Monthly Archives: December 2017

Explore the Abstract Paintings of Ohio Artist Jack McWhorter in “Engraved Fields”

New Solo Exhibit at Canton Museum of Art Features Abstract Paintings from Local Artists

Engraved Fields features new work by Ohio artist, Jack McWhorter. These colorful, abstract paintings imbued with nature, color, and form are on view now through March 4, 2018. This original exhibition was curated by Tom Wachunas.

McWhorter develops his paintings through a thoughtful and intuitive process. He is inspired by the environment and has been known to paint in the woods surrounded by freshly fallen snow. Painting outdoors help MckWhorter bring his colors to life. This is recognizable in his work, as the pieces are striking and there is a light that emanates from within.


My paintings begin with the idea of stratification. On one level, they function as models of connectivity, arrivals, or snapshots of structures and relationships in flux, carrying the evidence of serpentine paths that led to their destination.” Said, Jack McWhorter. “The process is operational, where imagery grows through classical ideas of gesture and touch, and in the way paint is applied.”

Art enthusiasts may detect the influences of twentieth century painter Paul Cézanne (1839–1906). Considered part of the Post-Impressionist movement, his unique method of building form with color and his analytical approach to nature is similar to McWhorter’s methods.  


His abstract paintings challenge viewers to develop their own interpretations of the colors and patterns, which is one of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition.
Engraved Fields urges visitors to experience the work in person with an inquisitive and open mind. Viewers may observe closely and freely explore the artwork, allowing personal meanings and emotions to emerge through the abstract colors, forms, and surfaces.

“McWhorter refers to his constructed pictorial sites collectively as ‘engraved fields.’ The reference is an apt one in the sense that his paintings are fields of a kind, articulated with a painterly calligraphy describing poetic singularities.” Said, Tom Wachunas. “Looking at these exuberant paintings is to encounter places where the mysterious, the metaphorical, and the mundane are conflated into elegant coexistence. Welcome to the abstract sublime.”

Jack McWhorter received his Masters of Fine Arts from Kent State University in 1983. He has exhibited artwork in over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions throughout his career. Currently, McWhorter is an Associate Professor of Art at Kent State University Stark Campus.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.For more information, including hours, exhibits, classes, and special events, call 330.453.7666, visit www.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.

Music Therapy – Your Personal Healthcare Partner

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Lalene Kay, Director of the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium to our upcoming ConverZations on December 11, 2017 at noon.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our third ConverZations, Lalene Kay, Director of Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium, will be speaking about her work in music therapy. Music Therapists use music to support healing, learning, movement and memory for many. This will help listeners gain a new knowledge and appreciation of how music can affect us. After the qualified music therapist has assessed the strengths and needs of their client, he or she will then provide the indicated treatment such as creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. With the help of musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client’s lives are strengthened and they will have new abilities.

Larlene Kay is a board- certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists as well as a certified activity consultant through the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. Her workshop and conference presentations include the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Western regional conferences of the American Music Therapy Association. Kay is a music therapy consultant for Fairview Hospital adult day care center and state board member of the Ohio Music Educators Association as the special leaners chair.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org and find each of our ConverZations events on our calendar to learn about our upcoming events.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary and 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Contact:
Dan Cavalancia
330-452-3434 x610
dcavalancia@cantonsymphony.org

CSO Brings The Snowman to Umstattd Hall

Come enjoy a truly unique holiday experience with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for their 2017 Holiday Pops concert, December 17 at 3:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2331 17 Street NW.  Come enjoy a multimedia experience combining the orchestra with some of everyone’s favorite holiday movies, and after intermission enjoy our ever popular sing along!  The concert is sponsored in part by Gregory Industries, T. K. and Faye A. Heston, Westfield Bank, and Motter & Meadows.

The Snowman is originally a children’s picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978 by in the United Kingdom, and published in the United States later that year.  The book became a family favorite, depicting a magical experience when a child’s just-built snowman comes to life and takes the child on the adventure of a lifetime.  In 1982 this book was turned into a short length feature with full orchestral score, and became an instant hit across the world.

For this year’s Holiday Pops concert, the CSO brings the big screen out to perform the orchestra score of The Snowman with the hit film playing side-by-side.  Audience members will enjoy a live performance of not only The Snowman soundtrack, but also scenes from other holiday hits such as Home Alone, Frozen, and other popular holiday songs.  After the CSO finished up with the big screen, they’ll invite the audience to sing along with all of your favorite holiday songs for an afternoon of cheer and mirth!

Tickets for the concert are $20, $25 and $30 and can be purchased online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094, at the Zimmermann Symphony Center – 2331 17th Street NW in Canton – weekdays from 9am to 5pm or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office beginning 90 minutes before the concert. Senior, Student and Group discounts are also available.  For additional information, call the Symphony box office at 330-452-2094.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th anniversary and 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Christmas Concert at the Roxy

The Alliance Symphony Big Band, under the direction of Bryan Stehura, will present a 90-minute concert of familiar Christmas songs and big-band selections on Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. in Minerva’s Roxy Theatre, 114 N. Market St., benefiting the Minerva Area Historical Society’s roof-replacement project.

This event will be held in conjunction with Minerva’s monthly Discover Downtown celebration, highlighting the art, food, drink, and shopping on North Market Street.

Refreshments will be available before and during intermission.

To sponsor the concert ($100) or purchase tickets ($10) please contact Laurie McClellan, Minerva Area Historical Society treasurer, at 330-323-3692. Tickets are also available at the historical society’s Haas Museum on Wednesday afternoons and second Fridays and at the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce, Edward Jones, The Hart Mansion Restaurant, and Sandy Springs Brewing Company during their regular business hours.

The historical society recommends purchasing tickets prior to the event, but any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the night of the concert.

Profits from the concert will benefit the Minerva Area Historical Society, a 501 (c)(3), for replacing the roof on the Haas Museum. The Haas Museum will be open prior to the concert, and visitors are welcome to stop in to share in Minerva’s rich history.

The Minerva Area Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Membership in the historical society is open to the public and meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month, except for the month of December. We encourage you to join the organization and to enjoy the informative programs presented at each meeting.

Deadline fast approaching for Music Educator of the Year Award nominations!

The December 15 deadline for submitting nominations for the second annual Music Educator of the Year Award is quickly approaching!  The award will be presented by Canton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann at the March 3, 2018 MasterWorks concert.
Nominees must be licensed Music Educators in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center.  Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible.  The honored Music Educator will receive a $500 award to be used at their discretion.  Educators who were nominated last year may be nominated again and anyone in the community may submit a nomination.
Nomination forms are available through the Stark County Educational Service Center (email Tom Piccari at tom.piccari@email.sparcc.org), on the Canton Symphony Orchestra website (www.cantonsymphony.org/music-educator-year) and at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices at the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW, Canton.  Nominations must be returned to the Canton Symphony Orchestra by December 15, 2017.
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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.