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Minerva's Market Street Art Spot, will celebrate its sixth anniversary with a gala opening reception on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5-9 p.m. The entirely new show will feature the work of the Art Spot's Newest Resident Artists Judi Longacre (painter), Susan Crawford (calligraphy), Anna Rather (printmaker and painter) and Joan Henninger (painter) and long time Resident Artists Michelle Mulligan (painter), Laura Donnelly (potter and painter), Judith Singer (raku potter) and Marty Chapman (wood turner).
According to Resident Artist Michelle Mulligan, "This sixth anniversary is a testament to the incredible support of the Minerva and Stark County communities for the Art Spot as we launch into our seventh year."
The Art Spot at 217 North Market Street, Minerva, is a collaborative gallery, and every monthly 2nd Friday for 73 consecutive months has featured completely new work of area artists and held an opening reception with free live music and refreshments.
Resident Artist Marty Chapman noted once again that the Art Spot has showcased the works of over 150 area artists with at least 30 different artists exhibited during any given month.
Chapman went on to state, " As I've said many times we have had more than 60 Minerva businesses, government, civic organizations, and individuals sponsor all of our opening receptions over the first six years. The local support has been phenomenal and ongoing."
Chapman pointed out that the Art Spot's existence has clearly spurred Market Street development so that since the Art Spot opened its doors, Minerva has seen all kinds of changes in the Market Street milieu with new public art, businesses, professional offices and foot traffic.
ARTSinStark CEO Robb Hankins previously dubbed the Market Street Art Spot an integral part of what he calls "the Minerva 20/20 Miracle", the use of arts- based enterprise to jump start local development.
With the addition of four new Resident Artists, the "Miracle on Market Street" continues with an internal reorganization of tasks and innovative artwork. The Market Street Art Spot is open for regular business on Fridays from 1pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
While never a profit making enterprise, Chapman suggested the Art Spot has brought more than $200,000 into the local economy over six years, most of which has gone to the local artists and musicians. He went on to state, " The Art Spot has paid rent, utilities, taxes, advertising, musicians and artists' commissions in full and on time and because of local support, we've remained in the black."
Resident Artist Judith Singer pointed out that the monthly, featured artist receptions have provided a stage for local musicians to broadcast their musical artistry with more than 72 live, paid performances that have been particularly popular.
Dr. Tom Freeland has been the anniversary performer every February since the gallery opened, so to celebrate our sixth anniversary, he will once again play his amazing repertoire of jazz, blues and popular music.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Minerva Area YMCA is the Art Spot's February sponsor. The Minerva "Y" will underwrite the reception and opening from 5 to 9 pm for our Sixth Anniversary. This remarkable show of Resident Artists' works will continue at the Art Spot through March 4, 2017.
As they have done for more than six years, The Art Spot's local volunteers and Resident Artists will provide outstanding food, and refreshments. As always, the reception, music and show are free and open to the public.
In addition to the featured Resident Artists, Market Street Art Spot's more than 30 ever -changing Display Artists will have new works on exhibit and for sale.
The Market Street art Spot is a collaborating partner with Arts in Stark and Carroll County Arts, the Village of Minerva, Minerva Local Schools and the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce.