The Update | Area Artists Annual Winners; New Diocese Podcast

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “The Return,” a portrait made with a ballpoint pen by Josh Ryhal of Hubbard, won Best in Show at the 84th annual Area Artists Annual exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art.

The exhibit opened Sunday and will run through Nov. 19. The juried exhibition features 103 works by 81 artists living in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania.

First place went to Thomas Sewickley of Youngstown for his soft pastel painting “Fog on Cohasset.”

Thomas Sewickley’s watercolor painting “Fog on Cohasset” won first place at the Area Artists Annual exhibition at The Butler Institute of America Art.

Second place went to C. Robert Buchanan’s watercolor, “Western Reserve.” Third Place went to Jacquelyn Bader’s acrylic painting “Ruth.”

Other award winners include:

Fred Staloff Award: Marie Dippolito of Warren, “Pete,” pastel.
Robert Yalch Award: Richard M. Fisher of Leetonia, “Larger than Life,” photograph.
Rick Shale Award: John Burkard of Poland, “Cruising in Salem,” watercolor.

Honorable mention winners:

  • John Burkard, Poland, “Marbles and Mirrors,” watercolor.
  • Gary Balog, Girard, “December Morning Parapet Bridge on Lake Glacier,” watercolor.
  • Bob Barko Jr., Youngstown, “The Suspension Bridge,” mixed.
  • Carol Gallo, Girard, “A Spell of Good Things,” monoprint.
  • Jeanie Gordon, Warren, “Giuseppe’s Table,” oil.
  • Brenda Meyers Cohen, Girard, “Winter Farm,” watercolor.
  • Mark Dippolitto, Warren, “Pandemic Hideaway,” pastel.
  • Bryce Herrington, Sharon, Pa., “For Vincent,” watercolor.
  • Jody Nudell, Girard, “The Penguin Room at the Golden Dawn,” watercolor.

Diocese to Launch ‘Catholic Echo Podcast’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Diocese of Youngstown is launching “The Catholic Echo Podcast,” the latest development in the diocese’s integrated media offerings. 

The podcast, which will launch Nov. 5, joins The Catholic Echo print magazine and the diocese’s online multimedia hub at, both of which launched earlier this year.

It will be available on major podcasting platforms and on The Catholic Echo website. It will also be available on Youngstown radio stations WHOT-FM 101, WYFM-FM 102.9 and WQXK-FM 105.1 at 6:30 a.m. Sundays, beginning Nov. 5. 

Airing weekly, each episode of “The Catholic Echo Podcast” will feature a specific topic relevant to the church today. Bishop David Bonnar begins the podcast with host Father Jim Korda on the topic of the week, and various guests continue to offer insights on the topic. “The Catholic Echo Podcast” will also feature crossover content with The Catholic Echo print magazine and online-exclusive articles.

In November, episodes will include youth and young adult ministry (also featured in the November issue of The Catholic Echo magazine), as well as vocations, missionary discipleship and the work of Catholic Charities.

“The Catholic Echo Podcast” joins the Diocese of Youngstown’s long-running radio program, “Wineskins,” which will precede “The Catholic Echo Podcast” on the aforementioned radio stations at 6 a.m. “Wineskins” also continues to be available at various times on WKBN-AM 570 and WILB-FM 89.5 (Youngstown), WILB-AM 1060 and WILB-FM 94.5 (Canton) and WRQX-AM 600 (Salem), as well as on podcast platforms.

Jimmy Neno’s Pizzeria and Taproom Opens

BROOKFIELD, Ohio – A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday to mark the opening of Jimmy Neno’s Pizzeria and Taproom, 7172 Warren-Sharon Road.

The restaurant-bar and takeout pizzeria is at the site of the former Papa Louie’s Italian Kitchen and Motocross Café.

The owner is Dustin Ghizzoni, who bought the business from Papa Louie’s owner Irene Delung. Ghizzoni renovated the interior before reopening.

Jimmy Neno’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday for takeout; the bar-restaurant opens at 3 p.m. each day, and stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Pictured at top: Josh Ryhal’s ballpoint pen portrait, “The Return,” won best in show at the Area Artists Annual exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.