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  • 30 Jan 2020 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Bad Art, Good Folk Year 6 Cast Announced!

    For the sixth consecutive year, The Preble County Art Association is presenting Bad Art, Good Folk, an annual fundraiser to support art in Preble County. The fundraiser features local celebrities competing to win the most votes from now until April. Each “Good Folk” is creating a piece of art to be auctioned at the culminating event on April 18th sponsored by Edison State Community College, Muha Construction, LCNB National Bank, Kramer & Kramer Inc., Lawn Plus, RDA Group Architects, Twin Valley Bank and Bullen Ultrasonics. The 2020 cast is split into three teams and are led by PCAA instructors to create their masterpiece. Erin Abney will be coaching Joe Ferriell from the City of Eaton, Todd Appledorn from Heeter Insurance, and Christine Wilson from Butler County ESC. Michelle Buckley will be coaching Jane Smith from Essence of Wellness, Chris Fourman from LCNB National Bank, and Craig Springmier from Halderman Farm Management. Bad Art Good Folk Veteran Robert Coveney will be coaching Lauren Morris from Twin Valley Bank, Todd Hennigan from Henny Penny and Rick Hanes from Edison Community College.

    The 2020 cast is looking for support from the entire community to raise contributions for the PCAA. Votes cost $1 each and an unlimited amount can be cast. Voting for Good Folk can be done online at www.preblearts.org or in person at Preble Arts, 207 E. Main St. in Eaton, Ohio. All votes are tax deductible donations and support the PCAA. The funds raised by this event make art opportunities available and accessible to the community.

  • 29 Jan 2020 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    There are several ways to celebrate your creativity this Valentine’s at Preble Arts. We are offering several workshops which include Valentine Fabric Postcards, Heart Tumbler, Mixed Media Heart and Valentine’s Topiary along with Valentine’s Magnet Paintings on our Art Menu and Valentine’s Date Night in ceramics or painting. Join us February 1st for our Love is in the Air free studio fee in our Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. There are so many options to choose from you will be sure to fall in love!

    Send the gift of love with your own Valentine Fabric Postcard. You will learn your way around a sewing machine to create and embellish your fabric postcard. Join us February 4th from 6 - 8 p.m. to send your love to those far and near. The cost of the workshop is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  

    Create your very own beautiful Valentine’s Topiary with Cheri Simon on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Use fabric, greenery and other materials to create your unique topiary. The decorative base is handmade by local business, Brubaker Metal Craft. The cost of the Valentine’s Topiary workshop is $45, all materials will be provided.

    Hearts abound the month of February at Preble Arts! Paint your own Heart Tumbler Tuesday, February 11th from 6 - 8 p.m. In this step by step workshop you will learn several paint your own pottery techniques to create a beautiful tumbler and bonus, you can use these new-found techniques on future visits to our studio. The workshop is $17 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Valentine’s Day is among us. Wine, cheese and a new experience all wrapped in one evening can be a lot of pressure to plan. Preble Arts has you covered with a romantic evening with all the elements of a perfect and memorable evening with your loved one. Preble Arts is hosting Valentine’s Date Night Friday, February 14th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Choose from two art experiences, ceramics or painting, to make an evening you both will enjoy.  

    During Ceramic Valentine’s Night Out couples will fall in love with the art of clay! Get close and learn the basics of the wheel together. Couples will throw and glaze their own bowl. Make a hand-built Valentine with your loved one during the workshop as well. Ceramic Valentine’s Night Out is $40 a person or $70 a couple, includes a glass of wine & charcuterie.

    Valentine’s Night Out is not just for couples – come paint with your friends or bring a date to paint with you. Erin Abney will lead participants step by step in creating their very own love-struck multi-canvas painting. Preble Arts love-struck tree painting makes a beautiful piece to hang in your home whether you make a half by yourself or a whole painting with your friend or partner. The cost is $30 a person or $50 a couple, includes a glass of wine & charcuterie. Preble Arts has the perfect Valentine’s Date Night planned for you and your special someone! Register today to reserve your Valentine’s evening. Register at preblearts.org or by calling 937-456-3999.

    Our Mixed Media Heart collage is for all ages! Dive into paint, fabric, ribbon and decorative paper to create your own expression of love collage. Create your Mixed Media Heart Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members, all supplies are provided.

    Preble Arts is operated by the Preble County Art Association which features a brand-new sales gallery representing regional artists, classes, a paint your own pottery studio and a new art menu full of make and take art projects. Additional programming for the community includes programs for seniors, youth, at-risk groups and differently-abled populations. For more information about the PCAA and Preble Arts, visit www.preblearts.org. Questions can be answered by calling 937-456-3999. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art available and accessible to the community.

