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 2018 show will run from February 4 to March 4 with an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 4, from 1 to 2:30 pm. In 2017, we had 510 pieces of art donated by over 200 artists from nine countries and eight states. Included were paintings, photographs, drawings, digital images, collages, mixed media, prints, jewelry and ceramics.
We will sell raffle tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) to win a place at the front of the line to purchase your favorite piece of art. The sale begins at 2:30 pm.
Art is hung anonymously, so you do not know whether the artist is a seasoned professional, an emerging artist or a true amateur.
Proceeds from the entire event go to our YMCA Annual Campaign which funds our ARTreach 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.
Centered: Slightly Off-Center
The Centered: Slightly Off-Center senior citizen art show will be featured in the Food Court at the Davis Family YMCA during the month of June. The public is invited to meet artists from area assisted living and specialty care centers at the Artists’ Reception. In addition to enjoying more than 70 paintings, guests will be treated to light refreshments and entertainment by the Classical Strings Quartet. The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the reception.
But I Know What I Like
The Davis Family YMCA will host its fifth annual juried art show in conjunction with National YMCA Arts Month. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, October 14. As always, the show is free and open to the community, and will run October 14 through November 19. You will have the opportunity to meet the artists, partake of light refreshments, and enjoy music by “Classical Strings.” Awards will be presented at 2 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!” Last year, 218 pieces from 90 local artists were located throughout the Y, downstairs and upstairs. Many of the pieces were available for purchase; a portion of each sale benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign.
The show is dedicated to the memory of John Patterson, a former art student at the Y who became a prolific painter.
Suzanne Gray has designed a stunning poster to commemorate this show. Prints of the poster are available for $10 each.
To view more awards and to read more about the show, please visit Gallery at the Y.
Student Art Show
Have you taken an art class at the Davis Family Y this year? If so, you are invited to be part of our Student Art Show December 9-21 featuring paintings, drawings and pottery created in adult and youth classes. We will have an informal reception in December with music provided by Mr. Dave’s (Joachim) intermediate guitar class that is free and open to the community.
Students may enter up to three pieces (preferably not ones shown in the BIKWIL Art Show). The Show is non-juried so there are no awards, but anyone may enter. We want to recognize those who are developing their talent at the Y and to encourage others to take part in the Arts & Humanities programs.
Art work submitted must be framed or have finished edges and be wired for hanging. Drop off dates will be i November 17-24 in the Art Studio in the designated area. Please label the back of your work with name, title of the piece and contact info (plus an email address). Mark your work with an amount for sale or NFS (not for sale). 25% of any art that sells will go to the YMCA Annual Campaign.
If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Gray at [email protected] or 330.480.5656 x 247.
Arts & Humanities Programs
Drawing, Lego Club, Pottery
Anime Club and Guitar
Meet Our Instructors
Suzanne Gray, Arts & Humanities Coordinator, [email protected] or 330.480.5656 x 247