TAG displays ‘Random Fantasies’

WARREN — Random Acts of Artists is reaching out to Trumbull County, literally and artistically.

The Sharon, Pa., artists group will have its first Warren exhibition at Trumbull Art Gallery, and one of the first things visitors will see is a wall hanging with wildly decorated hands reaching out from a metal frame.

Linda Brink of Brookfield, co-founder and vice president of the group, said RAA has about 100 paid members at $20 a year and many others who are part of its Facebook page.

“We wanted to do a collaborative project that could include anybody who wanted to do it, not just paid members,” she said. “We put it out on Facebook that we were going to do this project, and we bought a whole bunch of papier mache hands. We had close to 80 people come in and get a hand and about 70 returned them. They could do whatever they wanted. We got an old box spring from somebody and me and four or or five other people got together and wired everything together.”

After the show closes at TAG, the piece will be displayed in the front window of Art on Park in downtown Warren, and Brink said the group plans to show it at other locations.

The collaborative piece is being shown as part of “Random Fantasies,” a juried show featuring work by RAA members that opens Saturday. Brink said 33 artists submitted 85 works that reflect the title, defined as “Something that is produced by the imagination, an idea about doing something that is far removed from normal reality.”

“We tossed around a few ideas came up with fantasies,” Brink said. “We think that it encompasses a lot of things, and it could include abstracts as well.”

All of the work submitted will be displayed, and juror William Young will select the top three works and four honorable mention winners who will receive cash awards. They will be announced during an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Both RAA and TAG believe the exhibition is mutually beneficial.

“It give our artists exposure,” Brink said. “A lot are from the Sharon area, and this gets them into a new area,” Brink said. “We’re hoping for some sales too.”

Pat Galgozy, director of TAG, said, “We always say we are here for local artists, which we define as a 100-mile radius (around Warren) … When the artists were bringing their work in, many had not been here before and I love that, when new people come in and see what we’re doing.”

RAA started out about four years ago as a group of a half-dozen artists who would meet in someone’s living room to socialize and create toether. As more and more people joined, they looked for a bigger space and currently meet one a month at the Apollo Maennerchor in Sharon, Pa. The group’s membership includes poets, singers and dnacers all well as visual artists.

“It’s really snowballed,” Brink said. “We’ve done quite a few community art projects in Sharon.”