Art on Park gets Dark with juried show

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l Art on Park becomes Dark on Park for the Halloween season.

Opening Friday at the studio space at the corner of North Park Avenue and High Street NE in downtown Warren is a juried art show focusing on darker subject matter.

Artist James Shuttic said he came up with the idea along with fellow artists Barry Burkey and Adam Gregory (who also is director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County).

“With Halloween coming up, let’s do something a little different than the normal, standard open juried show,” Shuttic said. “Let’s aim it toward work on the darker, stranger, morbid side without it being a Halloween-type of show … Artists always have that art that you create but you don’t have a place to show it. You like it, but it’s not to everyone’s taste. (Patrons) don’t want to hang it in their house but they might want to look at it.”

Shuttic, Burkey, Gregory and Carl Paul Henneman served as jurors for Dark on Park.

“We wanted to get away from the idea of one individual to judge the work,” Shuttic said. “As much as you try to be unbiased, each individual has their own personal taste. We wanted to have it more open and thought it would be nice to have multiple jurors. There are a lot of similarities between the four of us, but there are a lot of differences, especially in our personal tastes.”

Participating artists include Kelly Borton, Billy O’Rly, Aaron Chine, Michele Coe, Linda Brink, Kari Crawford, Shannon Fee, Alex Infante, Josh Kronauer, Alice Bailik, Sara Ciccarelli, Jessica Porter, Joe Perry, Bruce Stephan Jr., Craig Latchaw Jr., Julia Shuttic, Doc Fields, Christine Webster and Gary W. Barnes.

Awards will be announced at an opening reception from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, and the work will be on display at Art on Park through Nov. 10.

“A lot of artists we know have been associated with the downtown art hops and shown at those events, but they’ve never entered a juried show, a prize show with awards, and we wanted to be able to offer them some type of monetary award and a chance to have some recognition,” Shuttic said.

Art on Park is in the process of setting regular hours when the gallery will be open, Shuttic said, with a schedule of noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

l Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks in Youngstown will be filled with jack-o’-lanterns from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Illuminated pumpkins will line the path for the annual Pumpkin Walk at Twilight, a fun (and free) event for the whole family.

Those who want to help make the event possible can show up for pumpkin carving sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. The carving area is in the service building, so those participating are encouraged to dress for the weather.

Carving tools will be available or participants can bring their own. Pumpkin carving will continue as longs as supplies last. For more information, call 330-740-7116.

l Anyone who went to concerts in Cleveland in the ’90s knows the work of Derek Hess.

He created promotional posters for shows at the Euclid Tavern and other venues before being hired to create posters for such bands as Pantera, Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam and CD covers for Motion City Soundtrack and Unearth. His work has been seen on television on MTV and VH1, and in such magazines as Alternative Press.

Hess now is lending his talents to Acting Out!, a three-day arts festival from Wednesday to Oct. 21 designed to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction through a series of entertainment events and panel discussions in Cleveland’s Gordon Square District.

Events include a comedy show at Happy Dog at 9 p.m. Wednesday and a concert there on Oct. 21 featuring tribute sets to Joy Division, Gil Scott-Heron and Roky Erickson. “Forced Perspective,” a documentary on Hess and his struggles with alcoholism and  bipolar disorder, will be shown at the Capitol Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, and an art show featuring the work of more than 20 artists opens Oct. 21 at Derek Hess Gallery / 78th Street Studios.

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Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at