Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dirk Rozich Wins “Super Bowl III” Mural Competition

More than 30 local artists applied for the $40,000 commission to create the artwork and paint the Super Bowl III mural on the side of the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North). The Selection Committee has picked Dirk Rozich as the winner, and awarded five other local artists $500 prizes for their very creative concepts: Tim Carmany, Judi Krew, Tommy Morgan, Su Nimon, and Scot Phillips. The ELEVEN is a public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history. Four of the ELEVEN moments have been completed to date: The Birth (sculpture), The Draft (sculpture), The Merger (Sculpture), and The Reintegration (Mural). Super Bowl III will be the fifth moment of the series. It celebrates the year (1968) that Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicted victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — did exactly that 16 – 7. The plan is to unveil the Super Bowl III mural on Friday, August 4 during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Festival. The sponsors of the Super Bowl III mural are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation.

Dirk Rozich is one of the most popular mural artists in Northeast Ohio. He has a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design. His life-size murals typically take several months to complete and allow the public to experience a mural in the making. Rozich welcomes any passerby to stop and share in the experience. Rozich wants the mural to capture the Jets’ epic overcoming of the Colts’ superior team in 1969, and Joe Namath’s historical quote that guaranteed that win. The mural will be in full color and will appear to stand away from the wall’s surface. “Namath’s larger-than-life demeanor is at the core of this mural,” says Rozich, “because against all odds, he led his outmatched team to an indisputable victory.”

The members of the Selection Committee were: Max Barton, Sally Morse Dale, Max Deuble, Chuck Hoover, Joe Horrigan, Jack McWhorter, Ron Ponder, and Mark Samolczyk.

BACKGROUND – The NFL will be 100 years old in 2020. ArtsinStark’s goal is to have all 11 moments installed in time for that big celebration. Here are the eleven moments with a short description of each.

1. Birth of the NFL, 1920. On September 17, representatives of the league’s ten charter teams, including Jim Thorpe and George Halas, meet in the showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay’s automobile dealership, and create the NFL. (On August 1, 2014 Michael Clapper unveiled his 25-foot steel and glass sculpture.)

2. Red Grange turns Pro, 1925. The Chicago Bears sign college superstar halfback Harold “Red” Grange and he becomes pro football’s first big gate attraction.

3. The NFL Draft, 1936. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell’s idea of teams selecting college players by inverse order, based on how they finished the prior season, changes the future of clubs overnight. (On August 7, 2015 Gail Folwell unveiled her bronze sculpture.)

4. Reintegration of Pro Football, 1946. The Los Angeles Rams sign Woody Strode and Kenny Washington, the Cleveland Browns sign Marion Motely and Bill Willis, and the doors of professional football open for African Americans. (Paul Collins created the painting. Both the painting and the mural were unveiled on August 5, 2016.)

5. 1958 NFL Championship Game. In what has been called the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts come back to beat the New York Giants in first “sudden death” NFL championship

6. Formation of the American Football League, 1959. The AFL is formed and for ten seasons expands into new markets, creates opportunities, and brings tremendous innovation to the game.

7. Pete Rozelle named NFL Commissioner, 1960. Rozelle begins his 29-year career during which he makes pro football America’s most popular sport, gets the first league-wide TV contract, negotiates the NFL/AFL merger, and transforms the Super Bowl into an international extravaganza.

8. AFL/NFL Merger, 1966. The costly battle between two rival leagues for players and markets ends with the June 8, 1966 announcement of the AFL-NFL merger. (David Griggs unveiled his granite and steel sculpture on June 23, 2016 in front the YMCA downtown.)

9. The Ice Bowl, 1967. In frigid conditions at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Eve, Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21 – 17, cementing the legacy of coach Vince Lombardi and the 1960 Green Bay Packers.

10. Super Bowl III, 1968. Joe Namath, star quarterback of the AFL’s New York Jets, predicts victory over the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts and — in one of the greatest upsets in sports history — does exactly that 16 – 7. (Dirk Rozich will unveil his mural on the side of Cultural Center for the Arts in August 2017.)

11. Monday Night Football, 1970. The phenomenal success of NFL games telecast during prime time on a weeknight begins on September 21, 1970, when the Cleveland Browns face the New York Jets in ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football debut.

School of Canton Ballet Now Enrolling Summer Classes

School of Canton Ballet summer classes are a great way for current students to maintain their levels of training and for new students to enter the ballet school program.  Classes for all ages are offered in two 4-week sessions, June 15-July 6 and July 13-August 3.  The program includes a full range of classical ballet plus other dance styles.  Pianists accompany all ballet classes.  There are scholarships available for boys.  View special discounts and register online at or call 330-455-7220.

