Art Show

Art and steak


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a group exhibition of painting and photography

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at the Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays, September 25 – October 10, 2015 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Landscape is the depiction in art of natural scenery where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition. Landscape views in art may be entirely imaginary or copied from reality with varying degrees of accuracy, expression or abstraction. Come; view the painting and photography of nine Ohio artists who each have a unique view of their wonderful world and the beauty they are revealing to you, the viewer. We invite you to participate in discovering visual joy that you may have overlooked or forgotten in our exhibition “Our World Our Landscapes”.

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Amanda Kiplinger, landscape photographer from Polk; Heidi Helgeson, painter from Norwalk; Alec Casto, photographer & painter from Willard; Karen Coffey Wilson, painter from New Haven; Mary Ann Clady, painter from Shelby; Lynda Stoneham, painter from Norwalk; Terry Anderson, painter from Willard; David Wolff, painter from Collins; and Kevin Casto, painter & photographer from Willard.

 The Art Junction invites you to join us in celebrating nature and the changing of seasons through these wonderful landscapes!

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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! The Art Junction is a ministry of the New Haven United Methodist Church.  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 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Junction/190323094344714?ref=hl

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 Join us for our annual Swiss Steak Dinner on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The New Haven United Methodist Church uses the funds raised from the two Swiss Steak Dinners to support local, regional and international missions work.

We invite you to a great evening of good food and fellowship! The menu is Swiss steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, choice of vegetables, salad and homemade pie. Dinner is by donations only.

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The New Haven United Methodist Church is located at 2644 Prairie St. in New Haven, Ohio.

The artwork of Drue Roberts


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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.

 

Student exhibits


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Every spring the Art Junction exhibits student art work from the Willard City Schools Art Department.  This is a view of the elementary art exhibit from 2012.  Plan to join us at the end of April 2015 for our next student exhibition.

Art and Steak


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This weekend stop by

The Art Junction  to see the

Willard High School Art Department’s

Spring ART Exhibition

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Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays April 19 – May 11, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss.

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Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

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Saturday night next door to the Art Junction

enjoy the famous homemade Swiss Steak dinner of the New Haven United Methodist Church!

 

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Spring Art Show


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The Art Junction presents:

Willard High School Art Department’s

Spring ART Exhibition

Opening Reception Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

at The Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays April 19 – May 11, 2013 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss. Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

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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

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Selected drawings, paintings and sculptures since 1997 by Bruce Bitmead

 

at The Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays July 21 – August 18, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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.”

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

Meet Painter Bruce Bitmead


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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.”

Bruce Bitmead’s long-weathered painting table, or taboret, carries 20 years of paint and scars.

Slick black ice coats the walk on the winding way to Bruce Bitmead’s basement studio. He welcomes me into a single long rectangular room with a low ceiling right off the laundry room of a large brick apartment house anchoring one corner of a Richmond Avenue roundabout. Bitmead is a painter who loves paint. His paint table, or taborette, is evident of the 20-plus years of his artistic life. A short, ordinary, mass-produced, two-shelved cabinet, it is essentially grey with years of built-up encrustations of flicked pigment mixed into a congealed impasto. It stands on little wheels as over time he moves it from one studio to another.

“Twelve years in Buffalo, the longest I’ve ever stayed in one place,” he says, “Seven years in one apartment.”  After art school, Bitmead was a graphic artist for a while in Illinois. With no car or bike but not far from work, he spent evenings walking home through lighted suburban neighborhoods wondering what lives were lived within. His paintings, landscapes for the most part, create for the viewer the same wonder lust. Using the pictorial vocabulary of Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, and more recently Alex Katz, Bitmead situates his subject houses in a built environment. They look heavy in the earth, fixed vessels with strong intentional architecture in a palette of grays, blues, and ocher-whites that appear inhabited but give no animate expectations. He illuminates these in brush-width strokes: windows in the side of a house, moonlight grazing sidewalks.

Unlike Hopper or Porter, there is no narrative, no visual story line to identify time or place. Nothing to suggest familiarity. His paintings are closer to those of the well-known New York painter, Alex Katz. Like Katz, Bitmead builds paintings modularily with a fully loaded brush, creating a stark solid weight of a roof line in one stroke, placing one tree slightly in front of another tree and both in front of a house within a raking light ebbing at the penumbra of a cast shadow all with an assured sense of the way paint color affects the perception of volume in a painting.“I always felt outside, even in a city, felt left out of things, uninvited wondering what it would be to be part of something inside,” he says.

Bitmead’s paintings are strong in exactly those terms and why a viewer might recognize a similar vantage point: the sense of outside, just passing through. One new painting is of doors—one facing another, each seeming to question the other’s interior. Another sites a low brick wall featuring a vacant open rectangle with blue sky beyond. Bitmead works in a painterly way, investing his images with both craft and character, but it is the character of a glimpse, a brief encounter, a momentary memory flash to a film, or novel, or poem. It is in the rectangle and how the distance from the painter (observer) to the space (subject matter) creates a context, a believable place. In Bitmead, an artist with a gentle probing curiosity, inspiration is fused with an incentive to find the intrinsic character of each spatial mystery.

-From: Artvoice Buffalo, NY  http://artvoice.com/

Bitmead’s exhibit called Deleted Scenes Selected drawings, paintings and sculptures since 1997 by Bruce Philip Bitmead, which opens at the Art Junction on Friday July 20, 2012 with a reception.  The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays July 21 – August 18, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. *Special showings upon request!

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

Steak and Art this weekend in New Haven


I hope you can add the Art Junction to your weekend plans!

This is the last full weekend for the 4th grade art show, Friday & Saturday, 4:30 -7 pm.

Come view the monochromatic paintings of the Willard City Schools 4th grade visual art students under the direction of artist/teacher Kevin Casto. Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them. Students will also have their Underground Railroad quilt on display.

The 4th grade students’ 16” x 20” monochromatic paintings will be on sale during the exhibit.  All proceeds from the sale of their artwork will be placed in the Outdoor Education fund for their 6th grade experience at Mohican Outdoor School. We hope you will participate!  Their artwork would be a great addition to your home, business or organization!

If you know of any businesses that need some great art for their offices stop by the Art Junction and support the 4th grade as they raise funds for their Outdoors Education Trip to Mohican by selling their monochromatic paintings.  Saturday night next door to the Art Junction the world famous Swiss Steak Dinner will be held at the New Haven United Methodist Church from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

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Opening night at the Art Junction for the Willard High School Spring Exhibition.

We had a great turnout of various ages to view the students’ work.

This exhibition demonstrates the wide variety of work the students engage in daily in the visual arts course of studies.

Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss. Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays April 14 – May 5, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.  *Special showings upon request!