Lakeside Art Show Open Hours
The Annual Lakeside Art Show will take place from June 9-July 23 in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium. The exhibit features original artwork from artists of all ages and skill levels from the Lakeside community and throughout the region.
The show’s opening reception will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 9. This reception is an opportunity to meet the award-winning artists and the first chance to purchase original artwork.
Guests may also view the show and purchase artwork a half-hour prior to all Chautauqua Community Worship Services and Hoover Auditorium evening performances, as well as 3-5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between June 12 – July 21.
Cash Prizes will be awarded in the Adult and Teen Divisions ranging from $25 – $400. Two special ribbons will be awarded including the Neil Glaser Watercolor Award and People’s Choice Award. Guests to the Art Show can vote for the People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will be announced during the final week of the show.
Lakeside staff members will select the recipient of the Laura J. Werden Lakeside Award, which will be given to the piece that best depicts a Lakeside image or scene. Werden, the namesake of this award, directed and organized the annual Lakeside Art Exhibit from 1956-1999.
About the Judge:
The show will be judged by artist Dennis Whalen. A New Jersey native, Whalen came to Ohio to attend The University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He accepted a job at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and had a 39-year career there. In 1986, he earned a Bachelor of fine Arts degree from The University of Akron.
He has been creating paintings for most of his life, and enjoys studying artists’ lives and their works, as well as the history of art from cave paintings to modern art. From this, as well as his academic background, comes the knowledge of how art is influenced by the religions, socio-economic and political life of each era.
Whalen’s Arts society memberships included the Artists of the Rubber City (Akron), the Ohio Plein Air Society, and the Cuyahoga Valley Arts Center. He is a signature member of the Akron Society of Artists and “The Group” created by Marblehead artist, Rick Dziak. Whalen’s work has been exhibited in Summit County Library, Akron Civic Theater, the historic Hower House, the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center and the Akron Society of Artists. He has been a regular participant in the annual Lakeside Art Show for which he has won many awards, including the first “Laura Jean Werden Award” in 2009.
Dennis and his wife Nancy have been vacationing in Lakeside for 40 years, and purchased a home in Lakeside in 1998.