Explore the Abstract Paintings of Ohio Artist Jack McWhorter in “Engraved Fields”

Explore the Abstract Paintings of Ohio Artist Jack McWhorter in “Engraved Fields”

New Solo Exhibit at Canton Museum of Art Features Abstract Paintings from Local Artists Engraved Fields features new work by Ohio artist, Jack McWhorter. These colorful, abstract paintings imbued with nature, color, More »

Music Therapy – Your Personal Healthcare Partner

Music Therapy – Your Personal Healthcare Partner

The Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes Lalene Kay, Director of the Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium to our upcoming ConverZations on December 11, 2017 at noon.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, More »

CSO Brings The Snowman to Umstattd Hall

CSO Brings The Snowman to Umstattd Hall

Come enjoy a truly unique holiday experience with the Canton Symphony Orchestra for their 2017 Holiday Pops concert, December 17 at 3:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2331 17 Street NW.  Come More »

Christmas Concert at the Roxy

Christmas Concert at the Roxy

The Alliance Symphony Big Band, under the direction of Bryan Stehura, will present a 90-minute concert of familiar Christmas songs and big-band selections on Friday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. in Minerva’s Roxy More »

Deadline fast approaching for Music Educator of the Year Award nominations!

Deadline fast approaching for Music Educator of the Year Award nominations!

The December 15 deadline for submitting nominations for the second annual Music Educator of the Year Award is quickly approaching!  The award will be presented by Canton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gerhardt More »


Walsh University Digital Photojournalism Students to Be Featured in MassMu Studio M

Eleven students enrolled in Walsh University digital photojournalism classes have examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspectives of artistic style, technique, and history. Their project will culminate when they collaborate with the Massillon Museum to host the eleventh annual Image to Image exhibition in the Museum’s Studio M.  
When the exhibition opens on Sunday, December 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the public is invited to meet the photographers, view their work, and enjoy refreshments in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum. The party is free and open to all; no reservations are necessary.
Image to Image:  A Comparative Study of Past and Present Photojournalists’ Images, Styles, and Shooting Techniques will feature the work of students in Professor Lee Horrisberger’s digital photography class. It will illustrate that the power of the image is not in the camera, but in the hands of the photographer.
First-time students Donal Baker, Jonah Carter, Sydney Colucy, Sara Dahler, Melissa Johnson, Tyson Lautanen, Jacob Linkous, Chloe Miller, Joseph Paiva, Mariana Salinas, and Ellen Stair will be featured.
Students have used cameras, computers, and photographic equipment from Walsh’s Communication Department to imitate the photography style, lighting, and content of photojournalists of their choosing. Students have learned the mechanical side of producing a photograph, and now understand that it is equally important that a photograph be composed artistically to make an impact on its audience. 
“The goal of the project is to demonstrate the impact that style and technique have on artistic content, and also to immerse the students in the historical and social context of the photojournalists’ work,” Horrisberger said. “Students have learned that news is visual, and that story telling through images can have an impact on society. By taking part in this project, these students have a better understanding of how photography, specifically photojournalism, works within the larger social tapestry.”
Each student’s work will be printed, matted, and hung along with his or her selected photojournalist’s work. Each piece will contain bibliographic notes and detail how the student’s work was created. Students will be involved in the marketing of the event and will be on hand during the exhibition opening to receive firsthand feedback on their work.
Emily Vigil, Studio M coordinator, will explain the importance of presentation by working with the professor, the students, and their finished photographs that will be hung in the Museum. Students will witness how the exhibition of artistic work, in this case photojournalism, can serve as a social, educational, and entertainment community resource.
The Studio M show may be seen through December 31, 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., except when the Silk Room has been reserved for private functions. A call to the Museum office can confirm that the exhibit is available for viewing—330-833-4061.
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. Brochures containing guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or www.massillonmuseum.org.
The Walsh opening in Studio M is concurrent with the opening of the Stark County Artists Exhibition in the Museum’s main gallery, which is also free and open to everyone.
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.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
Media Contacts:
Alex Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 
Lee Horrisberger, Professor, Walsh University  –  330-490-7040
Emily Vigil, Massillon Museum Studio M Coordinator  –  330-833-4061 x108
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Louisville’s Ahh Gallery Opens “Holiday Show”

