Monthly Archives: May 2017

Saturdays in the City Begin May 20! SHOP! EAT! PLAY!

The Canton Arts District, ArtsinStark, and the Downtown Canton Flea have joined forces to bring the community a fun day of shopping, food, and family activities as they kick off Saturdays in the City.

SHOP! This year, the hugely popular Downtown Canton Flea moves west to the center of the Canton Arts District. With over 50 artisan vendors selling jewelry, wood carvings, vintage items, art, and more, it’s sure to be a buyer’s paradise. Plus visit all the brick and mortar business of the Arts District like Avenue Arts, Apothecary, Cantonology, Lynda Tuttle’s, Arrowhead Vintage, Print and Press, IKON,  Colette’s Vintage, and Collective Skate.

EAT! Get your morning coffee fix with a stop at Carpe Diem. Need to grab a bite? Street food vendors will be on hand plus lots of your downtown favorites will be open ready to serve like Cultured Coffee and Waffles, Arcadia Grille, Deli Ohio, Canton Brewing Co, and George’s. Plus, Royal Docks will be on hand with cold brews!

PLAY! Bring the kids and enjoy the kids area with a bounce house, make and take activity, and yard games at Market Square. Enjoy live music around the district from Pat Masalko, Andy Cyphert, and more. Finish your day with a visit to the Canton Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Avatars.

SHOP! EAT! PLAY! It all happens Saturday, May 20 from 10am-2pm at 4th Street NW and Court Ave. A great day to enjoy the sunshine in the Canton Arts District!

The Symphony League of Canton Presents Denim & Diamonds

The Symphony League of Canton invites you to DON YOUR DENIM- GRAB YOUR BOOTS & FLAUNT YOUR BLING for DENIM & Diamonds – In Place 2017 on June 11 @ 6:00 pm at the home of Bob & Linda DeHoff, 7700 Mudbrook Road NW.

League president Cindy Samolczyk explains, “Each year we raise money to support the Canton Symphony’s Education and Outreach Programs by having a couple hundred friends over for dinner! It’s a great way to celebrate local culinary talent and showcase beautiful homes in our community. This year’s DENIM & Diamonds theme combines a little bit of country with a little bit of chic to create a perfect summer outing.”

In Place culinary participants include: AA Executive Catering, Bender’s Tavern, Bravo Cucina Italiana, Canal Tavern, Carpe Diem, Chocolates by Erin, Chop House, Fisher’s Catering Company, Gabe’s Meats and Deli, Gervasi Vineyard, Gregory’s Restaurant, Lucca. Mulligan’s Restaurant & Pub, Palombo’s Italian Restaurant, Sassy Delight Confections, Shy Cellars, The Twisted Olive, The West Side Bakery. Entertainment will be provided The Stockdale Family Band. Event sponsors include: Canton Chair Rental, Cathy Cowgill Flowers & Rohr Nursery.

Reservation deadline is June 2, 2017 and tickets are $125 each or $150 per person for a patron ticket. Tickets include unlimited tastings and an open bar. Information and tickets are available by calling the Canton Symphony Orchestra box office at 330.452.2094 or online at

Founded in 1963, the Symphony League of Canton maintains and furthers the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s tradition of excellence by promoting the orchestra in the community, developing financial and volunteer staff support for the Orchestra Association and by providing educational outreach to the community and educational enrichment for the membership.  The Canton Symphony Orchestra offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St NW Canton, Ohio, 44708.

Announcing FLAVOR, a North Canton event to raise awareness and funds for the International Institue

North Canton residents, Christina Weyrick and Joe Rozsa have developed FLAVOR, a fundraising and advocacy event to benefit the International Institute of Akron on May 21 from 6-9 p.m. This gathering, held at The Barrel Room Wine and Beer Bar, will showcase twelve different countries and offer bites of food (two different kinds) from each country to those attending. The event will celebrate the fact that we are all decedents of immigrants and will allow attendees to meet recent refugees, with a goal of raising funds for the International Institute of Akron, which assists refugees and recent immigrants as they integrate into American society.

Together, Weyrick and Rozsa have planned several fundraising and advocacy events in Stark County. Joe works professionally as a graphic designer and is owner/creative director of Site 14 Design. Joe is also a first generation Hungarian/American. His parents fled Hungary as refugees in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, a revolt against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies. Joe frequently speaks about his experience as an entrepreneur and the fact that his success would not be possible had his parents not have immigrated to the United States.

