CapSOUL Gallery was formed in the Fall of 2020 to showcase the region's emerging artists and provide a space for community projects. Please click on the image for a look at their exhibitions.
Maya Matthews was the CapSoul Gallery's inaugural exhibition.
Inspired by her culture and life experiences, Maya Matthew’s head and face sculptures are a celebration of blackness. Her pieces explore the healing, freedom, and empowerment of black people through representations of hairstyles, symbols, and expression. The emotional power of her sculptures create a pause in time, asking the onlooker to gain a new understanding of not only history but the true beauty of blackness.
Her exhibition garnered the attention of the Summit County Probate Court, and she was commissioned for a sculpture that will give hope to prisoners and their families at one of the lowest times of their lives.
The Suitcase Project was a juried exhibition showcasing 9 artists whose families either migrated or immigrated to NEO, up to two generations removed. The project was created by Shari Wilkins of the Cleveland Print Room, inspired by an exhibition by Tom Kiefer that documented the personal belongings carried by migrants at the US/Mexican border.
Akron Soul Train and the Black Artists Guild teamed up to produce an exhibition titled Reshaping the Narrative. Reshaping the Narrative shows positive stories of African Americans to promote equity, empathy and empowerment for all.
Reshaping the Narrative features a 30 minute film telling the stories of some of Akron’s black families who migrated here, along with a photography exhibit and a curation of family heirlooms. Communicating these stories across platforms will aid in reshaping the narrative of Akron’s African Americans and how they migrated north for a better life, for their survival and how replanting their roots helped establish family legacies.
Gregory Hatch’s new series, That's All Folk, builds upon a decade of exploration into the felting process. He is inspired by queer comics, folk horror, weird fiction, cartoons, folk magic, and personal rituals. He uses undyed and naturally dyed wool to explore the varied possibilities of a limited palette. He states, “Felting has become an integral tool in expressing myself and giving form to my thoughts. The process of layering and molding the wool fiber into images mirrors my efforts to ground myself in day-to-day life. My work strives to engage the viewer through story and allows the information to be filtered through iconography from my own life.”
Lauren Baker received her BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She exhibited her new installation piece titled “Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream” from September 7 - October 15, 2022.
She writes, “Existing in the space between familiarity and fantasy, the organic and the contrived, “Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream” focuses on ideas of the simulacra. When peeking into a microscope, dendrites become tree roots, osseous tissue become cave formations, and zygotes become astronomical orbs. Visual similarities, linking the human body to growth structures in nature are studied in a quest to understand the intangible universe beyond the self. Rooted in playful imagination and contradiction, “Glacial Uprooting of a Cotton Candy Dream” strategically deviates from mere imitation. Recycled and highly synthetic materials falsify the natural, posing larger questions about the reciprocal relationship between human beings and the environment to which we inhabit.“