Category Archives: North Canton


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.
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 The Fine Arts Theatre Box Office phone number is 330-244-3348 and is staffed two weeks before a production opens.


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 for more information about auditions for this production.
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

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.

CSO Announces New Assistant Conductor

Canton Symphony Orchestra appoints

Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz as Assistant Conductor 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz has been named Assistant Conductor of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.  With this position, he becomes the Director of the Canton Youth Symphonies, and takes on the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s various educational concerts and pops series.

Matthew comes to the Canton Symphony Orchestra from New York City, NY, where he is conductor and Artistic Director of Apotheosis Opera.  Currently in its fourth season, Apotheosis Opera has scheduled Richard Strauss’ Capriccio for its summer opera experience.  Some of Matthew’s other conducting experiences in New York and New England include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Mannes Opera, and Wakefield Choral Society.  Other positions held by Matthew include accompanying The Charles River Chorale and Children’s Choir, and choir director and organist at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Holliston, MA.

Matthew earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, NY, and his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brown University in Providence, RI.  His primary teachers include David Hayes, Vittorio Parisi, Johnathan Schiffman, and James Fellenbaum.

Under Mr. Jaroszewicz’s direction, the Canton Youth Symphonies will perform 3 concerts during the 2017-2018 season.  The Canton Youth Symphonies, now three orchestras strong, give young musicians of all ages the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a full orchestra.  Auditions for this year’s Canton Youth Symphonies will be held at the end of August, dates are still pending.    Students interested in auditioning should call Irene Barker, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 330-452-3434 ext. 604 to reserve an audition time.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

2017 Patio Parties Summer Concert Series at the North Canton Public Library

Later this month, the North Canton Public Library will host its second annual Patio Parties series of concerts on the Little Art Gallery patio. The Patio Parties will begin at 12 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. on Fridays, July 21 and July 28. Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or dinner. The music will be friendly to all ages.

The reaction to the series, introduced in 2016, was extremely positive. “Based on the feedback about the last year’s Patio Parties, we knew we wanted to bring live music to downtown North Canton again this year,” explained Christina Weyrick, community relations manager for the library. “Several attendees asked if we might consider a 5 p.m. concert so those who work outside the city could attend, and we are excited to have added two 5 p.m. shows in addition to two 12 p.m. concerts this year,” she added.

The 2017 Lineup:

July 21 at noon – All Requests, All Hour with Dustin Allen

Dustin is a singer/songwriter from Ohio and front man of Cleveland-based rock band Hope for the Hollow.

July 21 at 5 p.m. – An Acoustic Show with Hope for the Hollow

Hope for the Hollow is a popular five-piece modern rock/pop outfit from Cleveland/Akron, Ohio.

July 28 at noon – The Angie Haze Project

Bells around her ankle, a handmade tambourine shoe, drums/percussion encircling her piano, a guitar, a cowbell, melodica, and a kazoo; Angie Haze, the Italian American, singer-songwriting entertainer, showcases herself as a one-woman band playing multiple instruments simultaneously while also singing.

July 28 at 5 p.m. – Erin Nicole Neal and The Chill Factors

Erin Nicole and The Chill Factors venture in several genres to collectively accommodate the members many years of experience between Blues, Jazz, Rock and Soul! Influences range from many artists including but not limited to: The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, AC/DC, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Chick Corea, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many more.

The North Canton Public Library has planned an Epic Summer of programming, events and reading clubs for 2017. The Epic Summer includes the Patio Parties, the Family Film Fridays outdoor film series held in Witwer Park the second Friday of June, July and August, a mobile farmer’s market at the library each Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and more! The result is a comprehensive summer of activity in the center of North Canton.

For additional information about the concert series or any of the library’s programs, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712×331 or

North Canton Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

The North Canton Playhouse presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Musical


Directed by Debbie Cardy

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 


Performance Dates: July 27 – August 13, 2017

Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)

Tickets:  General Admission $15

Story Time with Belle: Child Ticket $10, Accompanying Adult free

Tea Time with Mrs. Potts: Child Ticket $15, Adult Ticket $10

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at by clicking “Beauty and the Beast tickets”.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.



The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Story Time with Belle:

Come and listen to a story told by your favorite princess, Belle, with the help from some of her friends. There will be a special copy of the Little Golden Book of the original “Beauty and the Beast” story signed by the entire cast given out to all the children along with a treat. The event will cost $10 per child (accompanying parents are at no additional charge but they must make a reservation). Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.


Tea Time with Mrs. Potts:

Come and dine in our French provincial town and meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They will be coming around to the tables to visit and you will be able to get their autograph in a special coloring/autograph book designed just for this occasion. This will be a special “reservation only” lunch that will include a light meal (sandwiches, fruit and cookies) and all the tea you would like. Mrs. Potts will be sharing a few thoughts with the children as well as a story where the enchanted objects solve a  mystery along with the help of the audience. The parent meal does not include the autograph/coloring book and other extra items for the children. Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

“Xylographic – Biographic” Featuring the work of artist, William M. Bogdan, in the Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host William M. Bogdan’s art exhibit “Xylographic – Biographic” beginning June 15, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through July 15, 2017.

Xylography: the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique

Biography: an account of the series of events making up a person’s life

An opening reception, hosted by Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


     Artist Statement by William M. Bogdan

What kind of art do you do?” asked the lady artist whom I had just met.

“I do large black and white woodcuts.” I replied.

“No. I mean, ‘What kind of art do you do?’” she repeated in the exact same words but different emphasis and cadence.

“My art is autobiographical” I thought to say. This seemed to be the acceptable answer. But often since, I have wondered if this is true. True enough?

Upon graduation from the University of Akron with three plus years of accelerated art training, I knew for certain what course my life should take: I would be a book illustrator. While this didn’t happen as a career, it didn’t change that in art this is what I am, an illustrator – as such, one who tells the story visually in a straightforward representational manner – nothing too “artsy.”

But what story? What book? In 2013, I set about making a series of related pictures intended to capture my life as observed; past, present, and perhaps oddly, in dreams. They would be as photo snapshots kept in an album . . . keepsakes that preserve a moment in time, but with a story before and aft that is meaningful to me.

But what album? It would be gallery or museum walls. This was always the intent and the focus of the protect.

This exhibit is that album.

Disjointed scenes of a life lived half in nighttime dreams. Memory holders of what? Of whom? Wood, ink, paper – stuff of another age. Like me. Not perfect. Film noir. Cuz I never dreamed in Technicolor.  Poetry, not prose. My biography.

The Art:

My woodcut prints are not intended to look like or be made as typical woodcuts. As an illustrator, my sole focus is on the drawing. The woodcut process serves only to reproduce the drawing in a way artistically legitimate in copied form.

To reproduce the drawing as drawing I use laminate board (oak) or poplar planks with smooth surfaces mostly void of their wood origins, as though a blank sheet of paper. After carefully making the drawing, the cutting involves not much more than removing the white of the black and white drawing. This I do with but three tools: a scratch awl, one woodcarver tool with a straight blade, and a common 12 penny nail.

Although all black and white images, several different styles of drawing were employed to fit the look to the subject. This varies from pictures intended to appear as though dashed-off in a few minutes, to ones very precisely rendered. In all cases, typically one woodcut picture takes two weeks to do.

The inking is also non-typical. For one thing, I don’t use a printing press. Then too, the ink is Akua water-based soy ink intended for intaglio and etching, not woodcuts. But the ink (color: carbon black) works well for my purposes. I rework the inked board with a putty knife and paper towel to add texture and effect. I print on inexpensive smooth thin paper, thin enough that the ink bleeds through the paper’s reverse side, allowing me to see and further control the image being made, which I do with a large spoon to vary value (light and dark). Sometimes, I “double-hit” the paper on the inked board (on purpose) to produce an offset shading effect.

Consequently, every print I do in the run is different. Moreover, in a run of 10 print copies, I keep only one or two that I consider worthy of the original drawing. Hence the edition number of say, “2/10,” should be interpreted as my guarantee that only 10 will ever exist in the public realm, the “2” signifying the second print of whatever run of many is needed to produce 10 keepable copies.

So, nothing typical. (Nor, it would seem, am I.)

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331

The North Canton Public Library Launches an “Epic Summer” 2017

Epic is the best way to describe the North Canton Public Library’s upcoming summer of programming, events, prizes and reading clubs. An Epic Summer Kick-off Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. The community is invited to the party for free Milk and Honey ice cream, a visit from the Akron Zoomobile, information about the library’s summer activities and epic give-a-ways for those who sign up for summer reading clubs, which begin June 1.

“We’ve been steadily increasing our summer programming in the community, both inside and outside the doors of library, and the feedback has been extremely positive,” said library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick. “Our summer reading clubs are a staple and this year each age group will receive fantastic prizes and incentives thanks to some terrific community support from partners including the Akron Zoo,” she explained.

For the second year, live music will take over the Little Art Gallery patio during the Patio Parties concert series. On Friday, July 21, Dustin Allen will provide an all requests show at noon. Later that day, Allen will be joined by his full band, Hope for the Hollow, for a show at 5 p.m. On July 28, The Angie Haze Project will perform at noon and Erin Nicole Neal and her band The Chill Factors will take the stage at 5 p.m. Light snacks will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to pack a lunch or dinner if they would like.

