Thursday, October 30, 2008


Creative Ghosts & Goblins Fill Summit Artspace
for Halloween Weekend

(Akron, OH) – Ghosts and goblins will be truly creative this Halloween weekend thanks to a scary group of Akron area artists. Eight top professional artists and four young, emerging artists have put their devilish talents together to build an eerie art installation called Haunted Artspace. It will be open to the public Friday, October 31and Saturday, November 1 noon to 9 pm and November 6-8 noon to 5 pm at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street. Admission is a $2 donation.

Members of the creative coven are Mark Soppeland, Donna Webb, Joseph Blue Sky, Joan Colbert, Laura Bidwell, Leandra Drumm, Inda Blatch-Geib, Miller Horns plus art students Dan Coffield, Kevin Smalley, Rachel Gentner and Bonnie Stipe.

This is not the typical haunted house with costumed chainsaw killers and axe murderers jumping out from dark corners. These talented people have used their refined aesthetic sensibilities to create a true work of art that just happens to be very mysterious. Visitors will wend their ways through a creative world of creepy corners, cupboards and crevices. The installation is made possible with contributions from FirstEnergy Foundation and University Park Alliance. The building is in the University Park neighborhood.

Also on display at Summit Artspace is Fresh & Spooky, a gallery exhibition of 91 frightening works of art created by artists from Summit, Portage and Medina Counties. Sponsored by OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, this exhibition is free. On Saturday, November 8 from 1-3 pm, artist Ardyse Mund will present a free workshop titled Looking Closely at Trees.

Summit Artspace is located at the corner of E. Market and Summit Streets, one block from the Akron Art Museum. Established in 2002, it is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in cooperation with Summit County government. Its gallery presents seven exhibitions per year and is dedicated to displaying works by local artists. There is free parking behind the building off Summit Street.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Collage workshop

Here are some photos from Monday nights meeting. Collage artist Gretchen bierbaum conducted a mini worksop. She brought everything we needed to make our own collages.

Here are some of our finished collages:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Meeting Reminder!

Meeting Monday Night
October 20
Collage Workshop with Gretchen Bierbaum

Friday, October 17, 2008

Artist Neworking Event

From Todd:

Opportunity Knocks - An Artist’s Networking Event
Friday, November 7th 9:00am to 4:00pm @ Musica

I am opening up my “little black book” to introduce you to the people that have helped me become a successful Entrepreneur/Artist with an international audience.
You can meet them in person, pick their brains, and come to know PERSONALLY the people who are making arts in our region THEIR priority!

If you are ready to MAKE YOUR ART CAREER actually work, if you are ready to take your art business to the next level, you need to come to this event! YOU will have a day full of information, and networking that can take your art business to the places you have never imagined it could go. Whether you are involved in an arts organization, a not for profit, or you are an individual artist looking for a better understanding, or if it is simply time to “jump-start” your life, this event is guaranteed to help you. Be sure to bring your business cards to this event!

You will get to talk to and share ideas with:
Tony Troppe - Local business owner, gallery owner, and developer
Suzie Graham - Director of Arts and Children's activities for the City of Akron
Alex Nicholis - Curator of the Massillon Museum
Gary Lockwood - Co-Creator of Standing Rock Cultural Center, and consultant for the Ohio Arts Counsel
todd v - Artist and Director for City Art Project, Inc.
and... Maybe even a couple more surprise guests!!

Reserve your seats now! Tickets to this event are only $45.00 in advance and you can purchase them online now at - Seating is limited! We want to keep this as a smaller intimate group for better discussion!

Each of our guest speakers will present information on their area of expertise – information that will equip you for a quantum leap in your art endeavors. Here is what you will learn about:

• The opportunities for artists to work with local business owners and developers. Find out who might be looking to offer commission work, or installations in Akron and the surrounding areas.

• Find out about all the cool opportunities to work with the City of Akron, and how to create proposals that the city will actually consider!

• Find out how to approach galleries, and museums for shows and representation!

• Find out how to write a grant that someone will actually read, and that gets money! Get a template that you can use to write your own grants!

