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Albacete to Present “Getting Inside Mahler’s Head”

The guest presenter for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next ConverZations discussion on January 8 at noon will be M.J. Albacete, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canton Museum of Art.  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

After a four-decade career with the Canton Museum of Art, M. J. Albacete retired in 2014 as Executive Director Emeritus.  For many years a member of the Ohio Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, his lectures on art, music, and other topics number in the hundreds.  He served for a time as reviewer of Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts for The Repository, and a contributor to Fanfare Magazine.  At least once each season, he is on call to present a pre-concert lecture for the CSO, and has already made several appearances on the ConverZations series.  For the CSO’s recent “Music Takes Shape” education outreach program reaching almost 3,000 area students, M.J. designed a unique geometric construction project.  An Adjunct Professor at Kent State University Stark Campus, M.J. teaches a course on the history of architecture.

For the January 8 ConverZations, Albacete will explore the music of Gustav Mahler, most specifically his first five symphonies.  As with many composers, Mahler did not necessarily enjoy the fame and respect he does now while he was alive and writing music.  Much of his work went unnoticed during his lifetime, only to be discovered and revered later on.  Albacete will take the audience on a journey through Mahler’s early symphonies showing his growth in fame after their “rediscovery.”

ConverZations attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch, and the orchestra provides coffee and a light dessert. For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 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.

SymphonyLand Series Begins its Eighth Year

After eight years bringing music to children ages 3 to 6 years, the SymphonyLand Series is going strong!  Presented by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and sponsored in part by The Hoover Foundation, Arts in Stark, and T. Raymond Gregory, SymphonyLand trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format created specifically to engage young listeners.  The series begins with the string trio on Wednesday January 10 and Saturday January 13 at 10am and 11am each day in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW, Canton).

As in the past, each trio performance incorporates an age-appropriate story book along with educational components in music, reading and social studies.  This year, the trios will be utilizing books from Barefoot Books.  The string trio begins the series on January 10 and 13 with I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur.  On February 7 and 10, the woodwind trio will perform along with the book Elusive Moose and the brass trio performances on March 7 and 10 will feature Hidden Hippo.   The SymphonyLand trio performances are offered at 10:00 and 11:00am each day.
All of the SymphonyLand instrument families come together on April 25 and 26 at 9:45 and 10:45am for the Kinder Concert which features the full orchestra.  The program, conducted by Assistant Conductor Matthew Jenkins Jaroszewicz, features a new collaboration between the CSO and Stark Parks.  For this Kinder Concert, Stark Parks will bring in members of their personnel with some of their Ohio-native live animals.  The Kinder Concert is held at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts.

All of the SymphonyLand and Kinder Concert programs are open to the public as well as school groups.  Admission is free due to support provided by our generous sponsors listed above.   Reservations for all attendees are required, and can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.orgor by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094 weekdays 9am – 5pm.  Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 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.

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, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by T.K. and Faye A. Heston, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our third ConverZations, Lalene Kay, Director of Cleveland Music Therapy Consortium, will be speaking about her work in music therapy. Music Therapists use music to support healing, learning, movement and memory for many. This will help listeners gain a new knowledge and appreciation of how music can affect us. After the qualified music therapist has assessed the strengths and needs of their client, he or she will then provide the indicated treatment such as creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. With the help of musical involvement in the therapeutic context, the client’s lives are strengthened and they will have new abilities.

Larlene Kay is a board- certified music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists as well as a certified activity consultant through the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. Her workshop and conference presentations include the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Western regional conferences of the American Music Therapy Association. Kay is a music therapy consultant for Fairview Hospital adult day care center and state board member of the Ohio Music Educators Association as the special leaners chair.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org and find each of our ConverZations events on our calendar to learn about our upcoming events.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 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.

Contact:
Dan Cavalancia
330-452-3434 x610
dcavalancia@cantonsymphony.org

Come Enjoy and Evening Full of Tchaikovsky

For their second MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra welcomes back acclaimed pianist Norman Krieger for an evening full of Tchaikovsky.  This concert featuring the music of the masterful Russian romantic composer is on November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of WKSU, William P. Blair III, and Bob & Donna Leibensperger.

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique-take that for granted. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for instant miscalculates. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear.”

