The Update | Watercolors Exhibition at Fellows; Lecture on Israeli-Arab Conflict

The Update | Watercolors Exhibition at Fellows; Lecture on Israeli-Arab Conflict

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “A Brush with Nature,” an exhibition of works by artists from the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society, will open Friday, Jan. 26, and run through March 31 in the Weller Gallery inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is free.

Israeli Educator to Address Conflict

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Israeli educator Avi Ben-Hur will present an overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict Feb. 8 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, and via Zoom.

Ben-Hur will present an overview of the war in Gaza, which will include an overview of Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis and Iran. In addition to presenting a brief overview of what led to the war and where it is going, he will flesh out the basic facts surrounding the arguments made about Israel. He will also provide some tools to respond to falsehoods about Israel and the current conflict.

The cost is $10 for dinner, which will be at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m. 

Registration is required by Feb. 1 if attending in person and by Feb. 7 for Zoom. RSVP to Nancy Sentelik at or 330 746 3250, ext. 108.

A Brooklyn native, Ben-Hur moved to Israel in 1983. His expertise lies in the geopolitical issues underlying the Arab-Israeli conflict, Interfaith encounters, World Jewish Heritage and Holocaust studies.

Kent Fashion Museum Gets $500K Grant

KENT, Ohio – The Kent State University Museum has received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that will fund a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The museum’s collection includes more than 29,000 pieces of historic dress, fashion, textiles and decorative arts.

The new HVAC system will preserve their longevity, according to a press release from the university.

Lit Youngstown Seeks Proposals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Lit Youngstown’s annual Fall Literary Festival will take place Oct. 17-19. 

It will be centered around reading, writing, publishing, teaching, community outreach and inclusion. The conference aims to sustain and enhance discussion on literary ideas that shape memory, experience and identity.

Proposals will be accepted Feb. 1-29. All genres are welcome. For information, go to

Art Show at Jewish Community Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An exhibition titled “A Celebration of Abilities” will open Feb. 1 at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, and run through Feb. 29.

It showcases the work of artists served through the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Fairhaven Foundation.

The exhibition marks Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, and is presented by the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery.

Pictured at top: This watercolor painting of the Silver Bridge in Mill Creek Park is among those on display at the Weller Gallery.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.