Monthly Archives: August 2016

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 that will be auctioned during the organization’s fundraising event “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 capture 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.

In addition to the SHAKE! artwork, the event will include live and silent auctions, drawings for watches courtesy of Julz by Alan Rodriguez, a top shelf open bar, catering from Robert J. Events and Earth Fare North Canton, entertainment from Matt Corey, the opportunity to meet Ug, one of the doggie artists who has an amazing rescue story. “When Ug was picked up by the amazing rescue, Canine Lifeline, he had not one hair on his body, he was covered in secondary bacterial infections and was severely emaciated (weighing in at 32 pounds and today he is 85 pounds). Unfortunately, no one knows his background or where he really came from. It can be determined by his physical state, he was probably a stray and the condition that he had (Demodex) he was probably born with,” explains Ug’s adopter Kendra Wiliams who worked a the veterinary clinic where Ug first sought treatment. “He literally took my breath away, mostly because of his physical state and how sad he looked. In fact, the entire staff in the room, stopped what they were doing and all gasped. Ug then continually came into the clinic weekly for treatments for his skin condition. There started our first bond, his baths, me feeding him peanut butter as often as he wanted, walks outside (I still remember the first time I pet him during our walk that first day he came in) and then finally that bond was unbroken” said Williams.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population in our area 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 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 event is possible with the support of generous sponsors including The Deubel Foundation, H-P Products, Inc., Cyrus Custom Framing, J&K Printing, Julz by Alan Rodriguez, FreshMark and Gasser Fine Jewelers. Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided love and shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Stark County Dog Warden, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, Second Chance for Animals, Buckeye Bulldog Rescue and PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, as well as to our artist’s wonderful families.

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



Canton Ballet Announces Its 2016-2017 Season

Artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley announces Canton Ballet’s 2016-2017 season.  All performances will be presented at the Palace Theatre at 605 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  Series subscriptions and individual production tickets are available online at or by calling 330.455.7220.  Subscribers receive a discount and their choice of the best seats in the house.
Director’s Choice will open the new season on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.  The mixed program of classical ballet, contemporary ballet and modern dance will offer creative and challenging new works by resident and guest choreographers as well as familiar favorites from repertoire.

Performances of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece The Nutcracker will be Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The Nutcracker is sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group.

Canton Ballet’s spring offering will be its full length family favorite Snow White on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m.  This enchanting fantasy with every child’s favorite characters is choreographed by resident choreographer Angelo Lemmo.  Snow White is sponsored by Sharon and William Luntz.
A subscription series purchase includes one ticket for each production with a savings of 10% and ranges in price from $36 to $54.  Director’s Choice is specially priced at $10 for all tickets.  Other individual ticket prices are $15 to $25.  All seating is reserved.
For more information or to receive a subscription brochure call or visit the Canton Ballet office Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.  The ballet office is located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

Canton Ballet receives operating funds from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment from the Arts.

Local Celebrities Unite to Raise Funds for the Palace

The Canton Palace Theatre announced the cast of the sixth season of “Dancing with Canton’s Stars” which will be Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Tickets to “Dancing with Canton’s Stars 6” will go on sale today, August 18, 2016 at 10am at the Canton Palace Theatre Box office, over the phone by calling (330) 454-8172 or online at  Reserved tickets are $12 each; VIP Reception Tickets can be purchased separately, and are $40 each.  The VIP Reception will take place at the Joseph A Saxton Gallery at 6pm and includes light hors d’oeuvres and open bar.  All proceeds for this event go to the Canton Palace Theatre Association to assist in its operations and programming

The show will feature local stars – Lauren Bosworth, Laura of Pembroke; Jessie Cline, Shine Salon Spa; Chip Conde, Stark County Auditor Department; Matthew Fantone, WRQK Rock 106.9; Patty Gaston, Tam O’Shanter Golf Course; Daniel S. Greer, Canton Fire Department; Jean Madden, Esq., retired, lawyer; Alan Rodriguez, Julz by Alan Rodriguez; Sue Staley, Coon Restoration/The Historic Onesto Lofts; Scott N. Warner, Pvt. Heath Warner Memorial Foundation; and Fonda Williams, City of Canton.

The show will feature professional dancers – Coral Abel (DanceAbel Dance Studio); Tiffeny Brown (TLBMovmentz); Carl Damiani (Dance Works Studio); Claire Fischer (Independent dance instructor); Micki Fontes (Dance Works Studio);  Lou Gillombardo (DanceAble Dance Studio); Trudy Koehler (TLBMovmentz); Rob McNamara (Professional Ballroom Dance Studio), Joy Raub (Independent dance instructor);Katy Russell (Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio) and Tony Scheppler (La Danse Cleveland).

“We are thrilled to announce this fantastic show and its wonderful cast who have come together to celebrate the Palace Theatre and its importance to our community.  The cast will raise funds to assist with the general operations of the theatre and to help fund the diverse programming we offer,” said Georgia Paxos, executive director. “The couple that raises the most funds will win the coveted mirror ball trophy!”

