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  • 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

  • 12 Apr 2019 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    Arts Night Out: May 10 

    The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is excited to announce Art's Night Out!  Join in the celebrations at the Visual Art Center, Friday, May 10 from 6pm-10pm.   This edition of the ongoing Art's Night Out series will feature live music from Mark Gibson, and a live raku firing demo from renowned ceramics artist, Robin Dakin.  Enjoy the opening of Preble’s Creative Kids, a partnership with Preble County ESC and celebrate out talented young artists.  

    Visitors are invited to purchase delicious eats from Harvest food truck and a selection of craft beer from Warped Wing Brewing Company.  Partake in professionally led art activities and create a flow painting for $15 and make an aromatherapy bracelet for $8.  Enjoy half-off PCAA tee shirts and "shop" at the Free Store.  Sign up for Unwind and Create and glaze a fun ceramic mason jar. Paint pottery in our Clay Café with no sitting fees for the whole evening. 

    Visitors can look forward to the Summer by taking advantage of Summer Camp sales, valid only by in-person registration at the event.   Browse and shop the artist market featuring resin jewelry with Meredith Jessie, personal care products with Netta's Naturals, decorative pieces from Patricia Carder, artisan coffee from Baker's Brew, and ceramic jewelry with Preble Clayworks and Apiary.  Pick out a meaningful gift for your loved ones and something fun for you! 

    Art's Night Out is an interactive experience designed to combine entertainment and education of the arts.  This program is generously supported by LCNB.  Art's Night Out is an important event that brings together community members, supports local businesses, and promotes the arts. 

    Visit WWW.PREBLEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Spring hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County.  





  • 13 Mar 2019 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association, PCAA is proud to announce exciting youth programming coming soon.  Celebrate Spring with savings at the art center! Take advantage of a special, buy one get one free offer on a Magical Unicorn canvas painting.  This is a perfect activity for parents and kids to enjoy together.  We’ve got even more exciting options this Spring for young artists at PCAA!  


    Magical Unicorn Canvas Painting   

    BOGO special, must register in person or over the phone for this offer.  


    March 16   


     $12 member, $15 non member   

    Get magical in this fun painting workshop!  Kids will be guided step by step in creating this canvas painting.  Parents are welcome to register and join the fun!  


    Cartoon Character Design   

    Adam Fields   


    3/20-5/1 No classes April 3  


    $60 members $80 non-members    

    Kids will learn all about the art of cartooning in this six-week class!  Comic book artist and instructor, Adam Fields, will teach students the secrets of cartooning in multiple styles. Participants will even develop their own characters!    


    Youth Drawing    

    Robert Coveney    


    S2: 4/11-5/16    


    $60 members $80 non-members    

    Perfect for finding the talents of budding young artists. This class will teach them perspective, modeling, shading and more.    


    Paint Your Own Pottery  

    Tuesday – Friday 1pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm  

    Drop in anytime to have a fun and engaging art experience.  Choose from a wide variety of options suited for all ages, glaze your piece and you’ll have a masterpiece of your very own!  This is a perfect activity for families during spring break.  


    Visit WWW.PRELEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Fall hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County. 




  • 22 Feb 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    For the fifth 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 27th sponsored by Prograde Excavation and Demolition. The 2019 cast includes; Chelsea Sorrell (Prodigy Salon), Dan Schmidt (Catron’s Glass and Farmer), Elizabeth O’Hair (Sommerville Bank), Eric Norton (Bullen Ultrasonics), Jeff Sewert (Village of Lewisburg), John Liddy (Timken Steel), Laura Thomas (Wares Chapel UMC), Michelle Buckley (Prograde & Wonder-mom), and Tim Ogle (Preble Home Health).  


    The 2019 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 the Visual Art Center, 601 Hillcrest Dr. 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. 


    The PCAA has been serving the community since 1990 by offering gallery exhibits, interactive education experiences and programs that integrate art into the community. In addition to these services, we have a strong focus on strengthening the community through art experiences. The PCAA has loyal dedication to youths, seniors and those that are differently-abled. The PCAA offers Youth for a Creative Community, a program for youth to learn skills, teamwork and collaboration while they make art for the public. In addition, the program RISE: Respect, Integrity, Spirit and Experience focuses on teens in need of guidance and direction.  RISE offers a mentoring experience that fosters pride for themselves and the community by having them actively participate in the creative process while learning life skills, responsibility, team-work and community development. We are proud to work with Your Happy Place, and the Preble County Senior Center, to provide affordable art activities to their clients. 

