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The 2014 Juried Show

posted Apr 10, 2014, 1:44 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 1:54 PM ]

Spring marks the return of the Annual Juried Art Show at the Visual Arts Center in Eaton, featuring all the best professional and amateur artists Preble County has to offer. This year the exhibit will be on display from May 15th to June 27th, with a public reception on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The juror for the Show is Greg Clem, an Assistant Professor of Art at Edison Community College in Piqua. Greg received his MFA from University of Cincinnati in 2008, with an emphasis in sculpture. His artwork incorporates a variety of materials and processes, including sculpture, photography, painting and printmaking, as well as video and sound.

Interested artists may enter up to five 2D and 3D works in multiple mediums, except photography. Entries fees for PCAA members are $10 each or 5 for $40. Fees for non-members are $12 each or 5 for $50. Entry forms and artwork must be dropped off at the Art Center on May 8th and 9th, from 1-7pm. Artists may enter as either professionals or amateurs and awards will be given in both categories, including $150 Best of Show for professionals and $100 Promising Artist for amateurs. 

Additional monetary merit awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. Entry forms are available at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County, located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio during regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday from 1-7pm. They may also be downloaded HERE, where additional information and directions can be found. Questions? Call the Art Center at (937) 456-3999 or email at office@takepartinart.net.

Unwind and Create Workshop

posted Apr 9, 2014, 12:09 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 1:10 PM by Vicky Fanberg ]

The Unwind and Create workshop is so much fun, we had to do it again!   This fun and popular event for adults returns to the Visual Arts Center of Preble County this April.  Spend a relaxing Friday evening with friends while painting your very own original artwork.  The Art Center provides all the supplies you need along with some snacks for munching, you provide the creative spirit.  If you would also like to bring an adult beverage to share, you are welcome to do so.
Sara Fleenor returns as the instructor, with another painting project for you to take home and proudly display on your wall.  This month’s workshop will happen on May 16th, beginning at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  Because this is a BYOB party, participants must be at least 21 years old.

The Visual Art Center of Preble County is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH. To register swing by or give us a call at 937-456-3999. Credit cards are accepted over the phone. Space is limited to 20, so pre-registrations is recommended. 

Mystery Dinner - Murder on the Aphrodite

posted Mar 3, 2014, 12:34 PM by Erin Abney

M is for Murder in March at the Visual Arts Center with the return of the very popular Mystery Dinner. A Duchess is recuperating from a complete makeover on her doctor's luxury yacht, the Aphrodite, but before she can make her triumphant return to the public eye at the port of Athens, Dr. Ravi is found dead.   Was it an accident?  Or was it murder?  Find out on March 29th during Murder on the Aphrodite.

The evening's events begin at 6:00 when guests will have the opportunity to purchase a balloon containing a prize worth at least $20, generously donated to the Arts Center by local businesses and individuals. Prizes include restaurant gift certificates, tickets to the Richmond Community Theater, the Richmond Symphony, Victoria Theater, merchandise, and much more.   The meal will once again be provided by Charlotte's Banquet and Catering.

Tickets are available at $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Reservations must be made by March 19th.  Seating is limited and this is one of the Art Center's most popular events, so be sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later.  You can reserve your tickets by calling (937) 456-3999, sending an email to office@takepartinart.net, or stopping by the Arts Center - which now takes credit cards.  The Visual Arts Center of Preble County is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, across from the Eaton High School and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-7 pm. 

All proceeds from the event benefit the Visual Arts Center and its mission to support the arts in Preble County.

Reception March 6, 6pm-8pm

posted Feb 26, 2014, 4:54 AM by Vicky Fanberg

The Visual Arts Center of Preble County is proud to host an exhibit of the works of local artist Robert Coveney.  Though originally from England, Robert has chosen to call Eaton his home after retiring from Miami University.  His beautiful, sensitive work in pencil, watercolor and oil is often inspired by his travels and the local landscape as well as 19th century Old Masters.

The reception for Robert's exhibit will be held at the Arts Center on Thursday, March 6th from 6 to 8pm, during which you can meet the artist and hear the stories behind his paintings.  This reception is free and open to the public.  The works of Robert Coveney, 2013 Juried Show winner, will be on exhibit at the Visual Arts Center through March 29.  The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio, across from Eaton High School.  For additional information on the Arts Center and the Robert Coveney exhibit, visit www.takepartinart.net or call (937) 456-3999 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday 1:00pm to 7:00 pm.

Instructors Needed

posted Feb 25, 2014, 6:23 AM by Erin Abney

Deadline to Apply: February 28, for March employment. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Organizational Overview: The Visual Art Center of Preble County is run by the Preble County Arts Association, a not for profit 501(c)3 organization. The center houses 2 exhibit spaces, a sales gallery and education facility. Located in Eaton, Ohio, it is the only center dedicated to the visual arts in Preble County. The Visual Art Center is currently seeking teaching artists for youth. 

Job Description: Positions for instructors are needed for late afternoon, evenings and some weekends. Classes typically run for 4 weeks. We will also take applicants for summer camp. The Art Center provides general framework for classes and provides all materials. Instructors are responsible for lesson plans of their classes, material lists, and instruction, set up and clean up. Instructors may 
submit a proposal for youth classes. 

Skills: Teaching artists must have the general skills and knowledge in a variety of mediums. Some classes are specific to certain mediums. Classroom management and sensitivity to youth and their parents are necessary. 

Qualifications: Bachelors degree in art preferred or significant experience as an artist. Previous experience teaching or supervising youth is needed. 

Compensation: Instructors are hired contractually on a course-by-course basis. Rates are generous and are determined by experience. 

How to Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, up to 5 examples each of personal and student work and 3 references to director@takepartinart.net.

