Here are some of the events taking place in the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.
YOUNGSTOWN – The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., will open a new exhibition on Sunday, “Dialogues with Reality” by award-winning painter P. Smallwood.
Smallwood is best known for his iconic watercolors, “Lifescapes,” a form of portraiture and visual storytelling.
Smallwood depicts the subject in its natural environment, carefully manipulated to evoke an emotional connection with the viewer, a press release states. Through composition, line, form and finely finished surfaces, he creates portraits that convey a feeling about how subjects live their lives.
The exhibition will run until February 22. A meeting with Smallwood is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. February 6.
More information can be found here.
“Inner Life”, paintings by artist Francie Lyshak are also on display at The Butler. The exhibition runs until February 20 and a meeting with the artists is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on January 30. More information can be found here.
“Memories of Christmas Past” open until December 31
YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 13th “Memories of the Past” exhibit is open at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., until December 31st.
The overall theme for this season, “Back to Greystone,” depicts festive decor and traditions from the 1900s to the 1930s, inspired by how Olive FA Arms might have dressed and decorated their home during this era.
MVHS brought its family holiday tradition to each of the seven period rooms on the ground floor of the museum. The exhibit mixes Olive Arms’ love for nature – flowers and birds in particular – with her approach to welcoming guests into her home.
The opening hours for museum vacations are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Holiday exhibit will be open in the evening for its Twilight Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. on December 27.
The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
WYSU-FM broadcasting special holiday programs
YOUNGSTOWN – Radio station 88.5 WYSU-FM, the public radio service of Youngstown State University, broadcasts special programs for the holidays until Sunday.
Today, the Tabernacle Choir will continue its artistic tradition with touching arrangements of familiar Christmas carols and surprises, with lesser-known melodies that are becoming the new classics.
On Sundays, listeners can enjoy a contemporary radio play from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, featuring actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and public broadcaster Murray Horwitz as the narrator.
The full program is available here.
A few quick hits …
- Boardman Park has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland of Christmas lights. You can drive through the park and see the signage from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 8. Tune into 88.9 FM to enjoy music with the light show.
Third Class and Heck Vektor will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets cost $ 10 and can be purchased here.
Sunday is Art Day at Vintage Estate Wine & Beer, 7317 South Ave., Boardman. You will receive half-price sketches while you paint a masterpiece of your choice using one of Vintage Estate’s ceiling tiles as your canvas.