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  • 28 Nov 2018 5:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association is gearing up to begin rehabilitation of the Stotler building at 205/207 E. Main St. in downtown Eaton. The property was purchased in 2017 with the intention of moving all operations of the Association and Art Center to this location. The Art Association’s decision to make the move was brought on by the need for more space because of program growth and the desire to return the art center to downtown Eaton. The PCAA was formed in 1987 by Rosie McNees after her art studio in the St. Clair Building burned to the ground. Following the catastrophe, McNees and fellow artists were determined to see that art have a home in Preble County. The group, established the Preble County Art Association, a not for profit organization, and built a home for it on Hillcrest Drive. Since 1990, the Art Center has offered a space for exhibits and art classes and since 2013, after the hiring of the first Executive Director, Vicky Fanberg, has grown programs and engagement exponentially.

    The Stotler building offers twice the square footage for programs and will have a more prominent location in the community. The new space will have an expanded exhibit and event space, over seven classrooms, a paint your own pottery studio and a sales gallery. The additional space will allow for new mediums and the ability to offer multiple classes each day. Rehabilitation work largely includes upgrades for code and ADA requirements while working to maintain the many historical features that give the property character. PCAA Board president, Kyle Hamilton, is “excited for this opportunity to continue the growth and momentum of the PCAA while investing in the potential of downtown Eaton.”

    Hamilton’s excitement is shared by the many supporters of this project including a $500,000 gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton. At Timken Steel’s St. Clair plant’s 25th anniversary celebration in September, Mr. Jack Timken of the Foundation made the announcement of the gift, the largest in foundation’s history in Preble County. Mr. Timken praised the Association for their work in the county and noted the importance of art in lives and community.

    The purchase of the building and support for the rehabilitation began with a gift from Mary Bullen and Polly Kronenberger. Support was furthered by the State of Ohio capital budget, Henny Penny, Brooke Gould Charitable Trust, Simon Insurance, Opti-Vise IT, Lowman’s Heating and Air, US Bank, Cargill Cares and other generous donors. Currently, the Preble County Art Association is only $75,000 away from a 1.4-million-dollar goal. Donations can be made by contacting Vicky Fanberg at 937-456-3999. The Preble County Art Association expects to move downtown in the summer of 2019.


  • 20 Nov 2018 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Good Things in Life: A Group Show Celebrating the Things That Make Us Smile 

    Calling all artists, all mediums, and all ages! Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is looking for art submissions for an upcoming show.  The Good Things in Life is an all ages group show that celebrates the things that make us happy.  This winter show is all about finding the light.  PCAA is calling artists of all ages to submit work inspired by what makes you happy.   

    What brings up your optimism and reminds you that winter does end and the sun will shine? Do you have a favorite place, spot or vista that brings you comfort? Did you make a piece of art that makes you happy when you see it? A color that always makes you inspired when you use it? Show us! The artwork you submit can celebrate these feelings in any medium you want, but should reflect any or all of the following; Optimism, Hope, Comfort, Joy, Zeal, Warmth, Happiness, Energy, Idealism...etc.  Winter can be hard and its easy to lose sight of what makes us happy, help us shine some sun on the good things in life with art. 

    Help us build an exhibit that radiates optimism in a world that can be all too negative at times. Let's make this show a free for all of self-expression and contagious optimism bringing us all some winter time comfort.  

    Each artist is invited to submit 1-2 works following the theme, “The Good Things in Life” which will be included in the show. 

    There is no entry fee, however artists must be members to participate.  A membership can be purchased for as low as $25 for 1 year. 

    Exhibit Dates: Apr 18– Mar 14 

    Reception: Saturday, Jan 19 11am-1pm, Cabin Fever Reliever 

    Drop off: Fri, Jan 11 1pm-6pm, Sat, Jan 12 10am-2pm 

    Pick Up: Fri, March 15 1pm-6pm, Sat March 16 10am-2pm 

    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, Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County. 


  • 30 Oct 2018 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is excited to announce Art's Night Out!  Join in the celebrations at the Visual Art Center, Friday, November 16 from 6pm-10pm.   This edition of the ongoing Art's Night Out series will feature live music from Noah Back, and a live artist demo from renowned designer, Yetunde Rodriguez.  Kid’s will have an opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa himself from 6pm-8pm.  Enjoy the opening and shop for gifts at the Holiday Artist Market.  

