This fall, our exhibitions emphasize the interconnectedness of our arts community—and community at large —in Summit County. Themes of belonging, place, and healing run throughout the shows. The strong presence of local arts groups and community organizations this season reminds us to uplift each other and leverage the power of art as a tool for empathy, transformation, self-reflection, and belonging.
The 21st Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition (featuring artwork from four artist membership groups in the Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery) is reminder of the importance of community for artists and provides a wonderful snapshot of our current arts landscape. Similarly, in the Intersections Gallery artists connected with Door 2 Studio in Hudson come together to explore “empathetic community” through engaging, interactive artworks in the exhibition Imagine Infinite: Where Wonder Meets Transcendence.
The group exhibition Too Dark, in our Welcome Gallery, features artwork by art therapy clients at Community Support Services, which provides healthcare and hope for those living with severe and persistent mental illnesses in Summit County. This exhibition not only advocates for art as an empowering recovery tool, but also sheds light on the mental health struggles that many cope with on a regular basis. Blurred Lines in the Forum Gallery is comprised of women abstract artists crossing generational boundaries. Women have often been overlooked in the history of abstract art yet are important contributors to the form. In coming together, this exhibition asks viewers to explore themes of power, self-reflection, and relationship. Lizzi Aronhalt’s Horizon Gallery solo show, Anywhere, reflects on the power of place and belonging. The artist draws upon her own experience to consider how memories and experiences are rooted in where we are.
I hope this season gives you opportunities to transcend, heal, and contemplate your own communities through art.
Natalie Grieshammer Patrick
Director of Artist Resources