For two weekends only, the public has an opportunity to view how local artists can expand the definition of “what is a box.” Fifty unique interpretations will be on display at Summit Artspace during gallery hours beginning October 25 through November 3. There is also a free meet-the-artists reception Wednesday, October 24 from 5 to 7 pm.
Since the Akron Area Arts Alliance established its Arts Alive! Awards in 2001, talented area artists have taken up the challenge of creating unusual boxes to be auctioned at the fundraising event. These one-of-a-kind creations, made with everything from cloth to clay to metal to broken china have become highly collectible in the community.
“This is always one of our most popular gallery shows,” said artist and gallery coordinator Joan Colbert, who donated an animated, mixed media box titled “Nabuccrow,” inspired by an opera. “As an artist, I love the challenge of trying something new and just a bit out there for this event.”
Kent artist Roger Benedetti made his box called “Almost Endless Box Colorful” from whittled sticks, while Bath artist Marcia Mazak used painted strips of fabric for her “Razz ‘m Tazzz.” Sharon Center artist Dwite Barger created a miniature replica of a 1906 historic cottage and Akron’s Janet Snell donated a painting titled “Black Boxes.”
Located one block east of the Akron Art Museum at the corner of E. Market and Summit Street, the gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free.