Local artists compose portraits of area singer

by April Helms special products editor Published:

Brimfield art-

ist Judy Gaiser said she first met singer and songwriter Angie Haze when she performed with The Tuscon Trio about a year ago. Gaiser said she invited Haze to pose for the Akron Society of Artists' Friday figure drawing series.

Haze, who graduated from Tallmadge High School, would wind up coming six times over several months, Gaiser said.

"She would bring instruments sometimes, sing for us while posing," Gaiser said. "That was super special. She's an absolutely delightful person."

The results of these drawing sessions can be seen at the BOX gallery in downtown Akron through Feb. 23. Seventeen local artists, including Gaiser, have their portraits of Haze on display. Gaiser has one painting that will be raffled off, with proceeds from the raffle going to benefit art students in the community.

During the Jan. 18 opening of the display, Haze performed at the gallery.

"I was kind of anxious about it, but actually it was really touching," Haze said. "I was speechless. My ultimate goal with music is proving its necessity, and I'm a huge supporter of the arts. It was a really cool experience, something new."

For details on Haze, visit www.theangiehazeproject.com online.

ASA sponsors a studio figure and portrait session open to members and non-members every Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in its third floor studio at Summit Artspace. The cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

Each model poses for two consecutive sessions. If it is a portrait model, the same pose is held for two sessions. That allows artists to complete a finished work or do studies of the model from various positions. If it is a life model, then action sketches and various timed poses are done during the sessions. The main purpose of the Friday group is to provide an opportunity to hone skills and for artists to express themselves artistically in paint, pastel, watercolor, drawing media, or sculpture.

First floor

Two new exhibits also opened Jan. 18 on the first floor of the Summit Artspace building. "More Songs About Buildings and Food," which features abstract artist Michael Gable and "Treasure Prezzies," which features abstract artist Natalie Petrosky, can be seen Feb. 23.

In connection with this exhibit, a free drawing workshop will be hosted by both exhibiting artists on Jan. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Demonstrations and drawing practices as applied to abstract art will be discussed. The workshop is free, but registration is appreciated. To register, email psargent@neo.rr.com or rhinton@akronareaart.org, or call the AAAA office at 330-376-8480.

The Summit Artspace building, which includes the BOX Gallery on the third floor, is at 140 E. Market St.

Gallery hours are Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

The artist building also is open for the Artwalk on the first Saturday of the month with open galleries, studios and when scheduled, performances by AAAA member organizations and area artists. The next Downtown Akron Artwalk will be Feb. 2.

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