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Show features local artist

Struthers graduate's paintings include 1940s movie star

July 21, 2016
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Davis Family YMCA in Boardman will showcase ''Hooray for HOLLYWOOD,'' an art show featuring 28 paintings by the late Ervin Newman of Poland.

All of the works, created in the 1940s, feature movie stars of that era and were painted while Ervin was a student at Struthers High School or shortly after he graduated.

''Not only is the subject matter from that era, but that's when they were painted by a young man who was still in high school,'' Suzanne Gray, arts and humanities coordinator, who arranged the show, said. ''After Ervin returned from World War II, he never painted seriously again, but instead concentrated on working at Youngstown Sheet and Tube, raising a family, and enjoying his favorite pastimes ... baseball and fishing.''

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Ervin and Cecilia Newman in Hawaii as a young married couple. The couple traveled extensively throughout their lives, but it was Ervin's creative ability that recently has come to light, receiving recognition from the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman.

Ervin served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Camp Perry in Ohio with the 1584th Service Unit, where he took his training.

After he died in 1985 at the age of 62, his wife, Cecilia, treasured his paintings. Now, at 90, she has generously donated them to the YMCA.

Gray said YMCA planned an opening reception 3 to 5 p.m. July 27 at the Gallery at the Y to showcase Elvin's art. The event is free and open to the community.

''Red carpet and / or 1940s attire is encouraged and music will be provided by local favorites, Steve Fazzini and Mike Roncone,'' Gray said.

Cecilia, who donated the works after reading about the YMCA's arts programs, will be the guest of honor. Because the paintings were created before she met her husband, Cecilia doesn't have much information regarding their origins, Gray said.

''We're hoping someone remembers him painting them, what he was like in high school, anything personal about his late teens, early twenties, his Army experience, etc.,'' Gray said.

Of the pieces by Ervin, 27 are tempera on poster board, and one is airbrush on poster board. At least six were painted on the backs of old signs.

''Hooray for HOLLYWOOD'' runs July 27 to Aug. 31 at Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road in Boardman.

Anyone who remembers Newman is asked to contact Gray at 330-480-5656 or sgray@youngstownymca.org.

 
 

 

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