Category Archives: North Canton

ArtsinStark Awards $1.1 million in Grants

At its December 13 board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,091, 000 in grants to 28 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “These dollars all come from donors to the Annual Arts Campaign,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan, “and the programs we support reach more than 200,000 people every year.” 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 the seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,058,500. “What these big arts organizations bring to Canton and Stark County is just amazing,” says Duncan Darby, who chaired the Operating Grants Committee. “They not only delight those of us who are lucky enough to live and work here — they attract thousands of visitors who come into Stark County to experience this arts and entertainment explosion.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 129,500 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 $ 257,000 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.

Canton Symphony $ 328,500 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.

Massillon Museum $ 65,000 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.

Palace Theatre $ 45,000 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.

Players Guild Theatre $ 191,000 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.

Voices of Canton $ 42,500 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

$1,058,500

Special Project Grants go to 21 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $32,740. Alliance Area Preservation Society will present a play on the Abolitionist Movement. The Massillon Public Library will offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children. “Over the last 10 years we’ve awarded more than $1.5 million to over 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every single community in Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. “It is so exciting to see the impact these arts projects are having.” Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Org /Artist City Award New Project
Alliance Area Preservation Society Alliance 985 To present a play on the Abolitionist Movement
Bennett, Jessica & Doug Canton 750 To curate an exhibit of artistic chopsticks with local artists
Bonilla, Lindsay County-wide 750 To bring storytelling programs to the Hispanic community
Camp Buckeye County-wide 3,440 To provide an art and nature camp for women
Canton Fiber Arts Guild Alliance 750 To hold a fiber arts event at a nature center
Child & Adolescent Behav. Health Canton 3,500 To offer Kintsugi pottery classes for a children’s treatment program
Coming Together Stark County Canton 2,000 To present an original musical on American women in history
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. Canton 3,200 To hold a Take Back the Night event focusing on victims and survivors
En-Rich-Ment Canton 2,500 To present garden concerts & parade for Shorb/Summit neighborhood
Goodwill Industries Canton 3,500 To document Goodwill moments through photography of David Dingwell
Joseph, Craig Canton 750 To curate a traveling exhibition, The Odyssey in 3D
Kiko-Cozy, Kris Canton 750 To provide music lessons for emotionally disabled children
Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Soc Louisville 750 To produce a living history tour in downtown Louisville
Malone University County-wide 2,800 To host a children’s book program for future educators
Massillon Public Library Massillon 825 To offer one month of music & rhythm classes for children
Michael Searching Bear County-wide 750 To present Native American history and music programs at libraries
Rossetti, Kristen Canton 750 To produce a theatre production of Russian folktale Stone Soup
Stahl, Bryan Massillon 750 To offer songwriting and performance workshops for teens & adults
The Grace Project Canton 1,740 To sponsor monthly art and wellness retreats with local artists
The Illusion Factory Canton 750 To present The Emperor’s New Clothes to preschoolers
YMCA, Paul & Carol David County-wide 750 To offer art classes to childcare programs with artist Vicki Boatright

32,740

ArtsinStark will be announcing more grant awards in the Spring as part of the work it does in county schools and in using the arts to revitalize our downtowns.

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 2017 the Campaign raised $1.7 million to become the only united arts fund drive in America to ever make goal for 12 years in a row. (Over the last decade we have increased private sector giving to the arts by 85%.)

Little Art Gallery Permanent Collection: Ten-Year Retrospective

The upcoming Ten-Year Retrospective exhibition show in the Little Art Gallery features artwork that has been added to the gallery’s permanent collection during Elizabeth Blakemore’s tenure as curator. The exhibit will be on display December 11, 2017 through January 21, 2018. Pieces included celebrate the development of the Little Art Gallery’s permanent collection for the past decade. Multifaceted works selected for the show the show include ceramics, blown glass, metalsmithing, mezzotint, painting, drawing and more with pieces dated 1890 to 2014 from the following artists:

 

