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Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson to Open in Massillon Museum’s Studio M

 

Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Friday, May 19, in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.  It will be on view through June 25.

A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., concurrent with the opening of the Stark County in the Great War main gallery exhibition. The event will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. 9

Carlson, a Lakewood, Ohio, artist, honed his vision at the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland.  He is drawn to he strength of black and white and spontaneity, and his work is informed by film noir and jazz.  He equates the flash of an idea for his artwork to the flash of a camera.

The artist focuses on the figure, using oil paint and charcoal on canvas and paper to explore the human condition.  His exhibition is about perception and emotion and how they relate to one another.

“In these paintings and drawings I subtract or manipulate information that shapes our perception,” Carlson said. “Like memory, knowledge and emotion are contextual clues that viewers use to interpret what they see.”  He presents an ambiguity—an isolated image—that forces the viewer to scrutinize the image to find resolution.”

Carlson’s artwork has been included in dozens of solo and group juried and invitational exhibitions throughout northern Ohio and in Erie, Pennsylvania.   John W. Carlson appears courtesy of Hedge Gallery.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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Massillon Museum to Host Self-Publishing Workshop

Did you ever dream of holding a book that you wrote in your hands?
The Massillon Museum will offer a one-afternoon workshop with author JoAnn Shade on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., to walk aspiring authors, ages 18 and older, through the process of self-publishing. Participants will review self-publishing options, learn about working with internet-based print-on-demand opportunities, talk about manuscript preparation and cover design, and discover how to develop a simple marketing plan.
JoAnn Streeter Shade, author of a dozen self-published books, brings a variety of experience, interests, and insight to the written page. She has ministered in Salvation Army congregations and social service programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and has served at North Coast Family Foundation, a Christian counseling center in Northeast Ohio. She does consulting work with the Massillon Museum, is a regular contributor to Salvation Army publications, and is a weekly columnist for the Ashland Times-Gazette.
With a master of arts degree in pastoral counseling and a doctor of ministry degree in the “Women in Prophetic Leadership” track from Ashland Theological Seminary, she combines her academic training with a writer’s eye, a pastor’s heart, and a grandmother’s joy through Gracednotes Ministries. Learn more at gracednotesministries@gmail.com.
The workshop fee is $18 ($15 per Museum member). Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by April 18. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a complete class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
The self-publishing workshop is part of the NEA Big Read. This year, the Massillon’s tenth year to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, the local book selection is True Grit by Charles Portis. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Art in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading for leisure to American culture.
Support for the local program is also provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.
For more information about the workshop or the NEA Big Read, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org or www.NEABigRead.org.

