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“Fiber Art and More” is January Show at Ahh Gallery in Louisville

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Fiber Art and More” on Thursday, January 19 from 5 – 8 pm. Two of the featured artists are Yvonne Walter, whose quilts have toured in shows by The American Quilter Society from California to Maine; and Ruth Nichols whose specialty is creating sewing-machine art. Also on display will be works from: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Russ Hench, Judi Singer, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian. The January 19 opening will offer light refreshments, a chance to meet the artists, and live music by Jared Lees. The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 3.

The first featured artist is Yvonne Walter who has lived in Canton, Ohio her entire life. She is a 70-year-old cancer survivor who loves ballroom dancing and walking her dog. She enjoys experimenting with new styles and lives by the philosophy “whatever floats my boat” in order to determine her next art project. Yvonne took lessons at the Carousel Factory in Mansfield, Ohio and then hand carved the 1/3 scale wooden carousel horse that will be featured in the show. Other works of art by Walter are a hand-carved jewelry box made out of a goose egg, numerous paintings, wall quilts, and multimedia art. The second featured artist is Ruth Nichols from Louisville. She has painted for years, but now she uses the sewing machine needle as her brush and thread as her paint. In addition, her husband Mel Nichols is displaying his hand-made pens.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly. The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville. For 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. The 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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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.”

Christmas Painting Class in Louisville

Calling All Elves Grades 1 through 5! We have a tree you can keep forever!  Come create this Colorful Christmas tree painting!

Saturday, December 10, from 10 to 11 am in the Ahh Gallery in Downtown Louisville. All supplies provided.

$5.00 per Child (Ages 6-12)

All Proceeds benefit the Louisville Ahh Gallery. Reserve Your Spot Today! Call 330-875-2829 to make reservations.

“Holiday Showcase 2016” Opens at Ahh Gallery

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Holiday Showcase 2016” on Thursday, November 10 from 5 – 8 pm.  This exhibit is all about great gift buying opportunities.  It will feature items from one dollar — to one hundred dollars.  Among the works of art being featured are: colored pencil, acrylic, watercolor, oils, spray painting, thread painting, ceramics, recycled metal art, blown glass, handmade pens, and much more. There will also be a variety of Christmas tree ornaments, as well as books and cards by local authors.  Some of the artists whose works will be on display are: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown,  Angelo Oddo, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvey, Frank Dale,  Linda Christman, Russ Hench,  Judi Longacre, Pam LaRocco,  Judi Singer, Kris Marshall, Jake Davis, Sheila Harter, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Mel and Ruth Nichols, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Deborah French, Irene Tobias Rodriguez,   Denny Valentine, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Laurie Fife Harbert, Rhonda Dahlheimer, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian.  Two of the youngest student artists being featured are Faith Gash (age 9) and Nash Minor (age 11).  The opening will include live music, light refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists.  The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 3 to 10.

Artist Vivian Geaghan is a lifelong resident of Stark County and a self-taught artist.  She enjoys working in oils, acrylics, watercolor, china painting, and colored pencils.  Her love of nature and gardening are reflected in her paintings, and Vivian shares her techniques when she teaches her students in her art classes.

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Artist Hannelore Brown’s favorite subjects are landscapes, portraits, and pets.  She studied under Amy Lindenberger for 12 years and has displayed her artwork at many art shows, and fairs.  She was a member of Canton Public Schools District Chapter, the Alliance Art Center, and was the Art Director at First Friends Church.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly.  The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For 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.  The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

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.

Sidewalk Museum Returns to Louisville

Last week, ArtsinStark brought The Sidewalk Museum back to downtown Louisville for a three month visit along Main Street between Chapel and Mills. Last year The Sidewalk Museum featured giant 4 by 8 foot paintings by Louisville High School students celebrating moments in local history. “This year we’re showcasing the work of Louisville-related artists, many of whom have been featured at the Arts and History Gallery downtown,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. The ten artists are: Barbara Taylor Aiken, Hannelore Brown, Linda Christman, Mike Criswell (Theatrewiz),Vivian Geaghan, Rita Sommers Hukills, Sean Johnson, Angelo Oddo, Carl “Rick” Silvey, and Denny Valentine. The outdoor exhibit of temporary public art is part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville. The goal of 20/20 Vision Louisville is to use art and history activities to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

