Monthly Archives: April 2016

MassMu to Host First Pet-Friendly Event for Pet Members

Are you looking for a new way to experience your Massillon Museum? The Museum’s new pet member program provides opportunities for pets and their people to enjoy pet-friendly events, art activities, and informative sessions with pet professionals.

The first event, Pet Member Portraits, will be held Saturday, May 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Museum lobby. Pet members and their owners are invited to attend and sit for two poses with photographer Mandy Altimus Pond. Pond, who is the Museum’s archivist, is respected regionally for her creative portrait photography. To see examples of her work, visit

The pet portrait event is free for pet members that have joined at the $10 level. Pet memberships are also available for just $5 for pets who are not able to visit the Museum for pet-friendly events. Memberships for both pets and people may be purchased at the Museum’s reception desk at any time. Pet memberships purchased upon arrival at Pet Member Portraits will be eligible for the photo session as well as a MassMu logo bandanna, which each new pet member receives.

“At MassMu we understand how important pets are to their owners, and we think our new pet membership offers an added dimension to the community’s participation at the Museum,” said Scot Phillips, who oversees the Museum’s membership program.

The Museum’s vintage photobooth will also be in operation during the event. Fun photo strips with pets and costumes can be made for just $4. Anderson’s in the City (the lobby café) and OHregionalities (the Museum shop) will be open.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby public lots. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Piano in Pictures

by Judi Christy

Oftentimes, life is not exact.  Like the keys on a piano, lined up with precision, each day, like each key, emits its own song; sad or joyful, adagio or allegro; a single note or endless symphony.

Some of us are happy to listen; others are eager to pull back the stool and play like there is no tomorrow.

Evelyn (Evie) Gerber could do both; a happy girl with a love for God, family, and friends in her homeschool community, Evie had the patience and the talent find the simple joy in nature, drawing, sewing.  And, as delightful pre-teen girl, she also jumped in with great gusto to laugh, sing, and play the piano.

Evie was getting pretty good at sight reading.  Having taken lessons from Creative Canton Music Studio, she quickly moved on from the one-hand simplicity of beginner books, to more complex selections, finger movement, and of course, pacing.

In music, and in life, timing is everything.

And, yet, nothing at all.

Because at age 11, on Halloween 2015, Evie Gerber completed her piece at the studio’s recital, heard the applause, stood, smiled and took her final bow.

Evie Gerber’s song was finished, but her legacy was just commencing.

To honor the life of this beautiful young soul, and to provide support for her family, Creative Canton Music Studio is hosting Piano in Pictures, a tribute and a fundraiser for a little girl with a big dream.  The event will be held at Joe Albert Signature Series (207 Market Avenue North, Canton) on First Friday – May 6 from 6-9 p.m.   Current piano and voice students, many of whom knew Evie and her family, were invited, by their teachers, to create a piece of art to reflect the song they will be performing for this year’s recital.

The art, which can be viewed from May 2-6 at Joe Albert Signature Series, at will be part of a silent auction.  Proceeds from Piano in Pictures will go to the Pregnancy Support Center in Canton.  Before her death, Evie, who loved babies, was anxiously awaiting the birth of her little brother.  Evie wanted to be a “little mommy.”

But, she also wanted to be an art teacher, an interest that sparked the fundraiser theme.

“After seeing Evie’s beautiful artwork, it just seemed like the perfect fit for a tribute to remembering her life,” said Courtney Hall, Evie’s former piano teacher and friend at Creative Canton.  “I envisioned a recital where students perform while being surrounded by beautiful art in a room full of color and vibrancy.  This will remind me and others of Evie’s smile that could light up a room.”

To RSVP for the Paint in Pictures Fundraiser and view some of the work to be included, please visit

To read a beautiful tribute to Evie Gerber, visit!/Obituary


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Symphony Students Selected for Masterclass

Members of the Canton Youth Symphonies (CYS) recently auditioned for a Masterclass with violinist Lindsay Deutsch.  The Masterclass will be held Saturday April 30 at the Zimmermann Symphony in Canton as part of a weekend-long residency with Ms. Deutsch.  The residency with Ms. Deutsch is included in the Classics Alive Foundation Youth Symphony of the Year award that Canton Youth Symphonies received in the fall of 2015.

Four local violin students, were selected to participate in the Masterclass by CYS Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Rachel Waddell and Vivek Jayaraman, concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  They are:  Katerina Wuchnick, a 5th grader at Lake Center Christian School; Julia Cheatham, an 8th grader at the Arts Academy at Summit; Karl Helmuth, a 7th grader at North Canton Middle School; Michelle Sayre, an 11th grader at North Canton Hoover High School.  Each student will perform a piece for Ms. Deutsch who will then offer feedback on the performance.

American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, has emerged as a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene.  Her Project CLASSIFIED is gaining significant attention with classical music and targets the most recent generations of Americans with a mixture of classical and crossover music in familiar settings.  She frequently appears as guest soloist with American and Canadian orchestras.  In 2007, Ms. Deutsch and her sister, Lauren, co-founded the Classics Alive Foundation dedicated to building classical music audiences.  The Youth Orchestra Residency Program is now in its 4th year.

Following the masterclass, Ms. Deutsch will present two seminars which are open to the public.  The first topic will be Practice Techniques and begins at 2:30pm.  The second, beginning at 3:00pm will be on the topic of Careers in Music.  Both seminars will be held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17thStreet NW in Canton) and are free.

Her residency will close with a performance with the Canton Youth Symphonies on May 1 at 4:00pm in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall.

Founded in 1962, the Canton Youth Symphonies offer aspiring young musicians a professional learning environment focused on the highest artistic standards. Its participants rehearse weekly in preparation for three concerts annually, and students have the opportunity to work closely with Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians and guest artists. There is no minimum age requirement for CYS.  Membership in CYS is by audition only.

Pawsitive Ohio Presents “SHAKE! Art Unleashed”

Pawsitive Ohio, an organization dedicated to promoting dog adoption, spay/neuter programming, pet retention and education, has sculpted a collaboration of local foundations, dog rescue organizations, artists and dogs themselves to create a unique collection of abstract artwork. The culmination is the creation of colorful splatter paintings, canvases and framed photographs which will be auctioned during “SHAKE! Art Unleashed,” on Saturday, September 17 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts.

To create the collection, rescued dogs were covered in pet safe paint, and as wet dogs do, the artists shook themselves silly, spraying nearby canvases with color. Each of the nine featured canine Picassos adopted their own combination of colors using an edible paint made of cornstarch and food coloring that was developed exclusively for the project. The result is a series of paintings as random and as beautiful as each adopted dog.  This project was supported by a micro-grant from ArtsinStark allowing photographer David Baio to catch the painted dogs on camera, creating a second work of art.

Christian Harwell of Cyrus Framing has generously framed and matted many of the photographs of our pint-sized Jackson Pollock’s at work to be used at exhibits and the September event.

David Baio, featured (human) ArtsinStark artist, is a versatile and seasoned professional photographer, videographer and dog lover. David is not only skilled in portrait and commercial photography, but manages his own photography studio. “David is a dog advocate who graciously and patiently allowed our artists to create their art in his studio. We originally thought the canvases would be the stars of the show, but David’s photographs are stunning — the result of his work is astonishing. When we added fellow dog lover, Christian Harwell’s, custom framing to David’s images, we realized that the photographs alongside the canvases truly complete the collection. They really are beautiful beyond our wildest dreams,” explained Jennifer Harrington, director of Pawsitive Ohio.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population locally in Stark County while showcasing the stories of our “artists” and the organizations who helped them find homes. The community will be encouraged to learn about options available in Stark County for adopting and will be presented with information about spay/neuter programs. All funds raised will help Pawsitive Ohio to continue its mission of creating a community where no dog needs to die in a shelter simply for being unwanted.

Tickets for “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.” are available at The September 17 event will invite attendees to explore the unique artwork collection while enjoying an upscale evening of top-shelf beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and live and silent auctions.

The event is possible with the support of our generous sponsors including Cyrus Framing, the Deubel Foundation, H-P Products, Inc. J&K Printing and Julz by Alan Rodriguez. Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Stark County Dog Warden, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, the Tuscarawas Humane Society, Second Chance for Animals, Buckeye Bulldog Rescue and PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, as well as to our artist’s wonderful families.

By celebrating shelter diversity and focusing on finding unique ways for rescue organizations to support each other, Pawsitive Ohio serves as a positive and proactive medium towards our common objectives.

In the month’s leading up to “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.” event, a sampling of the artwork will be available for viewing as follows:

May 6-30, 2016                                                                                   Julz by Alan Rodriguez

Julz will display multiple pieces from the collection during the May Downtown Canton First Friday event. Representatives from Pawsitive Ohio will be at Julz with information about the event and a chance to meet one of the canine artists. Tickets for the event will be available.

June 9-29, 2016                                                                                  Canton Museum of Art
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Courtyard thanks to the Canton Museum of Art

Spring 2016 (date TBD)                                                                      Earth Fare North Canton

Pawsitive Ohio will be on-site during the grand opening for Earth Fare North Canton (date to be determined). Artwork from the collection will be on display and tickets to the event will be available.

Please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.715.1557 or for additional information about “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.”.

Massillon Museum Seeks Vendors for “Relics and Refabs”

The Massillon Museum is seeking vendors for its Antiques Road Show-style Relics and Refabs: MassMu Appraisal Fair and Market event on Saturday, June 25.  A cadre of highly respected appraisers, booths full of antiques and repurposed objects, pertinent panel discussions, live music, food and beverages, demonstrations, and children’s activities will stretch from the Massillon Museum to St. George Cultural Center in downtown Massillon.

Vendors may apply for 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces, which will be available inside the Museum and the Cultural Center.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Space is limited. The booth fee is $50 per space.

Admission to the event will be $5.  Verbal appraisals will be $5 each (limit three per guest). Musicians and activities will be stationed between the sites to encourage pedestrian enjoyment of downtown Massillon on the first Saturday of summer.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Massillon Museum’s Capital Campaign to expand its facility.  Relics and Refabs is sponsored by Freshmark; the live music is provided by an ArtsinStark grant.

Vendor application forms are available at or by calling the Museum at 330-833-4061.

Additional activities in Massillon on June 25 will include the Farmers Market at Massillon Recreation Center; Edna and Ruth’s Lawn and Garden Sale at the Massillon Woman’s Club, which includes white elephant and repurposed treasures, tours of Five Oaks, and snacks; and The Underground Railroad Experience, an interactive outdoor drama, at Spring Hill Historic Home.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (at the corner of First Street). St. George Cultural Center is located at 364 First Street Southeast. Free parking is available in the St. George Cultural Center and city lots and on adjacent streets.

For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

Fiber Mania Sweeps Alliance

by Evan Chwalek

Downtown Alliance will again host an event celebrating fiber arts and area businesses on April 23. The 9th Annual Fiber Mania is co-sponsored by the Canton Visitors Bureau, ArtsInStark and two local businesses, Enchanted Threads Fiber Arts Gallery and The Troll Hole Museum.

The event, which is free to the public, will showcase local artistic talent including fiber artists and musicians. Prizes including a Kindle Fire, crocheted throw and upcycled glass lawn ornament are up for grabs.

By following a map through downtown Alliance businesses, attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt and enter to win one of the grand prizes. Additionally, the event serves as a way to acquaint oneself with the galleries, restaurants, and stores of Alliance.

Over a dozen businesses will be involved with the scavenger hunt, with a small troll doll hidden in each location. Only participants earning stamps from twelve of fourteen businesses will have a chance at the grand prizes.

