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Michael Barath

Michael Barath is a photographer, educator, and human being living in Canton, Ohio. He is a perpetual student of photography as well as an instructor at Stark State College where he has been teaching for over 15 years.
 

Michael has been photographing for many years, seriously for the past 13. He’s always been emotionally connected to photography because his mother was an amateur photographer. Perhaps he is trying to extend her legacy by creating something of his own.


Throughout Michael’s life he’s had and internal debate – is it better to be pretty good at a lot of things, or world class at one thing? Unfortunately, he’s never had the attention span to commit more than a couple of years to any one pursuit: birding, climbing, bicycle racing, dog training, and more. That is, except photography. Here, he actually combines all his interests with photography by using them as subjects. Michael doesn’t know if he has the talent to be world class, but so far the camera strongly holds his attention.


Much of Michael’s personal work centers on nostalgia, in particular, feelings from childhood. This is something, of course, that only he can remember. But the wonder of artistic expression lies in its ability to evoke memories in others: a threadbare bedspread, a rusted hand pump, a counter-top juke box, a set of worn stairs, a wooden screen door. Michael remains fascinated with the connotative nature of art: how a piece will evoke different memories and feelings in each individual who experiences the work. His greatest accomplishment is when he can make others feel, tickle their hearts, give rise to a tear, and unearth the key to a secret garden.


His website is http://www.justustwo.com.

 

Betsy Begue

Betsy Begue was living in France when she fell in love with Cartonnage, the French art of creating objects from book board, paper, fabric and trim. After studying in France, she taught international students who shared her passion for box making. Betsy graduated from Hollanders School of Book and Paper Arts, and has fused her bookbinding skills with cartonnage to make her masterpieces. Her box creations have been exhibited in many galleries, and she teaches Cartonnage throughout Ohio and Michigan.

 

Charles Bonifay

Charles is a current Kent State University senior who will be completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in printmaking and painting, in December. He is a member of Rubber City Prints located in Akron. There he helps with workshops and assists visiting artists with their prints. The subject matter of his work is inspired by natural and botanical forms. He also finds inspiration through traditional American tattoo imagery. 

 

Amy Brown

Amy Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and minor in Business Management from Baldwin Wallace University, taught Saturday children’s art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art and worked as the Art History slide-room coordinator at Kenyon College. She returned to school and completed a second degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Malone University. She was a Director of Children and Youth Ministries for a United Methodist Church for 6 years and has been a substitute teacher for 10 years in several school districts. Over the years, she has been commissioned for paintings with the largest being a series of animals affected by climate change for the Missions U. program of the United Methodist Church. She has participated with the Museum To Go program and currently teaches children’s art classes and Arts Experience workshops here at the Canton Museum of Art. 

About her work, Amy says: “Art has always been an important part of my life. While in high school, the drawing and painting classes were a calm and relaxing place for me. During college, I learned the stories behind the artwork and, while on a European tour of Museums, the artwork came to life for me! I enjoy all art, but have a particular love of the Impressionists. My personal style has a Realist approach with a hint of Impressionism thrown in.”

 

Morgan Choffin

Morgan Choffin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Akron, and has a great personal interest in public history and museology. After obtaining her teaching license, she has worked as a substitute teacher and has taught at seven different school districts. She has been volunteering at museums, including the Akron Police Museum, for several years, and now teaches children’s art classes here at the Canton Museum of Art.

 

Frank Dale

Frank Dale was born in Nebraska during the Great Depression. As far back as he can remember, he had a desire to paint but couldn’t afford the materials. He finally received a painting set for Christmas at the age of 17 and painted his first oil painting. After high school he moved to San Francisco and attended the California School of Fine Arts and State Teacher’s College, majoring in Fine Art.
 

Frank put aside his dreams of becoming an artist for the next twenty five years, working at Rold Gold Pretzels in Massillon. Once he retired, he set out on a quest to find the right medium to be able to paint like the Dutch Masters. He ended up at the library, where he discovered the works of the Dutch painter Vermeer. After much research and experimentation with various ancient recipes, he finally constructed a workable facsimile of the medium used by the Flemish Masters. His paintings began to receive awards, and many people came to him to learn his painting technique. He has taught over a hundred people in the Flemish Method. He currently teaches seven days a week in his studio and also at the Canton Museum of Art on Saturdays.

 

Alex Draven:

Most noted for his Steampunk creations, Draven’s artwork and commissions span an impressive range of genres.  He creates handmade and customized timepieces along with Geeky & fine jewelry.  He has a BFA from Myers School of Art at The University of Akron where he spent most of his time in the metal studio.  He participates in Crafty Mart and has been an active arts vendor since 2003. He also owns his own jewelry business (Exquisite Corpse Boutique) http://www.theexcb.com/contact.html


Draven found success creating products across a wide range of genres for people of all ages. He began building what would become the Exquisite Corpse Boutique line, mixing classic favorites with new ideas, as well as branching out beyond jewelry.


