Artists display creative works at B&O Station

Artist Dru Marchese of Youngstown glues shattered mirror pieces onto restored old window and picture frames. She was one of the artists participating in the Rust Belt Artists Market in February at the B&O Station in Youngstown. (Shee Wai Wong/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Artists of the Rust Belt present several shows each year. The artists, brewers and musicians wrapped up the winter market in mid-February.

Shee Wai Wong has the story.

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Local artists displayed some of their best hand-made crafts and jewelry at the historic B&O Station in downtown Youngstown.

Marcie Applegate of Boardman uses recycled jewelry to create her artwork. She recently displayed and sold her work in February at the Rust Belt Artists Market at the B&O Station in Youngstown. (Ashley Morris/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Marcie Applegate of Boardman uses recycled jewelry to create her artwork. She recently displayed and sold her work in February at the Rust Belt Artists Market at the B&O Station in Youngstown. (Ashley Morris/TheNewsOutlet.org)

From fabric to clay, metal, copper and silver, local jeweler Marcie Applegate uses recycled materials to create her work.

Anytime I find anything – even on the street you know – a bottle cap or a rusty little tool or anything, I try to work it into my jewelry even if its the texture or anything like that.

Growing up in the Rust Belt inspired her work.

My dad worked in the mill, and I gravitate towards a lot of stuff that he … you know industrial things.

Graphic designer, Kirk Poffenberger of Salem, uses small ballpoint pens to create big art.

I do pen-and-ink art. Everything I draw is with a Bic pen. And then I make these coasters out of the drawings that I’ve created.

Kirk Poffenberger of Salem uses ballpoint pens to draw pictures with dots. He then uses the drawings to make drink coasters. (Shee Wai Wong/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Kirk Poffenberger of Salem uses ballpoint pens to draw pictures with dots. He then uses the drawings to make drink coasters. (Shee Wai Wong/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Poffenberger, a YSU graduate, has been supporting Artists of the Rust Belt for the past seven years.

I particularly like architecture, which is why I like doing the B&O show. This old railroad station has the architecture … you know it’s over a hundred years old, so it’s really neat to me.

First-time participant, Dru Marchese, showcases her unique creations by using shattered mirror pieces to restore window and picture frames.

I find old windows and refurnish them and glue broken glass shards onto them.

Artist Dru Marchese of Youngstown glues shattered mirror pieces onto restored old window and picture frames. She was one of the artists participating in the Rust Belt Artists Market in February at the B&O Station in Youngstown. (Shee Wai Wong/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Artist Dru Marchese of Youngstown glues shattered mirror pieces onto restored old window and picture frames. She was one of the artists participating in the Rust Belt Artists Market in February at the B&O Station in Youngstown. (Shee Wai Wong/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis years ago, Marchese sends a message through her art.

It kinda defines me because I’m cracked, but I’m not broken (laugh).

She says her work also reflects the Rust Belt and Youngstown in particular.

Youngstown may be shattered, but it’s not broken.

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The next Artists of the Rustbelt Market will be held just before Christmas, Dec. 21.

For TheNewsOutlet.org, I’m Shee Wai Wong.