My Spirit Rises

My Spirit Rises Exhibition Opens at Summit Artspace

The six artists featured in the new show at Summit Artspace Gallery have one thing in common – they believe making art is a spiritual act.  “No two of us work the same way, even when working in the same medium,” said artist Carole Pollard, who brought the group together.  “But I like combining disparate things and discovering whether they have connections with one another.”

From August 14 through September 18, Summit Artspace Gallery will present My Spirit Rises, an exhibition of paintings, glass, ceramics and textiles.   Featured are Cuyahoga Falls fiber artist Ted Maringer, Cuyahoga Falls painter Judith Salamon, Medina quilt maker Jean Evans, Kent glass artist John Herring, Akron ceramist Bob Yost and Mantua fabric artist Pollard.  The public is invited to a free meet-the-artists reception on Friday, August 13 from 5 to 7 pm.

According to Pollard, the exhibit does not necessarily illustrate spiritual or religious subjects. “We’re all very, very different,” she said.  “But what we share is a profound urge to create and a sense of flat dullness if we don’t work for a while.”

For example, Salamon says her passion for painting is in the process and she enjoys thoroughly exploring an idea by doing multiple versions.  Her contribution to the exhibit is a series called Spirit Dresses inspired by a Northwestern American Indian legend and depicting the phases of a young girl’s life.  Through his 27 years working in stained glass and studying the psychological concepts of Carl Jung, Herring seeks the universal symbols that bring humans together across cultures and time.  Maringer finds inspiration in everyday objects using various fibers and colors to recreate their form and texture.  Evans finds joy in creating original art quilts from her paintings and drawings.  Yost says his art is simply about the process of working in clay, discovering the patterns and rhythms in each piece.

“None of us has ever been in a group like this before, but something absolutely wonderful happened as we met to plan the exhibition” Pollard said.  “Chemistry, magic, who knows what it was?  But our spirits rose as we created the pieces for the exhibit, and we hope that the viewers’ spirits will rise too.”


Free Summit Artspace Events
Meet-the-Artists Reception
Friday, August 13, 5 pm-7 pm

From Simple Beginnings Workshop with Carole Pollard
Saturday, August 14, 1 pm-3 pm

Large Scale Personal Symbols  Workshop with John Herring
Saturday, August 21, 1 pm-3 pm

Working with Alternative Fibers Workshop with Ted Maringer
Saturday, September 19, 1 pm-3 pm


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