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Episode 3 – Let There Be Light

Can you believe we made it to episode 3? In this episode we talk with Linda Conrad of Stan Hywet and Philippe Bergeron of Paintscaping to hear about Stan Hywet’s LightNights 3D mapping and projection show. Then we reach out to Marc Schwartz to learn about Detroit’s “Dlectricity” light art festival. And lastly we briefly […]

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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Guest Blog, Brian Schultz – Foundation Center Is Doing Good Better

FOUNDATION CENTER: Doing Good Better We always like to offer perspectives from our sister non-profits from across Summit County, Northeast Ohio, and beyond. So, we’d like to introduce you to Brian Schultz, who will be our guest blogger for this post. Take it away, Brian Schultz! – ArtsNow Serving as a bridge between the nonprofit […]

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Episode 1 – Akron Is Lit

Well, here we are! We have arrived at the very first episode of the “Gimme Arts Now” podcast. Logan Lane, ArtsNow’s EXL Center intern, has been chronicling the development of the series in our blog as he works Roger Riddle to bring you all the cool cultural happenings going on around Summit County. In the upcoming […]

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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 […]