Artists of the Rust Belt Summer Market Is Saturday

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The Artists of the Rust Belt will hold its summer market from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the B & O Station in downtown Youngstown.

Organizer Tony Nicholas said this year is the fifth anniversary of the summer festival. Any artist in the region that wants to take part is welcome to join the organization, and he said it has grown every year.

“There is no membership. It’s more of a way for local artists to have an outlet for their work,” Nicholas said.

There are three festivals each year: one just before Christmas, one in February and the summer event. Nicholas said there will be 30 artists at Saturday’s event, including jewelry makers, pottery makers, painters and photographers.

He said there will be live demonstrations by three local artists, including Chris Yambar, who will be painting, well-known pottery maker Lynn Cardwell, and Robert Dennick-Joki, who runs the Rust Belt Theater Co.

Nicholas is a photographer and he will be selling some of his works as well.

Regarding the organization’s title, Nicholas said he is glad to see the term “rust belt” used in a positive way instead of a negative one.

He said the arts community in this area is bigger than people realize. Nicholas said there are artists coming from as far away as New Castle.

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