Art exhibit’s use of fabric will transform gallery
Fabric is the medium of choice for artist Katelyn Gould, and on Saturday, she will transform GreyLand Gallery with her exhibition “Fabric Hauntings.”
Gould — a Campbell native who now lives in Pittsburgh — will hang her works throughout the downtown Youngstown venue, turning the space into something never experienced there before. She will be there from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday to greet visitors. GreyLand is at the corner of South Phelps and Boardman streets.
The free exhibition — it’s really more of an art installation — will run through March 12, and the works will be available for purchase.
Gould’s exhibition incorporates the tactile qualities and movement that are natural to fabric. Viewers can walk through it and become immersed in it. “It will appear as almost a central nervous system created from torn fabric, thread, yarn and found objects,” said the Youngstown State University graduate.
DAVIS & McKAY WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
The acoustic rock duo Davis & McKay will play nothing but Beatles songs at their gig Saturday (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) at the Mocha House, 467 High St., Warren. It’s their way of marking the 50th anniversary of the band’s coming to America.
The Beatles have always been important to Davis & McKay, who are one of the most steady-working acts in the area.
They have more than 40 Beatles tunes in their repertoire, and added some new ones for Saturday’s show.
The duo — Mike McKay and Denny Davis — will be joined by Karl Brandt, a longtime friend and songwriting partner, who will handle the harmonica parts on some of the early songs and augment the vocal harmonies on others.
McKay and Davis count themselves among the millions of American children moved by the Beatles. In their case, it was probably more than most.
After seeing the band on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, Davis knew that is what he wanted to do. He was in grade school but convinced his father to buy him a guitar.
Later in life, the Beatles would become part of his curriculum as an educator, and their music remained in heavy rotation in his home after he started his own family. It clearly had an effect on his son Donovan, who plays in a Beatles tribute band in Philadelphia.
McKay started listening to rock ’n’ roll in 1962 but recalls how everything changed when the Beatles arrived.
“The general excitement and the coolness factor were part of it, but in the end it was the consistent excellence of the music that inspired me to get my first guitar in 1965,” he said.
McKay, however, wasn’t immediately bowled over by the Beatles.
He recalls hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in 1964 on WHOT, which was a monster top-40 station in those days. Legendary Youngstown DJ Boots Bell was gushing over the band and predicted that it would soon take the world by storm. He called the Beatles the biggest thing since Elvis.
“I remember virtually word-for-word what I said to myself upon hearing this,” said McKay: “Well, if that’s the kind of music those guys from England think we like over here, they’re crazy!” That’s how completely different the Beatles were from anything I had heard up to that point.”
Of course, it took him less than a week to completely change his tune.