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 8-Aug. 15, with a public reception on July 11.
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.
Join the Preble County Art Association and The Preble County Juvenile Court June 6, from 4-5 p.m., 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. The public is invited to join in and to celebrate their work and show them how they are a significant piece of the Preble County community.
The Preble County Art Association is a non-profit organization focusing on outreach, education, and exhibitions. Its goal is to provide arts and growth to the county with the support of community members. The Visual Arts Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Drive in Eaton. Call 937-456-3999 for additional information.