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio opens its second annual “Holiday Show” on Thursday, Nov 16 from 5-8 pm.  The show features two artists new to the Gallery: William M. Bogdan and Karen Scheiller Bogdan — a married couple who met over fifty years ago in art school at the University of Akron.  They are both Akron natives who, after having lived in Colorado and South Carolina, have resided in Canton for nearly twenty years.   Both Bill and Karen let their art remain dormant while working at regular jobs for many years.  Then, after retirement, they started furiously creating art again.  Ever since their art has been shown in venues across Stark and Summit counties.  The “Holiday Show” will be filled with moderately-priced works from various artists that would make great gifts.  These include small paintings and drawings, pottery, jewelry, blown and pulled glass, tree ornaments, hand-made greeting cards and much more.  Louisville Middle School art students, under the instruction of Mrs. Lisa Galentine and Miss Kat Fuller will be on display once again.   And there will be light refreshments and live music provided by Loel Stein. 
Bill Bogdan is known for his large woodcut prints but also works in various art media, including oil pastels.  These will be on display along with two woodcut prints – and one very ambitious work called “The Dogwalker” will be shown to the public for the first time.  Karen Bogdan, known for her elaborate and complex fabric art with its painterly qualities, will have four of her pieces in the exhibit.  
Some of the other Artists in the show are: Barb Aiken,  Vivian Geaghan, Jon Wilson, Chris Brogan, Rick Silvey, Russ Hench, Abi Yeagley, Frank Dale, Debbie Withnell, Hannelore Brown, Marjorie Lutes, Yvonne Walter, Kris Marshall, Susan Nolt Banks, Mike Criswell, Jeff Hoffman, Jake Davis, Mark Brunner, Rachel Davis, Linda Christman, Kathy Fithian, Judi Lindsay, Glenn Heiller, Sheila Harter, Marie Nelson, Tracey Phillips, Beth Patrick, Judi Singer, Carolyn Caskey, and Rhonda Dahlheimer.

Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre Offers Open Studio Art Classes and Pet Portrait Painting Mini-Retreat

Are you a creative person who never gets around to creating? Or are you someone who likes to make art, but needs a little shove to get you started? If so, the weekly Open Studio art class at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre might just be for you.

According to artist and facilitator Vicki Boatright, known as Artist BZTAT, the Open Studio class is a place where you can explore your creativity in whatever way that you choose alongside other creators exploring their own creativity. You can work on your own project, or you can work collaboratively with others on group projects. You can use the Open Studio as a place to experiment, try new things, and most of all, have fun creating with others. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and media with the support of other students and the facilitator. “I will provide support and guidance, but the goal is to let students take the lead in determining projects and offering ideas to each other,” Boatright says.

The Open Studio is an ongoing class on Monday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre, located at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW in Canton. Each session is $15, and you can sign up at any time in 4 session blocks.

Boatright is also holding a Pet Portrait Painting Mini-Retreat on November 18, 2017 at the same location from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Pet lovers will enjoy learning the artist’s unique techniques and as they spend the day painting portraits of their beloved pets. Each student will complete an acrylic on canvas portrait to take home and share with others in this intensive, but relaxing workshop. Early Bird Registration (before 11/12/17) is $60 per person or Two for $100. After 11/12/17, registration is $75 per person or Two for $125. Seating is limited. The registration fee covers instruction and supplies.

The Open Studio and Pet Portrait workshops are designed for both beginners and experienced artists. “A lot of people enjoy creating art, but they fear they won’t be able to do it well. I get people over that and help them have fun as they make something that they can be proud of,” said the artist.

For more information or to register for either class, contact: bztat@bztat.com

MassMu to Offer Free Activities during “An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas”

During Massillon’s Light Up Downtown event, “An Old-Fashioned Family Christmas,” on Wednesday, November 29, the Massillon Museum will offer free holiday activities from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission will be free and open to everyone.
Guests will be invited to enjoy free cookie decorating (and eating).
Art instructor Gary Spangler will guide participants through some basic folds of the ancient art of origami to create beautiful handcrafted gift boxes. Although supplies and paper will be provided, guests are welcome to bring their own holiday paper for the craft.
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 downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.  Free parking is available on city streets and in nearby city lots.
For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

A True Story on the CSO Stage

The Canton Symphony Orchestra brings back two audience favorites for their next MasterWorks concert, “Gifts of Fate”.  This program features the moving true story of Canton, Ohio during the great depression with The Secret Gift, a piece based on the book by Ted Gup and brought to life by local composer, Eric Benjamin.  This thrilling evening takes place on December 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Brad and Suzan Goris.

A Secret Gift, written by Ted Gup, takes readers through an uplifting and captivating story based in our own Canton, Ohio. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother’s attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in The Canton Repository in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. Gup traveled coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.

Local composer Eric Benjamin read the book, and after a discussion with CSO’s President Michelle Mullaly, thought the story perfect for the orchestral stage.  Benjamin came up with not only music for the story, but a whole staged production to highlight some of the most touching stories in the book.  For this performance of The Secret Gift, the CSO is also enlisting the help of local Renaissance man Craig Joseph, who has put together a cast of local actors to fill the stage with Canton talent.

