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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: Massillon’s Thirteenth Floor Gallery relocates to Canton arts district

  • Billy Ludwig has moved his goth-tinged art gallery, Thirteenth Floor, from downtown Massillon to the heart of downtown Canton’s arts district.

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  • Billy Ludwig has moved his goth-tinged art gallery, Thirteenth Floor, from downtown Massillon to the heart of downtown Canton’s arts district. Located at 310 Fourth St. NW, the new gallery will welcome First Friday visitors from 6 to 10 tonight, and will be open noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
    “It makes sense for me to be here,” Ludwig said, about his decision to relocate after two and a half years in Massillon. “Obviously, there’s a lot going on in the arts district here, plus Mike (Nasvadi) from Buzzbin (Art and Music Shop) and I have wanted to work on events for a long time.
    “All the meetings I’ve had with ArtsinStark and (its CEO) Robb Hankins, we seem to be on the same page. We like to move quickly and make things happen.” Additionally, he noted, “The rent is extremely reasonable.”
    In Massillon, Ludwig organized a series of gallery-based events, including the Gravediggers Ball and Eerie Street Side Show, with live music, performance artists, themed art and beer gardens. In Sept. 2010, he presented a free concert by the phenomenal Brooklyn noise-rock band A Place to Bury Strangers.
    The new Canton outpost offers affordable digital prints on card stock from Ludwig’s Impale Designs, original artwork by Megan Mars, John Branham and others, jewelry, incense and Threadless brand T-shirts.
    “It’s very much like what people have known of my gallery in Massillon,” said Ludwig, a Jackson High School grad. “Macabre, bizarre, somewhat surreal — those are probably the three best adjectives.”
    Erin Mulligan will be the resident artist at Thirteenth Floor, overseeing the gallery several days a week while working on her whimsical, creature-populated paintings.
    READING SCROOGE
    A quartet of talented, veteran local actors will present a staged reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Merging Hearts Holistic Center at 3751 Burrshire Dr. NW in Canton (the former Burrshire Swim Club). Performing this classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday redemption, will be Michael O’Brien, Joseph Martuccio, Mary Lou Ianni and Bob Sammartino, all veterans of the Players Guild’s “Christmas Carol.” Admission is free.
    KUDOS FOR ERIC
    Belated congratulations to Canton native Eric Nuzum, vice-president of programming for National Public Radio, who was honored by Mayor William J. Healy II with Eric Nuzum Day in Canton on Nov. 15. Arguably more exciting was the (mostly) positive review Nuzum’s recently published autobiographical book, “Giving Up the Ghost,” received in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on Nov. 9. The lengthy review, penned by celebrated novelist Rick Moody, concludes with, “There’s a lot wrong with this book. But for all that, there’s something very moving in it too, about lost love and how the dead are never really gone.”
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