Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, will host an exhibition of the Saint John’s Bible, a project some 12 years in the making. This is the first handwritten, illustrated Bible in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by St. John’s Abbey and University in College- ville, Minn. The abbey is a Benedictine monastery. The calligraphy and art project showcases all 73 books of the Old and New Testaments in “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible.”
Opening celebration: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. There will be a gallery talk by Tim Ternes, director of the Saint John’s Bible; M.J. Albacete, museum executive director; and Michele Waalkes, Sacred Voices curator. There will be hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music by Canton Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Trio. For museum members, cost is $35 and nonmembers, $45 that includes a one-year membership.
“Christmas at Malone — Illuminating the Word:” Malone University Department of Music presents concerts combining Scripture and music in a celebration of the Lord’s Nativity. Programs are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Worship Center of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. Order tickets online at www.malone.edu. Cost is $10 for general admission and $12 at the door and $7 for seniors (60 and older) and $8 at the door. Contact the Fine Arts office at 330-471-8231.
Bookmaking techniques: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26, 2014, at the museum. Call the museum or visit cantonart.org. Learn three basic bookmaking techniques. Cost is $30.
Educator workshop: “The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Manuscript with a Medieval Twist!” from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the museum. Ternes will introduce participants to the materials, techniques and artwork of The Saint John’s Bible, with the hands-on opportunity to try some of the medieval methods and tools used in making the Bible. Content is appropriate for grades 3 -12. Cost is $20.
Foundations of Calligraphy: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and Jan. 12, 2014, at the museum. Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. The proper use of the pen, pen angles and letter height will be discussed and demonstrated. Cost is $30.
Religious calligraphy workshop: 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014, at the museum. Participants may bring their favorite biblical or inspirational passages and create a meaningful calligraphic piece of art. Cost is $30.
Architectural bus tour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14 starting at the museum. In celebration of the exhibit, the museum will sponsor a bus tour featuring some of Stark County’s most beautiful and architecturally significant places of worship. Tickets are $35 and include tour, refreshments and exhibit entry.
Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus: “Illuminating the Word Through Song” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2014, at the Cultural Center for the Arts (Great Court) & Canton Museum of Art. Dr. Britt Cooper directs the chorus in concert, preceded by a lecture on ancient texts and music. The CMA exhibition is open before and after the concert. Tickets through symphony orchestra box office at 330-452-2094.
Malone University lecture series: Theological discussions will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Jan. 21, Jan., 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2014, at the museum. Free lecture and admission to the exhibition following the presentation.
About St. Benedict: Dr. Katherine T. Brown, director of museum studies and assistant professor of art history, will discuss “Painting St. Benedict: His Life” from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 4, 2014, and the Rev. Michael Brunovsky, academic dean of Benedictine High School in Cleveland, “St. Benedict’s Spirituality: The Benedictine Rule” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 2014.
Information: For classes at the museum, call 330-453-7666 or visit www.cantonart.org.