TAG relives its Top 10 moments

The 49th TAG Annual will be the final show at Trumbull Art Gallery’s current location on East Market Street.

Since the gallery spent a decade at its current location, TAG director Pat Galgozy was asked to put together a top 10 for the organization’s time there:

1. TAG’s 50th Anniversary Party

Trumbull Art Gallery, which started as the Trumbull Art Guild, celebrated its golden anniversary with a party that stretched out into the street and included – among other things – nyotaimori, the Japanese art of serving sushi and sashimi on a nude model.

“That got talked about forever,” Galgozy said. “People are still talking about it.”

2. Joint art show with Thad Minnick and his father Kip Minnick

The 2011 exhibition featured the work of long-time TAG volunteer Kip Minnick, who died earlier this year, with his son Thad, who is best-known as a tattoo artist. In addition to the art on the walls, several of Thad’s tattoo clients displayed their body art during the opening reception.

“We sold more art at that opening than any other, except for (Anthony Joseph) Salvatore (see No. 6),” Galgozy said. “One of the ways I judge a show is by the number of new people it brings in, and we saw a whole new audience of people who were waiting for Thad’s art, which hadn’t been for sale before.”

3. TAG’s involvement in David Grohl Alley

TAG artists played an integral role in creating the artwork that decorated David Grohl Alley when it opened in 2009, and the gallery has remained involved in fundraisers and providing art for the downtown alley that was the brainchild of Joseph O’Grady.

“This was his first stop when he got the idea,” Galgozy said.

Galgozy said getting to meet Grohl also was a highlight, and she mentioned some of the famous folks who have visited TAG in the last decade (consider it No. 3A. in her top 10) – Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of FOX News; actor, playwright and director Austin Pendleton; and photographer Mike McCartney.

4. 10 years of Summerfest

TAG’s move from the Gillmer House on Mahoning Avenue N.W. to downtown coincided with the creation of Summerfest, a children’s program that includes art classes and workshops inspired by the work of different artists. It culminates in a parade and festival on Courthouse Square. “That was Marianne Nissen’s big project,” Galgozy said.

5. The growth of TAG downtown with the opening of the West Gallery and the Alley Gallery and its involvement in projects throughout the county.

“I always stress we’re the Trumbull Art Gallery,” she said. “Most of our volunteers are from outside of Warren.”

6. The Anthony Joseph Salvatore exhibition

TAG featured a memorial exhibition in 2004 of drawings and paintings by Salvatore, a Youngstown artist who died in 1994.

“He had a huge following in Youngstown,” Galgozy said. “We sold $11,000 in art (during the run of the show). That was our biggest seller.”

7. Outreach art shows involving groups such as Valley Counseling and Putting Downs First.

Since moving downtown, other groups in the community have used the space for special exhibitions

“The Valley Counseling show went from just a few pieces into a major part (of TAG’s schedule),” Galgozy said.

8. Children’s art outreach programs.

TAG helps expose children to the arts with special programs offered at such venue as Someplace Safe, the Beatitude House, Hamphire House apartments and the summer enrichment program at Warren-area schools.

“Those have been really inspiring,” Galgozy said. “That’s something we’d never done before, at least not to this extent.”

9. Partnering with other organizations, including Main Street Warren, the National Packard Museum, the Upton House, the John Stark Edwards House and the YWCA.

“We’ve done some major projects with these groups,” Galgozy said. “Main Street Warren – just about everything they do we are a part of.”

10. The 49th TAG Annual opening reception and the farewell to its East Market Street location.

Galgozy saved the last slot for an event that won’t happen until Saturday. “It will be a big party.”