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Digital Photography Club


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Last month at the Digital Photography Club local photographer, Matt Ramsey, spoke to the group about lighting and basic operational techniques with digital cameras.  Matt’s information was very helpful to everyone in the group.  We hope to have him return soon.

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This month we will discuss photographing indoors versus outdoors as everyone will have the opportunity to have some hands-on experience with these types of photographic settings. 

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Jen Wall from the Extension Library District of Huron County will be here to give a presentation on the up-coming photography contest the library will be sponsoring.

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The next meeting will be Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Art Junction from 7:00-8:00 pm. 

Kevin Casto, Director of the Art Junction, will be facilitating this meeting.

Create an ornament….Family Art Day!


Saturday December 1, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Make your own Candy Cane Christmas tree ornament out of Sculpey Clay.

In one Saturday morning make your candy cane, bake it, shine it and take it home to hang on your tree!

 Cost is $5.00 per family

(This helps to cover the cost of the materials)

*Plus a canned food donation to the Willard Food Bank!

Plus you can enjoy a free snack lunch next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church along with other fun Christmas activities!

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie St. in New Haven, next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

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 and children to learn to create together a better community!

For more information call 419-935-3404 or see us on the web at https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Denver arts community stirs $1.76 billion in economic activity in 2011


 

A visitor to the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver spends a Tuesday morning viewing the various works of art. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

Denver arts community stirs $1.76 billion in economic activity in 2011

By Jason Blevins The Denver Post

Calling his city “the cultural capital of the West,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Wednesday heralded the $1.76 billion in economic activity stirred by the metro area’s bustling arts community in 2011.

Citing Denver as a leader among U.S. cities climbing out of the recession, Hancock joined several hundred arts supporters early Wednesday in celebrating the financial contribution art and culture provide metro Denver’s economy.

“The arts are a huge component of Denver’s appeal. We all know a smart city needs a diverse economy in order to thrive and that includes a robust culture sector,” Hancock told the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts gathering at downtown’s Four Seasons hotel. “The arts and culture are playing a strong and significant role in our economy.”

Arts and culture indeed do more than entertain and educate metro Denver’s residents and visitors. The CBCA’s biennial economic impact report shows that the 310 organizations of the 23-year-old Scientific and Cultural Facilities District — which spans seven metro counties — delivered a direct economic impact of $527 million in 2011, a 36 percent increase over the 2009 impact.

With indirect spending and capital expenditures, total economic activity was $1.76 billion, up 18.4 percent from 2009.  “If any one of our businesses during this period of time had held steady, we are celebrating success. Thirty-six percent increase from 2009: It is the largest economic impact ever recorded in the history of the SCFD,” said Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce president Kelly Brough. “We have a phrase for that in the business community. When we hear numbers like that we say: ‘Shut the front door.’ ”

More than 2 million visitors from outside Colorado toured Denver’s cultural attractions, including the Clyfford Still Museum. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

 

Denver’s transition from a gateway to mountain fun into a bona fide tourist destination has been fueled by the metro area’s “cultural renaissance,” said Visit Denver chief Richard Scharf.

More than 2 million visitors from outside of Colorado toured Denver’s cultural attractions in 2011, generating $378 million in spending. “I have to say they all pay taxes, too, that we don’t have to pay,” said Scharf, adding that all but two of the metro area’s top 10 attractions are SCFD-funded.

“We also believe that the brand of the city is built from the ground up,” Scharf said, noting that the sixth annual Denver Arts Week, which kicks off Friday with 250 discounted or free events by 170 metro arts organizations, is designed to help people in Denver understand the importance of the local arts community.

Since its inception in 1989, the taxpayer-supported SCFD has distributed more than $2 billion to metro arts organizations. Since 2001, the district has distributed $424 million to its 310 member groups, including $41.9 million in 2011. Arts, cultural and scientific groups employed 9,354 workers in 2011 — a 7 percent increase over 2009 — with a payroll of $145 million.

$1.76 BILLION: That’s the economic activity in the Denver area’s arts scene — and arts supporters gathered Wednesday to celebrate the financial contribution from art and culture. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows arts, entertainment and recreation employment in Colorado — including jobs in cultural, sports, gaming and amusement venues — is up 2.9 percent this year over last year, or about 1,300 jobs. That compares with about 1.7 percent growth for the state overall.

