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Some like it hot


bout 1,200 degrees hot, that is. At least that’s the heat that glass artist John Boyett will be packing when he opens Canton Glass

Works in the heart of downtown Canton late this summer.

2010 Downtown Event Schedule Downtown Canton’s streetscape comes alive with fun festivals!

First Friday of every month

Saturdays, starting June 19

Canton’s tight-knit arts community has lured Boyett south from his current studio, Akron Glass Works, which he co-founded in January 2006. Originally from Dade City, Fla., Boyett traveled the world in the US Air Force and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. He was a member of the University of Miami Glass Blowing Guild and studied at Penland School of Craft. During his long career, he has worked as an artisan at Studio Glashutten in Ahus, Sweden, and at Hale Farm and Village in Akron, before co-founding Akron Glass Works. He also travels much of the year to shows around the region. Most recently, he took first place at this May’s Groveport Arts Festival in Groveport, Ohio, and third place at the Delaware Arts Fest in Delaware, Ohio.

Mark your calendar and plan to atte n d ! John currently resides with wife (and business partner) Linda, and their boys Jordan, 11, and Jacob, 8, in North Canton. He says he has a lot to learn about Canton, but also a great deal to contribute. And from what he’s seen so far, he can’t wait! “Bringing my craft to Canton isn’t just about me. I enjoy the idea of being part of the community and giving back. There is no better


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LOOKING INSIDE SPECIAL FEATURES • Canton Glass Works • First Friday Tidbits • Annual Arts Campaign • Stark State Au to m ot i ve Technology Cente r • Artist Boot Camp • Canton Farmers’ Market • Community Garden WHATWHEREWHEN

First Friday ‘Tidbits’ Look down! at the July 2 First Friday, Chalk the Walk 2. Forty-seven artists from all over Stark County will converge at Fourth and Court Streets to create 27 incredible works of art in chalk! Don’t miss this incredible sampling of artists and listen to the music of the Matt Corey Band. Watch the ground for more than just a splash of color! On August 6 get down for a Feelin’ Groovy First Friday. There will be plenty of flower power in this summer of love celebration with Aquarius Rising filling the air with peace and happiness. Don your bell-bottoms and wear some flowers in your hair, ya dig? (continued on page 2)

Downtown Developments is published bi-monthly by Canton Development Partnership, a department of Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Downtown Canton Special Improvement District

by Michael P. Gill, director, Canton Development Partnership

Summer brings fun downtown

222 Market Ave. N. Canton, OH 44702 (330) 456-0468 fax (330) 452-7786

Dennis P. Saunier President & CEO Michael P. Gill Director Kelly Blandford Bah Project Manager Annette Rosenberger Administrative Assistant Denise Burton Membership Director Jessica Bennett Editor David Zingery Marketing Director Sarah Bhatia Graphic Designer

The Canton Development Part n e rship is a coalition of area development organizations and city g ove rn m en t that share an interest in downtown C a n ton’s continual imp rovement, revitalization, image, and quality of life for its citizens. Its mission is to support and coordinate the activities and programs of its partner organizations in order to encourage and sustain community and economic development in downtown Canton.

Summer 2010 promises to offer a spectacular array of events and activities downtown. Enjoy the unique urban atmosphere, sample the food from our 27 restaurants, stroll the Arts District and frequent our wonderful entertainment venues. First Friday will celebrate its third birthday this summer and more fun is planned throughout this year. If you have not been to a First Friday, try it and you’ll see why it has been voted one of the best community events in Stark County! The Farmers’ Market returns this year with more vendors and more things to do. Same location, same time, same great selection of quality food and produce items. See you at the market! Welcome New Neighbors We want to welcome three new organizations to downtown. Siegfried Enterprises, owner/operator of McDonalds franchises in Canton and North Canton, have moved their corp o ra te offices to the Millennium Building. Berea Children’s Home & Family Services has established an office in the Mellett Building. The agency will be providing services to families in Stark County. Finally, we also want to welcome John Boyett, a glass artist, to the Canton Arts District. John is a glass blower that will be occupying a retail space in the 400 McKinley Ave. N.W. building. We thank these individuals and organizations for making a commitment to our downtown. Idea Session In June, the Canton Development Partnership, a division of the Canton Regional Chamber of

Commerce, conducted an “Idea Session” for board members of its constituent organizations. Represented at the meeting were the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Canton, Dow n tow n Canton Special Improvement District, Downtown Canton Land Bank and Canton Tomorrow, Inc. The purpose of the meeting was to identify new ideas that could benefit our downtown and move us to the next level of performance in our center city. Numerous opportunities were identified throughout the course of the meeting. Over the coming months, the list of ideas will be reviewed and analyzed. I am certain that many of these thoughts will make their way into the CDP Strategic Plan and benefit our downtown for years to come. Thank you to all who attended this session for your insightful comments and ideas.

