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On Wednesday, August 27, at the annual Membership Meeting, Kay and I delivered our reports

on the year in ArtSpace just passed.  Here are highlights from those reports.

For a printable copy of The State of (the) ArtSpace, please see below.




The ArtSpace mission statement binds us to a threefold agenda:  exhibits, education, and community events.  In the year just passed, we worked to fulfill all three mandates.  It was, if nothing else, a very full year.


We mounted seven exhibits in the Ellen Nelson Gallery, beginning with the third and now-annual ArtSpace/Pops celebration of fine crafts.  We followed with a double-gallery exhibit of abstract paintings by former Lima native Paul Huffer and (upstairs in ArtZone) a rich retrospective of the works of Kenneth Smith, one of the founding members of the Lima Art Association.  Many thanks to his son, Roland Smith of the Findlay Art League, for lending us his father’s works.  In late fall, we had a first for us:  the Racism Prejudice Tolerance Acceptance show was a multi-media set-up, with multiple simultaneous videos of local citizens commenting on the current racial sociology in Lima, all of which was abetted by poster art on the walls.  The Photography and Kewpee Shows followed in 2014, and between them, another first:  the very limited engagement (2 nights only) of Phil Sugden’s installation, Pages from the Manual on Dismantling God, 21 pen-and-ink drawings documenting the artist’s journey through life and art.  We ended the year with Spring Show 2014, juried by Dennis Wojtkievicz, Professor of Art, Bowling Green State University and Carol Griffith, Professor of Fine Art, Columbus College of Art and Design.











The St. Rita’s exhibit schedule, as usual, relied heavily on local artists:  we showed watercolors from the Lima Area Watercolor Society and others, ceramics by Sherry Kahle and Jaye Bumbaugh, mosaics by Libbi Pennington, torn paper collages by Sue Nocera, photographs by Brian Grey, and jewelry by Judy Decker.  Exhibits at St. Rita’s change quarterly.









Our class schedule also went well:  quarterly classes in fall, winter, and spring, and the Kids Summer Art Camp, which again this year enrolled early and hard, and required a re-boot second week.  Our faculty continue to be widely praised:  Phil Hugo, Maya Fisher, Anna Fisher, Barbara Spurgeon, Ken Ogle, Kay Van Meter, David Adams, Valerie Parcell, and Andrea Scheckelhoff -- all did stellar work on behalf of youngsters and adults.  Also in the way of education offerings, we scheduled four consecutive monthly evenings in the winter for Art Un-Corked, the well-loved pairing of art, friendship, and wine.






The Rally in the Square celebrated its 25th anniversary season in 2014, marked by a number of sell-out concerts (if “sell-out” can be used of an infinitely expandable space) by A-list bands, sometimes two-a-night.  Thanks as always to Mike Baker for booking and Kay Van Meter for running.



In early December, we brought the Urban Jazz Coalition to DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace for the sixth annual Jazz at the Greenhouse.  With a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres by Fat Cat Diner, door prizes, a raffle, and plenty of room on the dance floor, the event was a solid success.



Once upon a time, ArtSpace did Once Upon a Sunday and then, Once Upon a Christmas.  This past year, we did a new version of the latter which we called Home for the Holidays, a holiday art sale in late November and through December.  34 artists brought work to the ArtSpace lobby for the month of one-of-a-kind art work sales (photo on p.2).







All in all, a pretty full year. 


But there’s more:  we open the fall season with yet another first, Object and Graphic Design, a survey of the current state of the graphic arts in Northwest Ohio, curated by Ohio Northern Professor of Art, Brit Rowe.  Then, if all goes as planned, we will have The Professoriate, a group showing of the best recent work by area college and university art teachers.  And in 2015, we celebrate our 60th anniversary as an organization.  Plans are afoot for a year-long marking of the occasion.  Should be worth the wait.  Hope you will join us, right here, Live in Town Square.







We continue to rely on a lean cadre of staff and volunteers who work with dedication and loyalty to make the organization the best that it can be.  Thanks to all of them and thanks to everyone -- members, donors, sponsors, underwriters, everyone who believes in the mission of ArtSpace.  As we plan new exhibits and events for the next year, our hope is, as always, to offer to northwest Ohio a full and enriching arts experience.





For a printable copy of the report in pdf format


click The State of _the_ ArtSpace 2013-2014.pdf