Costume Historian Bobi Garland Is MassMu’s NEA Big Read Keynote Speaker

Costume historian Bobi Garland will be the keynote speaker for this year’s NEA Big Read, orchestrated by the Massillon Museum in partnership with the Massillon Public Library. The program will be held Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre (156 Lincoln Way East) in downtown Massillon. The event will be free and open to everyone with no reservations required.
Garland’s presentation will complement the book selected by the Massillon Museum for this year’s NEA Big Read, True Grit by Charles Portis. The keynote is one of 30 public events scheduled to enhance the community’s experience of reading the book.
From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., immediately prior to the keynote address, the public is invited to visit the Massillon Museum (121 Lincoln Way East) during extended hours to view the second-floor exhibition, Westward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts, which includes costumes from the 2010 Coen Brothers’ Paramount Pictures film, True Grit, that Garland will discuss in her keynote address. TheWild (Mid)West exhibit, also part of the NEA Big Read, will be on view in the lower level.  
The theatre is just across the street from the Museum. Free parking—within easy walking distance of both venues—is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.
Garland is uniquely qualified to talk about the True Grit costumes, as she worked with Academy Award nominee costume designer Mary Zophres, who designed the costumes for the film.  (Zophres was also nominated for an Academy Award for the costume design for La La Land.) For the exhibition, Paramount Pictures has loaned four costumes worn during filming by the main characters.
Actor Jeff Bridges wore the U.S. Marshall Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn costume that will appear in the exhibition, and Matt Damon wore the Texas Ranger La Beouf costume that will be displayed. Two of the costumes worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie Ross, will be included.
Garland believes that how we dress is a powerful language that communicates who we are as individuals and as a people. She has consulted with Academy Award-winning costume designers at the world-famous Western Costume Company’s Costume Archive and Research Library.
Garland has worked closely with designers—Mary Zophres, Colleen Atwood, Arianne Phillips, Sandy Powell, and Janey Bryant—on film and television costuming projects.  As a museum collections manager, she supervised the growth of Western Costume Company’s valuable 6,000 piece film/television costume archive. The internship program she initiated there provided more than 200 students with training for careers in costume, library science, and museum studies.
Since 2014, Garland has worked as an independent consultant. Her clients have included Walt Disney Pictures, Electronic Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, and The Autry Museum. The legacy project she spearheaded with UCLA’s Department of Oral History to record the personal and professional stories of talented artists working in costume for film and television has become a valuable model.
Garland currently teaches Costume History at Otis College of Art and Design. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she also holds a certificate in Museum Collections Management from California State University Long Beach, which has honored her for outstanding contributions to education.
The Massillon Museum is one of only 77 organizations nationally—the only institution in Ohio—to receive NEA Big Read grant funding for the 2016–2017 cycle. MassMu will distribute 1,600 free copies of True Grit, along with calendar bookmarks, to local schools, organizations, and individuals. The Museum has been selected to participate in the NEA Big Read for ten consecutive years. By the end of this NEA Big Read project, it will have distributed 23,535 free books to encourage reading among local residents.
In addition to the NEA grant in partnership with Arts Midwest, funding is provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.  For a complete listing of local NEA Big Read events, pick up a bookmark at the Museum’s reception desk, where free books will be available as long as the supply lasts, or visit http://www.massillonmuseum.org/the-big-read.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
April Olsen, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager / NEA Big Read Coordinator  –  330-833-4061 x104

Westward Ho! to Open at the Massillon Museum

The Massillon Museum is promoting literacy and celebrating True Grit by Charles Portis during the Massillon community’s tenth annual NEA Big Read program. One of the 30 events planned to enhance readers’ enjoyment of the book will be an exhibition, Westward Ho! True Grit Themes in Costumes and Artifacts.

The exhibition will open in the second-floor gallery Saturday, March 11, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., during the NEA Big Read Kick-Off event. The exhibition includes costumes worn by stars of the 2010 film, True Grit, and Native American artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

To visually capture the True Grit characters’ personalities, Academy Award Nominee Mary Zophres designed costumes for the Coen Brothers’ 2010 Paramount Pictures film True Grit. For the exhibition, Paramount Pictures has loaned four costumes designed by Mary Zophres and worn during filming by the main characters.

Actor Jeff Bridges wore the U.S. Marshall Ruben J. “Rooster” Cogburn costume that will appear in the exhibition, and Matt Damon wore the Texas Ranger La Beouf costume that will be displayed.  Two of the costumes worn by actress Hailee Steinfeld, who played Mattie, will be included.

The book is set in 1870s Arkansas and Oklahoma, when conflicts between American Indians and westward-bound settlers were frequent. Portis references the Choctaw nation several times in his book. Along with the costumes on loan from Paramount Pictures, many artifacts from the American Indian collection at the Massillon Museum will be displayed, including some from the Choctaw Nation, as well as artifacts from the Delaware and Shawnee tribes, who lived in Ohio.

Among the Native American artifacts to be included are implements made and used in the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Prehistoric, Mississippian, and Historic periods.  Especially interesting objects will include a stone animal effigy, hammerstones, a pestle, projectile points, and stone tools.

While the NEA Big Read extends only until April 25, the exhibition will continue through May 14. It can be seen during regular Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this year’s NEA Big Read will be Bobi Garland, who worked with Mary Zophres on the costuming for the film. The keynote event will take place on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre, immediately following a public reception at the Massillon Museum. For a complete list of all True Grit-related events, visit massillonmuseum.org or pick up a free book and calendar bookmark at the Museum’s reception desk from March 11 until the supply is depleted.

Selected as the only community in Ohio to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in 2017, the Massillon Museum is one of only 77 organizations nationally to receive NEA Big Read grant funding for the 2016–2017 cycle.