The partnering organizations include: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, Downtown Canton Land Bank, Canton Tomorrow, Inc., and City of Canton. Information regarding downtown events and news can be submitted for reprint at the discretion of the Partnership director and publication editor. The Canton Development Partnership reserves the right to edit all copy. Deadlines are the 15th of the month, two months prior to publication (i.e., May 15 for the July/August issue).

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First Friday is celebrated every first Friday of the month, from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Canton. First Friday is presented by ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council, and the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District.

Advertising rates and specifications are available by contacting the Chamber sales department at (330) 458-2067.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Lincoln Highway Station 1315 Tuscarawas Street W. • Canton, Ohio 44702 Hours: Open Wed. - Sun. during summer, weekends only the rest of the year Contact: (800) 468-4070 • For thousands of years, Native Americans used the Cuyahoga River and Valley in northern Ohio as a north-south transportation corridor. Later, the Ohio and Erie Canal provided the early settlers a slow, but easy way to move bulk goods and people. To d ay, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Ra i l road (CVSR) is a thoroughfare of fun family excursions and entertainment for residents of Cuya h o ga Valley and surrounding communities. The CVSR is one of the oldest, longest and most scenic tourist excursion railways in the country. The nonprofit, volunteer-supported railroad operates in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and both are dedicated to preserving passenger rail transportation in the region. Points of interest along the railroad include the crooking Cuyahoga River, quaint cities and towns, and Hale Farm & Village. Visit the historic village of Peninsula where you can find interesting art galleries and unique shops or enjoy lunch at one of the delicious restaurants. With cultural stops in stations across Northeast Ohio, you can ride all day for just $15! Through the end of Aug., CVSR will be offering train trips from Canton to Akron and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and from Akron to Canton via the CVSR Lincoln Highway Station, located at 1315 Tuscarawas Street W, in downtown Canton or at Akron’s Northside Station, located at 27 Ridge Street, just north of downtown. Passengers can choose to stay on board for a three-hour round-trip, or they can get off and visit the Akron

Zoo or Art Museum. For those wishing to continue north into Cuya h o ga Valley National Park to explore for the afternoon, there is an opportunity to change trains in Akron. The CVSR also offers specialty events such as their famous Days Out with Thomas the Train, a 25minute ride featuring a full-sized Thomas the Tank EngineTM, storytelling, live music, kids activities and more. For the grown-ups, the railroad hosts everything from Grape Escape Wine Tasting and Ales on Rails Beer Tasting Excursions, The Polar ExpressTM, as well as murder-mystery performance rides. For the most up-to-date event information, please visit Every Wednesday in July and August, starting June 2, all passenge rs traveling to or from Canton can ride for a reduced ticket price of only $6 per person, courtesy of Acme Fresh Markets. Tickets Thursday through Sunday are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. Tickets for all of the excursions can be purchased online at Both the young and the young at heart can find something to do aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Whether taking a leisurely ride on rail that was built 130 years ago or enjoying one of our special events, you are sure to have a great time!” said Kelly Steele, director of marketing and sales for CVSR. Want to get involved with CVSR? The organization is seeking volunteers for every aspect of railway operations – get on board today!













D ow n town Girl By Marilyn Thomas Jones

I am a native Cantonian. I have lived in every quadrant of the city. I am proud of my hometown. For four years as a student at Timken Vocational High School, I lived downtown at 124 Sixth Street SW. The beautiful apartment building we lived in is no longer standing, but its twin building – at 134 Sixth Street – is still there. I loved living in downtown Canton! The movie theatres, Isaly’s, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, architecture, The Phillis Wheatley House, doctors, lawyers, churches, schools – everything was easily accessible! I own a home in Northwest Canton now. I work downtown, volunteer downtown, go to movies, restaurants, the hair salon and attend numerous activities downtown! I am a Program Officer at Stark Community Foundation working primarily in the development of grassroots neighborhood associations. I am impressed with the numerous volunteer hours neighborhood association members devote to the betterment of their neighborhoods. They plan, strategize, take ownership and vote. They have a voice and are the key to the success of their neighborhoods. Stark Community Foundation recognizes the importance of all neighborhoods. Our initiative, Neighborhood Partnership Grant Program (NPGP), has awarded almost $1.4 million over the past 14 years to the more than 50 neighborhood associations located in every quadrant of Canton. As a part of the program, we offer Neighborhood Leadership Training (NLT), part of which is a bus tour to every neighborhood represented in the class. The downtown portion of the tour includes going to the Southwest Association of Neighbors (SWAN) because of its rich history. I tell the story of Bezaleel Wells and his founding of Canton in 1805. SWAN is still evolving to this day, marked by the recent opening of the Ralph Regula Federal Building. Our neighborhoods improve the livability, attractiveness, business vitality and visitor appeal of our great downtown area. Dusty Springfield would have been pleased in Canton - DOWNTOWN! Marilyn Thomas Jones is a program officer for the Stark Community Foundation.

