North Canton Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

North Canton Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The North Canton Playhouse presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Musical   Directed by Debbie Cardy Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton Originally Directed by Robert Jess More »

“Xylographic – Biographic”  Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

“Xylographic – Biographic” Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host William M. Bogdan’s art exhibit “Xylographic – Biographic” beginning June 15, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through July 15, More »

Enter to Win Tickets to View 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Enter to Win Tickets to View 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Enjoy the world’s best pianists in the VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION with the opportunity to win a pair of Regal Montrose theatre tickets valid June 10 – http://tinyurl.com/lvo6br7 Every four years, More »

The North Canton Public Library Launches an “Epic Summer” 2017

The North Canton Public Library Launches an “Epic Summer” 2017

Epic is the best way to describe the North Canton Public Library’s upcoming summer of programming, events, prizes and reading clubs. An Epic Summer Kick-off Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 More »

Saturdays in the City Begin May 20! SHOP! EAT! PLAY!

Saturdays in the City Begin May 20! SHOP! EAT! PLAY!

The Canton Arts District, ArtsinStark, and the Downtown Canton Flea have joined forces to bring the community a fun day of shopping, food, and family activities as they kick off Saturdays in More »

 

North Canton Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The North Canton Playhouse presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Musical

 

Directed by Debbie Cardy

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 

 

Performance Dates: July 27 – August 13, 2017

Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)

Tickets:  General Admission $15

Story Time with Belle: Child Ticket $10, Accompanying Adult free

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts: Child Ticket $15, Adult Ticket $10

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at www.northcantonplayhouse.com by clicking “Beauty and the Beast tickets”.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.northcantonplayhouse.com or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.

 

Synopsis:

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

Story Time with Belle:

Come and listen to a story told by your favorite princess, Belle, with the help from some of her friends. There will be a special copy of the Little Golden Book of the original “Beauty and the Beast” story signed by the entire cast given out to all the children along with a treat. The event will cost $10 per child (accompanying parents are at no additional charge but they must make a reservation). Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

 

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts:

Come and dine in our French provincial town and meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They will be coming around to the tables to visit and you will be able to get their autograph in a special coloring/autograph book designed just for this occasion. This will be a special “reservation only” lunch that will include a light meal (sandwiches, fruit and cookies) and all the tea you would like. Mrs. Potts will be sharing a few thoughts with the children as well as a story where the enchanted objects solve a  mystery along with the help of the audience. The parent meal does not include the autograph/coloring book and other extra items for the children. Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

“Xylographic – Biographic” Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host William M. Bogdan’s art exhibit “Xylographic – Biographic” beginning June 15, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through July 15, 2017.

Xylography: the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique

Biography: an account of the series of events making up a person’s life

An opening reception, hosted by Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

 

     Artist Statement by William M. Bogdan

What kind of art do you do?” asked the lady artist whom I had just met.

“I do large black and white woodcuts.” I replied.

“No. I mean, ‘What kind of art do you do?’” she repeated in the exact same words but different emphasis and cadence.

“My art is autobiographical” I thought to say. This seemed to be the acceptable answer. But often since, I have wondered if this is true. True enough?

Upon graduation from the University of Akron with three plus years of accelerated art training, I knew for certain what course my life should take: I would be a book illustrator. While this didn’t happen as a career, it didn’t change that in art this is what I am, an illustrator – as such, one who tells the story visually in a straightforward representational manner – nothing too “artsy.”

But what story? What book? In 2013, I set about making a series of related pictures intended to capture my life as observed; past, present, and perhaps oddly, in dreams. They would be as photo snapshots kept in an album . . . keepsakes that preserve a moment in time, but with a story before and aft that is meaningful to me.

But what album? It would be gallery or museum walls. This was always the intent and the focus of the protect.

This exhibit is that album.