Two very special happenings are the dance camps for ages 4-6.   Hawaiian Dance Camp will be June 12-16 and Beauty and the Beast Dance Camp, July 31-August 3.  Both camps offer creative movement classes led by early childhood specialist Julie Mizer Grasse.   Students will make fun crafts and enjoy healthy snacks.

Workshops include Junior Elementary for elementary 1 and 2 students, July 10-27; Elementary for elementary 3 and intermediate 1 students, July 10-27; and Intensive for intermediate 2 through advanced students, June 26-July 27.

In early childhood division classes led by Mrs. Grasse—Mom & Me for toddlers, Predance for 3-year olds, Creative Movement I & 2 for 4-5 year olds  and Preballet for 6 year olds—children learn to release their imagination through rhythm and music and to enjoy the magic as well as the discipline of movement.

Teen and adult ballet classes are for ages 14 and older just beginning or wishing to return to dance study.

School of Canton Ballet faculty includes artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley, assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward and choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo in addition to Grasse.  Guest teachers for the Intensive are Eric Yetter, Kelly Yankle, Megan Seemann and Kelli Sanford.

For registration details and further information see, call 330-455-7220 or visit the Canton Ballet office.  Summer business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The ballet office and studios are located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.


Enjoy Spring Fireworks with the Canton Youth Symphonies

For the final Canton Youth Symphonies concert, the orchestras have a program full of challenging works in store for the audience.  Each group promises to wow concert-goers with a skillful demonstration of how far they have grown musically through the season.  On April 30, 2017, Dr. Rachel Waddell leads her Youth Orchestras through their season finale concert starting at 5pm at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th St. NW, Canton OH, 44708.

The concert features all three youth symphonies – Canton Youth Strings, Canton Youth Symphony (CYS) and Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra (CYSAO).  The youngest group has programmed movements from Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite, while the Canton Youth Symphony will perform Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Four Norwegian Dances by Dvořák.  The final group, the CYSAO, will be showing off a few of their graduating seniors with movements from concertos, as well as the full orchestra with Respighi’s spectacular Pines of Rome.  This concert will recognize all of the graduating seniors who have helped the youth orchestra program grow over the years, some of them continuing on into the world of music in their college plans.

The Canton Youth Strings consists of beginning violin, viola, cello and bass students in grades 2-6 while the Canton Youth Symphony is a full orchestra of intermediate level students in grades 6-9.  The Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra is a full orchestra comprised of students in grades 9-12 who perform at an advanced level.
Tickets for the concert are $5 each.  All seating for the performance is general admission.  Tickets are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning one hour before the performance time.

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.  Auditions are normally held in late summer, however interested students may be allowed to audition for the ensemble at any point during the school year. An audition may be arranged by calling the Canton Symphony Office at 330-452-3434 ext. 604.

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.

ArtsinStark’s “Genius Project Rally” Set for April 27

ArtsinStark has spent the last nine years developing the SmArts Program.  Its goal is to integrate science and art in schools to supercharge learning.  Today SmArts is in every one of the 17 public school districts in Stark County and all the Catholic Middle and Elementary Schools.  “The county arts council has invested over $500,000 bringing SmArts to 30,000 kids,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan.  Three years ago the success of SmArts led to the birth of the Northeast Ohio Genius Project: an 8-week science, art, and financial literacy competition for middle schools.  On Thursday April 27, the Cultural Center for the Arts will host 70 teams from across the region competing in this year’s “Genius Rally.”  According to Dave Grabowsky, Chair of the 2017 Annual Arts Campaign, which has raised $1,075,000 to date, or 65% of its $1,650,000 goal, “Building America’s 21st century super-creative workforce is exactly what the arts are about.”  More information is available at  or 330-453-1075.

In February, 70 middle school teams received this year’s genius challenge in a box delivered to their school.  Inside were the written challenge, along with two bundles of raffia, bamboo sticks, rocks, clay, a coconut, acrylic paint, and a plastic bag.   Using only the materials in the box – plus their own scissors, pens, pencils, cell phones, and their library – students had to solve a challenge related to being marooned on a tropical island prone to heavy rain, wind, flooding, and many wild animals.  Students had to create the model for an elevated shelter, and find ways to gather food and protect themselves from the sun.  And for each part of the challenge, there were specific measurements for success.  For example, the team’s elevated shelter model had to be a minimum height and width, contain so many right angles, and be able to bear the weight of one coconut.

