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Valentine’s Day Weekend in Stark County

Love is in the air in Stark County, and we’ve got the list of spots where you’ll want to be with the one you adore. From the casino to the symphony, Stark County is the place to be to make Valentine’s Day Weekend extra sweet!

For the Musical Lovebirds:

  • MasterWorks Young at Heart Concert
    When: February 14, 7:30PM
    Where: Umstattd Performing Arts Hall
    Tickets:  $25, $35, $45
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    What is more romantic than the story of the young love between Romeo and Juliet?  The CSO will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy on the MasterWorks concert “Young at Heart,”  featuring the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton Youth Symphony, and Canton native and current Juilliard School of Music scholarship violin student, William Shaub as guest soloist.
  • Scotty McCreery in Concert
    When: February 12, 8PM (doors open at 7:00PM)
    Where: Canton Palace Theatre
    Tickets: $44, $64
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    Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. By age 21, the talented singer/songwriter has sold nearly 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, and debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart! The concert is presented by Dusty Guitar Promotions and The Repository.

For the Foodie Sweethearts:

  • Addicted to Love
    When: February 13, 7-11PM
    Where: Fieldcrest Estate
    Tickets: $75 per couple
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    You might as well face it, you’re addicted to love.  Get your “fix” this Valentine’s Weekend with a couple’s treat featuring fondue appetizers and dessert with a full meal in between.  Choose from a chicken or vegetarian offering at just $75 per couple with cozy seating and heart- pumping tunes played by Canton’s own DJ Nikolina. Cash bar. Reservations can be made by calling (330) 966-2222 or visiting Book a room at the Inn and really make it a night!

For the Casino Casanovas:  

  • Canton Ballet’s Red Velvet Party Casino Royale
    When: February 12, 6:30PM for VIP Guests, 7PM for Casino Guests
    Where: The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography
    Tickets: $75 General Admission, $125 VIP
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    A fun-filled evening with dinner by Brookside Country Club, a cash bar, live music, as well as Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Russian Roulette, Craps tables, and slot machines presented by Great Lakes Casino Events. You may wish to take a chance with the different raffles that will offer very special items such as trips and getaways, gift certificates, exceptional wines, and more! Start the party early and be a VIP guest who will enjoy a private wine and champagne tasting in the Belden loft.

For the Artsy Admirers:

  • Valentine’s Couples’ Clay Workshop
    When: February 13, 1:00-3:00PM
    Where: Massillon Museum
    Tickets: $20 per couple for Members / $25 per couple for Non-Members
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    Share some creative fun with someone you love during a one-day clay workshop for adults offered by the Massillon Museum. Instructor Kaitlyn Gutshall, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, will lead the session. The registration fee includes instruction and materials. Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Participants may register by phone at 330-833-4061.
  • Studio Arts & Glass Sweetheart Sale
    When: February 12, 10AM-6PM; February 13, 10AM-5PM
    Where: Studio Arts & Glass Sweetheart Sale
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    Give your Valentine a unique gift of glass to treasure forever by visiting the Sweetheart Sale at Studio Arts & Glass!  Browse an extensive selection of stunning, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces. Studio Arts & Glass features wearable art, stunning jewelry, glass flowers, hearts, hand-blown vases, and so much more!

For the Cultural Heartthrobs:

  • Discover Downtown Celebration
    When: February 12, 5-9PM
    Where: North Market Street in Downtown Minerva
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    Minerva’s Discover Downtown celebration will highlight the arts, shopping, and food/drink available on North Market Street. Kishman’s IGA has craft beer and wine tastings; the Market Street Art Spot is celebrating its fifth anniversary; All About the House and Soul Creations have great sales on their unique gifts; McFeeders Tae Kwon Do and Komodo Dragon Martial Arts both invite visitors to observe classes. Al & Dave’s Pizza and Que Pasa are open and offering extensive menus. Pick up a map at any participating business, get it initialed or stamped at six or more locations, and return it to the Art Spot by 9:00PM to be entered in the raffle to win gift certificates to local vendors valued from $10-$200!

