Mason on PCAA lease: ‘it’s past time for this to be settled’


My name is Lila Mason. I was with Nan Petty at the Jan. 15 commissioners meeting, where we discussed the contract between the Art Association and the County Commissioners. I would like to expand that conversation a little, as this contract happened 30 years ago.

Nan called all those who were board members at the time that are still alive. Not many, as we are all in our 80s or 90s. All that could be reached agreed that as the property is no longer being used as an Art Center, the land and building now legally belong to Preble County. Just as a matter of record, we collected a quarter of a million dollars to build. Quite an accomplishment, and we built a beautiful building which has been used for 30 years and accomplished a lot.

I’ve been told I am an old fogey, and to get with the program. I don’t know about all of you, but I miss the fine art shows we had for years. Artists from all over, showing for a month at a time, seeing all the different styles of work, different artists and a lot of people coming to see Art in Preble County. The Art Center was built for that kind of shows as well as arts and crafts.

I know that times change, but fine art is something everyone can enjoy and there are some fine artists out there with all different styles. Something for everyone.

But I guess time moves on. It is really past time for this to be settled. So now it is up to the commissioners how this all comes out. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

Pray for the best solution. And thanks for your time.

Lila Mason