Myung -Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden and Zubin Mehta are just a few of the conductors with whom Krieger has collaborated. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Symphony. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and South America including tours of Germany, France, Poland, Holland Scandinavia, Korea, China, New Zealand and Israel. He recently performed at the PyeongChang Music festival in Korea. In September 2014, he recorded the Brahms Sonata Op. 1 and the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philip Ryan Mann, which will be released on Decca.

Krieger is the founding artistic director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. Since 2008, he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1997 to 2016 he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In August 2016 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

To open the concert, Maestro Zimmermann chose the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous operas, and arguably the most popular Russian opera from the romantic period.  Norman Krieger then takes the stage for Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, showing off his talents with accompaniment from the skillful CSO.  After intermission, the orchestra comes back with full forces to perform the composer’s fourth symphony, often talked about as the composer’s commentary on fate coming to take the listener away on a journey through time.  Also be sure to stop by at 6:30 for a performance of the Canton Symphony Chorus, with music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on November 4, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, 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.

The Little Art Gallery announces its upcoming exhibit featuring paintings and drawings by Emily Vigil.

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library will host artist, Emily Vigil’s, exhibit “Landscapes Lost and Found” beginning November 2, 2017. The exhibit will be displayed through December 3, 2017. An opening reception, hosted by the Friends of the Little Art Gallery, will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome.

 

Artist Statement and Statement of Show

“When I was a student, I was often counseled to begin by ‘writing what I know.’ Similarly, my undergraduate art education included countless hours of drawing ‘what I saw.’ Sometimes I felt as though I couldn’t possibly wring any more expression from drapery in a corner, or from a lowly egg and its cast shadow. I longed for the ability to take the leaps of freedom performed by my Art History heroes: Matisse, Turner, El Greco, or Rauschenberg. I was impatient to push past skill building, to express what I felt in my gut, to tap into the universal beyond the specific. But I am so glad that I drew and painted what I saw, as that is how I learned to enjoy the process of perception itself, and become aware of the scaffolding of sight. Besides, I learned to love manipulating art materials: pigment, water, medium, paper, wood, or canvas. I am no longer a university student or instructor. I still believe that primary experience is important, but after years of limiting my art goals to the boundaries of my personal experience, I have given myself permission to approach the edge of an imagined place, of an imagined time. Maybe even someone else’s place or time, as long as that place is one I can approach respectfully through an authentic connection.”

 

~Lost ~

“Follow me on this journey, by delving into mixed media acrylics and collages that chronicle some unreachable places or times. While some of these places are wholly constructed, Chasm, Crest, and Heritage all relate to true stories from my family, set in specific locations in the past: thirty, forty and over two hundred years ago. The details of these stories will never be known, only imagined.”

 

~Found~

“Nursery (StarkFresh Hoophouse) is the first in a series I am creating about community gardens in Stark County. I am lucky to have witnessed the remarkable transformation of a small plot of land in Canton into a tiny but vibrant urban farm, through diligence of growers from ICAN Housing, under the direction of StarkFresh. I can’t wait until I have a full season of source material to paint the abundance brought forth from this and other community gardens tended to right here around us. Over the course of 2016 and early 2017, I will be chronicling this and other community garden spaces in Stark County through a body of artwork very much grounded in my present day, solid connection to this place, our place.”

 

For additional information, please contact library community relations manager, Christina Weyrick, at 330.499.4712 x331 or cweyrick@northcantonlibrary.org.

Jim Brickman Joins the Canton Symphony Orchestra

Cleveland native Jim Brickman is a worldwide sensation with his soulful piano playing.  His simplistic song style has won the hearts of many, and has kept his music on the top of the charts across the country and the world.  In May, he will be coming back to Canton to join the CSO for one special night for their Benefit Concert.  The concert begins with the generosity of the CSO musicians, who are donating their services for the rehearsal and performance.  Concert proceeds will support the Canton Symphony Orchestra Endowment – ensuring the future of Stark County’s flagship arts organization.

Jim Brickman is an American songwriter and pianist of pop, as well as a radio show host. Brickman has earned six Gold and Platinum albums. He is known for his solo piano compositions, pop-style instrumentals, and vocal collaborations with artists such as Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.  He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album; an SESAC “Songwriter of the Year” award; a Canadian Country Music Award for Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration; and a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association.

