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Mid-Summer's Night Art Affair reaches 15-year milestone

"Age Old Battle of Good and Evil," painted by Jon Stucky, will be displayed along with other works of art at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts for its 15th annual Midsummer's Night Art Affair, a show that highlights artists with a connection to Tuscarawas County.

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The Mid-Summer's Night Art Affair is one of the year’s most anticipated shows at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts in New Philadelphia. The 15th annual show will be unveiled on Saturday, July 22 at a reception from 7-9 p.m.
 
TCCA director Jeannine Kennedy said the Mid-Summer's Night Art Affair began in 2003 and was conceived to be “a showcase for artists who have a connection to Tuscarawas County. That mission remains unchanged."
 
Kennedy described the artists who contribute to the art show. “The artists have always been people who were either born here and moved away or were born somewhere else and now make Tuscarawas County their home. Or maybe they have developed a close relationship with the arts center. There is always some kind of connection for the artists like that for this show.”
 
Kennedy said the show is by invitation and is not juried or judged. “We try to be as diverse as possible in the selection of art work we display, and this year we’ve put together a really wide variety with just about every medium represented.”
 
This year will see works in ceramics, sculpture, print, drawing, painting, mixed media and others. About 30 artists from as far as Utah, Florida and New York will have works displayed.
 
“Many of the artists are traveling to be on hand for the evening reception July 22,” Kennedy said. "We have a few new artists this year including one who works in sculpting black walnut, a really tough medium.”
 
Each of the artists have submitted at least three works for the show. Kennedy said many of the pieces are for sale, and 30 percent of any sale price will go to the TCCA.
 
Participating in the show this year are Jeff Beitzel, Jane Brown, Debrah Butler, Twila Christner, Anthony Contini, Jennifer Contini, Sarah Dugger, Aubrey Gealsha, Charles Graham, Betty Gribble, Jackie Holan, Kiyoe Howald, James Oliver Huff, William Koch, Catherine Kendrick, Douglass Laubacher, Arthur Skip Limbach, Barbara Palmer, Ashley McCleery, Nancy McDonald, Jasmine Mills, Tom Radca, Kathleen Riley, John T. Sharp, Peggy Sibila, Tim Sidel, Stephanie Speedy, Susan Cramer Stein, Ginny Stocker, Jon Stucky, Mark Sudduth, Yan Sun, Kyle Valentini, Don Weisgarber and Hong Yin.
 
Sponsors for this year’s Midsummer's Night Art Affair include the Ohio Arts Council, Lauren Manufacturing, the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, Troyer and Associates, and the Kimble Foundation.
 
The reception will feature light refreshments and beverages along with jazz guitar music performed by Jack Steward and Bob Ventre. The reception is typically well attended. No admission is charged for the reception, though Kennedy said donations are always welcome.
 
“No matter what kind of art you like or prefer,” Kennedy said, “you will find something you enjoy at the Mid-Summer's Night Art Affair. There’s really such a diverse representation of styles and disciplines. There will be something for everyone.”
 
The show will be on display at the center through Labor Day. The Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts is at 461 Robinson Drive SE, New Philadelphia. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
 

Published: July 13, 2017
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