Disjointed scenes of a life lived half in nighttime dreams. Memory holders of what? Of whom? Wood, ink, paper – stuff of another age. Like me. Not perfect. Film noir. Cuz I never dreamed in Technicolor.  Poetry, not prose. My biography.

The Art:

My woodcut prints are not intended to look like or be made as typical woodcuts. As an illustrator, my sole focus is on the drawing. The woodcut process serves only to reproduce the drawing in a way artistically legitimate in copied form.

To reproduce the drawing as drawing I use laminate board (oak) or poplar planks with smooth surfaces mostly void of their wood origins, as though a blank sheet of paper. After carefully making the drawing, the cutting involves not much more than removing the white of the black and white drawing. This I do with but three tools: a scratch awl, one woodcarver tool with a straight blade, and a common 12 penny nail.

Although all black and white images, several different styles of drawing were employed to fit the look to the subject. This varies from pictures intended to appear as though dashed-off in a few minutes, to ones very precisely rendered. In all cases, typically one woodcut picture takes two weeks to do.

The inking is also non-typical. For one thing, I don’t use a printing press. Then too, the ink is Akua water-based soy ink intended for intaglio and etching, not woodcuts. But the ink (color: carbon black) works well for my purposes. I rework the inked board with a putty knife and paper towel to add texture and effect. I print on inexpensive smooth thin paper, thin enough that the ink bleeds through the paper’s reverse side, allowing me to see and further control the image being made, which I do with a large spoon to vary value (light and dark). Sometimes, I “double-hit” the paper on the inked board (on purpose) to produce an offset shading effect.

Consequently, every print I do in the run is different. Moreover, in a run of 10 print copies, I keep only one or two that I consider worthy of the original drawing. Hence the edition number of say, “2/10,” should be interpreted as my guarantee that only 10 will ever exist in the public realm, the “2” signifying the second print of whatever run of many is needed to produce 10 keepable copies.

So, nothing typical. (Nor, it would seem, am I.)

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 orcweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Enter to Win Tickets to View 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Enjoy the world’s best pianists in the VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION with the opportunity to win a pair of Regal Montrose theatre tickets valid June 10 – http://tinyurl.com/lvo6br7

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings the world’s best pianists to Fort Worth, TX to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time in its history, the seventeen day competition will culminate on the big screen with concerto performances by six finalists accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of this major American cultural event LIVE in select cinemas nationwide. Plus, catch an exclusive interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and other classical music VIPs.

Additional tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.fathomevents.com/events/van-cliburn-competition?utm_source=Allied&utm_medium=grassroots&utm_campaign=Cliburn+2017. #CLIBURNLIVE

The North Canton Public Library Launches an “Epic Summer” 2017

Epic is the best way to describe the North Canton Public Library’s upcoming summer of programming, events, prizes and reading clubs. An Epic Summer Kick-off Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. The community is invited to the party for free Milk and Honey ice cream, a visit from the Akron Zoomobile, information about the library’s summer activities and epic give-a-ways for those who sign up for summer reading clubs, which begin June 1.

“We’ve been steadily increasing our summer programming in the community, both inside and outside the doors of library, and the feedback has been extremely positive,” said library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick. “Our summer reading clubs are a staple and this year each age group will receive fantastic prizes and incentives thanks to some terrific community support from partners including the Akron Zoo,” she explained.

For the second year, live music will take over the Little Art Gallery patio during the Patio Parties concert series. On Friday, July 21, Dustin Allen will provide an all requests show at noon. Later that day, Allen will be joined by his full band, Hope for the Hollow, for a show at 5 p.m. On July 28, The Angie Haze Project will perform at noon and Erin Nicole Neal and her band The Chill Factors will take the stage at 5 p.m. Light snacks will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to pack a lunch or dinner if they would like.

Community members have been excited to learn that beginning July 11, the StarkFresh mobile farmers market, the Veggie Mobile, will visit the library each Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Also at the library, art classes for all ages will be held, and registration is open for those classes now at ncantonlibrary.org.

