Photo exhibit benefits the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent
Hannah Lemaster's photograph titled Looking Up can be purchased at the Relay for Life photo exhibit at Massillon Museum through Oct. 4.  Proceeds from the sale benefit the Relay for Life and cancer research.

MASSILLON The ninth annual Photography by Supporters of Relay for Life will be open through Oct. 4 at the Massillon Museum. The photographs donated by local photographers are on sale with the proceeds benefiting the Relay for Life.

The 8-inch by 10-inch matted photos sell for $25 or more and can purchased at the front desk. Emily Vigil of the museum said that there are other photos available at the front desk that supporters can purchase. People purchasing the photos hung for the exhibit will have to wait until the exhibit ends before they can pick them up.

“We have 13 photographers this year who have donated photos for the exhibit and the sale,” Vigil said. “There are a group of local photographers who donated photos every year and then we get new photographers every year. The pandemic caused us to cancel the opening event we hold each year to promote this exhibit. We did do a video and will be posting that on our social media outlets. This is a good way for the photographers to contribute as well be in an exhibit and have their work seen by others.”

She added that the number of photographers is down this year because of the uncertainty of the pandemic. Vigil said that Jan Jordan from Relay for Life spearheaded the collaboration with the Museum and the photographers.

Photographers who donate can be any age, a professional or an amateur who just loves taking photos.

Jordan, who was a team captain and is now a team member of the local Relay for Life, said, “This exhibit is one that gets people from around the community involved with raising money and awareness of the need for cancer research.”

“The photographs can come from photographers of all ages and different levels of photography,” she added. “It’s really nice because the photographs can be donated by someone who just likes taking photos. I encourage people to go to the exhibit, look through the exhibit and buy at least one photo. Then think about getting involved next year by taking some photos and donating them for the next exhibit.”

Because of the restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s Relay for Life was held on Aug. 22 as the Stark County Drive-Thru Luminaria event at the Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market. People could drive thru the event in the evening and donate a luminaria to a loved one lost, someone currently battling or anyone who has overcome cancer.

Ravenna, Italy Chapel photo by Margy Vogt is one of the many photos available for purchase at the Massillon Museum. The exhibit and the sales benefit the Relay for Life and cancer research.