The importance of the Genius Project is supported by research that shows that scientists that win the Noble Prize are up to 25 times more likely to be involved in the arts.  The Genius Project helps teachers learn to integrate science and art.  “We believe in the power of the arts to develop critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities,” says Kimberly Phillips, ArtsinStark’s Director of Education.  “Every year our challenge, which is based on State of Ohio Learning Standards for Math, Science and Art — is meant to bring out the genius inside us all.”

BACKGROUND:  ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities.   We are a 47 year old private, non-profit organization that gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign — and much more (Canton Arts District, First Fridays, SmArts Program in the schools, 20/20 Vision, and the ELEVEN).  More at  Our annual budget is $3 million.   What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  In May 2016 the Campaign became the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 11 years in a row.  (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

The CSO announces its 2017-2018 season

This year marks the beginning of the 80th season for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  For our 2017-2018 season, we plan to bring concerts full of color and life to the audience.  This season brings back favorite guests of seasons past, and features some of our own musicians soloing with the orchestra.  Some concerts include favorite standards in the classical repertoire, and others expose concert-goers to new music or lesser-known masterpieces for the orchestra.  We hope to see you at our concerts, and maybe even become a subscriber to the Canton Symphony Orchestra!

For opening night, October 14, 2017, the orchestra is joined by the former concertmaster Lauren Roth, performing the Third Violin Concerto by Saint-Saëns.  The night continues on the Second Essay by famed American composer Samuel Barber.  For the rest of the evening, the orchestra takes the audience around Rome in musical form, with two of Ottorino Respighi’s masterpieces, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

November 4, 2017 promises to be a night full of Russian beauty with a concert full of works by Tchaikovsky.  Special Guest Norman Krieger returns to the Canton Symphony Orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.  The evening continues with the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, and closes with the powerful majesty of his Fourth Symphony.

Concert-goers receive a very special treat on December 3, 2017 with another performance of Eric Benjamin’s Sercret Gift.  The piece is a musical collaboration with the book of the same title, depicting Canton, Ohio during the depression, and includes chorus and narration.  For the other half of the concert, the CSO picks an audience favorite, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

For the fourth concert of the season, the CSO shows off the genius of German master composers Bach and Mahler.  The January 27, 2018 concert starts with our Concertmaster Vivek Jayaraman and Principal Second Violin Solomon Liang teaming up for Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.  The second half of the concert features the whole orchestra with the massive world-encompassing 5thSymphony by Gustav Mahler.

The CSO’s fifth concert on March 3, 2018, promises to be a night of exciting, lighter chamber music.  The concert starts with a relatively new composition, Snakebite, by Stephen Montague.  The piece is for a smaller orchestra, but full of fast paced motion and excitement.  The Principal Clarinet of the CSO, Randy Klein, then leads the orchestra in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet concerto.  Ending the concert is Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

On March 25, audience members take a trip through many different genres of orchestral music, from classical to contemporary.  Julia Bruskin joins the CSO again for Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major.  The orchestra then journeys through Italy with Rossini’s overture to his opera La scala di seta, and Germany for Serenade No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.  The concert ends with selected dances for Ginastera’s ballet Estancia.

The final concert of the season promises to be a grand event.  To start the concert, some of the CSO wind players take the stage for Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds.  On the second half, the Canton Symphony Chorus joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra with specials guest Neos Dance Theatre for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

As always, the CSO has a series of Pops concerts on the schedule as well.  The audience favorite Jeans and Classics returns for more performances with the CSO this year, with shows featuring the music of the Eagles on September 28, 2017 and Led Zepplin on April 5, 2018.  The CSO also has their popular Holiday concert planned for December 17, 2017.

Subscriptions for the 7-concert series are $135-$215.  The CSO also offers Choose Four, Five, or Six package which allows patrons to choose 4, 5, or6 of the seven concerts at a discounted price while also enjoying the same benefits of a subscriber.  Choose Four packages are $90-$165, Choose Five $110-$185, and Choose Six $125-$205.  The CSO offers Pops subscription tickets for the 3 concerts as well, with ticket packages from $50-$80.  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.

