This year’s winners of the Kaleidoscope exhibition at Summit Artspace are John Frieman, first place, for his mixed media Anatomy #64; John Sokol, second place, for his mixed media work Crows in the Thicket; and Kimberly S. Moore, third place, for her pastel, Twilight, Silver Creek.
The judges also gave honorable mentions to Marita Bitians, Shirley Ende-Saxe, Carol Klingel and Susan Mencini.
The annual art show is presented by the Alliance for the Visual Arts in Akron (AVA), a group representing more than 500 local artists from the Akron Society of Artists, Artists of Rubber City, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and Women’s Art League. The show runs through Dec. 30.
Members of the four groups entered artworks in all types of media. Guest judges, artist John P. Smolko and artist Marina Mangubi selected the works for display and the winning artists. Akron artist Mary Ann Mosyjowski served as show coordinator.
The annual People’s Choice Award, selected by the votes of gallery visitors, will be presented during the First Night Akron celebration on Dec. 31. The winner will receive a kaleidoscope created by Akron glass artist Bob Pozarski.
Also during the exhibition, there will be a series of free artist demonstrations. All will be from 1 to 3 p.m. No registration is required:
• Dec. 1 — Oil with Diane Talmadge.
• Dec. 8 — Crayon Batik with Larry Walker.
• Dec. 10 — Collage-Assemblage with Gwen Waight.
Holiday Ceramics Sale — Make your holiday gifts original and artistic with items from the Holiday Ceramics Sale noon to 8 p.m. at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art, Folk Hall, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron. The sale features functional and decorative ceramics created by UA art students. Light refreshments will be offered. Admission and parking are free. The sale is in the UA Ceramics Studio behind Folk Hall. Parking is available in the Folk Hall lots off East Exchange and Wheeler streets. Information, call 330-972-6030.
Downtown Akron Artwalk — The next Artwalk is 5-10 p.m. today. Participating artists and galleries sell one-of-a-kind art and collectibles and hold art openings and gallery shows and do demonstrations and interactive art. Venues include galleries in the Northside District, North High Street and East and West Market streets. More details at www.downtownakron.com/_files/docs/final-november-2012-artwalk-map_revised.pdf. City of Akron’s free trolley service, which will run the entire route, will begin at 5 p.m. and run through 10 p.m. with destinations opening their doors between 5 and 6 p.m. Downtown restaurants will also be open for business.
Ice carvers sought — Canton First Friday organizers are thinking ahead to the deep freeze and fun that will occur on Jan. 4. Themed, Cold as Ice, the streets of the Canton Arts District will be a gallery of ice carvings that night. But more carvers are needed. Any Stark County artist can be a carver. Any downtown Canton arts business can be a sponsor. Artist details can be found at www.cantonfirstfriday.com/iceapplication. Businesses wishing to sponsor an ice carver/block of ice in front of their location, should contact ArtsinStark’s Community Arts manager Tricia Ostertag at email@example.com. Sponsorship cost is $100 which includes name recognition in print marketing for the event plus a sign at the business sponsor’s location.