Press Release – Pernotto and his Circle


NEXTBestArt kicks off their season with a collection of national favorites.
The nonprofit organization is auctioning a variety of early work by significant regional artists.

Youngstown, OH – March 16th 2018
The Soap Gallery
117 South Champion Street

NEXTBestArt and The SOAP Gallery present a selection of works from the private collection of James Pernotto. Prior to his career in New York, Pernotto taught printmaking at the Youngstown State University Art Department. He will be sharing a fantastic collection of woodcuts and lithographs from regional and national favorites. the show opens on April 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The SOAP Gallery, 117 S Champion St., Youngstown OH 44503. The event is free and open to the public, including light refreshments. The works will be up for silent auction, on April 20th, 2018, also from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with proceeds to benefit Next Best Art, and their 2018 projects.

“Public Art brings us together in our common places. It gives us a chance to have a collective moment of reprieve in wonder of the things we can create together. We are working to create economic opportunities for artists here locally and to create a forum upon which we can present Youngstown, as a creative community, to the world. In doing this, we also hope to bring the world of Art to Youngstown and to connect us in a tactile way to the great dialogue of humanity.” – Courtney Waskin, Executive Director

This is definitely a show you won’t want to miss, and a unique opportunity to both see and own some rare works from notable artists including Diane Beatty, Danny Bandzack, Maple Turner III, Larry Greco, Michael Green, Kathleen Hollendonner, Clyde Singer, Jennifer Fleece, Joseph Anthony Salvatore, Michael Corlew, Marty Hudak, Frank Carbon, Traci Segreti, Eric Alleman, Bryn Zellers, Robyn Maas, Jason Van Hoose, Yolanda Mazzupappa, Randy Schisler, John Koury, and more.

NEXTBestArt is a registered 501 (c)(3) located in Downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Our goal is to connect artists from around the world to the Youngstown-Warren region while highlighting the resources available here; to facilitate the creation and execution of public art; and to promote local art and artists from every field nationally and globally. Together with a supportive board of directors, we are working to see our dream become a reality that will serve to improve the quality of life for local artists, as well as the community in whole. Information regarding current programming and events can be found online, at, or on facebook at

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