Arts lovers currently can check out two gallery exhibits at Summit Artspace.

One, the annual Fresh Art Show, can be seen on the first floor of Summit Artspace through April 30. The second, which can be seen in the BOX gallery on the third floor through April 23, highlights members of the Artists of Rubber City.

Joe Karlovec of Streetsboro, the exhibitions manager, said the Fresh Art show aims to highlight new works and different techniques. The artists are "taking risks and working in a new direction," he added. Thirty artists and 40 pieces can be seen, out of 84 submitted.

"It's a really good cross-section," Karlovec said. "There's a lot of culture, fragments, and architectural histories you can see."

Kathryn Shinko, an award winner at last year's Fresh Art show, once again entered this show with a piece she created using latchhook.

"I do mostly embroidery," she said.

Her piece, Faceb666k, illustrates her strong opinion of the social media site.

"There is a good side to it, and there's a bad side to it," she said. "A very bad side to it."

Carolyn Saus Balogh of Bath, whose work can be seen in the BOX gallery, said her work aims at bringing awareness of invasive pests. Balogh's sculpture, Asian Longhorned Beetle: Death of Our Hardwoods," includes both wood and metal.

"My goal is to get the word out for awareness of this potentially world changing invasive species," she said. "This insect has no natural predators in North America and can, if not identified and properly removed, devastate our lumber, maple syrup and ecosystem if not visually put on the radar through sculpture."

The Asian Longhorned Beetle, while it feasts on several different hardwood trees, are especially problematic for Ash and Maple trees, Balogh said. These insects bore through the wood, creating large holes -- the size of the holes can be seen in the metal part of the sculpture -- that "turn the tree into Swiss cheese."

"By the time you discover evidence of the problem, it's too late," Balogh said.

The beetle has been found in Cincinnati; it has not been found in this area but it could only be a matter of time, Balogh said.

Summit Artspace is at 140 E. Market St. in downtown Akron. For details on the exhibits and upcoming programs, call 330-376-8480 or visit www.summitartspace.org online.

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