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Winners announced for 419 Square Miles of Summit County, Summit Artspace photo show, March 1-30

March 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

419 Square Miles show image

The current photography show at Summit Artspace on East Market captures the realistic, vibrant life and locations found in Summit County.

The show is in the main gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market, 140 East Market St., Akron. The exhibition which runs until March 30 is free and open to the public.

More than 100 photographs were submitted. Juror for the show is Gary Harwood, a veteran photographer and photography teacher from Kent. Harwood will lead a panel discussion with the photographers on Thursday, March 28, from 7-8 p.m. in the main gallery surrounded by the photos. The event is free. Reserve your seat here: https://bit.ly/2TEpOSX


The focus of the exhibit is to highlight life throughout Summit County using portraits, landscapes, interior spaces, nature and street photography submitted by local and regional photographers, both professional and hobby.

Summit County covers 419 square miles in Northeast Ohio representing many facets of geography, business, rural and urban venues and diverse people.

The expanse of Summit County will be reflected in photographs that convey emotions speaking to the people, history and significance of life in the county. At a time when urban and rural areas are sometimes divided, the common, visual narrative found in photography provides an avenue for conversation and mutual appreciation.


419 Square Miles show juror
Gary Harwood, Photographer and 419 Square Miles Juror

Juror Gary Harwood of Kent has worked as a photographer and teacher for more than 30 years. He teaches Visual Storytelling and other photography courses at Kent State University and is also an Artist in Residence with the Ohio Arts Council. He is the co-author of Tiger Legacy: Stories of Massillon Football and Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community.

His work has appeared in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, Graphis Photo Annual, The Sun Magazine and Double Take/Points of Entry. He has twice won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award from the Ohio News Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year competition. Tiger Legacy was selected as one of the ten best photography books for the summer of 2016 by American Photo Magazine. Growing Season won the Carter G. Woodson Honor Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and the Ohioana Book Award from the Ohioana Library Association.


Fred's Diner Does Bacon by Debra-Lynn Hook in 419 Square Miles
Fred’s Diner Does Bacon by Debra-Lynn Hook, First Place


Verticalibration by Thomas Skala in 419 Square Miles
Verticalibration by Thomas Skala, Second Place


Underpass by Pollock Youngpole in 419 Square Miles
Underpass by Pollock Youngpole, Third Place


MeBike5 by Marc Braun in 419 Square Miles
MeBike5 by Marc Braun, Honorable Mention

“I look at our surrounding area with an eye for how we interact with nature, our surroundings and people. This image represents a look how I personally interact with others. It is a study of my shadow intertwined with others along the towpath.”
Marc Braun

Location is the Beaver Marsh Towpath located in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Peninsula. 


Untitled 2 by Jacob Mollohan in 419 Square Milesa
Untitled 2 by Jacob Mollohan, Honorable Mention

“My goal with this series is to show interaction between people, but also show how much care goes into keeping Akron neighborhood community spaces maintained. I have a fondness for the idea of relationship building through community sports. As a young man, I served in the Army and built many of my friendships through pick-up games during our off hours. It was a way for us to blow off some steam and get to know each other outside of our day to day duties. I see this happening now in the neighborhoods around Akron. Even when I go to photograph, the people at these spaces are so welcoming and genuine. These photographs show how pick-up basketball games can bring together a diverse group of people. They are also highlighting the bonds between people within a community through spectating, participation, and socialization. Community-based sports have the opportunity to teach tolerance through inclusion …
Jacob Mollohan

Location of photograph is Reservoir Park on Brittain Road.


Lock 26 Winter Silence by Beth Becker in 419 Square Miles
Lock 26 Winter Silence by Beth Becker, Honorable Mention

“This is the location of one of Akron’s canal locks, Lock 26, also known as Pancake Lock near Beaver Marsh. During the spring and summer it welcomes visitors with plenty of wild flowers, blackberry bushes and wildlife. But in the stillness of winter it can become otherworldly–a hovering silence of fog and ice. It’s said to be a haunted location, but in my eye, it has an ethereal glow and calm to it. As a photographer and illustrator, I strive to have the viewer feel the mood, look deeper and escape into the world I create.”
Beth Becker

The location is Ira Road and Riverview Road. 


A Mind of Her Own by Bill Beuther 419 Square Miles
A Mind of Her Own by Bill Beuther, Honorable Mention

 “This young girl photographed at a PorchRokr Festival clearly has a mind of her own. How fortunate she is to be growing up at a time when opportunities for women abound. Abstract shapes and colors were added in PhotoShop to intensify the sense of her empowerment.”
Bill Beuther

Location is the Porch Rockr Festival in Highland Square.


The show image illustrates the people and places of Summit County with the center photograph of the Manchester Dance Ensemble by Harwood and the outdoor photographs of Virginia Kendall Park by Taylor Clapp.

Summit Artspace’s main gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays, 12-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Additional hours include the March 2 Artwalk, 5-9 p.m., and during 3rd Thursday, March 21, 4-7 p.m.


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