TAG opens two shows

Two exhibitions open Friday at Trumbull Art Gallery.

Youngstown artist Bill Barron will show his own work as well as the work of other area artists in an exhibition called “Colleagues.”

According to TAG Gallery Director William Mullane, “Starting three years ago, each exhibition year I have reached out to an artist in our region to both curate and participate in an exhibition. This broadens our exhibition program and introduces new artists to TAG. Bill Barron is a consummate artist whose work is diverse and well crafted. In addition, he is deeply involved in the arts community in the Mahoning Valley.”

Featured in the exhibition with Barron are Betsy Babb, Ed Hallahan, Red Hand / Dennis Ryan, Zach Repphun, Tracy Segreti and Jason Van Hoose.

“Most of these artists I’ve known for quite a while,” Barron said. “I know their work, I’ve seen their work and it was work I’ve found pretty impressive.”

Barron focused on recent work for his own pieces that he chose to exhibit, and he said he selected what he believed was the strongest work of the other artists.

“I’ve chosen the best of what they do, and you can see a thread — through color or imagery or abstraction — between the other artists and myself,” Barron said.

Also on display is recent work by John Payiavlas, a 2017 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School who is pursuing a degree in studio art at New York University.

“The Trumbull Art Gallery is a partner with the Warren City Schools and the Any Given Child initiative,” Mullane said. “As a part of this initiative, we identify Warren City Schools graduates who have gone on to study or work in the visual arts in order to bring them home to exhibit. We hope this serves as an inspiration and provides role models for students in our schools.”

Payiavlas said his experiences in the school district helped shape his current career path.

“I had some really great art teachers, all the way through since elementary school,” he said. “My freshman year, Mr. (John) Johnson was really instrumental in just guiding me through the processes and different technical parts about art. He really took me under his wing and kind of fostered my growth. I had some amazing art teachers who gave me a lot of attention and support.”

Payiavlas’ TAG exhibition primarily features work he completed during his first year at NYU as well as a few pieces from his senior year in high school.

“I just wanted to show the recent direction my work has been taking,” he said. “There’s a nice progression, the maturing of my style. I picked things that really speak to that kind of growth.”