The Super Summer Art Contest & Exhibition

2015 Summer Art Contest

If art (photography, sculpture, weaving, painting, collage) is a hobby, passion or passing interest, this is a great way to use your talent and share your creative images with our community at the art gallery in New Haven –The Art Junction.


This contest is open to everyone ages 12 years and older. Artwork must be gallery ready: framed, matted (ready to hang.) For more information call the library @ 419-933-8564.
 Up to three entries may be submitted at the Art Junction on July 27 from 6:30-8:00 & July 30 from 6:30-8:00. The exhibition will take place August 8 – August 29, 2015. 
 Contest categories: photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and fiber-based art with awards for each category as well as Best of Show, Art of Reading Award, and Judge’s Award.


Drop off artwork at the Art Junction July 27, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Drop off artwork at the Art Junction July 30, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street in New Haven, OH (next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.)

The contest & exhibition consists of work submitted through the Willard, Greenwich, North Fairfield and Wakeman branches of the Huron County Community Library.

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Entry forms may be picked up at any branch of the Huron County Community Library.

The exhibition will take place August 8 – August 29, 2015.    

 2015 Summer Art Contest


The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com


Expressive painting


Expressive painting classes at the Art Junction allow students the opportunity to explore painting through various methods, mediums and techniques.


Maybe you can join us for one of our winter workshops.

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Maybe you can enroll in our Wednesday afternoon art classes.

Elyria Arts Depot

art-depot-exterior-230x300The former Brandau Jewelers will be the new home of the Elyria Arts Depot.

The artistic spirit of Lorain County will soon have a home in downtown Elyria, a project that will not only breathe new life into a long-empty storefront, but also will bring a tried-and-true Lorain initiative to the city.


For an up-and-coming artist, the biggest struggle in establishing a career is finding a place with plenty of foot traffic to showcase pieces. Likewise, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of revitalizing downtown Elyria is finding ways to bring more pedestrian traffic to the area.  Marrying the two problems and birthing a solution is taking shape in the soon-to-open Elyria Arts Depot.  “This space will give someone like me a place to showcase my work,” said artist Elizabeth Hamister-Burnett, 32. “I’ve shown artwork everywhere but my hometown. To be in my hometown is huge.” Hamister-Burnett has painted since she was a young child, but has done so professionally for two years. Her works have graced walls in galleries at Cleveland State University and the Waterloo Arts District in the Collinwood area of Cleveland.

art-project-barrios-300x204Antonio Barrios, executive director of the Lorain Arts Council and the head of a new project in Elyria, talks about the project Monday in the former Brandau Jewelers building on Broad Street in Elyria. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Starting Saturday, she and other artists will have a temporary home in Elyria.

Four years ago, the Lorain Arts Council opened shop in downtown Lorain and now the arts movement is coming to Elyria with the opening of the Elyria Arts Depot in the former Brandau Jewelers Building at 336 Broad St. The space, which will feature the works of 10 to 15 local artists, will open to the public 10 a.m. Saturday to coincide with Elyria’s Festival of Lights Holiday kick-off.  The Elyria Arts Depot is a project that has been 18 months in the making, said Mayor Holly Brinda. It will, hopefully, serve as the springboard for more pop-up shops and businesses that support the arts.  “We are trying to set the stage for revitalization and growth,”


Brinda said, inside the former store that, with several days worth of sweat equity, will be transformed into a working gallery. “This is part of a larger strategy for downtown Elyria. It has been proven in other cities that those communities that know how to leverage the artistic and cultural spirit of the arts can move forward.”  Brinda said she looks to other communities such as Reno, Nev., St. Paul, Minn. and Pittsburgh for inspiration. Closer to home, it’s the Gordon Square area of Cleveland that is a model of transformation to mimic. It has been nearly a decade since the work began in the west side neighborhood, but pumping more than $400 million of economic development into the community has made it one of Cleveland’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Elyria is far from becoming the next Gordon Square, but every project has to start somewhere, said Antonio Barrios, president of the Lorain Arts Council.

art-depot-painter-215x300Elizabeth Hamister-Burnett, an artist who will be displaying her paintings inside the Elyria Art Depo,t does a little less skilled work as she preps paint to cover the walls


“When we started in Lorain, there were no art galleries anywhere in the city,” he said. “Now we have three locations where art is being shown. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel here. But with just a little education as to what an art district can do for a community, we are seeing change.”


The Elyria Arts Depot is coming together with the help of a lot of people. In addition to the city’s sponsorship and the Lorain Arts Council taking ownership, property owners Janice and Tom Haywood have offered the property for six months at a reduced rate.“By offering the building for the cost of utilities and insurance, we hope to help jumpstart Elyria’s new arts district and provide added exposure for the marketing of our building and other buildings downtown,” Janice Haywood said. It is unknown at this time if the Haywood property will be the permanent home of the Elyria Arts Depot. That possibility remains a viable option, depending on the group’s success. “We are stepping out here and Elyrians can support us very easily by coming,” Barrios said. “Come, visit the gallery, talk to the artists and take an interest in what they are doing. Of course, we hope people will support the arts by purchasing the one-of-a-kind pieces, but the traffic and word of mouth is also very important.”


Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

– See more at: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/12/03/elyria-arts-depot-opens-saturday-in-former-brandau-building/#sthash.u3nJuoId.dpuf

Paper mache pottery -week 3

Week 3 finds most of the class in the completion stage of building their pottery.

Our budding potters completed their final coils and worked to make their construction stable.

For some it’s hard to know when to end the building process and move to the next step.

Before moving to the next step it’s important to check the stability of the construction as well as the symmetry of the pottery.

After the pottery is built the next step is to begin the pasting of the project…also known as papier mache.

Papier-mâché (French for “chewed paper”), alternatively, paper-mache, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

Papier-mâché paste is the substance that holds the paper together. The traditional method of making papier-mâché paste is to use a mixture of water and flour or other starch, mixed to the consistency of heavy cream. While any adhesive can be used if thinned to a similar texture, such as polyvinyl acetate (PVA) based glues (wood glue or, in the United States, white Elmer’s glue), the flour and water mixture is the most economical. Adding oil of cloves or other additives to the mixture reduces the chances of the product developing mold. The paper is cut or torn into strips, and soaked in the paste until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface and allowed to dry slowly; drying in an oven can cause warping or other dimensional changes during the drying process. The strips may be placed on an armature, or skeleton, often of wire mesh over a structural frame, or they can be placed on an object to create a cast. Oil or grease can be used as a release agent if needed. Once dried, the resulting material can be cut, sanded and/or painted, and waterproofed by painting with a suitable water repelling paint.

For many this is the fun part of the project.  Some see it as the slimy, gross part.  The first coat of paste and paper has been applied and next week will be the final application of paper and paste.