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Artist finds spot to pursue passion

Opens studio, gallery in Old Stone Tavern

December 2, 2016
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Several Poland Village businesses took part in Small Business Saturday over the weekend, one of which was an art studio run by Monica Vega of Boardman.

"I have been involved in art since 1998," Vega said. "It has been hard with raising a family, but the studio is perfect place for my passion."

Vega grew up in Columbiana County and graduated from the Youngstown City School District in 1995. She later studied theater and art at Youngstown State University and then Cleveland State University.

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Artist Monica Vega completes another masterpiece that will be displayed at her studio / gallery in the Old Stone Tavern building in Poland Village. Vega’s studio was among the many Poland Village businesses that took part in Small Business Saturday. The piece she is working on is called “Kings and Queens” and is about everyone having greatness within.

"I lived in an artist's community in Cleveland where every building in the neighborhood was art-based," she said. "I lived there three years and had a studio. I even did a show in New York."

Vega moved to Boardman a few years ago to be closer to her family. Vega married and had two sons and wanted to continue her chosen career path as an artist.

She recently met photographer Mike Capps of Poland, who attends her church, and he mentioned there was an available space in the Old Stone Tavern, 121 S. Main St., Poland. She went and looked at it and knew it was just right to pursue her goals.

"Through Mike I found this spot and opened up a studio / gallery," Vega said. "It is quiet, and I find inspiration working there."

Vega averages two paintings a month from her new studio, and she is able to follow her passion of bringing overlooked everyday items back to life by offering restoration and mural services.

"I value everything," she said. "Whether it is a piece of broken furniture or a painting that is torn, it is worth saving."

She has taken her love of contemporary abstract to items such as loading skids and furniture, even to restoring pieces of older art.

At present, Vega sells out of her studio / gallery, runs a Facebook page at Monica's Studio Gallery, and does a few shows a year. She plans to expand her role in the arts by offering classes beginning in January.



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