  • 3 Jan 2020 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Preble Arts is in full swing come 2020! We have classes for adults and youth along with workshops for all ages! Preble Arts is offering classes and workshops in several mediums; drawing, ceramics, painting, knitting and sewing. Cross off the skill you have been itching to learn early in 2020 at Preble Arts!

    Youth drawing and youth ceramics are once a week classes, six weeks in length, which will teach your youth the basics of the class and help them to build on their foundation. Youth Ceramics will teach your youth how to create something on the wheel and allow them to get their hands on some clay! Students will have fun learning how to make their own masterpiece and get a little messy. The creations your youth make will be functional and you will enjoy for years to come! In Youth Drawing the instructor will break down the mystery of drawing for the students and help them to hone their skill set. Classes begin the week of January 6th so be sure to pre-register to guarantee your spot!

    Preble Arts adult classes include Art Explorations, Ceramics and Acrylic Painting which kick off the week of January 6th. Art Explorations is focused on helping students tune their painting and drawing skills. Students bring a project they want to complete in the six-week course. Art Explorations is uniquely designed to give personalized instruction within a group setting. Students are responsible for choosing their project and any needed supplies. In Adult Ceramics learn the basics of wheel throwing and hand building techniques while enjoying community with other potters. What you can create is limitless! In the Preble Arts Adult Acrylic Painting you will be guided through the fundamentals of painting. The project-based course will introduce key design principles and participants will complete 2-3 paintings of their own.

    Preble Arts has workshops for Harry Potter fans – paint your very own House Cup stein or paint Harry Potter himself on canvas! Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite Harry Potter character. The House Cup Workshop participants will enjoy butterbeer while they paint their stein. Introductions to knitting and sewing are workshops with beginners in mind. Love is in the air at Preble Arts, join us Valentine’s night for a romantic ceramics or painting date night – wine and charcuterie are included. Make your reservations today! Valentine’s Topiary and Feed Bag Tote Workshops are new to Preble Arts this year. Bringing Drawing to Life with Color will cover basic skills in using color to further develop a comic line drawing. Lastly, we have a Mixed Media Heart Collage for all ages to participate.

    Stop in anytime Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to paint your own pottery! You can paint anything from plates, mugs and bowls to animal figurines to home décor. Paint your own pottery makes for a fun time with your friends and family. We also offer youth and adult paint your own pottery parties!  

    Preble Arts is operated by the Preble County Art Association which features a brand-new sales gallery representing regional artists, classes, a paint your own pottery studio and a new art menu full of make and take art projects. Additional programming for the community includes programs for seniors, youth, at-risk groups and differently-abled populations. For more information about the PCAA and Preble Arts, visit www.preblearts.org. Questions can be answered by calling 937-456-3999. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art available and accessible to the community.

  • 13 Nov 2019 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Christmas at Preble Arts

    A variety of holiday events for all ages are taking place at Preble Arts located at our new site, 207 E. Main St. in downtown Eaton, now through the end of the year. Preble Arts is bringing on the holiday cheer! Join us for Arts Night Out on November 22, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Workshops include Crafty Kids, Have a Painted Pottery Christmas, Festive Tree Plate, Santa’s Workshop, Painting with Santa, and Jingle, Mingle, Make! Workshop descriptions and dates are listed below or visit our website at preblearts.org.

    You won’t want to miss Arts Night Out on November 22, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Preble Arts welcomes the community to participate in an evening full of fun for you and your family to see, hear and do! Not only will there be free activities and artist demonstrations but also regional craft beer, scrumptious food from What the Taco and delicious desserts from Main Street Treats. The historic Star Theatre will be presenting a preview of Holiday Happenings a production. Arts Night Out will be exhibiting the Winter Artist Market full of one of a kind pieces made by artists from all over the region that are available for purchase for those on your holiday shopping list or something for yourself! Our Art Menu has a few additions, Clay Ornaments and Mini Holiday Paintings along with two of our favorites, Flow Painting and Metal Jewelry Stamping. Our Paint Your Own Pottery will be open for you and your family to enjoy. Preble Arts expresses its gratitude and thanks to LCNB National Bank for sponsoring Arts Night Out!

