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The Artwork of Nelly Toll Goes International

Imagining a Better World: The Artwork of Nelly Toll, an exhibition originated by the Massillon Museum, has made its international debut. On September 28, 2017, the exhibit opened at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; it will continue through March 11, 2018. As a Jewish child in hiding in Poland during World War II, young Nelly created cheerful, colorful watercolor images of what the artist wished her world would be. 
 
As a child, Toll lived with her mother in a room in the home of a Catholic family, and hid in a “secret window,” standing mutely on the sill of a window bricked-up from the outside when required to hide. As described by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the life of Toll and children like her “was a life in shadows, where a careless remark, a denunciation, or the murmurings of inquisitive neighbors could lead to discovery and death.” 
 
Given a watercolor set by her mother, she painted small pictures of what she imagined a normal life would resemble. The images are filled with friends playing outside, pretty new dresses, parties, dinners, pets, and family—things that young artist could not have in hiding. In stark contrast to the imaginary world of her paintings, Toll also kept a diary that chronicled a young child’s experience of life in occupied Poland. Later, she was able to escape to the United States with her mother, and as an adult wrote an award-winning book about her experience, Behind the Secret Window (1993), based on her childhood diary. 
 
Dr. Toll believes strongly in emphasizing the positive values she took away from her experience to triumph over adversity. She visits middle schools, high schools, higher education institutions and community centers across the country to share her story, making contemporary connections between the Holocaust and the dangers of bullying. 
 
Dr. Toll’s watercolors are exhibited at the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C. and reside also in the collections of the Illinois Holocaust Education Center and Museum and Yad Vashem Museum in Israel.
 
Imagining a Better World, guest curated by Craig Joseph, was first exhibited at the Massillon Museum in 2014. Nelly Toll has worked with the Massillon Museum since 2007, when she first showed a selection of her artwork in connection with The Big Read.  The traveling exhibition,which garnered the Ohio Museums Association’s Best Exhibition award, and is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has previously been installed in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Reading, Pennsylvania; Hanover, Pennsylvania; Troy, Ohio; Dennison, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas. It will open at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio, in October 2018.
 
To learn more, visit massillonmuseum.org/nelly-toll
 
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark. 
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call 330-833-4061 or visitmassillonmuseum.org.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Heather Bullach, Massillon Museum Traveling Exhibits Coordinator – 330-833-4061 x108
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

“Do the Mu”: Turkey Time

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, November 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make a turkey craft to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.  
 
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.  
 
Instructor Gary Spangler holds bachelors’ degrees in visual art: fibers and art education: K through 12 from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from The University of Akron. He has taught art at Massillon City Schools, The University of Akron, Malone University, and the Massillon Museum. His teaching spans all ages and innumerable art forms including handcrafted books, photography, fibers, jewelry, enameling, origami, and ceramics.  
 
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 adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visitmassillonmuseum.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

MassMu to Break Ground on its Expansion and Paul E. Brown Museum

The Massillon Museum will celebrate the groundbreaking for its expansion project and the Paul E. Brown Museum on Thursday, October 12.  Social time will begin at 5:00 p.m.; the remarks and ceremony will occur at 5:45 p.m. The public is invited and no reservations are required.
 
The expansion project, paid for with generous gifts from foundations, grants, businesses, and individuals, encompasses a new three-story building to complement the existing Art Deco Museum building, the transformation of two buildings adjacent to City Hall Street, and renovations to the existing Museum—all to better serve the community and the region.
 
“After more than a decade of imagining and strategically planning to increase the Museum’s footprint, the time has come to celebrate this pivotal moment that will transform the way our community engages with its artistic and cultural heritage,” said Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon. “More of our treasured objects will be on view to illustrate Massillon’s unique stories and inspire and educate visitors of all ages. In addition, improved services for our patrons, and a permanent home in which to feature our football tradition and invite more tourism to downtown are key facets of the project.”
 
She continued, “Bob and Nancy Gessner’s leadership as campaign chairs has provided the vision to successfully launch this chapter in the Museum’s nearly 85-year history of serving the Massillon and Northeast Ohio community.  It is an exciting time; this Museum belongs to everyone, and we are creating a more accessible and vibrant cultural center for our community to enjoy.”
 
In about a year, the community can expect to enjoy additional gallery spaces, a new Paul E. Brown Museum, more classroom facilities, expanded Anderson’s in the City café and Museum shop spaces, and a flat-floor event space.
 
