ARCHIVE Evolving Landscapes March 3-April 8 2017

First Place Winner, Lizzi Aronhalt for Lost

Evolving Landscapes Juried Exhibition

March 3 – April 8, 2017

Winners Announced at 7 PM

Summit Artspace Gallery

To reserve your seat for the Artist Panel, click here.


Artists from Akron, Canton and Cleveland took top honors in the Summit Artspace Evolving Landscapes juried art exhibition that opened this past weekend.

Second Place Winner, Valerie Buynak for Hissing Locust

Juror Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum, singled out five pieces from the 50 works she selected for the show. The works, which look at the landscape genre from traditional, abstract and highly personal perspectives in various media, are representative of the show featuring images by Northeast Ohio artists.

Lizzi Aronhalt of Akron won first place honors for her acrylic on paper work, Lost, that illustrates her use of color, at times conspicuous and then subtle, to draw attention to urban scapes. Second place went to Valerie Buynak of Canton for Hissing Locusts, a piece created with charcoal, spray paint and rain demonstrating a stong tie to nature and the goal of realizing calmness. Thom Passarelli of Tallmadge was awarded third place for his work, Bambi’s Brother, an approach to landscape using a sentimental found object, in this case a toy deer, to relate a story that taps the viewer’s memory.

Honorable mentions went to Karen Jewell-Kett of Bay Village for Rolling Fields, an acrylic on canvas painting; and to April Cameron of Akron for Fancy Gap, also an acrylic painting.

Summit Artspace, a community arts center for Summit County and the surrounding area, challenged local artists to submit diverse representations of landscape art from both traditional and contemporary perspectives in a variety of media. The response was outstanding with nearly 100 artists submitting work. The exhibition runs until April 8. “We were looking for abstract, representational and alternative interpretations of all types of ‘scapes,’ such as sea, land, sky and urban environments. We think the community will really enjoy the challenge of walking through the exhibition,” said Jeanne Grossetti, exhibitions manager at Summit Artspace.

Third Place Winner, Thom Passarelli for Bambi’s Brother

Coon relied on a broad approach to defining a landscape as she reviewed the more than 130 artworks. “I have always appreciated, and many times employed, a broad interpretation of the word “landscape,” to encompass everything from literal depictions of the outdoor, natural world, to clusters of concrete and glass in urban settings, and from imagined and fantastical spaces, to the intangible and infinite capacities of the mind,” she explained.

Coon holds a BA in art history from Kent State University, an MA in art history through the joint program at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University, and a Collections Care certificate from the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies. She has been with the Massillon Museum since 2001, serving as curator for the museum from 2003 to 2010.

Drawing from her background, she judged the submissions with an eye for influences as far ranging as the art of East Asia, Mark Rothko, DaVinci, Frederic Edwin Church, O’Keefe and Dali.

“The ways in which artists interpret the landscape is constantly evolving. The range of expression present in this exhibition is proof of that. Evolving

Honorable Mention, Karen Jewell-Kett for Rolling Fields

Landscapes showcases diversity in medium, style, process, and visual translation of the exhibition theme,” she articulated her assessment of the exhibition.

There will be a panel presentation Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m., by the artists whose works are in the show.  Reserve your seat by registering here: The event is free and open to the public. 

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, noon-7 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. The show will be open for Akron Artwalk on April 1, noon to 9 p.m. Summit Artspace is located at 140 E. Market St., Akron. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Parking is available behind the Summit Artspace building and in a lot between South Summit Street and Broadway when visiting the gallery. Summit Artspace is handicap accessible and has an elevator. For information about Summit Artspace, go to or call 330-376-8480. Find Summit Artspace on Facebook, on Twitter @AkronAreaArts, Instagram and Snapchat.


Honorable Mention, April Cameron for Fancy Gap

UP CLOSE: Lost by Lizzi Aronhalt

UP CLOSE: Bambi’s Brother by Thom Passarelli

UP CLOSE: Rolling Fields by Karen Jewell-Kett

UP CLOSE: Fancy Gap by April Cameron


Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible

Summit Artspace Location
140 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330-376-8480

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