2015 Annual Juried Competition Awards

posted May 25, 2015, 4:41 PM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated ]

Congratulations to the 2015 Annual Juried Competition Award Winners.
Click Here to see a complete list of exhibiting artists. 

Best of Show
Kathryn Cruz-Uribe “Early Morning Light II” Pastel $300  

First Place
RL Lathrop “Mercenary” Mixed Media $1,500  

Second Place
Steven E. Johnson “Are You O.K.” Photography $150

Third Place
Thomas A. Bartel “Water and Fire” Lamintated Cottonwood, Distressed Pine, New Pine $4,500 

President's Choice
Gail Springer “Slab Scraffito” Ceramic NFS 

Director's Choice
Chet Geiselman “Untitled Bas-Relief #24” Wood NFS 

Honorable Mention
Phil Erbaugh “Steve's Bend” Oil NFS 
Leslie Liszak “X Marks The Spot” Digital Photography $250
Jack Phelps “Big Mike” Pen and Ink $1,000
Betty Vrooman “Cotton Candy Sun” Photography $60 
Regina Whipp “Iam's House” Watercolor $500 

Make a Gift for Your Grad!

posted May 5, 2015, 9:23 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated May 19, 2015, 7:34 AM ]

Come to the Clay Cafe on Friday May 15 from 1pm-8pm and May 16, 11am-4pm, at the Visual Art Center and get ½ off your studio fee. The featured project of the night will be “Gifts for Grads.”
 We will have logos for every school in Preble County, ready and waiting for you to decorate on a wide variety of items.  Mugs (including travel mugs), bowls, vases, tiles - make a truly unique gift, hand painted by you. 
No grad this year?  No problem!  Birthdays, weddings, special occasions and thank yous are all perfect excuses to come in and be creative.  And of course you can always make something special just for you.  We have all sorts of bisque items available, with prices ranging from $4-$20.  The studio fee on May 15 is only $4 for adults and $2.50 for students, and is always free to PCAA members.
The Clay Cafe opens Tuesday-Friday at 1pm and closes at 6pm.  The Clay Cafe is also available after hours with a reservation. Weekend reservations must be made by 5pm on Friday. We strongly encourage groups of 8 or more make a reservation, but it is not necessary. 

2015 Juried Show - Call for Entries

posted Apr 7, 2015, 9:50 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 9:51 AM ]

ENTRIES DUE MAY 13 and 14 (Digital Entries due May 5)

The 2015 juried show is coming soon and we are excited to announce some great changes! The exhibit will be juried by Patrick Mauk who will choose the exhibit and the awards. Photography is included in the mediums and award premiums have been increased. We also have 2 ways to enter! A digital process and the traditional carry in. View the prospectus here.

Painted Pottery Studio Opens in Eaton

posted Apr 3, 2015, 6:18 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 6:33 AM ]

The Preble County Art Association announces the opening of The Clay Cafe, a new paint your own pottery studio at the Visual Art Center of Preble County. The Clay Cafe will allow customers to choose bisqueware (unglazed pottery) and apply glazes to decorate the piece as they like. Once completed the studio fires the pottery in a kiln, resulting in the glassy look of ceramic pieces. “Many people enjoy making art and being creative but a class is not always accessible due to timing” says Executive Director Vicky Fanberg. “Having the Clay Cafe will allow our guests to be creative and artistic when they want to and be able to spend what they want.” 

The Clay Cafe can accommodate people of all ages and skill levels. Prices range from $2- $30 for bisqueware items.  Studio fee, or sitting fee, is free to members of the Preble County Art Association, memberships start at $25 for an individual.  Non-member studio fee is $8 for an adult and $5 for a child.  

The Clay Cafe is open Tuesdays-Wednesdays 1:00-5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 1:00-8:00pm and Saturdays 10:00-4:00pm.  Stop in or call ahead.  We strongly encourage groups of 8 or more make a reservation, but not necessary.  Stop in and paint something for Mother’s Day!

