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Jupitor Studios’ First Wine and Art Festival: Nectar of the Gods

 

Celebrate Wine and Art with local wineries Nauti Vine, Maize Valley and Barrel Run!

Jupiter Studios is hosting their first Wine and Art festival, “Nectar of the Gods” a wine-themed group art exhibit curated by artist, Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth. Enjoy some local wines at “A Taste of Local Nectar” – a wine tasting featuring local wineries: Nauti Vine, Barrel Run Crossing and Maize Valley! Tickets to the wine tasting are $20. The wine tasting is optional. There will be live music from Stormin’ Norman Shaw at 6PM and Spence at 8PM. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Grecian small plate specials will be available to purchase that night by Chef Tamara Carpenter and amazing art from over 20 artists will be on display. Artists include Amara Letts, Luke Roth, Lena Schwarze, Lauren LaPinta, Apostasy XFnord and many more talented artists. Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth, Art Director of Jupiter Studios, will be unveiling her Grecian-inspired painting, “Bathing in the Light of the Universe”, which was painted live on Facebook and includes models from across the US who have submitted photos as part of an online contest. Chrystal will also be painting labels on Nauti Vine Wine bottles live at the event! Please join us to celebrate wine and art at Jupiter Studios!

“I am so excited to bring new and exciting events to Jupiter Studios. I am very passionate about the community and reviving the Alliance Arts District. I am happy, with the help of Chef Tamara Carpenter and Owner Richie Kindler, to bring our community together to celebrate Wine and Art. Creating wine is an art itself. We are happy to bring some of the best in Ohio wines to Alliance, Ohio!” – Art Director; Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Chrystal Shofroth at 330-680-3893 or by email at mystikchrystal@hotmail.com.

ArtsinStark Awards $1.1 million in Grants

At its December 13 board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,091, 000 in grants to 28 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “These dollars all come from donors to the Annual Arts Campaign,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan, “and the programs we support reach more than 200,000 people every year.” To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit ArtsinStark.com/Grants. The Operating Grants approved by the board for the seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,058,500. “What these big arts organizations bring to Canton and Stark County is just amazing,” says Duncan Darby, who chaired the Operating Grants Committee. “They not only delight those of us who are lucky enough to live and work here — they attract thousands of visitors who come into Stark County to experience this arts and entertainment explosion.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 129,500 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.

Canton Museum of Art $ 257,000 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.

Canton Symphony $ 328,500 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.

Massillon Museum $ 65,000 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.

Palace Theatre $ 45,000 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.

Players Guild Theatre $ 191,000 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.

Voices of Canton $ 42,500 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

$1,058,500

Special Project Grants go to 21 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $32,740. Alliance Area Preservation Society will present a play on the Abolitionist Movement. The Massillon Public Library will offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children. “Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded more than $1.5 million to over 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every single community in Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. “It is so exciting to see the impact these arts projects are having.” Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Org /Artist City Award New Project
Alliance Area Preservation Society Alliance 985 To present a play on the Abolitionist Movement
Bennett, Jessica & Doug Canton 750 To curate an exhibit of artistic chopsticks with local artists
Bonilla, Lindsay County-wide 750 To bring storytelling programs to the Hispanic community
Camp Buckeye County-wide 3,440 To provide an art and nature camp for women
Canton Fiber Arts Guild Alliance 750 To hold a fiber arts event at a nature center
Child & Adolescent Behav. Health Canton 3,500 To offer Kintsugi pottery classes for a children’s treatment program
Coming Together Stark County Canton 2,000 To present an original musical on American women in history
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. Canton 3,200 To hold a Take Back the Night event focusing on victims and survivors
En-Rich-Ment Canton 2,500 To present garden concerts & parade for Shorb/Summit neighborhood
Goodwill Industries Canton 3,500 To document Goodwill moments through photography of David Dingwell
Joseph, Craig Canton 750 To curate a traveling exhibition, The Odyssey in 3D
Kiko-Cozy, Kris Canton 750 To provide music lessons for emotionally disabled children
Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Soc Louisville 750 To produce a living history tour in downtown Louisville
Malone University County-wide 2,800 To host a children’s book program for future educators
Massillon Public Library Massillon 825 To offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children
Michael Searching Bear County-wide 750 To present Native American history and music programs at libraries
Rossetti, Kristen Canton 750 To produce a theatre production of Russian folktale Stone Soup
Stahl, Bryan Massillon 750 To offer songwriting and performance workshops for teens & adults
The Grace Project Canton 1,740 To sponsor monthly art and wellness retreats with local artists
The Illusion Factory Canton 750 To present The Emperor’s New Clothes to preschoolers
YMCA, Paul & Carol David County-wide 750 To offer art classes to childcare programs with artist Vicki Boatright

32,740

ArtsinStark will be announcing more grant awards in the Spring as part of the work it does in county schools and in using the arts to revitalize our downtowns.

BACKGROUND: ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities. We are a 46 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 www.ArtsinStark.com. Our annual budget is $3 million. What we don’t earn, we raise each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign. In May 2017 the Campaign raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 12 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

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.