Along with regular concert tickets, the CSO is also selling tickets for a special VIP event after the concert.  This post-concert party will have complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and a meet & greet with Mr. Brickman.  The party is being held in Foundation Hall, which is connected to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  Tickets for the VIP event are on sale now through the box office and online, and are $25 each.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on May 13, 2017 range in price from $20-$60 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, 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 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.

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

 

Oil 

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

 

Watercolor

First Place

Artist: Nancy Young Darrah

Title: View of Vernazza

Media: Watercolor

Second Place 

Artist: Ted Lawson

Title: 30 ROCK III

Media: Watercolor

 

Acrylic

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

Three-Dimensional

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 gallery@northcantonlibrary.org.

Mount Union to Host Gallery of American Masterworks April 8-13

The University of Mount Union is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Butler Institute of American Art to bring an exciting and unique opportunity to the Stark County area. With financial support from the Greater Alliance Foundation, Mount Union will host an exhibit of American Masterworks from The Butler Saturday, April 8 – Thursday, April 13 at the University’s Sally Otto Art Gallery in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

The Butler Institute of American Art, founded in 1919, is the first museum in the world dedicated to American art. The institute is located in Youngstown, Ohio and its original building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to its website, The Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” It hosts nearly 125,000 visitors annually to its numerous galleries.

The Butler collection includes more than 22,000 individual works of art, 25 of which will make the trip to Stark County to be displayed on Mount Union’s campus. Some of the works featured at the American Masterworks exhibit come from nationally-renowned artists such as: William James Glackens, Benjamin West, Reginald Marsh, Anna Mary (Grandma) Moses, Roy F. (Fox) Lichtenstein and many others.

As part of the six-day exhibit, Dr. Louis Zona, the executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art and professor emeritus of art history at Youngstown State University, will be a part of two events on April 11. Zona will present Mount Union’s Continued Learning Program (CLP) series at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the exhibit and his involvement with The Butler. Later that evening at 7 p.m., Zona will hold a gallery talk in the Sally Otto Art Gallery discussing each of the 25 works on display and their cultural significance across the nation, dating back to the early 18th Century. A reception will follow in the gallery after the discussion ends.

“The Butler Institute’s collection is amazing,” said University president Dick Merriman, “and we’re very excited about this unique opportunity to showcase notable works here on our campus.  It’s a wonderful bonus to have the executive director of the Institute come to campus to interpret the works and situate them within both evolving artistic traditions and the development of our country.”

Zona earned his B.S. in Education from Youngstown University in 1966, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his M.S. in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 and earned a Doctor of Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1973. He has been in his role at The Butler since 1982 and is credited with expanding its reach and assisting in opening satellite facilities in Salem and Howland, Ohio.

“The Butler’s collection in Youngstown traces the various developments in the history of American art,” said Carol Opatken, director of the Sally Otto Art Gallery. “The 25 paintings that we’ll have on loan does the same, so it will be an instructive show for our students and just wonderful viewing for everyone. With this exhibit, we hope to continue into a partnership with the Butler and bring more of their collection to the Alliance area.”

“To express appreciation to our donors and many partners in the community, the Greater Alliance Foundation is excited to collaborate with the University of Mount Union to bring this remarkable event to the community,” said Douglas Schwarz, executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation. “We hope that this is the beginning of a great partnership between The Butler Institute of American Art and the University, in which both students and Stark County residents benefit from this great opportunity.”

The Sally Otto Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. from 5 p.m. There is no admission charge for the exhibit. Financial support is available for schools that wish to bring students to the exhibit. School districts seeking more information on the financial support can call (330) 823-6063.

For more information on the American Masterworks exhibit and other art events taking place on Mount Union’s campus, visit mountunion.edu/art-events.

75th Annual May Show Call for Entries Now Available

The Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library has released the call for entries for the 74th Annual May Show.

The call is open to any artist at least 16 years of age residing in Stark County. All works submitted must be original, recent and not previously exhibited at the Little Art Gallery. All media, with the exception of photography (unless altered as mixed media fine art), will be accepted for consideration. Official submission categories are acrylic, watercolor, oil, drawing and original prints, mixed media and three-dimensional.

Entry forms are available at http://ncantonlibrary.com/74th-annual-may-show-call-for-entries/

The 2017 May Show opens May 1 and will be on display in the gallery through May 31. Awards are given for best of show and first and second place in each of the six categories. In 2016, 85 artists submitted pieces for the show, and 50 pieces were selected.

