25 artists set up shop at the B&O station in downtown Youngstown. Caitlin Fitch introduces us to three of the artists.
My name is Shelly Crock and I’m a lamp work artist here in the Mahoning Valley, and I’ve been doing it about ten years now. And I make glass beads and each bead is done individually with a torch and glass rods. I make all my own jewelry. I do very well in the area as far as sales because people are familiar with my work and I’ve been doing it a long time and so I get repeat offenders I call them. They come back and they buy over and over again. And then most of these shows that we do like the B&O here in Youngstown they do well because they target people that are really interested in quality art and that’s what we have here.
Tom Antonoshack. I do sculptures and oil paintings. Most of my work is outside the area but I have a few company cards. Most of the paintings I’ve been doing in the past two years have been for puzzles or other licensing. I had a commission last year for an owl and the company saw it. It’s called art licensing out in Vermont Art Licensing International. I’m probably with about 10 different puzzle companies I never thought I’d be doing that much of that stuff.
My name is Daniel Horn I’m the organizer of the Artist of the rustbelt shows and I create scrap heap sculpture. And I just started actually i got welding set for my 40th birthday with the intent of fixing things and I started making sculptures pretty quickly. I think this area is particularly suited to my work because of the decline of the steel industry there’s a lot of scrap steal around its serves me well here. I think it does sort of inspire people to express the struggle that Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and the whole rust belt has gone through to express the struggle the struggle that we’ve gone through to recover and change what we used to be into something new and creative.
These shows are held four times a year. The next show Artober fest will be held on October 6 and 7. For the News Outlet, I’m Caitlin Fitch
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