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 mountunion.edu/art-events.

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 www.artsinstark.com/donate  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!

ArtsinStark Announces $1.1 million in Grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,075, 000 in grants to 31 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “Donors to the Annual Arts Campaign have made it possible over the last ten years for us to award $10 million in grants to the 7 largest arts groups: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan,” and another $1.5 million to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.” The programs supported by ArtsinStark grants reach more than 200,000 people a year, and is part of its mission to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities. To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit ArtsinStark.com/Grants.

The Operating Grants approved by the board for seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,039,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board member Ed Levy, who is Chair of the Operating Grants Committee. “They operate at the highest professional level and are so important to attracting visitors to the region.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 127,470 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.
Canton Museum of Art $ 253,750 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.
Canton Symphony $ 326,150 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.
Massillon Museum $ 61,600 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.
Palace Theatre $ 41,625 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.
Players Guild Theatre $ 188,990 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.
Voices of Canton $ 40,250 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

The Special Project Grants go to 24 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $34,974. Ballet LaReve in Canal Fulton is taking dance programs to preschoolers. Keep Alliance Beautiful is creating a mural for a downtown mini-park. The Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon is establishing a young people’s theatre company. “These are special projects being run by organizations and individual artists that show us every day how art is changing lives all across Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. In the spring ArtsinStark will announce another round of Special Projects Grants for schools and Stark County downtowns. Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Organization/Artist Award City NewProject
1 Alliance for Children & Families 3,500 Alliance To offer math & music program for homeless families
2 Ballet LeReve 750 Canal Fulton To provide outreach performances to preschoolers
3 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp 2,500 Canton To produce a drum corp program to EnRichMent students
4 Bonilla, Lindsay 750 N. Canton To present a storytelling & music program at local libraries
5 Bowen, Ted 750 Alliance To offer summer juggling lessons in Alliance parks
6 Canton Calvary Mission 2,589 Canton To produce a fashion & dance exhibition with K – 12 students
7 Canton Tree Commission 750 Canton To hold a photo contest to celebrate Arbor Day
8 Early Childhood Resource Center 1,500 Canton To create interactive texture garden with artist Michele Waalkes
9 Joseph, Craig 750 Canton To produce a season of 7 plays promoting civic engagement
10 Keep Alliance Beautiful 750 Alliance To create a mural for a mini-park space in Alliance
11 Kent State University at Stark 3,500 Canton To produce “Guitar Weekend” with extended outreach
12 Knight, Jim 750 Countywide To provide dramatic readings at local libraries
13 Lions Lincoln Theatre 750 Massillon To create a youth theatre troupe
14 Malone University 3500 Canton To offer a Meadow Mural project to middle-schoolers
15 May, Margene 750 Canton To create an outdoor art mural promoting family unity
16 Pawsitive Ohio 750 N. Canton To raise awareness of homeless animals by creating art
17 Project REBUILD 1135 Canton To create classroom mural with at-risk students
18 Rossetti, Kristen 750 Canton To provide a literature & art class for children 2 – 10
19 Stark County UMADAOP 750 Canton To provide an art camp during Juneteenth Celebration
20 Stone, John 750 Canton To produce a photography exhibition showcasing Canton
21 Washington High Sch. Alumni Assoc 2000 Massillon To increase outreach for annual Messiah performance
22 Venegas, Raven 750 N. Canton To curate and design an exhibition of historical paintings
23 Vigil, Emily 750 N. Canton To create outdoor artwork for area garden sites
24 YMCA, Eric Snow Family 3500 Canton To host One Voice Gospel Choir program for youth 12 – 24

ArtsinStark Chair Wants to Connect All Downtowns to Village

Click here to listen to the WKSU interview http://wksu.org/post/arts-stark-picks-new-chairman

At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also brought on these new board members: Barry Adelman, Adrian Allison, Marty Chapman, Duncan Darby, Ron Ponder, Alan Rodriguez, and Kay Sanders. “Our downtowns are using the arts to reinvent themselves and to connect to the exciting dreams of the Hall of Fame Village,” says Alecusan. “Making our downtowns super creative places filled with live music and the arts is key to getting young professionals to live there, and visitors to the Village want to come experience them.” For the past 10 years downtown revitalization has been one of the County Arts Council’s primary strategies, not only in Canton but all across the county. Alecusan also noted that research shows that stronger downtowns contribute to stronger surrounding communities economically.

ArtsinStark has worked with the Special Improvement District to build the Arts District in downtown Canton, to install public art everywhere, and to host more than 100 First Fridays. In downtown Minerva, ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva have spent the past five years creating “Market Street,” with the Art Spot Gallery, Roxy Theatre, and Hart Mansion. In Louisville, the City and ArtsinStark have been creating “Constitution Place” which includes the Ahh Gallery and Uptown Joes. In Alliance, the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark are partnering to transform the old downtown into “The Crossing” with The Troll Hole, Jupiter Studios, and the Cat Museum. “Our support for the Massillon Museum and the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre is helping that downtown prepare for more tourists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we’ve provided grants to North Canton, Hartville and Canal Fulton, among others, to start filling their downtowns with public art, special events, and festivals.”

