Mad About the Arts Feb. 21 benefits McDonough, WYSU

Alton Merrell

Alton Merrell

The 19th annual Mad About the Arts is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, at the McDonough Museum on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The event benefits the McDonough Museum of Art and 88.5, WYSU FM.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation of wine craft and connoisseurship hosted by Ed Goist of WYSU. The main event follows at 7 p.m. as guests enjoy the sounds of the YSU Jazz Ensemble II while sampling appetizers, beverages and desserts from a dozen local vendors. At 8:30 p.m., pianist and YSU faculty member Alton Merrell will take the stage with his jazz trio.

On display during the event will be “Uncharted,” the biennial exhibition of current research by Department of Art faculty. The exhibition highlights the works of Claudia Berlinski, Missy McCormick and RJ Thompson, recent additions to the Department of Art faculty.

Promotional assistance and support is provided by 27 WKBN/Fox Youngstown/33WYTV/MyYTV, City Printing, Joseph Verzilli, Earthwork Recording Studio, The Metro Monthly, Mix 98.9 & 570 WKBN, Aladdin’s, Cassese’s MVR, Chalet Premier, Edward’s Florist, Giannios Candy, Joe Maxx Coffee, Kravitz Delicatessen and Katering, L’uva Bella Winery, Markko Vineyard, One Hot Cookie, Sherman Creative Promotions, Inc., Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

The cost is $80 per ticket or $65 per ticket for McDonough members, WYSU members, YSU faculty, staff­, students and fine arts alumni.

For more information, call WYSU at 330-941-1777. Purchase tickets online at