At the Davis Family YMCA, one can explore a variety of arts and humanities classes, all of which are taught by professionals in their fields. A diverse line up of visual, performance, and language arts is available, rounded out by several informal clubs. For more information about days and times, check the Schedule Information page (not all classes are available each session).

Art Shows

Each year, three art shows are held at the GATY (Gallery at the Y), featuring invitational, benefit, and juried exhibits. When no shows are in progress, the GATY is used to display myriad other art.

Every other year, the Y participates in the Global Art Project for Peace, a UNESCO nominated international peace exchange. In the past, we have partnered with organizations from Australia, British Columbia, Canada, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Mexico and Senegal as well as several US states.

But I Know What I Like

The Davis Family YMCA will host its fifth annual juried art show in conjunction with National YMCA Arts Month. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, October 14, from 1 to 3 pm. As always, the show is free and open to the community, and will run October 14 through November 19. You will have the opportunity to meet the artists, partake of light refreshments, and enjoy music by “Classical Strings.” Awards will be presented at 2 pm.

BIKWIL Prospectus“But I Know What I Like” is open to any adult, amateur or professional within a 40 mile radius. The twist is that it is judged by non-experts, as in “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like!” Last year, 218 pieces from 90 local artists were located throughout the Y, downstairs and upstairs. Many of the pieces were available for purchase. A portion of each sale benefits the YMCA’s Annual Campaign and provides art scholarships for adults with disabilities.

Art entries will be accepted Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, at the Davis Family YMCA (10 am-5 pm Friday and 10 am-3:30 pm Saturday). Please read the prospectus for specifications, eligibility and entry fees. Click HERE to download the PROSPECTUS

The show is dedicated to the memory of John Patterson, a former art student at the Y who became a prolific painter.

To read more about the show, please visit Gallery at the Y.

Questions? Please contact Suzanne Gray, Arts & Humanities Coordinator, or 330.480.5656 x 247

Student Art Show

Have you taken an art class at the Davis Family Y this year? If so, you are invited to be part of our Student Art Show December 9-21 featuring paintings, drawings and pottery created in adult and youth classes. We will have an informal reception in December with music provided by Mr. Dave’s (Joachim) intermediate guitar class that is free and open to the community.

Students may enter up to three pieces (preferably not ones shown in the BIKWIL Art Show). The Show is non-juried so there are no awards, but anyone may enter. We want to recognize those who are developing their talent at the Y and to encourage others to take part in the Arts & Humanities programs.

Art work submitted must be framed or have finished edges and be wired for hanging. Drop off dates will be November 17-24 in the Art Studio in the designated area. Please label the back of your work with name, title of the piece and contact info (plus an email address). Mark your work with an amount for sale or NFS (not for sale). 25% of any art that sells will go to the YMCA Annual Campaign.

If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Gray at or 330.480.5656 x 247.

FIVE Squared


The 2018 show ran from February 4 to March 4 with an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 4, from 1 to 2:30 pm. This year, we had over 500 pieces of art donated by over 200 artists from nine countries and eight states. Included were paintings, photographs, drawings, digital images, collages, mixed media, prints, jewelry and ceramics.

Raffle tickets are sold ($1 each or 6 for $5) to win a place at the front of the line to purchase your favorite piece of art. The sale begins at 2:30 pm.

Art is hung anonymously, so you do not know whether the artist is a seasoned professional, an emerging artist or a true amateur.

Proceeds from the entire event go to our YMCA Annual Campaign which funds our ARTreach program for children who are seldom exposed to art. This year, more than $4,000 was raised thanks to the generosity of hundreds of contributors from around the world which enabled our outreach team to go to the city Rescue Mission, Daybreak, Casa Madre, Beatitude House and Youngstown Community School’s after school program.null

Our own Suzanne Gray creates a stunning FIVE Squared print each year to commemorate the event. It consists of a collage from photos of the artwork. The print sells for $10.

Click HERE to see ALL of the pieces of art.

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Watch a video from FIVE Squared 2015.

Centered: Slightly Off-Center

The Centered: Slightly Off-Center senior citizen art show was featured in the Food Court at the Davis Family YMCA during the month of June. The public was invited to meet artists from area assisted living and specialty care centers at the Artists’ Reception on Sunday, June 3. In addition to enjoying more than 70 paintings, guests were treated to light refreshments and entertainment by the Classical Strings Quartet. The following artists received awards:

Best of Show: Donna Adams, Ashley Circle
Juror’s Choice: Ken Barnhart, Poland Way; Theresa Mayceko, Poland Way; Dorothie Wiley, Glenellen.
Determination Award: Lorraine Bodnar, Glenellen; Barbie Caspary, Ashley Circle; Jennifer Robinson, Ashley Circle.

Antonine Villages: Gladene Borden, first; Bess Imburgia, second; Edna Vitikas, third
Ashley Circle: Rose Thomae, first; Elaine Wilson, second; Barb Cappiello, third; Tami Sanford, fourth.
Glenellen: Maggie Meyers, first; June Sharish, second; Marian Budinsky, third.
Ironwood: Bess Mayorga, first; Jessie Carroll, second; Barb McDonald, third.
Poland Way: Carol Franken, first; Mary DeLost, second; JoAnn Ziemanski, third; Pat Lee, fourth.

Cash awards were made possible by Denise DeBartolo York. Community donations courtesy of Angiuli’s Farm Market, Brandon Benson, Classical Strings Trio, Ghossain’s Gourmet Market, Giant Eagle, and Rulli Brothers Grocery.

Arts & Humanities Programs


Drawing, Lego Club, Pottery


nullBallroom Dancing, Painting, Pottery, Watercolor, Plein Air Painting Club as well as the International Club

All Ages

Anime Club and Guitar

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Class Schedule

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Suzanne Gray, Arts & Humanities Coordinator, or 330.480.5656 x 247


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