For the Theatrical Paramours:

  • Murdered by the Mob, A Roaring ’20s Gangster Murder Mystery
    When: February 12 at 7PM (doors open at 6PM)
    Where: Skyland Pines Event Center
    Tickets: $35
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    Enjoy a night of mystery dinner theatre as performers from Louisville Community Theatre turn Skyland Pines into “D’Angelo’s,” the hottest speakeasy in all of Chicago. If you think the ‘20s are roaring, you ain’t heard nothin’ ‘til you’ve been to this joint! Ticket price includes dinner (choice of entree) and a uniquely interactive performance. Cash bar.  For reservations, call 330-685-1927 or email

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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

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 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%.)

Call for Entries for the Great Minerva Banner Mural Contest

ArtsinStark and the 20/20 Vision Minerva Committee are installing banner murals on buildings in downtown along historic “Market Street” (Hart Mansion to West Line Street) to celebrate the work of Minerva area artists.

We are inviting Minerva artists who currently live, or were born, within five miles of Minerva, OH to send in paintings or drawings for consideration. Up to five entries will be selected to be part of the first series banner murals. The banner murals will be installed in the spring of 2016. Each winning artist will be awarded $250 for permission to use their image on one of the banner murals. Winning entries will be determined through a “blind” process where a professional judge will select the winning entries based only on the images provided, without any of biographical information on the artist submitted with the entry.

Any Minerva area professional, amateur, or student artists are invited to submit up to three images for consideration. All submissions need to be received by email or by hard mail by 5 pm on December 31.

Email applications should be sent to:
Hard mail applications should be sent to: Justy Boggs, ArtsinStark, P.O. Box 21190, Canton, OH 44701-1190

All applications must include the following information:

1. Name
2. Minerva Area Address (if currently living within five miles of Minerva)
3. Birth address (if born within five miles of Minerva)
4. Phone number
5. Email Address
6. Hard mail Address
7. Age as either: under 18, or 18 years up

Rimke’s Realistic Retrospective at the Art Spot

By Laurie Fife Harbert

The Market Street Art Spot welcomes all to an opening reception tonight (Friday, November 13) from 5-9 p.m. The exhibited work by Lynda Rimke is a must-see for fans of traditional landscapes. Entitled ‘Lynda Rimke: RetroSpective,’ the show features mostly plein air (painted outdoors on sight) watercolors, with a few drawings and oil paintings thrown in for good measure. The art featured in her retrospective was completed during the 10-year period of 2005 to 2015.

Two dozen framed works grace the front gallery walls, while smaller unframed, matted originals by Rimke are also available for perusal. The landscapes feature deserts, mountains, sea scenes, and traditional landscapes dotted with flowers, streams, trees, and architecture. True-to-life color choices and well-chosen framing lend an air of cohesion to the overall display. A few realistic black and white portraits complete the exhibit.

Rimke Old Corn Planter 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />Rimke, of Waynesburg, has been an artist for most of her life. She holds a BFA from Kent State University, where her direct painting methods were instilled by renowned northeast Ohio artist Joseph O’Sickey. Her traditional, painterly-yet-realistic style is well honed and she has fully mastered the challenges of plein air painting. Apparently talent runs in the family, as Lynda’s husband, Patrick Rimke, will be performing live music during the reception. The exhibit will be on view through December 5.

Art Spot Art 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />The Market Street Art Spot is a co-operative gallery space nestled in the heart of charming, historic downtown Minerva. Founded in February of 2011, the arts organization has earned a fine reputation for its eclectic exhibits and enthusiastic support by the community. In addition to monthly shows, the space features the work of the five resident artists and up to 25 display artists on a rotating basis. A great selection of 3-D works, jewelry, pottery and framed originals in a variety of price ranges are available. Located at 291 North Market Street, it is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and for special events. Appointments may be made to visit during other times by calling 330-868-7900 or emailing

LaurieHarbert_Headshot 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />Laurie Fife Harbert is a writer, a Canton native, an ailurophile, a visual artist, a bibliophile, a mother of two, and an oenophile—not necessarily in that order.