certificate from the International Center of Photography. Residing in Cleveland, he focuses on his natural surroundings, mixing documentary and portraiture to tell stories for magazines and advertising agencies. His clients include The Wall Street JournalSmithsonian Magazine, Adcom, Time Inc., The West Side Market, and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Bill Delfs

Bill Delfs

Photo by Bill Delfs

Photo by Bill Delfs

 

 

David Allan Foster – Kent

David Foster is a multimedia and photography instructor at Kent State University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in journalism education.  He received his undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Kent State in 2009, and then attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. While in college, he was named Ohio News Photographers Association Student Photographer of the Year, in both 2006 and 2007.

David Allen Foster

David Allen Foster

Photo by David Allen Foster

Photo by David Allen Foster

 

 

The photographers have chosen events that interest them personally and will attend these events, setting up their studios on-site or deciding to work candidly, gathering portraits and other images that inspire them.  Some of the events that will be photographed are the rodeo, dance-sport, basketball, ice-hockey, open water swim, power-lifting, cycling and sailing and cheer.  They will be in the field, then return to their studios, prepare their work and upload their images each day.  By the end of the week, the exhibit will be fully-developed to tell the story of this amazing week in the history of northeast Ohio and the gay community.

 

About Summit Artspace: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 Gay Community Endowment, 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. 

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“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.