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Objects get second chance as art

11/3/2016 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Trash was turned into artistic treasures for Summit ReWorks’ Upcycle Art Project. Fifteen artists were chosen to participate in the challenge in which they were asked to take materials that are no longer in use and give them a second life as pieces of art. ReWorks officials said the goal of the project is to encourage people to creatively repurpose and reuse what they already have.

Artists worked in the studio on their creations this past week. Artist Kai Wick, of Kent, is pictured at right as she worked Oct. 29 with material salvaged from screened windows.

Kevin Smalley, of Cuyahoga Falls, is shown at top as he puts the finishing touches on his sculpture made from recovered flooring materials.

Pictured below are pieces created by artist Norman Mallard.

Other artists taking part are John Whatley, Lowery Lockard, Shannon Hines, Shani Richards, Sarah Gott, Stephen Kurlich, Bianca Covert, Pamela Daum, Terry Klausman, Amanda Stumpf, Mac Love and Nikki Bartel.

Works from the Upcycle Art Project will be displayed Nov. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Summit Artspace’s Transition Gallery as part of the monthly Downtown Akron Artwalk. The address is 140 E. Market St. Works will be available for purchase during the exhibit. For more information, go to www.summitreworks.com.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Dale Dong

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