The Streetscapes: Akron in Plein Air competition is "getting a life of its own," said Brian Shellito, who has coordinated the event for four years.
In addition to Shellito's three paintings, 22 artists turned in 45 plein air pieces from scenes around Akron for the competition. The exhibition opened July 5 at Summit Artspace in downtown Akron, with the winners of the plein air show announced during a reception July 11.
"We've gotten a little bit bigger each year," said Shellito. "As more people see the show, others say 'I want to do that."
Shellito said the whole art of plein air has become more popular in recent years.
The winners of this year's competition included Thomas Bagiackas of Kent, first place for Three Days in June; Ann Emmitt of Tallmadge, second place for Akron Art Museum I; and Julie Holman of Akron, for City Birds. Honorable mentions went to Larry Churski of Medina for Self-Portrait, Michele Knapper of Stow for Electric Tattoo, Susan Cone Porges of Solon for Industrial Revolution, and Tiffany South of Bedford for Day's Knight. The awards juror for this year's competition was Cleveland artist and designer, Laurence Channing represented by The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.
The works completed for the 2014 Streetscapes can be seen through Aug. 16. Selected paintings will then be chosen to go on display at the Greater Akron Chamber offices.
En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif ("painting on the ground"). It can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment.
Nationally-recognized plein air artist, Carolyn E. Lewis will offer a demo on Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. with Getting a Successful Start on a Plein Air Painting. Registration is not necessary and experience with plein air painting is not needed to attend these workshops.
Artists of Rubber City exhibit
Also on exhibit at Summit Artspace, at the BOX Gallery on the third floor, is the Artists of Rubber City's 24th annual juried show.
The show includes 50 works by 34 artists. Winners include Tom Baldwin of Cuyahoga Falls for Bobolink, Mark Jaroszewski for his body of work, and Susan Yingling for Akron Street Memorials. Honorable mentions include Terri Freeman for XYZPDQ, Marita Bitans for Eye Candy, Gwen Waight for stellametric; Allysa Weekley for S-10 Series #810, Rob Carpenter for Dusk, and Karen Koch for New Orleans.
Summit Artspace is at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum.
Gallery hours at Summit Artspace are Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibition also will be open for the monthly ARTWALK on Aug. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.
For details, call 330-376-8480 or visit www.akronareaarts.org.