Save the date!  The Medina County Arts Council's 2017 SUMMER SOIRÉE is Thursday, June 8.


On Thursday, June 16, 2016,  Medina County Arts Council members and friends of the arts celebrated the accomplishments of those who have shown a commitment to enriching Medina County through the arts.

This festive evening, also a fundraiser to help support the arts in Medina County, included art, music, a silent auction, and delicious hors d'oeuvres – all in the pastoral setting of the beautiful Lodge at Allardale. The evening's performers included John Burke, pianist; the Medina County Chorus “Noteworthy” group; and a group from the Wadsworth Community Band's Clarinet Quartet. Demonstrating their art skills were caricature artist George Parmelee, and fine artist Barbara Zimmerman.

The Medina County Arts Council honored the following for Individual Service to the Arts  Awards: 

Sarah Jane Ingraham attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating with a BFA degree from Case Western Reserve University. She co-founded Mud Mothers Pottery Studio with Elaine Lamb, and taught elementary art. Currently she teaches art at the Medina Senior Center. She has donated her art - and countless hours - for support of the arts in Medina County.  

Michael Sferro, the trustee and president of the Medina County Arts Foundation. has created partnerships and shared his technical expertise through mentoring and producing entertainment at the Medina PAC. 

Cliffside Artists Collaborative received the Organizational Service to the Arts Award. Located in Hinckley, Cliffside supports and promotes regional artists and encourages the development of visual and performing arts talents in local schools.  The organization is guided by Sara and Dr. Lawrence Kass

Read more about the Soirée: "Medina County Life" article by Angela Huston,  photos by Russ Huston

Thank You to our silent auction donors: Cindy Allman, Sue Becks & Linda Loveless, Bunker Hill Golf Course, Ann Cole, Castle Noel, Courthouse Pizzeria, Bonnie Gordon, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Sarah Jane Ingraham, Medina County Visitors Bureau, Root Candles, Salon Evangelene, Carol Thombs, Timber Lodge, and Barb Zimmerman.

Providing savory and delicious hors d'oeuvres for our event were: A Cupcake a DayCorkscrew SaloonCourthouse PizzeriaDunkin DonutsMiss Molly's Tea RoomOne Eleven BistroP. J. Marleys, Santo Suossos, and Twiisted,  Additional thanks to: Berry's Blooms, L'Nique, and Superior Beverage Group


Recipients of Service to the Arts Awards  

2015/16: Sarah Jane Ingraham, Michael Sferro, Cliffside Artists Collaborative

2014: Donna Stevens Mittler, St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church 

2013: Nancy Walters Sprowls***

2012: 30th Anniversary Leadership in the Arts Award:                                                                   The American Association of University Women, Medina County Branch;  Robert Bux;    The Medina County Arts Council Past Presidents:  Pat Boyle, 1982- 1984;  Marcus Neiman, 1984- 1986;  Maxine Nichols, 1986- 1987;  Bob Smith, 1987- 1988;  Georgia Shy, 1988-1989;  Dr. Caesar Carrino, 1989- 1990;  Nancy Sprowls, 1990- 1993;  Todd Power, 1993- 1996;  Syl Balash, 1996- 1998;  Thomas Bahr, 1998- 1999;  Mike Harris, 1999- 2000;  Murray McDade, 2000- 2001;  Mike Harris, 2001-2003;  Susan Hambley, 2003- 2005;  Roger Smalley, 2005- 2007;  Dan Hostetler, 2007- 2013

2011:  Jay Wardeska,  Brunswick Art Works

2010:  Thomas Sigel ,  Gerald Carasea,  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

2009:  Donna Bica,  Stage Left Theatre Company,  Rick Williams**

2008:  Sue Becks,  Downtown Wadsworth

2007:  Betty Havel,  Medina General Hospital

2006:  JoAnn Rettig-Rau,  Western Reserve Bank

2005:  Elaine Lamb,  First Merit Bank

2004:  Elmer Zarney*,  Dr. DeLorre Haddad,  Highland School District

2003:  Sandra Harris,  The Galaxy Restaurant,  Rob Levandoski**

2002:  Debbie and Richard Bock,  The Medina City School District

2001:  Phyllis and Homer Baldwin*,  The Brunswick City School District

2000:  Alice Hartman Chester*,  Sara Hammerschmidt*,  Medina County Performing Arts Foundation

1999:  Senator Grace Drake,  Wadsworth City Recreation Department

1998:  Georgia Shy,  The Wadsworth Public Library

1997:  Edmund Siennicki*,  Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Medina,  Kathie and Todd Power

1996:  Marlene Jividen,  Brunswick City Cultural and Performing Arts Program

1995:  Mike Rose,  GTE

1994:  Kurt Sauer,  Wadsworth City Schools Performing Arts Foundation

1993:  Dr. Caesar Carrino,  Columbia Gas Company

1992:  Homer Smith,  The Medina County District Library

1991:  The Medina County Art League,  Williams-on-the-Lake

1990:  Maxine Nichols*,  Curtis and Sally Brown,  A. I. Root Company

1988:  Nancy Sprowls,  The Medina County Commissioners,  Realty One

1987:  Marcus Neiman,  Dr. Max Brent,  Old Phoenix Bank,  Westfield Companies

1986:  Dr. Robert Arnold

*  Lifetime Service to the Arts Award 

** Special Award of Recognition

*** Lifetime Achievement in the Arts