Backstory: The Kaleidoscope created for the Annual Kaleidoscope Show!


Kaleidoscope Hilltop by Susan Mencini, 2016 Kaleidoscope Award-Wining Artist

15th Annual
Alliance for the Visual Arts’ Holiday Show
December 1, 2017 – January 6, 2018
Summit Artspace on East Market
140 E. Market St., Akron

Akron Society of Artists
Artists of Rubber City
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Women’s Art League of Akron

Sunday, December 31, 8 pm
First Night Akron, open 6-9 pm at Summit Artspace on East Market

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 7 pm
Reserve your seat here:

Area art lovers will get the chance to see the best of local artistic talent in the 15th Annual Kaleidoscope: AVA’s Holiday Show, which runs through Jan. 6, 2018 at Summit Artspace on East Market, 140 E. Market St., Akron.

This year’s juried exhibition, organized each year by the Alliance for the Visual Arts, will be held in the main gallery at Summit Artspace on East Market. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Winners of the juried show were announced at the opening on Dec. 1. See below for the list of winners and their work. 

Patrick Melnick, Dean of Academic Affairs at Virginia Marti College of Design in Lakewood, served as the juror for the show. 

2017 Kaleidoscope by Bob Pozarski for People’s Choice Award

The art exhibition was founded in 2003 by AVA which is the umbrella group of the four area arts organizations: Akron Society of Artists, Artists of Rubber City, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and the Women’s Art League of Akron. Active members are eligible to compete in Kaleidoscope. This is a very prominent show and gives inspiration to artists and art lovers from all over Northeast Ohio.

Gallery visitors will be able to vote for their favorite piece to win the coveted Kaleidoscope Award, a working kaleidoscope designed and hand-blown by glass artist Bob Pozarski. The winner will be announced at the gallery during First Night Akron, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Summit Artspace on East Market will be open from 6-9 p.m. for the end-of-year event. Sue Mencini was the 2016 People’s Choice winner.

Kaleidoscope Juror Patrick Melnick, Dean of Academic Affairs at Virginia Marti College of Design in Lakewood

The Kaleidoscope artists will gather for a panel discussion on Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. in the main gallery surrounded by the artwork. The event is free. Reserve your seat here:

Summit Artspace’s main gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Additional hours include 5-9 p.m. for the for the Dec. 2 and Jan. 6 Artwalk and 5-9 p.m. for the Dec. 21 3rd THURSDAY.

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.