The Art Junction hosts many field trips each year. Local student have an opportunity to experience local art and artists in their community.
We invite you to stop by and see our exhibits or book a special session for your community group or family!
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 email@example.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com
The Art Junction was honored to exhibit the works of local artist Lynda Stoneham. Her show “Dimensions of a Decade” is an exhibit of drawings and paintings selected from work that Lynda completed during the past ten years. Lynda expresses “this work reveals my insatiable appetite for making visual narratives of life around me. My tools and materials are pretty traditional, my style is realistic, but my subject matter is eclectic. I see exciting incidents of life everywhere and choose a medium according to the time available to record the scene. The phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” applies to me as I work in moments stolen from a busy lifestyle without serious study of any single technique.”
Lynda Stoneham is a graduate of Ashland University with a degree in art education. She has taught art in Elyria and Bellevue City Schools and is currently the art instructor at Christie Lane School in Norwalk. Lynda is managing director of Artists’ Open Studio, Inc., a non-profit organization which supports adult artists with and without disabilities in painting and ceramic studios. She continues her education by attending frequent workshops at Cleveland Institute of Art. Lynda is a member of the Firelands Area Art League. Her work is featured at Hidden Creek Pottery in Milan, Ohio and in many private collections. She and her husband Dennis live in rural Norwalk. They have two grown children and two grandsons.
The Hill by Nancy Beckett was part of the Landscapes group exhibition of painting and photography at The Art Junction the fall of 2014. The exhibit was composed of painting and photography of 11 Ohio artists who each have a unique view of our wonderful Ohio beauty that you may have overlooked or taken for granted. Amanda Kiplinger, landscape photographer from Polk, Ohio; Nancy Beckett, painter from Norwalk, Ohio; Jen Wall, photographer from Willard, Ohio; Timothy Gorka, sculpter & painter from Lexington, Ohio; Alec Casto, photographer & painter from Willard, Ohio; Matthew Ramsey, photographer from Norwalk, Ohio; Karen Coffey Wilson, painter from New Haven, Ohio; Drue Roberts, painter from Columbus, Ohio; Mary Ann Clady, painter from Shelby, Ohio; Lynda Stoneham, painter from Norwalk, Ohio; and Kevin Casto, painter & photographer from Willard, Ohio.
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 was thrilled to exhibit work from the Artists’ Open Studio in the winter of 2012. Artists’ Open Studio, Inc. was created for adults with developmental disabilities from Huron County. However, it is a place for aspiring artists of all abilities who enjoy sharing their creative spirits among other local artists. Each person works independently, yet with the support and encouragement from the group and AOS staff. Artists come from many walks of life with various skills to our uninstructed meetings. Painting & ceramic studio artists gather weekly at Christie Lane in Norwalk.
Artists’ Open Studio sponsors an annual Art Exhibit – traditionally held the 3rd Friday of June at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, 350 Shady Lane Dr, Norwalk. Artwork may be purchased at our shows or from our displays at Christie Lane with profits going directly to the artists. AOS also creates products for sale to purchase art supplies for the artists from Christie Lane. Purchases of handmade ceramic tile, recycled glass jewelry, note cards, stationary, and custom printing help to support AOS.
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.”