artist_feltes2“My art is not simple or pretty,” says Canton’s Annette Yoho Feltes about her sculptures, which incorporate ceramics, wood, metal and found objects.

The work is “layered with facets and organic textures emerging from thought and feelings from both the conscious and subconscious,” she says. “In a way, it is my own visual journal of who and what I am becoming.”

Her creative inspirations are diverse — nature, dreams, friends and family, current events and “my rather twisted sense of humor.”

Feltes, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the University of Akron in 2009, says, “I have reached a point where I really need to learn more.”

Her life sounds busy. She describes herself as a “full-time artist, full-time taxi driver and mother to my two children, Nicholas and Sophia, part-time gardener, and wife to my adoring husband, Joe.”

Feltes feels well-located as a visual artist.

“Art is not just supported here in Canton, it is celebrated,” she says, “which is very cool.”

The artist’s provocative and unusual work has been exhibited widely, locally at the Little Art Gallery, Cyrus Custom Framing,
Translations Gallery and 2nd April Galerie, in Akron at Hazel Tree Interiors, and in Cuyahoga Falls at Studio 2091.

In June, she will have a solo show in the Summit Art Space’s Box Gallery in Akron.


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