Christina works professionally as community relations manager for the North Canton Public Library. She’s worked for a number of non-profit organizations and has a passion for advocating for kindness and compassion toward all beings.

Out of concern for current refugees and recent refugees who have immigrated to the NE Ohio area, the couple attended an information session hosted by the International Institute of Akron (IIA). They learned about the work the IIA does and that their greatest needs during this 120 day halt on immigration:

  • Sharing true information about the work of the IIA
  • Sharing true information about refugees and immigrants
  • Funds The goal is for FLAVOR to accomplish each of these needs.

“We hosted a Hungarian dinner party for a group of our friends and planned to do some arm twisting to get them to help us with the event, but we found we didn’t have to twist arms. Our friends were looking for a way to help too and were grateful for the opportunity,” Weyrick explained. Through that network they been able to secure several descendants of international origin (some more recent than others) to provide authentic international food tables.

Because the International Institute is located in Akron, many Stark County residents do not realize that they offer refugee resettlement for Stark County as well. We want to build a network of volunteers and advocates who will work with the IIA ongoing. “We’ve already witnessed this happening in our planning,” said Weyrick. “We’ve connected with several immigrants and have watched people come together and learn about refugee resettlement,” she added.

By creating a space to share food and conversation, we hope to build greater solidarity within communities. Information about FLAVOR and tickets to the event ($25 each) are available at

For additional information, please contact Christina Weyrick at or 330.715.1557 or Joe Rozsa at or 330.212.7353.

Kent State Stark Students Make Splash at Louisville’s Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Summer Splash” on Thursday, May 18 from 5-8pm.  “Summer Splash” features work by eleven Kent State University at Stark Fine Arts students of Professor Jack McWhorter.  It will also display oil paintings by Sharon Burson and pencil drawings by Jon Wilson.  The May 18 opening includes live music by Brian Henke, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. The Ahh Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

Emily Orsich, Sarah Thompson and Kimberly Blankenship are all students in Professor McWhorter’s Painting One course.  “Clarity and expression in painting require an understanding of the painter’s tools and concepts,” says Professor McWhorter.  “In this course students go through a series of projects intended to explore key painting concepts by using direct observation and invention.”  The other Kent State Stark students displaying their work are Austin D’Avello, Zachary Matheny, Madison Miller, Ashley Palmer, Megan Peters, Chardae Slater, Emily Walencik and Kaley Weaver.

As part of the show, the Ahh Gallery will also present the work of the Louisville Middle School students under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss. Kat Fullmer.   And there will be crochet art by sisters Beth Gross and Elaine Griffith along, pencil drawings by James Bennett, as well as many artists from previous shows: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Abi Yeagley, Mark Brunner, John Hoffman, Susan Nolt Banks, Marie Nelson, Russ Hench, Amy Lindenberger, and Vivian Geaghan.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery, which features both art and history exhibits, is open weekly.  The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, and invites everyone to come see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For more information, please call (330) 875-2829.  The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville, whose goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot Presents “Silent Auction”

Minerva’s Market Street Art Spot is pleased to announce its first-ever studio clearance sale by means of a Silent Auction starting with a gala opening reception on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5 to 9pm.

This show of our eight Resident Artists’ work is called “Silent Auction” and will bring a wide and varied variety of artwork to the Front Gallery but will allow our guests to set the final prices for all of the original artwork.

Over the years, the Art Spot has showcased the work of its Resident Artists as well as 30 to 35 Display Artists from across Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Now the customers will determine the value of the art in the front gallery by signing bid sheets through June 3, 2017 at 4pm. At that time, all bids will be final.

For 76 consecutive months, the Art Spot has held a Featured Artist Opening reception with live music, free food and refreshments.

This month, the acoustic artistry of “Roger Romeo” will bring a variety of blues, jazz and pop music to the Art Spot. This month’s sponsor of the opening reception is the Rotary Club of Minerva.

The Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery and with the recent addition of four new Resident Artists, the Market Street Art Spot continues to be open for regular business on Fridays from 1pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

This remarkable show of the studio work of our Resident Artists and Display Artists will continue at the Art Spot through June  3, 2017.

As they have done for more than six years, The Art Spot’s local volunteers, Resident Artists and the Minerva Rotary Club will provide outstanding food, and refreshments.  As always, the reception, music and show are free and open to the public.

