Monthly Archives: February 2016

Stark County Artist Profile: Jeffrey Keirn

Each week in January and February we will be featuring a different Stark County artist. Get to know the amazing talent in our community.

By Laurie Fife Harbert

Jeffrey Keirn, a Louisville, Ohio native now residing in Canton, is a chalk pastel street artist. Chalk pastels, high-end chalk sticks saturated with intense color, are his medium, asphalt and concrete are his canvases, and the elements are his adversary … or not, as that depends one’s point of view. He has embraced this artistic tradition, which can be traced back to Renaissance Italy, perhaps because of its temporary nature.

An Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate and graphic designer by trade, Keirn utilizes his background to delve into outdoor large-scale fine art, with the twist being that his work is fleeting. Done outside and in chalk, the lifespan of his artwork varies greatly depending on weather conditions. Many times, shortly after hours of work, the only evidence of his labor is photographs and possibly faded outlines of his efforts. With much time and talent put into conception, planning, and on-the-street execution of his pieces, does being at the whim of Mother Nature bother the artist? On the contrary, he embraces the short-lived aspect of his art form. “The temporary nature of the media impresses me, as it easily washes off for a fresh image to be created periodically,” he states.

In addition to the highly physical nature of actually applying the chalk (kneepads, gloves, and ladders are at the top of any chalk-artist’s gear list), there is much artistic prep work done before Keirn arrives at the chalking location. Upon coming up with an idea for the subject matter, Jeffrey creates an original image via computer, printouts of which will be used for reference during the on-site application. The size of the actual space is kept in mind during this process in order to achieve correct proportions. On site, outlines are put down through projection, graph scale (gridding), or free-hand. A base of color is then laid down, upon which further layers of color are added. It is the knowledge of and skills in layering, color mixing, blending, shading, perspective, depth, and shadows which separate the men from the boys in the chalking game. Jeff has incredible mastery over all of these aspects.

Keirn is very aware of the performance art element to his chosen art form. He works well in front of an audience, enjoys meeting people while working on his murals, and often stops to answer questions about his work. He regularly brings other artists on board for projects, from friends in the local art community, a group he has affectionately dubbed the Canton Chalk Monkeys, to past classmates from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Considering it takes hours of work to complete most projects, it is no surprise that he welcomes the comradery and talents of other artists. “I find the collaborative works with two to four artists more rewarding as a shared creative process, as compared to grinding out a solo piece for several hours,” Keirn said.

Recently, the artist has broadened his horizons to include a bit more permanence in his work. He paints large plywood boards with chalkboard paint and then applies the pastels to it. While the procedure of creating the image is much the same, the boards can be preserved with high-quality pastel fixatives, and are, of course, moveable, unlike his street pieces.

Keirn first began doing chalk art in the 1990s, crafting sports and holiday themed pieces outside a local pub. He has participated in numerous chalking festivals and competitions, often winning awards. Since its inception in 2009, he has been a regular at ArtsinStark’s Chalk the Walk event. Though he has chalked in exotic locales such as Bora Bora, Canton is his most prolific venue and he looks forward to doing further local projects. “So far it’s been an incredible experience to be actively involved in the Canton Arts District movement and I’m proud to be associated with all who bring a creative vibe to Stark County,” he remarked. Jeff does chalk art commissions for arts organizations, businesses, and private event commemorations, such as weddings. He may be contacted via email at

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Laurie Fife Harbert is a writer, a Canton native, an ailurophile, a visual artist, a bibliophile, a mother of two, and an oenophile—not necessarily in that order.

SmArtSplash is free family fun day!

by James Dennison

A great event is coming to the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts for families with fun seeking kiddos and it’s called SmArtSplash! SmArtSplash is brought to you by ArtsinStark. This event has been running for over ten years and this year is inspired by the popular children’s book “Commotion in the Ocean” and will feature dance performances, music and booths that are both fun and educational!

