Cookie Donations: If you are baking for Whispering Christmas, please drop cookies of on Saturday between 1pm and 4pm.
The Private Collection of Lila Mason, Including a Complete Set of Rosie McNees Pen & Ink Prints
The PCAA will be exhibiting the Private Collection of Lila Mason during the month of December. Lila joined the PCAA as a charter member in 1966 after meeting Selma Dusenberry, one of the original PCAA founders, and helped with rebuilding the organization after the 1987 fire that gutted the historic St. Clair Building which originally housed the Arts Association. Her interest in art started at a young age and after taking multiple classes her artistic talents have expanded to cover a number of mediums, including oils, pastels, charcoal, poured ink, and ceramics.
Lila's exhibit will be showcasing over fifty of her own original works as well as thirty five of Rosie McNees's art. “I've started downsizing, and I rather see Rosie's work enjoyed and on display rather than in storage” she said when asked about her decision to include them in her show. “I'm sad to see them go but I'll be happy to know that they aren't just gathering dust.” Over her lifetime Rosie McNees won more than six hundred awards for her artwork throughout her career and was named “Woman of the Year 1989” by the local Women’s Business and Professional Association. Lila is selling a complete set of Rosie's pen and ink prints as well as a complete set of silk screen prints.
Lila's exhibit will be running from December 3rd to December 20th during open hours of the PCAA, Tuesday thru Saturday 1pm to 5pm. There will be a reception for her exhibit on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm and we encourage everyone to come out to view the work and meet the artist.
Our winter 2014 classes will be kicking off the week of January 28th with an all new look and for all ages, including preschoolers ages 18 months to 5 years old! For our younger artists some of our new classes will explore classic art techniques, put words to the page with the art of story telling, and create one of a kind movies with claymation. Need a class a little more grown up? Join us for our beginning to intermediate painting or drawing class, learn how to knit a cozy scarf, or come in on Friday nights for fun, food, and drink as you create a painting start to finish!
Prices vary per class and all PCAA members will receive alternate special pricing. Want to enroll your children in our kid classes? We are also offering a discount of $5 off each enrolled sibling! Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all classes and we reserve the right to cancel due to low enrollment.
We would like to remind all of our members that we will be having a member's meeting on November 14th at 7pm. This meeting will serve as a meet-and-greet for our new Executive Director Vicky Fanberg, so please come with any questions or concerns you may have as we will try to get them answered. Also, we will be having a special guest at this meeting, Erin Holcombe. Erin is an Art Therapist in-training, and received her Master of Education in Art Therapy and Counseling from the University of Louisville. Originally from Fairborn, OH she attended Wright State University for her Bachelor’s in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. Erin’s experience includes doing Art Therapy with Alzheimer’s patients in an outpatient setting, as well as working in a school setting with students who have Learning Differences. She hopes to eventually get back to working in a school system as an Art Therapist/Counselor.
The PCAA will be starting an Art Guild which will meet the first Tuesday of the month starting at 6pm. During these Art Guild meetings we encourage artists to bring out their works in progress, finished works, or even their blank canvases and speak with other artists of the area. We will provide a space to work but artists are responsible for their own materials. It is our goal to help local artists connect with their peers and give them a place to swap ideas, work, and the option to critique. The Art Guild is FREE to members and will cost $5 for non-members. We are offering the first attended meeting free. Due to elections, November's meeting will be held Tuesday, November 12th.
The Preble County Arts Association is proud to introduce you to our newly appointed Executive Director, Vicky Fanberg.
Vicky grew up in Englewood, Ohio before her studies led her to Greenville, North Carolina where she enrolled at East Carolina University. While taking classes she worked at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge as the Exhibitions and Events Coordinator and instructor where she worked with regional artists and maintained three exhibit spaces and served as an instructor. During her down time she enjoyed exploring the local hiking trails with her husband or working in her flower and vegetable garden. After receiving her MFA with a concentration in community arts management (as well as earning her yellow thumb in gardening) she returned to Englewood, Ohio where she now lives with her husband and two daughters.
