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An Itty Bitty Way to get Involved in the Arts

posted Nov 1, 2016, 11:30 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 11:31 AM ]

The Preble County Art Association is looking for artists of all varieties to participate in the Itty Bitty Art Market. This exhibit is a winter market and fundraiser for artist to sell their wares. All items should be handmade and less than 12” in any direction. The PCAA is looking for artists, craftsman, community group, adult or child, to submit their works by November 23rd  at the Visual Art Center of Preble County. Items entered will be for sale from December 5 - January 20th. 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 November 15-23 during normal business hours. The market will open on December 2, 6pm with a Tiny Tastings preview party from 6pm-8pm. The preview party will cost $5 per person and will provide guests with 5 holiday inspired drink samplings 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 www.takepartinart.net or find out more information by calling 937-456-3999. The PCAA operated the Visual Art Center and Clay Cafe located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. Eaton Ohio.

FALL CLASSES- Open Registration

posted Aug 5, 2016, 11:25 AM by Vicky Fanberg

Fall Class Brochure is here! Our first session begins September 13th with the exception of our NEW HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM which begins September 6. New classes and workshops have been added and cover painting, ceramics, sewing and more! Check our the brochure HERE. 

Grant from The Dayton Foundation Grows Pottery

posted Jul 7, 2016, 11:43 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 4:08 PM by Erin Abney ]

The Preble County Art Association is happy to share that our pottery studio is growing! With grant funding from The Signa W. Zimmerman Memorial Trust Fund of the Dayton Foundation, we have been able to purchase a slab roller for use in our pottery studio. “Having more equipment in our clay studio allows students, staff and instructors work more efficiently” states Executive Director, Vicky Fanberg. “With young students especially, we sometimes avoid really great projects that require slab construction because of the time it takes to prepare enough clay for each student. An instructor can now spend 5 minutes prepping clay for the class instead of a half hour.”

Slab rollers roll out clay in large flat sheets. This is a very helpful tool for the pottery studio because it allows staff and instructors to roll out clay quickly and efficiently for workshops, classes and camps. Without a slab roller, slabs are prepared much like cookie dough which because of the size of the rolling pin and countertop can limit the size of slabs and requires a lot of time and manpower. 

Giving more tools and equipment to students and instructors allows for many more options of classes and workshops. We can continue to share the arts and make them accessible to the county, offering creative entertainment, education and a sense of place.

We would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to the Dayton Foundation and The Signa W. Zimmerman Memorial Trust Fund  for making the this project possible. The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped caring individuals to establish and manage charitable funds and be part of the Foundation’s 93-year history of awarding nonprofits over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars. Through the Foundation, these donors have supported the building of a stronger community through philanthropy and leadership. More information about The Dayton Foundation and its services is available at www.daytonfoundation.org.  Foundation and community support is necessary to keep the arts alive in Preble County. The Preble County Art Association operates the Visual Art Center and Clay Café located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio.

ARTS NIGHT. see.hear.do.

posted Jun 29, 2016, 10:29 AM by Vicky Fanberg

The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) presents Arts Night on July 21, from 6pm-8pm at the Visual Art Center of Preble County. This event is a collaboration between the PCAA and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO) focused on celebrating art and music in an interactive setting. The evening will feature the opening exhibit of work by artists Chris Shatsby and Terry Vance, live performance by The Wing Walkers and free activities including instrument making, clay, origami and pastel projects and an instrument petting zoo. All activities are free and provided by the PCAA and the RSO with support from West End Bank.

The exhibit is a two-person show featuring local pastel artist, Chris Shatsby of Lewisburg, Ohio and his long-time friend, potter, Terry Vance of Hillsboro, Ohio.

Shatsby, now 83 years old, currently works in abstract pastels but retired from Wright St

ate University as a ceramics instructor.  Vance was a student of Shatsby and went on to teach art for 36 years. Now she is retired and pursuing her own clay interests. Whether you’re looking to buy art or just want to be inspired, this duo show will not disappoint. Their works will be on display from July 21 - Sept 30th.

The Wing Walkers include Michael Kalter on guitar and lead vocals; Doug Hamilton, on violin and Noah Cope on upright bass. The Wing Walkers perform in Ohio and Indiana. More information about the trio can be found at http://www.thewingwalkersband.com. For questions, call (937) 456-3999 or email education@takepartinart.net.

Enter Art in the Preble County Fair

posted Jun 23, 2016, 1:57 PM by Vicky Fanberg

Did you know ANYONE can enter art in the Preble County Fair? There are categories for ages 3-103! You can pre-register through the fair board by clicking here. You can also register when you drop off your artwork. All works must follow the framing and installation guidelines in the Fair Book. 

