The Update | Butler Exhibition Features Area Artists; Rotary Club Calendar Sale

YOUNGSTOWN – The Butler Institute of American Art’s 83rd Area Artist Annual will open Sunday, Oct. 23, with an awards reception at 1 p.m.

The art exhibition includes works in all media and represents artists from the counties of Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer in Pennsylvania.

“The Area Artists Annual continues to be one of the most popular exhibitions to take place at the Butler,” said Butler director Louis Zona. “Regional talent has proven to be exceptional, making the Area Artists exhibition a showcase of every style and direction of American art. I would have to say that this exhibition has to rank as one of the very best regional shows in the United States and the Butler is proud to host it.”

This year, 223 artworks were submitted by 121 artists. Of those, 93 individual works by 64 artists were accepted in the exhibition.

Diane Schaffstein of the Bonfoey Gallery was the juror.

Rotary Club Calendars Available

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Rotary Club of New Castle’s annual fundraiser calendar is now available for purchase. With the theme “Then and Now,” the calendar highlights 12 historic homes, some of which are still standing.

A beautiful historic photo of each home is juxtaposed with a current photo of the same location along with the history of the home. Most include a photo of the original owner.

The calendar costs $20 and makes a good holiday gift. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of New Castle initiatives. Most photos were provided by the Lawrence County Historical Society.

The calendars also provide a chance at cash prizes for the purchaser. Each calendar is numbered from 000-999; if the number comes out on the Pennsylvania Lottery three-digit evening number (all numbers are played straight), the owner of the calendar wins $25. There are also five bonus days when the winners receive between $100 and $500.

Calendars are available at the following locations:

  • Baker Tilly (formerly Arnett Carbis Toothman), 2599 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
  • C.J. Cochran & Co., 409 N. Jefferson St., New Castle.
  • Cialella & Carney Floral Designs, 1006 S. Mill St., New Castle.
  • Lawrence County Historical Society, 408 N. Jefferson St., New Castle.
  • Phil Fitts Ford & Lincoln, 3250 Wilmington Road, New Castle, Pa.
  • Visit Lawrence County, 229 S. Jefferson St., Suite 101, New Castle, Pa.

Scrappers Unveil 2023 Season

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers today announced the team’s 2023 schedule – the team’s 25th anniversary season.

The 80-game season will have 40 home games at Eastwood Field.

Opening day will be June 1 at home against the West Virginia Black Bears, and it will be a Buck Night with postgame fireworks.

The season will have nine Fireworks Nights, five Buck Nights, premium giveaways and more special events to be announced later, according to a press release.

The Scrappers are a founding member of the MLB Draft League.

Season ticket packages are on sale now. To view the complete 2023 Scrappers schedule and early bird ticket packages, visit or contact the box office at 330 505 0000.

Pictured at top: This painting, titled “Everett Echoes Ivory” by Allan Charles Orr (oil on acrylic), is part of the Area Artists Annual exhibition at The Butler.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.