“The May Show provides a unique opportunity for artists to have their works juried in person rather than through a digital eye. We choose two new jurors each year, and they are able to pay careful attention to the details of each entry. The outcome, including pieces from both emerging and seasoned artists, is always a reflection of art within our community. The May Show provides a look at who we are as a community today – our likes, dislikes, stories, environment and culture,” explained gallery curator, Elizabeth Blakemore.

For 75 years, this show has featured emerging talents in this community, and the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library is honored to showcase these local artists. May Show entry forms are available at area art organizations, the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library and online at ncantonlibrary.org. The 2017 entry fee is $25 per artist. With each entry, an artist may submit two works. Questions about entries should be directed to Gallery Curator, Elizabeth Blakemore, at 330.499.4712 x312.

World War I Community Archives Day

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the St George Cultural Center!

The objective is to conduct oral history interviews, digitize World War I-era photographs, and document artifacts relating to military or civilian history between the years 1914 and 1918. Patrons will then receive digital scans of their materials by Dropbox of USB drive.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this project includes research, gathering of images, and identification of artifacts for potential inclusion in the exhibition that will debut at the Massillon Museum on June 10 and remain on view through November 12.

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The Massillon Museum will host a one-day event at St. George Cultural Center in Massillon on Saturday, March 18, to prepare for assembly of Stark County in the Great War, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of the involvement of the United States in World War I. Members of the community are invited to bring their artifacts, ephemera, and stories to share with Museum staff between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The objective is to conduct oral history interviews, digitize World War I-era photographs, and document artifacts relating to military or civilian history between the years 1914 and 1918. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this project includes research, gathering of images, and identification of artifacts for potential inclusion in the exhibition that will debut at the Massillon Museum on June 10 and remain on view through November 12.

The Stark County Honor Roll of Ohio 1917–1918 asked: “Where in all history, sacred or secular, and where in all this wide land is there any evidence of greater patriotism than was shown by Stark County, Ohio?” With regard to the project, Museum Curator Heather Haden commented, “In addition to the loss of life, the contributions made by Stark County families, businesses, and industries to the war effort were astonishing. The Massillon Museum is grateful for federal support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to better preserve these contributions as represented in cultural heritage materials.” Museum Archivist Mandy Pond added, “The Museum values the opportunity to better serve future patrons and researchers through a more extensive archive capturing Stark County history from the World War I era as a result of the WWI Community Archives Day.”

This effort is funded by an NEH Common Heritage grant. According to the NEH, “Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage.”

The Common Heritage program was created to support day-long events to which the public is invited. Experienced Museum staff and volunteers will digitize historical photographs, documents, and objects brought in by members of the community. Videographers will record interviews with community members willing to talk about their experiences or those of family members during World War I. Staff will be set up to scan, process, and identify photographs while the owners are present, so that photographs can be returned immediately. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home as well. With permission, digital copies of materials collected during the Community Archives Day will be included in the Massillon Museum archives. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, artworks, audiovisual recordings, WWI uniforms, patches, and medals are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.

The Massillon Museum preserves a very touching collection of the photographs and personal artifacts of Charles Vernon Brown, as well as more than 200 letters to his family and from his family to him during the War to End All Wars. Brown, a Massillon man who fought in France with the 47th Company, 5th Marines was one of 17 Massillon men killed during that war. Community Archives Day will be an opportunity to potentially discover other collections that help tell the story of Massillon, Stark County, and the nation.

In 2010, Museum employees facilitated a similar documentation project, also funded by a federal agency. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided support for the Massillon Museum to preserve the histories of photographers Belle Johnson (1864–1945) and Henry Clay Fleming (1845–1942), both represented by extensive collections at MassMu. Museum staff visited the photographers’ hometowns of Monroe City, Missouri, and Ravenswood, West Virginia, respectively, where they recorded informative interviews, scanned more than 1,000 images presented by local residents, and identified previously unnamed photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection. This effort culminated in the exhibition, Faces of Rural America, which debuted at the Massillon Museum in 2011 and then traveled to other institutions.

The Massillon Museum’s Community Archives Day is made possible in part by a major Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the theme, “exploring the human endeavor.”