Outside the library, the popular Family Film Fridays series will be held the second Friday of June (Trolls), July (Moana) and August (Zootopia) in Witwer Park. The series is sponsored by Home Savings and the series’ Family Fun Zone is possible thanks to a partnership with MissionView Church and friends. The Fun Zone begins at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk. Additionally, the library be organizing a touch-a-truck event as part of the North Canton Main Street Festival the weekend of August 19 and 20.

Children’s Summer Reading Club An Epic Reading Record, which allows children to track their reading throughout the summer, will be available at the children’s desk on the second floor of the library, beginning June 1. Children will receive a backpack when they register and an NCPL football rocket when they complete their Reading Record. The first 300 children to register will receive a free ticket to the Akron Zoo, and the first 200 to finish will receive an Epic Reader yard sign.

Teen/Middle School Summer Reading Club Teens and those heading to middle school next school year, can join the Epic Summer reading fun with simple ways to win epic gift cards and other prizes while attending some great programs and reading books over summer break! The first 200 to register for the club will receive a pair of epic NCPL sunglasses.

Adult Summer Reading Club Summer reading clubs aren’t just for kids! Adults can register for their own summer reading club to stay informed about library events and win Epic prizes just for reading books and attending programs. The first 200 to register for the club will receive an NCPL backpack and other goodies.

For additional information, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Saturdays in the City Begin May 20! SHOP! EAT! PLAY!

The Canton Arts District, ArtsinStark, and the Downtown Canton Flea have joined forces to bring the community a fun day of shopping, food, and family activities as they kick off Saturdays in the City.

SHOP! This year, the hugely popular Downtown Canton Flea moves west to the center of the Canton Arts District. With over 50 artisan vendors selling jewelry, wood carvings, vintage items, art, and more, it’s sure to be a buyer’s paradise. Plus visit all the brick and mortar business of the Arts District like Avenue Arts, Apothecary, Cantonology, Lynda Tuttle’s, Arrowhead Vintage, Print and Press, IKON,  Colette’s Vintage, and Collective Skate.

EAT! Get your morning coffee fix with a stop at Carpe Diem. Need to grab a bite? Street food vendors will be on hand plus lots of your downtown favorites will be open ready to serve like Cultured Coffee and Waffles, Arcadia Grille, Deli Ohio, Canton Brewing Co, and George’s. Plus, Royal Docks will be on hand with cold brews!

PLAY! Bring the kids and enjoy the kids area with a bounce house, make and take activity, and yard games at Market Square. Enjoy live music around the district from Pat Masalko, Andy Cyphert, and more. Finish your day with a visit to the Canton Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Avatars.

SHOP! EAT! PLAY! It all happens Saturday, May 20 from 10am-2pm at 4th Street NW and Court Ave. A great day to enjoy the sunshine in the Canton Arts District!

The Symphony League of Canton Presents Denim & Diamonds

The Symphony League of Canton invites you to DON YOUR DENIM- GRAB YOUR BOOTS & FLAUNT YOUR BLING for DENIM & Diamonds – In Place 2017 on June 11 @ 6:00 pm at the home of Bob & Linda DeHoff, 7700 Mudbrook Road NW.

League president Cindy Samolczyk explains, “Each year we raise money to support the Canton Symphony’s Education and Outreach Programs by having a couple hundred friends over for dinner! It’s a great way to celebrate local culinary talent and showcase beautiful homes in our community. This year’s DENIM & Diamonds theme combines a little bit of country with a little bit of chic to create a perfect summer outing.”

In Place culinary participants include: AA Executive Catering, Bender’s Tavern, Bravo Cucina Italiana, Canal Tavern, Carpe Diem, Chocolates by Erin, Chop House, Fisher’s Catering Company, Gabe’s Meats and Deli, Gervasi Vineyard, Gregory’s Restaurant, Lucca. Mulligan’s Restaurant & Pub, Palombo’s Italian Restaurant, Sassy Delight Confections, Shy Cellars, The Twisted Olive, The West Side Bakery. Entertainment will be provided The Stockdale Family Band. Event sponsors include: Canton Chair Rental, Cathy Cowgill Flowers & Rohr Nursery.

