'All of it will move you': 5 things to know about Salon des Femmes art show in Canton

This painting by Sally Lytle is part of the new Salon des Femmes exhibition opening Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
This painting by Sally Lytle is part of the new Salon des Femmes exhibition opening Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

CANTON − Sam Lilenfield was in awe when she visited the new Salon des Femmes exhibition at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery.

And it wasn't even finished yet. Paintings and art pieces were being hung. Murals and installation-like backdrops were also being created.

"When dropping off my work ... I was able to get a good sneak peek at each artists' spot," Lilenfield said late last week. "And I loved it. A lot of the (artists) were making it more of an immersive experience by creating murals behind their art and making it so much their own.

"Their creative world will be on display," she said. "It's awesome."

Lilenfield is among the 12 artists featured in Salon des Femmes when it opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery, 2645 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Artwork by Jo Westfall will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
Artwork by Jo Westfall will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

The exhibit will be on display through June 14 during gallery hours, which are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (the gallery is closed the first Saturday of every month).

Dan Kane, retired entertainment editor at The Canton Repository, organized and curated the show.

Friday's opening reception also will feature music provided by Sam Heaton, owner of Erie St Vinyl in downtown Massillon. She will be spinning an all-vinyl and all-female playlist for the event, which runs until 9:30 p.m.

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Varied artistic styles and mediums will be showcased amid scores of individual works. Some of the artists are contributing up to around a dozen pieces each.

"Their work will be displayed in a personalized salon-style, creating fascinating 'snapshots,' where each artist plays with their own space, showing the design and emotion that perfectly complements their artwork and message," said Christian Harwell, owner of Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery.

"Some of the art will be pretty, some makes you think, some might shock you ... but all of it will move you."

This painting by Sam Lilenfield is among the art pieces being featured in the new exhibition Salon des Femmes, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
This painting by Sam Lilenfield is among the art pieces being featured in the new exhibition Salon des Femmes, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

Here are five other things to know about Salon des Femmes:

1. What was the inspiration for the art exhibition?

"There's a wealth of talented female artists in the area, and Salon des Femmes is all about celebrating a dozen of them," said Kane, who presented the idea for the exhibition to Harwell and collaborated with him on its design. "My guiding idea was to hang the artwork salon style, with many pieces of work by each artist.

"Rather than a group art show, it's more like a dozen solo shows," Kane added. "Hopefully, there will be a feeling of visual excitement when people walk into the gallery.

"The artists represent a wide range of styles and a 40-year age range. How fun to have them all under the same roof."

This art piece by Erika Katherine will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
This art piece by Erika Katherine will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

2. Why feature the work of 12 female artists?

"Every one of these women are established and innovative local artists that have a message to deliver," Harwell said. "We felt now is a timely opportunity to celebrate the important contribution that women make to contemporary art in general, but more directly to our local art scene."

3. What artists are being showcased?

Lilenfield, Heather Bullach, Heidi Fawver, Marti Jones Dixon, Erika Katherine, Judi Krew, Aimee Lambes, Sally Lytle, Erin Mulligan, Kat Francis, Emily Orsich and Jo Westfall.

This art piece by Heidi Fawver is among those being featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition opening Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
This art piece by Heidi Fawver is among those being featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition opening Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

4. What style of artwork will be featured?

"Everything is very different than the next wall you're going to look at," Lilenfield said of the diversity of artists. "There's going to be so much to look at."

Lilenfield's artwork will mostly feature acrylic paint on canvas or wood while also incorporating fiber art into her portion of the exhibit.

"I work with a medium called tufting," she said. "So I'll have a rug on display on the floor, and then I'll have four of my tufted pillows. I call that more of my functional art so it can be used at home.

"Most of my work is centered around color and the use of color," Lilenfield said. "I like to joke that my very bright work is like an escape from how gray the world can be, so it's a lot of very bold colored pieces, and I just find inspiration from day to day items and try to give them a colorful spotlight."

The Canton artist also incorporates her graphic design background into her artwork.

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"I have a retro TV that's featured in one of the bigger pieces, and then I have ... one painting with nine blocks in there, and each block has a different woman inside," she said. "I like to take graphic design principles and then apply them to analog materials, so it's very clean lines and simple designs but thought out."

Marti Jones Dixon is among 12 artists who will be showcasing their work at the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
Marti Jones Dixon is among 12 artists who will be showcasing their work at the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

Jones Dixon is contributing 11 oil paintings.

"Most of my work is figurative," she said. "I love the way a feeling can be conveyed by a gestural motion. I like to try to capture the feel of the environment of the subject and how the subject relates to those surroundings.

"We were simply asked to contribute both older works and at least two new pieces," Jones Dixon explained. "I love the fact that there wasn’t a theme or a limit imposed upon us.  We were offered a particular space to fill, and it was very freeing to just paint with no restrictions."

This painting by Emily Orsich will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
This painting by Emily Orsich will be featured in the new Salon des Femmes exhibition, which opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

5. What stands out artistically about this group of creators?

"I’m honored to be included in this group of fine artists, regardless of gender," Jones Dixon said. "All are from the local area and have been an important part of the art community. I think the key to this group show is how varied our approaches are.  There is a wide range of disciplines and subject matter demonstrated among the participants."

Francis said she's excited "to be in the company of older and new generations of the (downtown Canton) art scene."

Salon des Femmes "showcases the female artists that laid the groundwork for many of us, while also spotlighting some new ones," she said. "The variety in medium and subject is thrilling."

Artwork by Kat Francis will be displayed at the new Salon des Femmes exhibition that opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.
Artwork by Kat Francis will be displayed at the new Salon des Femmes exhibition that opens Friday at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery in Canton.

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