The center stage of the Cultural Center for the Arts (the one with the flying horse) will feature beautiful  performances of dance by the Canton Ballet and Ballet Le Reve and inspiring musical performances by Canton’s own Big Pat and Saxy Rob which will fascinate little kids and big adults alike. The stage will be surrounded by booths with loads of fun things to do including teaching artists from the Massillon Museum, VOCI, The Palace Theatre, and representatives from the SmArt schools. There will even be some fantastic “make and take” projects including shell shakers, shark mouths, sea life duct tape puppets and more!

I know this sounds perfect already, but WAIT… there’s more! The Canton Museum of Art will offer free admission and will also be hosting a super fun scavenger hunt. The Players Guild will be giving “Star-Studded Mini-Tours” and the Canton Symphony will offer a hands-on conducting experience on the main stage. You can even get your face painted by professional facepainters!

Participants in the K-5th SmArtSplash Art Show and Competition will have their artwork on exhibit in Wilkof Courtyard, with prizes being awarded for Best of Show and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the following age groups: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade. There will also be snacks and refreshments for sale in the super cool “Surf Shack” located inside Cable Hall.

So pack up the kids, grandkids, neighbor kids and your kids’ friends and bring them on down to SmArtSplash on Saturday March 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The event and parking is free and is located at the Cultural Center for the Arts just north of Downtown Canton on Market Avenue ( 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702) and for more information go to    

Children will need to be accompanied by an adult. See you there!


Massillon Museum to Offer Butterfly Acrylic Painting Class

The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day Butterfly Acrylic Painting class on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Instructor Diane Gibson invites students in grades one through five to participate.

Students will learn how to paint a butterfly step-by-step. Artwork will be displayed in the Museum lobby on March 23, when Julia Alvarez, internationally-renowned author of The Big Read book selection, In the Time of the Butterflies, comes to Massillon to speak.

Gibson is an artist and art teacher whose artistic inspiration comes mainly from nature, especially butterflies. Although she works primarily with acrylic paints and pencil, she also creates jewelry using hardware, and has worked with a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, mixed media, and wood. She is a licensed visual arts teacher, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland College and a Master of Education in Integrated Arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.

The class fee is $15 ($10 per Museum member), including materials. Pre-registration is required for this class by March 11. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by February 22. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.

“There is life outside your apartment”: Avenue Q opens tonight at the Players Guild

By Stephen Ostertag

Remember those “sunny days, chasing the clouds away”? Don’t worry if that memory is a little faded; for most of us, the days spent with educational puppets are well behind us replaced by the thrills of adulthood. What those childhood puppets never taught us, was how to be a grown up or how challenging a task that would be. Enter the Players Guild Theatre’s production of Avenue Q opening February 26th, with Tony Award winning music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Avenue Q teaches grown-up humans and monsters how to navigate adult relationships, figure out what to do with their lives, and deal with the harsh realities of not being a kid anymore.

The characters living on Avenue Q may seem a little familiar (though decidedly more mature). There are roommates Rod & Nicky, who’ll answer the age old relationship question of their innocent PBS counterparts. Rather than a cookie obsession, Trekkie Monster has a more risqué adult addiction to croon about, and friendly handyman Gary Coleman is standing by to give you the straight facts about being an adult. The show hits on many adult themes through humor, “Puppets are a bit of a Trojan Horse. They’re our way in. Once you get the audience hooked, you can tell them all kinds of truths and they’ll go along with you.” — Avenue Q Co-Creator Robert Lopez on MSNBC May 12, 2014

Actor Craig Joseph has several responsibilities on Avenue Q, including playing a character’s right arm. Joseph says “playing Trekkie Monster’s right arm, in coordination with another actor who plays his head and his left arm,” is a challenge, and “any moment where we’re actually in sync and create something cool with him feels like a win, because it requires coordination.” Joseph adds, “the show is a lot of fun to perform, but there are easier things than trying to sing, dance, and operate a puppet at the same time.”

