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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.

Art Camp Spaces Available, While they last!

posted Jun 11, 2014, 1:06 PM by Erin Abney

With classes nearly sold out Summer Art Camp is in full swing, but there is still time to register for the last half of June!

The Visual Arts Center of Preble County has seen record numbers this year in our Summer Art Camp program, with classes filling up and selling out. As week two comes to a close, there is still time to register for our last two weeks, June 16th – 20th and June 23rd – 27th . Space is limited! Camp options still available are:

June 16th – 20th : Half-Day option, 1pm to 4pm for our highly popular Animation Station.
June 23rd – 27th : Half-Day & Full-Day options, 9am to noon for Play with Clay, and 1pm to 4pm for Art for All of Us.

Don't wait! Call us at 937-456-3999 to register. Half-Day camps are $75 for PCAA members and $95 for non-members, and Full-Day camps are $150 for PCAA members and $190 for non-members. Cost covers all the materials needed for the week of camp.

The Preble County Art Association is a non-profit organization focusing on outreach, education, and exhibitions. Our goal is to provide arts and growth to our county with the support of community members like you. The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio. You can contact us at 937-456-3999. 

Oinkers for Art!

posted May 30, 2014, 12:58 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Jul 22, 2014, 6:45 AM ]

The Visual Arts Center of Preble County is teaming up with The Preble County Pork Festival to decorate the town with ten painted stone pigs. Paint them with realistic, paint them fantastical, paint them abstract, the choice is yours! Once your chosen piggy is painted and displayed for all to see around the town, then it is off to the races as they will be moved to the Preble County Fair in front of the Rotary Junction for judging. The winning pig will earn its painter $100, with 2nd place earning $75, and 3rd earning $50.

The contest is open to everyone of all ages. Teams can also be formed but can have no more than 5 people per team. Designs must be submitted to be considered for the competition and submitted with an entry form. Deadline to enter is August 8th, 2014. Questions? Want to pick up a form? Give us a call at 937-456-3999 or stop in to visit us at 601 Hill Crest Drive. We are open 1pm to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday. 

Plein Air Workshop Coming in July

posted May 27, 2014, 8:50 AM by Erin Abney   [ updated May 29, 2014, 8:48 AM ]

Plein air painters can hone their skills this summer during a one day workshop at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County. Ray Hassard, a internationally recognized artist from Cincinnati, will be teaching the workshop on Saturday, July 19th.

The workshop will begin at 8 am with optional coffee and snacks at the Art Center in Eaton 
where students can view the Pastel Invitational exhibit (which includes works by Ray). The location of the workshop is to be determined. There Ray will conduct the workshop from 9am to 4:30 pm. Ray will be working in pastel, but oils and water-based media are also welcome and a supply list will be provided.

The cost of the workshop is $75 for Preble County Art Association members (annual membership is only $25!) and $95 for non-members and includes lunch. Registration is limited to 15 students. Students can register by calling the Art Center at (937) 456-3999 or emailing at office@takepartinart.net.

2014 Juried Show Winners

posted May 27, 2014, 8:30 AM by Erin Abney

This year's Annual Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County drew a good crowd as the reception was combined with the Preble County Chamber of Commerce's After Hours event.  Visitors were greeted outside by New Lebanon artist Roy Adams as he turned iron pieces into beautiful works of art at his portable forge. Inside, New Paris artist Erin Abney helped visitors channel their creativity into making their own art to take home.

Local and regional artists who participated in the show were also on hand to receive news of awards.  Awards were determined by juror Greg Clem, an Assistant Professor of Art at Edison Community College in Piqua, who noted how impressed he was by the high quality of work in the show.  Top honors went to three-dimensional works.  Tom Bartel won Best of Show as a professional artist for his wood sculpture "Lantern Sail".   Richard Spence received the Promising Artist award as an amateur artist for his whimsical sculpture "Walken".

Merit Awards for professional artists were granted to Phillip Erbaugh, Judy Thaxton, Tom Bartel, Jack Phelps, Lawrence Sexton and Kyle Wilson.  David Doughty and Marcia Weidner received Honorable Mention.  For amateur artists, Merit Awards were granted to Madison Perry, Maggie McCollum, Marion Arnold and Richard Spence.  Debbie Lathrop received an Honorable Mention.

