The Update | Photo Exhibit at The Butler; Arms Museum Closed in January

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An exhibition of 33 large-size photographs by London Amara will open Jan. 8 at the Butler Institute of American Art and run through March 5.

Amara was born in Columbus in 1977 and lives and works there and in Bonita Springs, Florida, where she also teaches courses in the creative use of polymer resins, metals and oxidation processes, and on the psychology of art making.

Currently, she is pursuing large-format collodion wet plate photography, producing intimate black-and-white portraits and images of the wooded landscapes of Ohio, Florida, California and British Columbia. Collodion is a rare and early method of photography.

Amara’s work is deliberately minimal. She consciously frames the human element in its context of the natural world, suggesting that divinity resides in everything.

Arms Museum Closed Until Jan. 31

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Arms Family Museum is closed for exhibit changeover and cleaning, and will reopen for regular visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Tyler History Center remains open for regular visitation from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the Tyler will be half-price until Arms Family Museum reopens.

Square Dancing Lessons at Scope Center

NILES, Ohio – A 12-week session of weekly square dance lessons will begin Tuesday, Jan. 10. The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Niles Scope Center, 14 E. State St.

The fee is $6 per person per lesson. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson and will include learning new steps along with plenty of review and practice each week. To sign up or for information, call Gene Hammond at 330 506 3370.

The Friendly Squares will host the next monthly square dance Saturday, Jan. 14, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Niles Scope Center. Admission is $6

‘Thelma and Lou’ Author on Zoom Meeting

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s Susan Kanterman Book Club will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

The book selection is “Thelma and Lou: A Circular Love Story” by Lynn Rosenberg. The author will join the meeting to speak about her work. Go to to register and receive the Zoom link.

Stage Crew Classes at JCC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is offering a tech and stage crew workshop for ages 10 to 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.

Each week, the class will explore a different aspect of tech and stage crew, including learning about stage management and crew, set design, stage makeup, light and sound and more.

The workshop will take place Fridays from Jan. 13 through Feb. 17. The cost is $75 for JCC members and $100 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Jan. 10. Go to to register.

Spring Dance Classes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown is accepting registrations for spring dance classes. Classes begin Jan. 9 and run through May 5 at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane.

A variety of options, from beginner to advanced, are available for ages 3 and older. Offerings include creative movement, lyrical/modern, tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and acro.

For information and to register, go to

Pictured at top: An example of London Amara’s photography.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.