Good Art, Bad Folk, involves local community residents to create a personal piece of art. Many of the participants have never ventured into the artistic world before this competition. They are guided by their instructors throughout the process, and have several weeks to construct their work. In addition, each artist is put on one of three teams. The team with the largest cumulative earnings, wins the BAGF Team Prize.
The instructors / team leaders this year are Patty Emerson, Peggy Schuning, Robert Coveney – all professional artists and instructors at the Visual Art Center.
The competition and celebration will include many members of the Preble County Community. The artist / participants this year include; Team Patty: Kyle Hamilton, Lisa Wise, Sheriff Mike Simpson, Team Peggy: Steve Maggard, Dr. Earl House, Rev. Dan Denlinger, Team Robert: Becky Morin, Commissioner Rodney Creech, and Debbie Kramer. These folks want art to be available and accessible to the community and to do that they are competing against the one another, trying to “raise votes” for their individual creation. Anyone can vote, and each vote costs $1. The artist attempts to raise as many votes possible to support the PCAA and their education and outreach programs.
All of this comes to a head on April 2nd, when the artists’ pieces are up for sale at a Live Auction, hosted by John Kramer. The participant accumulating the most “value” for their work, wins the notability of being BAGF Artist of the Year.
The evening is filled with great food, drinks and a cash bar, live music, and loads of fun. Not to mention, a healthy dose of competition.
Votes for your favorite candidate can be placed at the Preble County Visual Arts Center, or online at www.takepartinart.net./vote
The proceeds of this year’s Bad Art, Good Folk competition, go to the PCAA, to aid in funding future community programs. In the past two years, the PCAA has greatly expanded its outreach and education resources to the community. Some of the activities, which continue to grow, are the “Youth for Public Art” which guides teen boys in the creation of art in the community, such as murals and sculptures. The PCAA works in conjunction with the Preble County Juvenile Court in helping young adults learn important life skills.
Other community programs, have include Oinkers for Art (the pig painting contest for the Pork Festival), the Preble County Fair (art making and creative experiences for all ages), the Wave Wall at the A.S.K. Playground (an interactive wall for autistic and special needs children; a project reaching over 2500 children this coming year).
In addition to special programs the PCAA is dedicated to fueling creativity in Preble County and fostering a community rich in arts and culture. The PCAA offers various, classes, workshops and activities which provide arts and growth for the county.
Tickets go on sale March 1st. To purchase a ticket, or table, or for more information, call the Preble County Art Association at 937.456.3999.
Youth for Public Art is a program that currently serves at-risk teen boys in Preble County. The boys work with a professional artist to make public art and build skills in art, teamwork, problem solving and community development. The Art Association also provides a family style dinner during which they reflect on challenges or progress made. Transportation for many of the students is also provided.
The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is a nonprofit organization fueling creativity in Preble County. The PCAA operates the Visual Art Center at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton which also house the Clay Cafe, a paint your own pottery studio. More information can be found at www.takepartinart.net. For questions, call 937-456-3999.
The Preble County Art Association is looking for artists of all varieties to participate in the Itty Bitty Art Market. This is an exhibit and fundraiser of all art and handmade items that are less than 7” in any direction. The PCAA is looking for artists, craftsman, community group, adult or child, to submit their works by October 30th at the Visual Art Center of Preble County. Items entered will be for sale from November 5-December 18. This opportunity is also great for groups such as schools, scouts, 4-H or clubs. Participants have the option of keeping 60% of the sale price or donating 100% of the proceeds to the PCAA.
There are no limits to the number of entries and all work must be priced at $5 increments not to exceed $75. Drop off dates are October 28th, 29th and 30th. The market will open on November 5th at 6pm with a preview party from 6pm-8pm. The preview party will cost $5 per person and will provide guests to tiny treats and first dibs on the purchase of itty bitty art. All art can be taken home at time of purchase.All proceeds from this event go to the PCAA’s education and outreach programming. Programs such as Oinkers for Art, Youth for Public Art, Family Workshops and others cannot happen without the support of community donations. We encourage you to spread the art and spread the love by participating in the Itty Bitty Art Market. A complete prospectus can be found at HERE or find out more information by calling 937-456-3999.
