Category Archives: Canton

Pawsitive Ohio Presents “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.”

Art and animal lovers come together again to create vibrant imagery using senior adopted dogs for “Pawsitive Ohio’s SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” With support from ArtsinStark, Pawsitive Ohio—local organization dedicated to promoting dog adoption, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, pet retention and education—welcomed nine senior rescued dogs back to the photography studio to create splash-tacular images with their color-soaked fur. “This year, not only wanted to focus on our area shelters, but emphasize that adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment” explained Jennifer Harrington, director of Pawsitive Ohio.

To create the collection, senior adopted dogs were covered in pet safe pigments, and as wet dogs do, the artists shook themselves silly, spraying nearby canvases with the mix. Each of the nine featured canine Picassos shook their own combination of hues using an edible mix of cornstarch and food coloring that was developed exclusively for the project. The result is a series of images as random and as beautiful as each furry face. This project was supported by a micro-grant from ArtsinStark allowing photographer David Baio to catch the “shaking” dogs on camera. Christian Harwell of Cyrus Framing has generously framed and matted many of the photographs of our pint-sized Jackson Pollock’s to be exhibited at the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.

David Baio, featured (human) ArtsinStark artist, is a versatile and seasoned professional photographer, videographer and dog lover. David is not only skilled in portrait and commercial photography, but manages his own photography studio. “David is a dog lover who graciously and patiently allowed our artists to create their art in his studio. We originally thought the canvases would be the stars of the show, but David’s photographs are incredible — the result of his work is astonishing. When we added fellow animal lover, Christian Harwell’s, custom framing to David’s images, we realized that the photographs alongside the canvases truly complete the collection.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population across the county while showcasing the stories of our “artists” and the local organizations who helped them find homes. The community will be encouraged to learn about options available in Stark County and Northeast Ohio. All funds raised will help Pawsitive Ohio to continue its mission of creating a community where no dog needs to die in a shelter simply for being unwanted.

After their museum tour, the photography and canvases will be auctioned during Pawsitive Ohio’s fundraising event, “SHAKE! Shades of Gray,” on Saturday, April 21 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts. Tickets for “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” are available at www.pawsitiveohio.org/shake. The April 21 event will invite attendees to explore the unique artwork collection while enjoying an upscale evening of top-shelf beverages, delicious hors d’oeuvres, music by Rob Thompson, and live and silent auctions.

Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Pitties and Kitties, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, the Tuscarawas Humane Society, Second Chance for Animals, Portage APL (Animal Protective League) and One of a Kind Pet Rescue, as well as to our artist’s wonderful families.

By celebrating shelter diversity and focusing on finding unique ways for rescue organizations to support each other, Pawsitive Ohio serves as a positive and proactive medium towards our common objectives.

Artwork will be on exhibit prior to “SHAKE! Shades of Gray.” event on April 21, 2018 at:

March 9 – 23, 2018     Massillon Museum
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery

April 10 ­­– 20, 2018      Canton Museum of Art
Artwork from the collection will be on display in the Courtyard area of the Canton Museum of Art

Art from the Classroom Returns to the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library

Art from the Classroom will be on display in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from February 1 through March 25.  The exhibit opens February 1 with artwork created by preschool and elementary students from the North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s School. It concludes with the Hoover High School exhibit, which opens March 15. The high school exhibit showcases the advanced technical skills and creative insight evident in the work of older students. The Art from the Classroom exhibit is comprised of four shows (elementary and preschool, intermediate school, middle school and high school). Community members, including families, students, educators and patrons, are cordially invited to attend opening receptions for each of the shows. Receptions will be held the first day of each exhibit beginning at 5 p.m.
 
 
Primary AND Preschool Exhibit
On display February 1 – February 11
Opening reception: Thursday, February 1 from 5-7 p.m.
 
Intermediate School Exhibit
On display February 15 – February 25
Opening reception: Thursday, February 15 from 5-7 p.m.
 
Middle School Exhibit
On display March 1 – March 11
Opening reception: Thursday, March 1 from 5-6:30 p.m.
 
High School Exhibit
On display March 15 – March 25
Opening reception: Thursday, March 15 from 5-6:30 p.m.
 
