KATHRYN EARNHART | At the Butler Fall exhibitions in the works

At The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, a group of much-anticipated fall exhibitions are being finalized, with an 85th anniversary event set for Oct. 2.
With a variety of exhibitions that include a private collection of American modernism, vintage quilts from the Smithsonian collection, contemporary paintings and electronic installation works, the upcoming months at the Butler and its branches will provide something for every art interest.
The Butler's 68th Midyear Show continues on view through Aug. 29 in Youngstown. This year the exhibition was curated by New York City artist Donald Holden, and awarded by art historian and author Edward Lucie-Smith. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dr. Louis Zona, museum director, will lead a public gallery tour of the show.
"Air-Hunger," an installation by Bowling Green, Ohio-based artists Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand, continues on view in the Flad Gallery of the Beecher Center Wing at the Butler in Youngstown. This exhibition comprises video, video installation and photographs, all related to relationships and, yes, bubble gum.
And through Aug. 29, the work of holographer Tom Cvetkovich is on exhibit in the second level Bermant Gallery, also in the Beecher Center Wing.
Featured guest
From Sept. 5 through Oct. 3, the Butler in Youngstown will feature more than 40 works in oil, watercolor and pastel by actor-artist Jane Seymour. Seymour will be a featured guest at the museum's 85th anniversary gala Oct. 2. The event is open to Butler members and guests, and advance reservations are required. Phone (330) 743-1107, ext. 123 for information.
"We're pleased that Ms. Seymour will help us to celebrate the Butler's 85th anniversary," Zona said. "Once again we see how the artistic spark can enable certain individuals to transfer talent from one art form to another. I think our community is in for a special treat."
Through Sept. 26, an exhibit of works by artists who utilize a variety of media to create portraits is on view in the Youngstown Butler's Mesaros Gallery on the museum's lower level. Included in the show are portraits by Ohio artists Judith B. Carducci (Hudson), Carolyn E. Lewis (Cuyahoga Falls), Dawn Marr (Andover), Dino Massaroni (Akron), Sis Soller (Youngstown) and Kay Wilson (Canfield). From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, the artists will demonstrate their portrait skills in the Butler's Beecher Court. A public reception to meet the group will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mesaros Gallery.
Regional artists
Several artists whose works are on view in the Butler's Fine Art Sales Gallery will be at the museum in Youngstown on Sunday to meet the public. Among them are: Laurie Bertelsen (Columbiana), Jacqueline Abrams (Youngstown), Carol Adams (Peninsula), Rose Mary Buchman (Youngstown), Allison Butz (Masury), Pat Cahalin (Canfield), Alexander Copich (Youngstown), Kate Echle (Poland), Bob Frost (Columbiana), Mary E. Greenlee (Brookfield), Ann Hendel (Alliance), William Koch (Dennison), Crystal Kurpil (Salem), Maryann Limmer (Poland), Maggie McCloud (Youngstown), Sue Malkoff (Girard), David Milsalko (Youngstown), Suzanne O'Brien & amp; Lisa Ashton (Brookfield), Don Pedicini (Hubbard), Joan Reid (Youngstown), Marlene Sanderson (Sharpsville, Pa.), R. Jason Van Hoose (Youngstown) and Rich Williams (Boardman).
Artists residing within a 40-mile radius of Youngstown are invited to enter the Butler's 86th Area Artists Annual Exhibition in November. A prosepectus has been mailed to past participants. Others may pick up the form at any Butler location, or call to receive a prospectus by mail. Juror for this year's show is retired YSU professor and printmaker Michael Walusis. Call (330) 743-1107, ext. 124.
Other exhibits
Through Sept. 5, at the Butler's Trumbull branch is a fine exhibit of realist landscapes from around the world by painter Ray Ellis. This exhibition, titled "A Painter's Journey," which was seen previously at the Telfair Museum of Art (Savannah, Ga.), provides a thorough examination of the artist's career, spanning five decades.
At the Butler's Salem branch, an exhibition of unique wall sculpture by Pennsylvania artist Kevin O'Toole is on view through Aug. 21. O'Toole combines rare woods with fine metals in his geometric constructions that are both elegant and beautifully crafted.
XButler hours in Youngstown are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Butler hours at the Trumbull branch are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Butler Salem hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission to all facilities is free.

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