Friday, October 14, 2016

FIVE Squared Prospectus

Time to start thinking about your 5"x5" donations to the 2017 FIVE Squared benefit show and sale.  Adults may enter 8 pieces; children, up to four pieces.  Schools may enter no more than four per grade level, but teachers are encouraged to show all of the students' work at their school.

Early entry is encouraged.  As per the prospectus, drop off or mail your art and entry form to Davis Family YMCA  attn: Suzanne Gray, 45 McClurg Rd, Boardman, OH 44512.

Every year, in addition to hundreds of local art, we get a few pieces from around the country and the world.  If you have contacts in other states/countries, please encourage them to participate.  All proceeds from the event fund our ARTreach program, allowing children, teens, and families to enjoy art classes at the Rescue Mission, Daybreak, Beatitude House, Casa Madre, and Success After Six.

Reception photos

 There was a record turnout at this year's BIKWIL reception.  Thank you to all the artists who participated, community donors, Four Mile Run Church, the incomparable Y maintenance, service desk, and office staff, and the tireless volunteers.


Thank you to the adult painter volunteers.
Kris, Judy, Suzanne, Susan, Penny, Phyllis, Angela, Ellen
(not shown, Mary Grace, Janet, Marilyn, Jim, Susan)

Saturday, October 8, 2016


 Opening Reception,
Sunday, October 9  1-3pm

After two hectic weeks of art intake (280+ pieces from113 artists), judging, hanging, organizing the program, and making a photo montage, we are ready for the official opening!  Please join us on Sunday to meet the artists, enjoy live classical music, and munch on light refreshments while enjoying two floors of art by local amateur, emerging, and professional artists.

Davis YMCA, photomontage, Suzanne Bort Gray, BIKWIL, art show, John Patterson

Best of Show
 Anthony Greier, Winter Self Portrait

John Patterson Creativity Award
Brandon Benson, Creation of Llama

Jurors' Choice
  Elayne Bozick, Morning Walk
  Kristina Rule,  McGuffey Morning
  Don Wright, Beneath the Surface

Award of Excellence
Perry Chickonoski, Day Dreamer
David Hammond, Van Gogh Redneck Cafe
Jean Nye, In the Air
Loretta Tipton, Balance

Merit Award
Richard Bucurel, Evening Guests at the Art Museum
Roberta Cencer, Box 169
Diane Carlisle, Old Truck #2
Pat Miller, Bessie
Faye Mowry, Sunflower Jubilee
Terry Polonsky, Golden Waves of Grain
Patricia Watson, Beauty of Albinism
Gloria Williams, Sunflowers

Honorable Mention
Matthew Batcho, Darkness to Light
Maryanne Caleris, Untitled
Anna Creque, Long Walk
Roseann Ferrara, Vita
Linda Grimm, Barn Cat
Nancy Hawkins, Judy's Pink Peonies
Rebecca Hawkins, Kridler Gardens
Josephine Hodos, Our Favorite Place
James O'Malley, Midtown Diner
Liz Skeels, Linda
Robert Tupaj, Color My World
Guy Shively, 1902 The Power of Advertising
Paula Smith, Just One of the Girls
Lana VanAuker, Majestic Mastropietro
Jeff Vargo, Dragon Trainer
Jim Young, Fat 'n Furious
Marilyn Yurko, Misty Mount

Thumbnails of most of the art

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CALL FOR ART But I Know What I Like

The Y is hosting it's fourth annual But I Know What I Like art show from October 9-November 20th.  All family friendly two and three dimensional art will be accepted within the confines of the downloadable prospectus.  Drop off dates are Friday, September 23rd from 10-5, and Saturday, September 24th from 10-3:30.

The twist of the BIKWIL show is that it's judge by non-professionals, as in "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like."

BIKWIL, davis YMCA, suzanne gray, Call for Art
download & print   prospectus

download & print   entry

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD

We are very fortunate to have acquired more than 20 paintings of 1940s movie stars.   Not only is the subject matter from that era, but that's when they were painted by a young man who was still in high school! After Ervin Newman returned from WWII, he never painted seriously again, but instead concentrated on working at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, raising a family, and enjoying his favorite pastimes... baseball and fishing.

After he died in 1985 at the age of 62, his wife Cecilia treasured his paintings.  Now, at 90, Mrs. Newman has generously donated them to the Y.  We've planned a simple, yet elegant, opening reception for Wednesday, July 27th, from 3-5 at the GATY, to showcase the art.  The event is free and open to the community.  Red carpet and/or 1940s attire is encouraged!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FIVE Squared Reception

Volunteers and staff prepare for the opening
 Brandon with our VP, Beth Scheller

 Leaders Club volunteers

 The Classical Strings Quartet

 Perusing the silent auction art work

 Photomontage featuring all donated art

 WFMJ covers the event

 Making note of  favorite art location

 Executive Director, Tom Grantonic, camera in hand

 Checking out art from Russian orphanage

 Most sought after artist... Chris Leeper

 YMCA CEO Tim Hilk

Countdown to sale
Queuing up to pay