ARCHIVED Marking a milestone: happy 85th to the Women’s Art League of Akron; anniversary show on exhibit until June 30; panel discussion coming up!

Poppy Dance by Nicki Lanzi

85th Spring Anniversary Show
Women’s Art League of Akron
May 25 – June 30, 2018
Summit Artspace on East Market
140 E. Market St., Akron
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 28, 7 pm
Summit Artspace on East Market
Free and open to the public
Reserve your seat here:

The historic Women’s Art League of Akron celebrates 85 years of creativity with an anniversary show May 25 through June 30 at Summit Artspace on East Market.

Here are the winners of the juried awards for the show.

Finding My Niche in the Western Reserve III by Helen Wilson


The Music Master’s Daughter by Elinore Korow


Not Salt/Smoke & Roses by Shirley Ende-Saxe




Spirit of Life by Judith Salamon


Purple Flags by Deanna Clucas


Bernadette by Linda Nye


All Tied Up by Sally Heston


Airlie by Betty Derrer


Elise’s Wonder by Nicki Lanzi

In the early twentieth century, Akron’s skilled women artists were struggling for recognition and at a disadvantage because of their gender, said Deanna Clucas, a league member and local artist. Twenty women gathered together in 1933 and agreed it was time to form an Akron society of women who liked to paint.

Gertrude Seiberling, the matriarch of the prominent Seiberling family and the mistress of Akron’s Stan Hywet mansion, was one of those founders, Clucas pointed out.

More than 8 decades later, the prize-winning league is still a force to be reckoned with on the local art scene. Members create works with oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, colored pencils, graphite and mixed media as well as fiber art, photography, sculpture, collage and printmaking.  The art varies from realistic to abstract genres.

An original mission of the group continues with the funding and awarding of art scholarships to female high school seniors continuing their art education.

League members will participate in a panel discussion in the main gallery on June 28, 7 p.m. Reserve a seat at Summit Artspace’s panel discussions have been gaining in popularity as community members come to appreciate the forum as a place to learn more about the skill and talent of local artists. 

Summit Artspace’s main gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Additional hours are 5-9 p.m. June 2 for Artwalkm 5-9 p.m. and for 3rd THURSDAY on June 21, which runs 4-7 p.m. at Summit Artspace.

Parking is available behind the Summit Artspace building when visiting the gallery. Summit Artspace is handicap accessible and has an elevator.

Summit Artspace is a non-profit community art center organization that provides studio, exhibit and programming spaces in Summit County and the surrounding area for local artists and arts organizations; and is a center for art education open to all residents. Contact Summit Artspace at 330-376-8480. On the Web at  Find us on Facebook, on Twitter @AkronAreaArts, Instagram and Snapchat.

Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible

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

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