Thursday, November 29, 2007

new gallery downtown explodes with excitement

The opening reception for The Inaugural Exhibition of Art Youngstown was a packed house, filled with the young and old, professionals and amateurs, observers and creators - all buzzing with energy.

Boy, was their gallery space on West Federal in downtown stuffed with supporters. It was hard to breathe, yet along move to the back of the building to get to the baked ziti.

Room upon room, the gallery was filled with oil paintings, sculpture, photography, video instillations, watercolors - from 76 local artists in total. I even saw a childrens book on sale featuring Jay Williams, what I believe was titled "the boy who would become mayor".

The mission of Art Youngstown is "making art accessible to all." This collection could be viewed by any person who walked in the door.


As the rooms cleared towards the end of the evening, it was possible to take some photos highlighting the diversity of art produced by the Youngstown community.

From the brochure of the opening night . . .

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Here is a photo of the people who put it all together:

Due to the overwhelming response of the opening weekend, the show will have extended gallery hours from
12pm to 8pm on Saturday, December 1st
25 West Federal Street

Some of the remaining pieces are available for purchase.

Check it out if you have the time, and contact Art Youngstown for more information on how you can become involved.


Nate said...

Where exactly is the museum at? Is it in the Huntington Bank Building?

Debra Weaver said...

Thank you so much! What a terrific article! The turnout exceeded our wildest expectations. Thanks to all who came out and supported the project. I hope everyone comes out again this weekend. The gallery has received a lot of new art work and lots of things are happening in the city Saturday: the Tree Lighting, Santa Clause is coming to town; the Butler and the McDonough are having their Christmas shows. I'm having dinner at Cafe Cimmento and then I'm off to see, "The Drag Queen Who Stole Christmas". Not only is Y-town turning into a city that doesn't sleep, I'm turning into a person who doesnt' sleep-;)

Janko said...

The gallery is located at 25 West Federal.

It is on the south side of the street, in between Barley's and Silvers' Vogues Shop. Closest cross street is Phelps.

The last photo shows the gallery from the outside.

Tyler said...

This was an incredible event with mind-blowing turnout. Clearly Art Youngstown needs a permanent home.