    Want to attend the auction? Ticket information will become available in March. More information about this event and all other PCAA programs and activities can be found at www.preblearts.org. 



  • 5 Feb 2019 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is pleased to announce that it has wrapped up an exciting years-long collaboration with Eagles Point which brings community and art together.  The expansive project was supported by Home is the Foundation (HIT) and by Ohio Capitol Improvement Corporation. This project included three elements; a mosaic outdoor space and pocket garden at the Bistro at Eagles Point, an expansive art, community, food, activity mural, and art at Eagles Point Residences.    

    First, beginning in 2017, an outdoor space at the Bistro at Eagles Point was created.  PCAA’s RISE program for local youth worked under mosaic artist, Peggy Shunning to create a vibrant outdoor seating space for Bistro patrons. The space includes a mosaic tiled bench and planters along with a pocket garden for herbs.    

    The RISE program was also responsible for part two of this collaboration.  An 80-foot mural connecting Eagles Point to the Star Theater was completed in Spring of 2018.  RISE participants painted this artist designed mural which depicts elements of community, nutrition, fitness, and the arts.  

    Finally, PCAA commissioned four local artists to create works designed for the Residences at Eagles Point.  PCAA partnered with HIT to learn what the concept of “home” meant to the residents of the apartments.  Artists, Robert Coveney, Peggy Shunning, Caitlin Cartwright, and David Maynard were selected to create a total of twelve pieces reflecting this theme. This portion of the project was completed in January of 2019 and art is now on display throughout residential common areas.  

    PCAA is proud to find new ways to bring arts and the community together in Preble County and proud to continually form partnerships to further this mission.  

    Visit WWW.PREBLEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Fall hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County.  

  • 25 Jan 2019 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is searching for Preble County businesses, nonprofits, or public institutions that are interested in becoming the home for a customized piece of public art!  PCAA’s RISE program is a dedicated group of middle and high school students who have been creating, under the guidance of a professional artist for five years.  This program teaches community building, teamwork, and creative problem solving while making public art that can be seen around Preble County.   If you are interested in having a unique show piece on display publicly and want to get involved with PCAA and the RISE program, reach out now for consideration in the Winter/ Spring 2019 session and beyond.  Interested parties must have an exterior, public, or retail space for the work to be housed.  There may or may not be a fee for materials and labor involved.  A dialog between PCAA and interested party must take place to come to determine creative content. 

    Call or email Caitlin at 937-456-3999 or caitlin@preblearts.org for more information. 

    Visit WWW.PREBLEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Winter/ Spring hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County. 

  • 14 Jan 2019 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association invites you to warm up and have fun during Cabin Fever Reliever on Saturday, January 19th from 11am-1pm. The event kicks off our new exhibit, The Good Things in Life: A Group Show Celebrating the Things that Make Us Smile.  Cabin Fever Reliever is an open house full of art and activities. Enjoy coffee, hot cocoa, and warm treats. Visitors can see the show; The Good Things in Life: A Group Show Celebrating the Things that Make Us Smile. Watch artist demos from artists, Rick Wenning, Adam Fields, Erica Keener, Robin Dakin, and Jane Marshall while learning about upcoming classes and workshops. Create your own metal stamped pieces from $5-$12 and make a Flow painting for $12. Kids will have fun expressing themselves with free art activities. Paint pottery with no sitting fees and get 10% off all Spring Break registrations during the event!

    Visit WWW.PREBLEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Winter hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County.

  • 2 Jan 2019 2:48 PM | Anonymous
    To accommodate all of Preble County’s school breaks, we are offering Spring Break Camps over two weeks. 

    Monday-Tuesday, March 25 26, Monday-Thursday April 1-April 4.  Camps run 9am-4pm.

    Monday, March 25 & April 1- Clay all Day

    Tuesday March 26 & April 2- Crazy Concoctions

    Wednesday, April 3- Stories Come to Life

    Thursday, April 4- Wacky World of Art

Want to know more? Contact us!

Call Us:  (937) 456-3999

Email Us:  info@preblearts.org

207 E. Main St. 
Eaton| OH 45320



                Tue-Fri 11-6pm

                     Sat 10-2pm

Available during and after hours for art parties and reservations. 


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