    Visitors are invited to purchase delicious eats from Funky Fusion food truck and a selection of craft beer from Dayton Beer Company.  Partake in professionally led art activities and create a flow painting for $15 or make personalized metal bottle openers and jewelry with metal stamping for $5-$12.  Paint pottery in our Clay Café with no sitting fees for the whole evening. 

    Visitors can browse the gallery and shop for unique holiday gifts at the annual Holiday Artist Market.  13 talented local artists have been hand selected to display and sell their works.  Shoppers can expect jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more! Lori Daugherty, Yetunde Rodriguez, Dennis Walker, Preble Clayworks and Apiary, Bottle Benders, Kelsey Daugherty, Erin Abney, Heidi Flory, Bill Hildebolt, Vicky Fanberg, Caitlin Cartwright, KvanArt, and Laura Ceville will all have fantastic items for sale.  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. 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. 


  • 3 Oct 2018 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    EATON — Preble County Art Association (PCAA) hosted its fifth annual Oinkers for Art on Friday, Sept. 28.

    Held as part of Arts Night Out, attendees had the opportunity to bid on any of the 10 pigs which were painted this year.

    Pigs were painted by The Star Theatre at Eagles Point, Sarah Shepherd in Memory of Michael Wallace, Heidi Flory, Samantha Gramaglia & Mandi Mullins, Preble County Juvenile & Probate Court, The Greenbriar/Viktorya Howard, Somerville Bank, Henny Penny, Roselius Insurance, and Reid Family Care.

    All proceeds benefit PCAA, helping the organization provide art programming to Preble County.

    The auction raised a total of $3,875. Both Somerville Bank and Heidi Flory sold their pigs for the highest bids of $575 each. Henny Penny sold its pig for $525. Samantha Gramaglia and Preble County Juvenile & Probate Court sold pigs for $350. Sarah Shepherd and The Greenbriar sold pigs for $325. Star Theater and Reid Family Care’s artists sold their pigs for $300. Roselius Insurance sold its pig for $250.

    New this year, every pig had the chance to take home a Golden Oinker. The award was presented for each category, including: Oinker of the Year, Overall Best Pig; Norman Porkwell, Hometown Pride; Pablo Pigcasso, Originality; Andy Warhog, Essence of Subject; and Porker’s Choice Community Favorite.

    Henny Penny won the Norman Porkwell, Hometown Pride Golden Oinker. Heidi Flory won the Pablo Pigcasso, Originality Golden Oinker. Reid Family Care won the Andy Warhog, Essence of Subject Golden Oinker. Samantha Gramaglia won the Porker’s Choice Community Favorite Golden Oinker. Sarah Shepherd won the Oinker of the Year Golden Oinker.

    Kent Stonecash served as auctioneer for the event.

    Also new this year, instead of being held at the Pork Festival, the auction took place during PCAA’s Art’s Night Out, which is designed to combine entertainment and education of the arts. The event featured live music by Tommy Renfro, food by Adam’s Rib food truck, craft beer by Toxic Brewery, animal demonstrations by Safari Junction, art demos and sales, art activities, and more.

    “Thank you everybody for coming out tonight. This is our fifth annual Oinker’s for Art auction. It is the first time we have done the auction at the Art Center and we are really excited about that,” PCAA Executive Director Vicky Fanberg said.

    “I do want to put a shout out and a thank you to Downtown Eaton Inc. This year we partnered with them to be able to paint the Oinkers downtown during the Old Fashioned Car Show and it was an amazing event and a fun opportunity for everybody to get together and paint these pigs,” she added. “We want to thank all of our painters — this is one of our favorite events of the year. It really brings the community together in a very different way than all of our other art programs. I appreciate the dedication and all the partners we have that makes this happen.”


  • 2 Oct 2018 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is proud to announce a series of workshops designed to introduce a new medium or deepen existing skills.  These are one-time, intensive skill building workshops taught by experts in their field. 

    The Fall 2018 season holds four different crash courses.  Participants can choose from soft pastel, machine sewing, ceramics, and water color.  Each workshop is two hours and costs $30 for a member and $40 for a non member.  Students will come away with new skills as well as a completed piece of art. 

    Soft Pastel Crash Course  

    Erica Keener 

    Friday, Oct 5 

    6pm-8pm 

    $30 member $40 non member 

    In this workshop the instructor will lead students through a simple, Preble County inspired landscape designed as a straight forward and fun introduction to soft pastel materials and techniques. Photographic references will be provided or students may be bring their own. Samples of a wide range of materials will be available for students to experiment with. Open to all skill levels. 

