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The Suburbanite
  • Local artwork lands at CAK

  •  The bustling Akron-Canton Airport has become an unexpected gallery space for area artists, thanks to ArtsinStark and the Akron Area Arts Alliance.

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  •  The bustling Akron-Canton Airport has become an unexpected gallery space for area artists, thanks to ArtsinStark and the Akron Area Arts Alliance.
    Their collaborative effort, “Art at the Airport,” offers visual artists from Stark and Summit counties the opportunity to reach a new national audience.
    “It’s gotten a good response already. I sold a piece within a few days of it being (displayed) there,” said Tim Carmany, a Canton-based artist. An airport visitor from Cleveland purchased his portrait on glass of Audrey Hepburn.
    “It worked out great for me,” said digital artist Michael Weiss of Plain Township. Weiss, also an associate editor at The Repository, was in a previous airport show. “I was contacted by someone from Colorado about purchasing one of my prints.”
    Another artist from the last installation, Rob Crombie of Cuyahoga Falls, sold 11 pieces as a result of the airport exposure.
    Art is displayed in three areas past security at the airport, including the atrium and the business lounge. Shows change every four months. On view through August is work by Stark artists Carmany, Liz DeBellis and Russ Ensign and Summit artists David Bryan, Sharon Frank Mazgaj and Katina Pastis Radwanski.
    Included on the artwork labels are QR codes (quick response barcodes), which enable viewers with smartphones to link to the artists’ websites.
    “It makes art accessible. Instead of people seeking it out, it’s right there in their path,” said artist Michelle Waalkes, who curates the airport exhibitions. “I think it’s especially good in the security gateway. It makes it warmer and more welcoming.”