Category Archives: Louisville

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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ArtsinStark Campaign Hits Goal for 11th Straight Year

It took to the very last day of an 11-week marathon to get it done, but ArtsinStark’s 2016 Annual Arts Campaign has made goal for the 11th straight year in a row.  At the Victory Luncheon held at Canton Glassworks and the Hub Art Factory in the Arts District on Wednesday, volunteers and arts leaders cheered as 2016 Campaign Chair Jim Porter, CEO/Publisher of The Repository announced “We’ve done it again!” Porter reminded everyone that “In a challenging economic environment like this one — it’s all about just getting to the $1.7 million goal.” More than 100 volunteers worked on the drive and 30 companies hosted arts workplaces for the arts.  ArtsinStark Board Chair Max Deuble thanked Porter for his amazing leadership saying “Jim’s determination was inspirational, and The Repository’s coverage about how art changes lives in our schools, our downtowns, and our neighborhoods made all the difference.”

ArtsinStark runs one of the 60 united arts fund drives in America.  The 1.7 million in dollars raised through the Annual Arts Campaign support our largest arts organizations: the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton.  They also provide grants for some of our smaller arts organizations, individual artists, and other nonprofits looking to use the arts to deliver innovative programs.  They underwrite the SmArts Program in the schools.  They help downtowns across the county use live music, public art, and artist studios and galleries to revitalize themselves.  They produce “First Fridays.”  And they help keep the Cultural Center for the Arts, which will be 50 years old in 2020, up and running.  “Every year the arts change the lives of 200,000 people in Stark County,” says ArtsinStark Vice Chair Emil Alecusan. “We want to use the arts to make Canton a center for innovation, and the kind of super, creative place that turns kids into the geniuses of tomorrow.”

ArtsinStark is 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).  What it doesn’t earn, it raises each spring through the Annual Arts Campaign.  As of today, ArtsinStark is the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 11 years in a row, and is also winner of the Governor’s Award for the Arts.  More information at www.ArtsinStark.com

 

ArtsinStark Kicks Off $1.7 Million Campaign

On Wednesday at the Cultural Center, ArtsinStark kicked off the 2016 Annual Arts Campaign. Its goal is to raise $1.7 million for all the arts in Stark County during the 11-weeks from March 9 to May 25. The drive is being chaired by Jim Porter, CEO/Publisher of The Repository. The theme is how “Art Changes Lives.” On Wednesday morning, one after another, volunteers and community leaders took the stage to tell stories about the important impact the arts are having in schools, downtowns, and neighborhoods across the county. “It’s very impressive to be the only united arts fund drive in America that has ever made goal for ten years in a row,” said Porter. “But now to keep on growing, we need to get hundreds of new donors to join us in supporting this incredible arts explosion.” More information at www.ArtsinStark.com

Over 200,000 people a year are reached by the arts here. The majority of these are impacted by our seven largest arts organizations: the Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton. Every day they bring us world class art, and over the last 10 years ArtsinStark has awarded those organizations more than $10 million in grants.

During that same time period, ArtsinStark has given out another $1.5 million in 600 little grants in every single community in Stark County. Those grants have gone to churches, YMCA’s, YWCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, universities, libraries, schools, theatres, museums, historical societies, festivals, hospitals, Girl Scouts, food pantries, and individual artists. “There is not a single community in Stark County that has not received an ArtsinStark grant or program of some kind,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins.

In Canton, ArtsinStark created the Arts District with 26 art galleries and studios. It has produced over 100 monthly First Fridays for 175,000 people there, and installed 55 new pieces of public art. But it’s not just downtown Canton where ArtsinStark is working in. The County Arts Council’s programs and grants are also at work in downtown Alliance, Jackson, Louisville, Massillon, Minerva, Hartville, North Canton, and Canal Fulton.

“Our SmArts Program is changing our schools by integrating art and academics to supercharge learning,” says ArtsinStark board chair Max Deuble. “SmArts projects have reached 30,000 kids, and today we’re in every one of the 17 public schools systems in Stark County — and all of the Catholic elementary and middle schools as well.”

The County Arts Council is also trying to change tourism with the arts. The Pro Football Hall of Fame and ArtsinStark are creating a new tourist attraction in downtown Canton called The ELEVEN. This monumental public art series celebrating the 11 greatest moments in professional football history, is also part of the strategy for connecting the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s new “Village” to downtown.
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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 2015 the Campaign raised the highest amount in 45 years — to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 10 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

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“Dutch Treats” Opens at Ahh Gallery

On Thursday January 14 from 5 to 8 pm, the Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville opens a show of artworks done using a mysterious technique from the 15th century. The exhibit, which runs for six weeks, features 30 paintings by Massillon artist Frank Dale, and his students. Dale graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has had a lifelong passion for the work of painters like Vermeer, Rubens and Rembrandt. But unable to find someone to teach him how to paint in this style, in 1998, after retiring from Superior’s Brand Meats, he set out to teach himself. He was so successful that he has written a book about it called Art – A Search for Beauty: a Guide to Classical Painting Based on the Flemish Technique.

Dale developed an expertise on the Flemish Technique of 15th-century Belgium painter Jan Van Eyck. It’s a technique that involves executing a precise drawing on canvas or panel and then applying thin glazes of paint to achieve a transparent, luminous finish using a resin/oil medium. This process of painting produces unusual depth and brilliance of colors not possible with other oil painting methods.

