Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tomorrow's Artist Today

Tomorrow's Artist Today 2012
Teen Art Exhibition

Who Can Enter?
-Any artist between the ages of 13-18.
-Lives within a 50 mile radius of Middletown, OH

What Can I Enter?
-Works in Oils, Acrylics, Watermedia on Paper, Drawing, Mixed Media of the Above, & Photography
-All Works Must Be Original and Never Previously Exhibited at the Middletown Arts Center
-More than One Category May Be Entered

Entry Fee
-$3 Non-Refundable fee Per Entry
-No Limit To Number of Entries
-A Maximum of 3 Pieces Per Artist Will Be Displayed

Receiving Of Entries
-All Entries Must Be Delivered to the Middletown Arts Center
130 N. Verity Parkway
Middletown, OH

-During the Following Times
January 21 9-Noon
January 23 10-3pm
January 24, 25, 26 10-8pm

-Artwork May Be Matted, Framed, and Wired for Hanging or Artwork May Be Permanently adhered to the Mat (Clips will be used for hanging from the edge of the mat)

-Best of Show $250
-First Place in Each Category $100
-Second Place in Each Category $50
-Third Place in Each Category $25
-Honorable Mention Ribbon

-Open To The Public from February 3 at 5pm to February 25, 2012
-Opening Reception and Awards Presentation February 3 at 6pm

Please visit our website for information regarding Return of Work, Sales, Liability and TAT Judge

Please Contact Leslie Pinto with any Questions!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Oil Painting Class

Sign Up For Our NEW Oil Painting Class with 
Linda Riesenberg Fisler and receive the following:

--a free painting apron
--a sample of the newest, most lightweight painting "canvas board"  (from Multimedia Artboard).
--a value/composition square  The ValueComp is a tool designed for comparing value scales through a value scale filter window. In addition the window allows you to set up a composition with ease. Double sided printing. An absolutely necessary aide for any artists. 

You'll be entered into a raffle to win a Passport and Palette Paint Travel kit which contains:

3 Bristle Brushes
1 Palette Knife
7 oil colors (white, blue, yellow, red, green, black, orchre)
1 Walnut oil medium
5 5 x 12 Multimedia artboards

Class Meets Thursdays from 10-Noon 
Beginning December 1 
$110 for 10 weeks. 

Sign Up Today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holiday Workshops at the MAC

MAC Holiday Workshops for Adults & Youth

Tole Painting Workshop for Adults

Create a whimsical snowman with Shelley Sizemore!
Saturday December 3, 2011
Cost: $30 Per Student Includes Supplies

Young Artist Holiday Workshop for Kids

For students in 1st- 3rd grades
Create several holiday inspired crafts with Rita Groneck

Saturday December 3, 2011
Cost $15 Per Student Includes Supplies

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dayton Art Institute

Looking for a FUN activity to do with family in for the holidays?
Check out the latest Norman Rockwell exhibit opening at the Dayton Art Institute!

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

November 12 2011 - February 5 2012
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, American Chronicles features original art from the museum’s noted collections. The exhibition chronicles Rockwell’s life and art, introducing new scholarship rooted in decades of study by Curator of Norman Rockwell Collections, Linda Pero. The artist’s paintings, drawings, and studies span 56 years, from his 1914 interpretation of American folk hero Daniel Boone securing safe passage for settlers to the American West, to his 1970 report on American tourists and armed Israeli soldiers witnessing a Christmas Eve ceremony at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The exhibition invites viewers to compare their own 20th-century American experience with the events portrayed by Rockwell, and to consider how much Rockwell’s vision may have influenced theirs.
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career – from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence in such paintings as Day in the Life of a Little Girl (1952) to powerful, consciousness-raising images for Lookin the 1960s documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South. Rockwell’s artistic contributions and the impact of his images on American popular culture are explored within the context of his life and times, through in-depth exhibition commentary and a decade-by-decade installation of 42 original artworks, as well as a complete set of 323 Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets spanning 47 years.


