Butler Institute of American Art Holiday arts and crafts sale returns

Staff report


The American Holiday Arts and Crafts Show and Sale will be this weekend at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (free for children under 12). For information, call 330-743-1107.

The museum’s annual holiday show and sale, now in its 43rd year, will again feature some of the best in fine art and original, one-of-a-kind crafts. Approximately 100 vendors will present their work, which will include painting, photography, jewelry, paper, ceramics, fragrances, wood, leather, fiber, food, horticulture and decorative arts.

Among the visiting artisans will be Montana resident — and Mahoning Valley native — Adam Sherba, a third-generation terrazzo artist. “My grandfather, Attilio Bertolini, started making tabletops in America in the 1940s,” said Sherba. “His techniques and art were passed down through generations, along with new technologies, to me.”

Terrazzo is a smooth multicolored material made of marble, stone and other creative chips embedded into a cement or epoxy binder, which is then highly polished. The genre dates back to the 1600s with its origin in mosaic art.

Sherba was born in Youngstown to Paul and Juanita Sherba, owners of Youngstown Tile and Terrazzo, and graduated from Canfield High School. A graduate of the University of Montana, Sherba has produced numerous pieces for bar tables with logos, artistic vanity tops, tabletops and wall art.

The Butler’s gift shop will also be open this weekend, offering specialty merchandise from collectibles to cards and gifts based on the museum’s world-renowned art collection, as well as jewelry, toys and more. Also, the Butler’s fine-art sales gallery will be filled with original works of art by regional talent. There will also be a basket raffle with works by show vendors as prizes.

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