The 7th Annual Community Summer Art Exhibition

2018 Summer Art Exhibit

Come view the wonderful local art, see the images of the 7th Annual Community Summer Art Exhibition.


You will be supporting local visual artists of north central Ohio.


Who knows; you might find some art to decorate your life! This exhibit is composed of 17 local, area and regional artists who are exhibiting over 40 items composed of paintings, watercolors, pastels, fiber and photography through the Willard, Greenwich, North Fairfield and Wakeman branches of the Huron County Community Library for this exhibition and contest.


         When you support local art from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting, drawing or photograph. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not just viewing a thing; you are viewing a piece of a heart, a part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are participating with the artist and providing them encouragement for something they are truly passionate about! That’s why we hope you will join us and view our Summer Art Exhibition!


On Saturday, August 4, 2018 join us for the opening celebration of this exhibit! Local musician Mike White will be performing on guitar, and homemade ice cream will be served by members of the New Haven United Methodist Church on the lawn next to their Community Prayer Garden, which is next to the Art Junction, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.


Regular gallery hours for the Summer Art Exhibition will be Fridays & Saturdays, August 4 – 25, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

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

*Special Showings Available Upon Request!


Clock Tower Fundraiser/Auction


We are auctioning off a watercolor painting of the Willard Clock Tower by former Willard artist Teruko Wilde who now creates and resides in Taos, New Mexico.


Teruko Wilde was born in Nagoya, Japan. After moving to the United States as a teenager she studied at the University of Cincinnati and Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. An award-winning artist, Ms. Wilde has had numerous one-person and group shows. She initially established herself as a prominent pastel and watercolor artist before moving to Taos, NM in 1986. Expansive southwestern skies, approaching storms, and moody sunsets describe the colorful oil paintings of Teruko Wilde, which became known as her ‘Southwest Series’ and have been in popular demand for more than a decade. She has said that Mother Nature creates beautiful artwork in her sunsets, mountains, and trees…Ms. Wilde believes that it is her job as a fine artist to alter and reinterpret that beauty into beautiful and joyful paintings.


This painting auction is to help raise funds for the Willard Clock Tower.


The painting will be on display at The Art Junction in New Haven at the 7th Annual Community Art Exhibit from Saturday August 4, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Regular gallery hours for the Summer Art Exhibition will be Fridays & Saturdays, August 4 – 25, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

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

*Special Showings Available Upon Request!

2018 Summer Art Exhibit

Bids will be accepted at the Art Junction through August 25, 2018.

Bids can also be emailed to

This auction will end after the Planes, Trains and Automobiles Event in September in downtown Willard.

Buy a piece of Willard history to help replace a piece of Willard history!

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 or visit our blog on Facebook


Painting at The Hope Center -week 2

Week 2 of the Hope Center painting project was truly a community effort.

This week we added mixed media to the project as participants employed oil pastels into their image.

Oil pastel (also called wax oil crayon) is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder.

The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. Oil pastels provide a harder edge than “soft” or “French” pastels but are more difficult to blend.

Tape was again used to create straight edges and to preserve colors and areas that were previously painted.

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive. -Matthew Arnold

Letters and words were incorporated into the images this week to give a sense of direction, shape and form to the expression being created.

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. -Teresa Amabile

Creative cooperation was a big part of this evening’s effort as everyone learned to aid each other in a community effort.

Sometimes the best part is just getting some paint on one’s hands.

Painting allows us to experience the joy and wonder of the creative journey.

As you can see it was a productive evening of painting.  I hope you will join us next week to see how the journey continues or will buy a painting at the upcoming auction on May 12, 2012.

Painting at The Hope Center

The Art Junction began a collaborative project with the Willard Hope Center this past week.

The Art Junction was asked to help the Hope Center create some original paintings to be auctioned off for their upcoming benefit.

The participants were given some basic instructions on design and color as they began to embark upon their creative journey.

After choosing a base color and masking off some lines to help define the shape of their creative expression, everyone jumped into the process of art-making.

Acrylic paint is fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion.

Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry.

Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

After covering their canvas with a layer of paint the next step was to remove the masking tape.

Masking tape is a type of pressure sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure sensitive adhesive. Very clean lines can be produced by employing it; without it, the paint bleeds under the edges of the tape, producing a fuzzy or varied line.

Black paint was then mixed with the base color to create a shade of the base color.

In color theory, a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which reduces lightness. Mixing a color with any neutral color, including black and white, reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue remains unchanged.

The shade was added to the unpainted masked areas on the canvas.

A free, loose line was created by this process, leaving the canvas covered with its first layer of paint and design.

The paintings have been set aside to dry and await next week’s Hopeful painting session of creative expression.

I hope you will stop by the Art Junction’s blog to see the progress in this creative journey!