Sarah Marie Young plays Lucy the Slut, and says “this is my second time playing this part, and it’s fun because it’s not typically the kind of character I get to play,” and that audiences should be prepared for shenanigans. “Audiences can expect to laugh a lot,” Joseph says, “and then perhaps feel slightly embarrassed or ashamed of themselves for laughing – and then start laughing again.”

Avenue Q opens February 26th on the Players Guild Fry Theatre stage and will feature puppets on the arms of local community talent. You can get your tickets to Avenue Q playing through March 13th by calling the Box Office at 330-453-7617 or going online to, but don’t expect the Muppets, these are grown up puppets (for grown-ups!)

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Stephen Ostertag is the Resident Costume Designer for Kent State University at Stark and a blogger for ArtsinStark.

If the Shoe Fits

by Judi Christy

Who among us does not know the story of Cinderella? It’s been done 1,000 times, in all forms of literature, cinema and song thus giving face to evil stepmothers and jealous siblings for seemingly, all time.  You probably know it best from Disney (either their animated 1950 release or last year’s Cate Blanchett remake).  So, you may be surprised to learn that the first performance of this dysfunctional family drama (no doubt called something “foreign,”) can be dated back to 9th century China.  Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, was the first to put the folk tale on paper, sometime around 1650, titling his work Cendrillon (Cinderella), and earning him the pre-Grimm reputation as the “real” father of the fairytale.  And, ever since, the work has inspired an exhausting list of dramas, operas, and ballets.

Any why not?  Cinderella is a classic tale:  Poor girl with good heart meets great guy with big palace.  C’mon.  Danielle Steele has been making a mint off this formula forever.  It’s foolproof.  It’s a feel good.  And, if done in the traditional way of the plot-line, it’s funny.

That’s certainly the approach to be taken by the Canton Ballet as they perform “Cinderella” on March 12 and 13, with 2 p.m. matinees each day, at the Canton Palace Theatre.   Spoiler Alert:  The ugly stepsisters are actually guys, which is the way the score was written, stating that the roles could be performed in travesti (do you really need to Google the term?).  So, you are expected to laugh at their unladylike antics and, if you have real good seats, the stubble peeking through their stage make-up.

What you won’t laugh at is the debut performance of the prince.   Cameron Catazaro Hayward, who has been with the Canton Ballet since age 3, will take on the role.  He has big slippers to fill as the last time the ballet was performed (2011), his brother Zachary, danced as the lead.  Both boys, are the very talented and (dare I say it?) beautifully featured sons of Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, a veteran instructor at Canton Ballet, who herself, was a student of Cassandra Crowley, the Ballet’s artistic director.  And, rumor has it, Cameron is certainly primed to follow in his brother’s footsteps on the Canton Palace Theatre stage, as well as those in NYC and beyond.

But not quite yet.

Cameron, along with a cast of dozens, portraying mice, fairies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, a godmother, a stepmother, a father, party attendees, and of course, Cinderella, need to finish out the 50th anniversary season of the Canton Ballet on its historic hometown stage.

And, so they will – in two acts, dancing to the melodious and recognized score of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.  And, true, it’s not what you’re hearing on Pandora, but I’d lay bet that you’ll recall some of Sergei’s symbolism as you listen throughout the performance.

But, listen with your eyes wide open.  There is so much to see in this performance.

As the ballet opens, Cinderella is helping her step-mother and two step-sisters to prepare for the Spring Ball, at which it is rumored that the Prince will choose his bride. Of course, a scuffle ensues and the stepsisters rip the garment that they plan to wear, leaving kind Cinderella to clean up their mess and, in the meantime befriend an old beggar woman by giving her a pair of old slippers to wear and worm her feet.

Are you following this so far?

