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WEEKEND MATTERS | The Butler Institute of American art opening P. Smallwood exhibit

A meet and greet with painter P. Smallwood is scheduled from 1 to 3 pm. Feb. 6 at The Butler Institute of American Art.
A meet and greet with painter P. Smallwood is scheduled from 1 to 3 pm. Feb. 6 at The Butler Institute of American Art. (Contributed photo)

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., will open a new exhibit, “Dialogues With Reality” by award-winning painter P. Smallwood, on Sunday.

Smallwood is best known for his signature watercolor paintings, “Lifescapes,” a form of portraiture and visual narratives.

Smallwood portrays the subject within his or her natural environment, carefully manipulated to evoke an emotional connection with the viewer, a news release states. Through composition, line, form and finely finished surfaces, he creates portraits that convey a feeling about how the subjects live their lives.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 22. A meet and greet with Smallwood is scheduled from 1 to 3 pm. Feb. 6.

More information can be found here.

Also on display at The Butler is “Inner Life,” paintings by artist Francie Lyshak. The exhibit runs through Feb. 20, and a meet-the-artist event is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 30. More information can be found here.

‘Memories of Christmas Past’ open through Dec. 31

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s 13th “Memories of Christmas Past” exhibit is open at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., through Dec. 31.

This season’s overall theme, “Back to Greystone,” portrays festive décor and traditions during the 1900s to the 1930s inspired by how Olive F. A. Arms might have dressed and decorated her home in that era.

MVHS brought its family tradition of the holiday season to each of the main floor’s seven period rooms at the museum. The exhibit blends Olive Arms’ love of nature — flowers and birds in particular — with her approach to welcoming guests into her home.

Open hours for the holidays at the museum are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The holiday exhibit will be open during evening hours for its Twilight Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. It also will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 27.

The museum will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

WYSU-FM airing special holiday programs

YOUNGSTOWN — Radio station 88.5 WYSU-FM, the public radio service of Youngstown State University, is airing special holiday programs through Sunday.

Today, the Tabernacle Choir will continue its tradition of artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises, with lesser-known melodies that are becoming the new classics.

On Sunday, listeners can enjoy a contemporary radio play of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring actor Craig Wallace as Ebenezer Scrooge and public radio broadcaster Murray Horwitz as the narrator.

The full program schedule can be found here.

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