In 2006, concerned by the creativity-stifling atmosphere he witnessed while taking a bench test for a leading jewelry company, Alexander decided to expand the Exquisite Corpse Boutique (ExCB) line independently. He has since nurtured the ExCB into a thriving, full-time business which is also a labor of love. Exquisite Corpse Boutique continues to enjoy healthy growth through word-of-mouth, events, and interviews.

 

Kim Eggleston-Kraus

Kim Eggleston-Kraus received her B.F.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from Kent State University, both in Sculpture. She has taught Sculpture, Art Survey, and Ceramics as adjunct faculty at various campuses of Kent State University. She currently teaches Ceramics at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, and at the Canton Museum of Art for Kent State’s Stark Campus.


She began her career firmly planted in wood and metal sculpture, progressing to include clay-based work. In the process of teaching Ceramics at the Canton Museum of Art for Kent State’s Stark Campus, she became intimately acquainted with the museum. She served as President of the Canton Ceramic Artists Guild for several years and now holds the position of Manager of the Ceramic Studio.


About her work, Kim says: “[It] is like another personality. It is still sculpture, or at the least sculptural, but it is more organic, and much more intimate. My work consists mostly of hand-built, rather than wheel thrown, ceramic objects. I strive to have well-crafted objects, but to avoid the look of something manufactured.

Influenced by animal forms, my work embraces the organic and even the functional pieces have personality. Each piece is individually made and unique, even if it is part of a set.”

 

Erica Emerson

Erica Emerson is the current Education Manager at the Canton Museum of Art and has been with the museum since 2012. Erica graduated from Kent State University with an Art Education degree and has fifteen plus years teaching experience including previously teaching in a public school setting as an art educator for four years.  Along with creating and implementing the educational programs at the Museum she also teaches the CMA Uncorked classes once a month at the museum since 2014.

 

Amy Hope

Amy Hope is CMA’s Program Coordinator for the Art for Health and Healing Program. She grew up in Stark County and received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art at Ursuline College. Hope is an art therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor for the state of Ohio. She holds a master’s degree in Art Therapy from Ursuline College.

 

Danielle Howe

Danielle says: “Growing up, I always seemed to find an escape in creating art - from coloring and drawing when I was younger - to discovering sculpture as a college student at the University of Akron. I find therapy in art and use it as a tool of enjoyment as well as a way to deal with issues that I may be facing. I see a lot of art in the natural world. I see it in the canals and parks from my childhood home in Canal Fulton and in the cancer cells present in the human body. I believe that beauty is everywhere, and that even in some of the worst situations art can be found.” Danielle graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Art Education and teaches art classes for children here at the museum, including those in printmaking. She enjoys teaching children how to use art as a tool to cope with issues that they may be facing.

 

Laura Kolinski-Schultz

Laura Kolinski-Schultz was born in Lakewood, Ohio and grew up in Ohio and Marietta, Georgia. She has had a life-long interest in Art and holds a B.A from Mount Union College and a B.S. in Art Education from Kent State University. In addition, she has many hours of graduate study in Art History and Art Education from KSU. Her specialty area is ceramic art, and she started her business, TerraForms Pottery in 1996.


Currently Laura works with clay and teaches pottery in her home studio in Jackson Township and at The Canton Museum of Art. She has taught art at CMA since 1989, shows her work with the Canton Ceramic Artist's Guild and participates in local art exhibits. Her work may be found at local art shows, online at www.terraki-teaware.com, and in private collections nationwide. Most recently, she has created a new business, TerraKi Tea and Tea Ware.  She offers lectures on the health benefits of tea-drinking and the art of Yixing-style teapots, and presents Chinese Tea Ceremonies.

 

Kathy Krisher

Kathy Krisher started with a small flock of sheep that she purchased for her Australian Shepherd, Nipper, to practice herding. The herding didn’t work out, so the flock evolved into a spinner’s flock that supplies quality spinning wool.


Over the years she has studied felt making and fiber art with well-known fiber artists. Her love of the creative process, as well as the fascination of the infinite possibilities fiber provides, has resulted in the fiber art you see today.


Kathy is an active textile artist and has been teaching for the museum for years.  She is also a member of the Canton Weavers and Spinners Guild.

 

Douglas Laubacher

Douglas is a cartoonist and art educator from Northeast Ohio. His comic strip, “Unbound,” can be read in the Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter and the Wooster Weekly News. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and makes his studio home at Mr. McGillicutty’s in Dover Ohio. Doug holds a BA in fine art from the University of Mount Union. He can often be found traversing the land, teaching the mysterious craft of cartooning in various art centers and libraries throughout the region.

