New art space targeted for downtown Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local non-profit organization is working to create a public art space downtown.

The first phase of the project spearheaded by Next Best Art is a window gallery on the westward facing side of Silver’s Vogue Shop on the corner of West Federal Street and Phelps Street in Youngstown.

The inaugural artwork for the window will be a mural of the Rocket Ride from Idora Park. The piece will be made up of 80,000 marbles by the artist Franc Spohn.

“I’m so excited. People don’t even understand because you show a picture of this and you know, it’s like showing somebody a picture of Manhattan and saying this is what Manhattan’s like,” said James Pernotto, director of Next Best Art.

The project is expected to cost $15,000 and if all goes well would be finished by mid-September.

“I’m not sure if people realize how important art is to a city, especially to have other people from different cities coming into your city. When they see art, they recognize the legitimacy of the city and of the growth that we are experiencing,” said Courtney Waskin, Next Best Art business manager.

To find out more about Next Best Art and contribute to the art space project, click here.

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