Saturday, October 24, 2009

New at the GATY

Student Exhibition, October 2009

Youth Painting: Pointillism

Adult Painting

Congratulations to Maggie who became an
American citizen on the last day of class!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Community Arts Project: Mona Lisa montage

Tonight was the unveiling of the Community Arts Program's Mona Lisa montage. During the summer, seventy artists in the valley each worked on the separate panels which comprise the whole. About three dozen Davis Family YMCA members and staff put their own touches on panel #39, called All in the Family. Art coordinator, Suzanne Gray, created Feeting Frenzy, panel #15.

The montage will be on display at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, Ohio through the end of the year, after which it will travel to various location throughout the community. More details available at the CAPF website.

Read more about the unveiling. More.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

YMCA Afternoon of the Arts

The first annual Davis Family YMCA Afternoon of the Arts was a resounding success. Over fifty members and staff took the opportunity to show off their art, with works ranging from traditional paintings and photography to driftwood, scratch-board, and a painted quilt.

Thirteen local professional artists answered questions and demonstrated techniques. Some gave attendees the opportunity to try their hand at creating pieces of art. Ed O'Malley did quick sketch caricatures and Nancy Hawkins created beautifully rendered on the spot oil portraits.

The crowd was enthralled with performances by puppet master Mary Adams, the sounds of acoustic guitarist Todd Kaden, and a contemporary dance by Michelle Edison. Dr. William Greenway and Jordan Shaver each read from their own collections of poetry.

Over thirty brave souls lent their soles to the Global Art Project, decorating their feet with messages of peace for Suzanne Gray's montage, Peaceful Soleutions.

Children had the opportunity to participate in Fun with Cookies, courtesy of Wendy Gunyula, and also to create seasonal puppets thanks to the generosity of Michael's Craft Store. Additionally, everyone enjoyed refreshments donated by Boardman's GFS (Gordon Food Service), Sam's Club, and the YMCA.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Davis Y who made the entire day possible, and to the Vindicator for the extensive coverage they provided prior to and after the event.

Click on the images below for a closer look at the fun.