Classes at the Art Junction allow individuals to renew and discover their creative potential. Maybe you can join us for an upcoming class or workshop?
Remembering the winners from The Art Junction’s 2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.
1st Place Winner- Jim Funk, Willard, OH for his image titled “Fading into the past”.
2nd Place Winner- Allison Cogar-Zeigler, Willard, OH for her image titled “The trail”.
3rd Place Winner- Alec Casto, Willard, OH for his image titles “Nature reflecting itself”.
Honorable Mention –Jen Farrell, Willard, OH for her image titled “Iron Road”.
Honorable Mention –Alec Casto, Willard, OH for his image titled “Looking at the old chicken coop”.
Judge’s Special Recognition- Kyrie McDevitt, Willard, OH for her image titled “The News”.
Judge’s Special Recognition- Jim Funk, Willard, OH for his image titled “An old building”.
Bruce Philip Bitmead was born in Buffalo, New York in 1963 and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983, starting to paint in earnest that same year. He has been exhibiting his works steadily since 1987, mainly in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York, with solo shows in California and London, England. Bitmead spent much of the 80’s and 90’s employed as a graphic designer and illustrator in Chicago, but returned to Buffalo in 1998, where he concentrates on his personal work. Bitmead is no stranger to North Central Ohio, having served as an artist in residence in the 90’s at Black River Local Schools and Willard City Schools.
“Since 1983, I have alternately concentrated on drawing, painting and sculpture in both representational and abstract manners. The skills I learn in one discipline inform the others, which has enabled me to slowly but surely develop a cohesive artistic vision over the past 29 years. I am glad for the opportunity to gather various types of work and present them in one exhibit at the Art Junction.”
Drue Roberts graduated from Willard High School in 1993 and went on to study Geology. After graduate school, he became an environmental geologist performing studies at superfund sites, the military and national laboratories. Drue is a self-taught artist who specializes in acrylic painting and has shown his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Ohio. He and his wife have travelled the country and now reside in Granville, Ohio with their two boys. Drue had a one man show at the Art Junction in the fall of 2012.
Art is an extension of the inner artist and there is always some trepidation in sharing so much of one’s self. “When I think of showing my artwork in my hometown, it simply terrifies me,” Roberts shared. “Here I stand at the midpoint of my life worrying how people I haven’t seen in 20 years will react to it. Much of what I’ve spent my life seeing, analyzing and interpreting is wrapped up in these paintings.” A lot of how he sees the world has been colored by his experiences and the culture that exists in Willard, Ohio.
The Art Junction hosted our first fused glass workshop this fall.
Jill Groves led this wonderful workshop, instructing the participants on how to create jewelry.
Jill demonstrated the process as she showed the class how to begin.
Students viewed examples of Jill’s work as they decided what type of jewelry they wished to create.
There were many types and colors of glass to choose from.
The creative process began as students cut their glass.
There were many wonderful ideas explored in this workshop.
A project before the firing process.
Looking at the finished jewelry.
The last step was to put backings on the necklaces and ear rings.
This was a wonderful workshop where everyone was able to put their own personalized touches on their own fused glass jewelry. I hope you can join us for our next fused glass workshop in March.