ANNUAL ARTS CAMPAIGN exceeds goal five years running! At a Victor y Party held at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography in the Canton Arts District on last month, 2010 Annual Arts Campaign chair Linda DeHoff and her 100 volunteers got to celebrate the sweet taste of victory by exceeding their $1,450,000 goal. “Fighting against all the odds,” said DeHoff, “not only have we made goal for the fifth year in a row —- we’ve gone over by five thousand dollars.” DeHoff declared victory for “TEAM ARTS,” the 2010 ArtsinStark annual arts campaign. Even though this campaign had the same dollar goal as last year’s, the fluctuating economy made it a race to the finish. “There were many surprises in both dire c t i o n s ,” says Art s i n Stark board chair Bob Timken. “Some people couldn’t support us at the same level as in the past while other donors upped their gifts to record new heights.” ArtsinStark began in 1968 with the dream of building a Cultural Center for the Arts alongside the Canton Civic Center. In 1972 that dream came true. Today ArtsinStark is a nonprofit organization that gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center

and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Its annual budget is $2.6 million – and 99 percent of it comes from the private sector. What isn’t earned is raised from individuals, companies and foundations. Every spring, ArtsinStark conducts the Annual Arts Campaign. In the last four years, giving to the arts has increased by 50 percent. Last May, in the middle of a recession, it raised the largest amount in 41 years: $1,450,000. Because of the challenging times, the goal was kept the same for 2010. Out of every dollar raised – 91 cents goes directly to support programs that are part of ArtsinStark’s mission: “to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.” “The arts in Stark County continue to surge forward,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and in a very challenging year Linda DeHoff and her team of volunteers have done an absolutely incredible job.” As a result of the campaign, ArtsinStark will give out over $1.2 million dollars in grants to nonprofits, schools and artists in Stark County.

STARK STATE to open automotive technology center in downtown Canton The doors of the new Stark State dow n town Canton Automot i ve Technology Center will open this fall at 839 Cleveland Ave., housing second-year students in the College’s automotive technology program and freeing up space to accommodate the growing enrollment at the current Whipple Ave. center. Renovation is underway on the 13,800-square-foot facility, the former Ganley Lincoln/Mercury building, most recently occupied by Canton Classic Cars. Two classrooms, two labs, auto bays and offices are part of the project, said Randy Bennett, department chair and assistant professor of automotive technology. Plans call for most of the work to be finished in time for fall semester classes. “This reinforces Stark State’s educational commitment in downtown Canton,” said Dorey Diab, provost and chief academic officer of Stark State College. “It will serve as a building block for future expansion downtown as we continue to emphasize that a highly-skilled workforce is imperative for economic revitalization.” The building will be home to the comprehensive automotive program’s advanced students, whose second-year curriculum focuses on computer-controlled automotive systems. Bennett expects about 150 sophomore students, an enrollment that has more than doubled over the past four years. “This expansion allows our automotive technology program the opportunity to grow and serve more students as enrollment continues to increase,” Bennett added. Other students in the automotive technology program will continue to attend Stark State’s Automotive Technology Center at 5600 Whipple Ave. N.W. Bennett anticipates more than 600 full-time and part-time students will be enrolled in the entire automotive technology program during fall semester.

Looking inside


The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography


t has been a picture perfect year for the Joseph Saxton Gallery of

Photography. The truly impressive thing is that this one year is the gallery’s first in existence.

