Opening Night for 2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition


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.

Honorable Mention –Alec Casto, Willard, OH for his image titled “Looking At the Old Chicken Coop”.

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!

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 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”.

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

Exploring Digital Photography at the Art Junction

This summer we have again offered a class on exploring digital photography at the Art Junction.

Participants have been gaining lots of hands-on experience by exploring new techniques.

Participants have been learning to look at the world around them in a new manner, through the rectangle of a view finder, exploring light and composition.

Tonight the class will meet for its third session as they continue to explore the local environment through digital photography.  All of these images were created by class participant and emerging photographer Alec Casto.