‘Rock Gods’ Photo Exhibit to Open May 30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Rock Gods: The Art of Rock & Roll Photography features images of some of the world’s greatest rock music idols and entertainers performing live as captured by three local artists. The exhibit will open May 30 at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center here.

Rock Gods is a collaborative effort between The Mahoning Valley Historical Society and The Artists of the Rustbelt. The artists are Janet Macoska, Tony Nicholas and Chris Yambar. The show will run through Aug. 30, and a preview party will be held May 29 at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the preview party is $10 and includes a limited-edition 11×17 print and a drink voucher.

The evening will also feature live performances by The Pickups and The Tribe of Eos. Tickets are available in advance at the Tyler History Center and at the Arms Family Museum. Tickets at the door are first come, first serve, according to Leann Rich, Historical Society manager of education & external relations

On May 30, the Historical Society will host a special First Day Rock Gods Walk Talk at 1 p.m. The talk will feature Yambar, who will take guests through the new exhibit and offer creative insight, behind the scenes commentary and field questions. Yambar has created thousands of images for collectors around the world and is a writer for such mainstream comic characters as The Simpsons, Popeye, Sponge Bob and his own brand of characters including Mr. Beat.

The talk will be part of the standard admission as the exhibition officially opens to the general public May 30. Hours for the Tyler History Center are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and college students and $2 for children. Admission price includes same-day entrance to the Arms Family Museum at 648 Wick Avenue.

Macoska has been capturing rock’s greatest on film and now in digital format. Among the publications that have used her photos are Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, and The New York Times. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Smithsonian Museum of American History, and The National Portrait Gallery in London. She is primary photographer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square Center and The Cleveland International Film Festival.

Nichols studied studio art and photography at Youngstown State University and Rochester Institute of Technology. His images have appeared on several regional band CDs and their promotional material. Bands included in the exhibition are First in Space, Whiskey Daredevils, Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons and a variety of acts from Pabstolutely and Cedars.

When Yambar met Macoska in the late 1990s, the two became creative co-conspirators almost immediately. When she asked him to colorize her black and white live rock images for an exhibition, he jumped at the chance and the show was standing-room-only. In four months Yambar created almost 200 reverse-painted glass images, merging the composition of Macoska’s photos with his brilliant color scheme.

For more information, call 330 743 2589.

Pictured: Image from exhibit of rock start Kiss.

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