The sisters find other things to wear, have a clumsy dance lesson, depart for the palace with their snotty stepmother and brow-beaten father in tow, and leave Cinderella alone with a broom that she uses as her pseudo, yet foreshadowing charming, waltzing partner.  In time, the old beggar returns, with a big reveal and a pair of great heels.  She also summons a few critters, a large gourd and a warning to Cinderella to have a great time but be home by curfew … or else.

End of act and time for applause, a trip to the ladies room and more concession stand Goobers.

The rest of the story is the rest of the story.  Let’s just say that karma concurs and good prevails. It’s not that hard to follow, even if you’re new to ballet.

And, because the story is so universal and the costumes, music and setting are so sensational, Cinderella is the perfect performance to attend.  Because regardless of age, gender, race, religion or creed don’t we all just want a happy ending … and a perfect pair of shoes?

Tickets for Cinderella are $21-25 for adults, $21-17 for seniors and $11-13 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 10 or more.   Reserved seat tickets may be purchased on-line at and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office at the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton. 

Winners Announced for Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest

The five winners of the “Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest” have been selected.  Each winning artist will receive $250 and is allowing their painting to be used on one of the five banner murals to be installed on buildings in downtown Minerva this spring.  The five winners are: Heather Connor, Diane Betz Granger, Joan Henninger, Michelle Mulligan, and Anna Rather.

“We want to celebrate the work of Minerva artists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. “So we are going to blow up these paintings really large and start mounting them on buildings along Minerva’s historic Market Street.  “The Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest” is part of 20/20 Vision — a project of the Village of Minerva and the County Arts Council that uses arts and history to revitalize downtown.

1) Heather Connor grew up in the Minerva countryside loving to draw the natural world that surrounded her. Wanting to pursue her art interests, she became an art educator at United Local Elementary School. She draws, paints, and inspires creativity in young minds. Heather’s artistic focus is nature and landscape painting along with portraiture and interior design.  Her work Autumn Road is acrylic on canvas.

2) Diane Betz Granger can’t remember a time when she wasn’t drawing, especially portraits of people and animals. She has been the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Arts and Crafts Coordinator and the Cleveland Post Office’s first artist in the Marketing and Communications Division.  Diane found a new level of joy when she began teaching art classes to students of all ages 24 years ago.  Her work Majestic Animals is acrylic on canvas.

3) Joan Henninger has lived most of her life in Minerva, Ohio, and began art lessons at age 14.  She taught for 32 years in the Minerva Local School District.  “My oil painting is generally realistic,” says Joan, “I find the visual world around me to be a place of wonder and amazement, and I want my art to reflect this.”  Her work Poppies is oil on canvas.

4) Michelle Mulligan has spent the better part of her adult life raising a family with her husband, but has always managed to find an outlet for her creativity.  “I try to paint as often as I can,” says Michelle, “not only as an outlet for the gift God has placed in me, but also as a means to refine that gift and for the immense pleasure the whole process brings.”  Her work The Kid is oil on canvas.

5) Anna Rather believes she was born with a paint brush in her hands.  In Houston, Texas  she studied art in high school, then went on to get multiple art degrees from the University of North Texas, Ball State, and The San Francisco Art Institute.  Anna makes all kinds of art: surreal ocean imagery, abstract works using Legos as stamps, collages, dismantled electronics transformed into art, and visual diaries that capture the stories of her life.  Her work Diary Portrait 39 is finger printing, drawing, paint, and ink on paper.

20/20 Vision Minerva was created in 2012 by a task force chaired by Pat Miller.  The goal by the year 2020 is to transform the three blocks downtown from Hart Mansion to West Line Street into a tourism destination called “Minerva’s Market Street.”  There locals and visitors can experience Minerva history while enjoying fun shops and eateries.  20/20 Vision Minerva is an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva. To see a copy of the entire 20/20 Vision Minerva plan, please visit

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Canton Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season

After a season that included two World Premieres and one Ohio Premiere, the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is ready to get back to the basics with its 2016-17 MasterWorks Season. “The 2016-17 season contains many of the composers that classical music enthusiasts love,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra. “The guest artists we’ve engaged will keep the music fresh,” she adds.

Opening night is October 1 and features a program voted on by audience members at this season’s November concerts. The program includes Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Piano soloist Sara Davis Buechner will perform on Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. All American is the theme for the October 29 concert featuring Jinjoo Cho as guest violin soloist. The program includes Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Bernstein’s On the Waterfront and Violin Concerto in D Major by Korngold. The November 19 concert will feature four of the CSO’s own violinists as soloists on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and also includes Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Also featured that evening will be selections from the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art projected above the stage during the Piazzolla. The orchestra invites the audience to spend a (figurative) night in Vienna on January 28, 2017 with a program of music by Suppe, Schubert as well as polkas and waltzes by Strauss. In February, the winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition will be the guest soloist on a program that includes Saint-Saëns Overture to the Yellow Princess and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. On March 25, the music of “Beethoven and his Contemporaries” will be on the program. The concert features Beethoven’s The Ruins of Athens, Liszt’s Les Préludes and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. The season closes on April 29 with Verdi’s Requiem featuring the Canton Symphony Chorus and soloists including Karen Slack, Kathryn Findlen, Tim Culver, and Nathan Stark.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert series are $135-$210 and are on sale now. The CSO also offers flexible subscription packages which allow patrons to choose 4, 5 or 6 of the seven concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber. Flexible packages range from $90 to $205. Subscription tickets and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available at, by calling 330-452-2094 or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Single tickets for 2016-17 individual events will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio. Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit

Hello Dolly by the Carnation City Players

by James Dennison

The newest performance of the smash hit musical Hello Dolly will debut February 26th and is produced by the wonderful actors and actresses at the Carnation City Players. The production will run February 26th through the 28th and returns March 4th through March 6th. Fridays and Saturdays will have a nightly performance at 8pm and Sundays will have a matinee performance at 2:30pm. Tickets are only $13 for adults and $11 for students under the age of 18. The performance is scheduled to take place inside Alliance’s beautiful Firehouse Theater located at 450 E Market Street, Alliance Ohio. Tickets are available at the box office, The tickets can be picked anytime after 6:30pm the day of the show or 1:30pm for matinees. Group ticket blocks are available.

The Carnation City Players (originally known as the Tri-County Players)  is a non-profit group which is dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in the Alliance area. Beginning in 1960, the Carnation City Players will soon reach its 57th year performing and producing live theater and musicals in northeast Ohio. This prolific theater troupe has produced over 216 performances and even more counting shorter Alliance area theatrical presentations. Not only does this group provide quality entertainment but it also educates theater students in their productions.

Hello Dolly has had an amazing history, starting with it’s original Broadway performance in 1964 starring Carol Channing. The original performance held a record for 35 years for the largest amount of Tony Awards for a single production. The original cast soundtrack reached number one on the Billboard charts only to be replaced by the Louis Armstrong recording of Hello Dolly! In 1969 the musical was filmed and became nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. The original theatrical script was based on a 1955 book called the Matchmaker which was originally printed as The Merchant of Yonkers in 1938.

If you see one theater piece this year it should be this lovely production of Hello Dolly by the talented local cast of actors and actresses in the Carnation City Player and performed inside the beautiful Firehouse Theater. You’ll thank yourself for the time you spent supporting the hard work and dedication of this theater troupe. Make sure and get your tickets quickly as a production this special is sure to sell out!

Get Lucky with VOCI’s Vegas Night

by Jara Anton

What happens in Vegas stays in…Canton?

That’s what VOCI is hoping with their upcoming fundraiser, VOCI Goes Vegas, at the Cultural Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 27.