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, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (at McKinley High School across from C.T. Branin Natatorium). For more information, please visit

Massillon Museum to Host Self-Publishing Workshop

Did you ever dream of holding a book that you wrote in your hands?
The Massillon Museum will offer a one-afternoon workshop with author JoAnn Shade on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., to walk aspiring authors, ages 18 and older, through the process of self-publishing. Participants will review self-publishing options, learn about working with internet-based print-on-demand opportunities, talk about manuscript preparation and cover design, and discover how to develop a simple marketing plan.
JoAnn Streeter Shade, author of a dozen self-published books, brings a variety of experience, interests, and insight to the written page. She has ministered in Salvation Army congregations and social service programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and has served at North Coast Family Foundation, a Christian counseling center in Northeast Ohio. She does consulting work with the Massillon Museum, is a regular contributor to Salvation Army publications, and is a weekly columnist for the Ashland Times-Gazette.
With a master of arts degree in pastoral counseling and a doctor of ministry degree in the “Women in Prophetic Leadership” track from Ashland Theological Seminary, she combines her academic training with a writer’s eye, a pastor’s heart, and a grandmother’s joy through Gracednotes Ministries. Learn more at
The workshop fee is $18 ($15 per Museum member). Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by April 18. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a complete class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
The self-publishing workshop is part of the NEA Big Read. This year, the Massillon’s tenth year to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, the local book selection is True Grit by Charles Portis. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Art in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading for leisure to American culture.
Support for the local program is also provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.
For more information about the workshop or the NEA Big Read, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit or

Puzzle & Egg Hunt for Teens & Adults

Why should the little kids have all the egg hunt fun? It’s Puzzling is an egg AND puzzle hunt for teams of teens and adults. Games will be held April 8th and April 22nd in Historic Downtown Hartville.

The goal is to answer a mystery question about downtown. But, three words are missing from this question. On a quest to solve three puzzles, teams will find eggs hidden all over downtown for clues, to enter to win prizes, and score a sweet treat for their team.

The first 25 teams to sign up will receive a pizza from Pizza BOGO to enjoy after the game. Team captains should register their group at Be sure to check the page out for a bonus puzzle hidden in the event flyer!

100% of proceeds will be used for events and improvement projects in the historic district. Made possible with support from Visit Canton, Lake Community Federal Credit Union, Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, Village of Hartville, Best Bib and Tucker, and Historic Downtown Hartville Merchants. For additional information contact puzzle hunt coordinator Megan Wise at Best Bib and Tucker, 330-877-3308 or by emailing

Mount Union to Host Gallery of American Masterworks April 8-13

The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Butler Institute of American Art to bring an exciting and unique opportunity to the Stark County area. With financial support from the Greater Alliance Foundation, Mount Union will host an exhibit of American Masterworks from The Butler Saturday, April 8 – Thursday, April 13 at the University’s Sally Otto Art Gallery in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Butler Institute of American Art, founded in 1919, is the first museum in the world dedicated to American art. The institute is located in Youngstown, Ohio and its original building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to its website, The Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” It hosts nearly 125,000 visitors annually to its numerous galleries.

The Butler collection includes more than 22,000 individual works of art, 25 of which will make the trip to Stark County to be displayed on Mount Union’s campus. Some of the works featured at the American Masterworks exhibit come from nationally-renowned artists such as: William James Glackens, Benjamin West, Reginald Marsh, Anna Mary (Grandma) Moses, Roy F. (Fox) Lichtenstein and many others.

As part of the six-day exhibit, Dr. Louis Zona, the executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art and professor emeritus of art history at Youngstown State University, will be a part of two events on April 11. Zona will present Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program (CLP) series at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the exhibit and his involvement with The Butler. Later that evening at 7 p.m., Zona will hold a gallery talk in the Sally Otto Art Gallery discussing each of the 25 works on display and their cultural significance across the nation, dating back to the early 18th Century. A reception will follow in the gallery after the discussion ends.

“The Butler Institute’s collection is amazing,” said University president Dick Merriman, “and we’re very excited about this unique opportunity to showcase notable works here on our campus.  It’s a wonderful bonus to have the executive director of the Institute come to campus to interpret the works and situate them within both evolving artistic traditions and the development of our country.”

Zona earned his B.S. in Education from Youngstown University in 1966, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his M.S. in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and earned a Doctor of Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1973. He has been in his role at The Butler since 1982 and is credited with expanding its reach and assisting in opening satellite facilities in Salem and Howland, Ohio.

“The Butler’s collection in Youngstown traces the various developments in the history of American art,” said Carol Opatken, director of the Sally Otto Art Gallery. “The 25 paintings that we’ll have on loan does the same, so it will be an instructive show for our students and just wonderful viewing for everyone. With this exhibit, we hope to continue into a partnership with the Butler and bring more of their collection to the Alliance area.”

“To express appreciation to our donors and many partners in the community, the Greater Alliance Foundation is excited to collaborate with the University of Mount Union to bring this remarkable event to the community,” said Douglas Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation. “We hope that this is the beginning of a great partnership between The Butler Institute of American Art and the University, in which both students and Stark County residents benefit from this great opportunity.”