In addition to “Silent Auction” in the Front Gallery, the Art Spot will feature throughout the gallery, the works of the Art Spot’s Newest Resident Artists Anna Rather (printmaker,painter),Judi Longacre (painter), Susan Crawford (calligraphy), Joan Henninger (painter) and long time Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan (painter), Laura Donnelly (potter and painter), Judith Singer (raku potter) and Marty Chapman (wood turner).

The Market Street Art Spot is a collaborating partner with Arts in Stark and Carroll County Arts, the Village of Minerva, Minerva Local Schools and the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information or further comment contact:

Marty Chapman- 330-862-2745, 330-592-6306, email:

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M


Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, May 19, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  It will be on view through June 25.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the opening of the Stark County in the Great War main gallery exhibition. The event will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. 9

Carlson, a Lakewood, Ohio, artist, honed his vision at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  He is drawn to he strength of black and white and spontaneity, and his work is informed by film noir and jazz.  He equates the flash of an idea for his artwork to the flash of a camera.

The artist focuses on the figure, using oil paint and charcoal on canvas and paper to explore the human condition.  His exhibition is about perception and emotion and how they relate to one another.

“In these paintings and drawings I subtract or manipulate information that shapes our perception,” Carlson said. “Like memory, knowledge and emotion are contextual clues that viewers use to interpret what they see.”  He presents an ambiguity—an isolated image—that forces the viewer to scrutinize the image to find resolution.”

Carlson’s artwork has been included in dozens of solo and group juried and invitational exhibitions throughout northern Ohio and in Erie, Pennsylvania.   John W. Carlson appears courtesy of Hedge Gallery.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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Art, Crafts & Plants Highlight Annual Fair at Quail Hollow Park

Quail Hollow Park will hold its annual Art, Craft, and Herb Fair, Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The fair is sponsored by the Quail Hollow Herbal Society and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association. Various artists and crafters will be set up on all three floors of the historic Stewart Manor House.  Displays will also be stationed on the rolling, scenic lawn surrounding the house.

More than 150 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs and flowering plants, as well as art and handmade crafts will be for sale  Visitors will find many unique items for home and yard décor as well as a chance to take in the park’s picturesque picnic areas, formal herb gardens and hiking trails, which are adjacent to where the fair is being held.  The Hartville Lions Club will be selling sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks and other food items inside the Manor House.  They will also be selling beautiful hanging flower baskets. All proceeds from the go toward maintaining the formal herb garden, historic rock garden and historic buildings at the park.

Admission and parking is free. Quail Hollow Park is located a mile north of state Route 619 on Congress Lake Avenue near Hartville.  For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at Quail Hollow Volunteer Association or call 330-608-1487.


Jim Brickman Joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra

Cleveland native Jim Brickman is a worldwide sensation with his soulful piano playing.  His simplistic song style has won the hearts of many, and has kept his music on the top of the charts across the country and the world.  In May, he will be coming back to Canton to join the CSO for one special night for their Benefit Concert.  The concert begins with the generosity of the CSO musicians, who are donating their services for the rehearsal and performance.  Concert proceeds will support the Canton Symphony Orchestra Endowment – ensuring the future of Stark County’s flagship arts organization.

Jim Brickman is an American songwriter and pianist of pop, as well as a radio show host. Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is known for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.  He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album; an SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” award; a Canadian Country Music Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration; and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

Along with regular concert tickets, the CSO is also selling tickets for a special VIP event after the concert.  This post-concert party will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a meet & greet with Mr. Brickman.  The party is being held in Foundation Hall, which is connected to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  Tickets for the VIP event are on sale now through the box office and online, and are $25 each.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on May 13, 2017 range in price from $20-$60 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

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.

75th Annual May Show Awards Notification

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host a private opening reception for the 75th Annual May Show Sunday, April 30, 2017. Awards in each category as well as best in show will be presented as follows.

