Monthly Archives: April 2017

75th Annual May Show Call for Entries Now Available

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library has released the call for entries for the 74th Annual May Show.

The call is open to any artist at least 16 years of age residing in Stark County. All works submitted must be original, recent and not previously exhibited at the Little Art Gallery. All media, with the exception of photography (unless altered as mixed media fine art), will be accepted for consideration. Official submission categories are acrylic, watercolor, oil, drawing and original prints, mixed media and three-dimensional.

Entry forms are available at

The 2017 May Show opens May 1 and will be on display in the gallery through May 31. Awards are given for best of show and first and second place in each of the six categories. In 2016, 85 artists submitted pieces for the show, and 50 pieces were selected.

“The May Show provides a unique opportunity for artists to have their works juried in person rather than through a digital eye. We choose two new jurors each year, and they are able to pay careful attention to the details of each entry. The outcome, including pieces from both emerging and seasoned artists, is always a reflection of art within our community. The May Show provides a look at who we are as a community today – our likes, dislikes, stories, environment and culture,” explained gallery curator, Elizabeth Blakemore.

For 75 years, this show has featured emerging talents in this community, and the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is honored to showcase these local artists. May Show entry forms are available at area art organizations, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library and online at The 2017 entry fee is $25 per artist. With each entry, an artist may submit two works. Questions about entries should be directed to Gallery Curator, Elizabeth Blakemore, at 330.499.4712 x312.

Canton Palace Announces SENSORY CINEMA – An eight-week movie series tailored to audiences on the Autism Spectrum

The Canton Palace Theatre, Schumacher Homes and Brain Balance of Canton in conjunction with the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation presents the eight-week movie series Sensory Cinema.   The movies will begin at 6pm, with doors opening at 5:30pm.  Admission is $1.00 and group reservations are available by calling 330-454-8172 up until noon on the day of the movie.

The 2017 schedule of films include:

  • June 19, 2017                    Secret Life Pets
  • June 26, 2017                   Storks
  • July 3, 2017                       Kung Fu Panda 3
  • July 10, 2017                     Trolls
  • July 24, 2017                    Rise of the Guardians
  • July 31, 2017                     Wizard of Oz
  • August 7, 2017                 Sing
  • August 14                          Lego Batman


The Theatre environment will be tailored to the attendees on the Autism Spectrum and their families.  This includes: lower levels of sound and dim lights, dietary sensitive offerings in the concession stand including gluten and dairy free options, trained staff and family restrooms.

“We realized that the experience of attending a movie is something that an increasing number of children and adults in our community are not able to participate in, due to sensitivities caused by Autism and other Sensory Processing Disorders, “said Georgia Paxos, Executive Director of the Canton Palace Theatre.  She continued, ”We reached out to local partners – Schumacher Homes, Love, Andrew Autism Foundation and Brain Balance – to make sure we have addressed many of the issues that prevent families with children or adults on the Spectrum for attending movies.  We look forward to this inaugural season of Sensory Cinema and look forward to more opportunities to provide entertainment options in the future.”

Autism is the fastest growing and most severe developmental disability in the U.S. today, with the National Health Institute reporting prevalence in one in every 68 births nationwide. Programs, like Sensory Cinema, foster inclusion and acceptance for children with autism and their families.

About Schumacher Homes

Schumacher Homes, based in Canton, Ohio, is America’s largest custom homebuilder, with operations in 32 markets in 14 states across the country. The National Housing Quality award winning company and recipient of the National Gold Winning Home of the Year has built over 14,000 homes since its founding by Paul Schumacher in 1992 – each one unique to the needs and lifestyle of the owners. Schumacher Homes simply takes the customer’s inspiration and gives it a home. Each Schumacher Homes location includes a one-stop design center. Full experience model homes are currently throughout their markets nationwide. For more information, visit Schumacher Homes on the web or follow Schumacher Homes on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Houzz.

About Brain Balance of Canton

Brain Balance establishes a unique plan for each child that includes sensory motor work, eye tracking, core exercises, academic skill training, healthy nutrition and many other activities that work to bolster a child’s developmental deficits. What is unique is that Brain Balance brings all these activities together in one program, including monitoring and reporting on a child’s progress. For more information, visit

About Love, Andrew Autism Foundation

The mission of the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation is to create communities of compassion in which personalities flourish, friendships blossom, and futures are fostered, allowing children with autism to live their best lives. The Foundation is instrumental in putting in place The Star Room™ in local schools, as well as inclusion and acceptance programming. For more information on the Love, Andrew Autism Foundation and The Star Room, visit