If you would like some inspiration for a ceramics project or are a patron of the arts, check out the main gallery for the Clay 2015 exhibit, from September 10th to October 30th. The reception will take place on September 10, from 5:30-7:30. Free clay activities will be available. This is a family friendly event. Five area artists have been invited to show off their best clay pieces, both sculptural and functional.
Dennis Walker is computer science engineer from Piqua who found a new creative outlet in ceramics and glass. He has been taking art glasses at Edison State Community College, the Springfield Museum of Art and Glass Axis in Columbus. Dennis is currently a resident artist at Trade Winds Learning Center and Gallery in Troy.
Cynthia Bornhorst-Winslow of Beavercreek is a Wright State graduate and an adjunct professor at Sinclair. She has a particular interest in the household arts and crafts of women in the Victorian era.
A resident of College Corner, Gail Springer is an accomplished potter who loves to teach. She formerly managed the pottery studio at the Fitton Center for the Arts and currently teaches at Miami University. Gail also teaches wheel throwing at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.
Patty Emerson is also a College Corner resident and former student at Sinclair. Patty had been very involved in the Preble County Art Association over the years, and is currently teaching hand building clay classes at the Visual Arts Center.
The Visual Art Center of Preble County is operated by the Preble County Art Association and also houses the Clay Café. The Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, OH.
The Best of Show winner in the Professional artist category this year was R.L. Lathrop with his oil abstract painting. Andrea Furby's pastel landscape took Best of Show in the Amateur artist category and Wyatt Voge's mixed media piece won Best of Show in the Junior artist category. Mariah Squire's black and white farm scene took Best of Show Amateur photography and Katelyn Niehaus took Best of Show in the Junior photography category with her shot of her pig drinking splashing water. Special thanks to Sherriff Goslin Roofing for generously donating the Best of Show premiums.
The Adult winner of the People's Choice Award went to Aryn Landis with her charcoal and ink drawing of an Indian and horse. Aryn won the People's Choice award as a Junior several years ago, and is currently a student at the School for Advertising Art in Kettering. The Junior People's Choice Award went to Chelsea Allen for her painting of two goats. Chelsea graduated from National Trail this spring. The People's Choice Awards are generously sponsored by Simon Insurance, Skyline Chili of Eaton and new this year, FCL Precision Welding of West Alexandria.
Premiums for all the first place winners were donated by Wallace Heating and Air. Additional premiums were donated by Timken, Joe Kimball Plumbing, CMJ's Repair, C.G. Construction and Utilities, Ellerton Enterprises, and Frebco Industrial Piping. The Preble County Arts Association and the Preble County Agricultural Society would like to thank all of those who supported the Visuals Arts Exhibit at the 2015 Preble County Fair. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Additional winners for the Juniors artwork were as follows: in the Preschool-1st grade categories: Bronson Buckley, 1st place; Brindle Buckley, 2nd place; and James Taylor, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Emily Johnson, 1st place in mixed media/3D. In the 2nd-5th grade categories: Olivia Brooks, 1st place; Isabella Adkins, 2nd place; and Kolby Hamilton, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Addyson House, 1st place; Paige House, 2nd place; and Brooklyn Buckley, 3rd place in mixed media/3D. In the 6th-8th grade categories: Rachel Beeler, 1st place; Emma Weber, 2nd place; and Abigail Utsinger, 3rd place in painting and drawing; Emma Weber, 1st place; and Liberty Chesney, 2nd place in mixed media/3D. In the 9th-12th grade categories; Chelsea Allen, 1st place; Hayley Mays, 2nd place; and Kristen Keener, 3rd place in painting and drawing; and Audrey Chesney, 1st place in mixed media/3D.
