TAG Annual features bountiful selection

More than 120 works were selected for the 54th TAG Annual, which opens Saturday at Trumbull Art Gallery.

The juried exhibition is open to artists who live within a 100-mile radius of Warren or originally are from the area.

This year’s juror was Tony Armeni, a Youngstown artist known for his work with steel and clay. His work has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, the McDonough Museum of Art, Westminster College and other galleries. Two of his works were installed last month at Warren’s Quinby Park.

“It was an honor to be asked to judge the exhibition,” Armeni said. “I’ve always been aware of the wealth of artistic talent in our region. This group of work reinforces my belief.”

Armeni selected 121 works for inclusion from the 207 pieces submitted by 86 artists.

“Walking into the gallery, my first impression was that there was a wide range of interesting work,” Armeni said. “Looking closer, I considered what the artist was trying to accomplish with their use and manipulation of the media. Was there a sense of creative playfulness or a willingness to take risks? Some of the work spoke of the decay of the urban landscape while many others were more celebratory.

“I enjoyed seeing work that was highly technically executed as well as some that was more spontaneous.”

Gallery director William Mullane said, “Every year I am amazed at the diversity of the entries to the Annual. The age of artists ranges from 18 to 90, and the mediums submitted include watercolor, drawing, oil and acrylic painting, cast bronze, collage, weaving and much more. This diversity always leads to a robust, interesting and informative exhibition.”

Selected artists this year are Dick Adler, Sarah Bokone, Scott Chopko, Marie Dippolito, Dennis W. Freet, Jeanie Gordon, Rachel Hathhorn, Millie Hawkins, Kim Hunter, Ed Jakubick, Salli Kowalski, Rebecca Nan, Mary Ellen Pilgrim, Don Recser, Hoda Tabbargh Rouweyha, Stephanie L. Sferra, James Shuttic, Pete Vouvounas, Judy Waid, Irene Was, David Wheeler, all of Warren; Bobby Kline of Niles; Kay Bohren, Merrily Bottorff, Carolyn Dixon-Hrusovsky, Susan Jacobs, Jessica Oswald, Linda Verner, Marty Young, all of Cortland; Randy Hodak, Mineral Ridge; Michele Coe, Southington; Carol Gallo, Tazim Jaffer, Ron Krygowski, Leanne Lee, Brenda Myers Cohen, Jody Nudell, all of Girard; Lisa Curry, Josh Kronauer, both of Brookfield; Julie Martin, Masury; Ann Ryser, Gail Trunick, both of Burghill; Mary Lou Alexander, James Jeffrey Higgins, Karen Nelson, Yasmin Rashid, Linda Vasconi, all of Hubbard;

Roseann Ferrara, Elise McKeown Skolnick, both of Austintown; Richarda Bisson, Lisa Lee Kohler, Jackie Mountan, Mary Pinter, Jeffrey S. Piper, Rick Shale, Kaylee Suarez, Clare Z, all of Youngstown; Kathryn Antal, Alexandria Sahyoun, Cynthia Sahyoun, all of Boardman; Sue Anzelotti, Karen Fisher, Maryann Limmer, Ann Madej, Poland; Suzanne Brown, Jane Morris, Jean Nye, Don Wright, all of Canfield; Dianne Beatty, Aislinn Janek, Cy Svagerko, all of Campbell; Elaine Bozick, Chauncey Hay, both of Lowellville; Barbara Yoxall, Garrettsville; Suzanne Bort-Gray, Columbiana; Roxann Crump, Diamond; James March, Cleveland; Danica Zeise, Medina; Gary Herdman, Columbus; Terry Polonsky, Sharon, Pa.; Rosemary Connelly-Prample, Cori Surano, Leslie A. Tuk, all of Hermitage, Pa.; Ellie Steines, West Middlesex, Pa.; and Evan Zukas-Orguz, Greenville, Pa.

This year’s TAG Annual also incorporates the work of Amanda Brozman, Evita Burns and Melissa Baker from Collective Palette Studio, a collaboration of REM OHIO, Siffrin, Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Western Reserve Independent Living Center. Collective Palette supports and encourages about 75 artists with disabilities by offering opportunities to display and sell their work.

In addition to the work at TAG, 48 pieces that weren’t chosen for the exhibition will be shown at the Nissen Gallery at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.