Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Riches from the RUSTBELT







The Heartland of America, the Midwest. There are many terms to describe the geographical location that runs generally from Illinois east through Pennsylvania, THE RUSTBELT.



This post is a showcase of artists who live in the heart of the "BELT", The Mahoning Valley centered in Youngstown,Ohio.

Their work ranges through all mediums and brings a vitality and spirit to the Youngstown,OH/Mahoning Valley that is spurring the growth and Renaissance of the area. In my humble opinion it is these artists who are changing a once negative adjective(rustbelt) into a positive description of this Valley.

These artists harness a working class mentality with the creative skills found in any larger "Art" community in America. It is merely a matter of time before a much larger audience recognizes this shining stone made of passion, grit and tenacity, polished by their love for their hometown and their work. This is the first installment of portraits of theses artists,



The ARTISTS OF THE RUSTBELT!




















Terence Fetchet
painter































































Lynn Cardwell

Potter










































































































































































Patrick Hyland
Photographer




































































































































































































































































































































































































































Daniel Horne

Ironwork/sculptor





































































































































































































Nea Bristol
Photographer
































































Jason Van Hoose
Painter







































Mary Farragher-Evans
Painter





































































































Marcie Roepke-Applegate












Jewelry designer
























































































































































Charles Hughes












Ironwork/sculptor

























































































Jenn Cole











Mixed media




































































































































Fred Sheperd











Glass work/photography















































































































































































































Jeff Pucchini (pictured w/wife Nikki)











Painter

































































































































































































































Stephanie Moore











Painter/furniture designer









































































































































Maryanne Stromp-Caleris























Ceramics/Jewelry design

















































































































Artists who would like to be a part of this project please contact me