Fresh & Witty: 5th Annual Juried Show

Art Gets Witty at Summit Artspace

Summit Artspace challenged area artists to visually tickle gallery visitors’ funny bones for its annual juried exhibition Fresh Art, which traditionally features new work, new ideas and new media.  Titled Fresh & Witty this year, the event opens Friday, August 14 with a meet-the-artists reception from 5 to 7 pm and runs through September 19.  Guest judges Mitchell Kahan, director of the Akron Art Museum, and Christopher Hixson, local graphic designer, selected 49 artworks to be displayed out of the 81 submitted for consideration.

The judges also chose three top winners who will be presented $500, $300 and $200 prizes thanks to a sponsorship donation from the Summa Foundation.  First place goes to Stow artists Dan Coffield and Kevin Smalley for their multimedia, animatronics sculpture titled The Pumpkin Patch Posse: Where Are We?  The piece includes three friends lost and displaced in an odd world of fluorescent lighting and misunderstood human activity.  Second place goes to Peninsula artist Gwen Waight for Family, four multi-media sculptural figures.  Kent artist Frances Lehnert won third place for a pastel painting of precarious rock climbers titled CLOSE UP.

The exhibition includes all types of media – paint, ceramics, photography, metal, and mixed – creating two and three dimensional art.  The diverse group of artists includes all ages and experience levels from established to emerging to students.

Free Summit Artspace Events
Out-of-the-Box Workshop with Joan Colbert
August 22, 1 pm-3 pm

Painting on Silk Workshop with Margot Eiseman
September 19, 1 pm-3 pm


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