Streetscapes 2012: Akron in Plein Air

Streetscapes 2012: Akron in Plein Air to Open at Summit Artspace 

 The wait is over! Summit Artspace Gallery and guest curator Brian Shellito, after organizing a unique outdoor art experience this summer for artists and the public, the works from that outdoor art experience are on display at Summit Artspace Gallery. The exhibition will run through September 15.   Streetscapes 2012: Akron in Plein Air will, for the second time, bring together talented local artists to paint urban landscapes along downtown Akron streets. Spectators were encouraged to visit the creative work sites and witness the process.

During a Meet-the-Artists reception held on August 10th, Charles Basham, judge of the submitted work, named first, second and third prizes along with two honorable mentions. First prize and $300 was awarded to Lawrence Churski for “Diamond Grille”, second prize was awarded and $200 was awarded to Mina Huang for “Love the Library” and third prize and $100 went to Candace Bennington for “Hotel Mayflower.” Two honorable mentions went to Stephen Ferencz for “Abstract Cityscape” and Doreen J. St. John for “View of Lock 2.”

Shellito, an illustrator for the Beacon Journal, came up with the urban plein air idea.  Plein Air is a French term meaning “open air.”

“I have enjoyed viewing other plein air shows and competitions around Northeast Ohio that were focused on rural landscapes,” Shellito said.  “As an artist who likes to paint people and buildings, I felt it would be great fun to bring this approach to an urban setting in Akron.”

In addition to the Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air exhibit, Summit Artspace is celebrating its 10th anniversary and postcards donated by artists who have shown in previous exhibits over the past ten years will be on display. Each postcard is ten dollars and proceeds go to benefit the gallery. Summit Artspace Gallery has put on over 40 exhibitions over the past ten years featuring many local artists.

Show card artwork by Mina Huang.



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