Ferdinand A. Brader, Ken (KC) Carter, Dan Chrzanowski, Frank Dale, Ted Davis, Lynn Digby, Jerry Domokur, Bette G. Elliott, Laurie Fife Harbert, Russ Hench, Joseph Hertzi, Pam LaRocco, Ted Lawson, Joseph Martino, Nancy Stewart Matin, Jack McWhorter, Pam Neff, William Shearrow, Clyde Singer, Lowell E. Smith, Lisa Vincenzo, Annette Yoho-Feltes

 

“As curator, the first part of my mission has included addressing both the preservation and conservation needs of the permanent collection,” said Blakemore, who became curator of the gallery in 2007. In the decade she has served as curator, many gallery updates have been made including conservation of the collection after an evaluation of each piece, installation of LED lighting, and an upgraded security system. “The development of the collection, also important, continued to focus on the artists in stark county who have made an impact in the art world on the community,” added Blakemore.

 

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is home to a permanent collection of more than 200 pieces of original artwork by area artists and those whose work has had an impact on our community. The gallery is the sole art organization to have a collection with its primary focus on artists in Stark County. All pieces in the permanent collection can be viewed on the library’s website.

 

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Drumming with Heroes

WHO: Warrior Beat, an organization enriching the lives of military veterans through professionally facilitated group drumming, and the veterans they serve.
 
WHAT: Opportunities to join drum circles led by Warrior Beat’s Trevor Meyer, information tables staffed by local organizations offering service to veterans, access to the vast collection of veteran related materials offered in the North Canton Public Library’s collection of books, movies and more, and an opportunity to meet veterans including World War II P-51 pilot, Bob Withee. 

Warrior Beat recently gifted Withee with a drum painted by local artist Terry Fairchild. The drum features an image of the P-51 plane Withee flew in the war as a tribute to his service.

The drum painted for Withee inspired four Vietnam combat veterans who are associated with Warrior Beat to use their own artistic talents to paint drums that will be auctioned to raise funds for the organization. The four drums will be sold via silent auction at the Drumming with Heroes event. Funds raised through sale of the painted drums will help to put drums in the hands of more Stark County veterans. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 19

5:30 p.m.
Posting of Colors (American Legion)
National Anthem (North Canton Middle School Choir Member)
Taps (American Legion Bugler)
Blessing of the Drums, Recruits, Fallen (Master Chief Jim Scalf, Honor Court)

6:00 p.m.
Drum Circle Begins (Little Art Gallery/Patio)
Refreshments
Information Tables
            Warrior Beat
            WWII Veteran, Bob Withee
            Veterans’ Service Commission
            SAM Center
            VET Center
            Vets in Recovery
            Marines
            Army
            Honor Court

7:15 p.m.
Auction Bidding Ends

7:30 p.m.
Event Concludes
 
WHERE: North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main Street in North Canton
 

The Little Art Gallery announces its upcoming exhibit featuring paintings and drawings by Emily Vigil.

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host artist, Emily Vigil’s, exhibit “Landscapes Lost and Found” beginning November 2, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through December 3, 2017. An opening reception, hosted by the Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome.

 

Artist Statement and Statement of Show

“When I was a student, I was often counseled to begin by ‘writing what I know.’ Similarly, my undergraduate art education included countless hours of drawing ‘what I saw.’ Sometimes I felt as though I couldn’t possibly wring any more expression from drapery in a corner, or from a lowly egg and its cast shadow. I longed for the ability to take the leaps of freedom performed by my Art History heroes: Matisse, Turner, El Greco, or Rauschenberg. I was impatient to push past skill building, to express what I felt in my gut, to tap into the universal beyond the specific. But I am so glad that I drew and painted what I saw, as that is how I learned to enjoy the process of perception itself, and become aware of the scaffolding of sight. Besides, I learned to love manipulating art materials: pigment, water, medium, paper, wood, or canvas. I am no longer a university student or instructor. I still believe that primary experience is important, but after years of limiting my art goals to the boundaries of my personal experience, I have given myself permission to approach the edge of an imagined place, of an imagined time. Maybe even someone else’s place or time, as long as that place is one I can approach respectfully through an authentic connection.”

