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Fall Classes and the Clay 2015 Show

posted Aug 28, 2015, 9:30 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated Aug 28, 2015, 9:53 AM ]

Autumn Classes Staring Now

Fall means back to school and back to creativity too!  Classes are now available for the fall session at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.  Kids can take a drawing class, create their own super heroes or get dirty with clay.  Teens and grown ups can take classes too.  Painting and drawing, knitting, piano lessons, and of course the ever popular ceramics hand building and wheel throwing.  Friday night Unwind and Create and Saturday Family Art Days will also be happening throughout the season.  Classes and workshops start the week of Labor Day.  Not up for a class or workshop? No problem, the Clay Café is Preble County’s only paint your own pottery studio and will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Just call for hours. Schedules and details are available at the Art Center or online here.
 

Clay 2015 - Our First Exhbit All About Clay

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.   
 
Tess Little
is a professor of art at Sinclair Community College.  She has been very involved in public outreach in the Dayton area, and has produced public work in the area, including "The Many Faces of Dayton" photo mural at Sinclair.  She received her BFA at Wright State and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan before returning to the Dayton area.
 
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.

Congratulations to Fair Winners!

posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:26 AM by Vicky Fanberg

Preble County residents showed off their creative side in a big way at the fair this year.  The Visual Arts exhibit at the Preble County Fair had over 250 entries, including photographs, paintings, drawings and pottery.   As in previous years, visitors to the exhibit could have their faces painted or draw and color on paper.  New this year, fairgoers could paint their own tiles or create their own clay sculptures with materials provided by the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.  Visitors were also treated to demonstrations of pottery throwing by artists Gail Springer and Patty Emerson.

 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!

Oinkers for Art Entry Forms Available!

posted Jul 10, 2015, 7:26 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Aug 13, 2015, 4:52 PM by Erin Abney ]

Design entries are due August 14th. Read all about it here!

Beyond Tradition, July 10 -Sept 4

posted Jun 26, 2015, 6:25 AM by Vicky Fanberg

The Preble County Art Association presents Beyond Tradition, an exhibit that explores local artists making contemporary art. The exhibit includes  artists Amy Kollar Anderson, David Ackels, Laura Ceville, Patrick Mauk and Kyle Wilson. These artists represent a variety of mediums including painting, screen printing, collage, mixed media and drawing. Anderson’s work brings to question identity and transformation as she blends old and new, surreal and real. Ackles, a Dayton native brings street art  to the gallery walls with his urban culture inspired works. Ackels is best known for representing skateboarding as a filmmaker and board artist. Ceville is an artist who is always looking for new mediums to explore for her charming and lighthearted artworks. She has also used watercolor to create illustrations for her book
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.

2015 Preble County Fair Art and Photo Entries

posted Jun 18, 2015, 6:25 AM by Vicky Fanberg

The Preble County Fair is accepting art and photography entries to exhibit during the fair, August 1-8, 2015. Online registration is open now until July 29th. In person registrations and drop offs will take place July 30, 4p-7p and July 31, 9a-12p.  Fair passes must be purchased to exhibit and fees for entries are required (see rules regarding certain exceptions). Changes to Photography have been made in all classes so please read the rule book. 
Judging guidelines can be found in the fair book. Tips on presenting your work can be found here

Click HERE to visit the Preble County Fair Website. 

2015 Annual Juried Competition Awards

posted May 25, 2015, 4:41 PM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated May 27, 2015, 6:05 AM ]

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 


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!

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