Regional artists entered their freshest work this season for the 10th Annual FRESH ART exhibition, which continues through April 19. Regular gallery hours are Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. in conjunction with the Akron Art Museum, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
A group of 57 works were chosen by juror, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, the Director of the Massillon Museum of Art. Spanning media, matter and unique materials, the artists chose to approach their pieces in a variety of ways, from the abstract and ethereal to the conceptual and surrealistic. Fresh Art is an annual juried show in which contemporary area artists working are challenged to stretch their imaginations and produce new works that reflect novel thinking and unusual materials.
Believing in the power of local artists, Summa Health System supports the exhibition’s cash awards. Brenda Cummins, director of Community Engagement, presented the awards at the March 7 opening and commented, “Supporting artists who have a “fresh” take on their art creates an opportunity to heal more than our patients…it heals the community!”
The juror’s comments explained her impressions of the exhibit: “As an Akron native, whose love of art was cultivated by experiences with visits to the Akron Art Museum, I was honored to take part in jurying the Fresh Art exhibit for Summit Artspace. Not only did it introduce me to a host of new artists, it afforded me an opportunity to learn more about what artists perceive as fresh and innovative ways of approaching materials, style and subject matter. More than anything, the skill level of the collective entries greatly impressed me.”
Four artists were awarded the Top Honors at the opening.
· BEST of SHOW award of $500 recognizes Maggie Duff for her print, “Found Sign V”.
· A new $200 award, the FRESH AIR award goes to Nate Mayfield for his painting, “Stick a Fork in It.”
· Second place awards Andy Dreamingwolf $150 for his beautifully executed painting, “Sister Ray.”
· Third place for $150 went to Frances Lehnert for the pastel work, “Driving Miss Daisy.”
The juror felt that these artists should also be recognized with Honorable Mentions:
· Eric Ford for his sculpture, “Untitled”
· Seth Madden for his painting, “LA Alhambra”
· Erin Miller, for her mixed media work, “Effectiveness of Modern Medicine”
· Michael Swaisgood for his piece, “Pull”
· Sharon Wagner for her sculpture, “Migraine”
Summit Artspace is presenting three FREE workshops for artists to assist them in the development of their creative careers. All the workshops will be held at Summit Artspace, are FREE and there is no advance registration to join.
• Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. with Rob Lehr, Summit Artspace Gallery Coordinator. Exhibiting your Creativity: Tips on Fine-Tuning your Gallery Proposals.
• Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. with photographer, Bradley Hart. Photographing your 2D & 3D Artwork for Reproduction
• Tuesday, April 8th at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Foundation Center, the Akron-Summit County Public Library and Summit Artspace on Grant Seeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts.