The Update | Messersmith Exhibit to Open at The Butler; ‘Rocky Horror’ Actress at Robins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An exhibition of 14 paintings and four sculptures by Mark Messersmith will open Sunday, July 23, at The Butler Institute of American Art and run through Sept. 24.

In his art, Messersmith, of Florida, explores themes of spirit and struggle within the modern world’s natural environments.

He is interested in a group of painters who came to Florida from the northeastern United States immediately after the Civil War, including Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, Thomas Moran, James Audubon and Winslow Homer. They painted with a romantic vision of the Southern landscape.

Messersmith’s work builds on stories and his observations and concerns for wild creatures that move within the shrinking natural Florida environs they still inhabit.

Messersmith has been awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting, the National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation, Regional Fellowship Awards for Emerging Visual Artists, Ford Foundation Artist Fellowships and other awards.

‘Rocky Horror’ Tour, with Film Cast Member, Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – The 48th anniversary tour of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – featuring Patricia Quinn, who played Magenta in the film – will come to the Robins Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 10, for a 7 p.m. performance.

The evening will include a screening of the original unedited 1975 film with a live shadow cast and audience participation, a costume contest and other features. Tickets range from $35 to $65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

A VIP ticket, which includes a meet and greet with Quinn, a photo opportunity with her, an autograph and a Rocky Horror VIP laminate souvenir, is available for $100.

The landmark movie stars Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter, Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon. 

‘Dance with Paint’ Class at the JCC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center’s Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts and its School of Performing Arts are offering a “Dance with Paint” event for all ages from 1 to 2 p.m. July 30 at the JCC’s Logan Campus, 3245 Logan Way.

Participants will use dance to create works of art on paper, giving dancers and artists the chance to use their bodies as the paintbrush.

Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 for JCC members and $15 for nonmembers. Register HERE by July 28. 

State Offers Advice on Avoiding Ticks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state natural resources department has released tips on minimizing contact with ticks this summer. 

Ticks are found throughout Ohio and sometimes carry potentially dangerous diseases.

Anglers, birders, hikers and hunters should take precautions to prevent ticks from becoming attached to their skin. Treat clothing worn outdoors with permethrin-based repellents according to the label directions. To keep ticks on the outside of clothing, it may help to wear a long-sleeve shirt tucked into pants, with pant legs that are tucked into socks or boots. It may also be helpful to wear light-colored clothing, which will make it easier to spot ticks.

Thoroughly check clothes and skin for any attached ticks after any outdoor excursion, and don’t forget to check pets and gear, too. Ticks found attached to you or pets should be removed as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases. To remove a tick, use tweezers or gloved hands. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight back with steady, even pressure.

There are three medically significant species of tick in Ohio: the American dog tick, the blacklegged tick and the lone star tick. All three species have the potential to transmit diseases to humans and pets. 

Remain vigilant now and into the fall when the risk of contracting tick-borne disease is highest, but Lyme disease is possible year-round in Ohio.

The American dog tick is the most common tick in Ohio and is found in grassy areas. It is most active during the summer months and is the primary transmitter of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

The blacklegged tick is also known as the deer tick because it is frequently found on white-tailed deer. 

Blacklegged ticks have increased in Ohio since 2010, especially in forested areas. This species is active throughout the year, including winter, and can carry Lyme disease.

Lone star ticks are mostly found in southern Ohio in shaded, grassy areas and are active during the warmer months. This species can also transmit several diseases.

More information on these and other tick species, including photos, are found on the Ohio Department of Health website. To learn more about tick-borne diseases and their symptoms, click HERE.

Pictured at top: “Apalachicola Bluff” (2021), an oil on canvas painting by Mark Messersmith, uses carved wooden elements and mixed media predella boxes. The painting, part of the artist’s upcoming exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art, is 87 inches by 62 inches.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.