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Current & Upcoming Exhibits

D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

1/11 – 2/9
Unity Through Nature
Weller Gallery
The Visual and Performing Arts Unity Project is an art exhibit featuring the collaborative efforts of VPA visual art students in grades K-12 throughout the Youngstown City School District. Joining the 2019-2020 VPA Unity Project, in a very special collective community effort, are 10 surrounding school Districts throughout the Tri-County area as well as our area universities of YSU and KSU. The project symbolizes ‘unity’ through the collaborative painting process. Each VPA painting features a collective unified vision or message by the students and features the work of each and every visual art student in the building. The paintings are accompanied by poignant quotes regarding unity provided by the students which were collected during the creative process. This year’s overarching theme is “Unity Through Nature” as a tribute to our beautiful Mill Creek MetroParks. For further information regarding the VPA Unity Project or YCSD VPA contact Tracy Schuler Vivo, Director of Visual and Performing Arts/ VPA Coordinator at 330.744.8830 or

Meet the Students: 1/11 | 1 – 3 pm, Rossi Auditorium

2/15 – 4/12
Ford Nature Center Photography Exhibit
Weller Gallery
The skills of amateur photographers will be readily apparent as you stroll through the Weller Gallery. The annual Nature Photography Exhibit returns the Weller Gallery. Enjoy the beauty and color of nature – indoors! The skills of amateur photographers are featured in this popular exhibit. View landscapes, wild animals, Mill Creek MetroParks scenes and more through the lens of talented photographers.

Meet the Photographers: Sunday, 2/23 | 1 – 3 p.m.

4/17 – 6/28
Colorscapes by Christine Ries
Weller Gallery

Through her floral and landscape paintings, Christine Ries takes you on a journey of color exploration. Her luscious palette of color will dazzle the senses and give you a greater appreciation of the natural world around you.

Meet the Artist: April 19 | 1-3 pm

7/3 – 10/4
The Joy of Wildlife by Tom Antonishak
Weller Gallery
Mill Creek MetroParks is proud to welcome back Tom Antonishak to the Weller Gallery. Such an immensely talented artist and one whose paintings and sculptures can be seen throughout the Mahoning Valley. Tom’s Mill Creek MetroParks connections include: “the Morning Glory Fountain” in Fellows Riverside Gardens; his painting, “Seasons” and his illustrations were provided for signage in the Newport Wetlands boardwalk signs; and  “Along the Bluebird Trail” painting of MetroParks Farm is featured in the Administration Office lobby. Tom was the first artist to exhibit in the Weller Gallery in 2001. This current exhibit demonstrates the challenges of the research it takes to learn the animal’s habitat. It brings the viewer’s attention to the wonder and beauty of nature and how fragile it is becoming.

Meet the Artist: 8/9 | 1 -3 pm

10/10 – 1/3
A Love Affair with Nature, recent works by Thomas Harwood, by Tom Harwood
Weller Gallery

Exploring the relations between light and color in landscape paintings defines Harwood’s approach to painting. The result is a feast for the viewer, in watercolors and oils, as they are drawn into each painting making the viewer decide whether they would open the gate, enter the clearing or walk down the path.

Meet the Artist: Sunday, 11/8 | 1 – 3 pm

Outdoor Gallery
Fellows Riverside Gardens – Outdoor Gallery
Experience another level of Fellows Riverside Gardens in the Outdoor Gallery. View original works from local artists whose displays range from steel to wood to topiary. Enjoy the art experience in nature through all the seasons.

Mill Creek MetroParks History
Fellows Riverside Gardens – Melnick Museum
The Melnick Museum offers the visitor a peek into the unique history of Mill Creek MetroParks. Look back and discover how Volney Rogers garnered property and how that land has grown into Mill Creek MetroParks. Learn about the generosity of Elizabeth Fellows that was the beginning of Fellows Riverside Gardens. And take time to learn about the early days of McGuffey and his boyhood homestead located in Coitsville and now known as the McGuffey Wildlife Preserve.