The Update | Area Artists Show at The Butler; Ice Rink and Santa Coming to Mall

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Butler Institute of American Art’s 82nd Area Artists Annual Exhibition is on view now through Nov. 21 in the museum’s MacIntosh and Finnegan-Hynes galleries.

The exhibition is one of the three juried exhibitions the Butler presents each year and features works in all media submitted by residents of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. Exhibition juror for this year was Ed Hallahan, artist, and art educator.

A total of 98 works by 90 artists were accepted for the exhibition.

Youngstown artist Terence Fetchet received Best in Show for his mixed media wall hanging “On the Street Where You Live.”

Bill Barron of Youngstown was awarded the Fred Staloff Award for his abstract acrylic painting “2021.3 (A Sorrow in My Soul).”

The exhibition’s annual Robert Yalch Memorial Award was given to Daniel Shields of Canfield for the photograph “I Wonder.”

Other top prize winners are Willie Duck of Youngstown for “A Prayer Protest” acrylic painting (first place); Carol Gallo of Girard for “Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight” monoprint  (second place); and Gail Trunick of Burghill for “Vincent,” clay and stains sculpture (third place).

Receiving honorable mention were:

  • Ron Barron, Poland, “Etude Op. 1 No. 1” archival pens drawing 
  • Beth Beiter of Ellwood City, Pa., 1964 watercolor painting
  • Michael Cantelmo of Warren, “Ristorante Di Nero,” on the Water of “Lietu, UK” watercolor painting
  • Alex Jesko of Canfield, “Apex” acrylic painting on panel
  • John Johnson of Niles, “Adrian with Scarf” oil painting
  • LeeAnn Lewis of Youngstown, Peake acrylic & resin painting on wood panel
  • Jean Nye of Canfield,”I’m Serious!” watercolor painting
  • Marty Young of Cortland, Ken oil painting
  • Evie Zimmer of Youngstown, Reflection oil on canvas painting 
  • Evian Zukas-Oguz of Greenville, Pa., Traverse fiber

Ice Rink Will Open at Southern Park Mall

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Southern Park Mall will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 20 with the arrival of Santa Claus and the grand opening of the ice skating rink at DeBartolo Commons, starting at 11 a.m.

To commemorate the opening of the rink, Santa will join Boardman trustees in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to join the parade as Santa marches to his house in the mall’s Center Court. Santa will parade throughout DeBartolo Commons and Southern Park accompanied by his elves, Boardman High School Marching Band, The Grinch, local high school mascots including Boardman Spartan, Canfield Cardinal, Hubbard Eagles, Jackson Milton Blue Jay, South Range Raider and Struthers Wildcats. 

Families can also enjoy free horse-drawn sleigh rides at DeBartolo Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local food trucks including Auntie Anne’s, OH Donut and others will offer warms snacks and hot cocoa for purchase. 

Starting at noon, Santa will be at his house in center court ready to hear children’s wishes for this Christmas season. Santa will be available for visits and photos through Christmas Eve. For a full list of Santa hours visit

The rink will be open through Jan. 2. The cost to skate is $10 for adults and $8 for kids; guests can bring their own skates or rent for $3. 

World War II Political Cartoonist Is Lecture Topic

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Tim Carroll of Akron will share information about the late cartoonist Web Brown in a presentation at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at Chad Anthony’s, 4698 Belmont Ave.

The presentation is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Society’s lecture series. Admission is $10. Reservations are suggested; walk-ins admitted, based upon seat availability. For reservations or information, call 330 726 8277. 

Brown, a cartoonist for The Akron Beacon Journal, was one of the best political cartoonists in America, during World War II. After serving in the Spanish-American War, Brown began a 46-year career lasting from 1899 through 1945. Before and during the Second World War, Brown’s cartoons lampooned Hitler, Mussolini and Japan with a strong sense of justice, humor and history. Featured six days a week in the Journal, his work boosted morale at home and lifted the spirits of soldiers overseas. 

Carroll has compiled more than 200 of Brown’s best cartoons in his 2020 book, “World War II Cartoons of Akron’s Web Brown.”

He published his first book, “World War II Akron,” in 2019. 

Pictured: “On the Street Where You Live” by Terence Fetchet, winner of Best in Show at the Butler’s Area Artists Annual.

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