Since moving back to the area Vicky has worked as the Education and Engagement Coordinator at the Victoria Theatre Association where she managed programming to support education and community engagement as well as fostered partnerships with other community organizations, including schools and arts organizations. She also worked for two years with the Piqua Arts Council as their Executive Director where she led the organization to develop and promote artistic programs and experiences for the community. Supplementing arts education in the Piqua school systems was at the forefront of the organization’s mission, making her responsible for developing academic relationships and advocating for the arts.
Vicky started with the PCAA on October 16th and feels that our association echoes time at her favorite job with the Pitt County Arts Council due to our small and tightly knit community as well as our facility and her ability to be hands-on with the visual arts. “There is a lot of potential for growth and for taking art into other places of the community” she states and hopes that sometime in the near future the PCAA as an organization will be able to partner with others of our community for new programs, shows, and exhibits that have a more far reaching affect than just within our own walls.
Vicky is currently a member of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Americans for the Arts and American Alliance for Theatre Education. She has also served as a grant panelist for Montgomery County and Gate Way Arts Council and has been a juror for a number of exhibits.
We at the PCAA hope that you share in our excitement as we welcome Vicky to our team and invite you to stop by for a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you have questions for her or just want to discuss the best spots for hiking or finest vegetarian eateries the area has to offer we encourage you to not be shy and come give us a visit!
Just in time for the holidays the PCAA would like to invite you to our Fall Card-making Class, taught by local artist Jessica Adams.
Our Fall Card-making Class will be hosted on October 19th from 2pm to 4pm and is for ages 13 and up. Tuition for this class will be $15. The cards made will feature themes such as autumn, harvest, and Thanksgiving. In the two hour workshop you will learn the basics of making scrap book-style cards. During the session you will create up to three unique handmade cards. This class is great for those who want to create festive, one of a kind cards for special events or those who never know what kind of card to pick up from the store. Materials will be provided. To sign up or if you have any questions please call the PCAA main office at 456-3999.
The PCAA would like to invite all photographers to enter our 5th annual Photography Juried Show!
This year the PCAA's Photography Juried Show will be held from November 5th to the 27th and is open to all photographers. Participants can choose if they would like to enter in our amateur or professional division and can enter a total of up to three pieces. Entered works must fall into one of our seven categories (animals, architecture, action/events, flora, landscapes, people, and miscellaneous). Our judge for this year is local photographer Terry Mann.
Entries must be framed and behind glass unless being displayed on printable canvas , with picture
hanging wire attached (no saw-tooth hangers). Prices listed on the entry form must reflect this commission. Indicate those not for sale with “NFS”. The deadline for entries is October 29th at 5pm and entry drop-off will be Friday, November 1st between 1pm and 5pm. Awards will be presented at the November 9th public reception (2pm to 4pm). Entry Forms can be picked up from the PCAA main office during normal business hours, Tuesday thru Saturday, between 1pm and 5pm.
For more information please call us at 937-456-3999, or email us at email@example.com. Detailed directions to the Fine Arts Center may be found here. Our normal business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm to 5pm.
Come see the photography of Terry Mann
at the Preble County Art Center during the month of September.
Artist Statement: “Through my images, the exploration of earth and sky will guide the viewer to visions that they knew where there but could not always clearly see. Simply walking outside, slowing down, looking and listening can make such a difference in what you see and feel. Imaging subjects other than people requires a connection to nature. Here you work with nature's schedule, not your own. You do not create the images. The images are there if you know how to see them and capture that moment. For me, this is the best kind of photography.”
Terry Mann of West Manchester, Ohio, took an interest in photography in her early twenties and participated in many photography courses while she was in college. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and has traveled extensively, though her favorite locations to photograph are out west in states such as Utah and Arizona due to their darker skies. Future locations that she would love to visit and photograph are Machu Picchu as well as Greece. She will be displaying her work from September 3rd to September 28th, with a public reception being held on September 7th from 2pm to 4pm.