The Museum will distribute 1,700 free copies of True Grit, along with bookmarks, to local schools, organizations, and individuals. It has been selected to participate in the NEA Big Read since the second year of the national program. By the end of the Museum’s tenth Big Read project this year, the Museum will have distributed 23,535 free books to encourage reading among local residents.

In addition to the NEA grant, funding is provided by Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, Rotary Club of Massillon, and ArtsinStark. Local organizations and individuals collaborating with the Massillon Museum include:  the Massillon Public Library, Stark Parks, Massillon/North Canton Elks Lodge #2029, The Artful Living Program, Walsh University Museum Studies Club, Washington High School Drama Department, Visit Canton, and many community volunteers. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to augment its primary local funding.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Enjoy MassMu Virtual Exhibits from Home

Do you wish you could see some of the Massillon Museum’s amazing collections, but you just don’t want to venture out in the winter weather? More than 160 virtual galleries can be seen on the Museum’s website (massillonmuseum.org) from the warmth of your own home.
The Massillon Museum collects and preserves more than 60,000 photographs, most documenting Western Stark County people, places, and events. Because only a small portion of those images can be exhibited in the Museum’s galleries at one time, MassMu initiated the virtual galleries to help share local history consistently.
One virtual gallery is filled with aerial views photographed from planes and upper floors of buildings—landmarks such as the Stark Drive-In Theater, the original course of the Tuscarawas River, the Grand Theatre, and the old central firehouse can be seen. The “Buildings” gallery includes pictures of the Sugar Bowl, the Republic Steel office building, Massillon State Hospital castle-like buildings and landscaped grounds, Russell and Company, and the construction of the McClymonds Building. Another gallery features downtown Massillon through the decades. School buildings and classes fill another section.
Some galleries document important events in Massillon’s past:  the mid-century flood control project, parades, Coxey’s March, Labor Day celebrations, and the 1898 Merchants Street Fair. Extreme weather events are recorded in another gallery. Sports photographs fill yet another segment:  baseball, the professional Massillon Tigers, the Washington High School Tigers, and Paul Brown.
It is also possible to read Massillon City Council minutes from 1853 to 1870 or view samples of wallpaper used in local homes between 1870 and 1950.  One category is devoted to dog portraits.
Want a little more action?  Watch 38 local-interest videos posted by MassMu on YouTube (youtube.com/massillonmuseum). Among them are The Greatest Generation:  Massillon in the 1930s” with narration by Bill Plotts, Herbert and Harold Schrader, Ruth Kane, and Mark Ross; “A Massillon Fire Department Run to Massillon State Hospital” in 1958, and “Massillon Memories” with Frank and Rudy Turkal from about 1970.
MassMu Archivist Mandy Pond, volunteers, and interns regularly add images to the virtual exhibits and the videos on YouTube. Like the physical galleries inside the Massillon Museum, there’s always something exciting to see.
Ready to brave the weather outside?  Visit the Museum to see:  Celebration in Art, St. Mary’s Church Restoration: Photography by Joe Albert (through February 19), Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio (through February 12), From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection and the Immel Circus. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

Studio M to Feature Artwork by Michael Weiss

Whimsical Worlds of Wonder by Michael Weiss, the next Studio M exhibition at the Massillon Museum, will open Saturday, February 25, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room.

The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception, which will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017.

“This body of work is like a storybook,” says the artist. “Each piece is like a page from a book, only neither the beginning of the story nor the ending is always clear. Some of the stories are obvious; some are hidden a little deeper. Like a good adventure story, we wait with bated breath as we turn the page and continue reading.”

Inspiration comes to Weiss from book titles and quotes, song lyrics, and movie taglines. Once the seeds of a few words are planted in his mind, his imagination takes over. Many of his titles appear to viewers as wordplay.

Michael Weiss is a Canton-based artist who brings a whimsical, yet mysterious, flair to his work. Through a combination of drawings photography, paintings, and digital artistry, his works create a world where words tumble off pages, children transform into angels, and boats soar through the sky on journeys into the unknown.

The artist’s work has been published in Stark Anthology, Somerset Magazine, and Incite: Dreams Realized. He won numerous design and illustration awards as the associate graphics editor at The Repository.Currently, he is the creative services manager with Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron. To see more of his work, visit michaelweiss.carbonmade.com.

