Peninsula has long thought of itself as an artists’ colony.
Surrounded by the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the bucolic village has been attracting creative types for decades.
But resident Lois Unger, a photographer, always suspected there were way more artists in town than those actively displaying their talents in the galleries and craft shops that dot the landscape.
This year, the town means to lure them out.
The Peninsula Art Academy is hosting Creative Community, a non-juried art show that will feature the work of residents of Peninsula and neighboring Boston Township.
Residents who are at least of high school age may submit one original piece — clay, wood, jewelry, photography, water color or any other medium — to display at the art academy’s gallery through April.
The artists — unsung, starving or professional — may drop off their work at the academy, 1600 Mill St., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m.
The gallery will open to the general public on March 15, starting with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m.
Unger said Peninsula’s artistic identity can be traced to town benefactor Robert Hunker, an environmental, architectural and interior designer who went on to found the Peninsula Foundation and worked to preserve the village’s historic buildings.
“He used to canvass the area for talent and put them in his buildings,” Unger said.
It was an easy sell: “There are so many inspiring views of nature,” she said.
Artists attract other artists, she added, and the colony grew. But not all attempt to make a living from it, or even attempt to publicly display their work.
“There is so much creativity here, so why not show off all these people?” Unger said.
The town’s youngsters already had their moment in the spotlight earlier this year when the art academy presented a show of their work.