Reservation deadline is June 2, 2017 and tickets are $125 each or $150 per person for a patron ticket. Tickets include unlimited tastings and an open bar. Information and tickets are available by calling the Canton Symphony Orchestra box office at 330.452.2094 or online at www.cantonsymphony.org/Inplace2017

Founded in 1963, the Symphony League of Canton maintains and furthers the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of excellence by promoting the orchestra in the community, developing financial and volunteer staff support for the Orchestra Association and by providing educational outreach to the community and educational enrichment for the membership.  The Canton Symphony Orchestra offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St NW Canton, Ohio, 44708.

Announcing FLAVOR, a North Canton event to raise awareness and funds for the International Institue

North Canton residents, Christina Weyrick and Joe Rozsa have developed FLAVOR, a fundraising and advocacy event to benefit the International Institute of Akron on May 21 from 6-9 p.m. This gathering, held at The Barrel Room Wine and Beer Bar, will showcase twelve different countries and offer bites of food (two different kinds) from each country to those attending. The event will celebrate the fact that we are all decedents of immigrants and will allow attendees to meet recent refugees, with a goal of raising funds for the International Institute of Akron, which assists refugees and recent immigrants as they integrate into American society.

Together, Weyrick and Rozsa have planned several fundraising and advocacy events in Stark County. Joe works professionally as a graphic designer and is owner/creative director of Site 14 Design. Joe is also a first generation Hungarian/American. His parents fled Hungary as refugees in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, a revolt against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies. Joe frequently speaks about his experience as an entrepreneur and the fact that his success would not be possible had his parents not have immigrated to the United States.

Christina works professionally as community relations manager for the North Canton Public Library. She’s worked for a number of non-profit organizations and has a passion for advocating for kindness and compassion toward all beings.

Out of concern for current refugees and recent refugees who have immigrated to the NE Ohio area, the couple attended an information session hosted by the International Institute of Akron (IIA). They learned about the work the IIA does and that their greatest needs during this 120 day halt on immigration:

  • Sharing true information about the work of the IIA
  • Sharing true information about refugees and immigrants
  • Funds The goal is for FLAVOR to accomplish each of these needs.

“We hosted a Hungarian dinner party for a group of our friends and planned to do some arm twisting to get them to help us with the event, but we found we didn’t have to twist arms. Our friends were looking for a way to help too and were grateful for the opportunity,” Weyrick explained. Through that network they been able to secure several descendants of international origin (some more recent than others) to provide authentic international food tables.

Because the International Institute is located in Akron, many Stark County residents do not realize that they offer refugee resettlement for Stark County as well. We want to build a network of volunteers and advocates who will work with the IIA ongoing. “We’ve already witnessed this happening in our planning,” said Weyrick. “We’ve connected with several immigrants and have watched people come together and learn about refugee resettlement,” she added.

By creating a space to share food and conversation, we hope to build greater solidarity within communities. Information about FLAVOR and tickets to the event ($25 each) are available at flavornorthcanton.wordpress.com.

For additional information, please contact Christina Weyrick at christinaweyrick@gmail.com or 330.715.1557 or Joe Rozsa at joe@site14.us or 330.212.7353.

Kent State Stark Students Make Splash at Louisville’s Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Summer Splash” on Thursday, May 18 from 5-8pm.  “Summer Splash” features work by eleven Kent State University at Stark Fine Arts students of Professor Jack McWhorter.  It will also display oil paintings by Sharon Burson and pencil drawings by Jon Wilson.  The May 18 opening includes live music by Brian Henke, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Emily Orsich, Sarah Thompson and Kimberly Blankenship are all students in Professor McWhorter’s Painting One course.  “Clarity and expression in painting require an understanding of the painter’s tools and concepts,” says Professor McWhorter.  “In this course students go through a series of projects intended to explore key painting concepts by using direct observation and invention.”  The other Kent State Stark students displaying their work are Austin D’Avello, Zachary Matheny, Madison Miller, Ashley Palmer, Megan Peters, Chardae Slater, Emily Walencik and Kaley Weaver.