For more information please call us at 937-456-3999, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Detailed directions to the Fine Arts Center may be found at here. Our normal business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm to 5pm.
The PCAA would like to invite you to enter our upcoming theme show, Body & Soul!
This year’s show is dedicated to the enthusiasm and friendship of members Louise Bennett and Ione Hiestand, and was suggested by Louise Bennett before her passing. What artwork best illustrates this connection or disconnection to you? We want to know! Enter our theme show and show us what you think. The joy in these theme shows is the diversity of creations and how each person interprets the year’s theme.
The show is open to both professional and non-professional artists 18 years of age and older. There is NO ENTRY FEE and the entry deadline is September 27th, 2013 at 5pm. Any entered piece must relate to the theme, Body & Soul, and show your interpretation of what that means. There is a limit of three entries per person and pieces can be done in any medium except for video or installation and entered pieces cannot have been shown at any previous PCAA show. Wall-hung pieces must be ready to hang securely and are limited to 90” each direction and be wire hung, as we cannot except sawtooth hangers. 3D works must be able to stand on their own.
We will award one Best of Show which will be based on viewer vote and it will be announced at the October 5th (2pm to 4pm) public reception. The PCAA reserves the right to select works for the show. Art owners assume responsibility for insuring their submitted works. All reasonable care in handling submitted works is exercised by the PCAA and its members but the organization and its members are not liable for any loss or damage. We encourage participants to offer their submitted works for sale but it is not required. The PCAA retains a 25% commission on all sales. Works left at the PCAA for more than 15 days after the show become the property of the PCAA. If you wish to participate but cannot make it to artwork drop-off or pick-up please call or email us to make other arrangements.
For more information please call the PCAA at 937-456-3999 or email us at email@example.com.
Artwork of animals won the hearts of the fairgoers this year
at the Preble County Fair. The People's
Choice Awards, sponsored by Simon Insurance and Skyline Chili in Eaton, went to
a colored pencil drawing of an indigo bunting and an oil of a palomino horse,
both created by long time 4H members.
The winner of the Adult Award was Alyson Hood of Eaton, Ohio
and her untitled colored pencil drawing of an indigo bunting. Alyson's painting also won first place in the
amateur drawing category. It was
originally her entry in this year's Allwood Avian Art contest, where she placed
A 2013 graduate of Eaton High School who attended CTC,
Alyson will be taking classes at the School of Advertising Art in Kettering,
studying graphic design. This is the
first year that she entered artwork as an adult. Alyson has been in 4H for 10 years, and this
she year had a leadership project at the fair.
She also was second runner up Fair Queen.
The Junior Award winner was Aryn Landes of Brookville with
her painting titled "Wildfire".
Aryn will be a junior this year at Dayton Christian School. After graduation she would like to attend the
School of Advertising Art in Kettering and become a graphic designer. Her painting was also chosen second runner up
for Best of Show at the Fair. It is her
first painting in oil.
Aryn has been in 4H for eight years, and this year she won
2nd Place with her pig and Champion with her middle weight market goat. She is also the
State Fair representative in cooking, winning with her garden herb bread and
The awards were announced on Friday following the Sale of
Champions. Aryn and Alyson were both
present to accept their awards, as were sponsors Jim Simon, owner of Simon
Insurance in Eaton and Tiffany Moreland, who owns Skyline Chili in Eaton with
her husband Josh.
This is the second year for the People's Choice Awards,
which have proven to be very popular with the fairgoers. Over 650 votes were cast throughout the
week. Preble County Art Association
member Richard Lathrop, who helped organize the exhibit, reported that not only
did the award encourage people stop in the Flower, Art and Photography
Building, but also to more closely examine the art. "Most of the voters took their time and
carefully looked at each piece before making a decision. They seemed happy to be able to reward their
Fairgoers could also immerse themselves in art by drawing on
large sheets of paper hung on one of the walls or coloring drawings of Gilda,
the Preble Fine Arts Center's gallery cat.
Face painting by artists from the Art Center was also available.