The theme for the 2019 season is Lasting Impressions, which begins on April 2, 2019.
One of Akron’s most visible, influential and cultural champions in the early 20th century, Stan Hywet matriarch Gertrude Seiberling also left a beautiful and very personal legacy in the works of art she created.
Influenced by this legacy, the 2019 theme titled Lasting Impressions, celebrates Gertrude’s passion for painting, which she discovered late in life and continued to pursue until she could no longer hold a paintbrush.
Stan Hywet’s curator has reached deep into the archives to identify a select collection of Gertrude’s most enduring canvases of the estate’s iconic gardens. They will be showcased in Fused, a lush summer garden gallery exhibited throughout the estate. Blending her 20th-century style with a contemporary edge, four well-known local artists have been commissioned to create one-of-a-kind sculptures to complement the display. The Art of Gertrude Seiberling, the fifth book in a series on the estate, will be released to coincide with the exhibit.
Throughout the season, art will play a prominent role. The annual Father’s Day Car Show will incorporate a collection of artistically decorated cars and concept cars of the future, the annual Midsummer Night’s Gala will be presented as A Chef’s Canvas, and Deck the Hall will feature the stylized artistic talents represented in a Classic Comic Hero Christmas.
Here's a preview of our 2019 season.