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio 172), in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Art After Dark – More Than Just a Costume Party

“Art after Dark” on Saturday, October 14, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art will present a creative costume party set in a theatrical Halloween atmosphere—but that will be just the beginning of the fun.

For the second scary season, the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art will collaborate to present an event to remember. This year, the party will be at the Canton Museum of Art.  Everyone 18 and older is invited.

Come in costume—but don’t stay away if you prefer to party in street clothing and find amusement in the attire of other guests. To vie for special prizes, skew your costumes to fit the main categories: “Overall Best Costume” and “Best Art History Inspired Costume

The lively dance party will be interrupted only for the judging of disguises. The fun will include roaming entertainment, live music by Crystal Visions—a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, a tarot card reader, a photobooth, and entry into the galleries. Several surprises will keep guests looking out of the corners of their eyes.

Refreshments will be included in the $20 ticket price; the cash bar will feature Halloween-inspired cocktails and craft beer. Raffle tickets for unique baskets and tickets for tarot card readings will be sold separately at the event. Proceeds from the party will benefit both the Massillon Museum and the Canton Museum of Art.

Tickets may be purchased now at cantonart.org/party. Tickets will be sold at the door if they remain available.

The Canton Museum of Art is located at 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton. For additional information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.

 

Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, MassMu Executive Director  –  330.833.4061 x111

Rob Lehr, CMA Director of Marketing –  330.435.7666 x102

Margy Vogt, MassMu Public Relations Coordinator  –  330844.1525

Do the Mu! – Zombie Makeup

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, October 7, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will learn how to apply scary makeup to transform themselves into zombies for Massillon’s annual Zombie Walk (October 14) and for Halloween.
Chris Muller will help participants of all ages design their “look,” then show them how to create it.  Supplies will be provided for the workshop.  Muller will suggest to budding zombies how to replicate the scary makeup, fake wounds, and special effects, often with materials found around the house.
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity.  All materials, tools, and instruction are supplied at no charge.
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 adjacent 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
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Massillon Museum to Present “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”

The Massillon Museum will host “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”—a luncheon, fashion display, and program—on Wednesday, September 20, at noon, at the MAPS Air Museum. 
 
The $35 ticket includes a generous lunch, admission to the MAPS Air Museum, and the program.  The event is a Massillon Museum Capital Campaign fundraiser for the expansion of the Museum to enhance programming, preservation, and exhibitions for the community. Tickets may be purchased atmassillonmuseum.org or by visiting the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.
 
Laura Loew, an expert in costumes of a century past, will present an entertaining program about women’s clothing of the World War I era, including how the war affected the restrictive attire typically worn by American women. Women on the homefront contributed to the war effort by rationing, selling bonds, knitting wool socks for men in the trenches, doing Red Cross work, working in factories, ferrying planes to military bases, and many other activities that affected the clothing they wore. Loew will display clothing from the early 1900s.
 
The MAPS Air Museum is located at 2260 International Parkway in Green near the Akron Canton Airport—turn off Ohio Route 241 when at the historic airplane near the road.
  
The event accents the Museum’s exhibition, Stark County in the Great War, which will be on view through November 12.  It includes uniforms, letters, military papers, propaganda posters, shrapnel, music, gas masks, and other war-related gear. An original, 30-minute documentary film also plays on loop in the second-floor gallery.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
 
Sue Reid and Mary Ann Poling are co-chairing “Women on the Move” as part of the Capital Campaign special fundraising events team.  Jean Mummertz, Debbie and Denny Bachtel, Trisha Merchant, Jeannie John, Joi Letcavits, Kathy Malinowski, Margy Vogt, and Sue Kelewae serve on the committee.
  
“Women on the Move” is one of many fundraising efforts that are part of the Capital Campaign. Contributions may be sent to the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon 44646. The Museum has acquired all properties bounded by Lincoln Way, City Hall Street, Diamond Court, and Park Row. Plans for the upcoming expansion will benefit the community with additional education and exhibition space, an auditorium/meeting space, and a home for the Paul E. Brown Museum.
 
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit www.massillonmuseum.org.
 
 
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Last Call for Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All

Auditions for the Massillon Museum’s upcoming play, Dear Mother and All by Sandra Perlman, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Museum.  
 
