Community reflected in First Night button design


11.20.2008 – Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — What does it mean to be part of the Akron community? Artist Liz Remmel (now Scott) wanted to find out.

So the graphic designer asked family and friends what they think of being part of the culture of Akron.

“They mentioned the people and the diverse nature but also the caring spirit that is here,” said Remmel, a West Akron native who now lives in North Hill.

Remmel, 28, was chosen to be this year’s button artist for First Night Akron. She is one of the three principals at Immix Studio, a Web and print design firm in Akron.

A graduate of Firestone High School and Kent State University’s graphic design program, Remmel was chosen to create the button art after a review of her portfolio by previous button artists, she said. She got the news that she was picked in May and spent about two months working on her design.

“They had mentioned they wanted the theme to be about community,” she said. “I was racking my brain and had an idea to reach out to friends and families about what the Akron community means to them.”

Her design’s background features an abstract map of Downtown Akron. Shapes representing people of all ages are shown heading toward the center of town for the annual New Year’s Eve gathering, which is in its 13th year this year. Activities will begin in Downtown Akron Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.

Remmel said her family members have attended First Night over the years, but she has never been to the event. This year she is looking forward to taking part in it for the first time.

First Night buttons are $10 and will go on sale Nov. 28 at Acme Fresh Markets, participating FirstMerit Bank branches, the Akron Beacon Journal Customer Service Desk, Borders Books & Music in Cuyahoga Falls, the Library Shop on Main, Lock 3 Park, Stage Left Boutique at Akron Civic Theatre and Carolyn’s Cupboard in Wadsworth. Buttons also may be purchased at www.firstnight

Children younger than 10 will be admitted free to First Night events with a button-wearing adult.

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