Six summer exhibitions that include local artists and feature themes that celebrate life and people open at Summit Artspace on July 8 from 5-7 p.m.
Betty and Howard Taylor Main Gallery
Love Between the Atoms by internationally-acclaimed artist Eva Kwong features organic-inspired sculptures and two-dimensional work. The imagined biomorphic forms created in ceramic and three-dimensional printed sculptures elegantly reference natural specimens, such as cells and seeds, that remind us of the preciousness of life.
The late Kirk Mangus loved to draw and paint people he knew from memory—including portraits of his friends and family. My Favorite People, a posthumous solo exhibition, consists of drawings and watercolors related to the portraits in the Kings & Queens mural located outside Summit Artspace, completed by Mangus in 2006 and now restored by his widow, Eva Kwong.
In artist Rachel Parker’s first solo show, My World in Color, colorful paintings featuring floral motifs and mandalas are a celebration of life. The exhibition highlights a collaboration between Summit Artspace and Summit DD that ensures artists of all abilities have the opportunity to share their work in our community.
At 6 p.m. on July 8, Summit Artspace Executive Director Heather Meeker will make remarks on the partnership between Summit Artspace and Summit DD and Parker’s exhibition.
Based in Akron, Ohio, Artists of Rubber City (est. 1978) is a network of artists and art lovers who support each other’s creative endeavors. If you are interested in where the rubber hits the road in the Akron art community, the Artists of Rubber City Member Show is for you.
Second Floor Gallery
Local artists explore the human need to thrive in an environment that accepts differences of opinion on polarizing topics and call for tolerance of all viewpoints in Reconciliation, a group exhibition. Reconciliation is defined as “the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement.”
Imagery and motifs used Emily Olszewski’s After the Storm are taken from medieval art pieces and illustrated pages from ancient texts. As such, Olszewski’s pandemic-era art enters the same playing field as that created during and after the bubonic plague.
The Wall-to-Wall program brings the work of resident artists outside of the studios and into the hallways of Summit Artspace. This summer’s Wall-to-Wall features work by resident artist Hans Reich, the Arts Alive Awards profiles, and the Faces of Akron portraits. Faces of Akron pays homage to the 2006 Kings and Queens mural. Six local artists—Alexandria Couch, Meryl Engler, Hope Hickman, Micah Kraus, Christine Ries, and Sylvia Sykes—created portraits of Akron community members in their own artistic styles.
The BOX Gallery
The Artists of Rubber City present Passages by Lou Camerato, which will be on view in the BOX Gallery at Summit Artspace July 8 – 30.