• Find out how to use the internet to grow your art career. Create press kit that will get attention!

• Finally, we will discuss true collaboration - the key to our collective success!

After each presentation we will open the floor to discussion, giving you a unique opportunity for give and take with an expert answering your specific needs, an open dialog to expand or explain how to get the most out of your efforts.

To wrap the meeting up we will come together for an open discussion on collaboration brainstorming how we can all work together to further develop Akron as an arts and cultural destination. This will include an open cash bar to allow for further networking and group discussions. It’s the arts networking event that becomes a party!

Coffee and water will be provided. Additionally we will have a prepared lunch from Crave!

NO MORE EXCUSES. NO MORE COMPLAINTS. JUST MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF - AND YOUR CREATIVE FUTURE. ATTEND THE Opportunity Knocks EVENT! I am CERTAIN that you will be better prepared to make the most of your art career.

Additionally, each attendee will get a coupon to order a FREE DVD from one of the presentations at the event! (all the others will also be available at a discount for attendees!) . These will be available soon after the event.

Reserve your seats now! Seating is limited!

For more information or directions to the event please call 330.671.3792 - Please forward this information on to the artists you know

Visit for more information!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Upcoming Art Events

Next Thursday, October 23rd, at 7 PM, there is the inaugural event at the Akron Art Museum:
The Freakishly Short Animation Festival. It’s seventy minutes of short, mostly Halloween-themed animated films from around the world; check out the trailer at

We hope to see you next Thursday, bringing the dream to life.

Your pals,

Friday, October 10, 2008

Art Show at PAA

“Political Issues” at PAA
Meet the Artists Reception, Saturday October 11, 2008, 5-8pm.

Peninsula Art Academy is hosting an exhibit entitled “Political Issues”, October 11 thru November 29, 2008. Works have been accepted on their political relevance to our current election year. Nothing too outlandish, as we are located in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Our own Don Getz, area artist extraordinaire, will jury this show. “The challenge to me is to take a traditional subject and use what is there to create an even more fascinating image – my personal statement. (Don Getz).” So, what is this election all about? Let’s let the artists tell us? All media represented, both 2 and 3D.

Show Hours: 11am to 5pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday and when Studio Artists are present or classes are held.
Call PAA for special tours or appointments, 330-657-2248.

When: Show runs October 11 thru November 29, 2008.
Meet the Artists Reception, Saturday October 11, 2008, 5-8pm.

Where: Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 West Mill Street, Peninsula, Ohio 44264-171
Parking is in front of our building and behind “Elements Gallery”, directly across the street

click here for more details

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dino Massaroni Show

An Invitation For You:
(Behind the Everett Building corner of N. Main & E. Market)or also an entrance on North High Street. Parking available in the city deckacross from the art museum on South High Street AKRON, OHIOTHE ARTWORK WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 1For more information please email Nancy at

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Local Art Show

Here's a note about an upcoming show:
from Springfield Township Women's Club (45 members). "We are a service organization and we will be having our 35th Autumn Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, November 1st. It will be held at Springfield High School located at 2966 Sanitarium Rd. (Canton Rd.) Lakemore, OH. It is Juried. We have between 2700-3200 people attend (we know because we charge $1 admission). Our vendors do an awesome business.

I would love to speak with some of your artists regarding buying a $40 booth to display some of your art. This would benefit both your group and bring awareness to southern Summit county and bring some variety to our bazaar. You can put as much art in your booth as you can fit and keep refilling as you sell. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendors set up on Friday after 4:00 p.m. We have a huge cafeteria that day and free parking for the event.

..... the time is getting short. Please call me at 330-830.3693 or return e-mail me or contact the bazaar committee at: Cindy Howe (330-699-1815 Pam Clayton (330-699-4279 Chris Bolyard 784-7088 They can better help you as they are the committee. they know the booth sizes, proceedures, etc. They can e-mail you the entry form and expedite the process.
Thanks, Teri Vasile.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Nicki Lanzi Demo

Monday night the HSA members enjoyed a demo of painting watercolor on canvas.
She also displayed some of her finished pieces.