A veteran of Desert Storm, Weiss was selected as NCO of the Year, 1990. He holds a bachelor of fine arts with a drawing major and an illustration minor from the University of Akron.  Among his recent artistic awards are the 2013 Associated Press of Ohio Best Graphic Artist award, the 2010 GateHouse Media Best Multimedia Project award and Special Recognition for Design, and a 2010 ADDY award for a magazine cover.

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

Guests at the Studio M exhibition opening can also take a first look at the Blind Spot:A Matter of Perception exhibition in the main gallery. From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection, Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and The Immel Circus can be seen in the second-floor galleries.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting massillonmuseum.org.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon. Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

 

 

Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception

The Massillon Museum’s Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception exhibition will be a compilation of more than a dozen components with the hope of reaching persons with low vision and blindness as well as sighted patrons.

The free public exhibition opening will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event will include refreshments inspired by paintings in the exhibition and a performance of specially commissioned music at 4:00 p.m.  Persons with blindness and low vision and their guests will be welcomed at 1:30 p.m.  The Massillon Museum members’ preview will begin at 2:00 p.m. No reservations will be necessary.  The exhibition will continue through May 23, 2017.

Blind Spot is based on ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum’s permanent collection.  Each painting will be accompanied by a small-scale, three-dimensional aluminum model and a braille label, which all visitors will be invited to touch.  Large-print labels will also be displayed.

Ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum permanent collection

Artists include Richard Andres, David Appleman, Julius Faysash, Clare Ferriter, Richard Florsheim, Sherri Hornbrook, Leo Thomas Kissell, Walter Quirt, and Theodoros Stamos (represented by two paintings).

Large-print labels

High-contrast, large-print labels affixed to the wall at appropriate heights throughout the exhibition will help visitors with low vision enjoy the paintings.

Braille labels

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Ohio, will produce exhibition labels in braille.

Tactile gallery maps

Gallery maps with raised information, also provided by Clovernook Center, will help guests with low vision and blindness navigate through the exhibition independently.

An aluminum tactile model of each painting

Canton artist David McDowell has created a three-dimensional aluminum tactile model of each artwork.  Visitors will be able to feel the shapes in the paintings.

An iPad touchscreen soundscape app for each painting

Classic Interactions has created an app for each painting with audible descriptions of the artwork, and sounds inspired by the painting.  These sounds were developed with help from Barry Stirbens and Jan Stirbens, both of whom have congenital blindness.  The Philomatheon Society of the Blind provided tactile stickers to adhere to the iPads to help patrons with blindness locate the audible home screen buttons.

Tactile response artworks created by students 

Students at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, Ohio, will create ceramic sculptures based on their responses to soundscapes described by co-curators Barry Stirbens and Jan Stirbens, and developed into apps by Classic Interactions to audibly describe the visual paintings.

Accessible exhibition design

Carpet donated by Fred’s Carpets in Canton will help patrons who use canes to locate interactive stations.

Low-vision simulator goggles 

Sighted patrons may borrow goggles that replicate central scotomas (blind spots) so they can experience the exhibition from the perspective of a person with age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the leading cause of low vision in the developed world.

Tours

Accessible tours of the entire Museum are available upon request.  Advance reservations are required.

Braille workshop

Erin Byrne will offer a four-session “Fundamentals of Reading Braille” workshop on Saturdays, April 22 and 29, May 6 and 13, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, the workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Performance of music commissioned for the exhibition opening

At the exhibition opening—Saturday, February 18, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.—a Canton Symphony Orchestra quartet will perform three compositions inspired by three paintings in the exhibition. Students in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship composed the pieces.

“Do the Mu”

David McDowell, who created the tactile models for the exhibition, will lead the free monthly “Do the Mu” workshop on Saturday, March 4, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Participants in the intergenerational drop-in workshop will create tactile sculptures based on MassMu’s abstract painting collection.

