Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Little Art Gallery announces its exhibit featuring the work of artists Kat Francis and Steve Ehret

Beginning July 14, 2016, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host “Rummage” featuring the artwork of Kat Francis and Steve Ehret. The exhibit will be on display through August 14, 2016. The Friends of the Little Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the show Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome to attend this public reception with the artists. For additional information regarding this show, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or or Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 x312 or

The Founders of 2nd April Galerie Are Off to Cleveland

Space To Become New Gallery Run by ArtsinStark

After fourteen years, Todd Walburn and Brennis Booth, the owners of 2nd April Galerie in Downtown Canton have decided to step away from The Arts District’s very first art gallery to pursue new opportunities in Cleveland. The gallery, which opened in 2002 with the goal of featuring and selling the work of Stark County artists, has been a mainstay of The Canton Arts District — even before First Fridays were started. “The gallery has been as much a part of our lives as our families and our own well-being” says Walburn, “and it was important to us that what we created with the help of so many wonderful people over the last fourteen years would continue in some way.” To make sure that happens ArtsinStark has signed a new lease with building owner Michael Whitmire so that 324 Cleveland Avenue NW will continue operating as a gallery. “Under the dedicated leadership of Todd and Brennis, 2nd April Galerie has become the flagship of the Canton Arts District,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we can never thank them enough.” ArtsinStark is going to meet with tenants to figure out what the new gallery will look like and what it will be called.

Ten years ago there was only one art gallery in downtown Canton. That was 2nd April Galerie. Today there are 26 art galleries and artist studios. Many of those spaces are or have been associated with 2nd April or have grown out of artists who started at 2nd April. “It has been the incubator of so many creative ideas and it has been both nurturing and demanding,” says Walburn. “For fourteen years it has held us and we have held it. Now it is just time for us to find out what our next chapter is. We have always said that 2nd April will tell us what it wants to do or become if we listen to it carefully enough. This just feels like the right thing to do at the right time. We are sad to leave something that has meant so much to us as well as so many wonderful friends, but we are also excited about our new jobs and a new life. This feels like our next step.”

As downtown living and tourism continue to grow, ArtsinStark wants to transition 2nd April into an arts gallery space that is ready for the next decade, and continue the legacy that Brennis and Todd have worked so hard to create. “This has never just been about Brennis and me,” says Walburn. “This has always been a collaborative effort and the continued life of 2nd April, in whatever form it takes, is a testament to this community and it’s incredibly talented, generous artists. We lit a spark. Now the torch gets carried.”

2016 Anime Festival: 3 Days of Films, Fans, and Costumes!

From July 29th to 31st, the Canton Palace Theatre is hosting the 2016 Anime Festival. Whether you’ve been a long time fan of the medium like myself or want to introduce yourself to the genre, these three days of vendors, films, and contests will have something for everyone to enjoy.

The festival kicks off Friday, July 29th at 6:00 PM. The first anime film of the festival, Spirited Away, airs at 7:30 PM. This 2003 Oscar Winner by acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki follows Chihiro on a journey that involves magic and the joys and troubles that come with childhood as she tries to save her parents from a witch.

Saturday, the 30th the doors will open at 11:00 AM. The first feature of the day is Dragonball Z Resurrection. In this film, watch Goku face off once again against the villainous alien Frieza. At 2:30 the light hearted film My Neighbor Totoro airs. Another from Miyazaki’s cannon, the film follows two young girl’s relationship with friendly woodland spirits in rural Japan. At 4:30 the cosplay competition begins, so if you plan on entering bring your best costume. At 6:30, Wolf Children starts. This anime film centers on Hana and her life as a single mother with two werewolf children. At 9:00, the after party begins. There will be music and dancing.

For the last day of the event, the doors open at 12:00 PM on Sunday,  the 31st. The day starts off with a 1:00 PM showing of Lupin the Third *Live Action*. At 4:30 PM, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are Not Alone will begin. This sci-fi anime follows protagonist Shinji as he pilots the  Evangelion Unit 1 to save earth from aliens. Finishing off the festival, Akira begins at 7:45 PM. Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo, this cyber punk feature is viewed by several critics as a masterpiece and is largely responsible for introducing anime to a western audience. Bikers, secret government experiments, and telekinetics can all be found in the 125 minute duration of this film.

For more information on the 2016 Anime Festival or if you would like to purchase tickets, visit Tickets online are $35 and $40 at the door. For prices for certain days or individual movies, a list can be found online or you can call 330-454-8172.

“Summer Joys” Opens at Ahh Gallery in Louisville

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio opens “Summer Joys” on Thursday July 14 from 5 to 8 pm.  The show features Nancy Stewart Matin, Anna Rather, Frank Dale and several other artists of the Canton Artist League.  Refreshments will be provided, and there will be special music by Loel Stein. The exhibit will run through Saturday August 27.

Nancy Stewart Matin is a self-taught artist who says she enjoys “the character of watercolor that has a mind of its own.” She says she “works in a semi-abstract manner starting out flooding color and letting the painting speak.” Minerva artist Anna Rather works in painting and printmaking. “My new work is the story of recreation. It is about discovery in life and in art,” said Rather. Frank Dale attended The California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and San Francisco State Teachers College. He studied the works of Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt and taught himself how to paint.

The exhibit will also display Louisville’s self-taught artist Douglas Girton and his pencil drawings of the “Titanic”. Girton has had work on display as far away as Amsterdam, Belfast and Ireland. His interest in the Titanic started in early grade school and has drawn thousands of detailed pencil and water color images of the ship and its artifacts in his lifetime.

Other artists featured in the show include: Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Frank Dale, Rebecca Burrell, Nancy Stewart Matin, Lynda Rimke, Anna Rather, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Natividad Lopez Ortiz, Jack Fetzer, and Pam LaRocco.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  It is a project of The Louisville – Nimishillen Historical Society.  The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly: Thursday and Friday from 1-6 pm, and Saturday 10-3 pm.  The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For information, please call (330) 875-2829.

The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, The Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville.  The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertaining destination for locals and tourists alike.


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