Lemon Grove Paints Town on Sixth Anniversary

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Lemon Grove Space will celebrate its sixth anniversary beginning tonight with three days of events in the McKelvey Gallery inside the Knox Building, 110 W. Federal St.

Events kick off at 7 p.m. Friday with a paint party when several local artists will spend the evening painting canvases hung on the walls of the McKelvey Gallery. Saturday night, the space will host “Saturday Night Hype,” which featuring Bernadette Lim and other musical artists.

Other artists this weekend are Richie Bernacki, Crystal Beiersdorfer and “more surprise,” Harver said.

On Monday, the Lemon Grove officially celebrates its sixth birthday.

“We’ll have some live performances, dancing, music, some live art production and also Youngstown Famous will be here selling some stuff,” said Lemon Grove owner Jacob Harver. “It’s a cultural gathering and marketplace that we’re getting together to celebrate it.”

Food and drinks will be provided by Martini Bros. Burger Bar, which shares the space with the gallery.

Harver opened the Lemon Grove in 2009 after beginning work on the space in 122 W. Federal St., three years earlier. In 2012, he moved next door to the Knox Building and in fall 2013, Martini Bros. took over the restaurant.

“I’m really happy to be where I am now because I don’t have to worry about running a bar and restaurant,” Harver said. “It frees me up to do what I need to do to bring the building to its full potential.”

That potential, he said, is creating an art production where artists not only make art, but also sell it.

“What’s nice about how the building is developing is that we’ll be able to produce art here as well. We’re getting into production,” Harver said. “What The Lemon Grove has always been about is entertainment and cultural activities. This is celebrating six years of that here in downtown Youngstown.”

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