This weekend is The Canton Palace International Film Festival

October 7, 2010

We have over 100 films from both local and international independent filmmaker and
FREE Workshops: Doc Screenwriting; DSLR Camera Demo; Small Format Film Production; Heirloom Media; Acting; Production Sound
LIVE Music: Friday – John Cohen; Sunday – The Hi Hopes
You can see up to 27 films for only $6 on Saturday and Sunday morning to afternoon
Here is the schedule overview for you to look at and please go-online to our website at: Hope to see you there!


5:30 – 7:00 Opening Reception

Guest Artist: page 2
7:30 – 8:00 – Richard Myers – film talk
8:00 – 10:00 – Film: Marjory’s Diary Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunity for sculptors

October 7, 2010

News of an opportunity for sculptors has come my way.  This comes from Bonnie Kubilus of Highland High School in Medina county (Granger Twp).  She is looking for a sculptor to work with the students next May in constructing several outdoor pieces (there are some good places she has in mind).  She is at the stage of preparing a grant request to some locally based funding prospects and would want to work with an area sculptor in doing that.  The district has suffered a string of tragic events in the past year and she wants to develop a project that involves the students with a theme of resiliency and hope to counter some of that negativity before they end their school year.  In addition to offering the chance to contribute to young lives, a participating sculptor would gain visibility with a very appreciative audience.  This opportunity may be shared broadly in the Akron arts community and I encourage you to pass it on also.  Interested sculptors should e-mail her at

Coming up! The Akron Film Festival – Activities

September 10, 2010

These are our free September 2010 festival workshops. Sign up using this form (PDF).

Intro to Motion Design
Instructed by Steve Felix
You’ll be introduced to the concepts behind Adobe After Effects and will get tips on designing snappy pieces. See Steve’s work at or in one of his trailers for Akron Film.
Saturday, September 25th at 10:00 AM at Akron Digital Media Center (44 E. Exchange St., Akron), approx. 1.5 hrs.

Title Sequence Animation
Instructed by Cory Sheldon
See some of history’s great title sequences and go through the process of creating one.
Saturday, September 25th at 12:00 PM at Akron Digital Media Center (44 E. Exchange St., Akron), approx. 2 hrs. Read the rest of this entry »

Time for me to update this thing!

September 10, 2010

Be back soon!

The Amazing World Of WordPress Plugins – by Samantha Milner

May 5, 2009

There are so many things amazing about the WordPress blogging platform. Its user-friendly interface, its interlinking features, its SEO potentials, its interconnectivity with other WordPress blogs, its ability to publish content so easily and so efficiently well, and so much more! But the best thing about the WordPress blogging platform has got to be its highly customizable nature. In fact, there is a big community on the web dedicated to create WordPress themes, WordPress modifications and WordPress plugins.

WordPress plugins are, without a doubt, the most enjoyable features of WordPress blogs. WordPress plugins add to the functions that WordPress can accomplish.

There are WordPress plugins that are as trivial as providing weather reports, providing a ticker for the latest news in the field of sports or the stock market or the world, reporting post counts, providing a rating system for each blog post, and the likes. There are also WordPress plugins that are as essential as putting a stop to spam comments – which are prevalent these days – and automating the publishing of posts.

Among the most important of these WordPress plugins are those that automatically display AdSense blocks on a particular area of the page. Without these WordPress plugins, bloggers will be pressed to manually tinker with the source code of the blog to incorporate their AdSense ads. There are also WordPress plugins for other Pay Per Click (PPC) programs like AdBrite.

Before magazine-style WordPress themes became popular, WordPress plugins that automatically embed YouTube videos were very popular. They’re still widely used these days – especially those that cater to other video streaming websites like DailyMotion and MegaVideo – but the sheer convenience of having it as one of the features of an appropriate WordPress theme has lessened the plugin’s popularity.

Yet another integral WordPress plugin is one that adds icons that, when clicked, will submit a particular blog entry to the corresponding social news network. WordPress plugins like this are responsible for driving fantastic traffic to the blog overnight. Just imagine if a reader likes what you posted and he’ll have the option to immediately submit your blog entry to a social news website like, and once submitted, Digg users will also enjoy your blog entry and they will vote for it. You’d have hundreds and thousands of visitors to your blog in a matter of hours! Other social news networks and social bookmarking websites are also included, like StumbleUpon, Technorati,, Slashdot and Reddit.
Wordpress plugins add a limitless potential to the blogging platform. Every day, a new plugin is created and published in the WordPress community. The WordPress platform is an ever-evolving program because of the commitment of its devoted flock.