Community members have been excited to learn that beginning July 11, the StarkFresh mobile farmers market, the Veggie Mobile, will visit the library each Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Also at the library, art classes for all ages will be held, and registration is open for those classes now at

Outside the library, the popular Family Film Fridays series will be held the second Friday of June (Trolls), July (Moana) and August (Zootopia) in Witwer Park. The series is sponsored by Home Savings and the series’ Family Fun Zone is possible thanks to a partnership with MissionView Church and friends. The Fun Zone begins at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk. Additionally, the library be organizing a touch-a-truck event as part of the North Canton Main Street Festival the weekend of August 19 and 20.

Children’s Summer Reading Club An Epic Reading Record, which allows children to track their reading throughout the summer, will be available at the children’s desk on the second floor of the library, beginning June 1. Children will receive a backpack when they register and an NCPL football rocket when they complete their Reading Record. The first 300 children to register will receive a free ticket to the Akron Zoo, and the first 200 to finish will receive an Epic Reader yard sign.

Teen/Middle School Summer Reading Club Teens and those heading to middle school next school year, can join the Epic Summer reading fun with simple ways to win epic gift cards and other prizes while attending some great programs and reading books over summer break! The first 200 to register for the club will receive a pair of epic NCPL sunglasses.

Adult Summer Reading Club Summer reading clubs aren’t just for kids! Adults can register for their own summer reading club to stay informed about library events and win Epic prizes just for reading books and attending programs. The first 200 to register for the club will receive an NCPL backpack and other goodies.

For additional information, please contact community relations manager, Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or

Announcing FLAVOR, a North Canton event to raise awareness and funds for the International Institue

North Canton residents, Christina Weyrick and Joe Rozsa have developed FLAVOR, a fundraising and advocacy event to benefit the International Institute of Akron on May 21 from 6-9 p.m. This gathering, held at The Barrel Room Wine and Beer Bar, will showcase twelve different countries and offer bites of food (two different kinds) from each country to those attending. The event will celebrate the fact that we are all decedents of immigrants and will allow attendees to meet recent refugees, with a goal of raising funds for the International Institute of Akron, which assists refugees and recent immigrants as they integrate into American society.

Together, Weyrick and Rozsa have planned several fundraising and advocacy events in Stark County. Joe works professionally as a graphic designer and is owner/creative director of Site 14 Design. Joe is also a first generation Hungarian/American. His parents fled Hungary as refugees in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, a revolt against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies. Joe frequently speaks about his experience as an entrepreneur and the fact that his success would not be possible had his parents not have immigrated to the United States.

Christina works professionally as community relations manager for the North Canton Public Library. She’s worked for a number of non-profit organizations and has a passion for advocating for kindness and compassion toward all beings.

Out of concern for current refugees and recent refugees who have immigrated to the NE Ohio area, the couple attended an information session hosted by the International Institute of Akron (IIA). They learned about the work the IIA does and that their greatest needs during this 120 day halt on immigration:

  • Sharing true information about the work of the IIA
  • Sharing true information about refugees and immigrants
  • Funds The goal is for FLAVOR to accomplish each of these needs.

“We hosted a Hungarian dinner party for a group of our friends and planned to do some arm twisting to get them to help us with the event, but we found we didn’t have to twist arms. Our friends were looking for a way to help too and were grateful for the opportunity,” Weyrick explained. Through that network they been able to secure several descendants of international origin (some more recent than others) to provide authentic international food tables.

Because the International Institute is located in Akron, many Stark County residents do not realize that they offer refugee resettlement for Stark County as well. We want to build a network of volunteers and advocates who will work with the IIA ongoing. “We’ve already witnessed this happening in our planning,” said Weyrick. “We’ve connected with several immigrants and have watched people come together and learn about refugee resettlement,” she added.

By creating a space to share food and conversation, we hope to build greater solidarity within communities. Information about FLAVOR and tickets to the event ($25 each) are available at

For additional information, please contact Christina Weyrick at or 330.715.1557 or Joe Rozsa at or 330.212.7353.

75th Annual May Show Awards Notification

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host a private opening reception for the 75th Annual May Show Sunday, April 30, 2017. Awards in each category as well as best in show will be presented as follows.