About the Canton Palace Theatre

Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit

The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330) 454-8171.

Sidewalk Museum Returns to Louisville

Last week, ArtsinStark brought The Sidewalk Museum back to downtown Louisville for a three month visit along Main Street between Chapel and Mills. Last year The Sidewalk Museum featured giant 4 by 8 foot paintings by Louisville High School students celebrating moments in local history. “This year we’re showcasing the work of Louisville-related artists, many of whom have been featured at the Arts and History Gallery downtown,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. The ten artists are: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Hannelore Brown, Linda Christman, Mike Criswell (Theatrewiz),Vivian Geaghan, Rita Sommers Hukills, Sean Johnson, Angelo Oddo, Carl “Rick” Silvey, and Denny Valentine. The outdoor exhibit of temporary public art is part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville. The goal of 20/20 Vision Louisville is to use art and history activities to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

Here are the artists featured in Sidewalk Museum 2016: Hannelore Brown: whose favorite subjects are landscapes, portraits and pets; and who studied art for 12 years. Sean Johnson: who graduated from Malone College with a BA in Art and who likes to create designs that pull the viewer’s eyes into and through the painting. Angelo Oddo: a multitalented artist who has achieved success in various fields including magic and acting, and who has published an autobiography entitled Life without Limits. Barbara Taylor Aiken: who has studied colored pencils, oil painting, and is currently continuing her education by taking classes in watercolors. Denny Valentine: who has been doing professional photography for the last 35 years and is recognized as a “Master Photographer” by the Professional Photographers of America. Michael Criswell (Theaterwiz): who loves shooting landscapes and architectural fine art photography. Vivian Geaghan: a self-taught artist who works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and colored pencils where her love of nature and gardening can be reflected. Linda Christman: who says that art is an ongoing journey, and who hopes to pull viewers into the scene with all of nature’s beauty. Carl “Rick” Silvey: a self-taught artist who likes to dabble in water colors, pastels, color pencils, acrylics, spray painting, and oils. Rita Sommers Hukills: who has been taking art classes for 40 years, and has her artwork on display in schools, homes, churches, and restaurants all across Ohio.


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“Spirit of America” – A Musical Tribute to Our Area Military

“Spirit of America” – A Musical Tribute to Our Area Military performed by A Chorus for A Cause and The Harmony Ringers.

Join us in recognizing veterans and current members of our nation’s armed forces, when A Chorus for a Cause and The Harmony Ringers combine to present “Spirit of America”.  This musical tribute will benefit the SAM Center (Serving Area Military – Veterans & Widows) and features songs such as Irving Berlin’s America, God Bless the USA, Who Are The Brave, Battle Cry of Freedom, and much more.

Performances are scheduled for:

Saturday Sept 24th at 7:00 pm

Trinity United Church of Christ

3909 Blackburn Rd NW, Canton


Sunday Sept 25th at 3:00 pm

Community Christian Church

210 N. Main St, North Canton

Tickets are $15 and are available online at, from any chorus member, or at the door.  A minimum of $5 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the SAM Center which strives each and every day to help local military members, veterans, and their families with whatever their needs might be.  Every ticket purchased makes a difference to this group and the people that they are helping.

Wizards’ Gathering 2016

Whether you are six or several decades older, you’ve heard of a wizard named Harry. You know – the scar, the robes, that mystical place called Hogwarts. Well, imagine all of it in North Canton, Ohio.

Fieldcrest Estate presents the Wizards’ Gathering, a magical experience of professors and prefects, classes like Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, a mystical street of shops, a House Cup challenge, a grand feast, butter beer, chocolate frogs – and a rousing game of Quidditch (thanks to our good friends from Team CWRUCIO (Case Western Reserve). Previous attendees may choose the SECOND YEAR experience, while FIRST YEAR attendees (and wizards) will enjoy all the fun and frolic of a first time student at the school.

All participants will gather a wee bit before the full moon on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. to get sorted and begin their adventure at Fieldcrest Estate, 1346 Easthill (55th) Street SE, North Canton, Ohio 44720, where they will board the train at Platform 9 ¾.

Costumes are encouraged, British accents are optional.

The cost is $75 per participant . A special $25 rate is available to an Adult chaperoning a child (10 or under), enjoying the feast but not actively participating in the other student experiences.

Reservations are limited, so make yours before they vanish. Tickets and additional information can be found online at or by calling Fieldcrest Estate at 330-966-2222 weekdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Student Offerings at the Canton Symphony Orchestra

The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is becoming even more family-friendly this season by offering several FREE opportunities to children and students.

For the first time, children under the age of 18 may attend any concert in the MasterWorks series FREE of charge!  “We realize that introducing students to music at an early age fosters a long-term appreciation for the arts,” notes Michelle Mullaly, President and CEO of the orchestra. “By offering free student tickets we are making a visit to the orchestra a more affordable option for families.”

All MasterWorks concerts are held in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Although there is no minimum age for attending a concert, the orchestra recommends that children should be old enough to be attentive throughout the performance without disturbing other concert goers in the performance hall.  Concerts generally last a total of 90 minutes and normally include a 20 minute intermission.  The free student tickets are based on availability.

