WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) — Artists gathered in downtown Warren on Sunday afternoon to sell some of their work as part of a holiday market.
This special event is part of a growing art scene in the city, as last-minute holiday shoppers had a chance to scope out some unique local art.
“Some people can’t afford to buy something. But it’s nice to be able to put it out there and at least have the opportunity to show stuff, so those people can at least see it,” said event Amber Slick.
The event was called the Solstice Artisan Gift Market and was organized by Slick, a tattoo artist who came to Warren from Youngstown.
“When I moved down here, I was very disappointed to find that there wasn’t much of an art scene,” said Slick.
Slick opened up the front of her tattoo shop Sunday afternoon for artists to showcase and sell their pieces.
“Hoping it all works out for the best, getting exposure. You know, nothing too crazy. Just doing my thing,” said Joe Gregley of Vienna.
Sunday’s market is the first artisan gift market to be held in Warren, but it’s part of a growth of the art scene in Trumbull County. Artists said they are selling more and more pieces every month, and that Warren is becoming a good home to be an artist.
“As an individual, I’ve probably had at least half a dozen shows more this year than I had in the past. So yeah, absolutely. Absolutely,” said James Shuttick of Warren.
That growth includes the Artisan Cafe downtown, opened earlier this year. The Main Avenue business showcases paintings from local artists and offers studio space.
Also, the Trumbull Art Gallery is finishing up its first year in a new home right on Courthouse Square.
“We see a lot of walk-ins on the square here, being in downtown Warren. Not many cities have an art gallery right downtown. So we’re very proud and happy for that,” said Trumbull Arts Gallery’s Executive Director, Pat Galgozy.
As the city of Warren continues to grow in its support of the arts, Galgozy said he likes seeing new faces at the gallery.
“We want to come in and enjoy themselves, not feel intimidated by art. This is fun. This is interesting for everyone,” said Galgozy.
The artists in Warren said they think everyone will find a piece to like.