The Clay Cafe and Visual Art Center of Preble County are run by the Preble County Art Association located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton Ohio

Good Folk, Bad Art, Great Success!

posted Apr 1, 2015, 6:43 AM by Vicky Fanberg

Bad Art, Good Folk, the inaugural fundraiser for the Preble County Art Association, was a great success. On Saturday, March 28th, 9 Good Folk, their mentors, friends and family came together at the Gathering Place to raise over $14,000 for the PCAA. 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 $5,798. The win of the night went to Bill Dues who collected $3,396 between his winning bid and votes. The teams were:
Lawyer and recently retired judge Bill Dues, physician Jill Vosler, and Kent Stonecash of Lowman Heating and Air comprise Team Robert, taught by Lakengren artist Robert Coveney.
Adam Fields of Henny Penny, Eaton Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Royer, and County Commissioner Denise Robertson make up Team Patty, taught by College Corner artist Patty Emerson.
Rudi Roth of Ameriprise Financial, Bethany Hewitt of Vancrest Health Center, and Simon Insurance’s Jim Simon are competing on Team Judy, taught by Lakengren artist Judy Thaxton. 

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 support from the community was tremendous and shows how generous and caring Preble County is. 

To read more from our friends at the Register Herald- Click Here!

Bad Art, Good Folk

posted Feb 12, 2015, 11:27 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 11:31 AM ]


Calling all Members

posted Dec 10, 2014, 11:21 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

PCAA Member’s Exhibit 2015 Call for Entries
Entries Due: January 15, 1pm-5pm and January 16, 1pm-7pm

Entry form can be found below.

Brush with Wildlife - Walden

posted Nov 3, 2014, 7:49 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 6:31 AM ]

The Visual Arts Center of Preble County is proud to host "Brush with Wildlife", an exhibit of nationally recognized wildlife artist Christopher Walden and his sons Logan and Brennan. Please join the Visual Art Center in celebrating the Waldens' works at a public reception on Saturday, November 15th from 6:00 to 8:30 in the evening.  The Walden family will be attending and Chris will be demonstrating his technique during the reception.
A native of Aukland, New Zealand, Chris now calls West Elkton, Ohio home.  Chris' very realistic style and his ability to capture life in the animal kingdom have endeared him to many collectors around the world.  His artwork vibrantly portrays the passion and beauty of the natural world.  
Chris feels passionately about giving back to the lands and animals he paints by making sure that they are still around for many generations to come to enjoy. To accomplish this mission Chris has teamed up with national and local conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the Three Valley Conservation Trust in Oxford to lend his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger.  Chris' involvement with these groups has given him the opportunity to share his artwork and his views on preservation with a wide group of people in the Preble County area and across the country.
Following in their father's footsteps, two of Chris' five children will be joining him in the exhibit.  Logan is a graphic designer and illustrator passionate about the harmonious fusion between sound and visual art.  His younger brother Brennan is a student at Miami University interested in video game design and digital art.
The exhibit opens November 14 and runs through December 19th. More information about Christopher Walden can be found at www.waldensgallery.com.

Photography show to be juried by Richard Jurus

posted Aug 28, 2014, 12:20 PM by Erin Abney

Richard Jurus is a tenured faculty member at Sinclair Community College. Jurus’s photographic work has appeared in numerous regional, national, and international juried art exhibitions. His work has been featured in 46 solo exhibitions and 159 juried exhibitions. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Butler Institute of American Art, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Dayton Art Institute, The Erie Museum of Art, The Ohio University, The Richmond Art Museum, The University of Dayton and Youngstown State University as well as numerous private collections.

Pastel Invitational July 8th to August 15th

posted Jun 13, 2014, 8:14 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 1:20 PM ]

This summer, the artwork of award-winning artists from Ohio and Indiana will be on display at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.   Artists from Aurora, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis as well as Dayton, Richmond and Eaton in this Pastel Invitational exhibit.
First created in the 15th century and used by Leonardo da Vinci, pastels gained popularity among Impressionist artists of the late 19th century and have been used ever since to create vibrant and expressive works that are somewhere between paintings and drawings.  Portraits are the most traditional subjects, though modern artists have expanded into landscapes, still life and abstracts. 
Featuring a wide spectrum of subjects and styles, the Pastel Invitational exhibit showcases the surprising versatility of this often underappreciated medium.   The work of local and regional artists ranges from plein air (painted in the outdoors) landscapes to courtroom sketches and everything in between. 
The artists in this exhibit were invited due to the quality of their work and the uniqueness of their vision.  They include Richard Lathrop from Eaton; Donna Brinkman from Dayton; Thelma Frame from Richmond; Carol Strock Wasson from Union City; Ray Hassard, Marlene Steele and Sheila Fleischer from Cincinnati, Pam Newell and Mary Ann Davis from Indianapolis; and Don Gardi from Aurora. 
This exhibit will open on July 8 and continue through August 15th.  A public reception will take place at the Art Center on Friday, July 11th from 6pm to 8pm - many of the invited artists are expected to attend.  The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

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