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Scott Simler Retrospective Art Exhibition: Honoring the Art of a Friend

Scott Simler Retrospective Art Exhibit

The last time that I spoke with my friend and fellow artist Scott Simler, I told him that I wanted to do a retrospective art exhibit for him that illustrated his whole career as an artist. I told him that retrospectives were special showings saved for artists that had made significant contributions to the world of art.

He was not well, and he was groggy with pain medication. Even so, he smiled and said, I really like that idea.”

Scott Simler Outsider Artist at BZTAT StudiosScott passed away a couple of days later.

I miss him dearly, and I choke up every time that I look at his last, incomplete painting. But as I look around my gallery full of his bright and colorful paintings, I smile. That is what Scott’s work does. It makes you smile.

Scott touched so many lives with his joyful and colorful art. His quiet presence and sweet smile is missed in the studio every day.

Scott Simler Retrospective Art Exhibit at BZTAT StudiosMy gallery is full of Scott’s paintings because I am fulfilling that promise I made to him. Scott’s work, indeed, has made significant contributions to the world of art, and the world deserves to see it. His retrospective art exhibit opens this Saturday.

I hope that you will join me in celebrating his life’s work through this showing of artworks from different junctures in his life. My thanks go out to Scott’s Family for their support of this exhibit and for contributing artworks from their collections. My thanks also go to other collectors in the community for sharing pieces from their collections; Just Imagine by TWi for contributing artworks from their gallery; and Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities for their support.

Scott Simler artistMore than anything, though, my thanks go out to Scott, for having such a deep impact on my life, and for being my friend.

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings”. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Scott Simler Retrospective Art Exhibition

Scott Simler Retrospective Art Exhibit

Scott Simler was a prolific artist who created for years in the studios of Just Imagine by TWi and more recently as a part of the A2A Collective at BZTAT Studios. A retrospective art exhibit of his paintings and other works will be on view from July 13 to August 3, 2024, at BZTAT Studios. The exhibition will feature a collection of artworks on loan from various collectors, spanning the lifetime of the beloved artist who succumbed to cancer in April of 2024. Join us for an opening reception on July 13, 2024 (5:30 – 8:30pm) as we celebrate his career of creating imaginative artworks that charmed visitors to the Canton Arts District for many years.

Scott left deep and lasting impact on us here at BZTAT Studios. His smiles, his quiet diligence as an artist, his gentle soul – all are missed greatly. This exhibit is bittersweet. We are so thrilled to share the many works of this phenomenal artist, yet also sad that his presence and creativity are now spoken of in past tense. His art, however, allows his presence to be felt each and every day. We are honored to share it with his adoring fans.