STEUBENVILLE — The new year is no blank canvass for the Steubenville Art Association as its members have a busy schedule that includes exhibitions, workshops, open studios and sales, all of which demonstrate, its leaders agree, the importance of the visual arts in the community.
Through Feb. 24, the works of association members and students of art association member Gerald VanScyoc of Steubenville are featured as part of an exhibit and sale at the Center of Music and Art, located at 264 Main St., Wintersville.
The center is a corporate member of the SAA.
Works are featured in the auditorium at the center where VanScyoc, longtime painting teacher, is co-chair of the 71-piece show for the art association along with Judy Schmidt, president. It features 15 CMA students, some of whom also are SAA members, and 13 SAA members. The show is open to the public during CMA’s operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The next big event for the SAA is the juried Celebrate Steubenville Today exhibit and sale to be held at Historic Fort Steuben’s main exhibition hall. The opening and awards reception will be held March 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend or regular view the art through March 29 during fort hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a high school division which will feature prizes for students, so students should contact the association or their high school art teachers for information.
Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show in both divisions, second through fourth places, honorable mentions, memorial and sponsorship awards in addition to people’s choice and mayor’s choice selections.
Sponsors and donors for the show include Shirley Metro, Dresden and Co. proprietor, Delaware, Ohio; Eastern Gateway Community College; Sara and Brandon Reese, Nursing Corps Inc.; Ken Perkins of Tri-State Financial; Gus’ Goodies; Billy Petrella of Petrella Wealth Management; Barium Chemicals in memory of Eleanor Naylor; Brandon Reese, NCI Nursing Corps in memory of Merle and Bonnie McMaster; the family of Ann Knowles, past president; the family of watercolorist Virginia Price in her memory; the family of the late George and Norma Taibi; Austin Lake and the family of Jeanne Cable, past president, in her memory; Anita Petrella in memory of James Kaufmann; Maryland Market, in memory of Sarandos Tsouris; friend of Jeanne D’Anniballe in memory of sister Joan Kremser; and a friend of Anne Wagner in honor of her being a charter member.
Schmidt announced that plans are under way for an SAA display of works representing Dean Martin in some way and to take place in downtown Steubenville in June to coincide with the Dean Martin Festival. Details will be announced.
The association’s spring show, its annual juried event that has been a tradition of more than 75 years, opens April 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the public welcome to attend the reception and view the works that will be on display at Eastern Gateway Community College’s main lobby. The show runs through May 13 with viewing available during regular college hours. Jim Watson will chair the show.
Gina Judy, SAA vice president and Summit Art Gallery member, hosted an open studio in the Weirton gallery for January. It was open to members of both groups, but guests of members are welcome to attend for a slight donation to the organization. To access upcoming dates, contact any member or check out the Steubenville Art Association’s Facebook page.
The art association’s handbook can be accessed for information on the April 19 workshop on composition and design.
It is being taught by William Koch of Dennison, an SAA member and a seasoned graphics and painting instructor.
The early bird registration rate is in effect through April 1. It is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Mailings can be sent to the SAA at P.O. Box 1061, Steubenville OH 43952, to confirm registration.
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