At the Davis Family YMCA, one can explore a variety of arts and humanities classes, all of which are taught by professionals in their fields. A diverse line up of visual, performance, and language arts is available, rounded out by several informal clubs. For more information about days and times, check the Schedule Information page (not all classes are available each session).
Each year, three art shows are held at the GATY (Gallery at the Y), featuring invitational, benefit, and juried exhibits. When no shows are in progress, the GATY is used to display myriad other art.
Every other year, the Y participates in the Global Art Project for Peace, a UNESCO nominated international peace exchange. In the past, we have partnered with organizations from Australia, British Columbia, Canada, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Senegal as well as several US states.
The show will run from February 5 through March 5, 2017. Join us for the Opening Reception on Sunday, February 5, from 1 to 2:30 pm. This year we have 510 pieces of art, donated by over 200 artists from nine countries and eight states. Included are paintings, photographs, drawings, digital images, collages, mixed media, prints, jewelry and ceramics.
We will be selling raffle tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) from 1-2 pm to win a place at the front of the line. Beginning shortly after 2 pm, the ten winners will be able to chose a piece for purchase.
Immediately following the reception at 2:30 pm, all the art pieces will go on sale. Simply take the yellow or blue tags to the Service Desk to pay for your selections. Prices are as follows:
- $25 (or 5 for $100) for pieces with yellow tags
- $10 (or 6 for $50) for pieces with blue tags
We also have bins with FIVE Squared art from previous years. These pieces are available as follows:
- $10 for pieces with blue stickers
- $5 for pieces with green stickers
Art is hung anonymously, so you do not know whether the artist is a seasoned professional, an emerging artist or a true amateur.
In addition to our FIVE Squared Art Show, a Silent Auction will be in place from Feb 5 through 5 pm Feb 19 featuring six pieces by local artists.
Proceeds from the entire event go to our YMCA Annual Campaign which funds our Art Outreach program for children who are seldom exposed to art. Last year, more than $3,500 was raised thanks to the generosity of hundreds of contributors from around the world which enabled our outreach team to go to the city Rescue Mission, Daybreak, Casa Madre, Beatitude House and Youngstown Community School’s after school program.
Our own Suzanne Gray creates a stunning FIVE Squared print each year to commemorate the event. It consists of a collage from photos of the artwork. The print sells for $10.
But I Know What I Like
The Davis Family YMCA hosted its fourth annual juried art show in conjunction with National YMCA Arts Month. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held, Sunday, October 9, from 1 to 3 pm.
“But I Know What I Like” is open to any adult, amateur or professional within a 40 mile radius. The twist is that it is judged by non-experts, as in “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like!” Many of the pieces are available for purchase; a portion of each sale benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.
The 2016 show is dedicated to the memory of John Patterson, a former art student at the Y who became a prolific painter.
There are 288 pieces from 113 artists located throughout the Y, downstairs and upstairs. More than 180 of those pieces are for sale. Prices are indicated on lower right side of art tag.
To view more awards and to read more about the show, please visit Gallery at the Y.
Arts & Humanities Programs
Drawing, Lego Club, Painting, Pottery
Ballroom Dancing, Basic Computer, Painting, and Pottery, Plein Air Painting Club as well as the International Club
Anime Club, Basic Computer and Guitar
Suzanne Gray, Arts & Humanities Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.480.5656 x 247