Current & Upcoming Exhibits
FELLOWS RIVERSIDE GARDENS
D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
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, Davis Center – 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.
July 8, 2023 – October 1, 2023
Fellows Riverside Gardens, Davis Center – Weller Gallery
Mill Creek MetroParks presents Field Marks featuring artist John Guy Petruzzi. The exhibit features bird photography and paints using watercolor/acrylic. “My artwork parallels ideas of rarity between the evolution of species, the creation of art, and the advancement of technology. Within the context of an ongoing Holocene mass extinction, I examine the meaning of these values through a “symbology” informed by natural history, digital media, and field experience in nature, says artist, John Guy Petruzzi.”
This free exhibit is on display July 8 – October 1, 2023, in the Weller Gallery located inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, during normal operating hours of Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Mondays. A Meet the Artist session will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
A Meet the Artist session will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 2 – 4 pm in the Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Take this opportunity to meet and visit with artist John Guy Petruzzi.
About John Guy Petruzzi
John Guy Petruzzi is a Youngstown-born artist and educator. He received his BFA in painting from Youngstown State University in 2008, and his MFA in painting from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA in 2011. His lifelong interest in birds and biodiversity is reflected in his watercolor-based work, which has been published in numerous outlets, including Hi-Fructose, New American Paintings, and the Boston Globe. His paintings have also been widely exhibited and are held in private collections around the world. He has painted for Jeff Koons in his Manhattan, NY studio, and has worked as an Artist in Residence at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2013, he began photographing his observations in nature. The same year, he began volunteering for Mill Creek Metroparks by surveying, documenting, and donating images of local birdlife. His photography has been utilized by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology, published on the cover of the Ohio Cardinal, and can be seen on permanent display at the recently renovated Ford Nature Center. He currently resides in Canfield and instructs painting, drawing and design courses at Youngstown State University and Westminster College.