The exhibit will continue through June 27 and visitors are welcome to stop in and enjoy works from local artists. The next exhibit is a Pastel Invitational, featuring award winning pastel artists from Ohio and Indiana.  This show is open July 8th through August 15th, with a public reception on July 11th.

The Preble County Art Association is a non-profit organization focusing on outreach, education, and exhibitions. Our goal is to provide arts and growth to our county with the support of community members like you. The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio. You can contact us at 937-456-3999.

Youth for Public Art

posted May 27, 2014, 8:29 AM by Erin Abney

Join the Preble County Art Association and The Preble County Juvenile Court June 6th from 4pm to 5pm for the unveiling of a mural created by court involved teens. The event will be hosted at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County, right across from the Eaton High School.

This mural is part of a program called Youth for Public Art. YPA focuses on court involved teens, offering a mentoring experience and fostering pride for themselves and the community. Because the art they will be making is for the public, students are forced to look at the larger role they play in society. Please join us to celebrate their work and show them how they are a significant piece of our community.

The Preble County Art Association is a non-profit organization focusing on outreach, education, and exhibitions. Our goal is to provide arts and growth to our county with the support of community members like you. The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio. You can contact us at 937-456-3999. 

Headstart Visits Art Center

posted Apr 21, 2014, 2:24 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 21, 2014, 2:29 PM ]

The Visual Arts Center welcomed two great classes from the Preble County Educational Service Center on April 17th as part of a field trip program where kids got to come in and view our facility as well as the great art on display! Aside from learning a bit about what makes art what it is and a little about our facility, the kids also got to partake in a miniature art project where they were able to color their own pictures of our feline mascot, Gilda. Check out Gilda's great new colors, and make sure to stop by and visit us!

10am Visitors - See all. 

2pm Visitors - See all.

2014 Summer Art Camps

posted Apr 18, 2014, 12:46 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 10:29 AM ]

The Preble County Visual Arts Center is now accepting registrations for our new and improved Summer Art Camps. Find registration forms and class information at our website camps.takepartinart.net, or give us a call at 937-456-3999. We love to hear from you!

Our annual Summer Art Camps each run for a week, and this year each week is an all new experience. What does that mean for you and your child? It means that for the first time ever you can sign your child up for multiple camps to take advantage of tons of summer fun!

If you can’t make one week, don’t worry! We have multiple options for you, including half-day and full-day packages. Pre-K art camp is new this year and is the first week of June. The last 3 weeks of June each offer experiences for K-6 graders. Choose camps based on pottery, painting, photography, stop motion animation and more. All camps are designed to teach the foundations of art and to build artistic skills.

Registration fees include all the materials your child will need. All half-day camps are $75 for PCAA members and $95 for non-members, while all full-day camps are $150 for PCAA members and $190 for non-members.

Remember, you can find our entire camp list, detailing each event, on our website at camps.takepartinart.net. Questions or concerns? Want to go over some of the details or get more information on each camp? Then please give us a call at 937-456-3999. Our office staff would love to help you. We are in office Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm, but you can call outside those hours and leave us a message and we will get back to you.

The 2014 Juried Show

posted Apr 10, 2014, 1:44 PM by Erin Abney   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 1:54 PM ]

Spring marks the return of the Annual Juried Art Show at the Visual Arts Center in Eaton, featuring all the best professional and amateur artists Preble County has to offer. This year the exhibit will be on display from May 15th to June 27th, with a public reception on Thursday, May 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The juror for the Show is Greg Clem, an Assistant Professor of Art at Edison Community College in Piqua. Greg received his MFA from University of Cincinnati in 2008, with an emphasis in sculpture. His artwork incorporates a variety of materials and processes, including sculpture, photography, painting and printmaking, as well as video and sound.

Interested artists may enter up to five 2D and 3D works in multiple mediums, except photography. Entries fees for PCAA members are $10 each or 5 for $40. Fees for non-members are $12 each or 5 for $50. Entry forms and artwork must be dropped off at the Art Center on May 8th and 9th, from 1-7pm. Artists may enter as either professionals or amateurs and awards will be given in both categories, including $150 Best of Show for professionals and $100 Promising Artist for amateurs. 

Additional monetary merit awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. 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 1-7pm. They may also be downloaded HERE, where additional information and directions can be found. Questions? Call the Art Center at (937) 456-3999 or email at office@takepartinart.net.

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