 

Art from the Classroom exemplifies the importance of, and commitment to, visual artistic education in North Canton.  The LittleArt Gallery is proud to play a role in furthering this dedication by highlighting the creative talents of the children in the community.
 
For additional information, contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.
 

Canton Museum of Art Features New Impressionist Work In American Watercolor Exhibition

The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) presents a special exhibition, American Masters: Watercolors from the CMA Permanent Collection,which features the Museum’s most recent acquisition: an 1890 Impressionist masterpiece, “Bleak House, Broadstairs,” by acclaimed pioneer of American Impressionism, Childe Hassam. Major watercolors by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, George Luks, John Marin, Maurice Prendergast, and John Singer Sargent are also featured in this special exhibition, which is on view through March 2, 2018.

Max Barton, Executive Director of Canton Museum of Art, said, “We are thrilled to add this important, classic work of American Impressionism to our collection. A work by Hassam has long been on our search list, and we acquired a fine piece with an elegant subject and beautiful orchestration of color. Clearly inspired by Hassam’s exposure to the French style in the late 1800s, the painting is vibrant and crisp, and you feel as though you could step in and stroll the coastal waterway with the young lady.”


Purchase of “Bleak House, Broadstairs” was made through the Museum’s Accession Fund, which is restricted solely for the purchase of art. Works by Hassam are held in major museum collections across the country, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; Carnegie Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; and numerous others.


About the Exhibition
Together, the seven artists featured in the
American Masters exhibition contribute importantly to our cultural heritage and the evolution of watercolor painting. Rarely are all seven of the masterworks by these artists displayed at one time at CMA. Watercolor is one of the most challenging mediums for artists to use; the colors need to be carefully controlled or they bleed into one another. In the century following the Civil War, watercolor painting became an important American medium, and it was used more freely than anywhere else in the world. American Masters showcases creative excellence in this uniquely American medium that continues to inspire and grow today. 

About Childe Hassam
Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935) was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the son of an old New England family. His father, Frederick Fitch Hassam, claimed descent from a 17th-century English immigrant, whose name, Horsham, had been corrupted over time to Hassam. Early in his career, Hassam was persuaded to drop his first name to exploit the exotic suggestion of his middle and family names. With his dark skin and heavily-lidded eyes, the artist was thought by many to be of Middle Eastern descent—and he happily went along with the misconception. In the mid-1880s, he took to painting an Islamic-looking crescent moon (later shortened to a slash) next to his signature, and he adopted the nickname Muley (from the Arabic 
Mawla, meaning Lord or Master) after MuleyAbul Hassan, a ruler of Granada in Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra.”

Raised in a cultivated household, Hassam decided early on to become an artist. He left high school to work for the Boston, Massachusetts publisher Little, Brown & Co. and also began training as a wood-engraver. He turned to illustration and received commissions to illustrate Celia Thaxter’s “An Island Garden” in 1894.


Hassam made his first trip to Europe in 1883, but it was not until 1886 that he embarked on a three-year stint of art study in Paris. He was enrolled for a short time at the Académie Julian, known for its noisy, crowded studios and absence of discipline of any kind. There Hassam saw a wide range of styles, as the school attracted many foreign artists as well as young French ones.  It was, however, the work of the Impressionists that really attracted Hassam. Although light had previously played a major role in Hassam’s work, color remained subdued. His 1887 “Grand Prix Day” demonstrates that after only a short time in Paris, he obtained a heightened sense of color and it is almost an Impressionist street scene in both its composition and

broken brushstroke. 


Hassam was an anglophile who interpreted his own approach in terms of the British landscape tradition, but there is no question that he returned to the United States with the technique and sensibilities of the French Impressionists tempered with American realism. Impressionism came to Boston and flourished in the 1880s without the furious protest it had aroused in France. It is not surprising then that in 1898 Hassam joined with the former academic painter Julian Alden Weir and John Henry Twachtman in founding the Ten American Painters, which was to include Frank Weston Benson, Robert Reid and Edmund C. Tarbell, among others. This group of Impressionists mounted a series of exhibitions that were by far the most coherent of any held in America in that era.


