The Update | Art House on Elm Will Close; Ace Frehley Coming to Robins Theatre

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Art House on Elm, the gallery and art event space at 906 Elm St., is closing. Its operators, Heather Seno and Steph Blair, announced the closing in a Facebook post.

“We spent the last six months trying to imagine our futures and the part Art House would play in that,” the post states.

“Ultimately, in creating this space, we were left feeling more outside of our beautiful arts community than ever before. We want to be back with you … We want to come to your openings and support your new ideas. We want to share your discoveries. Additionally, we crave the time and space to make our own discoveries and build our own new work. Moving on from Art House will allow us to do just that.”

Ace Frehley Coming to Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Ace Frehley, the original lead guitarist of KISS and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, will return to Robins Theatre on Friday, April 28, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Frehley’s most recent solo album, “Origins II,” was released in 2020 and featured guests Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) and Lita Ford.

Frehley is best known for his hit songs “New York Groove” and “Into the Night.”

Tickets range between $25 and $50 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

An online-only presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Membership information can be found on the website and at the box office.

Lit Youngstown Presents Writing Camp

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown will present its seventh annual Winter Writing Camp on Feb. 18 at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. The all-day event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The deadline to register is Feb. 5.

This year’s camp offers sessions for adults, teens and youths age 5 and older of all experience levels. Adult session topics include writing poetry from life, interviewing to collect family stories, writing a caretaking graphic memoir, submitting work for publication, writing flash fiction and writing the true story. 

The event will include a musical performance by Jon Locketti, a cookie table and open mic for those who would like to share their work.

The 2023 Winter Writing Camp teaching artists include R. W. Franklin, Tanesha Bokally, E. F. Schraeder, Arya F. Jenkins, Marissa Snyder, Mari Alschuler, Katie Urs, Lindsay Sinkovich, Marissa McFly and McKayla Rockwell.

Session leader R.W. Franklin, who will be attending for the sixth time, said she thinks of Winter Writing Camp as a miniature writing conference, “except it’s completely free and more personal. If you’re a new or experienced writer, it’s great to spend the day with other creative people,” she said.

To register, go to

Art Exhibition at The Confluence

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – An exhibition of paintings by Debra Shingledecker is on view at The Confluence coffee shop, 214 E. Washington St., through March 22. An artist’s reception will take place Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. The reception will be followed by a concert by Tony Barge and the Honky Tonk Heroes at 7 p.m.

Arts and Education at The Hoyt is sponsoring the show.

Shingledecker is a member of the art faculty at Butler County Community College. She has frequently shown her work at The Hoyt.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.