    Buying something for yourself or those on your holiday shopping list has never been easier! Shop local at our Winter Artist Market November 22nd – December 21st where artists from all over the region will have one of a kind pieces of artwork for you or your loved ones to enjoy. Artwork ranges from paintings, hand blown glass, ceramics, quilts, hand spun yarn, handbags, dolls, scarves, photography, scented soaps, ornaments, jewelry, cards, kitchenware and mosaic work. You will surely find a piece that calls out to be yours. Participating artists include Erin Abney, Daniel Bell, Robert Coveney, Kelsey Daugherty, Eric Deeter, Amy Dillon, Brooke Hartwig, Jessi June, Jane Marshall, Netta’s Naturals, Yetunde Rodrigues, Peggy Schuning, Neil Simek, Cindy Tipton, Dennis Walker and Laura Wogoman.

    With the holidays right around the corner Preble Arts is offering Holiday Workshops for all ages:

    Crafty Kidsis a free festive craft event for your child to participate in while school is out. Drop in November 26th and 27th to make a free festive craft anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to partake in the fun!

    Have a Painted Pottery Christmas! Friday, December 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. If you are not already in the Christmas spirit, we will get you there with some Christmas jingles you are welcome to sing along to while sipping hot chocolate as you paint in our PYOP studio. We will help you tap into your creative side with several technique options available. Make a holiday decoration, ornament or a gift. There will be no sitting fees all day long, you only pay the price of the bisque.

    Santa’s Workshop Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. there will be a four-hour workshop for the kids. You can drop off your little one, perfect time for you to get some holiday shopping done, or participate in the fun yourself. Santa’s Preble Arts Elves will be helping the kids to create a Buddy the Elf cookie plate, a plush penguin and other festive art projects. Santa’s Workshop costs $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

    Festive Tree Plate Workshop will be on Friday, December 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. With Christmas around the corner you will need a festive plate to go along with your family’s holiday feast. Don’t worry – we got you covered! An instructor will walk you through how to create this festive tree plate to proudly display for all to enjoy. Workshop cost is $22 a person.

    Painting with Santa - Santa is in the house – well the Preble Arts Center that is! Even though Santa is busy getting all the children’s Christmas lists in order and checking it twice, Santa himself will be our painting instructor for the day! Painting with Santa will be Saturday, December 14th 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Get your picture with Santa! Parents are welcome to register and paint with their children. Cost for the workshop is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.  

    Jingle, Mingle, Make! is an event you will want to mark your calendars for, especially if you are a last minute holiday shopper. Jingle, Mingle, Make! will be on Saturday, December 21st 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. With only four days before Christmas – it’s not too late to make your own gifts for those on your list. You will dye a silk scarf, make sugar scrub and create your own gift tags all while sipping mimosas and nibbling on quiche. Jingle, Mingle, Make! also serves as a fun girls day before Christmas is in full swing! Included in the event is a complimentary $5 gift card to use in our Winter Artist Market which has one artwork of all different mediums created by artists all over the region. Participants must be 21 or older. Cost of the workshop is $35 a person.

  • 22 Oct 2019 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    That's right! The Art Show, a Think TV production, has been working with us the past year to capture the transformation of our new space! We will be included in this weekend's airing. Catch it Saturday on CET Public Television (6pm)  and Sunday on Think TV Network (Channel 16 at 5:30).  If you don't want to wait and just want to see clip used- go here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qiY7NDN_N8 The Art Show episodes can also be found through your PBS app on your favorite streaming device like Firestick or Roku. Check it out!

  • 23 Aug 2019 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    The PCAA is excited to host our 2019 Annual Meeting, open to members of the PCAA. The meeting is from 6pm-6:30pm on September 10th. A brief presentation about PCAA activities will be accompanied by refreshments. Please join us and find out what we have been up to!

  • 23 Aug 2019 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Juried Show Call for Entries!

    The Preble County Art Associate will be accepting entries for the 2019 Annual Juried Show on Friday, September 20, 1pm-6pm and Saturday, September 21, 10am-2pm. The Juried Show is an opportunity for area artists to exhibit their artwork and compete for prizes. This year, the exhibit will take place at the new Preble Arts location at 207 E. Main St. in downtown Eaton, Ohio. Preble Arts has an 800 sq. ft. gallery in their newly renovated space. High ceilings, natural and track lighting, make for an ideal exhibit space.

    Entries will be accepted in multiple mediums including but not limited to: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Pastel, Mixed-Media, Sculpture, Wood, Textiles and Pottery. 2-D works must be framed with a hanging wire. Pedestals for 3-D works are limited; however, we will do our best to accommodate them. Works must be presentable, completely finished and ready to exhibit. Work must fit through a standard size door. The PCAA staff has the right to reject any work not properly prepared for display.

