Idea Studio hosts summer season market in downtown Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Steel Town Studios and Friends Summer Market was held at the Concept Studio in downtown Youngstown on Saturday.

Local artist Bob Barko Jr. held the event after a long year of no art exhibits during the pandemic. The idea of ​​an art market started with some of his friends around Christmas 2020.

“It’s a continuation of our Steel Town Studios and Friends Christmas Market that we did last year. That was out of necessity, so to speak. We’re at a point where there wouldn’t be any Christmas shows last year, ”said Barko.

Barko said it was hard not to see his usual customers.

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“I’m really looking forward to this year and listen, this was born out of necessity. I think it will be a great tradition between friends and then hopefully be welcome, make some money and see a lot of good people coming down and talking about art, ”said Barko.

The art ranges from t-shirts and jewelry to repurposed stage and studio lights as well as paintings by Will Duck Jr. and hand-lettered home accessories.

“We have six artists here and each has a very unique and diverse collection of artists,” said Barko.

The event continues on West Federal Street from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.