Artists team up at Hippodrome

A new group is hoping to provide more opportunities and information for local artists.

The Independent Artist Association will have its first group show, “Steel the Night: A Night of Art and Music,” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome, 150 High St. N.E., Warren.

The show will feature original artwork by Barry Burkey, Jim Fogarty, Dominic Nicastro, DeShawn Scott, James Shuttic, Julia Shuttic and Scott Roloff, and the work will include paintings, photography, mixed media and blown glass.

Burkey has been organizing solo shows for his work for about a decade, but he believes he and the other artists can benefit by doing group shows under the IAA banner.

“It takes a year to do enough paintings to fill a show,” Burkey said. “With a group show, you don’t have to put up 30 pieces, you can put up five pieces.”

Fogarty said the goal is to do at least two shows in 2013, and Burkey said he would like to see four IAA shows a year using locations in both Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

“You can get to different people if you do it more than just once a year,” Burkey said. “And with different artists we’ll have different people (come to the shows) who haven’t seen your work before.”

The idea for something like the IAA was hatched when Fogarty and Burkey were still in their 20s and starting out in the respective field. A decade later, they have more knowledge and experience and they see IAA as a way to share that knowledge with younger artists.

“We’re all a little further along in our careers,” Fogarty said. “We all have 9-to-5 profession and we can use those professions to help further the idea of a group.”

Workshops could include everything from classes on different styles of art to workshops offering advice on taxes and other financial aspects of being a working artist.

“We want to inspire more artists to keep producing,” Burkey said. “We know artists who quit painting because they think it’s a waste of time. Nothing was coming of it.”

Since Saturday’s show first was announced, Burkey said they’ve heard from another 10 to 12 artists interested in participating in future shows.

In addition to the art, “Steel the Night” will feature music by Frank Castellano. Admission is $5 and includes beverages. Fogarty and Burkey said they hope to raise enough money to cover the cost of the inaugural event and have something left over that would provide seed money for future efforts. They’ve also established a fundraising campaign on the website Indiegogo.