The Update | Mini Masterpiece Winners at Hoyt; ‘Cobra Kai’ Actor Coming to Scrappers Game

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Nearly 100 artists of all ages have submitted miniature copies of their favorite masterpieces to the third annual Mini Masterpiece Competition presented by Arts & Education at The Hoyt, 124 East Leasure Ave.

The contestants were tasked with recreating a masterpiece on a 3-inch by 3-inch canvas.

The top three entries in each category (adult and youth) received a $150 purchase award that will be made into magnets available for purchase in the gift shop for $3 each or online at

Winners in the youth category are “The Starry Night” by Nora Lewis, 8, based on Vincent van Gogh’s painting; “Sunflowers” by Ellis D’Uva, 6, based on the van Gogh; and “Lovers II” by Arielle Lacap, 16, based on the Rene Magritte.

Winners in the adult category are “Mona Lisa” by Allan Charles Orr, based on the Leonardo DaVinci; “Head of a Bull” by MJ Isles McCurdy, based on the Rosa Bonheur; and “The Dessert Harmony in Red” by Brenda Hickman, based on the Henri Matisse. 

All of the paintings will be on display in the Hoyt Gallery through April 21 and online at

Butler Seeks Midyear Exhibition Entries

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., is calling artists across the United States and its territories to submit work for 86th National Midyear Exhibition. The deadline for entries and fees is April 12.

The exhibition accepts works in all two-dimensional media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, drawings, prints, photographs and digital.

Juror for this year’s exhibition is William Underwood Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. 

The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s MacIntosh and Finnegan-Hynes galleries from June 19 through Aug. 14t. An opening reception and awards presentation is planned for June 19 at 1 p.m.

To enter, download the entry form (prospectus) with instructions and eligibility requirements from The Butler’s website at Complete the form and submit it via mail with enclosed flash drive or send via email as instructed on the entry form with attached image file, along with the $50 entry fee.

For more information or for help with entry, contact Liz Hicks-Skeels at or 330 743 1107 ext. 1108.

Cobra Kai Night at Scrappers Game

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will have “Cobra Kai” Night on June 25, with an appearance by actor Gianni DeCenzo, star of the Netflix series. DeCenzo will throw out the first pitch and take photos with fans during the game.

VIP packages ($50) are on sale now; they include a meet and greet and photo op with DeCenzo, upper box seat, and an all-you-can-eat wristband for hot dogs, Italian sausage, French fries, popcorn, nachos, and fountain drinks. 

The Cobra Kai Fast Photo Package ($35)  includes a photo op with DeCenzo with a fast pass in the line, upper box seat and a $10 loaded ticket value. 

Go to or call 330 505 0000.

Canfield Concert Band Presents Fundraiser

CANFIELD, Ohio – The Canfield Community Concert Band’s annual “Magical Music” concert to benefit Canfield’s Operation Blessing will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in the Canfield High School Auditorium, 100 Cardinal Drive.

The program will feature pieces from  “Harry Potter” and “Wicked,” as well as magic-themed pieces such as “Incantation and Dance,” “October” and “Abracadabra.”

Admission is free. Donations of cash and nonperishable food will be accepted at the door.

Pictured: Eight-year-old Nora Lewis’ painting of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” is one of the winners of The Hoyt’s Mini Masterpiece Competition.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.