The Literary Garden located at the Community Library of the Shenango Valley on State Street in downtown Sharon, PA
Who and what we are
Random Acts of Artists Inc. (RAA) is a non-profit group of creative individuals located in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio who are involved in all areas of the arts. Our members represent some of the area’s finest talents in fine art, theater, music, dance, design and crafts. This group began in the spring of in 2014 as a small group of a about dozen artists. The motivation was the belief that bringing artists together through communication and cooperation could benefit the artists as individuals and ultimately the communities in which they live.
RAA is essentially a grassroots movement of artists who have bonded together to share our vision that art can revitalize our region. Our purpose is to unite, inform and encourage artists and to organize our artists to create projects that bring the arts to our local communities. Our members continually post information on our Facebook group about upcoming area shows for artists and craftsmen as well as theatrical and musical events. There is an educational element that is achieved by postings regarding instructional websites and videos that demonstrate various techniques and artistic concepts. RAA also encourages our members to post their own creations on our Facebook group page. Some of these artists seek advice or critiques on their works, while some are announcements that their work has achieved a particular status, such as being accepted into a prestigious juried art show.
RAA is now a group of over 1,200 social members on Facebook and 120 active paid members who communicate through social media channels and gather together to learn, teach, share and accomplish artistic projects. Most our members reside within a 50-mile radius of Sharon, PA. RAA primarily serves Mercer and Lawrence counties in PA, and Trumbull and Mahoning counties in Ohio. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life by bringing more of the arts to these areas.
RAA also has an informal gathering of members the second Wednesday of each month at the Apollo Maennerchor German Social Club Hall located in Sharon. These gatherings consist of various formats such as educational speakers, drawing sessions, poetry readings, working on group community projects, art demonstrations and classes and guest musicians. Members are always invited to bring their own art materials or supplies and create, share ideas and enjoy the company or other fellow artists.
In 2015 RAA's accomplishments include an art installation in Sharon's Bicentennial park. RAA artists also gave their time and their talents to help groups such as the local Untied Way, Joshua's Haven City Mission, Greater Sharon Associate Merchants and Sharon Beautification Commission. The group also coordinated several public juried art shows and casual “Pop-up” art shows. RAA has been honored to be a major part of the Sharon Waterfire events.
In 2016 RAA worked with the Sharon Beautification Commission, the Sharon Gardener’s Club and a grant from The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, RAA completed the "Literary Garden" alongside State Street at the Community Library. This consists of 42 individually painted posts representing books and authors. Another is the "Willow Way" located in the newly named River Gardens Park in downtown Sharon. This installation is a 20 foot long living arbor. Live willows grace the walkway and add beauty of this park. RAA is also worked with Buhl Park and installed several "Dream Pods" for the park.
In 2017 RAA created our Flower Garden Gallery along W. Connelly Blvd. in Sharon, PA. This consists of 40 paintings of local flowers. These were painted on 3 foot by 4 foot panels which were then mounted on steel poles and hinged so that revolve with the wind. Twenty artists participated in this project which was partially funded by a Pennsylvania Partner on the Arts Stream Project Grant.
RAA also transformed a dreary alleyway in downtown Sharon into a work of art we called the "Random Interface" This consists of 22 portraits painted on 3 foot by 4 foot panels and then mounted on the side wall of the alley. We also painted the entire pavement with a decorative design and added overhead bistro lights to create a European style walkway.
There are many more community-oriented projects that we have completed. We hope to accomplish as many as possible with the help of community funding and individual and corporate tax deductible donations.
Going forward we hope to initiate and cooperate with businesses and organizations to bring art to the community as a foundation for the growth and revitalization of our communities. As artists we do this to benefit each other’s artistic endeavors as well as the community.
Terry Polonsky- President, Random Acts of Artists
Linda Brink- Vice President, Random Acts of Artists
Random Acts of Artists is dedicated to promoting the arts, nurturing the artists and serving the community through open communication and mutual cooperation.