Frank Dale has been teaching students how to paint in the Flemish style for nearly two decades. “Dutch Treat” features a sampling of works by his students who range in age from eleven to eighty two. In 2002, Dale had open heart surgery at Mercy Medical Center. Thirteen years later, he donated to the hospital a reproduction he’d made of the 19th-century painter William Bouguereau’s “Song of the Angels.” The painting took Dale more than 60 hours to complete.

The Ahh Gallery is part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville; which aims to transform three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

ArtsinStark announces $1.2 million in grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,182,000 in grants to 74 organizations, schools, and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in four different categories: Operating, Special Project, SmArts, and 20/20 Vision. “These programs and projects touch every single community in Stark County,” says ArtsinStark board chair Max Deuble. “And they show the incredible impact of the arts on community and economic development, and just how far ArtsinStark has come in the last 10 years in serving all of Stark County.”

The projects we support through our Grants Program reach 200,000 people a year. Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded $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 — and another $1.5 million in grants to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.

New Operating Grants will go to the seven major arts organizations in Stark County. They total $1,064,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board Vice Chair Emil Alecusan. “They operate at the highest professional level and are key to attracting visitors and growing tourism.”

New Special Project Grants will go to 25 smaller arts organizations, non-profits and individual artists. They will be awarded $34,900. Projects like Canton Parks and Recreation offering art programs during the summer, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps providing classes and equipment for the students of En-Rich-Ment, and local artist Craig Joseph producing a musical on the lives of our presidents, were among the winning ideas. “We received applications from lots of new agencies and artists this year, and it will be exciting to see the results of their programs,” says Anne Wadian, ArtsinStark Office Manager, who runs the Grants Program.

New SmArts Grants will go out in two forms: Mini-Grants and Partnership Grants. To date this year they total $53,450. Every one of the public school systems in Stark County is receiving a SmArts Grant of some kind, as well as Holy Cross Academy, Central Catholic High School, and Heritage Christian School. SmArts Grants support projects that integrate the arts with the core curriculum to do things like use photography to teach Chemistry, create artistic ecosystems to teach 5th grade Science, and make ceramic art to connect different cultures in Social Studies. “Over 5,000 students in Stark County will use the arts this year to learn Math, Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies,” says Justy Boggs, ArtsinStark Planning and Education Consultant. “And the total dollars being spent, old and new, by the County Arts Council and all the school systems to support SmArts Program total more than $90,000.”

20/20 VISION GRANTS awarded so far this year will go to 17 organizations and artists that are helping move the 20/20 Vision plan forward in Stark County. Projects range from banner murals in Louisville, to mini-fests in Alliance, to the Polar Bear public art project in Jackson. “20/20 Vision is a plan we developed for the whole county,” says ArtsinStark Board Secretary Greg Luntz, “and covers everything from downtown revitalization, to public art, to increasing cultural tourism.”

Specific awards can be found on our website at www.artsinstark.com/grants

BACKGROUND: ArtsinStark — Kids, Jobs, Communities. We are a 45 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 2015 the Campaign raised the highest amount in 45 years: $1,775,000 — to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 10 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

Ahh Gallery Opens Its “Holiday Show” plus New Gift Shop

Thursday November 19 from 5:00 pm to 8 pm The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville hosts the opening of its “Holiday Art Show”, and the unveiling of its new Gift Shop. The “Holiday Show” features pottery by Judie Singer and Kris Marshall, hand-blown glass by Abi Yeagley,
paintings by Vivian Huff Geaghan, watercolors by Jack Fetzer, and much more. In addition the Historical Society will present an “Historical Moments in Time” exhibit featuring video on 20 years of Derry family’s two-acre holiday light display on Columbus Road. There will also be a special display of art by Louisville Middle School students, free refreshments, and blues music played by Louisville’s own Matt Basso. The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society. The “Holiday Show” at the Ahh Gallery runs through January 8, 2016

The Ahh Gallery’s new Gift Shop will display pottery, blown glass, jewelry, coloring books, pencil art cards, paintings, drawings, and works by local authors. “It’s that time of the year,” says Betty Derry, Manager of the Ahh Gallery, “and we’ve got a complete range of art and history items at amazing prices that make great gifts.”

The Ahh Gallery is part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville. 20/20 Vision Louisville is a plan for transforming three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

Four Historic Murals Installed in Downtown Louisville

Just in time for this year’s Constitution Parade, four murals by artist Tommy Morgan were installed in downtown Louisville last week. Each mural celebrates a different moment in the city’s history: 1) the first grist mill in 1807, 2) the brick-making industry of the 1800’s, 3) an 1881 river baptism, and 4) the 1903 streetcars. The murals are part of 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark, the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisville to transform three blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place.”

Tommy Morgan is a professional artist from Stark County with many public art projects locally and nationally. “We asked Tommy to create paintings that would capture four Louisville historical moments,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins. Four local building owners were approached for permission to mount the banner murals on their buildings for the next two years. Cynthia Kerchner of Kerchner’s, Ashley McCauley of Rae’s Jewelry, Tom Edwards of the Insurance Center, and Steve Coon of the Fitness Center all agreed. “Then we had the paintings blown up and printed on large banners and asked Coon Restoration to help us put them up,” says Hankins. “Somehow it all came together and we got them done in time for the big parade.”