Nicolae Holley, 18, is the new writer-in-residence at The Art Junction. He’s moved here from Biloxi, in southern Mississippi. He first learned of the Art Junction through Rachel Casto, daughter of Kevin Casto, director of the Art Junction.

Nick was participating in the One Year Adventure novel program, which is where he met Rachel, and where he first began to seriously pursue writing. Though it had always been a hobby, he hadn’t considered it a career until high school, when praise from his teachers inspired him to try it out. Now, there’s nothing else he’d want to do.

Nick’s writings tend toward the more fantastical, often set in post-apocalyptic or science-fiction universes. When he’s not writing fiction, he’ll often write down his thoughts on politics or religion, sharing them on his blog: The Bookwyrm’s Den (, where he also posts short stories or ideas for stories.

Nick plans to spend his time at the Art Junction broadening the spectrum of art that it offers. Writing is an art, just as much as painting or photography, and, to that end, Nick plans to start a group for aspiring writers to get encouragement, guidance, and feedback.

When he’s not writing, Nick enjoys reading and playing video games, or discussing his books with his friends. His current focus is on ‘NaNoWriMo’, National Novel Writing Month, a program sponsored by the non-profit Office of Letters and Light, which encourages young writers to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.

2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition Winners!


The Art Junction announces its 2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition Winners from the show:

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 titled “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”.

 An opening reception and awards ceremony was held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm at the Art Junction where the cash prizes were awarded.  This photography exhibition, Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow continues every Friday and Saturday evening from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the Art Junction.  This is a great opportunity to view the images of 10 area photographers.  Come and experience the Willard area through new eyes, exploring the Firelands as you may not have seen them before, from traditional to digital and manipulated photographic images.  Sharing and exploring the beauty of your community awakens your senses to the environment we live in which most of us take for granted.  Come view this exciting new exhibition!

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays October 13 – November 10, 2012 4:30 -7:00 p.m.

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH.

Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Matthew Ramsey, Photographer, juried this exhibit.  Ramsey states, “The photography in this exhibit is very strong and gives the viewer a unique and wonderful view of the area that most casual viewers would not see.  This exhibit is a must see!”


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 or visit our blog