Jody Miller
Ohio.com correspondent

AKRON: Bath freelance artist, Carolyn Balogh, is one of several featured sculptors exhibiting works in “37 DAYS, Ephemeral Sculpture,” opening Sept. 28 at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.


This show will exhibit sculptures intended to have a short life span; in this case, for the duration of the 37 day-long show. 


Balogh’s piece is titled “Ash Tree: Death by Emerald Ash Borer,” and this avid gardener is passionate about her creative work, doing her part to alert the public to the crisis threatening one of America’s favorite trees.


“ ‘Ash Tree: Death by Emerald Ash Borer’ was sculpted to bring awareness to the destruction of the ash tree by a disturbingly beautiful yet, destructive insect,” said Balogh. “Ash trees will be a thing of the past due to the introduction of this invasive insect.”


Her sculpture depicts the winding eating patterns of the predatory larva, which disrupts the flow of nutrients and ultimately kills the tree in two years. She used aluminum to make the tree to symbolize the transition to aluminum of things formerly made from ash trees, she said.


“Things we have now that are made of ash wood, for example baseball bats, broom handles, hammer handles and ax handles, soon will be a thing of the past,” Balogh said.


Balogh received her Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Metalsmithing at The University of Akron. She has been a jeweler and diamond setter at The Diamond Trading Co. in Akron and is currently vice president of CCM Welding Inc. in addition to her freelance work.


 


The opening gala for “37 DAYS, Ephemeral Sculpture” is Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., where patrons can enjoy a wine and cheese reception as well as meet the artists.


For details, call 330-376-8480.