Photos courtesy of Russ Huston.
Read the article in the Medina County Life news magazine.
It was a delightful summer evening on June 6 at the Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville to celebrate the Arts in Medina County. Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served from Medina restaurants, along with fun activities and great fellowship at this fundraising event to support the organization’s efforts in 2019.
The evening included a Live Auction of Unique Experiences, Reservations for “Dining with the Arts,” and the 32nd Service to the Arts Awards Ceremony. Each year, the Medina County Arts Council Trustees honor well respected and deserving individuals and organizations in our communities for their passion, efforts, and commitment to the Arts in Medina County.
This year’s Individual Award went to Cindy Allman, a name many around Medina County recognize as a devout supporter of the arts and a versatile artist working in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, pastel, and digital. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and she has spent her very busy life dedicated to arts in Medina. Working primarily with watercolor, acrylic, and oil, Cindy exhibited nationally in both private and corporate art collections throughout the United States.
She is a past participant in the Medina County District Library’s annual Art in Action. She donated her time to design a new brochure and logo for the Friends of the Medina Cemetery in 2002. For 12 years, she drew all the pen and ink house art for the holiday home tour booklets for the YWCA and the Medina Community Design Committee. Most recently, Cindy designed and illustrated the coloring book sold as part of the Medina Bicentennial in 2018. From 2009-2015, Cindy served as a trustee for MCAC, and from 2013-2018, she served as the graphic designer and website manager for the Medina County Arts Council, and helped many other non-profits, all while maintaining her active fine arts career. Cindy treasures her involvement with the Arts Council and values the scores of creative people she met and worked with as a trustee. She is a Signature Member and former Trustee of the Ohio Watercolor Society, a Founding Member of the Plein Air Painters of the Western Reserve, Medina County Art League member, and the Medina Community Design Committee. Medina County has greatly benefited from her work in that she has moved organizations to become more professional in their public appearances. Currently, Cindy divides her time developing graphics for ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music, Arts, and Cultural Outreach) and creating art.
The Organization Award was given to the City of Medina Bicentennial Committee. This ad hoc committee of community leaders gathered for the first time in 2014 under the leadership of Roger Smalley to plan the official Bicentennial celebration of the city of Medina in 2018. This group developed and coordinated programs each month for a year to highlight the many attributes of Medina’s rich history. Here's just a short list of the over 50 Bicentennial activities put on by the Medina Bicentennial Committee:
Nov. 17, 2017 -- 13 days before Medina's official birthday on Nov. 30,
the committee hosted the first of a year full of events, a bicentennial toast from Mayor Dennis Hanwell.
“Living History” events took place at multiple locations throughout the community including the Medina Library, Grace Drake Theater, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The Friends of the Cemetery put on the Spring Grove Encampment on May 26, which highlighted music of the Civil War era and hundreds of reenactors of the 8th Ohio Infantry.
Spirits of the Past (in partnership with MCAC) was a walking tour of Medina, portrayed by local historical figures.
A Bicentennial Photo exhibit by the Photographers of the Parks was displayed at the Medina Library’s B. Smith Gallery.
The Historic Medina Community Band celebrated the music of the past with a concert series during the summer months.
The Fourth of July “Homecoming Week” was jam-packed with parades, picnics in the park, fireworks, a birthday cake for Medina, and the Rockin’ the Park and Pool Party at Memorial Park.
Monthly historical articles were printed in the Medina Gazette chronicling Medina’s history from 1818-2018.
This committee’s work will have lasting effects on the Medina Community, not only for those who were able to see the re-enactors and relive some of the experiences like those who came before us would have, but also by preserving the history of Medina. A Medina Bicentennial video was produced with funding from the Stephenson Foundation. The committee will be publishing a coffee-table book capturing and celebrating Medina of today, so that future generations can look back and see what it was like in Medina in 2018.
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The Medina County Arts Council elected five trustees for new, 3 year terms at their February Annual Meeting held at the Brunswick Library. They are: Vicki Sheridan, Aimee Adams, Elaine Lamb, Chris Nespeca, and Donna Mittler. Elected to new two-year terms were Paulette Grubb and Jill Morton. Continuing on the Board are Dallis Conrad, Craig Staufer, Linda Loveless, Dan Hostetler, Pat Chaloupek, and Ann Cole. Also at the Wednesday, February 20, 2019 event, recognition and thanks were given to retiring trustee of the Council, Dan Polk.
After the adjournment of the Annual Meeting of members, the new trustees joined the continuing trustees for a Board meeting in which officers were elected. Elected for the coming year were Dan Hostetler, President; Pat Chaloupek, Vice-president; Linda Loveless, Secretary; and Ann Cole, Treasurer.
The Medina County Arts Council, established in 1983, is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and build community excellence through the arts in Medina County. The Council serves audiences and assists artists and arts organizations throughout the county. The organization may be reached by mail at P.O. Box 532, Medina, OH 44258, or by phone at 330-722-5502.