Assistant Organizer of Fiber Mania, Vickey Kugler, hopes the event will help show off the revitalization of Alliance. Kugler said everyone involved hopes to “show how downtown Alliance is becoming an arts area” and that “there’s so much that’s changing down here.”

Attendees can look forward to learn the process of creating various forms of fiber art, including felting, crocheting, knitting and spinning. Everything from raw materials to finished pieces of fiber art will be available for purchase, inspiring fiber artists of all abilities. The craft show will host over a dozen vendors and live music will be entertain the visitors.

“Everyone’s participating in their own way. It’s pretty cool” Kugler said.

Animals whose fur is used for fiber arts will also be present, showing the process from animal to finished product. Classes in fiber arts also add an educational dimension to the event.

The fiber arts festival is only one aspect of the revitalization of downtown Alliance. Farmer’s markets, new businesses and restaurants are a refreshing sight and raise hope for a thriving downtown arts scene.

Fiber Mania will take place in downtown Alliance from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on April 23.

Musical Memories Concert to Benefit Wishes Can Happen

MajesticVoice Chorus presents “Musical Memories”: Favorites from Broadway, TV & The Movies on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Songs include oldies from the 50s, Swing, Groovy 70s, Disney, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music and more–music the WHOLE family will enjoy! MajesticVoice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has selected “Wishes Can Happen”, a local non-profit headquartered in North Canton, to be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the concert. Their sole purpose is to grant wishes to children and young adults in Ohio who face life threatening illnesses. Being in existence since 1982, they have granted over 2,000 wishes at an average cost of $4700 a wish. “Wishes Can Happen” is entirely donor supported. They rely solely on the compassion and generosity of private donors and corporate sponsors to fund their efforts. Go to to learn more about this dedicated group.

A buffet dinner will be catered by Skyland Pines and include: baked chicken, sausage & peppers, red skin potatoes, vegetable medley, rigatoni with red sauce, tossed salad, rolls and beverage. Dessert will be served at intermission. Entertainment will be provided by MajesticVoice Chorus. The event will take place at St. Barbara’s Parish Life Center, 2813 Lincoln Way NW, Massillon, OH 44647. The venue will seat 300 people and is handicapped accessible. There will also be a Fundraiser Basket Raffle at the event.

Dinner/Concert tickets are $28.00 per person or Table of Eight $224.00. Tickets include dinner, dessert at intermission, and the concert. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert. Purchase tickets online at

Deadline for ticket sales is May 2, 2016. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, please call 330-854-5061.

These Shining Lives

by Stephen Ostertag

On stage at Kent State University Stark, Melanie Marnich tells the story of four women working as watch painters in These Shining Lives. Set in the 1920s and 30s, These Shining Lives follows Catherine Donohue, and her friends Charlotte, Pearl, and Frances, as Catherine reflects on a journey of self discovery and disillusionment in an era when women had few opportunities.

Marnich’s play is based on the true story chronicled in Ross Mullner‘s Deadly Glow. In the play the ladies work for the Radium Dial Company painting watch faces with luminescent radium. The women find purpose, self reliance, confidence, and camaraderie through their employment but soon discover it comes with a cost as the effects of radium come to light. Literally.

The memory play is directed by theatre department head, Brian Newberg. Newberg said he’s “come to admire Marnich’s work,” especially after last year’s production of Marnich’s play Blur. “Both plays are written in a fluid, imaginative style, that I am drawn to,” said Newberg, adding, “I also appreciate her concern about important themes, such as those explored in this play.” Newberg points out, ‘Her concerns for the women’s voices, their search for justice, and the bonding of sisterhood are important criteria. I also love how she can lift reality poetically into magical realism.”

“This story means a lot to me, because it tells the story of what these women actually had to go through,” says actress Breanna Morton, “It’s powerful to be playing a woman who helped change the way things were, to make things better.” KSU student Breanna Morton plays Frances, the moral yet witty member of the ill fated group. “My favorite thing about her, is that she really has fun, she may be the uptight character, but she isn’t afraid to let loose, speak her mind, or show how deeply she cares for her friends.”

So, right about now you may be asking yourself ‘why would I want to see a show about innocent women being poisoned?’ “It’s a really fascinating show,” Morton says, “it’s important to our history to talk about these kinds of stories instead of letting them fade away.” Director Newberg adds, “I hope that audiences are stirred by the plight of these people, and relate this to current struggles for justice in our current world. Drama can do many things, and through empathy it can bring us to care about each other and improve our world.”

These Shining Lives tells a story of love, ambition, revelation, heart ache, and loss. If you can relate to any of these themes, then there is something in this show for you. These Shining Lives opens April 22nd on the Kent Stark stage, and runs through May 1st.  Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm, Sunday May 1st ASL interpreted. Tickets $10 for Adults, $7 for Seniors and non-KSU students, Free to KSU students with current student ID. For tickets, stop by the box office or call 330-244-3348, Monday-Friday 1-5pm. For more information, please visit:

World-Renowned Electric Violinist Mark Wood to Perform with Students

International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Alliance City Schools, Alliance OH. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2015 Electrify Your Strings
“Authentic Tour” on April 26th, 7:30pm at the Alliance High School Auditorium. The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more. Alliance Middle and High school orchestra students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school’s music program.

When asked about Mark’s upcoming visit, Orchestra Director Crystal Sabik said, “This will be the fifth time that Mark has visited the Alliance City Schools Orchestras. Every new experience has been even better than the last. We can’t wait to welcome Mark back to Alliance and have another amazing couple of days.” The program – now in its 16th year – is a music education experience like no other. Wood and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra director to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience. EYS builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers; creating a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off. EYS has been featured on The Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and many more.

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.

To prepare for this concert, Mark will be teaching the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses. Utilizing Mark’s music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, Alliance Schools orchestra students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs:
April 26th at 7:30pm

Alliance High School Auditorium

400 Glamorgan St.

Alliance, OH 44601

Ticket Information: General Admission: $8-Adults, $6-Students

Hammer Time: Building a Better Canton with Chorus for a Cause

Sometimes in life, you just need a hand. Times can get tough and making ends meet is something we all deal with. So for families who find themselves in a pickle, the Canton community is willing to help. Hammer & Nails is a Christian nonprofit organization in Canton, but not just “any” nonprofit organization. Hammer & Nails works to serve the disadvantaged Stark County homeowners with their home property improvements. Grown out of a temporary ministry, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds. Nearly 1,600 homeowners have been assisted, but they could use a hand. This isn’t a handout type situation– Hammer & Nails has projects approved, but they could use a boost! So in order to help, A Chorus for a Cause presents No Place Like Home — Hammer & Nails Benefit Concert.

A Chorus For A Cause is a group of musicians making a difference by bringing compelling music and enjoyment to our community while supporting causes which make our world a better place. Since its inception, A Chorus for a Cause has raised tens of thousands of dollars for dozens of non-profit organizations by raising their voices in song. They have chosen Hammer & Nails for their latest concert beneficiary. At least 1/3 of all ticket money will be donated to Hammer & Nails.

Anita Rayburn, the business manager for the Chorus shared her thoughts: “In researching our causes, we discovered that Hammer & Nails has been helping people in our area in significant ways and we are very pleased to be singing to raise money for them and their work – and to raise the public awareness of the good that Hammer & Nails is doing.”

There are two opportunities to support this wonderful organization and enjoy the concert, No Place Like Home:

Saturday, April 30th – 7:00 pm at Westbrook Park UMC Canton featuring guest vocalist Ocho Synch-O

Sunday, May 1st – 3:30 pm at First Baptist Church Canton

Tickets are $15.00 each. Each performance will also feature door prizes and a basket raffle. Tickets are available online at

Enjoy a night out on the town with a fresh and fun chorus that will dazzle and amaze!

To learn more about Hammer & Nails, please visit:

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