ArtSpace Chair to Leave


12.14.2006 – Dottie Shinn

Starting in January, Peninsula graphic artist Laura Ruth Bidwell will no longer be chair of Summit Artspace Gallery’s advisory committee. Bidwell, who has coordinated gallery exhibits, set exhibition schedules and selected artists and guest curators since June 2003, will be replaced by West Akron artist Joan Colbert.

An Akron native, Colbert works in mixed media with an emphasis on painting, printmaking and collage. She was the 2001 First Night Akron button designer and 2005 Arts Alive! winner for Outstanding Visual Artist. She is also a founder of Highland Square’s Art in the Square Summer festival.Bidwell, who said she wants more time to create her own art, will help coordinate the first four exhibits of the 2007 season, which is in place except for one fall show Oct. 5 to Nov. 3.Other members of the gallery committee are graphic artist Liz Remmel (now Scott), photographer Andrew McAllister, portrait artist Dino Massaroni, sculptor Don Parsisson, arts educator Pat Sargent and arts advocate Cornelia Eichorn.The committee is seeking artist applications for the 2007 open exhibition and all of 2008.Applications and guidelines are available or by calling 330-376-8480. Artists living, working or attending universities in Summit, Portage and Medina counties are eligible. Artists who have applied in the past may reapply with new work.

Summit Artspace Gallery, 140 E. Market St., Akron, is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in cooperation with Summit County. It is located in a historical art deco building that also houses The Bang and The Clatter Theatre Company. Gallery admission and parking are free. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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