Minerva’s celebration of art and music, the Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival, is set for Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., on Minerva’s Historic North Market Street. It will feature professional and student jazz bands, interactive art activities for all ages, professional and amateur art exhibits, food and more.
Performing will be Denny Ott, Henrique Alvim (Brazilian jazz), the Jen Maurer Duo (blues & jazz), the John Trapani Big Band (big band), and S’yVelt (jazz & funk), as well has jazz bands from Minerva, Northwest, Beaver and McKinley high schools.
There will be an exhibit of LEGO works of art in Komodo Dragon Martial Arts, as well as strolling magic by Tim Angeloni, juggling and balloon creations by Joe Delagrange, a knitting circle, a drum circle, kids’ art area, demonstrating artists, a gathering of woodturners, food, crafters, and more.
While you are there you can also check out Minerva’s many mural style paintings.
Large murals throughout downtown help tell the history of Minerva. Downtown’s newest mural, displayed on three separate panels on the side of the Chuckalovchak building [227 N. Market St.], depicts Market Street in the 1950s.
The panels show vintage cars lining the brick street and a crowd of people standing along the sidewalk waiting to get into the Roxy Theater. The Isaly’s store and the Hart Mansion also appear in the background. The artwork is an enlargement of a painting by Ohio artist Dave Barnhouse that hangs in the Hart Mansion.
Another mural can be found on seven windows of the Minerva Area Historical Society’s Haas Museum [128 N. Market St.], painted by Canton artist Patrick Buckohr in 2005. The panels display historical scenes of the village, including the Minerva Cabin—which is the birthplace of the town’s namesake, Minerva Ann Thomas—and Union School, Pennock House, Minerva Park, Minerva Milling Co., Jackson Hotel and the Minerva Power Plant.
Come on out and enjoy a family friendly festival in beautiful Minerva, Ohio.