The free offerings were made possible by generous support from Arts in Stark Smarts Grant, The Peter and Judith Shurman Charitable Fund at the Stark Community Foundation and The Hoover Foundation.   “Nothing warms my heart more than seeing children inspired by musical moments,” says Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Engagement.  “We are extremely grateful to our funders for allowing us to make these programs so accessible to them.”

In addition, all of the CSO’s Education programs this season will be free.  This includes the Young Peoples Concert – a full orchestra performance for students in grades 3-6 on October 20, 2016 at 9:45 and 10:45am at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall; SymphonyLand – trio performances for children ages 3-6 on January 11 and 14, 2017 (strings), February 8 and 11, 2017 (woodwinds), and March 8 and 11, 2017 (brass) at 10am and 11am at the Zimmermann Symphony Center; and the Kinder Concert – a full orchestra performance for children ages 3-6 on May 3, 2017 at 9:45 and 10:45am at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Ave. N, Canton).  The Education programs are open to school groups and the public.

The funding will also allow nearly 900 students attending Stark County Head Start programs to experience the SymphonyLand trios and Kinder Concert.

Reservations are required for all of the Education programs.  Tickets for the MasterWorks concerts, reservations for the Education programs and a full schedule of Canton Symphony events are available, by calling 330-452-2094 or at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

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

Traditional and Youth Amateur Photography Contest

From October 6th to October 27th, the Art & History Gallery will be displaying photographs from local amateur and youth photographers for judging.

The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society Photography Contest is open to amateur photographers only. For this contest, an amateur is one who engages in photography for pleasure rather than financial benefit. (Photography contest winnings excluded.) All photographs are judged based on basic photographic skills, such as focus, composition, neatness, and overall photographic quality. A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the entries and award the appropriate prizes.

Youth Photography Contest The Youth Contest is open to amateur photographers ages 7-12.

1st Place: $50, 2nd Place: $30, 3rd Place: $20

Traditional Photography Contest The Traditional Contest is open to amateur photographers ages 13 and up.

1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50, 3rd Place: $25

Click here to learn more and to enter your own photography!

Please complete form linked above and return to the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society. Questions regarding this contest should be directed to contest officials by calling (330) 875-2829. Entry deadline is Saturday, September 24, 2016 by 3pm.

Canton Palace Theatre to host Grace Potter, presented by Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association is proud to present Grace Potter on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm at the Canton Palace Theatre. Potter, a rock artist, is credited with impressive musical abilities and exciting live performances that reach various audiences.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased through Canton Palace Theatre’s website or through the box office in person or over the phone Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Pricing varies with seat selection ranging from $30.00 to $54.50.

Grace Potter has performed with many artists, such as The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and Neil Young. In 2015, she performed for troops in Qatar by invitation of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, continuing to captivate more audiences. In August 2015, Grace Potter released her album, Midnight, a critically acclaimed solo album, mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood, CA with producer Eric Valentine. Her work as an artist has extended to helping charitable organizations, leading her to achieve the ASCAP Harry Chapin Vanguard Award by WhyHunger in 2015.


About the Canton Palace Theatre

Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit

The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330) 454-8171.

Canton Youth Symphonies Add Audition Dates

The Canton Youth Symphonies have added additional audition dates for the 2016-17 season. Auditions will be held Sunday August 28 from 2-7pm, Monday August 29 from 4:30-7pm and Tuesday August 30 from 4:30-7pm at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th St NW, Canton, OH 44708. To schedule an audition, call Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement at (330) 452-3434 ext. 604.

Under the direction of Dr. Rachel Waddell, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Youth Symphonies (CYS) enjoyed a very active season in 2015-16. Named Youth Symphony of the Year by the Classics Alive Foundation, CYS received a $500 scholarship and a residency with Classics Alive co-founder, Lindsay Deutsch. Ms. Deutsch was the guest violin soloist on the final concert of the CYS season. In addition, members of the Advanced Orchestra performed side-by-side with the Canton Symphony Orchestra on a MasterWorks concert in February of 2016.

CYS prides itself on providing performance opportunities for student musicians of varying levels and abilities: from beginning string players to advanced musicians looking for a challenging full orchestral environment. The Canton Youth Symphonies consist of three groups. The Canton Youth Strings which invites beginning and intermediate string players to participate. Canton Youth Symphony is a full-orchestra ensemble that performs diverse and challenging repertoire. The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is also a full orchestra ensemble and intended for advanced players that display exceptional musicality.

Membership in CYS is by audition only. Auditions last for approximately 10 minutes and are unaccompanied. All orchestral instruments are invited to audition, including violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, harp, and percussion. All CYS members are required to participate in at least one school instrumental music program if one is available to them. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and should be discussed with Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Engagement. More information such as rehearsal times and audition requirements are available online at:

Questions about repertoire should be directed to Rachael Waddell, CYS Music Director and Conductor at (330) 452-3434 ext.607 or

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.