Sweet Art Auction Drew Great Support!

posted Feb 19, 2014, 8:48 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 12:57 PM by Erin Abney ]

Post Valentine blues were chased away last Saturday night at Taffy's of Eaton, with the help of art, music and spirits.  Taffy's was the host of the first ever Sweet Art Auction to benefit the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.  Local artists donated their works, which included paintings, jewelry, ceramics and photographs, to help raise funds for the Art Center's education and outreach programs.
 Year of the Buffalo, an excellent folk band from Columbus, generously donated their time and talents to provide the music for the evening.  Guests were able to sample wine from served by Jane Schreyer and beer served by Beer Meister Zak Brandt.

 Between music sets, Taffy's owner Manfred Schreyer expertly worked the enthusiastic crowd during the auction.  Fourteen pieces were auctioned, raising more than $2100 to support the Arts Center.  Vicky Fanberg, Executive Director of the Visual Arts Center, told the guests that money from this event will help fund educational and outreach programs, including classes, art camps and a program for at-risk teens in Preble County.

 The auction was a successful far beyond expectations, all made possible by the generous support of many people, including artists, organizers and event guests.  The Preble Art Association would like to express its gratitude in particular to Manfred Schreyer, owner of Taffy's of Eaton for the use of Taffy's, for helping organize the event, and for being such an excellent auctioneer.  “We are so thankful for all of the artists that donated their work and for everyone who helped make this event possible. It is exciting to see the community come out and support the arts, we are grateful,” said Vicky Fanberg.

 The spring schedule for classes, workshops and events at the Visual Arts Center is now available, please stop by the Center for a booklet or go to www.takepartinart.net for more information.  In addition, planning is underway for the next Mystery Dinner, "Murder on the Aphrodite", scheduled for Saturday, March 29th.  More details will be coming soon.

The Work of Robert Coveney

posted Feb 4, 2014, 9:07 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 1:20 PM by Erin Abney ]

Chase away the winter blahs with paintings inspired by the Old Masters. Robert Coveney, 2013 Juried Show winner, will be exhibiting his watercolor and oil paintings at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County from February 11 through March 29.

A native of England, Robert came to the United States with his family as a teenager where he pursued an early love of art, taking classes at Miami and then Indiana University. There he began crafting his skills in watercolor and oils, concentrating on natural light and form and inspired by the 19th century Old Masters. Portraits and landscapes with a sensitivity to detail are his primary subjects. Now retired from Miami University, Robert currently resides in Eaton, Ohio where he continues to work out of his Maplehurst Studios. His work has been exhibited both locally and in London, England.

The works of Robert Coveney, 2013 Juried Show winner, will be on exhibit at the Visual Arts Center February 11 through March 29, with a reception on March 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm. This reception is free and open to the public. The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio, across from Eaton High School. For additional information on the Arts Center and the Robert Coveney exhibit, visit www.takepartinart.net or call (937) 456-3999 during office hours, Tuesday through Friday 1:00pm to 7:00 pm.

Sweet♥rt Auction - February 15th at Taffy's

posted Jan 29, 2014, 7:18 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Jan 29, 2014, 7:19 AM ]

When you taste a good wine and view art just as fine, that’s amore!  Join in the fun as Taffy’s and the Preble County Art Association team up for the first ever SweetArt Auction, bringing together some of the finest things in life to love.

The SweetArt Auction is on Saturday, February 15th 2014 at 8pm at Taffy’s of Eaton.  Tickets are only $20 each and can be purchased at either Taffy’s or the Visual Arts Center.  This sweet deal grants you access to the event plus five free tastings of a wide selection of craft beers and wines.  Live music by the Year of the Buffalo will play the night away as you enjoy good company, food, drinks and the option to participate in the art auction.  Bid on lovely pieces from local, award winning artists such as Phillip Erbaugh, Erica Keener, David Maynard, and more!   

All proceeds from the auction not only helps support the Visual Arts Center but also helps further our educational programming, bringing the love and joy of the arts to people of all ages. Programs include our week long Summer Art Camp for children plus many workshops, classes and other events for both adults and children throughout the year.

Remember to buy your tickets now, space is limited!  Stop in at Taffy’s, located at 123 East Main Street in Eaton, phone number 937-456-1381, or swing out to the Visual Arts Center at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton to grab a ticket or two and catch a sneak peek of the artwork, now on display.  The Visual Arts Center is open from 1pm to 7pm every Tuesday through Friday, or you can call us with any questions at 937-456-3999.

Calling all artists, we're looking for Winterscapes!

posted Jan 27, 2014, 6:08 AM by Erin Abney

Calling all artists! The PCAA is accepting entrants in to our Winterscapes show on February 6th and 7th from 1pm to 7pm. If Jack Frost has inspired you with the wintery weather or if you have a piece from winters gone by we want to see it! This will be a juried show and is open to artist interpretation so long as it incorporates the theme of winter in some way.

The entry fee for the show is $5 per piece for non-PCAA-members and is free to enter for all PCAA members (maximum number of entries is two per person). All media and subject matter is eligible for entry, and though it seems like this year’s snow flurries will go on forever we ask that your entries do not, so please keep them from exceeding 24”x24”x24” in any direction. PCAA staff has the right to reject any work that is inappropriate or deemed unfit for hanging. The show will run from February 11th to March 28th and winners will be posted at the March 6th reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Interested in entering? Remember, entry forms can be picked up from the PCAA office any time Tuesday through Friday during the hours of 1pm to 7pm, or printed off our website here. You must have a completed entry form with you when you drop off your work on February 6th or 7th between 1pm and 7pm. Have any questions? Please feel free to call us at 937-456-3999.

January, Drawing from Life

posted Jan 2, 2014, 12:43 PM by Erin Abney

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