    The 2019 Show will be juried by Ron Stevens, Director of the Art Center at Miami University. Ron is an accomplished photographer, educator, and director of Miami’s Craft Summer workshop series.

    This exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older. Work must be available for the entire exhibit.  Works previously exhibited at the Visual Art Center are NOT eligible. This is a JURIED exhibit and all works will be juried in. Not all submissions will be accepted due to the competitive nature of the exhibit and the limitation of space.

    For more information on how to enter, visit www.preblearts.org and visit the Makers page. Submission forms can also be picked up at Preble Arts at 207 E. Main St. Eaton, Ohio. The Preble County Art Association is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching Preble County through art and culture.


  • 21 Aug 2019 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    Whether just for fun, learning new skills or honing existing ones, there are plenty of classes and workshops to take at Preble Arts this fall. Classes at the Preble County Art Association’s new art center in downtown, Eaton, begin after Labor Day and include courses for adults and youth.

    Robert Coveney, local artist from Lakengren, will be leading Art Explorations, Youth Drawing and a canvas painting experience. Art Explorations meets Thursdays from 2pm-4pm for 6 weeks and is just $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Youth Drawing meets Thursdays from 4:30-5:30m and is $60 for members and $80 for non-members. “Cluck ‘n’ Paint” is a one-night workshop on Thursday, September 19th in which participants will create a beautifully poised rooster painting of their own. All materials are included, and cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

                   Additional workshops include a Spray Paint Crash Course with Rick Wenning- a 2-hour intro class to the mystery of perfectly magical artworks through spray paint techniques. This all-inclusive workshop on September 21st, is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Cheri Simon will be leading a class in making sunflower bowls from clay that use our tin punched ceiling as the inspiration. The “Stotler Sunflower” class combines art and history with all materials included at $20 for members and $30 for non-members. This class meets Tuesday October 1st and October 8th from 6:30-8pm. Erin Abney is leading a fall themed painting workshop of golden leaves on a fall day, Friday, October 4th, 6pm-8pm.

                   Ready for Halloween? Choose from a cute cat and pumpkin canvas, ghoulish votives or painted pottery workshops to get you in the spirit and add to your Halloween décor. These workshops vary from $10-$22 per person and include all materials. Check our website for the details!

                   Don’t want to commit to a class but want to make something? Visit Preble Arts and choose from painted pottery and items from our Art Menu like flow painting or stamped jewelry. Beginning September 27th, fall door décor and mini monster magnets will be added to the menu. Art Menu items start at $5 and can be done during Preble Arts regular business hours and Arts Night Out.

                   Preble Arts is operated by the Preble County Art Association and is a 501(c)3, charitable organization. Preble Arts is located at 207 E. Main St. in downtown Eaton, Ohio. Please call us at 937-456-3999 or visit www.preblearts.org for more information on our classes, workshops and outreach programs.

  • 7 Jun 2019 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association will be moving to 207 E. Main St. (the Stotler building) in downtown Eaton, Ohio after two years of planning and hard work. The decision to move came after careful consideration of current and future programming and how the PCAA can best serve the community.

    Having almost twice as much space as our current facility, the new location will increase the program capacity and allow the PCAA to expand programming to new mediums and grow audiences and participants. The move doubles the center’s square footage, heightens visibility and allows for dedicated space for the gallery, specialized art studios, a sales gallery and more! The new location includes a parking lot located at 204 E. Main St. in addition to ample street parking. The parking lot was gifted by Home is the Foundation and was a determining factor in perusing a downtown location.

    Construction on the new Preble Arts facility began in February and focused on accessibility and access. While the building, built in 1896, has great bones and a lot of character, there were many upgrades to meet current day building codes. The space includes a re-worked staircase to gain access to the second floor along with an elevator that will be installed this fall. Additional items include a fire suppression system, HVAC, and updated plumbing and electrical systems. Most of the original woodwork and flooring was kept intact to keep the historic charm and elegant ambiance. 

    Construction is almost complete but a few more dollars are needed. Because of the age of the building some surprises literally were dug up and added to the budget. These included a buried cistern and a challenge to resolve storm and sewer drainage. Additionally, to fully commit to insuring maximum accessibility, reworking the front concrete sidewalk for easy entry to the building will be completed.

    The project has been greatly supported by many community partners including the Timken Foundation of Canton, Mary Bullen & Polly Kronenberger, the State of Ohio, Henny Penny, Vectren Foundation, Hampden E. and Erma R. Catterton Fund of the Dayton Foundation, Brooke Gould Charitable Trust, Cargill Cares, US Bank Foundation, Parker Hannifin, Somerville Bank, Beoddy Oil, Simon Insurance, RDA Group Architects, Muha Construction, Opti-vise IT, Skyline Chili, and many other individual donors. We invite you to join these donors in their commitment to the project and help see it to completion. You can donate through our web site at www.preblearts.org or contact the PCAA at 937-456-3999 or mail checks to 601 Hillcrest Dr. Eaton, Ohio 45320.

    The PCAA prefers not to continue operations at the Hillcrest Dr. facility after the move; however, the property has a complicated arrangement that may influence this decision. The building opened in 1990 through the hard work and fundraising of the Preble County Art Association volunteer board of trustees. The founding board raised money and in-kind contributions to build a facility to house the arts in Preble County. They were able to secure the land through a 100-year land lease with the County Commissioners. This makes for an unusual situation for both the PCAA and the County Commissioners. The lease does indicate that the land must be used consistent with the PCAA Articles of Incorporation and if abandoned would revert to the ownership of the commissioners. According to the 1990 document, the seated commissioners outlined the lease in this way because the PCAA was a new nonprofit and it was uncertain if the organization would last more than a few years.

    In 2017, the PCAA approached the county commissioners independently to make them aware of the desire to move and work out an arrangement for the Hillcrest property. In the spring of 2018 the commissioners asked the PCAA to have the building appraised for consideration to sell the building to the commissioners. The building, without the land, appraised for $268,000. Since then the commissioners have stated they have no use for the building but opened the conversation to other possibilities. The PCAA has since requested the commissioners to sell the land to the PCAA, a process that is still in discussion but has its own complexity. The PCAA is awaiting directions for the next step from the commissioners by June 12th.  If the commissioners decide not to work out any agreements, or if the process continues to be delayed, the PCAA will plan to use Hillcrest Dr. for additional cultural programming.

    The new Preble Arts facility will celebrate its grand opening for the community on July 19th in conjunction with the LCNB Arts Night Out, a growing celebration of the arts that includes an art show, live music, food trucks, art activities and more. The PCAA is excited to host Dan Robertson as the first solo exhibit in the new facility.  In addition, the Arts Night Out will feature the brand-new sales gallery representing regional artists, artists demonstrations, free and paid art activities, the paint your own pottery studio and a new art menu full of make and take art projects. For more information about our move, Arts Night Out and all other PCAA endeavors, visit www.preblearts.org. Questions can be answered by calling 937-456-3999. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art available and accessible to the community.

  • 1 May 2019 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    On April 27, the Preble County Art Association held our annual fundraiser, Bad Art, Good Folk in Eaton, Ohio. The event was a tremendous success with over 200 attendees raising over $80,000! Bad Art, Good Folk is a 4-month long competition between nine community leaders who are vying to raise the most money. They do this through votes (that cost $1 each) and by auctioning off a piece of artwork made by them under instruction by a professional artist. The winner of this year’s cast was Dan Schmidt, owner of Catron’s Glass and a local Farmer. Dan raised over $14,000, beating a record held by Dr. Matt Roberts of Preble County Chiropractic, Nutrition and Sports Injury Center who raised $11,000 in 2017. The 2019 cast included; Chelsea Sorrell (Prodigy Salon), Dan Schmidt (Catron’s Glass and Farmer), Elizabeth O’Hair (Somerville Bank), Eric Norton (Bullen Ultrasonics), Jeff Sewert (Village of Lewisburg), John Liddy (Timken Steel), Laura Thomas (Wares Chapel UMC), and Michelle Buckley (Prograde & Wonder-mom). The participants were divided into 3 teams led by Robert Coveney, Cheri Simon and Erin Abney. Team Cheri collectively raised over $43,000, the most ever raised by a team.

                   Bad Art, Good Folk began in 2015 to raise funds for the PCAA. Each year the event breaks its own fundraising records and continues to engage more folks in the region. Executive Director, Vicky Fanberg, believes “the event is the best at being a friend-raiser and an awareness tool. Funds raised support our programming, including education and outreach programs that serve youth, differently-abled populations, seniors and adults. We are fortunate to have such great support from a small community. Our engagement and our programs rival that oflarger communities in the region. It really is something to be proud of.” The money raised this year greatly exceeded expectations and the PCAA is still determining how funds will be used.

                   The Preble County Art Association is currently housed at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton but is expected to move to 207 E. Main St., downtown Eaton this summer. The PCAA serves the community through education, outreach and exhibits. Programs range from classes, workshops and creative entertainment to festivals like Arts Night Out, public art works and community events. To learn more about the PCAA visit www.preblearts.org

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