Chock Full o’ Arts

Our favorite Akron area galleries with a few surprises

by Bronlynn Thurman

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(Photo from Ages Tribal Art/Facebook)
(Photo from Ages Tribal Art/Facebook)

Ages Tribal Arts
Ages Tribal Art is a gallery open by appointment and focuses on tribal art of all kinds and cultures. Some highlights include wooden masks, ivory carvings, and textiles. Located on 194 Myrtle Place, this gallery features the owner’s 30-year collection. This is one gallery too interesting to miss but you have to set up an appointment to see it, which you can do by calling 330-434-1010 or emailing Eric, the owner, at

Akrona Galleries
Established in 1916 in an old Tudor home on the west side of Akron, Akrona Galleries hosts contemporary art shows, events and children’s classes. Upcoming exhibits include the “Artists who Teach” group show March 11. Visit their website for more information about submitting artwork. Visit Akrona Galleries at 1765 W. Market St, Akron, or online at

neo geoAkron Art Museum
The Akron Art Museum is a fixture of the Akron community located downtown on South High St. established in 1922 under the name Akron Art Institute, the Akron Art Museum shifted from a school and art center to a museum in the mid-60s. The museum focuses on modern and contemporary art while hosting events and classes like yoga, gallery tours, children’s arts/craft classes and more. Visit the Akron Art Museum on 1 S. High St., Akron, or at

Don Drumm Studio & Gallery
World-renowned artist Don Drumm has a studio and gallery located on the east side of Akron. It was established in 1971 and is one of the earliest galleries of contemporary art. There are two galleries: the Main Gallery that features functional and decorative art and The Different Drummer gallery houses wood, fiber, paper and leather work. Visit Don Drumm Studio & Gallery at 437 Crouse St, Akron.

Nine Muses Art & the Art Center on Tuscarawas
Nine Muses Art and Art Center on Tuscarawas are two galleries across the street from one another in the downtown Barberton area. If you are ever in the area, these are two spaces that you have to visit. Nine Muses Art is a small, but beautiful gallery with a monthly rotating show. It’s connected to Kave coffee shop, so you’re able to surround yourself with beautiful pieces of work while you sip your favorite latte or mocha. Art Center on Tuscarawas hosts classes, has a large open gallery and hosts resident artists whose work is featured in the main gallery. Check out their website for information on becoming a resident artist.

Rule of Thirds is a new, local gallery located at 117 E. Market St, Suite 202, in Downtown Akron. In the past they were one of the spaces that hosted the Akron Art Prize submissions. They are currently accepting submissions for exhibitions and individual work for 2016.

(Image from Studio 2091's Facebook page, made by Kevin Smalley)
(Image from Studio 2091’s Facebook page, made by Kevin Smalley)

Studio 2091 Mothersbaugh
If you’re looking for an eclectic gallery, then Studio 2091 in Cuyahoga Falls is your place. Run by artist Amy Mothersbaugh, this studio has two gallery areas with several resident artists. You’re greeted by a massive octopus above the door and a whole host of bright colors. They have exhibitions each month. Upcoming exhibitions include A Wonder of Nature by Noah Klenovich and Walk through the Woods which is a group show beginning Jan. 9. Check out the website for other future exhibitions. Visit at 2091 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, or online at

Summit Artspace
If you’re looking for a space that has everything in one, then Summit Artspace in Downtown Akron is the place to go. It’s a nonprofit art center that holds everything from exhibits to classes to craft shows. They have several gallery spaces with rotating exhibitions as well as studio space for local artists. Upcoming group exhibitions include “Unreal: Abstract Art Today” running from Jan 29 through March 5; “Fresh” from March 18 through April 30; “Fusion: The Merging of Art & Science” from May 13 through May 18; and many more. Be sure to check the website for ways to submit your work. Summit Artspace is located at 140 E. Market St, Akron. The website is at

Zeber-Martell Gallery and Clay Studio

(Photo from the Zeber-Martell website.)
(Photo from the Zeber-Martell website.)

Opened by Claudia Zeber-Martell and Michael Martell, the gallery features clay and glass sculptures. Their “Mugs for Recovery” exhibition was the culmination of an effort to support addicts in recovery while raising a few dollars for 91.3 The Summit’s Rock & Recovery radio programming. Located on the north side of Akron near Luigi’s, it’s often a part of the monthly Akron Art Walk. Visit Zeber-Martell at 43 Furnace St., Suite G, Akron.


Bronlynn, the elfin maiden, wanders through art galleries when she’s not hunting down bookasauruses. Follow her journeys on IG and Twitter at @_bront_

Five Unconventional Galleries to Visit

by Bronlynn Thurman

Akron is great at multipurposing spaces. There’s always new places popping up that will allow artists to display their work. 

(Photo courtesy of The Akronist)

Bluff’s Blue Door
New to the scene is Bluff’s Blue Door located on 152 Bluff St. near Downtown Akron. Above ground, there’s a spacious house resident creatives are able to lease, and below ground there’s a basement gallery space.

Hive Mind
Another venue new to the scene is Hive Mind. Located on 375 W. Exchange St, it’s a creative community space that hosts art exhibits, concerts and more. They are open to all forms of expression and experimentation. Visit for information about their future exhibitions and events.

Uncorked Wine Bar & the 22 High St. Gallery
Wine bar by day, gallery by night. Wait. That’s not right. Uncorked is an intimate, beautiful wine bar with two independent rooms available for events. They often host monthly art shows, salsa classes and more, which means visitors can get the best of many worlds. Speak to one of the baristas on how to get your work up on their walls. Visit Uncorked Wine Bar at 22 N. High St., Akron.

Hazel Tree Interiors
Hazel Tree Interiors opened its doors in 2010 and is both a gallery and interior shop. It is a gorgeous space with lots of functional, sustainable, repurposed pieces. Stop in to see what’s on display and speak to the co-owners, Karen Starr and Jon Haidet about upcoming events. Visit Hazel Tree Interiors at 143 W. Market St., Akron.

Square Records
Square Records is one of a handful of record stores in the area. Sometimes they hold art shows and opening receptions in the back of the shop. Visit Square Records at 824 W. Market St., Akron.


Bronlynn, the elfin maiden, wanders through art galleries when she’s not hunting down bookasauruses. Follow her journeys on IG and Twitter at @_bront_