The Sally Otto Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. There is no admission charge for the exhibit. Financial support is available for schools that wish to bring students to the exhibit. School districts seeking more information on the financial support can call (330) 823-6063.

For more information on the American Masterworks exhibit and other art events taking place on Mount Union’s campus, visit

Announcing the Jackson School for the Arts production of The Diary of Anne Frank

Jackson School for the Arts is pleased to present the play The Diary of Anne Frank on Friday, April 7th at 7pm, Saturday, April 8th at 7pm and Sunday, April 9th at 2pm in the Jackson Center for the Performing Arts.  The Diary of Anne Frank is adapted by Wendy Kesselman, based on the original play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett. We present this through special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.
Join our students as they share the story of a young girl coming of age during the Holocaust and the struggles of her family and friends as they hide during the occupation of the Netherlands.
The play features Jackson High School/Jackson School for the Arts students Mary Grace Bentivegna (9th) as Anne Frank, Adam Cline (12th) as Otto Frank, Sarah Haught (11th) as Mrs. Edith Frank, Michaela Huffman (10th) as Margot Frank, Devin Landis (9th) as Peter Van Daan, Zachary Tates (9th) as Mr. Van Daan, Hannah Houston (11th) as Mrs. Petronella Van Daan, Spencer Johnson (9th) as Mr. Alfred Dussel, Peyton White (11th) as Meip Geis and Zachary Buckler (9th) as Mr. Krahler.  The production is directed by Mrs. Stefanie Abbott Fatzinger, Theatre teacher and Theatre Director at Jackson High School and Jackson School for the Arts.
The high school production will be joined by Jackson Memorial Middle School students who will share their projects on the Holocaust in the Jackson High School commons prior to our Friday performance.
Tickets are now on sale online.
Tickets are $9 online and $10 at the door.
Questions regarding tickets may be directed to Susie Gardner at or 330-837-3501, ext 1462.

ArtsinStark Is Helping Downtowns Reinvent Themselves

The “Sticky Arts” exhibit that went up in downtown Alliance this week is 50% art show — and 50% economic development strategy.  It’s just one of many projects the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark have partnered on to transform two blocks on East Main into an attraction for locals and tourist alike called The Crossing.  “We are using these 15 museums, antique stores, eateries, and specialty shops, along with public art installations, to reinvent a place,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins.”  The non-profit county arts council has partnered with the City of Louisville to create Constitution Place in its downtown, with the Village of Minerva to rebrand three of its blocks as historic Market Street, and with the Canton Chamber to build the Arts District.  “ArtsinStark has also given grants to Hartville, Canal Fulton, Massillon, Jackson, and North Canton to do the same thing,” says David Grabowsky, who is chairing the 2017 Annual Arts Campaign to raise $1,650,000 for the arts in Stark County.  The drive is at 30% or $500,000 of its goal.  More info is available at  or 330-453-1075.

The name “Sticky Arts” comes from the fact that copies of the 22 artworks by 16 local artists were first printed on adhesive paper and then literally stuck on windows and walls at three different locations across Alliance inviting people to come experience The Crossing.  The first of the three sites are the store windows downtown in The Crossing on East Main Street from Mechanic to Linden.  The second site is the hallway outside the Rodman Branch Library at Giant Eagle Market Place (1808 West State Street), and the third site are the walls around the entrance to the Kresge Dining Commons in the Campus Center at the University of Mount Union.

Julie Amabeli, Alayna Watson, and Fredlee Votaw represent the great variety among the 16 Alliance artists that are part of Sticky Arts.  Julie Amabeli is a University of Mount Union graduate who works as a financial analyst by day, and creates precise pen and ink portraits of famous people by night.  Alayna Watson is a senior at Alliance High School who does ceramics and painting. Fredlee Votaw has been exhibiting in shows for 45 years and explores all kinds of art in creations he calls “Diary Art.” The other artists in the show are: Robert Buganski, Lynn Digby, Kacie Prologo, Chrystal Shofroth, Andrew Wells, Dena Donnelly, Allie Bennett, Travis Kuntzman, Lily Thomas, Martha McClaugherty, Olivia Sziber, Marilyn Kuntzman and Olivia Morey.

Sticky Arts will host an opening reception, with refreshments and live music, at the Giant Eagle Marketplace location on Thursday April 6 from 5:30 to 7 pm.  The Sticky Arts exhibit will be on display  until the end of May — or until the glue wears out!