 

Ted Lawson

Ted Lawson is a contemporary watercolor artist whose initial art training came during high school in Phoenix, Arizona. Ted has since studied with nationally known instructors Gerald Brommer, Tony Couch, and Fred Graff as well as with his mentor, Bette Elliott, and continues training and developing in watercolor composition and design.


Ted’s paintings spring from his extensive foreign and domestic travels as well as glimpses of New York City. He says that “Each painting I create allows me to re-live an experience and to reconceive that experience from a new perspective. I paint in the same way an author writes. An author expresses himself through words so that his thoughts and ideas will be discovered and enjoyed by the reader. I use watercolor as my means of self-expression. I paint to create something entertaining and thought-provoking for others to ponder and enjoy.”


Ted is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and teaches adult watercolor classes and workshops at the Canton Museum of Art. Ted is included in an anthology of Stark County Ohio artists, Stark ARThology. Ted’s painting Mini Bittner was chosen as the cover art for Stark ARThology

 

Kit Palencar

Following in his father's footsteps, Kit has undertaken a career as a painter. Graduating from the University of Akron in the spring of 2015, Palencar has been focusing on creating a signature style through the use of atmospheric backgrounds and psychological portraits while exploring photo collaged dreamscapes as a way to create environments that question reality.


Kit has won the top honor scholarship for The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation for his watercolors and has also won the top honor underclass scholarship at The Myers School of Art in Akron, Ohio. Appearing in shows in areas such as Akron, Medina, Kent, and Canton, Palencar resides in Ohio and is concentrating on a Master of Fine Arts degree at Kent State University. He teaches portraiture painting at the Canton Museum of Art.


Kit explains his artistic process: “Through the use of atmospheric backgrounds and the absence of a setting, the eye is quickly drawn to the portrait and the recognizable form of a face. Whether it is completely covered with a sheet or manipulated through the process of screen printing with oil paint, the figure is still prominent in terms of being a vehicle for displaying a psychological state of intensity, calmness, or mood. The cessation of the figures identity becomes less important as the paint itself describes the person itself.”

 

William A. Shearrow

William teaches pottery classes here at the Canton Museum of Art. He was born and raised in Canton, and his work has been so well-received that he has been making a living as a ceramic artist since he graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1982. He says:


“As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be an artist. Clay is the most interesting expression of art that I can imagine. Taking a material as humble as clay and transforming it with hand and fire into a work of art never fails to thrill me. I believe every pot holds its own unique personality, yet still reflects the artist who first gave it life.”


William’s work can be found in many private and public collections throughout the world. He exhibits his work at galleries, museums, and art festivals, and has won many awards.

 

Rosemary Stephen

Rosemary Stephen has been an art educator for over thirty years, teaching children from preschool through high school. She received a BFA in Studio Art and a BS in Education from Kent State University.  She has continued her studies at the University of Akron, Walsh University, and Ashland University. She is currently an art educator and the Museum To Go coordinator for the Canton Museum of Art, which brings art lessons based on the museum’s collection into schools.


As an art teacher, Rosemary needed to have a grasp on a variety of art mediums. She says that she “greatly enjoyed painting, experimenting with mixed media, and printing with found objects.” Although she took a five year break from creating in 2017 she began to paint again after being inspired by the canal corridor where she walked her dog. She continues to work on landscapes, but her desire to embrace many different forms of expression remains. Only time will tell where her creative process will take her.

 

Allison Uhl

Allison Uhl graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Kent State University. She creates and teaches children’s art classes and workshops at the Canton Museum of Art. She also works as a teaching assistant in the Art Education Department at Kent State University as she obtains her Master’s Degree in Art Education. Her teaching philosophy centers on creativity and its fundamental power to change the world


About her work, Allison says “In my paintings I am not looking for any specific outcome; I am exploring. Part of my work is that I do not know what will happen next, and I am okay with that - I look forward to it! I drop, spill, pour, and blot gesso or a mixture of oil paint and turpentine on my canvases to create unintentional patterns. I then work from intuition and what I see in these patterns to build a painting. As a painting develops, the oils that I apply on the canvas become thicker, the image becomes more dynamic, and I stencil in or stamp shapes and designs that I have cut out or found from found objects.”

 

Jerry Zelinskas

Jerry Zelinskas lives in Canton and graduated from the Cooper School of Art in Cleveland. He also studied at Kent State University and under acclaimed artist Jack Richards. He was an Art Director for 30 years before opening his own design studio – Z-Com Design. He is a member of many watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society, and teaches watercolor and drawing classes here at the Canton Museum of Art.


Zelinskas refers to his paintings as “the hidden interpretation of life,” with an emphasis on the interpretation. His popularity has put him in demand for teaching, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the country. He has won many awards and exhibited nationally.

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