Hassam created more than 2,000 oils, watercolors, pastels, and illustrations. With these works, he achieved critical acclaim through important American exhibitions. A series of street scenes, many vibrant and patriotic with bright banners, are considered the peak of his achievement.



About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience, recognized for powerful original exhibitions and national touring exhibitions focused on American art. The Museum’s innovative education outreach programs, classes, and workshops serve thousands of students of all ages. CMA’s acclaimed collection focuses on American works on paper, primarily watercolors, and contemporary ceramics. Founded in 1935, the Canton Museum of Art makes the discovery and exploration of art accessible to all. Visit cantonart.org or call 330.453.7666 for more information.


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.   

Canton Ballet group hosts a Father Daughter dance

The Canton Ballet Barre Association has chosen a Beauty and the Beast storybook theme for Belle’s Ball, its annual Father Daughter dance on Saturday, February 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.

 

The evening will include dinner, dancing, basket raffles and photos.  Flowers will be available at the door for fathers to present to their daughters.

 

Reservations are due by February 1.  The cost per person is $20.   Flowers are $5 each and must be preordered.  To purchase tickets/flowers call or visit the ballet office at 330.455.7220.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The office is located on the west side of the Cultural Center for the Arts.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

 

School of Canton Ballet operates a year round program in dance for all ages under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley.  The Canton Ballet Barre Association is the ballet’s volunteer group which hosts numerous events yearly in support of the students and Canton Ballet company dancers.

 

Canton Ballet is funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and National endowment for the Arts.

School of Canton Ballet offers new classes in Hip Hop

A new eight-week class in hip hop is being offered by the School of Canton Ballet beginning Thursday, January 25, through March 15 at its studios in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N. in Canton.  The 8-week course will be led by instructor Ana Bettis.  Tuition is $90.  There is no registration fee.

 

Students will receive an introduction to the dance, style and attitude of hip hop.  The times are 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for ages eight to 12 and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for ages 12 to 18.  The dress code is casual with jazz shoes, ballet slippers or black-soled athletic shoes.

 

Register online at cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.  Canton Ballet office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty tailgate foods, drinks and a cash bar.

 

The football players were selected at tryouts held last fall at the ballet studios.  Their Canton Ballet company partners were chosen by audition at a later time.  Rehearsals began in early January and will continue to the performance.

 

The 13 couples who will dance at the Game Day Performance are:

 

Taylor Adams (Canton Central Catholic sophomore)

Trey Carl (Minerva senior, defensive tackle)

 

Nicole Belden (Hoover senior)

Darius Stokes (GlenOak senior, wide receiver)

 

Lauren Compton (Canton Central Catholic senior)

Nolan Goering (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Hannah Dunnerstick (GlenOak freshman)

Clayton Tabler (McKinley junior, wide receiver)

 

Isabella Hellmann (Jackson junior)

Dylan Walczak (Louisville senior, linebacker)

 

Tamaki Hoshi (St. Thomas Aquinas senior)

Christian Harwood (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, running back)

 

Margaret Kingsbury (GlenOak senior)

Terrance Mack (GlenOak junior, wide receiver)

 

Emily Kuntz (GlenOak freshman)

Luke May (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, defensive tackle)

 

Morgan Lineweaver (Hoover freshman)

Joe Fuchs (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)

 

Anna Mears (Hoover senior)

Connor Fritz (Minerva senior, wide receiver)

 

Maria Miller (Kolbe Academy sophomore)

Nicholas Oldfield (Alliance, sophomore, defensive end)

 

Erika Shi (Alliance senior)

Lucas McGuire (Massillon Washington senior, defensive lineman)

 

Aleesha Singh (Jackson freshman)

Dominic Bowman (Perry senior, safety)

 

NFL Films Emmy award-winning producer Greg Frith brought his film crew to the tryouts in October and will return to film rehearsals and the final event in March for a documentary about Touchdowns and Tutus.  Select couples will be dancing to music gifted to Canton Ballet’s fundraiser that is exclusively licensed and owned by NFL Films.

 

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for Preferred Gold seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  There is a VIP All Access Pass available for $100 which includes admission to all three events.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

 

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

 

Major sponsors to date are The Canton Repository, O92 radio, Krugliak Wilkins, Martin Sports Productions and Paragraphics.

