Dorothy Shinn

Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron, has expanded its fine art exhibition spaces considerably, as evidenced by the four new shows that open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

There is no admission to the Summit Artspace exhibits, which are open noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

A free, public opening reception for PRECIOUS — The Fine Art of Fine Craft, features meticulously crafted works in glass, clay, wood, fiber and metal made by local artists in the main first floor gallery.

On view through Aug. 13, the show celebrates the five major craft mediums — clay, glass, fiber, wood and metal — in works from 35 regional artists.

Judged by Lessman-Moss, a professor of Crafts/Textile Art at the Kent State University School of Art, the objects on view represent the best in contemporary handmade works, blurring the line between craft and fine art.

Also opening that evening in the Summit Artspace Transition Gallery is From the Walls Within, featuring work by the Akron Art Museum staff on view through July 23.

Crafty Mart is open in the Summit Artspace building during the Akron Artwalks from 5 to 10 p.m. July 2 and Aug. 6.

Rubber City Prints opens Prints Exhibition Summit 2016 on the Summit Artspace first floor. It runs through Aug. 27 and includes artists from Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The reception and show are free and open to the public.

And upstairs in The BOX Gallery is Artists of Rubber City’s 26th Annual Juried Show. It remains on view until Aug. 13.

Guest juror Elizabeth Carney, assistant curator at the Akron Art Museum, chose 63 artworks of various media out of over 120 submissions.

The first place prize was awarded to Nancy Richards-Davis for her mixed-media artwork called Biota: Terra Firma.2; second place went to Marchelle Simms for her abstract painting, Tempered; and Tina Grondin won third place for Street Fair. Honorable mentions were given to Marjorie Dettling and Helen Wilson.

In addition to its regular noon to 5 p.m. hours Fridays and Saturdays, the BOX Gallery will also be open from 5 to 9 p.m. July 2 and Aug. 6 for the Akron Artwalk.

Admission to the BOX is free.

For more information, call 330-376-8480 or go to www.summitartspace.org.

Thursday

Art Talk — “The Beginning Was the End,” a free art talk about the many worlds of Mark Mothersbaugh with David Giffels and Jade Dellinger, is set for 7 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. Giffels and Dellinger are authors of the definitive band biography Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! For more information, call 330-376-9185 or go to www.akronartmuseum.org/articles/10479/441/.

Opening — 2016 Floral Show and Sale opens at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. It remains on view through Aug. 5. For more information, call 330-928-8092.

Friday

Crafty Mart — Canton Crafty Mart is back for one day only at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features handcrafted gifts and affordable art made by local, independent artisans through specialty pop-up markets throughout Northeast Ohio. Plus, free admission into the CMA galleries and a free Make & Take craft station for kids. Call 330-453-7666 or visit www.cantonart.org. The event is sponsored by ArtsInStark.

Tuesday

Inked — The Kent State School of Art’s Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Kent, opens Ink Work, An International Look at the Art of Tattoo, with a 5 p.m. opening reception. The show is on view through July 30. For more information, call 330-672-1369 or email haturner@kent.edu.

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 dtgshinn@att.net.