 

~Lost ~

“Follow me on this journey, by delving into mixed media acrylics and collages that chronicle some unreachable places or times. While some of these places are wholly constructed, Chasm, Crest, and Heritage all relate to true stories from my family, set in specific locations in the past: thirty, forty and over two hundred years ago. The details of these stories will never be known, only imagined.”

 

~Found~

“Nursery (StarkFresh Hoophouse) is the first in a series I am creating about community gardens in Stark County. I am lucky to have witnessed the remarkable transformation of a small plot of land in Canton into a tiny but vibrant urban farm, through diligence of growers from ICAN Housing, under the direction of StarkFresh. I can’t wait until I have a full season of source material to paint the abundance brought forth from this and other community gardens tended to right here around us. Over the course of 2016 and early 2017, I will be chronicling this and other community garden spaces in Stark County through a body of artwork very much grounded in my present day, solid connection to this place, our place.”

 

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Estate Sale: Thursday, October 12th – Friday, October 20th

Fieldcrest Estate will be hosting an Estate Sale beginning Thursday, October 12th and running through Friday, October 20th, 2017. Now is your chance to check out the historic Hoover family farm and see what cool stuff there is to be discovered, before it’s too late. All items in the sale are from Fieldcrest Estate, and were once used on property, or in storage & are now looking for a new home!

These items include, but are not limited to: antiques, industrial equipment, old tools, indoor/outdoor furniture, children school furniture, seasonal decorations, brand new Halloween costumes & props, The Coop Gift Shop clearance items. . . and SO much more.

SALE HOURS:

Weekdays 10 am – 6 pm Weekends 10 am – 4pm

For any further questions please contact our Welcome Center at (330) 966-2222.

Fieldcrest Estate

1346 Easthill (55th) St. SE North Canton, OH 44720 October 12th – 20th, 2017 www.FieldcrestEstate.com

Combat Veterans Find Peace Through Drumming

The North Canton Public Library is honored to host Warrior Beat and a number of the veterans who have found hope and healing through the organization’s drum therapy program for an advocacy and fundraising event, Drumming with Heroes, Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to meet World War II P-51 pilot, Bob Withee. Warrior Beat CEO and chief facilitator, Trevor Meyer, met Withee through Warrior Beat’s drum therapy program at Heritage Villas,
a senior living facility in North Canton. “We meet a lot of amazing veterans through our programs and Bob just really inspired our team. I mean it’s not often you get to spend time with a World War II vet who was shot down four times in combat. Bob is the definition of a hero,” said Meyer, a Navy Veteran.

Warrior Beat recently gifted Withee with a drum painted by local artist Terry Fairchild. The drum features an image of the P-51 plane Withee flew in the war as a tribute to his service.

The drum painted for Withee inspired four Vietnam combat veterans who are associated with Warrior Beat
to use their own artistic talents to paint drums that will be auctioned to raise funds for the organization. “We have these great guys who served in Vietnam and drum with us and volunteer their time to help us and I had no idea they were artists. I’m blown away by their talent,” said Meyer. The four drums will be sold via silent auction at the Drumming with Heroes event. Funds raised through sale of the painted drums will help to put drums in the hands of more Stark County veterans.

In addition to meeting veterans and bidding on drums, those who attend Drumming with Heroes will have opportunities to join a drum circle led by Meyer, to visit information tables staffed by local organizations offering service to veterans and to peruse the vast collection of related materials offered in the North Canton Public Library’s collection of books, movies and more.

Warrior Beat is a non-profit organization that promotes healing, well-being, reintegration and fellowship for military veterans through professionally facilitated group drumming. Drumming focuses attention and entrains brainwave activity leading to the alleviation of severe anxiety, depression and other symptoms associated with PTSD and substance abuse recovery.

For additional information about the Drumming for Heroes event, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

The North Canton Playhouse Presents Auditions for “Orphan Train”

The NORTH CANTON PLAYHOUSE
Center for the Performing Arts
  Is pleased to announce the next show in our “SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH” program!
S.O.Y. is an educational outreach that presents dramatic plays to students
in schools throughout Stark County and surrounding area schools.
Educating students through the ARTS!
We will be holding auditions for
 “ORPHAN TRAIN”
Friday Oct. 6th at 6:30pm and Sat. Oct. 7th at 3:00pm
To sign up for AUDITIONS or for questions or more information,
email Delorna Toy:  delornatoy@gmail.com
        AUDITIONS will be held at NCP’s Main Stage @ 525 7th ST N.E.  North Canton
(on the Hoover High school campus)
 
ROLES include:   4- males ages 13-18, 5- females ages 9-16, or can pass for these
  2-3 male adults ages 20-60, 2 female adults ages 20-60
     This show will be taken to and performed at school locations during school hours and performed
for students in a class or many classes at a time. This is a continuing role/responsibility, as we will work throughout the entire school year as shows are booked. We need people who can be available for shows with a two-week notice. Most schools recognize this program as an educational service to the school community, and students/ cast members can be excused for the absent time of the day that shows are performed. Individuals will need to check with their schools for details.
     Adults who are cast will be asked to assist the director with transportation of cast members from our Youth Theatre to the school location.   Cast members are responsible for transportation to the Youth Theatre and to be picked up after performances.
“Orphan Train” is a play that tells the story of 9 orphans on a train that left New York City on
 May 28th, 1914, and traveled to U.S. Midwestern towns in search for homes for the children. This play is an excellent supplement to classroom American History courses.
  * We are very proud that “Spotlight on Youth” is our oldest educational outreach program, being in existence since 1989! This interactive drama has proven to be a most effective teaching tool, eliciting emotional responses that are vivid and lasting! 

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK ANNOUNCES 2017-18 THEATRE SEASON

Three groundbreaking productions featured this academic year
 
A man spontaneously transitions into a woman, Jesus Christ makes an appearance on the Home Shopping Network and the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy will be examined this theatre season at Kent State University at Stark.
 
In keeping with its tradition of staging contemporary and thought-provoking plays year after year, Kent State Stark Theatre ups the ante with three cutting-edge productions for the 2017-18 season:
 
Consider the Oyster
By David MacGregor
 
Auditions: Sept. 6 & 7 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: Nov. 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12 & 19 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning October 30.
 
After watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, Gene spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend Marisa, and in the midst of his excitement, breaks his leg. The oyster shell the doctor leaves in Gene’s leg to aid in healing sets off a chain reaction of odd feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Just as an oyster changes from male to female over the course of its life, Gene is changing, too. He begins to question his feelings for his new fiancée, and his relationships with friends and family become awkward and strange. Watch as gender identity and humor explode on stage in comical, yet thought-provoking, ways.
 
 
Virtual Devotion
By Eric Coble
 
Auditions: November 28 & 29 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: Feb. 23 & 24; March 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 & March 4 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning February 12.
 
It’s the end of the world as we know it; pollution, terrorism and disease have taken over humanity. Pete, Anne and Ruth attempt to sell their faith to nonbelievers in various, and sometimes violent, ways, as a last-ditch effort to save souls, including their own. Through a series of ironic, laughable and most unfortunate events, all of the characters, including the returned Son of God, Jesus Christ, find one another on the Home Shopping Network selling religious artifacts. But now that they are finally together, is it too late to stop the ensuing Armageddon?
 
 
26 Pebbles
By Eric Ulloa
 
Auditions: January 30 & 31 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: April 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 & 22 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning April 2.
 
What happened to the people of Newtown, Conn., after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre? Months after the attack, Eric Ulloa held intimate interviews with members of the Newtown community, and created a play that nods to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This docudrama is a weave of verbatim interview excerpts from many people of Newtown as they recount the ripples that were made in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy, and the resulting push forward towards healing in their community.
 
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Directing Kent State Stark’s theatre productions is Brian Newberg, associate professor of theatre and theatre director with scenic and lighting design by Louis Williams, sound design by Ron Jarvis and costume design by Stephen Ostertag.
 
