Art hop, Occupied Warren exhibit

WARREN — Attendees will need to hop to a new location to check out this weekend’s Warren Art Hop.

Past events have been held on Courthouse Square, but Saturday’s event will take place at 232 Vine Ave. NE, Warren, to coincide with Occupied Warren. James Shuttic, director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, said they didn’t want to conflict with another possible event on the square.

“It made sense to move it here rather than move it to some other area,” he said.

Local artists will be selling clothing, paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures and other items at tables set up around the Occupied Warren house, a joint venture between the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and funded through a $4,842 grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Artists have been working for months creating site-specific installations for the different rooms that will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

Artists selected for Occupied Warren are Bill Barron, Sasha Drumure, Lydia Flowers, Josh Ford, Ed Hallahan, Rindi Hanna, Carl Henneman, Gianna Jones, Dave Karr, Joshua Kronauer, Doug Meyer, Jessica Oswald, David Ruple, Johnathan Ruple, Ginny Taylor and Shuttic (curator and artist) with assistance from Michael Diana, Noah Diehl, Ashley Hall, Frank Maggiano and Mikenna McClurg.

Those who were at the site on Saturday putting finishing touches on their projects were unanimous in their praise for the concept. Response to the project when it opens Friday will have an impact, Shuttic said, but he hopes Occupied Warren won’t be a one-time event.

“I know some of the artists involved in this one want to do it again,” he said. “Other people who couldn’t do this one are talking about wanting to be involved in the next big project. There is a ton of real estate we could do something like this on.