After what will be a memorable performance of this Canton story, the CSO performs one of the most recognized pieces in classical literature, Beethoven’s fifth symphony.  Those famous four notes are reportedly fate knocking at Beethoven’s door, telling him his growing deafness would take away his ability to pursue his passions.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on December 3, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online atwww.cantonsymphony.org <https://cantonsymphony.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=65e7c2b0169cc8035c7b062e9&id=78db82c107&e=7bb008738b> , by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th anniversary and 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 www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Day After Thanksgiving Activities at the Museum

Tired of all the leftovers?  Don’t know what to do with the out-of-town guests?  We have the solution.  Come to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum for a full day of family fun and activities!  The Museum will be beautifully decorated for the holidays! Step into the Street of Shops and view the magnificent trees in each shop. When you are finished upstairs be sure to visit Discover World for science shows and the Hall of Fame Reptiles. Visit the Hoover-Price Planetarium. (Parents just remember that children must be 5 years old and accompanied by an adult to attend a planetarium show.) Complete your visit with some holiday shopping in our Museum Shoppe. 
Visit the website for details: www.mckinleymuseum.org  or call 330-455-7043
The Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton.

Kent State University at Stark Theatre to Present Playwright David MacGregor’s “Consider the Oyster” in November

Kent State University at Stark’s 2017-18 theatrical season kicks off with Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10,11,17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 at the Kent State Stark Theatre. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the Nov. 19 performance.

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 the excitement, he breaks his leg. A doctor places an oyster shell in Gene’s leg to aid in healing; however, the oyster shell sets off a chain reaction of feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in this comical, yet thought-provoking, play.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with a current student ID. Tickets may be obtained beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Reserve tickets online at www.kent.edu/stark/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348.

Consider the Oyster, the first theatrical production of the season, is directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer, Stephen Ostertag is the costume designer and Ron Jarvis is the sound designer.

For more details on Kent State Stark Theatre’s production of Consider the Oyster, visit www.kent.edu/stark/consider-oyster.

North Canton Playhouse announces auditions for: “Orphan Train”

The NORTH CANTON PLAYHOUSE Will be holding our SECOND auditions for our “ SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH “ program!  S.O.Y. is an educational outreach that presents dramatic plays to students In schools.  
AUDITIONS  for our first show, “ORPHAN TRAIN”, will be held on Thursday Nov. 9th at 7:00 pm  at NCP’s Main Stage @ 525 7th st NE North Canton  (on Hovver HS Campus)
To sign up for AUDITIONS  or For questions or more information, email Delorna Toy:  delornatoy@gmail.com
ROLES still needing filled include:   4- males ages 13-18,  2-male adults ages 20-60, 2 female adults ages 20-60
This show will be taken to and performed at Schools 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 that 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. 

Canton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will feature New York City Ballet Dancers

New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in Canton Ballet’s sparkling holiday showpiece The Nutcracker in four performances December 8-10 at the Canton Palace Theatre.  NYCB principal dancers Sterling Hyltin and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro will dance the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in all performances.

This is a rare opportunity for Stark County audiences to see performing members of America’s premiere ballet company here at home.  Performances will be Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome home Zachary with Sterling Hyltin as guest artists for this outstanding highlight of our season,” says artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  “Watching Zachary dance with New York City Ballet has been truly rewarding for us at Canton Ballet.”  During his 11 years with Canton Ballet, Catazaro studied primarily with Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  His father is Thomas Clark of Canton.

Catazaro is a Canton native and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  A graduate of Hoover High School, he studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2003 and 2006, and then enrolled as a full-time student later that same year.  In October 2007 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company’s corps de ballet in October 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in February 2014 and principal in October.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 15 or more.   Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the west wing of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. in the downtown Canton Arts District.  There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor.  The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.  Ticket purchase in advance is recommended for this popular event.

Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group and  funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository and Q92 radio.

Kent State University at Stark presents Guitar Weekend

Kent State University at Stark will present Guitar Weekend, a three-day festival for guitar enthusiasts, Nov. 16-18.

Free and open to the public, the event is a celebration of all styles of guitar playing and features some of the most respected guitarists nationwide.

Guitar Weekend, in its second year, blends a series of guitar workshops and concerts during the three-day span. All events are held at Kent State Stark’s Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, with the exception of a Thursday evening concert, which will take place at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton.

Organized by Kent State Stark’s Music Department, Guitar Weekend is made possible with the help of grants from ArtsinStark and an ArtSTART grant from the Ohio Arts Council.


Featured artists include:


Mickey Jones has had an extensive career as a guitar soloist and chamber musician. He has twice been a featured soloist at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival and is a nationally renowned music educator, who founded the Hector Garcia Young Artist Concert Series.

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, Nir Felder is equally adept across a wide range of genres. Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly became one of New York City’s most highly sought after musicians.

Within six years of beginning training on the classical guitar, Stephen Lochbaum had earned a master’s degree, debuted on CBC Radio 1 with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers and won the national music festival of Canada.

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. Highly sought after as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at many universities in the United States and abroad.

Guitar Weekend schedule:

4 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Workshop Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Concert Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. North
Canton, OH 44702


3 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark


10 a.m. Judicaël Perroy Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
12:45 p.m. Community Performance Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Judicaël Perroy Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark


For more information, contact Adjunct Music Professor Adam Larison at alarison@kent.edu and 330-244-5071.


Visit www.kent.edu/stark/guitar-weekend  for more about the featured artists, including videos.