Arts Views is a monthly e-newsletter for Medina County Arts Council patrons and Medina County residents to promote and build community excellence through the arts.

30th Annual Arts Week Festival!

The Medina County Arts Council’s 30th Annual Arts Week is July 14 to July 20 and is once again packed with fun entertainment and activities for all ages. We encourage you to bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor entertainment. And all events are free!

Click here for the full schedule.

Sunday, July 14

WADSWORTH – Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its free Wadsworth Library concert series with Sound the Horn! A Demonstration of French Horn Playing Techniques. Akron-based Kevin Walters will present well-known French horn repertoire, from Mozart to Strauss, demonstrating a variety of playing techniques at the Wadsworth Library at 2 pm.

Monday, July 15

MEDINA – We kick off the week’s activities with Sidewalk Chalk Art on Medina’s Public Square Gazebo at noon. Adam Michel who is an art teacher at Cloverleaf Middle and High Schools will teach blending techniques. Kids can watch or join in, sharing their chalk creations. Monday evening is a free concert at the Gazebo with Grady Miller at 7:30 pm. Grady Miller is an Americana and Blues duo from Akron. Cathy and Michael Grady are instructors at Woodsy’s in Medina and together they teach 96 students per week. Their unique blend of vocals with fiddle and guitar makes for an eclectic mix of genres. For more information, go to

Tuesday, July 16

MEDINANick Elkevizth is an instrumental guru and plays violin, lap steel guitar, mandolin and more along with writing his own songs! Nick will be performing on Medina Square at noon. The evening concert on the square will feature local artist John Husbands at 7:30 pm. John’s easy renditions of popular folk and rock songs by artists like John Denver, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Billy Joel are always crowd pleasers.

Medina County District Library will be hosting a Hip-Hop Workshop Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18 for grades 3-5 at 3 pm each day. Learn street dance styles with Krista Juderjahn from Ignite Dance Studio.

LODI – Discover the history and music of Scotland with the Celtic Eagles Pipe Band at Lodi Library at 1:30 pm. Please be sure to register at

Wednesday, July 17

MEDINAKelly Parks, owner/director of Medina Centre for Dance Art will be assisting children with Interactive Dance Fun on Medina’s Square at noon. She has been training dancers for over 31 years with her mission of enriching the lives of children and adults through dance. Performing the evening concert at 7:30 pm is Jim Gill, an acoustic folk artist with many talents who has been called a singer/songwriter/guitar player/storyteller extraordinaire! He’s family friendly mixed with a wee bit of joking! You will certainly be entertained!

SHARON CENTER – Come to the Sharon Center Gazebo at 7 pm for a lively performance by Rolando Pizano and his five-piece band. They will be playing Latin and Caribbean music while kids “make & take” percussion instruments.

Thursday, July 18

MEDINA – The students of Kimberly States, KS Vocal Studio, will perform at noon at Medina’s Public Square. Kimberly provides private voice lessons for the musically gifted children and adults in Medina. She will be bringing 12 students to perform and you will be amazed at how talented they are. The popular local duo, Parsons & Polk, will perform the evening concert at the Gazebo at 7:30 pm. Dan and Dave have been playing and singing since they were kids and first picked up a guitar. Their music is a familiar blend of 70’s – Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet. Perfect for enjoying on a summer evening.

Friday, July 19

MEDINA – Music students who participate in Melinda Kline’s class at Woodsy’s Music will perform a musical review on Medina’s Public Square at noon. Friday evenings on the square always features a performance by Medina Community Band starting at 8:30 pm. This community tradition of over 150 years is at the heart of what Medina is all about. Be sure to catch at least one of their summer concerts – they don’t disappoint.

BRUNSWICKDidgeridoo Down Under brings their unique instruments to a performance at Brunswick Library at 10 am. The group offers the most exciting Australia-themed shows, concerts and workshops in the U.S. The show is a unique fusion of music, culture, science, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, environmentalism and audience participation. The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia potentially within the last 1,500 years and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe.” The performance is active, vibrant, and engaging. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, July 20

MEDINA – Medina County District Library hosts a Writers Conference, 9 am to 4:30 pm. There will be a full day of workshops, a critique partner meet & greet, and a book giveaway! Learn how to take writing from a hobby to a career, craft opening pages that get the attention of agents, self-publish with confidence, and effectively market yourself as an author. Also get a peek into the world of ghost writing. Lunch will be provided. Please be sure to register at

Arts Week is presented by the Medina County Arts Council in partnership with the Medina County District Library, Wadsworth Library and the Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO).

Jazz Under the Stars: Neo (North East Ohio) Dixie
Saturday, July 6, 2019 7-9 pm

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) presents Jazz under the Stars free summer concert in Medina’s Uptown Park. Join saxophonist Tom Lempner, trombonist Jimmy Redmond, tuba player Drew Kreiger and percussionist Darren Allen as they bring you these merry melodies and add a “new” (NEO) twist to some Dixieland treats. Go to

Medina Community Band Summer Concerts
Every Friday at 8:30 pm (No concert on Friday, July 5)
Thursday, July 4 – A patriotic salute featuring vocalist Denise Milner Howell, cornetist Kevin Wallick, and flutist Sadie Nayman.
Friday, July 12 – Music by John Williams, Frank Ticheli, Henry Fillmore, and John Philip Sousa.
Friday, July 19 – George Rosin, featured trombone soloist. Featured works by Suppé, Guilmant, Khachaturian, Saint-Saëns, Fillmore, and Sousa.
Friday, July 26 – The final season concert will feature Daniel Doty, tenor vocal soloist.

46th Annual “Art in the Park” Fine Art Show & Sale
Sunday, July 21, 11 am to 5 pm

Courthouse Square, Medina
Presented by the Medina County Art League

Be sure to stop at the Medina Public Square for a great selection of handmade artwork in all media at the annual “Art in the Park” event from 11 am to 5 pm.

For more information, go to their website at

Dining for the Arts Seats Available

Reservations are still available for a unique dining experience in the homes of Medina County Arts supporters. From a delightful Fall Brunch to an evening on the farm that even includes a concert, each of these experiences are special. Invite your friends to join you! Click here for all the details.

Saturday, August 10, 5 pm at the home of Sue and Paul Becks, Medina

Sunday, September 15, 10:30 am at the home of Marsha Pappalardo & Jack Young,

Friday, September 20, 6 pm at Danbury Senior Living, Brunswick

Saturday, September 28, 5:30 pm at the home of Chris & Besty Nespeca in Lodi

Saturday, October 5, 6 pm at the home of Linda Loveless, Medina

Save the Dates: September 5-7, 7-8:30 pm

Discover Medina’s vibrant history through our guided walk around the Historic Public Square. Learn about the lives of Medina’s pioneers from dramatic re-enactments performed around the Square. On Sunday, September 8, 4 pm, join us for Dine with the Spirits at Miss Molly’s Tea Room. Tickets and reservations will be available soon!


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