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YOUNGSTOWN — It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention, though it could be argued that the creativity of Marvin T. Bankhead fills that role as well, with a twist.

“I keep coming up with ideas,” said Bankhead, of Youngstown.

A self-employed carpenter who studied carpentry and construction at New Castle Trades School before graduating in 2010, Bankhead is highly adept at using repurposed pine wood to build unusual projects, such as champagne flute planters attached to rods that they can be twisted together. In addition, he is skilled in inventing designs, multiple practical uses, and applications for his works.

Bankhead is also among the few dozen artists, collectors and makers exhibiting their works for the 20th annual Fa-la-la exhibition at The Ward which kicked off Sunday and runs from noon to 5 next Saturday and Sunday at the Ward Bakery Market Building, 1024 Mahoning Avenue.

Plenty of foot traffic packed the building Sunday as attendees viewed or purchased many paintings, prints, custom jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, fiber and digital art, woodwork, scented and handmade soaps, drawings, photographs, and antique furniture.

Bankhead was busy in his space constructing a ringed top of a planter, like the one he intricately designed to hold potted plants, as well as expensive bases. He also carves a hole in the middle that leads to a base made of cedar wood, the parts of which are joined by aluminum rods that can be twisted and straightened, with the idea that the leaves would collect on the bottom instead of where they were. the plant settles. which makes it much easier to remove them, he explained.

However, Bankhead selected cedar not by accident, but for its practicality and longevity.

“Cedar wood does not rot,” he observed. “Plus, bugs hate their smell.”

Previously, Bankhead had carried out “10 years of research and trial and error” to hone his skills, though that hasn’t quenched his thirst to continue experimenting, he said.

Many people also seemed intrigued by Robyn E. Maas’s various series of photographs of Poland, which filled the walls of her studio.

“I started with ceramics and moved on to sculpture” before settling on photography, Maas recalled.

Maas, who also lived for about 13 years in Youngstown, has on display several sets of highly colorful, outlined pictures without people that he took in Joshua Tree National Park and Desert Shores near the Salton Sea, both in the Colorado desert, in southern california. Other series capture his extensive travels to Iceland, Lake Erie, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The Iceland set went on display in 2018 at the Butler Institute of American Art, Maas said.

While out in the California desert, he came across some 300,000 barrels of hay that had been laid out to help build sand dunes to protect nearby Palm Springs by absorbing unwanted microorganisms in the air, Maas said, adding that you are drawn to open spaces and “dramatic” spaces. cloud formations

“I want to take the viewer into space,” he continued.

Maas, who likes to collect shells and rocks, explained that his technique also includes placing the photographs on boards before painting and carefully gluing the edges. He then pours resin over the photos, a process that typically takes two to three days to fully cure, Maas explained, adding that the resin protects the images from moisture.

Maas also said her ambition is to be more of a travel photographer, though her exhibits showing various remote parts of the world seem to show she’s already come a long way in achieving that goal.

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If you go…

WHAT: Fa-la-la show at The Ward

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00.

WHERE: The Ward Bakery Market, 1024 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown

free admission



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