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.

Photocontest entries due this weekend!

The Art Junction invites photographers of any age to participate in the 2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition:

Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

Entries must be delivered to the Art Junction on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 4:30 – 7 pm or Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 4:00 – 7pm.

The exhibition will take place October 13 – November 10, 2012.  Winners will be announced at the opening on Saturday, October 13 at 5pm.

Five entries per applicant and no entry should exceed 18” x 24” in overall size. This is a juried exhibit; Matthew Ramsey, Photographer, is the juror. Entry fee: $5.00 non-refundable entry fee for each image entered.

Images not accepted into the exhibition will be notified after October 6, 2012 and may be picked up at The Art Junction, 2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places will be awarded at the opening of the exhibition.

 Disclaimer: The Art Junction will exercise every caution in the handling of your entries, but cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss or theft to them!  For more information on this program call 419-935-3404 or see

 Remember to stop by and see the art of Drue Roberts this weekend!

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


Art Camp Jr.

We had our first Jr. Art Camp this year.  It was small in numbers but huge in fun!

Campers had the opportunity to create some yard art with shapes, patterns and paint.

The yard art takes on a whole new look from above and through a window screen.

Splatter painting in the manner of Jackson Pollock was explored on day 1.

Printing with hands was lots of fun as well.

Crayon making was also part of the creative experience.

It was fun to discover many new ways to create using everyday objects.

Exploring print making by using your hand with various colors was lots of fun.

Everyone became immersed in the creative experience.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso
Art Camp Jr. was a huge amount of creative fun!  I hope you can join us for a future class or workshop at the Art Junction.

Paper mache pottery -finishing touches

The pottery students recently painted their projects.

This was the last session, and there was much to be accomplished!

Finding a color, design or pattern to add to their creation was the priority for this last session.

That did not mean that fun was not a part of the session.

Focus and concentration on creating the desired look of the pottery required many creative skills.

This project required the ability to visualize the end result.

It also required some hard work.

The students put a lot time and attention in their final push to complete their paper mache pottery.

Then it required some much needed drying time.

But with all good things waiting is required…for drying.

The students have much to be proud of as they have a great memory and a wonderful piece of pottery that represents their vision and exploration into 3D building techniques.

Maybe you now will be inspired to create a piece of paper mache pottery or sign up for a future class at the Art Junction!

Paper mache pottery -week 4

Week four of the pottery project and a lot of pasting is going on.

Adding details to the dry pottery before pasting is the first step this week.

Adding paste and newspaper strips to add strength to the pottery is the next on-going step.

Working together to create an even, symmetrical coat of paste and newspaper is the goal of this evening’s studio session.

The evening’s session is finished and the pottery is drying.

Stop back to see the continued progress in week 5.

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.

Paper mache pottery -week 2

The class began week 2 by making lots of paper coils to build up their pottery project.

It’s important to connect the coils together with tape to have a long continuous coil to build up your pottery.

The next stage is to build up the pottery symmetrically.

It’s takes time to build and mold the shape you want your pottery to transform into.

Focus and concentration is required.

Having some fun is also an important ingredient.

Deciding upon a pleasing shape and design is something every participant is searching for in their creative endeavor.

Working together in community helps one another learn the language of creativity.

By the end of this second session the paper coils were becoming pottery.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. -Michelangelo

I hope you will stop by this blog to see the progress from week 2 to week 3 in this creative journey!