Crary Art Galley plans Youth Day

Sunday, Jan. 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. is Youth Day at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren.

Youth Day will kick-off with an interactive storybook reading by Sue Spencer, the Struthers Library Theatre artistic director. Parents of pre-school age children up to first or second grade are invited to bring their children to the gallery for the book reading.

Character designer and illustrator Riley Phillips will host a demonstration at 3 p.m. and will show how a classically trained artist brings his characters to life with digital painting. Phillips will paint a character that he designed specifically for the Crary Youth Day event.

After the demonstration, Phillips will lead a workshop detailing his thought process as he creates his characters. Attendees will be given paper and a pencil and are invited to draw along with Riley for the remainder of the workshop.

“This is an activity that should be a lot of fun and interesting for anyone who is old enough to hold a pencil and follow direction, but is truly targeted to middle and high school students as well as our visiting college students,” Crary Art Gallery Board Member Ines Nelson said.

Youth Day will wrap up with the local alternative folk rock band Egypt Hollow, which is comprised of Kenny Anderson, Addison Gee and Ciara Whipp.

“We are excited to welcome the band back home after being away on their first year at college,” Nelson said.

Youth Day at the Crary Art Gallery is free and snacks and refreshments will be served. Visit for more information.