The Saxton Gallery celebrated its first birthday in the downtown Canton Arts District at June’s First Friday celebration. Owner Tim Belden opened this gallery as a way to promote the full range of photography – historical and contemporary – from street photography to nature, from fine art to documentary. His goal is to make the Saxton Gallery the destination for photography in Northeast Ohio, and if the enthusiastic crowds that have descended on this one-of-akind gallery are any indication, he’s on the path to success. The Saxton Gallery is still reeling from an overwhelming response to their first juried show – the Canton Luminaries Photogra p hy Competition, for which they received almost 800 submissions from 140 photographers from all over the country. Winners will be announced July 9. Earlier this year, the Gallery played host to two prolific photographers – Steve McCurry’s Unguarded Moment was featured

from February to April. Clyde Butcher, the “Ansel Adams of the Everglades,” had his show, Wilderness Visions, featured in May and June. Both shows received overwhelming attendance and rave revues. The gallery that has featured McCurry and Butcher will now attempt a true hat trick: Art Wolfe, one of t he world’s most celebrated nature photographers, will be welcomed to the gallery from July 2 through Oct. 1. Art Wolfe is the author of more than 50 books and star of the PBS series ‘Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe.’ C u ra tor and general manager Stephen McNulty said of his mentor, Art Wolfe: “Art is an absolute inspiration, he is the leading conservation photographer in the world. He keeps getting better – a lesser lensman would have peaked by now, but 30 years later, he just keeps getting better.” Wolfe will come to Canton on Friday, July 16, for a whirlwind day of special events including the limited edition Patron’s Luncheon, a gallery book signing and a keynote speech at Malone University’s Johnson Center. For more information on these events and to pre-order your books and tickets before they sell out, visit

Other shows on the horizon for later this year? McNulty’s lips are sealed at this point, but his dream is to have Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado or James Nachtwey, both conflict photo gra p h e rs, show at the Saxton Gallery someday. No question about it, Joseph Saxton, America’s first photographer, would be proud of his namesake. The beautiful arts and cra fts inspire d gallery features everything from man’s first photographic endeavor, clamshell daguerreotypes, through turn of the century international masters, including photographers like Edward Steichen and Alfred Steiglitz, who put the art of photography on par with the works of Picasso. The gallery also includes more contemporary works, and has a beautiful collection of modern portraiture. Let 200 of the world’s finest photographs be your guide through time as you wander the gallery. It may be the new kid on the block in the Arts District, but the incredible, blue chip photography destination is a don’t-miss. Works in the Saxton Gallery are available for sale, complete with museum quality, archival-grade framing performed onsite. Visit the gallery at 520 Cleveland Ave. NW, or visit for hours and events.


By: Craig Joseph, program facilitator

Artists tackle business sustainability in ArtsinStark beta program Downtown Canton and the rest of Stark County have enjoyed a recent explosion of the arts, but ArtsinStark hopes to ensure that local artists, studios and galleries are equipped with the tools to ensure sustainability for years to come. To that end, June marked the commencement of an ArtsinStark-sponsored pilot program, the Business Boot Camp for Artists. Ten artists were selected to participate in a series of six workshops on topics to ready them for business success. Boot Camp sessions covered everything from grant writing to intellectual property law, marketing to securing gallery representation. The workshops were led by seventeen local business professionals and provide artists with next steps toward a self-sustaining career in the arts. Post-workshops, each artist will meet with a mentor for three months. Mentors will answer any questions that arise in the implementation phase, while connecting the artist to professionals who can aid them in the various tasks they undertake to strengthen their businesses. The program is already generating enthusiasm. From the lips of painter Marcy Axelband: “I’m very appreciative of the investment that’s being made in me. The opportunity to learn from individuals with business acumen who have a desire to see artists succeed is rare. Not only do I have the will to make this my livelihood; I now have the tools.” At the conclusion of the pilot program, ArtsinStark plans to evaluate the progress of these ten artists before opening the program up to artists around the county who would like the assistance. The second round of Boot Camp could begin as early as Fall 2010.

Artists learn best practices for seeking gallery representation at a recent Boot Camp


Canton Farmers’ Market strides into summer


he market is up and running and the bounty of summer arri ves

dow n town


Saturday morning in baskets and crates! Bigger than ever before, customers are enjoying a variety of activities and great selection of the Canton Farmers’ Market! Stop by and start your weekend right from 8 – 11:30 a.m. every Saturday morning through October 16. The market is located at Cleveland Ave. N between Fourth & Fifth Sts. NW. Visit for more information.

Community garden takes root The Dow n town Canton / Summit Community Garden is filled with gardeners of all ages and gardening ability, creating a spot of green for all to enjoy. Everything grows in t he Community Garden, from tomatoes to squash, to beautiful flowering annuals and perennials. For more information or to reserve a plot for late summer gardening, contact Marcie Otto, garden coordinator, at The Garden is sponsored by the Stark Community Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.