The County Arts Council has also been working with Visit Canton to develop more cultural tourism experiences. They’ve hosted together “Live Music Downtown” grants to support more musical series downtown. They’ve partnered on a plan to develop and rebrand the 100 acres around the Cultural Center as “North Market” and seamlessly connect it to the Arts District to the south. “This is different from regular tourism,” says Alecusan, “because cultural tourists are so passionate about arts and history — that they stay longer and spend more money — which is exactly what we all want.”

ArtsinStark Announces Sticky Arts Competition for Alliance

ArtsinStark and 20/20 Vision Alliance are issuing a call for entries for its “Sticky Arts Exhibit” to celebrate paintings and drawings made by artists from Alliance, OH.  The competition is open to any artist currently living in Alliance, Ohio — high school age and up.  Awards of $50 will be awarded to each artist selected.  The artists will give ArtsinStark, just for the length of the exhibit, the right to reproduce up to five of their submitted images on adhesive paper.  This “sticky art” will be installed on the windows of buildings and storefronts in three different locations: 1) University of Mount Union, 2) downtown Alliance in “The Crossing,” and 3) Giant Eagle Marketplace.  “We will have the same exhibit up at three different locations simultaneously,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “as part of connecting the excitement of what is happening downtown in “The Crossing” to the rest of Alliance.”  The submission deadline is 5 pm on Monday, December 12.  More information is at www.ArtsinStark.com/StickyArts  or 330-453-1075.  Exhibit Dates are January – June 2017, and an opening reception will be held once all the art has been installed
 
Interested artists should submit photographs (each a JPEG file should be 1-3MB) of from one to five of their new or existing paintings and drawings.  Those digital files should be sent to Tricia@ArtsinStark.com or mailed to ArtsinStark, PO Box 21190 Canton, OH 44701-1190 by 5 pm on Monday December 12.  Each submission must include the following info: name, address, phone number, and email address.  The adhesive paper (roughly 15 inches by 15 inches or larger) that the winning images will be printed on, in most cases, will be bigger than the size of original art. 
 
20/20 Vision Alliance is an economic development project of the county arts council ArtsinStark and the University of Mount Union.   The goal is to transform two historic blocks on Main Street downtown from Mechanic to Linden into “The Crossing” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

Mount Union Hosts 52nd Annual Artfest

by Garrett Graber

For four years now, I’ve been attending the University of Mount Union: a small college in Alliance, OH. While Mount Union is widely known for our outstanding DIII football team, what I love most about my school is its commitment to the arts. On Saturday, September 17th, Mount Union will host its 52nd Annual Artfest around the Campus Lakes. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, participants can look forward to seeing art from Paris Studios, Brian Snyder Photography, and the Armored Gem just to name a few. From my past experience, the artwork is this event is always varied, always stunning, and always beautiful. Due to the vast array of vendors (49 this year) , there is always something that will meet everyone’s taste and preferences. ArtFest also hosts live demonstrations, and Jeff Piper, a ceramics artist, and Keith McMahon and his son Jesse, both broom makers, will show off their artistic talent and ability.

Artwork comes in a variety of forms, and ArtFest honors this.  Live music from local musicians will play throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art is the ability to create something beautiful, and what’s more beautiful than food? From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Alliance Chamber of Commerce will host “A Taste of Alliance” in conjunction with ArtFest. This will include several area restaurants and caterers where people can chow down while enjoying local art.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Jurying of Fine Arts will occur. This year, the judge is Jamie Kirkell, who’s art is currently in the Sally-Otto art gallery. He specializes in silk floral paintings, has been in the peace corps. and apprenticed under Indonesia Batik Master Bambang Oetoro. His art is breathtaking, refreshing, and, at least in my opinion, spiritual. While we all seen flowers before, the silk canvas adds a certain life and texture to his floral subjects. Seeing them in this way, on this canvas, is like you’re seeing flowers for the first time.

So please, if you have the time check out this year’s ArtFest. It is a wonderful to show your support for local artists and businesses. For more information, please contact the The University of Mount Union’s Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063 or artfest@mountunion.edu.

 

 

 

ArtsinStark Special Project Grants Process Begins September 14

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their annual granting cycle. September 14, 2016 marks the beginning of the Special Project Grants process, open to Stark County nonprofit organizations and individual artists (performance and visual).

Awards will range from $750 to $3,500 for projects that will be completed by December 31, 2017 and affecting those living, working or being educated in Stark County, Ohio. “We are looking for ideas that demonstrate outreach, impact, and high artistic quality and hope the entire county is represented,” said ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian.

The first step in ArtsinStark’s grant process is the completion of the Concept Form. “This is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” Wadian said. Concept Forms will be available online at www.artsinstark.com/grants or can be picked up in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) from September 14 – November 7, 2016.

Once the Concept Form is received and reviewed to see that it meets granting criteria, the applicant will be sent the formal grant application. No applications will be available online or in the ArtsinStark office — they will be individually issued upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last ten years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.5 million in 600 Special Project Grants to Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075.