Massillon Museum’s Stark County Artists Exhibition Winners

The Massillon Museum announced the Stark County Artists Exhibition awards at the opening reception for the annual show on Sunday, December 3.
I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins, by Judith Krew was named Best in Show; Clare Murray Adams earned second place with Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags; and Study of Broken Glass #3,photography by Michael Barath placed third.
Judith Huber, Remember Chibok, oil; Gail Keener, In His Own World, acrylic; Ted Lawson, Riding the Bike Lane II, watercolor; Brien Strancar, Dipped and Cut, RGB Series, No. 1, blown glass, tooled, engraved; and Stephen Tornero, Padparadscha, linen, bamboo, earned honorable mentions.
All media were considered by the independent jurors: Elizabeth Carney—Assistant Curator, Akron Art Museum; Steven Mastroianni—Photographer, Cleveland; and Susan Yingling—Artist, Retired Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools. They selected work to be included as well as the awards. The look of the exhibition is different from year to year because of the diversity of the artwork entered and the vision of the jurors, who vary every year.
A total of 77 artists submitted 189 drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more.  From those, the jurors chose 55 pieces of artwork by 40 individuals.
The Stark County Artists Exhibition has been held at the Museum since 1934, beginning as a statewide juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts. By the 1980s, it was refocused to exhibit work by artists living and working in Stark County. To keep the show fresh, artwork submitted for consideration must have been created within the last two years.
“As always, this exhibition is an excellent showcase of the talent here in Stark County,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon.  “We enjoy this exhibition because evolves each year. We were thrilled to see so many first-time entrants this year. I think it’s a forecast of some up-and-comers whom we’ll want to watch.”
The exhibition may be seen during regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 through January 21, 2018.
In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition, visitors can attend the opening of the Studio M exhibition, Image to Image: Photography by Walsh University Photojournalism Students in the Museum’s lower level. The second-floor galleries include Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way, East (Ohio 172) in downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit for more information.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525
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Best in Show:  Judith Krew, I do, I doodle, I do, paper napkins
Second Place:  Clare Murray Adams, Six Degrees of Separation, mixed media on tea bags
Third Place:  Michael Barath, Study of Broken Glass #3, photograph
Also accepted in the exhibition:
Mandy Altimus Stahl
Michael Barath
William Barron
Emily Bartolone
William Bogdan
Heather Bullach
Rosemary Burkhart
Peter Castillo
 Frank Dale
David Dingwell
Bree Ehret
Susan Eitelman
Pamela Glover Wadsworth
Karen Hemsley
Judith Huber
Bruce Humbert
Gail Keener
Judith Krew
Ted Lawson
Khrysso LeFey
Bob Maurer
Clare Murray Adams
Lee Novotny
Jesse Nutter
Mitzi Phillips
Scot Phillips
Mark Pitocco
Michael Reynolds
Patricia Ripple
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Russell Hench
Allison Smith
Alexander Strader
Brien Strancar
Michele Tokos
Stephen Tornero
Tom Wachunas
Michael Weiss
Isabel Zaldivar
Anna Zotta