Winners for the Juniors photography were as follows: in the People categories: Madison Cole, 1st place; and Kira Chesney, 2nd place for Black and White; Lynnlee Voge, 1st place; Madison Cole, 2nd place; and Emma Walker, 3rd place for Color. In the Architecture categories: Kira Chesney, 1st place for Black and White; Erin Tebbe, 1st place for Color. In the Animals categories: Liberty Chesney, 1st place; and Madison Cole, 2nd place for Black and White; Chyann Kendel, 1st place; Erin Tebbe, 2nd place; and Erin Tebbe, 3rd place for Color. In the Nature categories: Marlee Kern, 1st place; Madison Cole, 2nd place; and Liberty Chesney, 3rd place for Black and White; Lynnlee Voge, 1st place; Erin Tebbe, 2nd place; and Rachel Beeler, 3rd place for Color. In the Other categories: Elise Walker, 1st place; Megan Roell, 2nd place; and Marlee Kern, 3rd place for Color.
Winners for the Adult Amateur artwork were as follows: in the oils and acrylics category: Andrea Furby, 1st place; Aryn Landes, 2nd place; and Kathleen German, 3rd place. In the water media category: Kathleen German, 1st place; and Nora Henning, 2nd place. In the pastels category: Debbie Lathrop, 1st place; and Nora Henning, 2nd place. In the drawing category: Andrea Furby, 1st place; and James Schick, 2nd place. In the mixed media and miscellaneous category: Debbie Lathrop, 1st place; Michelle Buckley, 2nd place; and Aryn Landes, 3rd place. In the 3D category: Aryn Landes, 1st place. In the Senior Citizen category: Loretta Eitel, 1st place.
Winners for the Adult Amateur photography were as follows: in the People categories: Donald Meiners, 1st place; Candice Estep, 2nd place; and Caitlin Craft, 3rd place for Black and White; Amber Weaver, 1st place; Mariah Squire, 2nd place; and Aleesha Voge, 3rd place for Color. In the Architecture categories: Mariah Squire, 1st place; Candice Estep, 2nd place; and Madison Burton, 3rd place for Black and White; Daryl Michael, 1st place; Laurie Taylor, 2nd place; and Candice Estep, 3rd place for Color. In the Animals categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Ann Hall, 2nd place; and Madison Burton 3rd place for Black and White; Candice Estep, 1st place; Kathy Campbell, 2nd place; and Deanna Flaugher, 3rd place for Color. In the Nature categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Madison Burton, 2nd place; and Mariah Squire, 3rd place for Black and White; Candice Estep, 1st place; Daryl Michael, 2nd place; and Kathy Campbell, 3rd place for Color. In the Other categories: Candice Estep, 1st place; Donald Meiners, 2nd place; and Mariah Squire, 3rd place in Black and White; Deanna Flaugher, 1st place; Donald Meiners, 2nd place; and Laurie Taylor, 3rd place for Color.
Winners for the Adult Professional artwork were as follows: in the oils and acrylics category: Phillip Erbaugh, 1st place; Phillip Erbaugh, 2nd place; and Gail Springer, 3rd place. In the water media category: Barbara Easley, 1st place. In the pastels category: Phillip Erbaugh, 1st place; Erica Keener, 2nd place and Richard Lathrop, 3rd place. In the mixed media and miscellaneous category: Richard Lathrop, 1st place; and Gail Springer, 2nd place. In the 3D category: Gail Springer, 1st place; and Gail Springer, 2nd place. Winners in the Adult Professional photography were as follows: Joseph Halberstadt, 1st place, Joseph Halberstadt, 2nd place; and David Porter, 3rd place.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who participated. We received many compliments on the high quality of the exhibit. Keep creating, and good luck at next year's Fair!
My Dog Jack. Printmaking and painting are the primary art mediums for artist Patrick Mauk who creates abstracts that invoke emotions conjured up by thick lines of movement and punches of bright color. Eaton native and the youngest of the exhibitors, is Kyle Wilson whose beautifully crafted drawings bring viewers into a fantastical world filled with creatures that range from playful to fearful.
The exhibit opens July 10, 2015, 5:30-7:30 with Laura Ceville reading her children’s book My Dog Jack and providing free books, stickers and bookmarks while supplies last. A reception will immediately follow. The exhibit will be on display until September 4th.