EATON — Fall means back to school and back to creativity too! Classes are now available for the fall session at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County. Kids can take a drawing class, create their own super heroes or get dirty with clay. Teens and grown ups can take classes too. Painting and drawing, knitting, piano lessons, and of course the ever popular ceramics hand building and wheel throwing.
Friday night Unwind and Create and Saturday Family Art Days will also be happening throughout the season. Classes and workshops start the week of Labor Day. Not up for a class or workshop? No problem, the Clay Café is Preble County’s only paint your own pottery studio and will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Just call for hours. Schedules and details are available at the Art Center or at www.takepartinart.net.
If you would like some inspiration for a ceramics project or are a patron of the arts, check out the main gallery for the Clay 2015 exhibit, from Sept.10 to Oct. 30. The reception will take place on Sept. 10, from 5:30-7:30. Free clay activities will be available. This is a family friendly event. Five area artists have been invited to show off their best clay pieces, both sculptural and functional.
Tess Little is a professor of art at Sinclair Community College. She has been very involved in public outreach in the Dayton area, and has produced public work in the area, including “The Many Faces of Dayton” photo mural at Sinclair. She received her BFA at Wright State and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan before returning to the Dayton area.
Dennis Walker is computer science engineer from Piqua who found a new creative outlet in ceramics and glass. He has been taking art glasses at Edison State Community College, the Springfield Museum of Art and Glass Axis in Columbus. Dennis is currently a resident artist at Trade Winds Learning Center and Gallery in Troy.
Cynthia Bornhorst-Winslow of Beavercreek is a Wright State graduate and an adjunct professor at Sinclair. She has a particular interest in the household arts and crafts of women in the Victorian era.
A resident of College Corner, Gail Springer is an accomplished potter who loves to teach. She formerly managed the pottery studio at the Fitton Center for the Arts and currently teaches at Miami University. Gail also teaches wheel throwing at the Visual Arts Center of Preble County.
Patty Emerson is also a College Corner resident and former student at Sinclair. Patty had been very involved in the Preble County Art Association over the years, and is currently teaching hand building clay classes at the Visual Arts Center.
The Visual Art Center of Preble County is operated by the Preble County Art Association and also houses the Clay Café. The Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton. Call 937-456-3999 or visit www.takepartinart.net for more information.