Thomases Art Gallery

The Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery is located in the main hall of the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. The gallery hosts six to seven exhibitions per year, primarily showcasing diverse artistic perspectives from local and regional artists and also showing the work of artists from across the United States. Exhibitions typically run for six weeks with an artist reception held to open the show.  At least one exhibition every year focuses on a Jewish cultural connection.


 Near and Distant Shores | Krista Machovina

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Krista Machovina is a painter and mixed media artist. She holds a BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Krista maintains a studio at Keystone Art Space, a fine and industrial arts complex in Los Angeles. Her work features portraits of many of her family members during the 1920s and 1930s on vacation on the beaches of Lake Erie.

Exhibit Dates: April 22 - June 3

“Efficiency” | Gary Taneri

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“They are done from old family photographs that should recall a memory, but the details of the memory are not all there and are not always clear or complete,” he said. 

In creating these paintings, Taneri intentionally left out the details and used the minimum amount of marks needed to convey the image. The paintings are created using techniques of drawing as accurate as possible, then painting in and around the drawing and then drawing on top of the painting. Color fields emerge and are drawn on top of, grids are redrawn, and drawing marks are placed using the grid as a guide. The palette is mostly bright colors alternating between warm and cool. “I would be happy if people viewing the show have an experience that includes an emotional response which leads to recognition of their own memories,” he said.

Taneri has been an artist all his life. He attended The Ohio State University as a fine art major then switched to architecture. He then obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Youngstown State University. In 2011, he obtained a Master of Fines Arts in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and in 2015 he attended a six week painting intensive at Columbia University in New York City. Taneri lives in downtown Youngstown and paints at the Ward Bakery building.


The Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals for exhibitions several times per year, and artists are encouraged to apply at any time.  The submission of materials does not constitute automatic acceptance into programming.  The curator and exhibitions committee reserve the right to selection of artists, and their artwork, based on quality and display requirements.

Eligibility is open to artists 18 years or older.  Interested artists should send an artist statement, resume or curriculum vitae, 4 or more images (JPG or PDF), and an image list indicating the title, dimensions, medium, and date to

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