The Art of Saving a Horse

On Friday October 13 I was lucky enough to attend The Art of Saving a Horse Benefit. Ikon Images, a unique and fun gallery in downtown Canton Ohio hosted the event and all the proceeds went to Last Chance Corral Horse Rescue. In the last year Last Chance Corral Horse Rescue has rescued over 100 foals! Art and charity, yes please! 

The art work featured artist from around the country, including an artist that helped with Lord of The Rings. It was an honor to attend the benefit and to meet several of the artists that night. Along with art available for purchase there was a silent auction with items donated from shops around the community.

Ikon Images did a wonderful job of creating a cozy yet sophisticated environment, and everything from their food and wine, to the live music made this an event to remember. If you haven’t been to Ikon Images yet, head down to 221 5th St NW and check it out. It is definitely a hidden gem in the Canton art scene!

ConverZations Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an amazing collaboration between Massillon Museum, Cleveland Institute of Music, and both local and national artists. What prompted the collaboration? How do the visually impaired get to experience art?The Zimmermann Symphony Center hosted the beautiful display, panel discussion and performance on September 19, 2017. Canton Symphony Orchestra string quartet did a fantastic job playing the original compositions by three composers from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Luckily if you didn’t get to attend this exciting and innovative evening there is still time to see the art. The Zimmermann Symphony Center will have the paintings, sculptures, and interactive sound displays available to visit through October 13. This one of a kind exhibit is something you’ll definitely want to see!
http://www.massillonmuseum.org/blindspot

Avatars Opening Exhibit 

Canton Museum of Art opened a wonderful exhibit featuring the art of Gary Spinosa on Wednesday May 3. I was lucky enough to attend the exhibit opening and meet the artist. Gary Spinosa was extremely kind and humble when speaking about his work. He said he is inspired by nature and life events. A lot of his work reminded me of ancient Mayan and Aztec temples, with tall stairs leading up to an alter. Ancient Egypt and relics are a basis for much of his creation. 

If you are looking for a wonderful evening and a way to support local arts be sure to check out Avatars: Relics of the Future, open through July 23. CMA did a beautiful job displaying these unique pieces and you are sure to leave feeling as if you saw something sacred, mystical, and though provoking. 

Finding Art

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Art speaks when words can not. Growing up with a dad who was a designer, a mother who ran her own publishing company, and a brother who is now a designer as well, art was a heavy player in our family. Moving to North East Ohio, I was afraid that there wouldn’t be a huge arts community. What I learned was something totally different.

I just had to seek it out! The pictures above are from Visions, the opening night of a new exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. There were speakers, hor d’oeuvres, cash bar, and of course amazing art!

Where ever you live, if you can’t find the life or the culture you wanted go and seek it out. If you can’t find it, then start it.

Places I would suggest in North East Ohio for the lover of the arts:

Canton Museum of Art

Canton Ballet

Cleveland Museum of Art

Akron Museum of Art

Don Drumm Studios

Canton Players Guild

Weathervane Playhouse

Coach House Theatre

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Canton Arts District

Be sure to check out all of the local events in your area to stay on top of what’s hot and now.