And online marketing will only become better because of it!

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Opportunity Knocks artist networking event Friday November 7th

October 15, 2008
Opportunity Knocks – An Artist’s Networking Event 
Friday, November 7th 9:00am to 4:00pm @ Musica 
I am opening up my “little black book”  to introduce you to the people that have helped me become a successful Entrepreneur/Artist  with an international audience.  
You can meet them in person, pick their brains, and come to know PERSONALLY  the  people who are making arts in our region THEIR priority!
If you are ready to MAKE YOUR ART CAREER actually work, if you are ready to take your art business to the next level, you need to come to this event!  YOU will have a day full of information, and networking that can take your art business to the places you have never imagined it could go.   Whether you are involved in an arts organization, a not for profit, or you are an individual artist looking for a better understanding, or if it is simply time to “jump-start” your life, this event is guaranteed to help you. Be sure to bring your business cards to this event!
You will get to talk to and share ideas with:
Tony Troppe – Local business owner, gallery owner, and developer
Suzie Graham – Director of Arts and Children’s activities for the City of Akron
Alex Nicholis – Curator of the Massillon Museum
Gary Lockwood – Co-Creator of Standing Rock Cultural Center, and consultant for the Ohio Arts Counsel
todd v – Artist and Director for City Art Project, Inc.
and… Maybe even a couple more surprise guests!!
Reserve your seats now! Tickets to this event are only $45.00 in advance and you can purchase them online now at – Seating is limited! We want to keep this as a smaller intimate group for better discussion!
Each of our guest speakers will present information on their area of expertise – information that will equip you for a quantum leap in your art endeavors.  Here is what you will learn about:
• The opportunities for artists to work with local business owners and developers. Find out who might be looking to offer commission work, or installations in Akron and the surrounding areas.
• Find out about all the cool opportunities to work with the City of Akron, and how to create proposals that the  city will actually consider!
• Find out how to approach galleries, and museums for shows and representation!
• Find out how to write a grant that someone will actually read, and that gets money! Get a template that you can use to write your own grants!
• Find out how to use the internet to grow your art career. Create press kit that will get attention!
• Finally,  we will discuss true collaboration – the key to our collective success!
After each presentation we will open the floor to discussion, giving you a unique opportunity for give and take with an expert answering your specific needs,  an open dialog to expand or explain how to get the most out of your efforts. 
To wrap the meeting up  we will come together for an open discussion on collaboration brainstorming how we can all work together to further develop Akron as an arts and cultural destination. This will include an open cash bar to allow for further networking and group discussions.  It’s the arts networking event that becomes a party!
Coffee and water will be provided. Additionally we will have a prepared lunch from Crave!
NO MORE EXCUSES.  NO MORE COMPLAINTS.  JUST MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF –  AND YOUR CREATIVE FUTURE.  ATTEND THE  Opportunity Knocks  EVENT!  I am CERTAIN that you will be better prepared to make the most of your art career.   
Additionally, each attendee will get a coupon to order a FREE DVD from one of the presentations at the event! (all the others will also be available at a discount for attendees!) .  These will be available soon after the event.  
Reserve your seats now! Seating is limited! 
For more information or directions to the event please call 330.671.3792 – Please forward this information on to the artists you know
Visit for more information!

Watercolor Ohio 2008, 31st Annual Exhibition

October 1, 2008

“Watercolor Ohio 2008 , the 31st Annual Juried Exhibition sponsored by The Ohio Watercolor Society, is being shown at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery from November 6 to January 11, 2009. The Riffe Gallery is located at 77 S. High Street in Columbus. Works from 65 of Ohio’s watercolorists have been included. This year’s exhibition was juried by Alvaro Castagnet from Montevideo, Uruguay, an internationally renowned watercolorist and author of Watercolor Painting with Passion. In collaboration with the exhibit, several exciting programs are being offered all which are free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »


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