 

Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.  Canton Ballet is a

501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Some German “meat and potatoes” for the CSO’s next MasterWorks Concert

The Canton Symphony Orchestra starts the new year with a concert of robust music from the heartland of Germany with their next MasterWorks concert, “German Genius”.  This program features the brilliance of the baroque style master J.S Bach, as well as the late romantic era genius Gustav Mahler.  This thrilling evening takes place on January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of A CSO trustee, Fresh Mark, and Glenn and Joy E. Silverhart.

The first half of the concert will feature both a current and a former violinist of the CSO performing Bach’s
Double Violin Concerto.  Vivek Jayaraman returns to the CSO and is joined by principal second violinist Solomon Liang to show off this delightful chamber orchestra piece.  The second half of the piece features Mahler’s fifth symphony, often categorized as one of his most accessible symphonies to audiences.  It is a powerful work taking the listener through an entire world of emotions, starting with a funeral march, and ending the final movement in joyful exuberance and cheer.

Vivek is a respected violinist who served as Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 2016-2017 season after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. Vivek recently performed Bartok’s
Contrasts alongside Colorado Symphony principal clarinetist, Jason Shafer and renowned concert pianist, Yefim Bronfman. His performance gained praise from South Florida Classical Review for its “admirable restraint” and “blazing virtuosity.” Vivek received a Master’s degree in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Solomon Liang, who is originally from Irvine, California, is the principal second violinist of the Canton Symphony and also performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony. Solomon has served in the Quartet in Residence at Banff International String Quartet Competition, and faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Academy. In 2014, Solomon was awarded the Dr. Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Liang received his Bachelors of Music from California State University, Long Beach, and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.


Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 27, 2018 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at
www.cantonsymphony.org, 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 celebrating its 80
thanniversary 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.

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty foods, drinks and cash bar.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for premium seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  Tickets are available online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.

The fundraiser is sponsored by The Canton Repository, O92 radio and Krugliak Wilkins.  Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.

Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan

The Yoga Place and Yoga Central present Wisdom of Rhythm Retreat with Jim Donovan: Saturday January 13, 2018 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at The Yoga Place

Explore the joyful, profound and spiritual side of drumming while partaking in various beginner- friendly drumming activities. This program will consist of three interconnected concepts that will focus on:

  • Developing and practicing creative drumming skills
  • Personal wellness and becoming the next best version of you
  • Renewing and deepening your connection to your inner wisdom

    These techniques will aid in relieving anxiety and stress, help to provide a better night’s sleep, gain mental clarity, increasing overall energy and ultimately, striving to uncover the BEST version of you!

    Drums are provided and this is open to all levels.

    Musician and trainer Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a multi-platinum recording artist, formerly of the band Rusted Root (Send Me On My Way) who presents programs throughout the US and Europe. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA where he serves as Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. Having presented over 2500 programs since 1999, Donovan works with a wide variety of populations including corporate, university, people with Autism, and people recovering from addiction.

    $99 by December 31, or $129 thereafter
    Tickets available at www.Eventbrite.com and www.TheYogaPlaceOhio.com *No Refunds

Albacete to Present “Getting Inside Mahler’s Head”

The guest presenter for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next ConverZations discussion on January 8 at noon will be M.J. Albacete, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art.  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.

After a four-decade career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired in 2014 as Executive Director Emeritus.  For many years a member of the Ohio Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, his lectures on art, music, and other topics number in the hundreds.  He served for a time as reviewer of Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts for The Repository, and a contributor to Fanfare Magazine.  At least once each season, he is on call to present a pre-concert lecture for the CSO, and has already made several appearances on the ConverZations series.  For the CSO’s recent “Music Takes Shape” education outreach program reaching almost 3,000 area students, M.J. designed a unique geometric construction project.  An Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus, M.J. teaches a course on the history of architecture.

For the January 8 ConverZations, Albacete will explore the music of Gustav Mahler, most specifically his first five symphonies.  As with many composers, Mahler did not necessarily enjoy the fame and respect he does now while he was alive and writing music.  Much of his work went unnoticed during his lifetime, only to be discovered and revered later on.  Albacete will take the audience on a journey through Mahler’s early symphonies showing his growth in fame after their “rediscovery.”

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

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.