Fairhaven School artists showcase their calendar art

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland James Nicholas, right, who works for Fairhaven Industries at the Niles Workshop, shares information with Rick Mistovich, community employment director for Fairhaven, about his painting, which was selected for the month of December for the Fairhaven 2017 Calendar of Arts. An art show and recognition was held Wednesday at Ciminero’s Banquet Center in Niles for those selected for the calendar.

NILES — Art pieces showcasing the various talents of local Fairhaven School and Workshop members are being featured in an annual calendar that raises monies to help local families.

The Fairhaven Foundation held its 18th annual art show, basket raffle and calendar winner unveiling Wednesday at Ciminero’s Banquet Center in Niles.

Linda Tiihonen, director of the Fairhaven Foundation, said the art show really highlights the artistic abilities of all who participated using various media.

”It really gives everyone a sense of pride and empowerment to show what they have done,” she said.

Proceeds from sale of the calendar helps with providing scholarships and funds to assist those families in the community with emergencies and other needs.

Fairhaven Superintendent Ed Stark said adult program members and community members submitted pieces for the art show.

”This is a tremendous honor for all the participants to have their art work selected and featured in a calendar. The art work is professionally judged,” he said.

Judges this year were Patricia Galgozy of Trumbull Art Gallery, Pam Simpson of the Simpson Gallery and Liza Calderone of the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The cover of the calendar was done by Champion resident Evita Burns and features trees with bright red leaves.

”I was reading poetry and got an idea for the painting after reading Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken,’ Burns said.

Burns said she enjoys Japanese anime and has been drawing since she was a child. She said she loves to draw animals and birds and Japanese cartoons. She said she loves art because it is her way of expressing her feelings.

Melissa Baker did a painting of a sunset over the water with two palm trees titled ”A Tropical Summer,” which will warm up the beginning of the new year as it was selected for January.

Tiihonen said Burns, Baker and Amanda Brogman, who had artwork featured for April in the calendar, have been selected to participate in a grant collaboration with the Collective Palette Studio and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County to submit a grant for artists with disabilities to the Ohio Arts Council.

She said the Collective Palette Studio is a collaboration of four separate agencies who provide services to those  with disabilities.

The partnership is to provide studio space in the community for artists to create their work.

”We are very happy about this and for them to be able to further their artistic endeavors,” Tiihonen said.

The calendar is $10 and is available at any Fairhaven  location.



The winners

The Fairhaven Foundation hosted an art show Wednesday in Niles and announced winning art pieces to be featured in the 2017 calendar. Winners are Evita Burns, cover; Melissa Baker, January; Greg Noland, February; Anna Wojciak, March; Amanda Brozman, April;  Tre-Marius Lowery, May; Rebecca Hostetler, June; Frances Bernard, July; David Stephenson, August; Tracy Zame, September; Roger Hughley, October; Cheryl Paris, November; and James Nicholas, December.