Here are the artists featured in Sidewalk Museum 2016: Hannelore Brown: whose favorite subjects are landscapes, portraits and pets; and who studied art for 12 years. Sean Johnson: who graduated from Malone College with a BA in Art and who likes to create designs that pull the viewer’s eyes into and through the painting. Angelo Oddo: a multitalented artist who has achieved success in various fields including magic and acting, and who has published an autobiography entitled Life without Limits. Barbara Taylor Aiken: who has studied colored pencils, oil painting, and is currently continuing her education by taking classes in watercolors. Denny Valentine: who has been doing professional photography for the last 35 years and is recognized as a “Master Photographer” by the Professional Photographers of America. Michael Criswell (Theaterwiz): who loves shooting landscapes and architectural fine art photography. Vivian Geaghan: a self-taught artist who works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and colored pencils where her love of nature and gardening can be reflected. Linda Christman: who says that art is an ongoing journey, and who hopes to pull viewers into the scene with all of nature’s beauty. Carl “Rick” Silvey: a self-taught artist who likes to dabble in water colors, pastels, color pencils, acrylics, spray painting, and oils. Rita Sommers Hukills: who has been taking art classes for 40 years, and has her artwork on display in schools, homes, churches, and restaurants all across Ohio.

 

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Traditional and Youth Amateur Photography Contest

From October 6th to October 27th, the Art & History Gallery will be displaying photographs from local amateur and youth photographers for judging.

The Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society Photography Contest is open to amateur photographers only. For this contest, an amateur is one who engages in photography for pleasure rather than financial benefit. (Photography contest winnings excluded.) All photographs are judged based on basic photographic skills, such as focus, composition, neatness, and overall photographic quality. A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the entries and award the appropriate prizes.

Youth Photography Contest The Youth Contest is open to amateur photographers ages 7-12.

1st Place: $50, 2nd Place: $30, 3rd Place: $20

Traditional Photography Contest The Traditional Contest is open to amateur photographers ages 13 and up.

1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50, 3rd Place: $25

Click here to learn more and to enter your own photography!

Please complete form linked above and return to the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society. Questions regarding this contest should be directed to contest officials by calling (330) 875-2829. Entry deadline is Saturday, September 24, 2016 by 3pm.

20/20 Vision Louisville to Host Three Community Meetings

The public is invited to attend three community update meetings on ArtsinStark’s 20/20 Vision Louisville Program. The meetings will focus on how we are using arts and history programs to help revitalize downtown. The meetings will be chaired by Thomas Strouble who led the original planning process back in 2012. The objective is to both update the community on what 20/20 Vision Louisville has done to date, and to obtain input on the past, present, and future plans.

Meeting #1 will be 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday August 2, 2016 at the Education Center of Louisville (on Mill Street behind Edwards/Paumier Insurance). During this meeting we will hear from Robb Hankins, ArtsinStark CEO, on the strategy agreed to by the planning committee in 2012, and what has happened to date. All attendees will have the opportunity to express their thoughts.

Meeting #2 will 7 – 8 pm on Thursday August 11, 2016 at the Louisville Constitution Center. Copies of the plan and a written report on what has happened to date will be available and attendees can discuss any concerns and recommendations for improvement.

Meeting #3 will be 7 – 8 pm on Tuesday August 16 at the Louisville Constitution Center will be the final community meeting. The objective of this meeting will be to review any recommendations in an effort to improve future implementations.

People that can attend only one of the three meetings are welcome. We want to gather input and feedback from as many as possible. So please join us.

“Summer Joys” Opens at Ahh Gallery in Louisville

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio opens “Summer Joys” on Thursday July 14 from 5 to 8 pm.  The show features Nancy Stewart Matin, Anna Rather, Frank Dale and several other artists of the Canton Artist League.  Refreshments will be provided, and there will be special music by Loel Stein. The exhibit will run through Saturday August 27.

Nancy Stewart Matin is a self-taught artist who says she enjoys “the character of watercolor that has a mind of its own.” She says she “works in a semi-abstract manner starting out flooding color and letting the painting speak.” Minerva artist Anna Rather works in painting and printmaking. “My new work is the story of recreation. It is about discovery in life and in art,” said Rather. Frank Dale attended The California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and San Francisco State Teachers College. He studied the works of Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt and taught himself how to paint.

The exhibit will also display Louisville’s self-taught artist Douglas Girton and his pencil drawings of the “Titanic”. Girton has had work on display as far away as Amsterdam, Belfast and Ireland. His interest in the Titanic started in early grade school and has drawn thousands of detailed pencil and water color images of the ship and its artifacts in his lifetime.

Other artists featured in the show include: Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Frank Dale, Rebecca Burrell, Nancy Stewart Matin, Lynda Rimke, Anna Rather, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Natividad Lopez Ortiz, Jack Fetzer, and Pam LaRocco.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014.  It is a project of The Louisville – Nimishillen Historical Society.  The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly: Thursday and Friday from 1-6 pm, and Saturday 10-3 pm.  The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville.  For information, please call (330) 875-2829.

The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, The Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville.  The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertaining destination for locals and tourists alike.

 

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