Best In Show

Artist: Erin T. Mulligan

Title: The Feeding

Media: Graphite and Oil on Clayboard



First Place

Artist: Bruce Humbert

Title: The Garden Gate

Media: Oil on Clayboard

Second Place

Artist: Frank Dale

Title: The Eye of the Beholder

Media: Oil on Panel



First Place

Artist: Nancy Young Darrah

Title: View of Vernazza

Media: Watercolor

Second Place 

Artist: Ted Lawson

Title: 30 ROCK III

Media: Watercolor



First Place               

Artist: Karen Hemsley

Title: Shell Game

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Second Place         

Artist: Tina Myers

Title: Grief

Media: Acrylic  on Wood


Drawings & Original Prints  

First Place               

Artist: Lee Ann Novotny

Title: A Place to Hang Her Hat

Media: Colored Pencil on Paper

Second Place          

Artist: Diane Belfiglio

Title: Going Deeper II

Media: Oil Pastel on Pencil

Honorable Mention  

Artist: Rosemary Hayne

Title: Old Blue

Media: Colored Pencil on Black Gesso

Mixed Media

First Place               

Artist: Karen S. Bogdan

Title: Deep in the Forest

Media: Fabric/Thread

Second Place         

Artist: Wanda L. Montgomery

Title: Shopping Day

Media: Acrylic/Handmade Paper/Collage


First Place               

Artist: Robert Bratton

Title: Reliquary: ST. Dymphna’s Rib

Media: Wood/Bone/Plaster

Second Place         

Artist: Tom Migge

Title: Vase #L-105

Media: Sculpted Walnut and Oak

The Little Art Gallery invited artists to submit entries in five categories for the gallery’s annual juried show. In total, 130 pieces were submitted by 65 Stark County artists.. The show was juried by Meghan Olis and Rachel Davis.

The May Show is designed to recognize the talents and achievements of local artists. In exhibiting such works, the Little Art Gallery strives to promote awareness of the arts and to make fine art accessible to North Canton and surrounding communities.

The show invited entries from any artist 16 years of age or older, living in Stark County. All works submitted were required to be original, recent (within the past three years) and not previously exhibited in a Little Art Gallery show. All media, with the exception of photography and digital images (unless altered as mixed media fine art), were accepted for consideration.

The May Show will be on exhibit in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from May 1-31, 2017.

Juror Information:

Meghan Olis

Meghan Olis graduated from Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies in 2005. Originally from Alabama, she received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her career in the arts began in 2005 when she worked for Cleveland artist and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost, organizing exhibitions and events in celebration of his 100th birthday. In the years since, she managed both the move and re-installation of the Akron Art Museum’s collection into their newly renovated museum space (2006-2007) and taught Art History at Kent State University (2009-2011). Meghan is currently an exhibition specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she has worked since 2007.

Juror Statement: It was an honor to judge these works made by Stark County artists. Jurying is not an easy task because art can be so subjective. When looking closely at each piece, I focused primarily on the artist’s use of medium, technical skill, creativity, and overall composition. I do not allow the subject matter to sway me, otherwise I would end up with a show of cute animals and not one that represents the skill level and hard work of the artists. Thank you to the Little Art Gallery for this opportunity and for your commitment to local art.


Rachel Davis:

Rachel Davis has owned and operated Rachel Davis Fine Arts Auctioneers and Appraisers since 1987. Her gallery specializes in the sale of American and European 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and sculpture. Some of the highlights her gallery has sold are the Baldwin Wallace University art collection and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company art collection. She has been a juror for several shows over the past 20 years in northern Ohio, the most recent being Cleveland Creates 2017-ArtNEO-Cleveland, OH.  She has been a co-curator for the following shows held at the Canton Museum of Art: Avatars-Relics From the Future-The Art of Gary Spinosa- April – July 2017; Three Voices-Conversations on Life & Conflict-September 1 – October 30, 2016 and The Cleveland School-Watercolor and Clay-December 1, 2012 – March 10, 2013.  Rachel has given several presentations regarding assessing art including Less than Perfect: How to Assess Condition Issues When Valuing Works On Paper-International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference, Dallas TX  2016 and Beyond the Obvious: Re-defining ‘Regional’ from Local to Global-Guest panelist, American Society of Appraisers, New York, NY, November 8, 2014. Rachel received degrees in Art History and Chemistry with a minor in painting from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Juror Statement: First, I want to thank Elizabeth for asking me to be a juror; it is an honor and something that I find very enjoyable. When I approach a body of work, I like to first walk through and see which pieces catch my eye. This is one of the most important criteria for me:  Am I drawn into the work? Does it hold my eye? Next step is to understand why. First, does it convey an original idea, thought or emotion that goes beyond the handling of the materials? Does the artist convey a sense of feeling and care about his/her work? How well does his/her composition and design translate. Secondly, I view the technical skill and how well the artist has mastered his/her chosen medium with its inherent limitations and strength. The medium should not be an end to itself, but does the artist take this medium into new directions and test its limits? Lastly, I like to present a show that shows diversity in both ideas and techniques. It is hard to eliminate works and some fine works were rejected because I felt they failed in one of the above aspects. It is nice to see such a thriving art community and the large number of entrants speaks volumes of how highly regarded this annual show is.


For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 or