Arts and cultural event attendance reached its second highest peak ever in 2011, with 14.6 million visits fueled by more than 400,000 visitors at the Denver Art Museum’s “King Tut” exhibit and more than 50,000 attending the Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”

Nearly 9 million of those tickets were free or reduced, revealing the arts community’s dedication to “being available to everyone,” said Jack Finlaw, chief legal counsel for Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Jason Blevins: 303-954-1374, jblevins@denverpost.com or twitter.com/jasontblevins

Art by the numbers

$145 million: Total payroll for arts, cultural and scientific groups in metro Denver in 2011 , up from $131 million in 2009.

50,460: Volunteers who worked at arts and cultural institutions across metro Denver in 2011, up from 42,226 in 2009.

1,500: New arts and culture jobs added in metro Denver between 2001 and 2011, paying $66 million in salaries.

$203 million: Capital expenditures in arts from 2001 to 2011. Attendance during the decade was 142 million, corporate sponsorships were $102 million.

Source: 2011 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts economic study

Read more: Denver arts community stirs $1.76 billion in economic activity in 2011 – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21894627/denver-arts-community-stirs-1-76-billion-economic#ixzz2COJGUQPF

Writer-in-Residence


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 (bookwyrmnick.wordpress.com), 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 https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com/

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

 

Steak, Art and Hope this weekend!


This is a big weekend in Willard and at the Art Junction.  On Friday the gallery is again open from 4:30 -7:00 pm to view the work of Drue Roberts and his exhibition “The Road So Far…”

On Saturday The Art Junction is again open from 4:30 -7:00 for “The Road So Far…”

The New Haven United Methodist Church next door to the Art Junction is once again having its famous Homemade Swiss Steak Dinner from 5:00 -6:30 pm.

Finally, the Willard Hope Center is having the HopeFest which is a huge, free concert in downtown Willard on Saturday evening!

We hope that you can come and be a part of these great activities in the Willard area!

Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tommorow a photography contest and exhibition


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

Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

 

This is a great opportunity to explore southern Huron County, which is a part of the Fire-lands, using the medium of photography.  If photography is a hobby, passion or passing interest this is a great way to use your talent and creative interest to view this area as it has been, currently is or the way you hope it will become in the future.  No one is too old or young to participate.  You could make this a family project, or you could work with a friend.

 

This contest is open to all photographers of any age.  Photographs must be taken in Willard, Ohio or the surrounding townships of Willard.  Photographs must adhere to the theme Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.  Photographs must be at least 8”x10” but no larger than 16”x20” and be mounted, matted or framed.  To obtain an entry form, email the Art Junction at theartjunction@yahoo.com or call 419-935-3404.

 

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.  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.

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 https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com/

 

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

Opening Night for The Road So Far…


We had a great opening on Saturday September 8, 2012 at the Art Junction for the Art of Drue Roberts.

The gallery is open this Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Take a 10 minute Art break this weekend to stop by the Art Junction to see the exhibition.

The Art Junction’s 2012 Photography Contest & Exhibition


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

Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

 This is a great opportunity to explore southern Huron County, which is a part of the Fire-lands, using the medium of photography.  If photography is a hobby, passion or passing interest this is a great way to use your talent and creative interest to view this area as it has been, currently is or the way you hope it will become in the future.  No one is too old or young to participate.  You could make this a family project, or you could work with a friend.

 

This contest is open to all photographers of any age.  Photographs must be taken in Willard, Ohio or the surrounding townships of Willard.  Photographs must adhere to the theme Willard, Ohio…Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.  Photographs must be at least 8”x10” but no larger than 16”x20” and be mounted, matted or framed.  To obtain an entry form, email the Art Junction at theartjunction@yahoo.com or call 419-935-3404.

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.

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.

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 https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com/

 

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

Closing Weekend for Deleted Scenes


Take a 10 minute Art Break this Friday or Saturday to view the latest show at the Art Junction.

The Art Junction is a great 10 minute stop on your weekend trip to Mansfield or Sandusky.

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.”

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