As part of the show, the Ahh Gallery will also present the work of the Louisville Middle School students under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss. Kat Fullmer.   And there will be crochet art by sisters Beth Gross and Elaine Griffith along, pencil drawings by James Bennett, as well as many artists from previous shows: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Abi Yeagley, Mark Brunner, John Hoffman, Susan Nolt Banks, Marie Nelson, Russ Hench, Amy Lindenberger, and Vivian Geaghan.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery, which features both art and history exhibits, is open weekly.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot Presents “Silent Auction”

Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot is pleased to announce its first-ever studio clearance sale by means of a Silent Auction starting with a gala opening reception on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5 to 9pm.

This show of our eight Resident Artists’ work is called “Silent Auction” and will bring a wide and varied variety of artwork to the Front Gallery but will allow our guests to set the final prices for all of the original artwork.

Over the years, the Art Spot has showcased the work of its Resident Artists as well as 30 to 35 Display Artists from across Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Now the customers will determine the value of the art in the front gallery by signing bid sheets through June 3, 2017 at 4pm. At that time, all bids will be final.

For 76 consecutive months, the Art Spot has held a Featured Artist Opening reception with live music, free food and refreshments.

This month, the acoustic artistry of “Roger Romeo” will bring a variety of blues, jazz and pop music to the Art Spot. This month’s sponsor of the opening reception is the Rotary Club of Minerva.

The Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery and with the recent addition of four new Resident Artists, the Market Street Art Spot continues to be open for regular business on Fridays from 1pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

This remarkable show of the studio work of our Resident Artists and Display Artists will continue at the Art Spot through June  3, 2017.

As they have done for more than six years, The Art Spot’s local volunteers, Resident Artists and the Minerva Rotary Club will provide outstanding food, and refreshments.  As always, the reception, music and show are free and open to the public.

In addition to “Silent Auction” in the Front Gallery, the Art Spot will feature throughout the gallery, the works of the Art Spot’s Newest Resident Artists Anna Rather (printmaker,painter),Judi Longacre (painter), Susan Crawford (calligraphy), Joan Henninger (painter) and long time Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan (painter), Laura Donnelly (potter and painter), Judith Singer (raku potter) and Marty Chapman (wood turner).

The Market Street Art Spot is a collaborating partner with Arts in Stark and Carroll County Arts, the Village of Minerva, Minerva Local Schools and the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information or further comment contact:

Marty Chapman- 330-862-2745, 330-592-6306, email: lawmart1@gmail.com

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M

 

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, May 19, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  It will be on view through June 25.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the opening of the Stark County in the Great War main gallery exhibition. The event will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. 9

Carlson, a Lakewood, Ohio, artist, honed his vision at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  He is drawn to he strength of black and white and spontaneity, and his work is informed by film noir and jazz.  He equates the flash of an idea for his artwork to the flash of a camera.

The artist focuses on the figure, using oil paint and charcoal on canvas and paper to explore the human condition.  His exhibition is about perception and emotion and how they relate to one another.

“In these paintings and drawings I subtract or manipulate information that shapes our perception,” Carlson said. “Like memory, knowledge and emotion are contextual clues that viewers use to interpret what they see.”  He presents an ambiguity—an isolated image—that forces the viewer to scrutinize the image to find resolution.”

Carlson’s artwork has been included in dozens of solo and group juried and invitational exhibitions throughout northern Ohio and in Erie, Pennsylvania.   John W. Carlson appears courtesy of Hedge Gallery.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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