“It feels like we’ve been in COVID forever.” Robb Hankins, president and CEO of ArtsinStark, has been operating in pandemic mode for so long that the back end of the proverbial tunnel seems to have disappeared. But he remains optimistic, even when the light at the front end of that passageway remains a bit dim.
The Canton Museum of Art is more than just a place to look at pretty things hanging on the wall. In the past five years, the museum has increased the number of events it hosts and has expanded its free offerings and outreach activities to make the museum more accessible. In 2020, it will celebrate 85 years of being a cultural resource.
Under the guidance of Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art since September 2014, the museum has steadily increased its public profile through programming designed to attract new visitors from all corners of the community and beyond.
This month, dozens of local artists will have their best pieces up for display in one place. March marks the return of the biennial Canton Artists League show held at the Canton Museum of Art. Members of the league—who range from professional to amateur—will showcase their work in the upper galleries of the museum. The art in the Visions 2019 exhibit will be judged and then awarded during a reception on March 3.
Painter Evie Zimmer loves flowers so much she stops to take photos of them in the grocery store. And once she has those photos, she manipulates them until they look interesting, and then she gets and idea, and then she heads to the canvas.
The Canton Museum of Art is a mecca of gift ideas for that person who’s impossible to buy for. “The art museum is for everyone,” said Danielle Attar, marketing and events director. “It’s not some old stodgy art museum; it’s fresh and young and open for everyone.”
Art therapist Amy Hope provided an informative program on “Art for Health and Healing” at the Canton Museum of Art in April. Sponsored by Canton Fine Arts Associates, the program offered insights and examples of how art therapy can help heal various personal conditions, including veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The event included an interactive demonstration featuring art therapy, a Q&A session and a catered lunch.
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