    Instructor, Erica Keener is an artist based in West Alexandria.  Her sensitive use of soft pastels and focus on expansive skies have earned her numerous solo and group shows along with many accolades and prizes. 

    Machine Sewing Crash Course  

    Deb Crumbaker 

    Saturday, Oct 13 

    11am-1pm 

    $30 member $40 non member 

    This one-day workshop is perfect for getting acquainted with a sewing machine.   Whether you're new to sewing or need to refresh your skills, this workshop will familiarize participants with threading, stitching and more all while creating a quilted coaster for your favorite beverage!  Participants are free to bring their own machine. 

    Deb Crumbaker is Preble County native and master quilter.   Her attention to color and intricate patterns make her pieces truly unique. 

    Ceramic Wheel Crash Course  

    Kelsey Daugherty 

    Saturday, Oct 27 

    11am-1pm 

    $30 member $40 non member 

    This one-day workshop is a perfect intro into throwing clay on the wheel.  The instructor will teach participants wedging, centering, and some of the basics of this fun clay technique!   

    Kelsey Daugherty is a fantastic ceramic artist whose unique style often skillfully combines mediums.  Her award-winning work is widely shown and collected.  

    Water Color Crash Course  

    Robert Coveney 

    Saturday, Nov 9 

    11am-1pm 

    $30 member, $40 non member 

    Get to know the ins and outs of watercolor paintings.  This workshop will teach participants water color techniques like brushwork and color mixing.  This class is perfect for beginners as well as those who have more experience.  All materials included. 

    Instructor, Robert Coveney is an award-winning painter.  His training in the techniques of the old masters have influenced his skillful use of paint.  Robert’s paintings have been included in numerous exhibits and collections. 

     

    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.  

     


  • 21 Sep 2018 12:50 PM | Anonymous

     

    I am so excited to share that the Timken Foundation of Canton has given the Preble County Art Association a gift of $500,000! I would to thank Jack Timken and the Timken Foundation for this wonderful gift that displays their excitement and confidence in our project as well as their commitment to the community. Fueling creativity and embedding arts and culture into Preble County is the heart of our mission. Our programs that serve all ages and populations have been rapidly growing and stretching our facility to the limits. As you know, the need for more space and a desire to return to the heart of the community, we are moving to downtown Eaton. A generous gift allowed us to purchase the historic Stotler Building and the Timken Foundation has set in motion the ability to rehabilitate the building, making the space accessible, up to date and perfect to engage with creativity. Thank you, Timken, for this amazing opportunity – we are grateful.


  • 19 Sep 2018 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    For the fifth year in a row Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is presenting Oinkers for Art!  The Oinkers auction will take place at 7pm as part of Arts Night Out.  Attendees can bid on any of the 10 pigs that were painted this year by The Star Theatre at Eagles Point, Sarah Shepherd in Memory of Michael Wallace, Heidi Flory, Samantha Gramaglia & Mandi Mullins, Preble County Juvenile & Probate Court, The Greenbriar/Viktorya Howard, Somerville Bank, Henny Penny, Roselius Insurance, and Reid Family Care.  Every entry has a chance to take home a Golden Oinker. One Golden Oinker Award is given for each category including: Oinker of the Year, Overall best Pig; Norman Porkwell, Hometown Pride; Pablo Pigcasso, Originality; Andy Warhog, Essence of Subject; and Porker’s Choice Community Favorite.  The pigs can be seen on display in downtown Eaton until September 25.  Anyone can vote for their favorite at https://www.preblearts.org/oinkersfor-art. 

    Kent Stonecash will serve as auctioneer, getting the Oinkers for Art Auction started at 7pm.  The public is invited to come out and join in on the fun, bidding on the 10 unique oinkers.  All proceeds benefit PCAA, helping the organization provide quality art programming to Preble County. 

    The Oinkers Auction is taking place at the PCAA’s Arts Night Out Event.   Art's Night Out is an interactive experience designed to combine entertainment and education of the arts.  This event will feature live music by Tommy Renfro, food by Adam’s Rib food truck, craft beer by Toxic Brewery, art demos and sales, art activities, and more. 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. 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. 


  • 8 Sep 2018 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Arts Night Out September 28

    The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is excited to announce Art's Night Out!  Join in the celebrations at the Visual Art Center, Friday, September 28 from 6pm-10pm.   This edition of the ongoing Art's Night Out series will feature live music from Tommy Renfro, live artist demos from Whispering Oaks Pottery and soft pastels with Erica Keener.  The evening will feature a bon fire and lawn games, weather permitting, free kids crafts, and face painting.  Enjoy the opening for The Many Faces of Water Color, paintings by artist and children’s book author, Laura Ceville. 