Some like it hot ... He and his family have enjoyed many downtown festivals and arts events in Canton, and he’s eager to truly join the community. “I reached out to my friend Judi Christy at ArtsinStark a few months ago, and the immediate, welcoming embrace I felt from the Arts Council, the Canton Development Partnership and other organizations in Canton has been overwhelming,” explained Boyett. “As soon as I started talking to them, I knew that this was going to be an awesome move.” Boyett’s work is a reflection of his life: whimsical and frequently unpredictable. Influenced by bright color combinations found in tropical plants and unusual forms in saltwater creatures, his work is often comprised of conventional forms with unexpected adornments.

What can we expect from our new resident glass master when he opens his doors in Canton? You will find the Glass Works gift shop filled with beautiful bowls, giftware and glass sculptures, some more eccentric than others. He’s especially eager to invest in making goblets, a notoriously difficult piece for glassblowers to create. Best of all are his plans for putting the new studio through its paces with some experimentation. “There’s a technique that involves casting and blowing with sand, the result of which is a creation like you’ve never seen. I’m excited about the possibilities of the new studio.” Other things to look for include in-depth workshops for aspiring glass artists at all levels of experience. The longtime artisan has shared his skill

with more than 500 people over the years, and he plans to offer a variety of workshops at the downtown facility. In his words, when it comes to teaching the art of glass blowing, he’ll steer, but his students get to handle the gas! Canton Glass Works will be located at 429 Fourth Street NW (on the corner of Fourth St. and McKinley Ave.). This new venture will mark the first time that Boyett has been solo at his craft, and he’s itching to get started creating unique pieces!

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Thru July 25 Form, Figure & Function: Contemporary Ohio Ceramics John Strauss: A Sculptural Perspective Kevin Anderson: Based on a True Story Canton Museum of Art Thru July 31 Christmas in July Arcadia Grille 1,15 2 2-31 3,17 31 3 3 6,12, 19,26 7 9 9-11 10 10 12 12-14


Art Film Canton Palace Theatre First Friday – Chalk the Walk 2 Canton Arts District Prologue: Origins of a Tale by Joseph Carl Close Anderson Creative Studio Canton Farmers’ Market Cleveland Ave. & 4th St. NW Scared Scriptless Improv Comedy Kathleen Howland Theatre Hollywood Hit Movie Canton Palace Theatre Summer Kids’ Movie Canton Palace Theatre J-Jams with Danny Milan Cultural Center for the Arts Summer Science Splash McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Twirling Unlimited Int’l Invitational Canton Memorial Civic Center Drumming with Elec Simon Canton Farmers’ Market Cleveland Ave. & 4th St. NW Canton Comic Opera Co The Wizard of Oz Canton Palace Theatre Summer Reading Programs Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! National First Ladies’ Library 3x3 Science Samplers McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

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J-Jams with Tim Griffiths Cultural Center for the Arts Fine Wednesday Wine Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography “I’m Scared too” Scared Scriptless Improv Comedy Kathleen Howland Theatre Mud Masters Ceramic Symposium Canton Museum of Art Summer Reading Programs Where in the World Is Nellie Bly? National First Ladies’ Library 3x3 Science Samplers McKinley Presidential Library & Museum J-Jams with Bob Corlett & the Zydeco Kings Cultural Center for the Arts The Wedding Singer presented by North Canton Playhouse Canton Palace Theatre Children’s Art Class Drumming with Elec Simon Canton Farmers’ Market Cleveland Ave. & 4th St. NW Summer Reading Programs - The Unruly Roosevelts: Teddy’s Menagerie National First Ladies’ Library J- Jams with The Big Sweet Cultural Center for the Arts Free Documentary Film Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography Coffee & Crafts - Knitting McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Enshrinement Festival Concert & Fireworks Downtown Canton Disney’s The Jungle Book Player’s Guild Theatre

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Disney’s The Jungle Book Player’s Guild Theatre Summer Kids’ Movie Canton Palace Theatre Movie Camp McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Art Film Canton Palace Theatre First Friday – Feelin’ Groovy Canton Arts District Canton Farmers’ Market at Aultman Hospital Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon Canton Memorial Civic Center Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees Dinner Canton Memorial Civic Center Habitat Anderson Creative Studio Timken Grand Parade Downtown Canton Palace Tours Canton Palace Theatre Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees Gameday Roundtable Canton Memorial Civic Center Fine Wednesday Wine Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography Drumming with Elec Simon Canton Farmers’ Market Cleveland Ave. & 4th St. NW Grecian Festival Canton Memorial Civic Center Free Documentary Film Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography Coffee & Crafts – Painting McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Children’s Art Class Canton Farmers’ Market Cleveland Ave. & 4th St. NW

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