The Summit Artspace building has had artists' studios on the third floor for about five years now - but has never had an exhibit highlighting them, until now. The exhibit, "Upstairs Downstairs: Works from the Penthouse," highlights the eight artists who have studios on the third floor. The exhibit opened Jan. 17 and can be seen through Feb. 22.

"I like to let people know we have these eight established artists at Summit Artspace on the third floor," said Connie Bloom, who curated the exhibit and is one of the eight artists featured. "We call it The Penthouse, with great affection. We want people to be able to connect the dots."

A variety of art can be seen in the exhibit, from painting and photography to sculture and fabric work. Artists include Joan Colbert (printmaking); Cari Miller(mixed-media); Terry Klausman (sculpture/drawing); Cuyahoga Falls artist Carolyn Lewis (painting); Hudson artist Katina Pastis Radwanski (painting/sculpture); Kent artist Bradley Hart (photography); Ron White (sculpture/drawing) and Bloom (art quilts).

Hart, who said he has had his studio in the Penthouse for a little over a year, said that he has been a photographer for about 25 years.

"I am a commercial photographer by day, and then I also take more artistic photographs for myself," he said. "I've only been on the arts scene for about 10 years. My first show, in 2004, was in Kent."

Hart said he has always been drawn to the arts, and sees photography as his means of artistic expression.

"I've always wanted to be a painter or to draw, but I couldn't do that," he said. "Photography gave me to means to create art. I need the mechanical apparatus to get the images I have in my head down."

Lewis, who has several of her oil paintings on display, talked about one of her pieces, "Dawn in Cortona, Italy," a piece she painted while she was in Cortona conducting a painting workshop.

"It's on a hill, and it's older than Rome," she said. "We stayed at a hotel that used to be a monastery, and this was the view from my window. This is just before sunrise."

Free demonstrations

A series of artist demos and workshops will be offered along with the exhibition as several of the artists mix their personal and professional talents. All are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested for the hands-on workshops.

Most demos and workshops will be on the third floor of Summit Artspace in the artists' studios.


Feb. 8

1 p.m. -- Be My Valentine Make & Take with Joan Colbert, Cari Miller and Terry Klausman (pre-register)

Feb. 15

1 p.m. -- Yoga in the Summit Artspace Gallery with Ron White

2 p.m. -- Chakra Art Workshop with Ron White and Joan Colbert (pre-register)

Summit Artspace, a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in cooperation with Summit County government, is at 140 E. Market Street, one block east of the Akron Art Museum. Gallery hours are Thursday from noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The Box galleries

The third floor also highlights three other local artists in the Box galleries. The exhibits upstairs are Like but Not Like featuring Carole Pollard and Ted Maringer, and Through the Pleats of a Curtain by Greta Ramey.