This full-length play, first produced by the Museum in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier during World War I. Letters between Charles Vernon Brown and his family share details of daily life. The complete collection of correspondence is preserved in the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which will be on view through Veterans Day weekend.
 
The cast will include 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum for the performance on Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at dave12148@sssnet.com
 
Funding for the production—an effort to inspire a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. 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 adjacent 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
Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Canton Artists League to Exhibit Caught Off Guard: A Candid View in Studio M

The Canton Artist League has created the exhibition, Caught Off Guard: A Candid View, for the Massillon Museum’s Studio M from August 11 through September 17, 2017. Canton Artists League members were invited to create work that captures an unexpected moment, suggests a narrative with an unknown beginning or end, or includes an unlikely pairing of elements. 
 

“The Kiss” by Cynthia Capestrain

The public is invited to meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibition opening on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  The party is free and open to all.

 
The artists whose work will be included are:  Cynthia Capastrain, Ann Cranor, Frank Dale, Megan Farrabee, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Deborah French, Jane Heater, Judith Girscht Huber, Carolyn Jacob, Pam LaRocco, Natividad (Suni) Lopez Ortiz, David Martin ll, Claudia Mullane, Anna Rather, Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Judith Salamon, Michele Tokos, Donna Volpe, Kevin Walton, Lynn Weinstein, Gail Wetherell-Sack, Joan Willms, Yih Yee Wong, and Isabel Zaldivar.
 
Visitors to the Canton Artists League Studio M opening will also be able to view Stark County in the Great War, Wild (Mid)West, and the Immel Circus.
 

“Hapless Ring Bearer” by Cynthia Capestrain

The Studio M exhibition may be seen through September 17 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.  Anderson’s in the City and the Museum shop, OHregionalities, are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.
 
Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists.  The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists.  Guidelines and an application are available by contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or massillonmuseum.org.
 
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: 
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Fun Fest Offers Free Family Fun

Dillen Dewald got to sit in a Massillon fire truck at Fun Fest in 2016.

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.

 
Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations. Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.
 
Special acts this year will include magician Randy Wiedenhammer, concertina player Mike Salvino, yo-yo star Eric Monroe, magician Kerry Kazzam, and John the Juggler. Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story

Face painting is one of the favorite activities at Fun Fest.

times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, and athletic events. Emergency crews and vehicles, musical groups, and others offer programs of interest to young people.

Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information this year will be churches, St. Paul’s Cub Scouts, andMassillon cheerleaders. The Tuslaw Lions train ride and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  The Troll Hole Museum, Sky Zone Belden Village, The Bird Nerds Rescue and Sanctuary, Massillon fire and police departments, and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band Drum Line will participate.  Dozens more will join them.
 
Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum crafts, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. The Massillon Family YMCA will offer a 50¢ swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
 
Gold sponsors include MCTV, Downtown Massillon Association, the City of Massillon, Rotary Club of Massillon, and Midwest Industries.  Silver sponsors are Farmers National Bank, Amherst Meadows, Advanced Industrial Roofing, Home Appliance, and Danbury Senior Living. Massillon Eagles #190, Hampton Inn Massillon, Smiley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, McDonald’s, General Dentistry, and Heitger Funeral Home are bronze sponsors.  Flowers by Pat and HD Davis CPSs are Fun Fest Friends.
 

The New England Garden Club helps children create live flower arrangements each year.

Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV touts the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

 
Additional groups that wish to set up booths may call McAllister at 330-833-6655 to inquire until August 5. Participants MUST provide a free or nearly free activity for kids. 
 
Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
 
For details, visit massillonmuseum.org and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330.833-6655. 
 
 
Media Contacts:
Liz Gessner McAllister, MCTV  –  330-833-6655
Nancy Jobe, Massillon Museum  –  330-833-4061 x114
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum  –  330-844-1525

 

Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All Play

Auditions for the Massillon Museum-sponsored rendition of Sandra Perlman’s full-length play, Dear Mother and All, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., at the Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.

This play, last produced in Massillon in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier in World War I. He and his family, through letter-writing, share the daily ups and downs of life during the “War to End All Wars.” The complete collection of correspondence is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which is on view now through Veterans Day weekend.

The cast is comprised of 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum. The performance will be Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon.

For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at dave12148@sssnet.com.  “Please come, audition, and be part of this show,” Harding said. “We need local actors and actresses to bring this touching local story to life.”

Funding for the production—an effort to kick-start a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. 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 adjacent 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

Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525