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Artists of Rubber City members show

The Artists of Rubber City is a wonderful and eclectic group of artists here in Akron that I love being a part of!  it is always good to be in community with other people who are along the same type of journey as you are.  We are going to be having a members art show at the Box Gallery which starts this week!

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The Box Gallery is located in the Summit Artspace in downtown Akron.  The Summit Artspace is an awesome place that holds multiple galleries and several floors of working artist studios.  The Akron Art Walk is also held here on the first Saturday of every month!  The opening reception for the members show will be held on Friday December 1st from 5-8pm.  Art will be for sale and you can also check out the artists studios that are open that night! Come out and support your local artists and maybe you will find yourself a piece of art that will steal your heart.  The show will be up through January 6th.

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THE BOX GALLERY HOURS
Located on the third floor at 140 E. Market St. Akron, OH
Hours only apply during exhibitions

Friday: 12-5 pm
Saturday: 12-5 pm
Opening Receptions – first Friday of exhibitions: 5-8 pm
Akron Artwalk – first Saturday of the month: 5-9 pm
Handicap accessible – elevator available
Free parking located behind building on Summit Street

Pull Out the Dinner, or Pull out the Pots?

Last week I attended my first meeting of the local artist group that I just joined called Artists of Rubber City.  We met at the Zeber-Martell studio and gallery where the owners treated us with drinks and appetizers and shared with our group about the use of their gallery for the Akron Art Prize show that I was a part of last summer.  My work was displayed in their upstairs gallery and that was a great event that I hope to participate in this year again!  

They also took us behind the scenes for a tour of their studio.  I felt at home there, and the smell of clay in the air paired with gazing at the freshly thrown pots made me yearn to sit at my wheel.  I have set aside ceramics until my little guy gets a little older because my life is too stop and go right now to be committed to ceramics.  Working with clay is so different than other mediums because of the ongoing attention that it needs.  It is like having a baby... instead of feeding and changing diapers, every few hours you are either checking your pots to see if they are drying evenly, or checking the temperature of the kiln, etc.  I have ruined too many loads of pots because I was busy pulling dinner out of the oven and burned too many dinners because I was pulling out the pots!  I know that I sadly do not have enough attention right now to give my pottery what it deserves. 

As I talked with the fellow artists in the group, being the youngest person there, I realized that I will still have plenty of time (Lord willing) to get back on the wheel again and throw pots to my little hearts content.  These artists have gone through my season and are now on the other side, able to focus on their craft and fully commit to what they are doing.  I am so excited to glean wisdom from these group members and learn from them!  I think it is so important to hang with people that have already been where we are for so many reasons.  For now, I am looking forward to our next rendez-vous!

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