 Adults: $15
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $13
Youth (7-17): $10
Children (6 & under): Free
Museum Members: First visit free; return visits $10
Price includes admission to permanent collection
Audio Guides:
Exhibition audio guides, providing commentary on Norman Rockwell’s life
and work, may be rented at the Visitor Services Desk for an additional $5.
Group Rates: Group tour packages are available, including docent-led tours of the exhibitions, boxed lunches from the museum’s CafĂ© Monet, and special Tour & Tea programs on select dates. Group tickets (groups of 10 or more) for American Chronicles are priced at $13 per person. Some programs, such as Tour & Tea, may carry an additional charge. For more information about group tours or to book a tour, please contact Mary Eberle, at 937-512-0152 or

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Workshop Weekend

October Workshop Weekend at the Middletown Arts Center
Saturday October 22, 2011

Felting Workshop with Jennifer Zimmerman Garter
Students will create a scarf using the technique of Nuno Felting. This technique involves using a cloth as an infrastructure and applying merino wool to both sides of the cloth. This wet felting application encourages the bond of the wool fibers to the fabric, without the stiffness of an all felted wool scarf.
Saturday October 22, 2011
Cost Per Student $75 (Supplies Included)

Introduction to Pastels Workshop with Ken Streiff
Explore the fundamental manipulation and blending techniques of pastels during this 3 hour workshop.
No previous pastel experience necessary!
Saturday October 22, 2011
1-4 pm
$65 Per Person
(Includes A 12 pc set of Great American Art Works Pastels 
To Keep)
Estimated Value of Pastels $25

                                   Call To Sign Up Today!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Joyce Phillips Young

Joyce Phillips Young
Joyce received the President's Award at the 2010 Middletown Arts Center Area Art Show. Her paintings are currently on display in our newly renovated lobby. Stop by today to see her breathtaking works of art!

About the Artist

Joyce Phillips Young grew up in the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio - a small, rural, progressive, college  town with a rich cultural heritage.  Her father was a Baptist Minister, carpenter and artisan.  Her mother was an elementary school teacher and also worked at the Antioch College Library in Yellow Springs. Her early childhood experiences, training in music and exposure to various working artists and Shakespearean Theater helped to spark and nurture her interest in the arts.

The artist attended Miami University in OxfordOhio where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design and a Masters of Education Degree in Art Education.  She has also studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy and the University of Cincinnati.  Ms. Young worked as an art teacher, elementary administrator and also served as the K-l2 Supervisor of Art for the Cincinnati Public Schools for several years.  She has also taught African-American Art History at the University of Cincinnati.  She has received much public recognition and numerous awards and commissions for her work as a painter, muralist, arts educator and arts advocate.  She was also featured in an Ebony Magazine article in 1982 for her work in creating urban murals. The artist has exhibited in numerous group, individual and invitational exhibitions locally, nationally and in the Caribbean.  Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Since retiring from the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1997 Joyce has been a practicing professional artist and art consultant. Joyce has her own studio which 
is located in the loft area of her home.

The artist has this to say about her art:

"My involvement with drawing and painting embodies my intention to celebrate life by creating and communicating positive images which convey the human qualities of love, creative mind, feeling, order and truth.  Each and every moment of life is a wondrous gift and is for each person a unique journey toward an unfolding of one's own understanding, consciousness and creativity.  During this process I have come to know that life through its myriad of experiences and challenges teaches us many lessons to guide us along the way.  My work reflects my own journey.  The human figure is the major paradigm in my art and I am continuously inspired and challenged by its spirit and form. Painting and the creative process are for me a metaphor for life - filled with so many opportunities for discovery and learning.

I find much enjoyment in working with warm, happy colors, lost and found edges, contrast and similarities, realism and abstraction, and playing with moving and interconnecting lines and shapes. These lines and shapes interconnect and overlap with each other to make a visual statement about the impermanent, ever changing, layered, illusionary and spiritual quality of our existence.  I delight in providing the viewer with new and different ways of seeing and interpreting the visual environment. It is my desire that people who interact with and respond to my art are inspired visually, mentally and spiritually."

Please Visit Joyce's Website to View Images of Her Work

Contact Joyce P. Young

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Make! Workshop Events

MAKE! Workshop Events

Example of Gelatin Painting
Saturday October 1- Middletown Arts Center
FREE mini workshop for all ages - 11a.m.- Noon
Come and enjoy the sweet smell of art, while you create a glue drawing covered in brightly colored (and very tasty!) sugared gelatin! Be inspired by images from Peru, while you create your own work of art.
Sponsored by ArtsWave of Cincinnati and Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati.

Friday October 7- Middletown Arts Center

FREE mini workshop for all ages- 6p.m.-7p.m
Paper Collage: Be inspired by the Contemporary Arts Center current exhibition of artist Matthew Monahan. Use unconventional and recycable materials to create a paper collage. Use layers, textures, and bring personal photographs - to create an original work of art! Check out Monahan's work at

Sponsored by ArtsWave of Cincinnati & Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati.