Featured artist: Ted Boyer

As the son of a professional studio photographer, Ted Boyer has early memories of art, cameras, and Mac computers–memories which grew into a passion for visual art. Today, Ted is a University of Akron student working on the last year of his graphic design major. He’s also an intern at Koroseal Interior Products, where he […]

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Light and Oneness: Finding an Awakening in Art with Leah Wake Rzepka

photo courtesy of wakeleahlady.com Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hug a painting? So did Summit County painter Leah Wake Rzepka, who created a line of “huggable paintings:” handmade pillows featuring her own artwork. Leah works with a huge range of media, but in everything she does, she tries to channel a […]

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From background musician to director: meet Tess Burgler

At 14, Tess Burgler started her Shakespeare career as the Third-Musician-from-the-Left in a production by the Ohio Shakespeare Festival (OSF), among whom she was a founding member. Sixteen years later, Tess finds herself acting, directing, and writing as an OSF Associate Producer. Burgler strongly believes in theater’s role in both “[celebrating and protecting] the human story.” […]

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Meet the ‘Troubadour of Peace:’ Zach Freidhof

Whether he’s performing at a yoga class, a peace fest, a venue in his hometown of Akron, or by himself in the mountains of Wyoming, Zach Freidhof plays his music with the same passion that he brings to his community. Zach started performing in 1999; now, he tours across the U.S. at nearly 200 locations […]

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Behind the Scenes of “Gimme ArtsNow”

Hey, I’m Logan Lane. I’m the summer intern for ArtsNow. For the next month-and-a-half, I’ll be working with Roger Riddle to create a new podcast series called “Gimme Arts Now.” Each episode will feature a different Summit-based artist, venue, organization, and patron. This blog will show you what goes on behind the scenes as I […]