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“Do the Mu!”—Renew MassMu

Participants will help dress up the Massillon Museum’s construction fence during the “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Instructor Vicki Boatright will show attendees of all ages how to create décor from recyclable materials.  
 
Boatright, who uses the artistic sobriquet BZTAT, is best known for her brightly colored and spirited animal portraits.  Her studio is located in the Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace in downtown Canton.  She teaches art to groups of all ages and frequently leads Massillon Museum workshops and outreach activities in a variety of mediums and themes.  
 
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity the first Saturday of every month. Open to participants of all ages, the session is free and all materials are supplied. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the workshop. No reservations are required.
 
The Museum will also be participating in smARTsplash, the ArtsinStark annual community campaign kickoff on March 3.
 
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.  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
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x112
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Massillon Museum Seeks Vendors for Third Annual “Relics and Refabs Roadshow”

The Massillon Museum is seeking vendors for its Relics and Refabs Roadshow event, which will be held on Saturday, August 25. Highly respected appraisers; booths full of antiques, art, and repurposed objects; live music; food and beverages; demonstrations; and children’s activities will draw visitors to the third annual Relics and Refabs Roadshow.
Artists and vendors focusing on antiques, unique local treasures, and creatively upcycled functional and art objects may apply for 10-foot by 10-foot booth spaces. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Space is limited. The booth fee is $75 per outdoor space and $125 for a limited number of indoor spaces.
Admission to the event will be free. Verbal appraisals will be $5 each.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Massillon Museum’s Capital Campaign to expand its facility.
More information and vendor application forms are available at massillonmuseum.org/relicsandrefabs or by calling the Museum at 330-833-4061. To be included, vendors may apply immediately.
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. Ample free parking is available on adjacent streets and nearby city lots.
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

“Do the Mu!”— Birds of a Feather

Participants will create beautiful origami birds at the Massillon Museum’s “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, February 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Instructor Gary Spangler will help guests use Japanese origami folding techniques to make representational birds.
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity the first Saturday of every month. Open to participants of all ages, the session is free and all materials are supplied. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the workshop. No reservations are required.
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.  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
Megan Fize, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x112
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

“Do the Mu!”—Happy New Year!

During the next “Do the Mu!” at the Massillon Museum—Saturday, January 6, from noon to 2:00 p.m.—participants will make crazy New Year hats including resolutions to make the world a better place.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required.  Guests may drop in any time during the two-hour session.
 
“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 Diane Boslett is a licensed visual arts teacher with a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland College and a master of education in integrated arts degree from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at the Massillon Museum, Pat Catan’s, and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.   
 
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
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x104
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

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 www.massillonmuseum.org 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
Images:  
Higher resolution available—vogt@sssnet.com
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

Massillon Museum Stark County Artists Exhibition Opening

The Massillon Museum will celebrate the opening of the annual Stark County Artists Exhibition on Sunday, December 3, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a reception for the artists in the main gallery. Award winners will be announced at 4:00 that afternoon.  The party is free and open to everyone.
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.
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.
Stark Countians whose artwork will be exhibited are: 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, and Anna Zotta.
“The Stark County Artists Exhibition is one of my favorite Massillon Museum traditions,” said the exhibition’s coordinator Heather Bullach. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase fresh work for established and aspiring artists alike. Each year’s show offers plenty of familiarity, as some artists return year after year, but a completely different group of jurors ensures a unique and diverse selection. No two shows are alike, but there is always something for everyone!”
In addition to viewing the Stark County Artists Exhibition on December 3, 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 will be open for viewing Stark County in the Great War, Paul Brown: Innovator, and The Immel Circus.
The Stark County Artists Exhibition, which will continue through January 31, 2018, may be seen 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.
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 www.massillonmuseum.org for more information.
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330.844-1525
Representative artwork from the Stark County Artists Exhibition:
Michael Reynolds, Fishing in Turmoil, digital
Pamela Glover Wadsworth, Writer’s Block, mixed media
Brien Strancar, Murrini Flame, blown glass, tooled, engraved, sandblasted

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 

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

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