Tag: Downtown Canton Ohio

Ice, Ice Kitty! Canton's Fire and Ice Carving Festival

ice Sculpture by BZTAT

It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I carved my first ice sculpture at the First Friday Ice Festival! You would think that once would be enough, but not for this intrepid artist.

It was such a rush for me  last year, I enthusiastically signed on to do another one for this year’s festival.

I have dug the snow pants out of the closet, and I am ready to go. It looks like I will need the snow pants, too, because we have lots of the white stuff here in Canton, and it has been downright FREEZING! Perfect weather for an ice festival.

I have yet to finalize this year’s design, but I have decided that it will be another Cool Cat Adventure!

Because the first Friday of the month was on New Year’s Day, this year’s festival and First Friday are actually on the second Friday of the month. Here are the details:

Opposites attract for the January First Friday ice festival extravaganza, which will be held on January 8th from 6 to 10 p.m. as the new arts year kicks off in downtown Canton. Themed Fire and Ice, the celebration promises a wintry mix of fun and flair with ice sculptures, fire hoop dancing & twirling, live music, new art exhibits, and snowflake crafts for the kids.

World champion ice carver Aaron Costic headlines the evening with a fire and ice tower to be set ablaze at 8:00 p.m. on an evening which hosts the cool creations of over 15 ice artists, which will be positioned throughout the Canton Arts District. Carvers include the Elegant Ice Carving Team, Angus McIntosh Sr., Angus McIntosh Jr., Lynn Digby, Ron White, John Froman, students from R.G. Drage, the Players Guild Theatre design team, Vicki Boatright BZTAT, Craig Booth and Patrick Buckohr.

Download more information and a map for January 8th’s Fire & Ice festival at http://www.cantonfirstfriday.com.

You can also watch the promotional video:

Hope to see you there!!!

Life is an Adventure!


Thanks for a great Paw Parade!

Wow! What a Paw Parade we had on Twitter today! I feel blessed to have so many wonderful friends who made this such a huge success! If you missed it, you can watch the recap video:

The Paw Parade was a virtual parade that I and my Spokescat @BrewskieButt hosted in the Canton, OH Arts District to celebrate our friends’ support of my artwork.

There were lots of bands, floats, balloons, etc. The featured balloons had artwork by BZTAT on them! We had DJ’s spinning parade tunes and street vendors pushing food and beverage carts with the fabulous menu by @JavatheCat!

We also raised money for @RomeotheCat‘s January Furpower charity, Last Hope Inc. !

And, we also had a drawing for a FREE Pet Portrait by BZTAT! The winner? @PepiSmartDog, who, sadly, went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2009. I am honored to paint his picture.

Special thanks to: @FrugalDougal, @Romeothcat, @JavatheCat, @YourDailyCute, @Quadpawd, @FergustheDog and @PerrytheBirman and their staffs for helping organize the Paw Parade!

And Special thanks to all that participated. Your support means so much to me. I love you all!

Life is an Adventure!


Line the sidewalks folks. It's a Paw Parade!!!

Artwork by BZTAT

UPDATED: See updated info below.

2009 has been a phenomenal year for me and my development as an artist. Social media has opened up a whole new world for me in finding people who appreciate my artwork, and I have created more art this year than I ever have in such a short amount of time.

It may seem strange, but I owe it all to my cat.

Over the past year, my cat Brewskie (@BrewskieButt, AKA “The Brew” on Twitter and Facebook) became a social media sensation, helping me to develop friendships with hundreds of people who enjoy pets as much as I do.

These people have become great fans of my artwork, and as a result, I have had numerous commissions for pet portraits that were generated straight through internet contact.

To celebrate the wonderful adventure that we have embarked upon, Brewskie and I are going to host a parade on Twitter for all of our anipals!

The parade will center around a virtual march through the Canton, OH Arts District, with each of the critters that I have painted over the past year sauntering down the parade route.  Other anipals are welcome to join in the parade, walking down the parade route and celebrating their joys of the Twitter Anipal Kingdom over the past year.

We will have music, food, treats, and all sorts of fun as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2009 and the joyful expectations for 2010!

As is tradition for the anipals when they gather for fun, we will use our shared revelry as a time to help homeless pets. Our purpose is to celebrate the friendships we have made over the past year, so please consider making a donation to  Romeo the Cat’s FURPOWER benificiary, Last Hope Animal Rescue, to honor our anipal community. You can donate here.

We will also be holding a special drawing. One lucky winner from the drawing will win a 16″ X 20″ single animal pet portrait by BZTAT!!!*

You can enter the drawing by Make a comment on this blogpost explaining why you would like your animal painted by BZTAT.

No purchase or donation is necesary to enter. Winner will be drawn randomly from all entries.

Preliminary Details about the Paw Parade:

  • Date:  Sunday, January 3, 2010
  • Time: 2 pm – 6 pm EST
  • Hashtag: #PawParade
  • Where: Virtual Parade Route thru the Canton, OH Arts District via Twitter
  • Grand Marshal–Brewskie Butt
  • Food by @JavatheCat
  • DJ’s will play parade themed music

Anipals are welcome to pawty in the Canton, OH Arts District for as long as they want after the parade!

You do not have to have a Twitter account to follow the parade or participate in the drawing, although it is a lot more fun that way! Simply follow a Tweetgrid search of the hashtag #PawParade to watch all the fun.

More information about the Paw Parade will be coming in future posts here as well as information being posted on @FrugalDougal‘s official PawPawty website.

So get ready to stake out your spot along the parade route!

Thank you to all for being such great friends and supporters over the past year. May the New Year be full of love, peace, joy and adventure for you!!!

(*Special rules and circumstances will apply. Portrait is for a 16″ X 20″ painting on canvas of one animal, valued at $175. Winner will provide 3-5 digital images of the animal to be painted to the artist. The painting will be created according to the artist’s schedule and availability. Must be redeemed by 1/31/11.)

Life is an Adventure!