    Visitors are invited to purchase BBQ provided by Adam’s Rib food truck, soft pretzels from Jane Marshall, and beer from Toxic Brewery.  Partake in professionally led art activities and create a marbled silk scarf for $30.  Kids can make hand designed tee shirts for $12.  Sports fans can paint a personalized wooden sign for the athlete in their lives for just $5.  Paint pottery in our Clay Café with no sitting fees for the whole evening. There will be tons of fun activities and sights in both indoor and outdoor spaces. 

    Paint a unique dot canvas painting with artist, Heidi Flory as part of our Unwind and Create Series.  This guided painting workshop is $30 and includes a beverage.  Register for this workshop in advance at www.preblearts.org as space is limited.  

    For the fifth year in a row, PCAA is presenting Oinkers for Art!  The Oinkers auction will take place at 7pm as part of Arts Night Out.  Attendees can bid on any of the 10 pigs that were painted this year by The Star Theatre at Eagles Point, Sarah Shepherd in Memory of Michael Wallace, Heidi Flory, Samantha Gramaglia & Mandi Mullins, Preble County Juvenile & Probate Court, The Greenbriar/Viktorya Howard, Somerville Bank, Henny Penny, Roselius Insurance, and Reid Family Care.  Every entry has a chance to take home a Golden Oinker. One Golden Oinker Award is given for each category including: Oinker of the Year, Overall best Pig; Norman Porkwell, Hometown Pride; Pablo Pigcasso, Originality; Andy Warhog, Essence of Subject, Porker’s Choice Community Favorite.  The pigs can be seen on display in downtown Eaton until September 25.  Anyone can vote for their favorite at https://www.preblearts.org/oinkersfor-art. 

    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. 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.  


  • 12 Jul 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Calling all artists of all ages and all mediums! The Preble County Art Association has teamed up with the Preble County Fair for the Fair Art Show.  Online registration through THE FAIR OFFICE has begun.  In-person submissions are permitted during the drop off times, July 26th, 4pm-7pm and July 27th, 10am-3pm. All drops offs are to be done AT THE FAIR in the EXPO EXPANSION. All fair passes and registration must be done at the FAIR OFFICE. All details can be found at preblecountyfair.org.  Call the fair office with questions at (937) 456-3748.

    Entries: Online or in person during check in.  Entry Fee: Weekly fair pass/Membership pass ($25) plus $0.25 per item entered

    Check In: Thursday, July 26th 4 pm to 7 pm and Friday, July 27th 10 am to 3 pm Junior Photo entries only: Mats - $3.00 and Plastic Sleeve - $1.50

    Judging: Saturday, July 28th (closed judging)

    Photographs and artwork will be judged separately.

    Items will be released August 4th from 10 am until 2 pm The Preble County Agricultural Society will not be responsible for any items left. PREMIUMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP ON AUGUST 4TH FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2 PM. PREMIUMS WILL NOT BE MAILED.

    Visitors at the fair can enjoy the exhibit, up for the duration of the show but can also catch the Preble County Art Association doing artist demos and hosting free art activities on Sat, 7/28 from 4pm-5pm and Sun, 7/29 from 1pm-2pm and 4pm-5pm.

    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. Summer hours are: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County.


  • 8 Jul 2018 10:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Preble County Art Association is in their FIFTH YEAR of Oinkers for Art, a public art project that integrates the community in the process of creating and displaying 10 painted pigs. The Art Association is accepting designs from individuals or teams to be chosen to paint one of the ten pigs. Teams will paint their pigs at the Downtown Eaton Inc.’s Old Fashion Car Show on August 25th. All painting must be completed in the allotted time.  Painted pigs will be display downtown until the PCAA’s Arts Nigh Out on September 28th.

    The PCAA is looking for the 10 best design submissions to be painted for this year’s Oinkers for Art. The contest is open to everyone of all ages. Artists, families, organized groups or businesses are all encouraged to submit designs. Teams can also be formed but can have no more than 5 people per team. Designs must be submitted to be considered for the competition and submitted with an entry form. Deadline to enter is August 10th. Questions? Want to pick up a form? Give us a call at 937-456-3999 or stop in to visit us at 601 Hillcrest Drive. 


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