The PCAA is pleased to be featuring the works of our 2012 Juried Show winners Sue Schweigert of Eaton who won Best of Show, and Debra Stewart of Lewisburg who was the President's Award recipient. Both women had a love for art through school but became busy with other interests after graduating. “When I turned fifty, I realized I needed to start painting before it was too late” states Debra, who has always been captivated by colors and who has won numerous awards since entering her first art show in 2011. Debra is currently working exclusively in acrylics. Sue, who works in a range of mediums which include oils, watercolor, and acrylics, remarks “I painted several years with two of my best friends at Sinclair, and took Senior Classes in my sixties off campus and really enjoyed it”. Sue has continued painting in to her seventies. The show will be running from May 1st to May 30th, with a reception on May 11th from 2pm to 4pm which is open to the public.
Sadly due to low ticket sales, we have had to cancel the High Tea.
On Saturday, May 18th join the Preble County Art Association from 2pm-4pm as we host a Mad, Mad Tea Party, our High Tea and Fashion Show, in the spirit of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'. As you enjoy snacks and treats straight from the table of the Mad Hatter himself, try not to lose your head over the unique fashions provided by Shelbie's Closet (shelbiescloset.com
). Wonderland dress is not required but highly encouraged for all ages. Mad hats are encouraged as well. Everyone 12 and under who attends will receive a free book, courtesy of the Preble County Library and the Queen of Hearts herself. Adult tickets are $15 and child tickets (age 12 and under) are $12. This event is open to the public.
For additional information and to make your reservation, please call the Fine Arts Center at (937) 456-3999 or email at email@example.com
. The Fine Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio, directly across from Eaton High School and is open from 1-5pm Tuesday through Saturday.
The Preble County Art Association is preparing for its Annual Juried Art Exhibit. This event will take place in June to promote and encourage local artists to display their talent in a public format and is open to both professional and amateur artists 18 years and older within a 50 mile radius of the Preble Fine Arts Center.
for interested artists are available at the Fine Arts Center located at 601 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, Ohio directly across from Eaton High School. The entry deadline is Friday, May 24th at 5pm. There are six categories in which to enter: drawing/printmaking, mixed media/collage, oil/acrylic, pastel, sculpture/pottery/ceramics and watercolor. Up to three works can be entered in any combination of categories. Professional and amateur artists are judged separately. The exhibition will run from June 4th through June 29th. A public reception for the artists will be held June 8th from 2 to 4pm with awards presented at 3pm.
The Juror for this year’s show is Todd W. Butt, of Trenton, Ohio. Todd graduated from Marietta College in 1975 with a degree in biology, where he started painting with Bill Gerhold and was awarded a one-man show which contained over sixty pieces he painted as a student. He continued to take additional art classes until retirement in 2005, in which Todd has dedicated time to improvement of his paintings. He is now the 2nd Vice President of the Ohio Watercolor Society and has been an instructor at the Middletown Arts Center since 2005.
For more information about the show, call 937-456-3999 or visit the Fine Arts Center Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor: Stephanie McGuinness - Beginning Drawing/ Introduction to Drawing - Ages 12 and Up
Tuition: $50 - Registration & Payment required prior to class.
Month and Days: Mondays April 29th, May 6th, 13th & 20th
Class Time: 4:30 to 6:30pm
Class size: 2 to 10 students
Stephanie McGuinness is an MFA student at Miami University. Her class is an introduction to the basics of drawing. Students will explore different ways of seeing and how to apply them to drawing. Students will become familiar with different drawing materials including graphite, charcoal, and ink.
from East Elementary, Bruce Elementary, Eaton High School and
National Trail High School recently participated in a contest where
they made artwork and sculptures from materials that can be recycled.
Students used such items as empty paper towel rolls, milk jugs,
cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and other materials to create some
unique and interesting pieces of art. The students’ pieces were
judged by the staff at the Preble County Solid Waste District and
were given awards for their achievement in the artistic use of
purpose of the contest was to illustrate how everyday items that have
been used can be creatively re-purposed and made into something else,
often something beautiful such as artwork. The students worked very
hard on their projects and took pride in their creations and the
Solid Waste office would like to recognize all of their efforts.
following students received awards on:
place individual award- Colton James, 2nd
place individual award- Stephanie Gibson, 3rd
place individual award- Jocelyn Swihart, 1st
place group award- Paige Pitsinger, Anna Collins, Grace Witt, 2nd
place group award- Ami Noda, Anya Wappenstein, Mizuki Nakamura, 3rd
place group award- Kelsey Campbell, Alli Lewis, Rylee Gamble
place group award- Montana Smith, Annica Archer, Rebecca Wright, 2nd
place group award- Brianna Baker, Maddie Darr, Lauren Pence, 3rd
place group award- Julianne Leisure, Bailey Shepherd, Gabrielle Petry
From Eaton High School-
place individual award- Alena Hall, 2nd
place individual award- Kramer Tudor, 3rd
place individual award- Justin Thompson, 1st
place group award- Kaliegh Morgan, Brian Dickman, 2nd
place group award- Zach Blaylock, Dylan Nugent
National Trail High School-
Mention in Individual Category- Jarred Foust
sculpture entries can be seen on display at the Preble County Fine
Arts Center at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton from April 5th
through April 6th
during the hours of 1PM-5PM. The Preble County Solid Waste District
would like to remind all Preble County residents, “Learn it. Live
it. Recycle!” Congratulations to all the winners!
The Preble County Art Association is
pleased to report that the fourth Mystery Dinner fundraiser was a big
success! More than 80 supporters attended the dinner, held at the
Fine Arts Center on March 16th, our largest crowd to date
for this event. Funds raised from the Mystery Dinner will be used to
help with operating costs and to further the PCAA's mission to
foster a local environment for the people of Preble County and
surrounding areas to come together and enrich their lives through the
dinner would not have been possible without the support of many
generous members of the community, from the cast of characters who
kept the audience laughing throughout to the delicious meal and the
wonderful donations from local businesses and individuals, and the
PCAA would like to take the opportunity to thank all of them.
Cassidy was the author of the play Dangerous
and local members of the community enthusiastically volunteered to
play all the parts, including Claudia Anderson, Dick Mitchell, Lisa
Sadai, Rusty Cooper, Stephanie Cooper, Kent Stonecash, Bethany
Hewitt, Gerry Sadai, Denise Robertson and Ron Roth.
prizes were available to the guests, thanks the generous donations of
local businesses and individuals. Donors included
Twin Creek Tea Room, the Preble County Historical Society,
Stockslager's Garden Center, Terry Cabaniss, Your Flower Shop, Beoddy
Oil Company, Town and Country Vet Clinic,
Ace Hardware, photographer Corrine Wenning, Kroger, Eaton Floral,
Jiffy Lube, Rodney Cobb Chevrolet, Fiesta Charra, Bob Evans, Pizza
Hut, Marsh, Reflections, artist Deb Stewart, Relaxology, Hometown
Furniture, Dr. Craig Hewitt, Victoria Theater Association, Pat Duke
and the Richmond Symphony orchestra, Richmond Civic Theatre, Simon
Insurance and David and Mary Wesler.
course meal for the night was provided by Charlotte's Banquet and
Catering. An energetic group of young volunteers help serve the
meal, including Ashley
Smith, Kirsten Keener, Matthew Martin, Kevin Marsh, Justin Clark,
Wesley Clark, Jacob Huddleston, Lincoln Parr, Logan Parr, and Travis
Mystery Dinner Committee, who volunteered to organize it all, were
Patty Emerson, Erica Keener, Fran Clark and Erin Abney. Dick and
Cindy Mitchell were the Director and Chair of the committee.
of course the PCAA would like to thank the members of the community
purchasing tickets and
us for the Mystery Dinner. We
hope you had as much fun as we did!
Mystery Dinner was dedicated in memory of Louise Bennett. Louise was
a tireless advocate for the arts in Preble County. A founding member
of the fund-raising committee, it was through her efforts the PCAA
began hosting the Mystery Dinner in 2008. She is greatly missed.
Think you can solve a murder mystery?
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they can also be deadly. On Saturday March 16th the Preble County Arts Association will be hosting one our of most popular fundraisers, the Mystery Dinner Theater. “Dangerous Diamonds” is the theme for the event, which includes a four course meal provided by Charlotte's Banquet and Catering. The meal begins at 6:00pm at the Preble Fine Arts Center, with murder and diamonds shortly thereafter.
Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase a balloon which contains a prize worth at least $25, generously donated to the Arts Center by local businesses and individuals. In previous years donations have included artwork, flowers, theater tickets, meals and gift certificates. All proceeds from the event benefit the PCAA and its mission to support the arts in Preble County. This is the fourth Mystery Dinner at the Arts Center, and this year's event will be held in honor of Louise Bennett, who was a tireless advocate for the PCAA and the arts in Preble County.Tickets are available at $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Reservations must be made by March 12th.
Seating is limited, so be sure to call (937) 456-3999 before your time is up! You may also send us an email to email@example.com. The Preble County Fine Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, across from the Eaton High School and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1-5 pm.
During the month of March the Preble County Art Assiciation is pleased to be exhibiting the artwork of the many talented elementary and middle school students from Preble County. The student artwork will be on display at the Preble Fine Arts Center in Eaton from March 6th though March 23rd.
The elementary school student artwork will be on display in the front gallery and the middle school student artwork will be on display in the main gallery. Awards for the middle school students will be presented on March 13th at 7:00 pm in the main gallery.
Hours for the Arts Center are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Preble Fine Arts Center is located in Eaton at 601 Hillcrest Drive, directly across from the Eaton High School. The phone number is 937-456-3999 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the elementary/middle school exhibit, the Preble County high school exhibit will take place from March 28th to April 27th. The awards will be presented on April 26th at 7:00 pm. Also during April, artwork from homeschool classes will be exhibited in the front gallery from April 16th to April 23rd. A reception for the homeschool students will be held on April 18th at 6:00.
Creativity has always been a staple in the Maynard household and now there are three generations, a father, two sons, and a grandfather who will be displaying the results of their exploration in the realm of painting, drawing, clay sculpture, and computer generated art at the Preble County Fine Arts Center in Eaton, Ohio from February 5 - 27 in an exhibit titled Three Generations: Creative Works of the Maynard Family.
David Maynard, father, received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1981 with a concentration in commercial art. In 1984 David and his wife Cathy moved to Idaho where he developed a deep appreciation for wildlife art painting. While living in Salmon, Idaho he became friends and learned some techniques from renowned wildlife artist Barbara Peets. His primary themes have included wildlife art and landscapes created in an impressionist style. His most recent works combined abstract expressionism with wildlife art. Not satisfied to be isolated into one particular style or technique, David is constantly exploring methods of expressing himself through acrylics and oils on canvas. He views each of his paintings as just another step on his journey into creative expressionism. “With each painting there is something new to learn.” David states, “It can be a combination of applying a new technique or style within a new subject matter. I am always looking to see what others are doing in the world of art, experimenting with some of their techniques in my own application and style.”
David is not the only one in his family that is pursuing art; his sons are applying it as a profession. Luke Maynard, David’s eldest son, is completing his art degree at Sinclair Community College and has been working for several years at the United States Air Force Museum constructing displays. Recently, he was promoted to Designer at the museum and is using his artistic skills to create and implement the displays that go into the museum. With the mind of an engineer, Luke incorporates these skills into his sculptures, which have won several art competitions. Luke will display some of his clay art work and paintings in the show. Luke Maynard’s photography can be seen at lukemaynard.deviantart.com
Daniel Maynard, son number three, is a senior at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He is an avid drawing student with a passion for illustration. Daniel’s goal is to someday work for a gaming company in character development. Today he is freelancing with Emerald Games in helping with a new game coming out in May. “Daniel loves to draw. Growing up he drew on anything and everything,” David explained. “If a TV show was on Daniel would sit and draw, if he was in church he would draw, if we were on a road trip he always had a drawing pad. He still passes time just sitting and drawing. I think he would go through withdraws if he didn’t have a sketch pad. ” Daniel will be displaying his fantasy illustrations during the show. Daniel Maynard’s art can be found at danmaynard.deviantart.com The Maynard’s are not sure where in their family tree their artistic abilities came from. Perhaps their talent came from David’s father’s ancestry. James Maynard, grandfather, has taken up art in his retirement and has been experimenting with watercolors and acrylics. He is discovering the joy and challenges that go hand-in-hand when painting. With each piece he accomplishes his art instructor sees a continued progress in his art. Jim Maynard will display several of his watercolors in the show.
David currently works fulltime as a Camp Director of Pleasant Vineyard Ministries located in Camden, Ohio and uses much of his creativity in the camp programs for kids. Much of his creative thought can be found throughout the camp, including old school buses themed in his artwork and used as housing units, a 40-ft. climbing tower painted in a sandstone formation, and in the camp programs that impact kids from all over the Midwest. David and Daniel have been teaching an art camp for elementary and junior high school students during the summer. Daniel has also been helping Pleasant Vineyard fulfill a contract with the Air Force by leading art camps for children of military families around the US.
All are welcome to attend the opening of Three Generations: Creative Works of the Maynard Family at the Preble County Fine Arts Center on Sunday, February 10 from 2pm to 5pm. Originals and prints will be available for sale during the show. David Maynard’s art can be found at fineartamerica.com/profiles/david-maynard.html
Three Generations: Creative Works of the Maynard Family can be viewed Tuesday's through
Saturday form 1pm to 5pm from February 5th to the 28th, at the Preble County Fine Arts Center
located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton, Ohio. You can find out more about this exhibit by calling
The Preble County Art Association is pleased to be kicking off the new year by hosting an Ohio Humanities traveling photography exhibit in January. The exhibit, "Images of the Great Depression in Ohio" will occupy the entirety of the Fine Art Center's exhibit space from January 3rd to the 31st.
This exhibit is in conjunction with Richmond Civic Theater, and the Preble County Public Library's Ripple Effect (http://the-ripple-effect.us) community read of John Steinbeck's book, "The Grapes of Wrath". Richmond Civic Theatre will be preforming "The Grapes of Wrath" from February 8 -10 & 15 - 16.
"Images of the Great Depression in Ohio: Documentary Portraits Revisited" includes photographs made by the Farm Security Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Works Projects Administration during the 1930s and images of those same sites today. Part of a larger project to help Ohioans explore the legacy of the Great Depression and the New Deal, this photographic survey highlights two years of research and was created by a team of award-winning photographers under the direction of OHC staff person Pat Williamsen.
"Images of the Great Depression in Ohio: Documentary Portraits Revisited" features images by Helen Hoffelt, Columbus; Sean Hughes, Cincinnati; Fredrik Marsh, Columbus; Ardine Nelson, Columbus; Joel Whitaker, Dayton; and Lynn Whitney, Bowling Green. The communities they visited for rephotographic work include Buckeye Lake, Cincinnati, Circleville, Columbus, Greenhills, Lancaster, Newark, Plain City, Somerset, Waterville, and Urbana.
A public reception will be held at the Preble County Fine Arts Center on January 12th from 2 to 4pm. Pat Williamsen, from the Ohio Humanities will be speaking about how the exhibit came together and it 's importance in today's culture. Also during the reception Richmond Civic Theater & the Preble County District Library will be having a Grapes of Wrath guided book talk.
The exhibit can be viewed Tuesday's through Saturday form 1pm to 5pm from Janury 3rd to the 31st, at the Preble County Fine Arts Center located at 601 Hillcrest Drive, Eaton, Ohio.