FALL CLASSES- Open Registration

posted Aug 5, 2016, 8:25 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, 8:43 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 1:08 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, 7:29 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, 10:57 AM 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, 6:42 AM by Vicky Fanberg   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 12:03 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, 12:24 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, 11:28 AM 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, 11:07 AM 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.  


posted Feb 26, 2016, 11:05 AM by Vicky Fanberg

The Preble County Art Association invites you to attend the 2nd yearly installment of Bad Art, Good Folk. This year’s Gala Event, Bad Art, Good Folk, 2016, will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, at the Grange, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the entire evening of events and a Heavy Hors D’oeuvres Munchfest, is $25 per person or $200 per table of nine. You may call 456-3999 to make reservations or visit the Visual Art Center at 601 Hillcrest Dr. Eaton. We ask that payment be made at the time of the Reservation to ensure enough merriment for ALL.
This year’s competition and celebration will feature many members of the Preble County Community Artist Superstars of Tomorrow. The artist / participants this year include, Kyle Hamilton, Lisa Wise, Sheriff Mike Simpson, Steve Maggard, Dr. Earl House, Rev. Dan Denlinger, Becky Morin, Commissioner Rodney Creech, and Debbie Kramer. The instructors / team leaders this year are Patty Emerson, Peggy Schuning, and Robert Coveney. 
Good Art, Bad Folk, involves local community residents to create a personal piece of art. This Friendly Competition encourages the Artists to get votes, from YOU, our supporters. The cost, if you wish to sponsor an artist is $1 per vote. Vote as often as you like. Proceeds benefit the Preble County Art Association to make art available and accessible to our community. Learn more and vote online at http://vote.takepartinart.net   The PCAA accepts credit cards, cash and checks. 
Please don’t miss the excitement on April 2nd, when the artists’ pieces are up for sale at a LIVE Auction, hosted by John Kramer.  The participant accumulating the most “value” for their work, wins the notability of being BAGF Artist of the Year. 
 In addition, the PCAA will have a Silent Auction which is sure to draw attention worldwide. The evening will be further enchanted with the stylings of Live Music by the Lawson Reunion Band. The event will include Heavy Hors D’oeuvres. Also, Adult & Kiddie Beverages will be available.  Mark your calendars.  Let’s make it a date.

The proceeds of this year’s Bad Art, Good Folk competition, go to the PCAA, to aid in funding future community programs.  In the past two years, the PCAA has greatly expanded its outreach and education resources to the community.  Some of the activities, which continue to grow, are the “Youth for Public Art” which guides teen boys in the creation of art in the community, such as murals and sculptures. The PCAA works in conjunction with the Preble County Juvenile Court in helping young adults learn important life skills.

Other community programs, have include Oinkers for Art (the pig painting contest for the Pork Festival), the Preble County Fair (art making and creative experiences for all ages),  the Wave Wall at the A.S.K. Playground (an interactive wall for autistic and special needs children; a project reaching over 2500 children this coming year). In addition to special programs the PCAA is dedicated to fueling creativity in Preble County and fostering a community rich in arts and culture.  The PCAA offers various, classes, workshops and activities which provide arts and growth for the county. Tickets go on sale March 1st. To purchase a ticket, or table, or for more information, call the Preble County Art Association at  937.456.3999.  The center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, Ohio 45320.  Please visit our website at http://www.takepartinart.net to see this listing as well as the myriad of other events and schedules for the Preble County Art Association.

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