The Update | Paul Stanley Art Exhibit Catalog Available at The Butler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A catalog that accompanies the “Paul Stanley: The Other Side” art exhibition that is now on view at The Butler Institute of American Art is available for purchase in the museum’s store or by calling 234 228 8555 (must have a credit card).

The catalog, which costs $25 (plus tax and mailing costs), includes pictures of all of the paintings in the exhibit.

A limited number of signed bookplate catalogs are available for $100. Revenue from the sale of the catalog will go toward The Butler’s accessibility programs.

Maple Turner III Exhibition to Close

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An exhibition of paintings by Maple Turner III at the Tyler History Center will close Sunday, Sept. 3.

“Wick Avenue: Millionaire’s Row 1890” is a journey through the places and periods that have inspired Turner for more than 50 years. Each piece in the exhibit is available to purchase in the Tyler gift shop.

Turner is a Youngstown native who began painting as a child and has produced thousands of paintings and sculptures.

The exhibit, which opened in May, is in the Youngstown Foundation Community History Gallery at the Tyler, 325 W. Federal St., downtown.

The Tyler is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Pool Party for Dogs at the JCC Logan Campus

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will hold a Pool Pawty Sept. 9 at its Logan Campus, 3245 Logan Way.

Small dogs will be allowed to splash in the outdoor pool from 9 to 10:30 a.m., while larger dogs will be allowed from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. All dogs must be up to date on their shots, and no humans will be allowed in the pool. The cost is $5 per family or a donation of an item to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.

Register HERE.

PBS Western Reserve Names President

KENT, Ohio – Jeffery Good, chief education technology officer at PBS Western Reserve, has been named interim president and chief executive officer.

The appointment, which was made Aug. 10 by the executive committee of the station’s board of directors, was officially ratified Monday by the full board, according to Romona Davis, chairwoman of Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, the corporate name for PBS Western Reserve.

Good’s appointment follows the sudden death of David Rotterman, who was president and CEO. Rotterman had just started in the position July 17.

Trina Cutter, who led the station for 21 years, will retire Aug. 31.

“Jeff is an accomplished senior officer of the organization who is capable of leading PBS Western Reserve during this difficult transition,” Davis said. “The board is confident in his ability to fulfill the station’s goals and objectives while it reopens a national search for a permanent leader.”

Good has led PBS Western Reserve’s Educational Services Department for all his 17 years there. The department is part of a statewide network of educational technology agencies that provides training to educators. He directs and manages the station’s participation in initiatives including Ohio Ready to Work, Ohio Ready to Learn and Ohio Learns 360. Before joining the organization, he was manager of interactive media for Genesee Intermediate School District in Flint, Michigan, and operations manager at Oakland Schools in Waterford, Michigan. He is a governing board member of the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio and Mahoning County Career & Technical Center.

The Hoyt Offers Classes for Children, Adults

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts and Education at the Hoyt has been offering year-round arts classes in a variety of mediums since it opened its doors in 1964. Its North Hill campus features dedicated stained glass, ceramics and digital media studios and four classroom spaces that rotate between painting, drawing, printing, language and music instruction.

The Hoyt’s approach to teaching offers students of any age a balance between process and product.  Student progress is measured in terms of personal artistic growth, the acquisition of new skills and the ability to think critically. Many workshops are experimental in nature, giving even the most novice individual the opportunity to create something worthy of displaying on the fridge.

From summer camps and after-school programs for youths to evening courses and weekend workshops for adults, the Hoyt has something for everyone to experience what Executive Director Kimberly Koller-Jones calls “the magic of making.”

That magic is being offered this fall with the recently released class schedule from Sept. 12 to Nov.11.
Teens (ages 16 and up) and adults have a variety of options to choose from in ceramics, drawing, stained glass, mosaics, graphic design, painting, watercolors, pastels, photography, voice, harp, origami and yoga. Some classes meet weekly over the course of eight weeks. 

Others meet only for the day. 

Youths can also register for their own age-appropriate lessons in ceramics, drawing, voice and piano classes, as well as clay animation and mixed media workshops for as little as $10.

Some classes – like stained glass, watercolor and photography – even have drop-in options, allowing folks to sign up as late as 3 p.m. the same day.

Scholarships up to 100% of tuition are available to anyone demonstrating need. Go to to complete an application online. Once approved, households can continue to use the approved discount for up to a year.

A full copy of the 2023 fall schedule can be found HERE.

‘Dr. Jekyll’ Auditions at Salem Theater

SALEM, Ohio – Auditions for The Salem Community Theatre’s fall production of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” directed by Tyler Moliterno, will take place Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3. Callbacks will be on Monday, Sept. 4.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Actors must be age 17 and up.

Rehearsals will be Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 16, with the possibility of Friday rehearsals added closer to showtime.

New Tours of Trumbull Amish Country

MESOPOTAMIA, Ohio – Want to know more about the Amish culture in northeastern Ohio? You can do so by taking a new tour being offered by Ridgeview Country Tours.

Trumbull and Geauga counties are home to the fourth-largest Amish community in the United States.

On Sept. 2, 16 and 30 and Oct. 14 and 28, Ridgeview Tours will offer a one-hour guided backroad tour at either 11 a.m. or noon that will explore the Amish culture in Trumbull County.

A special 2 p.m. tour will offer a three-hour, in-depth tour of the Amish culture that includes a meal. Tourists will visit an Amish school and finish the tour with an Amish wedding feast in an Amish home.

All tours begin and end at the End of Commons General Store, 4390 Kinsman Road, Mesopotamia. Reservations are encouraged; walk-ups are welcome based on availability.

One-hour tours are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old; three-hour tours are $79 per person (adult or child).

To book a spot or for information, go to

Auditions for ‘Margaritaville’ at Kent Trumbull

WARREN, Ohio – Kent Trumbull Theatre will hold auditions for “Escape to Margaritaville” from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30.

To learn more about the roles, click HERE.

Individuals interested in submitting a video audition should contact director Eric Kildow at

Sign up HERE for an audition slot.

Performances will be Nov. 9-12 and 16-19.

Auditionees must be prepared to sing about one minute of music that showcases voice and abilities – something in the realm of ’70s or ’80s rock or country or anything from Jimmy Buffett’s catalog. Auditionees should also be prepared to execute choreography and read from the script.

Auditions are open to the public; you do not need to be a KSU student.

Lit Youngstown Event to Feature Columbus Poets

YOUNGSTOWN – Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday reader series will feature Columbus poets Andy Roberts and Chuck Salmons at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Westside Bowl.

Tony Armeni will co-host the reading, which will be followed by an open mic and the drawing of the winning ticket for an original birdbath hand-sculpted by Armeni.

Pictured at top: The cover of the Paul Stanley art exhibit catalog, available at The Butler Institute of American Art.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.