Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Jerry Treharn/Solid Wood Products. Above item donated to 2004 Auction.  Surprise item of similar quality to be donated to 2008 Holiday Auction. Jason Van Hoose/Wildcat Print framed in wood from actual WildCat Coaster will be donated to 2008 Holiday Auction

 As you all are aware, the Artists of the Mahoning Commons has the BEST  auction items in the area. Featuring fine handcrafted Victorian furniture from the studios of Solid Wood Products to finely made original jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, prints, custom mirrors, glass, fiber art and sculpture.

All artists in the "link" columns to the left will be donating items as will our special guest artists who will be showing. We have strict standards for the items donated to this auction and most are valued from at least $30.00 to Hundreds of dollars.We take great pride in this very serious fund raiser and make great efforts to bring you the best that our Youngstown art community has to offer.

In addition to the Art items, we will also be offering Gift Certificates from Star Supply, Flybird Designs, Lynn Cardwell Pottery, as well as  jewelry and pottery classes.

Originally our Auction was called a "Chinese Auction" for lack of a better term. We have since renamed it a "Chance" Auction, but it still operates in the same fashion as it has for years. Tickets are $1.00 (one dollar) each or 6 for $5.00(five dollars). Tickets will be sold on Saturday the 22 and Sunday the 23. The drawing of the winners will be held on Sunday the 23 at 4:45 and winners can pick up their items on Saturday the 29th.

 The Open Studio and Art Sale runs Saturday, November 22 and Sunday November 23 from noon to 5pm. We will also be open Saturday November 29 from noon to 5pm.

Come on out and enjoy the holiday atmosphere, art, good company and the exciting chance to win fine original art items!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Photo taken by unknown photographer at the Ward Bakery building circa 1930's

The Artists of the Mahoning Commons have been holding open house events  for over 5 years now. It is hard to believe that we have hosted so many events and that all this time has flown by. It has taken a lot of work and dedication from our members, yet is has been truly rewarding to promote the Arts and Culture here in Youngstown, Ohio.

 As most of you know, we are located in the Old Ward Baking Company on lower Mahoning Avenue across from the U-Haul building (formerly the Isaly's Dairy). Our open house events are held twice a year, in late November and early May. We will host the next event on November 22, 23 and 29, from noon untill 5pm.

 Each season we have upwards of 20 artists who participate. Studios will be open and artists will have displays in the hallways. The majority of the artists are professionals having attended art schools across the country. You will see paintings, pottery, sculpture, drawings, photography, jewelery, and an amazing array of handmade crafts. In addition Jerry Treharn, owner of the building, will have special tours of his fine Victorian furniture shop. 5 floors of this huge building will be open.

We often provide live music and food, usually coffee and cookies, but occaisionally a culinary surprise as well. Admission is free, as are the cookies! This is a family oriented event and children are welcome. There is plenty of parking surrounding the building as well as strong police presence from city and park police.

In the upcoming blog posts, I will go further into detail about our events, highlighting participating artists, keeping you abreast of developments, drawing your attention to events coinciding with ours, discussing the fantastic Silent Auction we provide (the best int town, YO!), and answering frequently asked questions.

Click HERE to see images of the art on display at the Ward Bakery events.

Keep watching!