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Summer Art Contest & Exhibition


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If art (photography, sculpture, weaving, painting, collage, fused-glass or pottery) is a hobby, passion or passing interest, this is a great way to use your talent and share your creative images with our community at the art gallery in New Haven -The Art Junction.

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This contest is open to everyone ages 11 years and older. Artwork must be gallery ready: framed, matted (ready to hang.) For more information call the library @ 419-933-8564.

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Up to three free entries may be submitted at the Art Junction on July 19 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. & July 25 from 5:00-8:00 or at the Willard location of the Huron County Community Library by July 29th. The exhibition will take place August 5 – August 25, 2017.    

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Contest categories: Proud to call Willard Home, Community, Ohio,

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Pets, and Animals.  Share your work with our community and enter.  It’s Free!

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Drop off artwork at the Art Junction July 19, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Drop off artwork at the Art Junction July 25, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Drop off artwork at the Willard location of the Huron County Community Library by July 29th.

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

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The contest & exhibition consists of work submitted through the Willard, Greenwich, and North Fairfield and Wakeman branches of the Huron County Community Library.

Entry forms may be picked up at any branch of the Huron County Community Library.

The exhibition will take place August 5 – August 25, 2017.    

 2017 Summer Art Contest

 

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 theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

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Southern Exposure


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at The Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

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Opening reception Saturday, October 17, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays, October 23 – November 7, 2015 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Come celebrate visual creativity, fun and diversity through these wonderful expressions of art from our greater community of Huron County!

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.

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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. Our 2016 exhibit at Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, Begins Friday, June 17, 1:00-7:00

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.

Artists’ Open Studio is sponsored by Huron County Board of DD and has received funds from Fund for Huron County, Citizens Banking Company, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Ohio Arts Council & private donors. Contact Lynda Stoneham for more information. 419-668-8840 ext. 1439 or artistsopenstudio.inc@gmail.com

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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 theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Junction/190323094344714?ref=hl

Winners!


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 The Super Summer Art Exhibition is composed of 40 works by 17 local, area and regional artists and includes paintings, sculptures, watercolors, pastels, digital art, and photography.

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Eight prizes were awarded from the Huron County Community Library on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the opening of this year’s exhibit: 1st place in drawing was David Wolff of Collins with 2nd place going to Lauren Brown of Willard; 1st place in abstract art was Mark Fisher of Norwalk with 2nd going to David Wolff of Collins and 3rd place to Karen Wilson of New Haven; 1st place in realistic art went to Gloria Predmore of Willard, 2nd place to Char French of Norwalk and 3rd place to Terry Anderson of Willard; 1st place in photography/digital was Sandy Power of Norwalk, 2nd place was Benjamin White of Willard and 3rd place was Sabrina Brandenburg of Orrville; 1st place in youth art was Courtney Taylor of Willard and 2nd place was Lauren Wood of Willard; 1st place in 3D art was William Foster of Willard and 2nd place was Benjamin White of Willard; and with Honorable Mentions in craft were Kylie Gahr and Jeannie Snay, both of Willard.

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Best of Show went to David Wolff of Collins for his drawing titled “Disappointment” and a Judge’s Award went to Alec Casto of Willard for his mixed media painting “Untitled”.

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 Juror Lynda Stoneham commented on the wonderful mix of media and styles from local and area artists. “It was nice to see an exhibit that includes amateur and professional artwork together! It’s a great way to encourage all artists and give the public a wide view of visual art in our area.”

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 The exhibit runs through August 29, 2015 and is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. Special viewings can be arranged by appointment: contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

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 Regular gallery hours for the Super Summer Art Exhibition will be Fridays & Saturdays, August 14 – 29, 2015 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.)

2015 Summer Art Exhibit

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 theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Hand built pottery


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In the spring of 2012 we offered a class in paper mache pottery.  The students had a great time exploring a non-traditional method of building using unique materials.

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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.

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Week 3 finds most of the class in the completion stage of building their pottery.

Our budding potters completed their final coils and worked to make their construction stable.

For some it’s hard to know when to end the building process and move to the next step.

Before moving to the next step it’s important to check the stability of the construction as well as the symmetry of the pottery.

After the pottery is built the next step is to begin the pasting of the project…also known as papier mache.

Papier-mâché (French for “chewed paper”), alternatively, paper-mache, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

Papier-mâché paste is the substance that holds the paper together. The traditional method of making papier-mâché paste is to use a mixture of water and flour or other starch, mixed to the consistency of heavy cream. While any adhesive can be used if thinned to a similar texture, such as polyvinyl acetate (PVA) based glues (wood glue or, in the United States, white Elmer’s glue), the flour and water mixture is the most economical. Adding oil of cloves or other additives to the mixture reduces the chances of the product developing mold. The paper is cut or torn into strips, and soaked in the paste until saturated. The saturated pieces are then placed onto the surface and allowed to dry slowly; drying in an oven can cause warping or other dimensional changes during the drying process. The strips may be placed on an armature, or skeleton, often of wire mesh over a structural frame, or they can be placed on an object to create a cast. Oil or grease can be used as a release agent if needed. Once dried, the resulting material can be cut, sanded and/or painted, and waterproofed by painting with a suitable water repelling paint.

For many this is the fun part of the project.  Some see it as the slimy, gross part.  The first coat of paste and paper has been applied and next week will be the final application of paper and paste.

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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!

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We began our new class creating paper mache pottery this past week.

Participants learned about basic paper folding methods as well as various methods of building pottery.

Materials are very simple to begin with: newspaper and masking tape.

Learning how to create a coil out of paper is very similar to creating a coil out of clay….only with a different medium.

The next step is to learn how to roll up the coil to create the base of the pot.

Just like regular pottery, paper mache pottery is a very hands-on project.

Coiling is a method of creating pottery.  This method has been used in a variety of ways. Using the coiling technique, it is possible to build thicker or taller walled vessels, which may not have been possible using earlier methods. The technique permits control of the walls as they are built up and allows building on top of the walls to make the vessel look bigger and bulge outward or narrow inward with less danger of collapsing.

Next week we will begin the process of building the pottery after creating many coils.

 

Spring Art Exhibition


The Art Junction presents:

Willard High School Art Department’s

Spring ART Exhibition

Opening Reception Friday, April 13, 2012 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

at The Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays April 14 – May 5, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

Come view the paintings, drawings and clay work of Willard High School visual art students under the direction of Art Teacher John Buss. Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

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 theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com