Best In Show

Artist: Erin T. Mulligan

Title: The Feeding

Media: Graphite and Oil on Clayboard



First Place

Artist: Bruce Humbert

Title: The Garden Gate

Media: Oil on Clayboard

Second Place

Artist: Frank Dale

Title: The Eye of the Beholder

Media: Oil on Panel



First Place

Artist: Nancy Young Darrah

Title: View of Vernazza

Media: Watercolor

Second Place 

Artist: Ted Lawson

Title: 30 ROCK III

Media: Watercolor



First Place               

Artist: Karen Hemsley

Title: Shell Game

Media: Acrylic on Canvas

Second Place         

Artist: Tina Myers

Title: Grief

Media: Acrylic  on Wood


Drawings & Original Prints  

First Place               

Artist: Lee Ann Novotny

Title: A Place to Hang Her Hat

Media: Colored Pencil on Paper

Second Place          

Artist: Diane Belfiglio

Title: Going Deeper II

Media: Oil Pastel on Pencil

Honorable Mention  

Artist: Rosemary Hayne

Title: Old Blue

Media: Colored Pencil on Black Gesso

Mixed Media

First Place               

Artist: Karen S. Bogdan

Title: Deep in the Forest

Media: Fabric/Thread

Second Place         

Artist: Wanda L. Montgomery

Title: Shopping Day

Media: Acrylic/Handmade Paper/Collage


First Place               

Artist: Robert Bratton

Title: Reliquary: ST. Dymphna’s Rib

Media: Wood/Bone/Plaster

Second Place         

Artist: Tom Migge

Title: Vase #L-105

Media: Sculpted Walnut and Oak

The Little Art Gallery invited artists to submit entries in five categories for the gallery’s annual juried show. In total, 130 pieces were submitted by 65 Stark County artists.. The show was juried by Meghan Olis and Rachel Davis.

The May Show is designed to recognize the talents and achievements of local artists. In exhibiting such works, the Little Art Gallery strives to promote awareness of the arts and to make fine art accessible to North Canton and surrounding communities.

The show invited entries from any artist 16 years of age or older, living in Stark County. All works submitted were required to be original, recent (within the past three years) and not previously exhibited in a Little Art Gallery show. All media, with the exception of photography and digital images (unless altered as mixed media fine art), were accepted for consideration.

The May Show will be on exhibit in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from May 1-31, 2017.

Juror Information:

Meghan Olis

Meghan Olis graduated from Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies in 2005. Originally from Alabama, she received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her career in the arts began in 2005 when she worked for Cleveland artist and industrial designer, Viktor Schreckengost, organizing exhibitions and events in celebration of his 100th birthday. In the years since, she managed both the move and re-installation of the Akron Art Museum’s collection into their newly renovated museum space (2006-2007) and taught Art History at Kent State University (2009-2011). Meghan is currently an exhibition specialist at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, where she has worked since 2007.

Juror Statement: It was an honor to judge these works made by Stark County artists. Jurying is not an easy task because art can be so subjective. When looking closely at each piece, I focused primarily on the artist’s use of medium, technical skill, creativity, and overall composition. I do not allow the subject matter to sway me, otherwise I would end up with a show of cute animals and not one that represents the skill level and hard work of the artists. Thank you to the Little Art Gallery for this opportunity and for your commitment to local art.


Rachel Davis:

Rachel Davis has owned and operated Rachel Davis Fine Arts Auctioneers and Appraisers since 1987. Her gallery specializes in the sale of American and European 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and sculpture. Some of the highlights her gallery has sold are the Baldwin Wallace University art collection and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company art collection. She has been a juror for several shows over the past 20 years in northern Ohio, the most recent being Cleveland Creates 2017-ArtNEO-Cleveland, OH.  She has been a co-curator for the following shows held at the Canton Museum of Art: Avatars-Relics From the Future-The Art of Gary Spinosa- April – July 2017; Three Voices-Conversations on Life & Conflict-September 1 – October 30, 2016 and The Cleveland School-Watercolor and Clay-December 1, 2012 – March 10, 2013.  Rachel has given several presentations regarding assessing art including Less than Perfect: How to Assess Condition Issues When Valuing Works On Paper-International Society of Appraisers Annual Conference, Dallas TX  2016 and Beyond the Obvious: Re-defining ‘Regional’ from Local to Global-Guest panelist, American Society of Appraisers, New York, NY, November 8, 2014. Rachel received degrees in Art History and Chemistry with a minor in painting from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Juror Statement: First, I want to thank Elizabeth for asking me to be a juror; it is an honor and something that I find very enjoyable. When I approach a body of work, I like to first walk through and see which pieces catch my eye. This is one of the most important criteria for me:  Am I drawn into the work? Does it hold my eye? Next step is to understand why. First, does it convey an original idea, thought or emotion that goes beyond the handling of the materials? Does the artist convey a sense of feeling and care about his/her work? How well does his/her composition and design translate. Secondly, I view the technical skill and how well the artist has mastered his/her chosen medium with its inherent limitations and strength. The medium should not be an end to itself, but does the artist take this medium into new directions and test its limits? Lastly, I like to present a show that shows diversity in both ideas and techniques. It is hard to eliminate works and some fine works were rejected because I felt they failed in one of the above aspects. It is nice to see such a thriving art community and the large number of entrants speaks volumes of how highly regarded this annual show is.


For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Blakemore at 330.499.4712 or