Canton First Friday features art, music; New Wave Nation in Massillon


CANTON – Works of art will be the focus of activity on the first Friday in February in downtown Guangzhou, with exhibitions and presentations in studios and galleries.

Highlights include the opening reception for an exhibition by Heather Bullach from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the upstairs gallery at Strauss Studios, 236 Walnut Ave. BORN.

Bullach is a portrait and landscape painter working primarily in oil. His style ranges from hyperrealism to expressive impressionism, according to a press release from Strauss Studios.

“I’m captivated by the light,” Bullach said. “The way it changes, creates color, evokes moods and emotions; the way it changes with the time of day, weather and season. I love capturing these nuances, whether they play on a face and a silhouette or in the landscapes around my home in northeast Ohio.

“Portraits are my first love,” she added in the press release. “I aim to capture a beauty that goes beyond the physical: to show the spirit of those I paint. Little gives me as much joy as seeing someone come to life on my canvas.

The Stark County artist earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Malone University in 2011.

Cantonese artist David Sherrill will hold a solo exhibition from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during activities on the first Friday of February at the Silo Arts Studio in downtown Canton.

David Sherrill at Silo Arts

Cantonese artist David Sherrill is planning his second exhibition from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the first Friday at Silo Arts Studio, 431 Fourth St. NW.

Playfully titled “DaveRuinsArt,” the altered art exhibit will follow Sherrill’s first solo show on the first Friday in January.

On display will be paintings incorporating pop culture figures into the setting of abandoned landscape paintings, as well as neo-expressionist artwork.

About two years ago, Sherrill’s work gained attention outside of Canton when he posted a photo of one of his “Star Wars” themed paintings on the social media site Reddit. com. also ran an article about Sherrill’s parody art.

Silo Arts Studio in downtown Canton will present the works of Canton David Sherrill from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during activities on the first Friday of February.

Opening of BZTAT studios

Also on the first Friday, BZTAT Studios will hold its soft opening at 209 Sixth St. NW.

Longtime local artist Vicki Boatright, also known as BZTAT, runs the studio. She recently moved her studio out of the former Vital Arts Gallery in downtown Guangzhou.

Photographer Aimee Lambes and Neil Weakland are also collaborating at the new studio.

BZTAT Studios, 209 Sixth St. NW, will hold a soft opening in downtown Guangzhou during activities on the first Friday of February.

Weakland is moving The CUT Cinema, a small theater specializing in independent films, from Vital Arts to BZTAT Studios, Boatright said.

“Aimee is going to show her artwork and photography and then we’re going to integrate The Cut Cinema into the art gallery,” she said, noting that the studio space is still a “work in progress.” .

Animal-themed artwork will be on display during the soft opening.

New Wave Nation will perform at the Lions Lincoln Theater in Massillon on Saturday night to mark the band's 24th anniversary.

New Wave Nation in Massillon

New Wave Nation will perform at the Lions Lincoln Theater in Massillon on Saturday night to mark the band’s 24th anniversary.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The ’80s Time Machine concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the premises at 156 Lincoln Way E.

The show also features local saxophonist Matt Corey and other special guests.

Tickets are $20 per person; children 10 and under enter free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Seating is general admission and first come, first served.

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Inauguration of the Cantonal Art Museum

More First Friday Art

First Friday of February art-themed activities in downtown Guangzhou include:

• The Canton Museum of Art launches “The ArtChemist Project”, a month-long community art project at 1001 Market Ave. NOT.

Designed to explore what happens when chemistry and art collide, the installation is based on “One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank” by Jeff Koons. The piece is on loan from Art Bridges as part of the current “POP!” from the local museum. exposure.

Museum visitors can pick up a project folder containing instructions and materials for creating their own science-based artwork, which can be returned to the museum throughout February to be added to the lobby exhibit.

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Other First Friday activities include:

• The exhibition “Honey, I shrunk my art!” by sculptor Erika Katherine! 6-11 p.m., with imaginative miniatures at The Hub Art Factory, 336 Sixth St. NW.

• “Picking up the Pieces” at the 3rd Space Gallery, 600 Market Ave. N, with an art demonstration by Kathy Pugh from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Live weaving demonstrations and new pieces on display in the studio at Kolp’s Attic, 318 Cleveland Ave. NW, including handmade tote bags and wall hangings.

Buzzbin, 339 Cleveland Ave.  NW, will host the

Music for the first Friday in February

• “First Friday Banger Show” at Buzzbin, 339 Cleveland Ave. NW. The free concert features metal bands including Mike W Dennis at 8 p.m., Skeptic Lens at 9 p.m., Until D3ath at 10 p.m. and Blasphemous Blessings at 11 p.m.

• Mark Loy will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. at Grapes In A Glass, 575 Market Ave. NOT.

• Canton Brewing Co. presents “Live in the Speakeasy,” part of the Winter Concert Series. Doug & Paul Duo will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

‘Gucci’ on display at the Palace

The Canton Palace Theater presents “House of Gucci”, which is part of the series of nominated films. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $7 per person for the R-rated film. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at

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