VOCI, pronounced “VO-chee,” is the Italian word for “many voices.” Pretty fitting as VOCI’s mission is to celebrate choral art through their live performances, while using the power of “many voices” to inspire their surrounding community while also educating and uniting. In order to continue their commitment and enrichment of your community, they sometimes rely on citizens. But this is no ordinary fundraiser…this is Vegas, baby!

When you buy a ticket to VOCI Goes Vegas, you will be treated to a night you will truly enjoy. Mr. Mike’s will be catering the food. You will choose your main entrée, Chicken/Steak or Scrod with accompanying sides. Come for the strip steak, stay for the Reverse Raffle; the Grand Prize is $1000!

With the price of admission, you will be offered a reverse raffle ticket. Not quite sure how it works? It’s the opposite of a usual raffle in that the very last number drawn wins the prize.

Wondering what the prizes might be? A Pandora Jewelry Set is up for grabs this year! Entrants will purchase a small keepsake necklace at the event in order to enter the Pandora Set drawing. The prize features a crystal clasp Pandora bracelet with two “sweet music” charms, flanked by Murano faceted beads, crystal drop charm. Your bracelet will be matched by the Pandora floral ring and the Pandora crystal hoop earrings.

There will also be gambling… it’s a Vegas night, after all! Vegas Games include Side Board Tables, for $2, $3 and $5. Heads/Tails is a game for those with zero gambling skill, but no less fun. And it includes bead necklaces! Place your bets and wait for the coin toss to see if you lose a necklace or gain one. The players keep moving on until there is the take all winner!

The Silent Auction will offer up some really incredible items. Place your bids on Akron Rubber Ducks tickets, Canton Ballet seats, and a night at the McKinley, a massage package and close to 40 more items! Check out the website for a full listing. The VOCI Goes Vegas fundraiser begins at 6pm on Saturday, February 27. Tickets are $55 and they are available online at or by calling the VOCI Box Office. It is advised to get your tickets ASAP!

CMA Fundraiser with Oscar: Academy Award Gala CMA

By Jara Anton

You’re first in the conversation to discuss the “No Black Actors” boycott of the Oscars of 2016. You can name each and every movie up for an Oscar. You were incensed that Ridley Scott was overlooked for Best Director, you saw Black Mass 101 times and you’re still reeling that Jennifer Lawrence did not receive any Oscar nod for Joy. You are an armchair Academy Awards expert. Instead of lining up your Cabbage Patch dolls for the Red Carpet Arrivals like last year, this is the year that you get dressed and get out to be a part of the glamour!

The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is offering their own gala fundraiser for your consideration. On Sunday, February 28, come celebrate the CMA’s unwavering commitment to promoting fine arts our community with their own Academy Awards Gala. You’ll be greeted by hosts Jeff and Sandy Doll along with Brian and Lindsay Zimmerman at the newly remodeled Stone Mansion in Massillon with a red carpet fit for Brad and Angelina. With your ticket, you’ll be treated to handcrafted cocktails, elegant hours d’oeuvres all with an Academy styled backdrop.

The Academy Awards Gala for CMA will offer a beautiful, elegant night that will light up your Instagram account with beautiful people and a grand, luxurious background. No filter required. So, dust off your tuxedo or steam your best gown, hit the town while you’re waiting for the re-creation of the excitement you felt when Kathryn Bigelo won big.

The Academy Awards Gala is February 28, 6:00-10:30pm, at the Stone Mansion in Massillon Ohio. Tickets are $100 and are available by visiting: .

The Canton Museum of Art continues to offer a place to see carefully curated collections of local artists. Currently on display, Moving Towards the Light: Watercolors by Joseph Raffael, BLUE COLLAR: Figurative Sculptures by Kyle and Kelly Phelps as well as Out of the Woods, clay sculptures by Kristin Cliffel. The CMA is also home to the incredibly popular “Untapped” where adults go to enjoy a craft beer and delight in the world of coloring books. Please consider this supporting the Canton Museum of Art, a Stark County gem, by attending this unique fundraiser: the Academy Award Gala!