All upcoming productions will be performed at the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.
 
For additional information about the 2017-18 Kent State Stark theatre performances, including online ticket sales, box office hours, audition details and production team opportunities, visit www.kent.edu/stark/theatre. The Fine Arts Theatre Box Office phone number is 330-244-3348 and is staffed two weeks before a production opens.
 

THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR CONSIDER THE OYSTER SET FOR SEPT. 6 & 7 AT KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK

Auditions open to students and community members
The Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the first theatrical production of the season, Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor, and directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and members of the community. Kent State Stark encourages diversity in casting.
Consider the Oyster features Gene, who, after watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend Marisa. In the midst of his excitement, he breaks his leg. The oyster shell the doctor leaves in Gene’s leg to aid in healing sets off a chain reaction of odd feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in comical yet thought-provoking ways.
Auditions will be held on Sept. 6-7 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. 
Roles are available for two men and two women. No children. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, if they wish, and the director may also choose sides (selected scene excerpts) for some to perform. The production will be performed Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 at the Kent State Stark Theatre. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. and will occur five evenings a week until opening. Visit www.kent.edu/stark/theatre-auditions for more information about auditions for this production.
Roles
Gene: 20’s/30’s, male or female (character “transforms” from a straight male to a female during the play, not by his choice)
Eliot: 20’s/30’s, male, Gene’s best friend and roommate, who is openly gay and sassy
Marisa: 20’s/30’s, Gene’s fiancée, sweet and strong
Kay: 40’s/50’s, Marisa’s mother, a sharp tongued high-powered attorney who speaks her mind
Note: The age range of the actors playing these characters is flexible.
Scripts (and audition sides or scene excerpts used for the auditions) are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours in advance from the Fine Arts secretary by calling 330-244-5151, Monday through Friday, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The campus will be closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Scripts and audition sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Campus Learning Center (library). To learn more about Kent State Stark’s Theatre Department, visit www.kent.edu/stark/theatre.

Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, July 16, 2017 – In partnership with the Hoover Historical Center, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host Ellsworth Smith Painting the Town: His Legacy in North Canton and The Hoover Company, beginning Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This exhibition of artwork by well-respected local artist, Ellsworth Smith, will offer visitors a snapshot of his paintings featuring historic depictions of North Canton, including; a Hoover family residence, views of Main Street, The Hoover Company headquarters, North Canton Community Building, and much more.

Rare original cartoon strips drawn by Ellsworth Smith will also be featured in the exhibition along with archival objects from the collection of the Hoover Historical Center that feature the work of Ellsworth Smith in his role as Art Director of The Hoover Company, a position he held from 1922 through 1960, when he retired after 40 years with the company.

The exhibit will be on display in the Little Art Gallery Tuesday, August 8 through Saturday, September 30, 2017. A public reception and discussion will be hosted by the Little Art Gallery Tuesday August 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Additional artwork by Smith can be viewed at the Hoover Historical Center, which provides free guided tours each Thursday through Saturday afternoon at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. from March through October. The Hoover Historical Center is located at 1875 East Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

“This partnership between the gallery and the Hoover Historical Center emerged as a result of the opportunity to showcase Hoover Company history through art,” explained Elizabeth Blakemore, curator
for the Little Art Gallery. “The gallery has three original Ellsworth Smith watercolor pieces and three limited edition prints in our permanent collection; we’re really excited to showcase these as part of a more thorough collection of North Canton history through this exhibit,” she added.

Smith’s memoire, My Story, is available for viewing at the North Canton Public Library and can be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at the Hoover Historical Center for $10.

The Little Art Gallery was established in 1930 in a second floor room of the North Canton Public Library, then located in a frame house on Main Street where the North Canton YMCA currently stands. The Hoover Company and two Hoover Company employees, one of whom was Ellsworth Smith and the other, Esta Stoner, were instrumental in the conception of the gallery. The North Canton Public Library, located at 185. N. Main Street, continues to house the gallery, which is open regular library hours. Currently, the gallery’s permanent collection includes more than 200 pieces.