ARCHIVED The BOX Gallery with Dolls as Metaphor and Delivering Stories; new shows running until August 19


Dolls as Metaphor by Ralph Hunt

New Shows at The BOX Gallery

Delivering Stories
Dolls as Metaphor

July 14 – August 19, 2017
The BOX Gallery
Summit Artspace on East Market
140 E. Market St., Akron
Third Floor

July 14 through August 19, 2017: “Delivering Stories” showcasing work by Karen Koch and Amber McElreath and “Dolls as Metaphor” by Ralph Hunt. Come see the shows and meet the artists at the opening reception on Fri., July 14th from 5-8 pm at the BOX Gallery.

Karen Koch is a local artist who relies on her love of nature and memories of days gone by for inspiration for her art. Believing that being grounded in our past helps us grow toward our future, her

Only a RIver’s Gonna Make Things Right by Amber McElreath

recent work explores the universal questions of where we have been and where are we going. In her recent work she incorporates stitching as a way to add line detail. Thread, yarn, and stitching are also a nod to both her evenings spent embroidering with her mother and days as a seamstress in collage. Found objects, grandmother’s buttons, plastic wrappers, maps, and old book pages all find their way into her work. Maps especially are loaded with associations of childhood road trips and the promise of grand adventures. The results are colorful artworks rich in surface texture and personal associations.

Amber McElreath graduated with her BFA from Kent State University School of Fine and Professional Arts with a concentration in painting. She worked by commission before obtaining her MAs in Art Therapy and Counseling from Ursuline College. In her work she finds objects, collects them, and “purges” them by incorporating them into new pieces. 

“In our disposable culture, and in America’s Rustbelt, there is no shortage of discarded items. These pieces were once thrown away or donated but using them in the creation of artwork gives them new life and purpose. I transform these objects using paint, clay, resin, photography, and collage materials. Using traditionally feminine materials and creative processes is a large component of my work. I use media including ribbon, embroidery floss, hand sewing, crafts, and miniature dollhouse making.”

Time of Waiting by Karen Koch

All of these refer to skills Amber learned as a young Midwestern girl. Some of these skills were once handed down generationally from mother to daughter however these skills are being lost. Amber’s work embraces the feminine and tries to legitimize traditionally female hobbies and media as fine art.

Ralph Hunt lives in Akron and travels a great deal to take pictures. Ralph’s recent photographic work focuses on “indirect” images of people and portraits once-removed. Such as pictures of portraits, figures on posters or calendars, or images of dolls, manikins, puppets or masks. These are deflected representations of what is human, and dolls play a major part in this work. Most of the photographs were taken in the window of a small ceramics shop in Rome. Sense old expensive dolls had ceramic heads people were more likely to hang on to them and therefore these dolls were often passed down from generation to generation, ending up for repair in these cluttered little shops of broken things. 

“Most of the dolls were piled haphazardly in the shop windows, so I had no control over their poses, since turnover must have been exceedingly slow, the dolls had gathered thick coatings of dust, and this deterioration gives them character.”

The BOX Gallery will also be open on Saturday, August 5th for the Akron Artwalk and July 20th for 3rd Thursday from 5 – 9 pm in addition to its regular hours. Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible

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

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