Much like the jewelry she creates, Judith Sterling’s life as an artist continues to evolve. The 64-year-old East Canton native began as a painter, dedicating about 20 years of her life to the craft before she began to see art in a more three-dimensional form.
Dirk Rozich’s murals don’t just grab your attention—they leap out from their enormous spaces. The North Canton-based artist is one of the area’s most prolific muralists. One of his most notable projects is a commemoration of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath’s brash guarantee that the underdog New York Jets would win Super Bowl III—which they did in 1969.
Heather Haden purchases the art and designs the exhibitions that are on display at the Massillon Museum. Her day-to-day job includes keeping the gallery in order, checking technology, running reports about temperature and humidity, writing grants and even identifying any bugs that are found in the museum.
It’s not easy to get Joseph Close on the phone. Especially when he’s working. “As much as I have ideas floating in my head, I get linear on these big scary projects,” he said. “There’s so many moving parts. It’s pretty daunting.”
Amy Eibel’s classroom at Faircrest Middle School is a vivid mix of student art—paintings decorate the walls, half-completed cellophane men lounge in the corner, and gowns made of duct tape and tissue paper hang on dress forms.
Like Andy Warhol before him, artist Scot Phillips creates celebrity portraits of silver-screen actresses based on dot-pattern photographs. Unlike Warhol, though, Phillips doesn’t silkscreen his pop-art images. Instead, he painstakingly paints them by hand. Every dot comes from his brush.