Touchable Art

At Courthouse Courtesy of Probate Court and Metro Parks
Posted on 01/11/2019
Image of Summit County MetroParks and Probate Court LogoSummit County Probate Court and Summit Metro Parks will display sketchbooks created by county residents in the atrium of the courthouse. These unique works of art were created during the Nature Drawing for Adults program at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and are meant to be handled and enjoyed.

The sketchbooks, constructed using post-consumer cardboard and donated paper, are accordion-style. This interactive design is meant to be touched, examined, appreciated and enjoyed. The works will be displayed on music stands on loan from Akron Public Schools' Fine Arts Department to make them accessible to employees and visitors.

“Each book is a treasure and reflects a personal journey in creativity,” shared Danette Rushboldt,

Interpretive artist, Summit Metro Parks. “We invite visitors and employees of the courthouse to take the books down and enjoy them cover-to-cover.”

“We have seen how art can be transformative for the observers in our courthouse,” said Summit County Probate Court Judge Elinore Marsh. “Usually art displays lack the ability for us to reach out and touch it, so one of the things we are most looking forward to is the interactive aspect of this exhibit.”

This exhibit will run February 4 through March 1, 2019.

The Summit County Court House is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 209 S High St, Akron, OH 44308. The Atrium is located on the first floor of the Summit County Court House outside of the Probate Court.

For more information on classes and programs offered by the Metro Parks, visit

For information regarding this exhibit or Summit County Probate Court’s Outreach Program, please contact Lisa Mansfield at 330.643.7346.
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