Summer 2023 Exhibitions – Press Release

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Jaclyn Hale, Community Engagement Coordinator, Summit Artspace  

(330) 376-8480 ex. 3  


Summer Exhibitions Open at Summit Artspace on July 7 


Akron, OHIO (Jun. 16, 2023) — Five exhibitions open at Summit Artspace on Friday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m. Summer Exhibitions will be on view Fridays 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through September 16. 


Summit Artspace’s Summer Exhibitions Opening Night will showcase a diverse group of local artists across all five galleries throughout the building. The event will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet exhibiting artists, hear their stories, and engagwith the community.  


Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery 

I DID IT MY WAY | Patricia Zinsmeister Parker 

This exhibition surveys Patricia Zinsmeister Parker’s five-decade career. She is best known for her narrative abstract expressionist paintings, which are influenced by her personal life experiences, emotions, and intuition. Breaking away from the traditional constraints of painting, her subject matter of bold colors and linework reference familiar imagery shaped by gestural brushwork.  


Welcome Gallery  

The Art of Rex Mitchell 

A collection of acrylic paintings by local artist Rex Mitchell, this exhibition came to fruition as part of Summit Artspace’s continued partnership with Summit DD. Stylistically, Mitchell’s work is reminiscent of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and thematically, he references famous artworks such as The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough. Mitchell wants the viewer to know that he loves Monet, and he loves painting!    


Intersections Gallery  

The Art of a Lifetime | Joseph T. Dick 

Joseph T. Dick’s photographs and other artworks reflect the world, as they capture the textures, colors, tastes and sounds of life. Through images of the artist’s personal experiences and travels, he encourages us to hold onto all the beauty and wonder that surrounds us each living moment. “May you give yourself the time to stop, to look, and to appreciate and feel your connection with life.”  


Forum Gallery  

Human: Nature | Group Exhibition 

Sculpture by Palli Davene Davis and paintings by Donna Coleman, Sarah Schuster and Jean Kondo Weigl reflect a shared concern for how humans interact with nature and each other. Each artist approaches her work through a different lens: actual, perceptual, sociological and allegorical. All four artists’ works express hope for the stewardship of the planet and each other and their shared belief that making art is an act of compassion  


Horizon Gallery  

Disorganized Attachment Debra DeGregorio 

Mixed media drawings on paper by Debra DeGregorio reference disorganized attachment, a term used in psychology to describe a relationship style that both yearns for closeness and builds walls to protect. This creates a chaotic intimacy that is simultaneously building and disintegrating. Likewise, the elements rendered and collaged within the spacious worlds of these artworks come together and connect while also falling apart.  


The BOX Gallery 

Over the next 3 months, Artists of Rubber City will host three new shows in the Box GalleryGwen Everhard’s Art: 85 Years of Color, will be on view from July 7 through July 29. Gail Taber’s Phantasy will be on display from August 4 through August 26. Luanne Bole-Becker’s Magic From The Mundane will be viewable from September 1 through September 16. 




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About Summit Artspace: Summit Artspace is a nonprofit arts organization connecting artists and artist-serving organizations to the resources they need to thrive professionally, creatively, and financially. It provides artist studios, exhibitions, and programs in Summit County and serves as a vital place for the public to engage with the creative community. Summit Artspace is located at 140 East Market Street in Akron, Ohio. Public hours are Fridays from noon – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Summit Artspace is supported by The County of Summit, Ohio Arts Council, GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Lehner Family Foundation and The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Corbin Foundation.

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