Brown Bag Lunch

The free monthly event will feature a panel discussion with Blind Spot developers—curator Heather Haden, co-curator Barry Stirbens, and artist David McDowell—on Tuesday, May 23, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Photography Workshop

Mark Andres, son of Richard Andres, whose painting Carnival IV is in the exhibition, will lead a photography workshop for persons of all vision levels on Saturday, May 20.  Andres founded Seeing with Photography Collective, a collective of photographers who are blind or have low vision that has exhibited work around the world.

Performance of original music composed for Blind Spot

The Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Alex Cooke, Joseph Tolonen, and Qingye Wu, students in the Cleveland Institute of Arts Composer Fellowship.  The compositions were inspired by paintings in the Blind Spot exhibition.

The Massillon Museum and museums internationally have begun designing exhibitions more universally to advocate for enhanced arts access, especially following the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2015.  Blind Spot is a concerted effort by the Massillon Museum to address access for as many audiences as possible.

 

The concept of this exhibition has been germinating in Massillon Museum Curator Heather Haden’s mind for a number of years.  “In 2011, in advance of starting a curatorial internship at the Massillon Museum, I attended the Faces of Rural America exhibition,” said Museum Curator Heather Haden.  “Our current director, then-curator, Alexandra Nicholis Coon, had commissioned four local artists to each translate a photograph into a tactile model with braille.  At the time I encountered Faces of Rural America, I was reading, for leisure, Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, a work of fiction about an art critic who goes blind in a terrible car accident.  Simultaneously, I was a masters student of art history at Kent State focusing on the history of abstract painting and I thought to myself, if I were to lose my sight, how could I possibly enjoy abstract art?”

 

Haden received a grant through the Ohio Arts Council to attend the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability conference in Pittsburgh in August 2016 to support exhibition development.

 

Blind Spot sponsors include Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, and Fred’s Carpets. Western Reserve Public Media is the media sponsor. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.  Yund’s Carwash and Detail, Bates Printing, MCTV, Cyrus Custom Framing, The Dell Group, Farmers National Bank, Bonnie’s Engravers Gallery and Signs, Massillon Development Foundation, and the Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce helped provide exhibition support through corporate membership.

 

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.

 

Massillon Museum to Offer Couples’ Clay Workshop for Valentine’s Day

Share some creative fun with someone you love! The Massillon Museum will offer a one-day clay workshop for adults on Sunday, February 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. All levels of ceramics skill are welcome. Space is limited.
Instructor Kaitlyn Gutshall, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, will lead the session. Currently, as a graduate student at Kent State University, she is working toward a master’s degree with concentration in museum studies.
The class fee—$35 per couple ($30 for Museum members)—includes instruction and materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by February 6. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.

 Massillon Museum to Offer Kids’ Acrylic Painting Workshop 

 

Children in grades one through five can learn how to paint a winter scene step-by-step in the Massillon Museum’s Kids’ Acrylic Painting workshop. The one-day session will meet on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The class fee, $18 ($15 per Museum member), includes instruction and supplies. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by January 23. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.

Gibson is an artist and art teacher whose artistic inspiration comes mainly from nature. Although she works primarily with acrylic paints and pencil, she also creates jewelry using hardware, and has worked with a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, mixed media, and wood. She is a licensed visual arts teacher, with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ashland College and a Master of Education in Integrated Arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.

 

Massillon Museum to Host Mia Meow’s Art Adventures

Children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten (accompanied by an adult) are invited to attend Mia Meow’s Art Adventures with artist BZTAT at the Massillon Museum. Participants will follow Mia Meow’s adventures as she tells stories and explores her world through art activities. Visit miameow.com to learn more about the artist and her artwork.
The three-session class will meet on Sundays, February 5, 12, and 19, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
The class fee—$25 ($20 per Museum member)—includes materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by January 30. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Mia Meow is a colorful cat character created by animal artist BZTAT (Vicki Boatright). The character is based on a real cat named Mia Meow who lives with four other cats in the artist’s home and studio. Rescued as a kitten from a feral colony, Mia has brought much fun and mischief to the artist’s world. The artist was inspired to create the Mia Meow character as a way to bring arts integration activities to children by encouraging storytelling and creative experiences.
BZTAT specializes in boldly colorful customized pet portraits—unique and contemporary whimsical drawings, paintings, and prints of cats, dogs, and other companion animals.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots.