Ceramic/PYOP Associate
The PCAA will be opening a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio soon. Click here to read a job description. 

Pottery Instructor Needed

The Preble County Art Association is seeking qualified, creative, responsible individuals
interested in instruction Pottery classes, workshops and birthday parties.Classes are ongoing throughout the year. Click here to read a job description. 
Position is open until filled.  


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.

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. 

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