The Akron Area Arts Alliance asks the public to submit nominations for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration, honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theater and the visual arts.
Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of our arts and culture community at an event to be held Nov. 3 at Summit Artspace.
Candidates from Summit, Portage and Medina counties are eligible.
Nomination forms are available by calling the group’s office at 330-376-8480 or at www.akronareaarts.org. Deadline for submission is June 15. A list of past winners is on the nomination form.
Artwalk on Saturday
On Saturday, the monthly Akron Artwalk will be held downtown and the Northside district. It features nearly two-dozen destinations for art, shopping, dining and entertainment with offerings that fit every budget.
Hand-blown glass, pottery, ceramic, paintings, textiles, jewelry and eclectic house wares all dot the footprint of this spectacular monthly event. The participating spaces change every month, as do the exhibits, food and entertainment.
Akron’s free trolley service will run the entire route from 5 to 10 p.m. with destinations opening their doors between 5 and 6 p.m.
This is a free event. More information, including maps of the venues, can be found at www.downtownakron.com/enjoy/artwalk.
Akron seeks artists
If you’re an artist, Akron wants you.
Downtown Akron Partnership is seeking regional artists to participate in First Night Akron 2014 on Dec. 31, 2013.
Artist proposals for this family-friendly, alcohol-free event may include, but are not limited to: music, dance, theater, puppetry, film, visual art/ installation art, interactive/participatory activities, strolling entertainers, literary/storytelling/poetry activities and make and take activities.
All artists and performers will be paid. The selection process will be based on the artistic merit, quality of support materials and technical feasibility of the proposal and the availability of funds.
Interested artists and performers can go to www.firstnightakron.org/artistproposals to fill out an application. Proposals can be submitted online or mailed to First Night Akron, Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., Fourth Floor, Akron, OH 44308.
All proposals must be received by, July 26.
Now in its 18th year, First Night Akron is a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The celebration of the arts brings the community together to experience music, dance, theater, visual/interactive arts throughout multiple venues in downtown Akron that entertain guests of all ages.
For more information, go to www.firstnightakron.org or call 330-374-7690.
Movie at the Museum — Upstream Color (2013) is being screened at 7 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum/Akron Film + Pixel event at the museum, 1 S. High St. $7, $5 students and members. For more information, call 330-603-1520 or go to www.akronfilm.com .
Gallery 732 — The Akron Woman’s City Club, 732 W. Exchange St., exhibits the work of Melody Mumma Smith throughout May. For more information call 330-762-6261 or go to www.akronwomanscityclub.com/our-activities/gallery-732.
Joseph O’Sickey — A major new retrospective exhibit, Unifying Art, Life and Love, reviewing the work of Kent artist Joseph O’Sickey, will open at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N., and will remain on view through July 21. The exhibit will feature expressive canvases and drawings covering seven decades of O’Sickey’s work, showcasing more than 160 of his works, from oil paintings to watercolors to sketches. For more information, call 330-453-7666 or go to www.cantonart.org. Also, WNEO/WEAO (Channels 45/49) will premiere the documentary Joseph O’Sickey: The Art of Life at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary will repeat at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. It showcases the remarkable life and career of the Kent-based artist, who will receive the 2013 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts on May 15.
BFA Exhibit — A BFA Gala Artists’ Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kent State University School of Art Gallery. For more information call 330-672-7853 or go to www.dept.kent.edu/art.
Story Hour — The Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., will hold a free story hour from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in exhibition galleries for The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats. For more information, call 330-376-9185 or go to www.akronartmuseum.org.
Watercolor Workshop — A free watercolor demonstration with Barbara Johns will be held held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron, sponsored by the Women’s Art League of Akron. For more information call 330-467-7972 or go to www.womensartleague.org.
Monster Draw — From 6 to 10 p.m. at Spaces, Cleveland’s original artist-run gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct. The Monster Drawing Rally and Fundraising Event will feature more than 100 artists. Admission is $5, free to Spaces members. For more information call 216-621-2314 or go to www.spacesgallery.org.
Free First Saturdays — The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave,, will open its doors for free visits from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to http://mocacleveland.org/programs/free-first-saturdays-sponsored-medical-mutual-4 .
Reception — A free 2-4 p.m. artist’s reception will be held for Wildlife Images of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by James Brown at the John F. Seiberling Gallery at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Peninsula. For more information, call 330-657-2909 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva.
Surround Sound — Janet Cardiff will give a 2 p.m. talk on her work Forty-Part Motet in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium at 11150 East Blvd. The work, on display Saturday through June 9 at the museum, showcases Cardiffâ’s pioneering approach to sound and multimedia installations. It consists of a 2000 recording of a 16th-century sacred choral motet, broadcast from 40 high-fidelity loudspeakers that are mounted on stands in a circle around the museum’s Italian Baroque gallery, allowing visitors to listen to the individually recorded voices as well as experience the immersive environment of the combined vocals, an effect that is both approachable and haunting. Forty-Part Motet is from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Admission to the talk is $15, $10 members and students, 216-421-7350.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.