The City of Springboro is reopening the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Art Gallery, 115 Wright Station Way, with a show featuring original works by seven artists. The exhibit will showcase a variety of mediums including large scale painting, mixed media, pottery and fiber art. To kick off the exhibit, a Meet the Artists reception is set for 5 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in the gallery. For that evening only, the artists are offering a gift shop with works under $50. Beer and wine, supporting the Springboro Community Theatre, will be available for purchase. The show and reception are free and open to the public.
Artists include Charmaine Boggs, mixed media painting and collage, cyanotype; Lori Daugherty, encaustic painting; Lauren Gruber, functional pottery; Mikee Michelle Huber, oil-based mixed media, inks and foiling; Cathy Jeffers, textile; Julie Riley, acrylic painting and mixed media and Sharon Stolzenberger, watercolor and acrylic painting, mixed media and prints. In addition to a following in the Dayton area, many of the artists also have a national art presence.
All guests must follow COVID-19 restrictions including wearing masks and maintaining social distance. The City will monitor the number of guests in the lobby area as well as provide masks and hand sanitizing stations.
Following opening night, the exhibit may be viewed 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday. Beginning Nov. 1, in addition to weekday hours, the exhibit will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit runs through Nov. 23.
Exhibits change monthly. Owned and operated by the City of Springboro, the Springboro Performing Arts Center opened in September 2019. It is home to the Springboro Chamber of Commerce, Springboro Community Theatre and Center Stage Academy of the Arts. For more information or to submit an application for exhibit, call 937-748-5774.
Information about the artists:
Cathy Jeffers has been creating art quilts since 2005, using layering and mixing textures with both bold fabrics and delicate sheers. She has a fearless sense of color and patterns. The female form and shapes found in nature appear in many of her narrative and abstract art quilts. Cathy taught art for thirty-five years.
Charmaine Boggs is a mixed media artist, photographer, and jewelry designer from Centerville. She is a former elementary and middle school art teacher. Her present work focuses on mixed media experimentation, combining traditional art materials with cyanotype prints. Charmaine’s artwork is inspired by her nature photography and favorite quotes from literature. www.cboggsart.com
With a background in Photography and Creative Direction, Lori Daugherty has found herself exploring and experimenting with the encaustic medium. She enjoys working in encaustic, as she finds it has such depth, breadth and texture, with an added twist of mystery. As an emerging self-taught artist, Lori opened her studio called DartyArt this past year, which is located in The Front Street Buildings in Dayton. www.dartyart.com
Lauren Gruber is a Visual Artist and Art Teacher from Kettering. She is a process-centered artist, exploring form and function in her ceramic work. Her academic training is in ceramics and photography and she has a MA in Art Education. She has been an art teacher for 10 years for Dayton Public Schools.
Mikee Huber is a Dayton graphic designer and fine artist whose artistic obsession is creating multi-media abstract paintings. She was a 2018 Art Source Fellow through The Contemporary, and she also received an Artist Opportunity Grant in 2019 from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD). She is a member of local arts organizations and a recent addition to the Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) board, focusing on membership development. www.mikeehuber.com
In 2018, after many years away, Julie Riley returned to her love of art by becoming a full-time artist. Julie uses oil paint, acrylic paint and resin. “My preferred method of expression is to capture the sites, colors and values of my subjects. I regularly experiment with colors that not only complement one another but show emotion, movement and shape while using a palette knife and purposeful brushstrokes.” Julie paints full-time in her studio at the Front Street Buildings in downtown Dayton. www.julierileyart.com
Sharon Stolzenberger graduated from the School of the Dayton Art Institute. She exhibits her work in regional and national exhibitions and is on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Watercolor Society. Wildlife and nature have been a constant theme in her work using watercolor and mixed media to interpret the textures, patterns and layers found in nature.