Drop off times:
Thursday,July 28 4pm-7pm
Friday, July 29, 10am-3pm


Call for Entries-Get Paid for Your Art!

posted May 31, 2016, 9:42 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 3:03 PM ]

The PCAA has partnered up with Henny Penny to exhibit art in their corporate office and the best
part is, artists will get paid to lend thier work out! To be considered, artists must submit their work either digitally or in person as indicated on the prospectus (see pdf below). Deadlines are in July, 2016. 

2016 Summer Camp Registration

posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:24 PM by Vicky Fanberg

Summer Camp Registration is NOW OPEN! We have expanded our offerings and include 6 weeks of camps for grades K-6, a Pre-K Camp and one for teens. For more information visit our Camp Website. 

Not So Bad Art

posted Apr 6, 2016, 2:28 PM by Vicky Fanberg

It is called Bad Art, Good Folk.  But is it?  In this case, the Preble County Art Association could argue that there was not one bad thing about this event.   The 2nd Annual Bad Art, Good Folk, was hosted by the PCAA on Saturday, April 2.  Truthfully, the Bad Art was anything but bad.  The evening yielded a generous $24,000 from supporters.
Nine Good Folk, their mentors, friends and family came together at The Grange for the festivities.  The evening included a dinner of heavy Hor Deurves, live music from XXXX, a variety of other refreshments,  and a no-holds-barred auction, at the guidance of John Kramer. 
The nine Good Folk were split into three teams who competed to raise the most votes (worth $1 each) and collect the highest bids. Team Robert went home with the team trophies raising $11,305. The Single Artist win went to Kyle Hamilton who collected $3,389 between his winning bid and votes. 
The teams included:  Kyle Hamilton of Opti-Vise, Sheriff Mike Simpson and Lisa Wise taught by Patty Emerson. Steve Maggard of Henny Penny, Earl House of Summit Chiropractic and Pastor Dan Denlinger  were coached by Peggy Schuning. Commissioner Rodney Creech, Debbie Kramer and Becky Morin were guided by Robert Coveney.

The Preble County Art Association would like to thank all of the Good Folk, the team leaders and committee members who made the event successful. The community support has once again been astonishing. Funds raised from this event support PCAA programs that serve the community and make Preble County rich in arts and culture.  


posted Apr 4, 2016, 2:07 PM by Vicky Fanberg

It’s that time of year for getting outside, leaving windows open, bike riding to work and simply marveling over the magnificence of nature’s transformational rebirth.  It’s also time when the Preble County Art Association begins preparing for its annual Juried Art Show at the Visual Arts Center in Eaton.  We are very fortunate to have a number of locally gifted professional and amateur artists from Preble County display art for the show. This year the exhibit will be on display from May 20 - July 15 with a reception May 20, 6 -8PM.

The juror for the show will be Kelly Sexton, Director of Programs & Education for K12 Gallery & TEJAS in Dayton. Kelly received her BFA from Wright State University in 2008. She has served as Program Director for K12 Gallery & TEJAS since 2007 and became Director of Education in 2014. Kelly was awarded a partnership-of-the-year award for her work with Career Based Intervention at Mound Street Academy in 2011, and was Chair of Community Programs for Youth through UpDayton in 2010. As an affiliate for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Kelly enjoys the process of facilitating the adjudication and exhibition for teens in 9 counties across the Miami Valley. 

Any local artist, amateur or professional, wishing to showcase their talents in the show may submit entries in any medium. No age limit necessary. Those mediums consist of but are not limited to: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Pastel, Mixed media, Sculpture, Wood, Textiles, and Pottery. Information about entries and fees: $25 for up to 3 pieces for PCAA members, $5 each additional piece. For non-members, the fee will be $30 for up to 3 pieces and $5 each additional piece. Entries may be submitted digitally or in person. Digital entries can be delivered on CD or e-mailed to director@takepartinart.net by April 29, 2016. Images must be sent in JPEG format, labeled “lastname_firstname_ title.jpeg”. If e-mailed, please mail or drop off payment and form or call to pay by credit card. Artists submitting work digitally will be notified by May 5th of their acceptance. Accepted works must be delivered by 6pm on May 12th.
In person drop offs are on either Wednesday, May 11, 1pm-5pm, or Thursday, May 12 from 1pm-6pm. Checks should be made payable to PCAA. An entry form should accompany entries. All work must be available for the entire exhibit. 

Awards include a $250 Best of Show award, $150 for First Place, $100 for Second Place and $75 for Third Place. Additionally, there are $100 President’s Choice and $75 Director’s Choice awards. 

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 1-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm.  They may also be downloaded from the web: www.takepartinart.net where additional information and directions can be found. For questions, call the Art Center at (937) 456-3999 or email at director@takepartinart.net.  

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